Sex and the City (1998–2004): Season 3, Episode 3 - Attack of the Five Foot Ten Woman - full transcript

Charlotte gets depressed just by reading all women in the New York Times Sunday edition wedding announcements are younger then our quartet, but stumbles on Carrie's nightmare: Mr.Big's marriage to Natasha - her answer is to spend a fortune in order to outshine the bride to be. Miranda's new cleaning lady, Magda, makes her feel guilty not to be more of a housewife and for having sex toys. While Charlotte feels nasty just being naked in an all-female health spa, Samanatha books an extra massage when told Kevin also gets intimate, but ends up being thrown out for taking the initiative.

There are few things
I love as much as Sunday brunch.

You can sleep till noon

and still get eggs
anywhere in the city.

Alcohol is often included.

And it's the one day

you get the single woman's
sports' pages -

"The New York Times"
wedding section.

This is so depressing.

The oldest woman on this page is 27.

Now I'm depressed

and I haven't had coffee yet.

At least you have a boyfriend.

That only means I'm getting laid.

On a regular basis.

I'll drink to that.

Until recently, the bride, 24,

worked as a supervisor

at Ogilvy & Mather. 24!

No more reading aloud.

I love how they say "until recently".

Meaning she quit her job

once she found her soul
mate /investment banker.

It's so retro.
I've got a rock on my finger.

Now I can stop pretending
to care about my career.

Until recently, the bride had a life
of her own.

You know who they marry?
The roman numeral guys.

- Charles Duffy Anderson IV.
- Ding, ding, ding.

The higher the number,
the worse the sex.

- I dated a III. He couldn't get it up.
- How bad must Henry VIII have been!

You give him head, he cuts yours off!

This couple met on a bike tour.

I just make it through spinning.
All the men are gay.

It's amazing how upset women get
over the marital status of strangers.

- What was that?
- Nothing.

- Let me see.
- Nothing to see.

You're such a bad liar.

Then there's
the occasional familiar face.

Well, it's official. He's married.
Where are my fries?

It's fine, all right?
I was prepared for this.

They had an engagement party
at the Plaza.

- Sometimes they break off.
- This one didn't. Let's move on.

Why is their wedding like
a short story? What's next, a movie?

It's fluff, it's PR.
Anybody could be this story.

Anybody who's getting married.

This is what I hate
about "The Sunday Times".

This and the country houses
I can't afford.

- You want to rent a movie?
- It's OK. I'm not gonna slit my wrists.

I just thought
you might want some company.

You know what?
I think I want to be alone.

- OK, I'm just gonna take the paper.
- Would you stop?

I know what you're gonna do.
You can't not read it.

You'll cry and it'll be awful.
Let's read it now and get it over with.

The couple met in Paris,
on the Ile St-Louis.

How original, they fell in love in Paris.

"I was alone at a caf? when the waiter
brought over a bottle of Pinot Noir

"from a handsome man at the bar",
the bride said, her eyes sparkling.

"When we'd finished the wine,
I knew I wanted to marry him."

You were drunk and he was
rich. This is just bad journalism.

Marry they did, in Southampton
at the bride's parents' estate.

There were only 50 guests.

"We wanted it intimate.
Just family and close friends."

- And "The New York Times".
- How intimate is that?

I don't hear Big
anywhere in this article.

She's calling the shots
and he's just along for the ride.

The bride carried calla lilies,
tied with a red ribbon.

That's nice.

As she walked down the aisle

a saxophone played
"When A Man Loves A Woman".

Well, that's tacky.

No, that's Big.

What I wouldn't give
for a working fireplace.

- He wasn't the right man for you.
- I know that.

I know, it's not him.
It's the whole wedding.

And it's her... her!

You know, she's just...

you know, shiny hair,
style section... Vera Wang.

And I'm the sex column they run
next to ads for penile implants.

Big wasn't the only one
taking the plunge.

After more than a decade
of domestic independence,

Miranda had opened up
to a relationship...

Good morning.

...with a cleaning lady.

Good morning, Magda.

Do you know where
the coffee mugs are?

I moved them here.

- Now all glasses are together.
- I guess that makes more sense.

You know what? I always drink coffee
out of my law school class of '90 mug,

because it's bigger, and...
It's just what I always use.

I bring you nice herbal teas.
Tea is better for you.

Oh, thank you very much,
but I prefer coffee.

Thank you.

- Why do I have a rolling pin?
- It's for you to make pies.

It's good for women to make pies.

- Do you have a rolling pin?
- On me?

- In your kitchen?
- I use my oven for storage.

My cleaning lady brought me one.
She couldn't believe I didn't have one.

I can't believe
you have a cleaning lady.

Don't even start.
I feel guilty enough.

I hate being home when she is.
I feel like if I'm home,

I should be cleaning or making pies.
She says that's what women do.

Where did you find her,
in a time capsule?

I know. I don't need to make pies.

I'm practically a partner in a major
law firm. If I want pie, I can buy it.

I think I need this in a smaller size.

I'll get it for you, just hand it out,
there's no need...


And there she was,
Mrs. Big, all five foot ten of her.

