‘And Just Like That..’: 3 Subtle Nods to ‘Sex and the CIty’

And Just Like That… hit fans with a surprising twist in episode 1. The much-anticipated Sex and the City reboot kept emotions high through episode 2, as well. While most fans think the decisions made were a massive gamble, few can deny that the emotionally charged episodes were striking. The visceral nature of the release made it easy to miss some serious Easter eggs. And Just Like That… had several subtle nods to its predecessor. Did you catch them? 

[Spoiler alert: Major storyline spoilers for And Just Like That… ahead]

Charlotte’s bulldog’s name was a subtle nod to her ‘Sex and the City’ pet 

In the early moments of the premiere, And Just Like That… introduced fans to Charlotte York’s dog. The bulldog, Richard Burton, was a beloved member of the family. It wasn’t surprising that Charlotte and her family had a dog. After all, Charlotte and Harry owned several dogs when the original series ended. The bulldog’s name wasn’t a surprise to fans of the original series, either. Naming the bulldog Richard Burton was a nod to Sex and the City

Lily, Charlotte and Rose Goldenblatt in 'And Just Like That...'
Kathy Ang, Kristin Davis and Alexa Swinton | Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Charlotte and Harry owned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Elizabeth Taylor in the original series. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the “it couple” in the 1960s and 1970s. While the movie stars eventually divorced (twice), it is said that Taylor was still in love with Burton when he died suddenly in 1984. Taylor died in 2011. 

Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe choice was a nod to her big love 

The death of Mr. Big from a heart attack in the premiere of And Just Like That… was a shock. If you look at the episode again, the writing was on the wall the moment Carrie Bradshaw slipped on a pair of blue Manolo Blahnik heels, though.

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in 'And Just Like That...' Parker is reprising her famed role from 'Sex and the City'
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw |

The shoes weren’t just any old pair of Manolos, though. They played an incredibly important role in Sex and the City: The Movie. The shoes were the first pair of pumps that graced the closet of Carrie and Mr. Big’s ill-fated penthouse. They were the shoes that brought the couple back together at the end of the flick and the shoes she opted to wear for their courthouse wedding in the final moments of the movie. 

The song playing at the end of episode 1 of ‘And Just Like That…’ was a nod to ‘Sex and the City’ 

The emotionally charged ending of “Hello It’s Me” stunned fans into silence. Some have yet to recover, but a rewatch will likely make the moment even more heartbreaking. As the screen goes black on Carrie and Mr. Big’s bathroom, “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + The Machine plays. 

Viewers who have never seen Sex and the City might have thought the song an odd choice. It was a meaningful pick, though. Longtime fans might remember that the same song played in the final moments of the original series as Mr. Big called Carrie and revealed his name for the first time.