During the meal Carrie admits she’s thinking about quitting Vogue, and Julian asks, “What would your father say about your quitting? ” to which she replies, “He wouldn’t have a whole lot to say about me quitting—he quit my mother and me when I was little. ” This is actually the only time in the entire series Carrie talks about her father, and it’s because a powerful man brought it up.
There was Greg, the 27-year-old Charlotte met in the Hamptons who gave her crabs; Harvey, a wealthy conquest of Samantha’s who had a servant; and let’s not forget Ethan, who could only have sex with Miranda with porn blaring in the background. (There was Aidan too, who I personally think was the ultimate fake, but that's another story. ) But all 107 men Carrie and the girls dated and slept with pale in comparison to the biggest creep of them all: Julian Fisher.
Sure, you could say he was just trying to be nice and that the show was tapping into the glossy early-2000s media stereotype, but this time around I had a hard time shaking the vision of Carrie getting so drunk before noon that Julian actually has to hold her up, rag-doll style, while she walks out of the office.
He then goes on to muse, "It’s interesting, your father leaves without any answers, and you spend your life asking questions about men. ” Later, when Carrie rejects the half-nude Julian in the accessories closet, Julian uses Carrie’s “daddy issues,” to try to persuade her into sex.
Watching the episode this time around, I had a hard time shaking the vision of Carrie getting so drunk before noon that Julian actually has to hold her up, rag-doll style, while she walks out of the office.
The episode famously culminates in a sexualized cat-and-mouse scene that’s played for laughs: Once Carrie hits "save" on the final draft of her story, late at night in Julian’s office, he rewards her with a trip to her personal Mecca: the Vogue accessories closet.
You remember Julian: He was briefly Carrie’s editor at Vogue in season four’s “A Vogue Idea” after her first editor, Enid (Candice Bergen), was made to appear like a critical ice queen for having high standards and deigning to tell Carrie her article was too self-involved, meandering, and not up to the magazine's ideals.
When Carrie notices, she bellows, “What are you doing?! ” To which Julian says, “Just showing you these briefs! ” He goes on to snap the band of his Versace’s while Carrie hides and pratfalls over her own feet, blushing behind a rack of handbags.
Inside, while Carrie covets a pair of mythical Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes, Julian pulls down his pants and stands with his hands on hips—wearing nothing but a pair of black Versace underwear.
After that, he takes her to dinner at a Japanese restaurant, and while, at first glance, it seemed like they had a meaningful conversation, I see now that Julian deftly extracted sensitive, personal information from Carrie and ultimately used it against her.
From their first scene together, I felt that Julian appears to start using grooming tactics on a clearly vulnerable Carrie.
Yes, Carrie Bradshaw too. https://t.co/OzxPYpQkFC— Glamour (@glamourmag) August 25, 2020