Party scene. It's swanky; everyone's wearing black except for Carrie in her sliver gown, white coat, and white bra. Enid is thrilled to meet Alek, less thrilled to meet her date, one Wallace Shawn. Hee! He's so brilliant, and he worked with Candy Bergen before on Murphy Brown. Remember, Stuart Little, "That's alls I know?" Murphy hates him. His opening gambit is about the weather: looks like some snow will "rival the '74 nor'easter." Hey, what about that blizzard of '77! Me and my mom walked all the way downtown to the Cupping Room for hot chocolate. The snow was taller than me. I was very little. Wow, I'm dating myself. Okay, I was ovum. Barely alive. Never mind. Wallace goes to check his coat, and Carrie whispers about how "sweet" and "smart" he is. Enid hisses, "He's! A! Hobbit!" Oh my god, at my New Year's Eve party some nerds were putting all the party guests into their places: Elf or Hobbit. I was an elf. And I said, you guys are NERDS. Want to play Dungeons and Dragons? Then go back in time to fifth grade and have at it. Then they were all like, "You're the Cate Blanchett," and I was all, thanks, nerds.
The party parties on, and a tall, glamorous woman bellows, "Carrie Bradshaw! Where the FUCK have you been hiding!" She gallops toward Carrie in slow motion. Carrie cringes and tries to fade into the wall, but then the woman -- Lexi Featherington, played winningly by Kristin Johnston, of Third Rock from the Sun and Austin Powers ("Ivana. Ivana Humpalot!") fame -- heads up to the roof for a smoke. Carrie slumps in relief.
Mir and Steve get ready for bed. Mir says, "He's just so...pre-TEN-tious!" Steve is all, are we still talking about him? Wow, do we still need to set up the fact that Miranda hates Alek? Oh, but this time it's how Carrie is around him. "She didn't laugh once at dinner." Steve finally admits that he's "a little full of himself," and Mir screams, "THANK YOU!!" Steve admonishes her not to "wake the kid." They get into bed and spoon. Mir mutters that she thinks Carrie won't go. "She has too much here." Steve says if she does, it will be okay. "You'll talk, you'll visit." Mir looks into the dark glumly and takes Steve's hand and clasps it to her chest. Aww! That's sweet.