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Remembering the time Carrie in Sex and the City compared a fight with her friends to the 'war in Northern Ireland'

People died Carrie.

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CARRIE BRADSHAW PUTTING the world to rights with a voice-over monologue was one of the most iconic things about Sex and the City back in the day.

So much so that she “wondered” aloud a total of 43 times in six seasons.

Way back in season one, at the end of the ‘Bay of Married Pigs’ episode, Carrie was pondering why her married friends and single friends just don’t seem to get on.

And she made a rather ridiculous comparison between the two sets of people

If you can’t see the video, click here

She began:

“As I sifted through the rubble of my marriage skirmish, I had a thought: maybe the fight between marrieds and singles is like the war in Northern Ireland. We’re all basically the same, but somehow we ended up on different sides.”

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“Sure, it would be great to have that one special person to walk home with, but sometimes there’s nothing better than meeting your single girlfriends for a night at the movies.”

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The episode aired on June 21, 1998 – just a few months after the Good Friday Agreement was signed. So maybe Northern Ireland was prominent in the news during production? But… there isn’t any more depth to the metaphor than “we’re all the same, but somehow we ended up on different sides” so it feels more than a little shoehorned in.

Any Irish person who has rewatched that episode of SATC since has picked up on one of the show’s most outlandish lines

It even made the IMDb quote page for that episode

Although they have it down as “Northern Island”.

It might be the worst moment in the show’s history?

By any objective measure, it’s an insane comparison

nocarrie Source: @michelle_li

And one that will never be forgotten

Definitely worth watching again, for the sheer absurdity.

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