After a rather subdued start to season 3 last week, the spinoff series,, packed more of an emotional punch this week. As Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is asked to narrate the audiobook version of her book about the death of her husband, Mr.
Big (Chris Noth), the fashionista is forced to relive his traumatic final moments. Though she'd been proud of seemingly getting out on the other side of her grief, Carrie discovers that she's far from being over the painful loss.
She runs into returning character Bitsy von Muffling (Julie Halston), who also made a cameo in the spinoff's first season. Bitsy tells her that the second year after a loss is actually the most painful as life continues without that person.
Not wanting to admit that she's not able to handle narrating the audiobook, Carrie claims to have tested positive for COVID, a move that pal Anthony Marantino (Mario Cantone) quips, «is very off trend for her.» The fake COVID lie causes a variety of problems for the widower, who gets treats from bestie Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) and unwanted sympathy from her friend, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), who is living across the country in California.