'Sex' Takes Serious Dramatic Turn

01/12/2004 at 01:00 PM EST

With just six more episodes remaining after Sunday night's installment of "Sex and the City," several wild new developments have taken place in the lives of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her friends.

SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue reading if you have yet to watch your TiVO.

First off, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) proposed marriage to Steve (David Eigenberg) while the two were sipping beers at Pete's Tavern and listing things they didn't wish to become after watching a cranky elderly couple walk down the street. He accepted.

Carrie, meanwhile, is not taking kindly to being swept off her feet by artist Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov), whose Old World romantic gestures, including writing her a song and buying her an Oscar de la Renta gown she was admiring while reading Vogue, are just too much for her. When he asked her to dance with him in the courtyard of Lincoln Center, she faints, and they end up having dinner at McDonald's -- her way of showing him how all-American she is.

Not that Charlotte (Kristin Davis) goes hungry, either. To prove how romantic he is, husband Harry (Evan Handler) takes her out for a seven-course gourmet French dinner. And they both end up with food poisoning.

Far more serious is a diagnosis handed to Samantha (Kim Cattrall), who blithely goes to a plastic surgeon to see about having her breast enlarged only to be told by the doctor that there's a lump in her left breast. A specialist then informs Cattrall, as she reveals to Carrie in a cab on their way to Miranda and Steve's wedding in a Greenwich Village pocket park, that the lump is malignant.

Though Samantha insists to Carrie that she doesn't want word of her cancer ruining Miranda's wedding, Samantha instantly blurts out, "I have cancer" to Charlotte, and then the three, at Miranda's prodding, tell the new bride the news.

To be continued.

Meanwhile, in other TV news, NBC's "Frasier" will end its award-laden 11-year run this May, The New York Times reports. An official announcement is expected Monday. Rather than end with a grand finale (like "Sex and the City" and "Friends") the sitcom, starring Kelsey Grammer, is expected to fade quietly into syndication.

And in one final TV tidbit, the Hollywood Reporter says that although Ashton Kutcher has pulled out of MTV's "Punk'd," his production company, Katalyst Films, is developing "My New Best Friend," a hidden-camera comedy similar to "Punk'd," for the cable network.

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