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The producers of Sex and the City could only recall two times HBO censored their content over the course of six seasons, but one of them was a “horrifying” moment involving a golden retriever, according to producer-writer Amy B. Harris.
Season 1 episode “The Monogamists” was a fairly tame storyline, considering everything else the writers went on to tackle. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) was seeing a man named Michael (Jack Koenig), who always had a golden retriever named Butterscotch hanging around him. Their relationship turned sour when Michael kept pushing Charlotte’s head down to give him a blowjob.
“In the final scene, she basically let him have it about being offended by his insistence on just wanting a blow job,” Sex and the City creator Darren Star told Vanity Fair of this moment. “She accused him of only liking her for that and kind of stormed out.”
That’s how it ends in the episode that first aired in 1998, but there was apparently more to the scene. “And then she walked back in and saw that his golden retriever was going down on him,” Star revealed.
“It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that,” Harris remarked. “We shot him putting peanut butter on his penis, and Charlotte walks back in like, ‘Oh, I’m being unreasonable,’ and then she sees that. … I can’t believe we even thought about doing it.”
Yeah. Good call on that one, HBO.