Hey... Hi, Natasha.

I heard... I read...

Congratulations on the thing,
on the wedding.

This is Miranda, we're shopping.

- Hi.
- Nice to meet you.

That looks nice,
what you have on there.

You think?

I need something for this "Women In
The Arts" luncheon I helped organize.

- I'm on the steering committee.
- Really? I'm a member.

You know, I write,
so I am a woman in the arts.

I go to that lunch every year... clothes.

- So, you're going then?
- Yeah, I'm going.

- Great, I'll see you there.
- All right.

Oh, my God.

- Now, I can't find the invitation.
- Why did you say you'd go?

I've talked to her twice, once in
a cowboy hat, and once in my bra.

Like freakin'

I would just like her
to see me looking normal.

- Just normal?
- I would prefer to look amazing.

Not like I'm trying,
just effortlessly striking.

I see. And will Big be at this event?

It's a "Women In The Arts" luncheon.
It's not about Big, it's about Natasha.

It seems to be a lot of trouble
for a woman.

Can you help me find out
when and where it is?

I can do better than that,
I'm coming too.

So, you support women in the arts?

I support you, and these bitches need
to be put in their places.

That night I modeled my wardrobe
in my head and vetoed everything.

Why did I care so much?

What was it about Natasha that
made me feel like the charity case?

Was it just that she had Big,
or was this bigger than Big?

I started to wonder.
Are there women in New York

just there to make us feel bad
about ourselves?

For Miranda, that woman
was a certain Ukrainian housekeeper.

- You're early.
- Yes, good morning.

Did you bring me this?

It's gift, to make your bathroom nicer.

Thanks. Did you move my hairdryer?
It used to be under the sink.

In the middle drawer.
Last week I organize for you.

No, that drawer
doesn't need organizing.

Magda had discovered Miranda's

I have a boyfriend, so it's not like
I'm sleeping with lots of different men.

For a long time there was no guy
and that's why I have the other thing.

- OK.
- You like this boyfriend?

- Yes.
- You want to marry this man?

I don't know.

Everybody wants to get married.
I am married 28 years.

Well, we'll see.
I don't know if I want to get married.

God bless you.

I don't need you to bless me.

I don't need God to bless me.
I'm fine with my life as it is.

It's like I hired my mother.

Manhattan has spas, where a woman
can pay to feel good about herself.

I can't believe she opened
your goodie-drawer.

Everybody knows
the night-stand is private.

- What do you have in there?
- The usual, condoms, vibrator...

- Massage oil, cigarettes.
- Nipple clamps.

- Really?
- Not for me, for them.

That's freakish.

What's in your goodie-drawer,
Robert's "Rules Of Order"?

- I don't have a goodie-drawer.
- Everybody has one.

- I've got a goodie-closet.
- I don't need to know what's in it.

Ditto. Nipple clamps
will suffice for today.

I'm not in the mood for steam,
it's too hot.

Then take off your towel, relax.

I don't feel like being relaxed in here.

There goes a woman who desperately
needs a goodie-drawer.


- What's wrong?
- I was just hot.

OK, and...

And... I'm just not comfortable
being naked in public.

This isn't really public,
it's a ladies' locker-room.

- I didn't grow up in a naked house.
- I didn't either.

I bet she grew up in a naked house.

She might still live in a naked house.

Sweetie, who cares how you look
to other women.

You have a perfect body.

You're deluded.

Charlotte, you have a beautiful figure.

- Really?
- Yes!

Why was that women looking at me
like my thighs were too big?

Samantha always felt
good about herself.

But after her 80-minute massage,
she felt even better.

I just had the most intense massage.
Kevin goes down on you.

Samantha's was good,
but not that good.

- Are you serious?
- He's incredible. You should try him.

Samantha smiled,

but a woman with a goodie-closet
doesn't need to pay for head.


- Forgot your key.
- Thanks, Kevin.

Then again, you can never have
too many massages.

Samantha immediately
got on the wait list

for Kevin's
next available appointment.

That night, Steve wasn't available.
Miranda chose the next best thing.

Magda was not only cleaning,
she was performing an exorcism.

Later that week, I had a religious
experience at Manolo Blahnik.

I need your opinion.

You can't afford them?

Can I get you something?

I'll have that incredibly rich-Iooking,
flourless chocolate thing.

- And a caf? au lait.
- I'll have a fruit cup.

- Now you're making me feel bad.
- No, get what you want.

This place has the best desserts.
The point of coming is to splurge.

That was a splurge.
Fruit has a lot of carbs.

Is there a new "Zone" book out?

I hate my thighs.

The problem is not your thighs.
The problem is your head.

Now... About the shoes.

Hold on...

I need these for the WITA luncheon.

The heels are almost high enough
to put me face to face with Natasha,

if Natasha wears flats.
But why would she wear flats?

Do they make the right statement?

What statement
do you want to make?

I am beautiful, powerful and don't care
you're only 25, and married my ex.

I thought you didn't have a complex
about your looks.

