Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
During their weekly breakfast, the girls are shocked and more than a little skeptical when Samantha (Kim Cattrall) announces that she's gotten back together with the philandering Richard (James Remar). Another shock awaits Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) when Steve (David Eigenberg) tells her that he wants Brady to be baptized to prevent him from burning in eternal hellfire. And Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a little shocked -- and dismayed -- to find that now that she's not in a relationship, she's running low on material for her sex column. However, salvation arrives in the form of a publisher who wants to turn her past columns into a book; what's more, the two single female representatives of the publishing house feel that Carrie is uniquely suited to give her readers a message, leading Carrie to ask herself if she's an optimist or a pessimist. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is also doing some soul-searching in the form of a self-help program designed to help students embrace their powers of self-affirmation. Meanwhile, Miranda decides to go through with Brady's baptism in order to please Steve and his slightly unhinged mother (Anne Meara), and asks Carrie to be Brady's godmother. Carrie protests, feeling she's way too cynical to be a good influence on a child, but Miranda insists, and at the baptism Carrie hopes that some of the holy water will wash away her own sins. Afterward, she returns home and dedicates her book to Charlotte -- for her unflappable optimism.