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And Just Like That Season 2 Episode 11 Recap: Samantha Returns, Aidan Leaves


Spoilers ahead.

Sadly, it’s the last episode of season 2 for And Just Like That…, but fans recently received the fantastic news that Carrie and her crew will get another season—or possibly way more if some of the set-ups in episode 11 are completed along their suggested timeline. But we’ll get to that.

The episode starts with Carrie talking to Aidan about his son Wyatt, who got into a car accident in Norfolk, Virginia, after hitchhiking to his dad’s place while high. Aidan is still down there dealing with the repercussions of being a traveling dad, and Carrie is dealing with her big dinner party. It’s her final event at her famous studio apartment. The apartment is so famous, in fact, that THE Samantha Jones calls Carrie just to talk about it.

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Yes, Kim Cattrall’s big return happens within minutes of the episode’s opening. Samantha looks fabulous in a town car driving away from Heathrow airport where her flight was delayed. She’d been planning to fly in for one night only to say goodbye to the apartment at the Last Supper, but her plane was delayed (wink, wink).

She has Carrie put her on speakerphone and announces in a slight British accent, “Thank you for everything you fucking fabulous, fabulous flat!”

We also get a callback to when Samantha impersonated Annabelle Bronstein from “Injah” in SATC; then she’s on her way back into merry ole England forever. But Carrie is not alone. She has her cat, Shoe, who is absolutely adorable and now a recurring character.

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Charlotte is recovering from her hangover with Richard Burton the dog when Harry disturbs her to say Anthony is here to talk about losing his “ass virginity.” Harry erupts at his wife because he’s “doing everything,” and gets a lecture back about how it’s actually the bare minimum. If he wants to step it up, he can kick out Anthony for her.

Miranda, haunted by her horrible interaction with Che, is trying to mend fences. She heads to Steve’s beach shack on Coney Island to find him speaking Spanish to one of his workers who apparently only speaks English. She tries to apologize to him again for blowing up their lives and he says it’s all okay and in the past.

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“I don’t want to be just someone in your past,” she tells him. “If it’s possible I’d like to be someone in your present.”

Graciously, Steve agrees to a friendship, and Brady rolls up on his bike in time to see a friendly reunion between them. Aw.

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At Columbia, Nya is receiving some great news from an old colleague named Gene. After being nominated only a week ago, she’s been elected into the American Law Institute. While she’s initially very happy with the news, she gets home to her apartment down in the dumps. She admits to Miranda that she impulsively wanted to reach out to her ex-husband before remembering their split. Her roomie tries to remind her that she’s got an incredible life, but Nya is very bummed about having “no man to share her life with.”

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About to cancel on dinner, Nya is urged by Miranda to come and at least enjoy the Michelin Chef’s meal even if she doesn’t feel chatty. She caves, and thank goodness she does. The chef is none other than Toussaint Feldman, the debonair man who approached her at Bar T (which he owns) many episodes ago when she was still embroiled in her marriage to Andre Rashad. But she’s single now! The two engage in some intense food foreplay in front of everyone and she eventually takes him home.

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But not everyone is feeling excited about love this episode. Seema and Ravi are squabbling. Since telling him she loved him first, Seema has felt like Ravi is picking up more and more phone calls and is looking for an excuse to get away from her. But he insists that he’s been off social media and away from the hot young actresses DMing him. He’s talking to producers in Egypt, where he wants to film in front of the Sphinx. The couple have a confrontation about trust, and Seema realizes she needs to have some or else her and Ravi’s relationship is doomed.

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Anthony and Giuseppe are also struggling with the walls Anthony has put up, in both his pants and his heart. After the Italian poet reveals he may be returning to Rome, they talk in Carrie’s closet about how hard it is for Anthony to be vulnerable. After he tells Giuseppe he loves him, they decide to stick it out and stick it in. A later shot of Anthony’s face giving up his ass virginity implies he’s not enjoying it, but it is his first time.

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Lisa and Herbert are more in love than ever, but she finds herself unexpectedly emotional about her miscarriage during Shoe’s introduction at dinner. They have a heart-to-heart in the bathroom, where Lisa admits she feels guilty for her reluctance to have another child, asking her husband, “Did I wish the baby away?”

The answer is obviously no, and this storyline continues to be tonally strange and unfair to the character. However, the pair share a tender scene where Herbert assures her that God has other plans for them.

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When Miranda arrives at Carrie’s party, she finds Che taking shots with the waitstaff, of course, and taps them on the shoulder. Che actually apologizes, though they insist the jokes about Miranda from last week’s stand-up set were funny. However, they won’t be doing them anymore. Miranda still doesn’t understand why Che felt that way at all because they ended their relationship on a fairly positive note. But Che says that was only until Miranda ghosted them. The two make peace after deciding that their relationship may have been a train wreck, but it got them to the next place they each needed to be.

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At dinner, Carrie asks her guests to share something they want to let go of in one word. Her own choice is “expectations.” Being Carrie, she uses way more than one word, and explains that she’s referring to “not dreams, but assuming things will go the way we think they should for whatever reason, because we never know what tomorrow will bring. It might be greater than anything you ever expected.”

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In the spirit of unexpected things, Miranda is asked to step in for an interview on the BBC because her boss can’t make it and heads to the studio. There she meets Joy, a woman she had a bit of a spark with last week at the U.N., and the two go out for a chat afterwards that implies things might go further.

Carrie gets an unexpected visitor during dinner clean-up when she hears rocks being thrown at her window. It’s Aidan, who has arrived with no luggage and weird vibes. He tells her that while his ex-wife was always traveling for work and with new boyfriends, he’s been the consistent parent for his three boys. He thinks Wyatt’s getting drunk, doing drugs, and heading to his empty farm were the result of him being inconsistent.

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Basically, Aidan wants to go back to Norfolk. He doesn’t want to visit New York, and he doesn’t want Carrie to visit him. While this definitely sounds like a break up, Aidan insists it’s not. He just wants Carrie to wait for five more years, until Wyatt is no longer a teenager. After all, the last ten years passed like a snap, didn’t they?

They make love and she sees him off in the morning, saying, “No matter what happens, this was not a mistake.”

“Nothing’s gonna happen,” he insists. Well, let’s hope we get five more seasons to find out.

Seema is also waiting for her lover. Though Ravi invited her to come to Cairo, she does not want to give up her life in New York for any man. She calls Carrie and says she got them a place on the beach. In Greece.

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Sitting on lounge chairs and ordering Cosmopolitans, Seema wonders, “What if they never come back?”

“There’s always more,” Carrie says. But she’s talking about cocktails, not men. Well, she’ll always have Shoe.

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Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.



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