- Sex and the City -If Samantha Returns, It Won't Be Because Of Carrie's Terrible Texts
Kim Cattrall may want nothing to do with And Just Like That, but the Sex and the City revival desperately wants Samantha Jones back. And perhaps there is a light at the end of the Samantha tunnel, because in the latest episode titled "Tragically Hip," Samantha texts Carrie Bradshaw back on And Just Like That, and we have Carrie's pain medications and that time Samantha saved her from an emergency gyno appointment to thank.
So, was this text exchange setting up the return of Samantha?
After her hip surgery and high on prescription pills, Carrie shares a story on the X, Y, and Me podcast about the time her friend Samantha pulled out her diaphragm. (It's a moment that happened in Season 2, Episode 6 of the original Sex and the City, "The Cheating Curve" — an episode title that also makes Miranda's sexcapades with Che in Carrie's kitchen a little bit ironic, doesn't it.)
After hearing what Carrie says on her podcast, Charlotte advises Carrie to text Samantha about the first name, last name drop of Samantha Jones. "I think I'm allowed to tell the story," Carrie replies. "It's my vagina, my story." But she listens to Charlotte and texts Samantha... and Samantha replies!
In the message above Carrie's text about the diaphragm story, you can see that Samantha has responded to Carrie thanking her for sending flowers to Big's funeral, so there hasn't been total radio silence from her. But this is the first time that an in-the-moment text exchange is happening. Samantha replies, "One of my finest hours." A making-it-weird Carrie replies, "Hope that's okay." (With a period!!) A cool-as-ever Samantha replies, "Of course. I love that your vagina is getting air time." God, I miss her.
But Carrie's also missing Samantha and she can't help but double down on the weirdness by saying just that. To which Carrie sees the dreaded three dots of Samantha typing something before Samantha ends the convo.
Maybe Samantha was busy and had to run. Maybe she didn't need her awkward ex-friend being awkward that they aren't friends anymore. Maybe she doesn't miss Carrie and how she continues to be so self-centered. Whatever fictional scenario is motivating Samantha's moves, the real people behind the show sure are making theirs clear — they want Samantha on And Just Like That.
DailyMail.com (which Charlotte reads, y'all) reported that an insider said the show wants Cattrall back. "Carrie is the one who has the tough time without Samantha and by the end of And Just Like That, you'll see Carrie extend the olive branch and try and rekindle the friendship," an unnamed source told the publication. "We have a lot of work to do to get Kim Cattrall back."
The sources noted that there are plans for And Just Like That to be a regular series (versus the originally-state miniseries) and that, "We have high hopes that by the time we begin filming the second season, Kim will have joined the show and Samantha Jones can make a triumphant return to the Big Apple."
That DailyMail.com report hasn't been confirmed. But for what it's worth, in the same article weeks ahead of the series premiere, the publication was accurate about the scoop that Samantha had moved to London.
All of these texts could be hinting at a secret Cattrall cameo at the end of the 10 episodes. But the thing is, Cattrall has been very clear that she's not interested in playing Samantha Jones ever again. In a 2017 interview with Piers Morgan, he asked Cattrall if there'd be more Sex and the City, to which she replied, "Not for me." She then went on to say that she wasn't happy with the way she was portrayed in the media for turning down a third movie, particularly by Sarah Jessica Parker, and that they should recast Samantha.
Cattrall has also been liking tweets about her non-appearance on And Just Like That. Like one that said, "And just like that… I find myself only wanting to watch anything @KimCattrall is in. This is a Kim appreciation tweet." And another that said, "Kim Cattrall didn't return to SATC because her scatting career is finally taking off" — referencing the glorious video of Cattrall scatting while her ex-husband plays upright bass. And one that said, "With the #SATC reboot happening, they keep bringing you up. I applaud you for making choices that are right for you. You are not required to do anything you don’t want to do or that won't make you happy."
Maybe Cattrall had a recent change of heart and is tricking fans with her tweets. It doesn't seem that likely, but with the loss of Stanford actor Willie Garson, it's possible she could have rethought her stance. But if Cattrall is still not interested, then Carrie and the revival need to stop making it weird with all these texts.
Because clearly, she's just not that into you.