'Sex and the City' creator reveals the deleted scene that went way, way too far
I'm not the most die hard Sex and the City fan. In fact, I don't think you can call me a fan at all when all I've seen is one episode after being roped into it by a friend. As episodes go, it was pretty funny actually, so I can kind of understand why it was such a monumental hit.
For those that have been through all 94 episodes and six seasons (and the two movies), it might come as some surprise to hear that the show will be 20 years old this year. Two decades is a long time for a show to remain relevant, but it still remains a landmark for pushing boundaries on television. But sometimes they did go a little too far, even according to those who made the show.
Speaking to Vanity Fair recently, the show's creator Darren Star explained how there was one episode where they crossed the line - and, if you ask me, the network did a very good thing by cutting them off in this instance. Star described how in one particular episode, they left the end of a scene on the cutting room floor, because it was "horrifying". He's not wrong.
It all went down in an episode from the first season of the series, called The Monogamists. In this episode, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is dating Michael, who seemed nice at first, with a lovable golden retriever called Butterscotch. However, it soon became apparent that he had some bad habits - including pushing her into oral sex.
"In the final scene, she basically let him have it about being offended by his insistence on just wanting a blow job," Star explained. "She accused him of only liking her for that and kind of stormed out."
But that wasn't how it turned out in the original script. In fact, they apparently filmed a very different ending to the scene. In this version, she "walked back in and saw that his golden retriever was going down on him," according to Star.
Yep, that's right. It's easy to understand why this was cut from the final aired version of the episode.
"It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that," added producer and writer Amy B. Harris. "We shot him putting peanut butter on his penis, and Charlotte walks back in like, 'Oh, I’m being unreasonable,' and then she sees that... I can’t believe we even thought about doing it."
Yeah, I'm right with her, if I'm honest. I'm going to assume they wouldn't have been too explicit with what they showed, but even the implication would be far too much for me to not cover my eyes, had the scene actually made it onto TV.
It's kind of incredible that this hasn't come up before - but maybe the cast and crew all agreed that this was something they should never, ever talk about.