It’s been 85 sleeps since Kim Cattrall’s return as Samantha Jones on the second season of And Just Like That… was announced—and the tortuous wait to see the scene in question finally ended on Thursday with a brief but blissful long-distance call from across the pond. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment marked Cattrall’s first onscreen appearance in the Sex and the City sequel series, which was officially renewed for a third season earlier this week.
Perhaps sensing this long-awaited reunion, the show wastes no time in revealing Samantha’s cameo. “Hello, London,” Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw says in the season two finale’s opening moments. “What’s shakin’, Lady?” She’s speaking to none other than Ms. Jones, calling from the back of a car to deliver the solemn news that she won’t be able to attend Carrie’s “Last Supper” dinner party. Blame a flight delay—or perhaps the longstanding rumored feud between Cattrall and SJP.
But despite the brevity, within her few minutes of screen time, Samantha confirms a few things: She’s still in contact with Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis); she feels close enough with Carrie to show up unannounced at her dinner party; and she can joke about her former life as a Manhattanite. After paying her respects to Carrie’s “fabulous, fabulous flat,” which she will now officially never set foot in again, Samantha sports a faux British accent as “Annabelle Bronstein.” Fans of the show will remember that Samantha uses Annabelle’s misplaced member pass in season six, episode 10 of Sex and the City to get into the Soho House pool.
A beat-by-beat transcript of their interaction can be found below:
Carrie: Hello, London. What’s shakin’, lady?
Samantha: My flight’s three hours delayed, Carrie. I won’t be able to make it there in time.
Carrie: In time for what?
Samantha: The last supper. Miranda and Charlotte told me all about it. I was gonna surprise you.
Carrie: Oh, my gosh. Well, you did. I’m very surprised.
Samantha: Well, the fog finally lifted, but the crew? Maxed out. Oh, I am fucking furious!
Carrie: Well, no, no, no, don’t worry. We’ll just get together tomorrow.
Samantha: Honey, I just left Heathrow. I was flying back on the first flight in the morning.
Carrie: Wait a minute…you were flying all the way to New York for an overnight?
Samantha: Well, it is your apartment and I have to pay my respects. So, uh, put me on speaker. Go ahead, put me on speaker, and hold up that phone.
Carrie: All right, you’re on speaker.
Samantha: Thank you for everything, you fucking fabulous, fabulous flat.
Carrie: Uh, Samantha, do you have a British accent?
Samantha: Who’s Samantha? This is Annabelle Bronstein. I’m from ‘Injah.’ Ta and cheerio. And have a great night.
Cattrall, who has made it perfectly clear that she does not like to be in a situation for even an hour where she’s not enjoying herself, filmed her single scene in New York City on March 22 sans contact with Parker or showrunner Michael Patrick King, Variety reported in late May.
Details about the appearance were sparse at the time, but in June Cattrall listed a few of her demands for reprising Samantha on The View. “It’s very interesting to get a call from the head of HBO saying, ‘What can we do?’” Cattrall said. “I went, Hmmm…” In that phone call with Max CEO Casey Bloys, Cattrall said that one of her main stipulations was getting famed Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field back in the fold for And Just Like That… “One of those things was to get Pat Field back,” she said. “I just thought, ‘If I’m gonna come back, I’ve gotta come back with that Samantha style. I’ve got to push it.’ And we did!”
King, who wrote and directed Cattrall’s credited “special appearance,” told Forbes before the season began premiering, “The interesting thing about Samantha and And Just Like That… is I feel she’s always been in the show. She’s living in London and she’s texting with Carrie, primarily because Kim Cattrall was like, ‘I’ve retired Samantha for a while, or forever.’ So that was the reality. Then this year, all of a sudden, something shifted emotionally in the universe. The fans have created some sort of multiverse swirl of enthusiasm of the [Sex and the City] 25th anniversary and wanting to see them all again.”
King continued, “All of a sudden, it manifested that Kim was like, ‘I’ll play Samantha for you for this little, sweet treat.’ So, I don’t know whether it’s about the nostalgia for the 25th, which is great. For me, it’s a great treat for the fans. What you’ll see, I’m not going to tell you because I’m mad you even know that you’re going to see it because my goal was to keep it a secret as much as we did Big’s death, but didn’t happen. It kind of magically just appeared. It was fun to write Samantha again. It’s great to see her in the show.”
Just as Carrie orders another round of Cosmopolitans at season’s end, it’s hard to resist hoping that another serving of Samantha is still on the menu.
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