And Just Like That showrunner thinks some fans were 'terrorized' by Carrie's bedwetting moment
And Just Like That showrunner Michael Patrick King knows he took some big swings with storylines in his Sex and the City revival series: for starters, Mr. Big (Chris Noth) dying unexpectedly in the first episode, and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Steve (David Eigenberg) splitting up after Miranda realizes she's in love with nonbinary newcomer Che (Sara Ramirez). But there's one moment in particular that he thinks went just a little too far for some fans.
Halfway through the show's 10-episode run, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), who has just had hip surgery, is recovering in her bed. She needs help going to the bathroom when she wakes up from a nap, but unfortunately, Miranda, who's supposed to be looking after her, is too busy seriously getting it on with Che in Carrie's kitchen. Unable to reach her destination on her own, Carrie is forced to pee in a diet Peach Snapple bottle, which she then spills all over her bedsheets.
"That was Episode 5, and I think they spent the next five episodes some level of terrorized," King said of the series' fans in a new Variety interview. "Combo plate with Carrie peeing in the bed! I think when you do something unknown or for the first time, people look at it like, 'I don't know what this is, and I'm uncomfortable.'"
Fans weren't the only ones who felt traumatized by the scene. "My jaw was on the floor," Ramirez said. "I was terrified for how the audience was going to handle that. I really felt for Carrie, and I was really excited for Miranda."
When EW spoke to Ramirez after the first few episodes of the reboot aired, they previewed Che's relationship with Carrie's BFF, explaining, "They are two very powerful, very confident people who are both unafraid to speak their authentic truths. When you get two energies like that in the room, you can expect a really interesting dynamic to appear, and you can expect some serious electricity."
An "interesting" dynamic turned out to be an understatement. While the bedwetting scene takes top billing as a thoroughly cringe moment, Che and Miranda's spontaneous kitchen sex is a very close second, as the show — never one to skimp on the details — offered a graphic depiction of, as King puts it, a "fingering in the kitchen."
"With the sex scene that we had, Sara spent a lot of time talking to the intimacy coach," Nixon told Variety. "I did not! I was like, 'I appreciate that you're here. If I have a question, I'll ask you. I don't want to sit here and talk about my levels of comfort or whatever. My level of comfort is complete.'"
And just like that… many viewers' level of discomfort was also complete.
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