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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Sex

What are you reading this because I used the word sex? Ah HA! I knew that would draw readers in!
My co-blogger seems to think Seinfeld was the best show ever. I really, really disagree. It’s a funny show. Sure. Let’s leave it at that.
My best friend isn’t crazy about Seinfeld, either. It’s one of the reasons I love her. We have actually had conversations about how some people are too obsessed with it- will watch all the re runs, know the episodes and lines by heart… and we kind of look on in awe, wondering, was it really that funny?
Being a non-Seinfeld lover today is kind of like being a Republican. You’re almost afraid to say it because so many people will flip out. It’s like you totally and full heartedly believe it is average, but you don’t want to start a revolt. (Not that I feel the least bit of sympathy for republicans. Look what you did! He’s back for four more years!!)
Sooooo, I will instead write about what I feel are the 4 best episodes of what I believe is the best show in history- Sex and the City!

Episode 4: Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys
"There are no available men in their thirties in New York. Giuliani had them removed along with the homeless." -Miranda
In this episode, Carrie finds herself hanging out with a much younger counterpart. They kiss for 5 hours, his house is sans TP at a most critical moment, and he likes to smoke pot. Seriously, if this kid isn’t straight out of Elon then they don’t call me T-Rock. Do you remember kissing for 5 hours? Do you remember the first time you were at a boy’s house and there was no toilet paper? It’s probably about the same time you started dating OLDER MEN! I sure did….

Episode 55: Time and Punishment
"I got to thinking about relationships and partial lobotomies. Two seemingly different ideas that might just be perfect together - like chocolate and peanut butter." – Carrie

Classic Aiden. He is so loyal and gritty. He is one of those guys who deeply loves who he loves and will fight to the end for them. I loved his raw and very real character. This is the episode when Big calls during a Carrie/Aiden romp. Carrie can tell Aiden is upset about it and worries that he may never really forget her past.
This is an issue a lot of couples deal with, especially those that do not meet when they are 16. I like this episode because it deals with that question- Will my past hurt me in the future?
Carrie finds Aiden flirting with another woman. This was a great moment in the show because it just shows this man who is obviously affected by this brush with his lover’s past. He doesn’t want to talk about it. He wants to forget it. But it makes him jealous and self conscious. It makes him want to not trust her.
Carrie and Aiden work through the resentment. I think this was a good take on a very real problem. And a good portrayal of a man I have a SERIOUS crush on.

Episode 57 :Sex and the Country
"You can't be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit." – Carrie
Anyone who loves Aiden loves this episode. I have to tell you, I have never been, from beginning to end, a Mr. Big fan. I love Ayden, I love Aiden for Carrie, and he was at his best in this episode. I mean Christ, he has a house in the country and he builds things with his hands. Can’t you see those artsy hands like, cutting wood and building fires in overalls? I digress.
Carrie and Aiden take a trip to the country, Samantha comes along for fun……and she has some fun…in true Samantha fashion. Watch the episode and check out the farm hand that, well, gives her a hand…
This is also the episode where Charlotte finds Trey taking a bath with his mom sitting next to him!!!! If you think you’re dating a momma’s boy, you haven’t seen this episode. Trey and Bunny freak me OUT. I just always felt for Charlotte. She wanted the dream- the perfect little life. Instead she ends up with Trey- who can’t keep it up, can’t get from under his mom, and can’t leave Charlotte alone. Sheesh.
Finally, this episode shows a great side of Miranda. The workaholic and suit side of the woman take a break in this episode when we get a real sense of her love for Steve, and her fear of his cancer. Maybe even fear of life without him. This proves to be a great theme for the remainder of the series.

Episode 94: An American Girl in Paris (part deux)
"The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous." –Carrie

