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25 details you might have missed in the 'Sex and the City' reboot, 'And Just Like That'

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Sarah Jessica Parker in "And Just Like That..."HBO Max
  • Warning: Major spoilers for the "Sex and the City" revival ahead.

  • "And Just Like That..." contains references to the original series you might have missed.

  • Iconic outfits and accessories have reappeared, such as Carrie's blue Manolo Blahnik heels.

There are quite a few musical references to the original series and the movies, including a remixed version of the show's iconic theme song.

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Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kristin Davis in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

Fans of the original series and both movies will notice that much of the original score is used in "And Just Like That." While there's no opening-credits montage, a segment of the show's iconic theme song plays when the series title appears on screen.

"You've Got the Love," by The Source and Candi Staton, also plays during the end credits of the first episode. It's the same song that plays in the series finale of "Sex and the City," when Mr. Big calls Carrie to tell her he's moving back to New York and his real name, John James Preston, is finally revealed.

Carrie's cellphone has an absentee-voter sticker on it.

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Parker in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

It's unclear whether this is to imply that Carrie was out of the city during the November 2020 election, chose to mail in her ballot rather than vote in person, or whether she's simply an advocate for absentee-voting rights.

In "Sex and the City," Carrie was mostly apolitical — she didn't even know her voting district when she started dating a city-comptroller candidate in season three. It appears that Carrie is now more politically active.

Carrie and Mr. Big still bond over old records and wine.

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Parker and Chris Noth in "Sex and the City."HBO

In the series premiere of "And Just Like That," Carrie shares that part of her and Mr. Big's quarantine routine has been playing a new record while they drink wine every night. They dance around the kitchen to "Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren, which establishes that the couple is more in love than ever.

This is a subtle reference to one of the most romantic episodes of "Sex and the City," the season-four finale, "I Heart NY," in which Carrie and Mr. Big drink wine and dance to a record of "Moon River" before he moves to Napa, California.

In another reference, Mr. Big jokes about when Carrie used to keep her sweaters in her oven.

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Noth and Parker in "And Just Like That."YouTube/HBO Max

This is an obvious reference to the original series, on which Carrie constantly jokes about not being able to cook and using her oven for clothing storage. Carrie appears to have become a better cook in recent years, largely because of the pandemic.

A picture on Carrie's nightstand is from the night Big first called her his girlfriend.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in a still from "And Just Like That..."HBO Max

A picture of Carrie and Big on the couple's nightstand is a still from the season two episode "The Man, the Myth, the Viagra," in which Big serenades Carrie with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year" and calls her his girlfriend for the first time.

Carrie still refers to her shoes as "lovers."

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Parker in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

Any "Sex and the City" fan knows about Carrie Bradshaw's love affair with expensive footwear, and that's one thing that certainly hasn't changed. While wandering around her closet, Carrie gazes at a wall of heels and says, "Hello, lovers." Carrie first uttered the phrase in season four while window shopping with Samantha.

There's also a reference to cosmos, a cocktail popularized by the show, in the first episode.

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Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Davis, and Parker in "Sex and the City."HBO

"I hope you like your cosmos with a side of drama," Anthony tells Carrie at Lily's piano recital, referring to his tumultuous relationship with Stanford. The cocktail appeared throughout "Sex and the City" and became popular among fans of the show.

"Why did we ever stop drinking these?" Miranda asks Carrie as the ladies drink them in the first movie.

"Because everyone else started," Carrie replies.

Carrie still has her old apartment.

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Carrie Bradshaw's apartment in "Sex and the City."New Line Cinema/HBO

Carrie's apartment has been a mainstay throughout the "Sex and the City" franchise, so Carrie giving it up would certainly be heartbreaking for fans.

In the first episode of "And Just Like That," Stanford asks Carrie if he can stay at her old apartment since he and his husband, Anthony, are in a fight. Their relationship appears to be constantly on the rocks, as Stanford already had his own key made.

Samantha is living in London after being fired as Carrie's publicist.

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Parker and Cattrall in "Sex and the City."James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images

In January, it was announced that Kim Cattrall, who played the sex-positive publicist Samantha Jones, would not be in the new limited series.

In response to two comments on her Instagram post about whether Cattrall would be returning to the next chapter and whether the two disliked each other, Sarah Jessica Parker said, "No. I don't dislike her. I've never said that. Never would. Samantha isn't a part of this story. But she will always be a part of us. No matter where we are or what we do."

In the first episode of "And Just Like That," Carrie shares that she and Samantha had a falling out after she was fired as Carrie's publicist "because of what the book business is now" and took a job in London. Carrie also says all three of the ladies have reached out to Samantha multiple times, with no response.

"Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave," HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys told TVLine in February. "Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life."

Julie Halston returns to her role of Bitsy von Muffling.

