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Aidan and Trey may be history

Jessica Shaw is rooting for upheaval among the male crew, as long as Samantha’s Dick doesn’t go soft on love

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Aidan and Trey may be history

Sometimes when you’re watching TV, you just know how it’s gonna end. You knew Ross was the dad. You knew Sydney was going to live. You knew Larry and Ally wouldn’t end up together. And this week on ”Sex and the City,” you knew Aidan’s days were numbered.

Sure, the first of six new episodes ended on a positive note (though not for the plant), but Carrie is clearly not emotionally prepared for marriage. Even though Aidan was genuinely annoying with his whole ”Where you been? What you been doing?” shtick, I felt so sorry for him when Carrie prioritized Manolos circa ’96 way before her own fiancé. Maybe I’m wrong, but I have a sinking feeling we’re headed for some new male guest stars in the coming weeks.

Aidan may be outta there, but hopefully Richard (a.k.a. Dick) is here to stay. If the writers had told us they would create an interesting, sexy, complex, and hilarious relationship (relationship!) for Samantha, we would have laughed in their faces. And every time she looks down at her cell phone to see the ”Dick” caller ID pop up, I’m jumping up and down thinking about how these two relationship-phobes will hold themselves back from falling in love. Has there been a more romantic scene on television in the past 10 years than when Richard and Sam, dressed only in bathrobes, danced on the roof? I think not. It’s nice to finally see Sam show her emotional range, and not just her sexual one.

Now that Sam’s no longer a caricature, the writers seem to have moved all their stereotypical scribing to Trey. Now, I can’t wait for him to move to Connecticut and out of Charlotte’s life, but not even the most repressed, uptight WASP would say anything like ”We have to find a way to have a giggle.” The cardboard baby? There are no words. Trey’s seconds are numbered.

The one part of this long-awaited episode that kind of bugged me was the whole overly horny pregnant woman storyline that was going on with Miranda. I have a bad feeling the next few weeks are going to be filled with stereotypes about pregnant women. And Miranda was just getting to be my favorite character! (I shouldn’t complain too much. She did have the best line of the episode: ”Is it okay to f— one guy when you’re pregnant with another guy’s baby?”) Hopefully, the writers will allow her character to evolve beyond being just a vessel for Steve’s baby. If I see her eating pickles and ice-cream this season, I’m going to be really annoyed. Still, it’s nice to see everyone in such a different place from when the season began. It’s good to have our crazy, demented, high-maintenance, hilarious friends back.

What was your favorite moment?