Episode Five: four women and a funeral
Okay, one: the title of this episode is misleading because Miranda isn’t at the funeral, and two: there weren’t any notable quotes for this episode so I used that little rinky-dink one, but for good reason.
The original airing of this episode called for John Kennedy Jr. to rescue Samantha the social pariah, but he died shortly after. So in all reruns and on the DVD of the show, the voiceover says “it was Leonardo Di Caprio.” It works because it was never really either, since you can’t see the guy’s face, so they just had to pick a socially-responsible celebrity name to plug in. Since John-John appears to be the Perfect Man for that generation, they used him, but I wonder if they legally had to change it after he died or if it was just the right thing to do. Or it kept the show au currant. The other two references are in the first season, and they have more to do with JFK Jr. being off the market: bridezilla tells Carrie that “we all think we’re Carolyn Bassett,” and Charlotte has a picture of John-John in her box o’ dreams. So either those references could stay because they still applied even if he was dead, or they had already released the DVD and couldn’t change it. I’m too lazy to try to work out the timeline.*
Lots of space to devote to one line, but it just fascinates me that they would make that change. There is another such change in a later season, but I’ll save that one.
Otherwise, this episode has a character who is modeled on Donatella Versace (takes over her brother’s fashion line after his untimely death), but then they come right out and say (through the voiceover) “Josephina had become Donatella Versace.”
Miranda has a panic attack, and they use cinematography to show us what that looks like through her eyes, and then she describes it to Carrie as feeling like she was “drowning and dying at the same time.” If this is accurate, then I’ve never had a panic attack. Hooray! The trick is to just breathe, right? Also, her cat doesn’t have a name yet, so maybe she started calling him “Fatty” because, after this episode, she kept over-feeding him so he wouldn’t eat her face.
And Mr. Big is a gigantic dork in this episode.
*EDIT: A helpful commenter pointed out the SJP and JFK Jr. dated IRL.