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Julie Halston in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

Though she appeared in only a few episodes of the original show and made just a brief cameo in the first "Sex and the City" movie, Bitsy von Muffling is one of a few side characters to make an appearance in both premiere episodes of "And Just Like That."

She runs into Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda at lunch and immediately asks where Samantha is, which implies they haven't seen each other in some while. The three ladies explain that Samantha has moved to London.

Bitsy's piano-bar-performer husband, Bobby Fine, who was played by Nathan Lane, died during the pandemic.

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Nathan Lane in "Sex and the City."HBO (Home Box Office)

In the second episode, Bitsy tells Carrie that her husband passed away "a year and a half ago" during the pandemic. She doesn't say whether it was COVID-19-related or not.

"It's still so fresh," Bitsy tells Carrie. "I lost Bobby so early in the COVID. You couldn't see anyone. No one even knew how to Zoom shiva yet."

Susan Sharon, played by Molly Price, also comes back in the second episode of "And Just Like That."

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Molly Price in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

Susan Sharon is mostly known for being Carrie's friend with a volatile husband in season two. But the last time we saw Susan was when she congratulated Carrie and Aidan on their engagement in season four of "Sex and the City" — needless to say, it's been a while. She brings this up to Carrie, saying she's forgiven her and that "life is too short to hold a grudge."

But Carrie has no idea what Susan is talking about. "What happened between you two?" Miranda asks.

"I have no idea. I was hoping you knew," Carrie responds.

Charlotte's Cavalier King Charles spaniel from the original series, Elizabeth Taylor, is no longer with the family.

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Davis is seen filming "And Just Like That."Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images

In the original series, Charlotte and Harry adopt their first dog, Elizabeth Taylor, after learning that Charlotte is having infertility issues and may be unable to have children.

The spaniel was named after the actress Elizabeth Taylor, with whom Charlotte identifies because Taylor also converted to Judaism before marrying Eddie Fisher.

They now have a rescued French bulldog, aptly named Richard Burton, after Taylor's most famous love who she divorced and later married again.

Mr. Big's favorite Peloton instructor Allegra is played by a real-life instructor.

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Chris Noth riding a Peloton in "And Just Like That..."HBO Max

In the "And Just Like That" premiere episode, Mr. Big and Carrie joke about his favorite Peloton instructor, Allegra. As Carrie leaves the apartment to attend Lily's piano recital, one of the last things she says to him is a jab at the Peloton instructor, who has become the subject of "other-woman" banter in their relationship.

Shown briefly in the first episode, Allegra is played by the real-life instructor Jess King. King also appeared in a recent Peloton ad alongside Chris Noth, although the ad was later pulled after accusations of sexual assault were made against him. He has denied the allegations.

Carrie wears the blue Manolo Blahnik heels she wore during her proposal and her courthouse wedding to Mr. Big.

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Cantone and Parker film scenes for "And Just Like That." Parker and Noth appear in a scene from "Sex and the City."Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images; New Line Cinema/HBO

In the first episode, Carrie wears the "wedding shoes," a pair of royal-blue Manolo Blahnik heels that appeared in the first movie. In the same outfit, Carrie also wears a flower pin, which became a fashion staple for her character in the original series.

The shoes become symbolic later on in the episode as they fall off in the shower when — spoiler alert — Carrie finds Mr. Big close to death in their apartment. The scene is made even more dramatic because of the shoes' significance in Carrie and Mr. Big's relationship.

Mr. Big dies after having a heart attack — in the sixth season of "Sex and the City," it was established he had a heart condition that required surgery.

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Parker and Noth in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

Hearts broke across New York City — and, frankly, the world — when Mr. Big died in Carrie's arms in the first episode of "And Just Like That." While some have speculated that his Peloton workout played a part in his demise, this isn't the first mention of him having cardiac problems.

In the episode "The Domino Effect," he returns to the city for a "routine" heart operation and temporarily revives his romantic relationship with Carrie.

After the "And Just Like That" episode aired, Peloton released a statement, saying, "Mr. Big lived what many would call an extravagant lifestyle — including cocktails, cigars, and big steaks — and was at serious risk as he had a previous cardiac event in Season 6."

The statement added: "These lifestyle choices and perhaps even his family history, which often is a significant factor, were the likely cause of his death."

Peloton went on to create a tongue-in-cheek ad starring Noth, who played Mr. Big and the real-life instructor King, who also appeared in the series.

Charlotte later brings a grieving Carrie three international editions of Vogue.

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Davis in "And Just Like That."HBO Max

Carrie has a longtime relationship with Vogue, once saying that when she moved to New York, she chose to buy the magazine instead of dinner because she felt it "fed" more.

