Some time after the kitchen nookie, Carrie is sitting at her laptop, typing about whether exchanging keys leads to home-cooked meals and great sex, and CIM comes over and starts reading what she is typing. Carrie covers up what she has typed and asks him to leave, because she isn’t finished and doesn’t want him to read it yet. That totally reminds me of last week, when I was at my parents’ house using their laptop to write my recap, and my mother would stand a few feet away from me to marvel in the fact that I could watch television and type at the same time, and then she would sometimes come over and try to read what I was typing. And then my father would come into the room and ask me how many paragraphs I had written, and when I told him what page I was on, it would boggle his mind that there would be more than five paragraphs to write about for a half hour television show, and he'd ask me what exactly I was writing. Then my brother came over and asked me why I would pause and rewind scenes over and over again. And then he asked me how I had the balls to recap Sex and the City in front of Mom and Dad. I told him that once I'd sat with my parents and watched the "funky spunk" episode from last season with them, I felt pretty secure that nothing I wrote about could really shock them. Needless to say, it was a feat in itself that I actually got the recap done last week, and I totally feel for Carrie about having people read what you haven’t finished writing. So CIM walks away, and Carrie tries to write again, but she gets an error message on her screen. She tries pushing some keys and nothing happens, and CIM comes over to help. He tells her to “breathe, and reboot.” He hits three keys, which were probably the Control, Alt, and Delete keys, and the computer screen makes a frown face and goes black. CIM tells her to get her manual, and Carrie tells him she got rid of it “in a feng shui attack.” CIM thinks the laptop is “faking [her] out” and starts punching some keys. Carrie starts to get testy and tells CIM he doesn’t know what he's doing and to stop touching her laptop. CIM gives her a hurt puppy look.
Carrie tells us that, “two meltdowns later,” she took her “’98 laptop” wrapped up in her “’99 pashmina” to Techserve. Carrie and CIM are sitting in a waiting room, and Carrie has her laptop all bundled up in a pink shawl, I guess because she's afraid it will catch a virus if she takes it out in the cold. CIM tries to massage her shoulders, but she just bitches at him and tells him to not touch her. Her number is called, and she runs over to the tech guy with her laptop and tells him she was having a problem with it and CIM did something to it to make it worse. CIM tells him he did Control-Alt-Delete, and the tech guy tells him that only works on PCs, and since she has a Mac, they are incompatible. So far, Barry Manilow and the tech guy have given them hints. What’s next? An anvil with a note on it falls from the sky? The tech guy asks what happened before it crashed, and she tells him that she was typing when she got “the bomb,” and he asks her when was the last time she backed up. She tells him she doesn’t back up, and CIM is all, “You don’t back up?!” Carrie gives him a stink-eye that he can’t see. Tech Guy asks if there is anything else he should know, and she tells him about the mean face that popped up before the screen went black; Tech Guy tells them that was a “sad Mac,” which means that the motherboard has been affected. He tells her he is going to keep her laptop for a few days and try to run some tests. He gives her a receipt and tells her he will call if he finds anything, then calls out the next number in line. Carrie is not happy.