To Market, to Market (Sex and the City)

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"To Market, to Market"
Sex and the City episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 1
Directed by Michael Patrick King
Written by Michael Patrick King
Featured music "King of Swing"
by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

"A Bright Day"
by Mark Berman "Second Reunion"
by Ralphi Rosario "Harry Needs a Jew"
by Lisa Gutkin "Up 'n' Down"
by Louie R "Sultry Groove"
by Rich Goldman & Dan Silver "Gifelte Fish"
by Lisa Gutkin "Can't Have Kids"
by Lisa Gutkin "Sultry Groove"
by Rich Goldman & Dan Silver "Somewhere In a Dream"
by Joel Evans "Face the Baby"
by Bob Christianson

"The Day I'll See You Again"
by Zino and Tommy
Production code 601
Original air date June 22, 2003
Guest appearance(s)

David Eigenberg as Steve Brady
Ron Livingston as Jack Berger
Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt
John Corbett as Aidan Shaw
Victor Webster as Chip Kil-Kinney
Wallace Langham as Willie

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"To Market, to Market" is first episode of the sixth and final season of the American romantic sit-com Sex and the City, and the 75th episode overall. Carrie draws a comparison between the stock market and relationships ("Why do we keep investing?")[1] inspired by her trip to ring the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange after her newspaper, The New York Star, goes public.[2]

Plot

Carrie anxiously contemplates her first date with Jack Berger, while Charlotte considers the consequences of falling for her Jewish divorce lawyer, who insists he can only marry a fellow Jew; Miranda recognizes that she belongs with Steve, but resists her urge just long enough to discover he has moved on; and Samantha tries to get over Richard by resuming her promiscuous ways, this time with a stockbroker who has moved into her building.[3][4][5]

Reception

Reviewer Tom Shales of the Washington Post praised the episode highly for highlighting the show's metamorphosis over six seasons "from a simple comedy into something more engagingly complex — a drama-comedy, a dramedy, a commedrome, a dromedary, or whatever term might have to be invented to describe it. What counts is that a faithful viewer's emotional investment in the characters grows with each new season."[3] The New York Sun's critic, on the other hand, expressed surprise at how unengaging the episode proved to be, predicting "After episode one, 'To Market, to Market,' only the rabid diehards will fail to share my sense of sadness at the direction Sex and the City seems to be taking in its final year." The reviewer expressed particular disappointment with Carrie's continuing failure to commit, noting that actress Sarah Jessica Parker had vehemently opposed her character's breakup with fiancé Aidan, and also what he viewed as misuse of Kim Cattrall's "great and underrated talent" by removing Samantha's first true love story and driving "this wondrous character [to] return to her shallowest roots."[4] Entertainment Weekly rated the episode B+ — together with episode two — summing up, "Though they don't rank among the series' best, the first pair of episodes rather slyly and elegantly acknowledge that it's time for the show — and its fans — to move on."[6]

References

  1. ^ Ruth Butler. "Smart-mouthed 'Sex' is back," The Grand Rapids Press (MI), June 20, 2003, page C1.
  2. ^ Amy Baldwin (Associated Press). "Sex and singed stocks — market no longer is off-limits - The market even figured prominently in the recent season premiere of the HBO series 'Sex and the City,'" The Grand Rapids Press, July 20, 2003, page E9.
  3. ^ a b Tom Shales. "'Sex and the City' returns with all its charms," Washington Post, June 21, 2003, page C1.
  4. ^ a b David Blum. "One more time around the block," The New York Sun, June 20, 2003.
  5. ^ "Sex and the City" (photo caption summarizing plot), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 22, 2003, TV section, page 1.
  6. ^ "Sex and the City" (review), Entertainment Weekly, June 20, 2003. Retrieved 2008-04-15.

External links

  • HBO: Sex and the City Episode Guide: Summary: Season 6: Episode 75
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