This week’s episode of And Just Like That… gave us another (sort of) appearance from Samantha Jones.
“Tragically Hip,” written by Meaty author Samantha Irby, returned to classic Sex and the City form in several ways, including the first sexual encounter with a member of the main trio (Miranda and Che!) and multiple mentions of the missing member of the friend group. While the PR maven still isn’t likely to show up onscreen, Carrie and Samantha’s relationship is slowly mending through texts and podcast mentions.
The episode’s first mention of Samantha Jones comes up as Carrie’s recording for her podcast under the influence of painkillers (she’s recovering from hip surgery). Carrie tells an honest and graphic story of the time when Samantha had to help her get her diaphragm out of her vagina, referencing an actual event from season 2, episode 6 of the original series.
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“You cannot say boundaries and girlfriends in the same sentence,” she says in the episode. “My girlfriends are always there for me no matter what. They are there for me. In fact, you know what? I remember this time that my friend Samantha Jones even pulled my diaphragm out with her bare hand because it got stuck. It was really stuck — like she was up in there for like a minute.”
Charlotte, who was there during the recording, tells Carrie that she may want to warn Samantha that she’s going to become “the one who dug a diaphragm out of her friend” in the next podcast drop. After some hesitation and Carrie-style denial of how the story could affect her ex-friend, she decides to text a warning.
Surprisingly, Samantha responds quickly, after she’s been ignoring Carrie’s texts all season. She calls the story “one of my finest hours,” before saying she’s happy that Carrie’s “vagina is getting some airtime.” When Carrie follows up with “I miss you,” it’s too much for Samantha, who doesn’t respond.
The exchange is the closest we’ve seen to an actual conversation between the pair, and their first interaction since Samantha sent flowers to Big’s funeral in episode 2. Though the scene was short and sweet, it could be a step towards long-distance reconciliation, with the women keeping up their friendship between NYC and London. Either way, it was nice to read some classic Samantha quips after so long.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US