After dealing with some financial stress in season four, Carrie also begins writing freelance articles for the magazine. In the first movie, Carrie is asked to appear in the magazine wearing bridal couture for the magazine's "Style at Any Age" edition.

In the third episode, Carrie wears the same studded belt she wore multiple times in the first movie.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City" and "And Just Like That..."New Line Cinema/HBO Max

Parker previously told Vogue she "kept every single solitary thing" from her time on "Sex and the City." Speaking to Insider, the costume designers for "And Just Like That..." revealed that Parker lent them items from her personal archive for the new series.

"When we did reach into the past for an iconic piece that was in Sarah Jessica's archive, we wanted to place it somewhere where it would shock and surprise in a good way or it had some relevancy," Molly Rogers told Insider.

Natasha returns in the third episode, and multiple references are made to Carrie and Big's affair in season three.

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Bridget Moynahan on the set of "And Just Like That..." on July 19, 2021.Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images

Big and Natasha, his much younger girlfriend whom he met in Paris, married at the end of the second season of "Sex and the City." However, by the third season, Carrie and Big were already involved in an affair, despite Carrie being in a serious relationship with Aidan at the time.

Everything came to a head when Natasha returned home early and found Carrie in her and Big's apartment. While chasing Carrie down the stairs, Natasha fell and broke a tooth. When Carrie later tracked Natasha down to apologize, Natasha was dismissive and blamed Carrie for ruining her marriage.

When we meet Natasha again in "And Just Like That..." tensions appear to be just as high. After learning that Big has left Natasha $1 million in his will, Carrie once again tries to track Natasha down to clear her mind about her and Big's relationship. Multiple references to her and Big's affair are made throughout the episode, culminating in Natasha telling Carrie, "I'll never understand why he ever married me when he was always in love with you."

Carrie later jokes about Big hating the color beige, a dig at his former relationship with Natasha.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, and Bridget Moynahan in a scene from "Sex and the City."HBO

In the midst of selling her and Big's apartment, Carrie tells real estate agent Seema Patel that her husband "wasn't a fan of beige." This is a reference to when Big and Natasha run into Carrie and Aidan at a furniture show.

Big drunkenly tells Carrie that everything in his apartment is "now beige," which also reflects the boring, unsatisfying nature of his relationship with Natasha. He then implies that he wants to get back together with Carrie, saying that "beige is bulls---."

There are multiple nods to iconic fashion moments in the fourth episode, including another white tutu.

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Sarah Jessica Parker seen on the set of "And Just Like That..."James Devaney/GC Images/Getty Images

To kick things off, Carrie awakens in her old apartment using a blue coat, worn during the fashion show from the season four episode "The Real Me," as a blanket.

While wandering through her closet, Carrie also pulls out a number of iconic looks, from the white, one-shouldered dress she wore in the opening scene of the first "Sex and the City" movie to a colorful dress she wore while trying to apply for a bank loan in season four.

Carrie also wears a long tutu, a nod to the outfit she wears in the opening credits of "Sex and the City," and a previously worn pair of white booties.

There is a callback to when Samantha had to remove Carrie's diaphragm in season two.

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Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis in "Sex and the City."HBO

Carrie tells the story of how Samantha pulled out her diaphragm in the season two episode "The Cheating Curve." The incident was also how Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda learned that Carrie had gotten back together with Big after they broke up in the finale of season one.

Carrie later messages Samantha about it and the two exchange a few friendly texts.

Seema's father is the same actor who played the waiter who comforted Samantha after she was stood up on a date.

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Ajay Mehta in "Sex and the City" and "And Just Like That."HBO Max

After Samantha began dating a successful man who loved to use the word "we," he leaves her waiting for him alone at a restaurant. Samantha and the waiter share a kiss after she pulls herself together in the bathroom, but we never see him again — until it's revealed the actor is Seema's father in "And Just Like That..."

There's no mention of this interaction in the new series, so it's unclear if they are the same character or if the actor Ajay Mehta is playing an entirely different role.

In the opening scene of episode seven, Carrie can be seen writing at her desk in front of her apartment window. This shot was a mainstay in the original series.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in "And Just Like That..."HBO Max

Carrie was often seen writing in front of her window in the original series. The shot is used again in "And Just Like That..." with a twist. Though Carrie remains the same, save for a few outfit changes, the seasons are seen visibly changing around her as she finishes writing another book.

Carrie doesn't like her book publisher's choice of a cover, something she also experienced in the original series.

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A still from "And Just Like That.."HBO Max

After seeing her publisher's options for the cover of her next book, which talks about Big's death, Carrie worries her book may be too dark and that the cover is all wrong.

This appears to be a subtle callback to when Carrie published her first book, "Sex and the City," in season five. She spends a great deal of time crafting the perfect book cover look after both her publishers and Samantha miss the mark.

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