The ‘Sex and the City’ revival ‘And Just Like That’ has already taken us in directions we didn’t expect. Now, fans have an interesting theory regarding the health of its protagonist.
Spoilers for And Just Like That ahead. You have been warned.
At this point, it’s pretty safe to say the Sex and the City revival And Just Like That…is not what we expected. We lost a pivotal character from the original series, devastatingly so, in the first episode and the second episode was the fallout from that.
One fan theory making the rounds on social media has us questioning everything we ever knew loved about the show in the first place, because at the moment, there’s been very little city and even less sex —apart from Brady, a puzzling ‘sex positive’ story arch.
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Like, Miranda will let her 17-year-old son have obnoxiously raucous sex under her roof, but she won’t let him smoke a bit of weed, which is legal in New York? But I digress.
Some Twitter users suspect Carrie Bradshaw, our Carrie Bradshaw, in all her c-c-c-curly emotional chaos, actually has dementia.
It’s in response to a scene in episode two, the morning following [SPOILER] Big’s death. After staying the night, Miranda tells Carrie she’s going to make them some coffee, to which Carrie says Miranda needs to go home and get some sleep, Charlotte can come over.
“I’m not going to go to school and leave you alone here. Where do you keep your coffee?” Miranda asks.
“I won’t be alone, Charlotte will be here,” Carrie replies, to which Miranda says they can talk about it over coffee and again asks her where she keeps it.
“In the freezer,” Carrie responds.
“I’m going to make us some,” Miranda says; to which Carrie replies: “Some what?”
Miranda turns away from the fridge, pauses to look at Carrie with concern before repeating that she’s going to make them some coffee. Carrie vaguely nods. It’s an interaction that has fans buzzing about its significance.
“Y’all catch that in episode 2?? Carrie is at the beginning stages of Dementia. The coffee in the freezer is a sign. Placing things [where] they’re not supposed to be,” Twitter user @BurgundyTamale wrote.
“not Carrie with the dementia storyline…..” tweeted @deaditeslasher.
According to Health Direct Australia, one of the early signs of deteriorated cognitive function is misplacing things and/or “putting things away in inappropriate places”.
Generally, dementia is more common in people over the age of 65, but the onset of the disease can begin earlier. With Carrie aged 56, it’s certainly not unheard of.
Then again, is the freezer really an inappropriate place for coffee? According to coffee experts, it’s fine, but not really advisable, particularly for someone that drinks coffee regularly as Carrie appears to.
The reason for this is that the fluctuating temperatures in closing and opening the freezer door can leave your morning cup dull and flavourless.
“The cell structure changes, which causes a loss of the oils that give coffee its aroma and flavor,” Scott Martin, a coffee expert, told RealSimple in 2019.
Miranda has experience with dementia, through caring for her husband Steve’s mother Mary who suffered a stroke. Perhaps why she was chosen for this scene, but it seems unlikely the show’s writers would go down this route again. Maybe Carrie’s lack of focus could be attributed to the fact that she’s seriously grieving and we shouldn’t read too much into it.
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