''Sex and the City'' ends with a whimper, not a bang. The season finale finds Carrie about to date Jack, Samantha dithering over Richard, and Charlotte falling for Harry, says Jessica Shaw

By Jessica Shaw
Updated September 09, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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”Sex and the City” ends with a whimper, not a bang

It’s a good thing the ”Sex and the City” season ended this week, because I don’t think I would have been able to stand seeing Sarah Jessica Parker in any more pregnancy-coping ensembles. What in the name of Barney’s New York was she wearing to the Bitsy-Bobby wedding? And why in the name of Jimmy Choo did she match her lampshade hairstyle to the lampshade dress?

And yet, despite looking like home furnishings with a pulse, Carrie managed to find zsa zsa zsu in the form of the always adorable Jack Berger (Ron Livingston). Manolo Blahnik only knows why we had to wait until the last minutes of the last episode of the season before Jack asked her out, but I guess we needed a reason to tune in next season.

Wonderful as this episode was, it wasn’t much of a finale — that is to say, I didn’t really feel like anything was summed up or tied together. Samantha was one second the beacon of empowerment when she called Richard to inform him of the fete she’d be throwing at his Hamptons house, and the next second was a bundle of melon-throwing, her nerves undone by a couple of silicone-enhanced party crashers. Either get over the guy or don’t.

Miranda, on the other hand, is realistically getting into her guy and then out and then in again. Yes, he’s goofy and annoying at times and truly has parentage from hell, but the guy loves feeding his son and he brings lilacs over! Strange as it is, Miranda actually glows when Steve is in the room, and her adorable instinct to call Steve, which was squashed by her lawyerly better judgment, was heartbreaking. Perhaps the lilacs will still be in bloom next season.

Unfortunately, it seems like we already know how the Charlotte/hairy Harry situation is going to end. It was so hilarious watching Char fall for this completely inappropriate guy. The writers should have let the courtship phase last much longer. Last week they were a little into each other, and this week she’s telling him she’s falling in love with him and he’s saying he can’t marry her because he’s Jewish? Very un-Charlotte. Very abridged season. This storyline should have evolved over three or four weeks, not three or four minutes. Nonetheless, I have a feeling Harry will be back next season along with fellow other potentials Jack and Steve.

Of course, whether or not they come back and what ends up happening to them ultimately is only of secondary concern. The most important thing we have to look forward to is the return of the un-fake-maternity wardrobe of Carrie. No more oversized magazines covering the belly. No baggy cardigans. No lampshade dresses. When Tony Soprano’s looking like more of a beacon of style than your show’s star, it’s probably a good time for the season to wrap.

What did you think of the season finale?

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