S4 Ep 5: Ghost Town
Directed by Michael Spiller
Written by Allan Heinberg
"You call this a relationship?" - Maria
"Well, it's tedious and the sex is dwindling, so from what I've heard, yes." - Samantha
When Miranda bumps into Steve, he announces that he's opening up his own bar and invites her to the opening. Miranda feels conflicted as she was the one who had encouraged him to be so ambitious when they were in a relationship. Carrie also receives an invitation to the opening of "Scout" and is shocked to read that Aidan is Steve's "silent partner." That night, Miranda is awoken by strange sounds and thinks there's a ghost in her building. Carrie is worried that the way she treated Aidan will haunt her the rest of her life. When she goes to Scout to thank Aidan for inviting her, Steve admits that it was he who invited her, not Aidan. Devastated, Carrie runs out before Aidan can see her.
Charlotte embarks on redecorating her and Trey's apartment, but she's thwarted by her mother-in-law Bunny's domineering influence over Trey. Bunny and her decoys and dust ruffles haunt Charlotte. Charlotte stands up to Bunny and says she's the new woman of the house, but Bunny says she'll be around forever. After walking in on Trey and Charlotte in the act, Bunny is completely frazzled and Charlotte is freed of her ghost.
Meanwhile, Samantha is tiring of her relationship with Maria which is all about taking baths and talking about feelings. Samantha tells Maria she wants "fireworks," inspiring Maria to smash Samantha's dinnerware. After a couple days, Maria returns with a gift: a "strap-on."
At the opening of Scout, Samantha tells Carrie and Miranda that she and Maria broke up, even after trying the "strap-on." Steve gives Miranda credit for the idea for the bar, and poof Miranda's ghost is gone. However, Aidan barely acknowledges Carrie. Later, Carrie goes out back for a smoke and finds Aidan there. Though little is said, the atmosphere is intense and Carrie realizes that she's more haunted than ever before.