Carrie, Aleksandr on 'Sex': A Done Deal?

02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

The schism -- if that's what it should be called -- between Carrie Bradshaw and her friends is growing deeper, as she falls harder for Aleksandr Petrovsky on "Sex and the City." And the series now has only three more episodes to go.

(SPOILER ALERT: If you were glued to the Super Bowl and have yet to watch your TiVo, key plot details are about to be revealed.)

Granted, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) blames the New York cold freeze for sitting out four days' worth of lunches with her pals, but it's really because she's staying in and out of bed with Aleksandr (Mikhail Baryshnikov), who makes the distinction to her: "You're not my friend. You're my lover."

Still, Carrie would like her friends to meet the intense artist, only he can't make their drinks date -- and is visibly put-off when Carrie brings them to his loft studio unannounced. This makes Carrie realize all the more that she and he come from two different worlds, and with his internalized feelings, she is not being allowed to grow closer to him. To make matters worse, Mr. Big (Chris Noth) is leaving her messages on her answering machine.

The bewigged Samantha (Kim Cattrall), whose chemotherapy for breast cancer has caused her hair loss, tries at first to shrug off a supermarket tabloid photo that cropped her out of the shot and showed hunky young boyfriend Smith (Jason Lewis) sitting at the restaurant Pastis with her two gay friends.

Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is still bummed about being in Brooklyn, while Charlotte's (Kristin Davis) King Charles Spaniel, Elizabeth Taylor, took the blue ribbon at a dog show, despite the fact that Liz was having her period while being shown.

As for Samantha, though Smith claims he doesn't mind if people think he's gay, she does rumor control by releasing onto the Internet what she calls "a Paris Hilton-like" sex tape of the two of them. And Aleksandr opens up his feelings about his work and his world to Carrie. And she deletes Mr. Big's phone messages.

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