It's not a complex.
It's a Natasha specific obsession,

which will be over when she sees me,
at the benefit, looking fabulous,

in these shoes and a dress from
Bergdorf's that'll cost a month's rent.

Listen to you.
You don't have to prove anything.

You are stunning, intelligent
and funny. And what is she?

Married, that's all.

You could go to that luncheon,
wearing that,

and still be the most
incredible woman in the room.

Why can't you do that for yourself?

That afternoon,
Charlotte faced her fear.

I'd kill for your breasts.

Meanwhile, Samantha had spent
the last half hour face-down,

picturing Kevin's face down on her.

- Is this pressure OK?
- Oh, yes. That is just fine.

Ready to turn over now?

I most certainly am.

- Is this OK?
- Yes.

- Is this OK?
- Yes.

Is this OK?


Since they were running out of time,
she took the matter in her own hands.

Is this OK?

Apparently, it wasn't.

What kind of person
does such a thing?

To molest a trained professional
while he is trying to do his job.

Helena Rubinstein is
a civilized place, for civilized people.

I'm sorry, I can't allow you
to come back here.

I have to protect my staff.

Clearly, she meant Kevin's staff.

This isn't my fault.

I know that Kevin
went down on another customer,

and that's why
I booked the appointment.

The following Monday, Samantha
and I were the definition of civilized.

We officially became
ladies who luncheon.

It was entrapment, false advertising
and blatant discrimination.

You can't go down on one
and not the other.

I paid good money,
expecting to be eaten out.

This is not the conversation I wish
to have as my most amazing self.

- Do you see her?
- No...

But I do see Wendy Wasserstein
and Gloria Steinem.

- Believe me, you look stunning.
- You know what? I believe you.

Hello Mimi, Ms Carrie Bradshaw,
and Ms Samantha Jones.

I'm a member,
I just haven't been to an event, ever.

It's Bradshaw.

Here you are.
Wear your name tags.

Last year we had an incident
with Joyce Carol Oates.

I'm not sure the "Hello, my name is"
goes with the ensemble.

Hello, my name is Fabulous.

Oh, Natasha's not here yet.

- Natasha's not coming.
- What?

She's got a cold,
and didn't want to get everybody sick.

Here are your drink tickets.

I can't believe that bitch
is a no-show.

I'm the one who's sick.
Charged another outfit I can't afford.

Maybe bounced a cheque to charity,
just to prove I'm amazing.

I've never felt less so.
Let's just go.

I've paid $85, we're having our drinks.
What do you feel like?

- Loser on the rocks?
- Give me those tickets.

Who is this and what's she doing
in my bedroom?

Virgin Mary.

- And where's my other thing?
- What thing?

You know, the thing.
Don't make me say it.

The thing you replaced with this lady.

Bathroom, middle drawer.
Next to hairdryer.

No man will marry you if that is by
your bed. It says you don't need him.

What I don't need is another mother.

I have one in Philadelphia,
and that's close enough.

I need a housekeeper,
who will clean my apartment

and stop judging because I'm a 34
year old, single woman in New York.

I drink coffee, have sex, buy pies
and enjoy battery-operated devices.

If you can't deal with that,
I will find a housekeeper who can.

I also head the committee to match
mentors with underprivileged children.

It'd be wonderful if you'd be willing
to work with kids who want to write.

I write about sex.

Is that something they'd like to learn?
Writing about blow jobs?

We can always use help
in fundraising.

Carrie, this is Jenna.

- Hi, Jenna.
- Nice to meet you.

Jenna went to college with Natasha.
Go ahead, tell her what you told me.

OK, well, Natasha lived in my dorm,
freshmen year at Tulane.

Once, she showered with a guy
in the community bathroom.


And she gained like ten pounds,
sophomore year.


Ten pounds.
Thanks, Jenna.

Merry Christmas.

That's supposed
to make me feel better?

Six years ago
she had a weight problem?

It's something.

You had to love her for trying.

Samantha tried to make me feel good
by making Natasha sound bad,

but it only made me feel worse.

- Another drink?
- Another one and I'll lose my lunch.

When you get home you'll smile
because she was a porker in college.

Ten pounds does not a porker make.

- You're Samantha Jones.
- Yes. We met at Helena Rubinstein.

Katy, Leisle, look who's here.
The woman who got Kevin fired.

Thanks a lot!

- Yeah, thanks.
- Who's gonna fuck me now?

Kevin fucked you?

Turns out I wasn't the kind of member
those women in the arts needed.

That night, in her spotless apartment,
Miranda knew she'd been right

to take a stand
because of her night-stand.

Magda realized that single women
in New York never make pies,

but they sometimes make guys.

A few weeks later, I got something
in the mail from Women In The Arts.

It was a "Thank you for attending",
signed by Natasha.

Game over. I had to accept that in life,
some women are simply better.

No amount of shoes, or lack of pastry
or making of pies will change that.

I will never be the woman
with the perfect hair,

who can wear white and not spill on it.

And chair committees,
and write thank you notes.

And I can't feel bad about that.

"Sorry I couldn't be their."


But I could feel good about this.

Miranda, it's good she got married.
The woman's an idiot.