Cut to Miranda's building, where there is a co-op board meeting taking place in someone's apartment. Miranda is asking the assembled board members not to needlessly prolong their decision on a man named Dr. Robert Leeds. "I have a baby downstairs getting over the chicken pox," she explains, sipping a cup of coffee. "I have cataracts," says a grouchy old lady board member. Ah, there's one of those in every Manhattan co-op board, isn't there? Dr. Leeds arrives for his interview, and lo and behold…he's black! He's also played by Blair Underwood, so he's hot too. Miranda's face lights up as she introduces herself. Now have you ever noticed that when a white woman finds a black man attractive, she is just soooo proud of herself for having a socially progressive lust object that she is really really obvious about it? Like for instance, my mother and some friends of hers went to see Crimes of the Heart, and afterwards they were commenting on the movie and talking about how cute Sam Shepard was. Everyone nodded in agreement, but when someone brought up the black teenager that Sissy Spacek was schtupping, everyone was all, "Oh yeah, sister! Break me off a piece a that! Woo hoo!" You'd think these fifty-something women were all at a bachelor party. My black friend Pam would always talk about this phenomenon and how whenever she was talking to a white woman, she would always have to work a former black male lover into the conversation. But she'd always really be subtle about it. "You know, I had this really really hot…lover," she'd say, twisting a strand of hair playfully with her finger. "His name was Rufus and he was fi-i-i-i-i-i-ne. The most beautiful brown eyes I'd ever seen!" "So he was black?" Pam would ask after about twenty minutes of hints. "Oh yeah, I guess he was, but it's not like I noticed. And you know who else I think is hot? The bartender on Love Boat! Oh, and Billy Dee Williams."
Anyway, Miranda is doing just this sort of thing. I mean, when she's lusting after a white man, she's cautiously flirtatious, but now that she's breaking the color barrier, she's practically flashing beaver at him. Dr. Leeds introduces himself to the group and makes a crack about them already knowing who he is, as well as his "social security and my jacket size." Miranda laughs uproariously as this joke. Everyone else is silent. Miranda ascertains that Dr. Leeds is a doctor for the Knicks. As the other board people try to ask concrete questions about finances and his personal habits, Miranda makes small talk about professional sports and confesses to being a Yankees fan, despite Dr. Leeds being a Mets fan.