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My friend VICTORIA judiciously messaged me that they were RANUNCULUS which is only SLIGHTLY better than peonies but the assessment stands !!!!!

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The queen sized bed! The pissy prick son!! 😂😂 get that jewelry designer OUT OF HERE!! Why are we wasting any screen time on her?.Nya’s flirting!! Che and Toby wtf - I thought instead they’d be at a 12 steps mtg or working on new standup or writing in general - not f’ing a fan… and I’m ugh embarrassed for Bobby lee

I was moved by Miranda tbh… tears when she rubbed her tattoo!

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I actually feel such weird pride towards Bobby Lee everytime I see him, I think he is making the absolute MOST of his horrible dialogue and he manages to still come off somewhat charming while collecting an absolutely enormous paycheck!!! I am always and almost exclusively moved by Miranda - solidarity!!!! Thank god they reversed (?) her lobotomy this season.

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I appreciate your ability to write out so many of my thoughts while watching. For some reason, your pointing out the queen bed was my favorite. I literally was like, “why the fuck is their bed so small?”

I have been waiting to read this for so long btw! Finally finished the last 4 episodes yesterday with a day off and my child at school. It was a wonderful day!

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that day sounds like BLISS!!!!!!!!! I mean, true bliss would have been time spent on a GOOD show (cut to me rewatching veep, the knick, and catastrophe over and over and over and over), but still, PRETTAY, PRETTAY GOOOOOD!!! Thank you for reading even after all this time, I love that you saved it for when you finished the season : )

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God, it really was so bad it was good.

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Aug 31, 2023Liked by Kira Cook

Loved loved LOVED this share and breakdown! I was pleasantly surprised that I could sit through this season without waves of constant nausea but wow still so many misses.

The forever distraught and fragile California jewelry designer kills me (for obvious reasons) — I get it Carrie’s trying to help out the younger version of herself blah blah blah but she seemed like more of a feminist explorer than the naïve, needy “scared L.A. girl” who’s new to the big city and gets saved over and over again by her Carrie Godmother who somehow cares about her enough to sell her her beloved UES apartment for a bargain?! Did I miss something??? Also, what’s a bargain? Like 1.5mill off but it’s still a mill?

Also the Steve moment, thank you. I thought he was speaking Italian. 😂 Poor Steve.

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I ALSO WANTED THE ZILLOW REPORT!!!!!!! Like quit mentioning it if you're not going to TELL US the DEAL!!!! Agree jewelry designer casting choice did not paint her as the needy naive girl, that actress did a phenomenal job with what she had, and has a LOT of gravitas to spread around, her narrative just did not work!!! But I liked it when she came on-screen. Also....#PoorSteve

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Oh yeah totally, I had zero qualms with her acting/casting — she made the absolute best of her character. I think I just always feel a pang of disappointment when I think I hear “silly little woman” undertones in the writing of female characters. Feels so blatantly ignorant but I guess this show is also about extreme privilege so it makes sense that there would be small business owner who is written as kind of a mess but can still afford to live alone in an UES brownstone (the rental not the purchase.)

I felt something similar but different about Karen Pittman’s character before she received the law association nomination. I didn’t buy the post breakup scene in the first season when she’s trashing her ex’s stuff but I guess it’s partially me being nostalgic for the original series when it felt like a man could make a mess but ultimately what mattered is that they all had each other and that was the most important bond. Like it felt like they wrote her character as “this woman will not be “okay” until she finds someone to replace the man who left her” which irked me.

Buuuuut, overall this season was a vast improvement compared to the first and I hope they can keep it going in the third sans Samantha (weep, weep)

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Also, acknowledging that I am definitely more critical of the writing of female /non cis white male characters because there is still so much richness to be explored from those unique perspectives. I still see this kind of token tagging “we checked all the boxes, wrote in non white, non straight, non male characters but in the most reductive way ” approach in so many shows. But also I know we’re moving in the right direction and that’s great! I’m just so excited about how much further we can go. I can complain all day but I still know the needle is moving so that’s positive?

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Sorry I was confusing, I meant I thought of young Carrie as more of a feminist explorer during the original so the contrast of that image compared to the young clueless jewelry designer character didn’t make sense to me.

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So tell me, what did you think of BARBIE the movie?

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I looooOoOoOoOooOoooved it! Laughed thru the whole thing, an incredible moviegoing experience, the entire audience was so delighted by it, it was SO MUCH FUNNNN

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