Susan Sharon in ‘SATC’ Is Rumored to Be Based on RHONY’s Dorinda—See Her Return in ‘And Just Like That’

Susan Sharon "SATC"
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Warning: And Just Like That spoilers ahead. If you’ve watched the second episode of the Sex and the City reboot, you may be wondering: Who was Susan Sharon from SATC and why she’s back in And Just Like That. 

And Just Like Thatwhose full title is And Just Like That…A New Chapter in Sex and the City—is a reboot of HBO’s comedy series, Sex and the City, which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004. The show, which was based on Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same title, followed four women in their 30s and 40s—Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis)—and their sex lives in New York City. The show went on to win four Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2001) and release two movies, Sex and the City: The Movie in 2008 and Sex and the City 2 in 2010.

In January 2021, HBO announced that a Sex and the City reboot,  titled And Just Like That, was in the works for HBO Max. The reboot sees the return of each of the main cast members—except Cattrall, who has retired as the role of Samantha. While Samantha didn’t return, And Just Like That did bring back several characters from Sex and the City, including guest stars like Susan Sharon. Who is Susan Sharon in SATC? Read on for what to know about Susan Sharon in the original Sex and the City and what happens to her in And Just Like That.

Who was Susan Sharon in Sex and the City?

Susan Sharon "SATC"

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Who was Susan Sharon in SATC? Susan Sharon (played by Molly Price) was a guest character in two episodes of Sex and the City. Her first appearance was in “The Awful Truth,” the second episode of season two, where Carrie accidentally convinces Susan Sharon to leave her husband, Richard. The episode starts with Carrie returning to Susan Sharon’s apartment after a night out, where Susan Sharon gives her a cashmere sweater. When Richard hear’s Susan Sharon and Carrie laughing, he wakes up and kicks Carrie out of his apartment. Later in the episode, Susan Sharon breaks the fourth wall and reveals to viewers that she left Richard for the way he treated her and Carrie and that she appreciates Carrie for showing her the “awful truth” about her husband (hence the title of the episode.) Toward the end of the episode, Susan Sharon realizes that she misses Richard after she tries to make a move on Big’s friend, Jack, but is rejected. The episode ends with Susan Sharon and Richard reunited after they adopt Charlotte’s misbehaved dog, who wasn’t a fit for Charlotte but was a better fit for Susan Sharon and Richard’s louder personalities.

Susan Sharon’s second appearance was in “Change of a Dress,” the 15th episode of season four, where she runs into Charlotte, Carrie and her fiancé at the time, Aidan Shaw, at a restaurant. When Susan Sharon learns that Carrie is engaged, she asks to see Carrie’s engagement ring, which she wore as a necklace. When Susan Sharon asked Carrie why she wore her ring around her neck instead of on her finger, Carrie told her that it was so she could keep the ring closer to her heart. The episode later sees Carrie and Aidan break up after Aidan’s lack of trust in Carrie after he cheated on her with Big.

Who was Susan Sharon from SATC based on?

"The Real Housewives of New York City," Dorinda Medley

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There are also rumors that Susan Sharon is inspired by Real Housewives of New York City alum Dorinda Medley, who starred on the Bravo reality TV show from season seven to season 12. Though Dorinda has never confirmed the rumors, season 9 of RHONY saw Dorinda and the author of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell (who is the inspiration for Carrie), at a dinner party, where Dorinda told Candace: “I’ll tell you how I’m doing. Not well, bitch.” Dorinda’s late husband, Richard Medley, who died in 2011, also has the same name as Susan Sharon’s husband, though there are some who believe that Richard in Sex and the City was based on Dorinda’s first husband, Ralph Lynch.

Who is Susan Sharon in And Just Like That?

Susan Sharon "SATC"

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Who is Susan Sharon in And Just Like That? SPOILER! Molly Price reprised her role as Susan Sharon in episode two of And Just Like That, where she attended the funeral of Carrie’s late husband, John James Preston (a.k.a. Mr. Big), who died in the first episode of a heart attack. The episode first sees Susan Sharon in the audience of Big’s funeral as she whispers to a friend about how much of a “prick” Big was when he was alive. Later in the episode, Susan Sharon has a conversation with Carrie and Miranda, where she tells Carrie that she “forgives” her for something that Carrie doesn’t know about. “I forgive you. It’s over and in the past. When I read the obit in the Times, I said to myself, ‘Susan Sharon, life is too short to hold a grudge,'” she tells Carrie. “All of that is water under the bridge, I guess. So I said to myself, ‘Susan Sharon, let it go. Just fucking let it go! And go to Carrie and make things right with her, whether she wants to or not.’ I know you have a lot on your plate right now, and I’m not expecting and apology or a mea culpa, so just consider this your ‘get out of jail free’ card. I love you! I’m back. The end. And we can work this all out when you have the bandwidth.’

After Susan Sharon leaves, Miranda asks Carrie “what happened” between her and Susan Sharon, to which Carrie says she has “no idea.” So what happened between Susan Sharon and Carrie? That question won’t be answered until later in the season, but a script for And Just Like That leaked by Page Six in July 2021 hints that there may have been details about Big’s life that Carrie didn’t know about (which may be why Susan Sharon called him a “prick” at his funeral.) In the leaked script, Carrie, Charlotte and Stanford are at lunch when she reveals that her marriage wasn’t as perfect as she thought.  “I was taping the podcast, I was washing my hair. Yes, I wasn’t eating or sleeping, but at least I felt good about my marriage. Now I’m just one of the wives he was taking care of?” Carrie says.

And Just Like That is available to stream on HBO Max. Here’s how to watch it for free.

Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell by Amy Sohn

"Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell"

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For more about And Just Like That and Sex and the City, read HBO’s official companion book, Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell. The book, written by dating columnist and screenwriter Amy Sohn, is filled with behind-the-scenes secrets from Sex and the City‘s six seasons and details on the real-life stories that inspired the show’s shocking episodes. The book also includes 750 full-color photographs from filming the series, as well as an introduction written by none other than Sarah Jessica Parker. With fun facts on how many dates Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda really went on to never-been-told secrets about Carrie’s most outrageous (and fabulous) outfits, Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell is a must-read for any SATC superfan.

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