This quote says it all. While I do disagree with Carrie ending up with Big in the end, I think this quote says ultimately what all women want. We want you to love the things about us that we think are great! Easy.
There are a few significant parts- One, when Alexander gives her the necklace…um, HELLOOO!!!!! That’s a serious necklace. I think I got indigestion when it broke.
Two, when Smith comes back from God knows what country to tell Samantha he loves her. They cast this beautiful man and turned him into this saving grace for Samantha. I love that the show ends with her knowing love.
Three, when Charlotte sees the picture of the sweet little Chinese girl and says, “That’s our baby.” Three words have never quite affected me the way those did. It’s all she wanted, and that wonderful, bald, angel of a man named Harry wanted to see her get her wish. LOVE Harry.
Four, Miranda washing Steve’s mother in the tub. All of these women, in a sense came full circle and became more well rounded people. Each of them were totally lacking in at least one aspect. But I think Miranda really came into her own here. Miranda loved Steve so much. They were the ultimate “opposites attract” couple. And when they had a baby, we all cringed at the thought of Miranda having to be maternal. We didn’t think she had it in her. But not only did she manage to have a semi normal kid (I have to say it, he is not a cute baby) she managed to love a man so much that she took in his mother and took care of her.
What a great final episode. Even though Carrie ended up with Big (or John, as we find out his first name), this finale left no stones unturned, no doubts in our minds. You can’t say that about the final episode of Seinfeld, can ya J-Mazz?

7 Comments:

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Gregg M. Schmidt said...

You can't compare the two shows at all...because Seinfeld is widely considered the greatest show in TV history...and Sex And The City was on HBO - so not everyone could watch it. Also SATC is a WOMAN's show...70% of the people that watch it don't have equipment between their legs.

We Ride

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger J-Mazz said...

No self-respecting Seinfeld fan will claim the final episode was great. It wasn't even that good. Then again, as the greatest show of all time, w/ a history of supporting characters so memorable they're universally identifiable (Soup Nazi, Newman, Poppi, The Mimbo, Man Hands, etc.), it was impossible to please every fan AND churn out a great finale. Seinfeld set the bar too high even for itself to clear in its last hurrah. The nice thing about Seinfeld (other than the fact it's a unisex TV show) is it evolved during its nine years on the air, most notably after Larry David stopped writing episodes. The first half of its run, co-written by Seinfeld and David, were masterpieces unlike anything ever seen on television. The latter half of the program's life was still hysterical, but the humor came more from one-liners and unbelievably ridiculous plots (such as the episode when George tries his hardest to get fired from the Yankees). Even though I've never seen an entire episode of SITC, I don't doubt its finale was better than Seinfeld's. The key, T-Rock, is to look at each entity as a whole. Only then will you realize SITC is just another merlot compared to the ageless Pinot Grigio that is Seinfeld.

In case you were wondering, I can't afford either of those wines. I'm on food stamps!

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger T-Rock said...

in response...
well boys, 70% of those who watch it don't WANT the equipment between their legs. beleive it or not, we don't have penis envy, honey.
I respect the fact that America loves Seinfeld. I'm just saying there are those of us who appreciate a little more style, a little more sex, a little more romance and a little more gritty reality in our TV shows. Plus a whole lotta far fetched, wild and wacky stories. Sex has it all.

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger J-Mazz said...

How can you say SITC had more style when Seinfeld featured Jerry's white high-tops w/ jeans for the first five seasons? Now THAT'S style. Also, could you please tell me where the SITC exhibit is located in The Smithsonian?

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger T-Rock said...

Seinfeld does not have an "exhibit". It is merely a part of a huge exhibit about American TV. No character from Sex and the City has to donate some dumb "puffy shirt" to any museum to commemorate the type of style sported by the girls on the show- we see it every day on the street. No one went out and bought peasant blouses after Seinfeld wore one- but MILLIONS of girls bought horseshoe necklaces, Manolo pumps and Dior couture after Carrie adorned them on the show. That's style

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Emily said...

The way that I know Sex and the City was a fantastic show is that I would rather watch a re-run of that show over a new episode of any other show. I love The Apprentice, but if there were Sex episodes on last night, would've skipped the finale to watch. Also, I actually teared up just reading Taresa's description of the last episode. Seinfeld, I hate to say was an average at best show. Middle class white men with subpar senses of humor everywhere love it - that's why it's in the Smithsonian...

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger J-Mazz said...

This is like arguing whose god is better. Clearly a show about four women in New York will have a greater effect on women, just as a show about three men (and Elaine) in New York will have a drastic effect on men. The difference? For every male fan of SITC, you will find 10 female fans of Seinfeld.

And, just for the record, T-Rock did an entire 20-minute presentation on SITC her senior year at Elon's Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF). Now let's welcome the weekend w/ a new topic to discuss. PLEASE.

Did I mention Rainbow Bright was on "I Love the '80s" last nite? Don't worry, seeing her made me realize I'm sooooo over her.

 

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