Samantha gave me a look like I had sold her to the enemy for chocolate bars and nylons.

Episode Three: bay of married pigs

Okay, I’m mostly going to skip over this episode because it tries to discuss an issue that is tackled more effectively later in this season. Episode Three is all about “the cold war between marrieds and singles,” which, if you watch carefully, is really just a rivalry between married women and single women. For that conversation, we are all better off watching Episode Ten, “The Baby Shower,” which I will discuss, with relish, further down the page.

However, there is something about this episode that I have to write about, and it really only comes into play at the very end. Charlotte makes Samantha sleep over because she’s been shooting Tequila all night at a married couples party. Samantha makes a play for Charlotte’s doorman, who has a British/Scottish/Irish accent. It must be Irish, because that would explain the “summary statement” the voiceover makes at the end of the show/column. Plus, he says “Jaysus.”

“Maybe the fight between marrieds and singles is like the war in Northern Ireland,” Carrie says in her head as she walks to the movie theatre. “We’re all basically the same, but somehow we wound up on different sides.” Wouldn’t the Civil War be a better simile here? I just don’t think the war in Northern Ireland can be explained away that easily (I know I haven’t been able to do it.) Even more confounding is the fade-in of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” What the hell does that have to do with anything?

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