Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What I Missed at 19 While Watching Sex and the City Season 1, Episode 2

"Cute doesn't cut it in this town. What's cute compared to supermodel?"
-Miranda in "Models & Mortals"

The second episode in the first season of Sex and the City made a good point at arguing that men don't have to have supermodel looks to be model worthy in bed.

Case in point: Miranda's dinner date Nick, a small guy with below average looks (the kind of atrocious guy the first few seasons of SATC paired Cynthia Nixon with) pulls models on a regular basis--or in his words, "Why fuck the girl in the skirt, when you can fuck the girl in the ad for the skirt?"

"If men like Nick are dating models, what chance do ordinary women have?" Miranda says. "You have to be a supermodel to get a date in New York."

Before moving to New York, I didn't understand that this city was littered with women, real women, not even models, but real women who look as if they've stepped out of a catalog--and now, being back on the so-called market, I totally get the ladies' frustrations.

This episode belongs to Miranda, who claims, "The advantages given to models, and to beautiful women in general, are so unfair it makes me want to puke."

1. At the end of her date with Nick the Modelizer, Miranda confronts him about his leggy preference--and he still tries to go in for the kiss. WTF?
NICK: "It's true. I'm obsessed...with models."
MIRANDA: "What am I? Your intellectual beard for the evening?"
2. Random model on the power of beauty: "There's two types of guys that fall for models: either their slime balls that are just out there to get laid or they fall in love with you instantly. It's pathetic."

3. CARRIE: "Barkley, a notorious modelizer, was one of those Soho wonders who maintained a fabulous lifestyle despite having sold a single painting." I always wonder who these people are? How do they afford that loft?

4. BARKLEY (played by the adorable Gabriel Macht): "Models are a lot looser than you think. It's way easier to screw a model than a regular girl because that's what they do all the time. It's how regular people are when they're out on vacation."

5.
Guys like Skipper never get the girl. "She totally won't return my phone calls," he tells Carrie, "Did she say anything about me?" That's why a bartender like Steve ended up marrying my girl Miranda.

6. Stanford is like so many of us: In love with the one person who is not available to him, like his client, the underwear model Derek. "Can you believe anyone that beautiful can be that nice?" he asks Carrie. "I keep dreaming that some night he's just going to turn around and say, 'Stanford, I love you.'"

7. Despite his beauty, like many singles in this massive city, all Derek the model wants is to fight his loneliness: "Do you mind if we just lie here?" he asks Carrie in her apartment. "I get so lonely in the city. Sometimes it's just nice to lie with someone."

8. Miranda lived below 14th Street...When did she end up Uptown?

9. CARRIE: "I began to realize that being beautiful is like having a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park, completely unfair and usually bestowed upon those who deserve it least."

10. BIG: "There are so many God damn gorgeous women out there in the city...But the thing is this: After a while you just want to be with the one that makes you laugh. Know what I mean?"

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