Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
Upon arriving at Big's (Chris Noth) apartment one fine evening, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is greeted by the unexpected sight of packing boxes. When she asks him what gives, Big (Chris Noth) tells her that he's moving to Napa, where he's bought a vineyard. Uncertain about how she feels but definitely upset about the prospect of no more let's-be-friends nooky, Carrie dances with Big to his favorite song, "Moon River," and downs a glass of wine. Carrie's feelings of neglect are mirrored by those of Samantha (Kim Cattrall), who's smarting from Richard's (James Remar) inability to arrive on time for their planned rendezvous. Although she has her suspicions about the reasons for his tardiness, Samantha keeps them in check, and instead presents the cheating lout with a token of her love, a framed portrait of hearts. Charlotte (Kristin Davis), however, is living it up after being asked out by Eric (Terry Maratos), a cute guy on the tour she was leading at the Museum of Modern Art. Unfortunately, despite the fact they have lots in common, Eric shoves his foot down his throat when, upon seeing Charlotte's decked-out Park Ave. apartment, he makes a series of insulting remarks about her being a rich girl. Thus, another fledgling relationship ends and another round of self-reflection begins: Carrie, touched by Big's departure and Samantha's Richard woes, wonders heavily about the nature of fate and relationships (again). She perks up in time for her last date with Big, though, which culminates with a carriage ride through Central Park. Just as they start to make out, however, Carrie's cell rings: it's Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and she's in labor. Arriving at the hospital, Carrie is there to see her friend give birth to a baby boy, whom Miranda names Brady. Samantha, on the other hand, experiences anything but joy when she heeds her suspicions and catches Richard in bed with another woman, and proceeds to smash the framed picture she gave him. Finally, Carrie rushes to the airport to try to catch Big before he leaves; failing, she goes to his apartment, where she finds the "Moon River" record and a ticket to Napa.