Too bad it was doubly fictional. They break up and he moves out, and Carrie purchases her apartment after Charlotte lends her the down payment in the form of the engagement ring she received from Trey. A central message of the show is that consumption is key, and we are fed constant marketing messages throughout the series. After Carrie's break-ups with Big and Aidan, she dates a guy who still lives at home, teaches a class at the Learning Annex on how to meet men, gets mugged, and tries to apologize to Natasha. Although she still pulled these stories from her own life, her semi-autobiographical heroine afforded Bushnell a special kind of freedom. Despite her misgivings, Carrie accepts the proposal and then eventually realizes she's not ready for marriage. She and Big also make an attempt at being friends. Run by On Location Tours , the three-and-a-half-hour tour has now been operating for 17 years —nearly three times as long as the series was on the air—and it shows no sign of slowing down. Miranda and he date on and off; he is more laid back while Miranda is more forceful. And, because she is sex columnist on a newspaper, a bus wearing a huge photo of her in a tiny dress trundles past. Season three aired from June until October She also has a menopause scare, gets tested for HIV, and buys a new apartment in the Meatpacking District , where she has to make peace with the transgender women on her street. Sex and the City season 5 Carrie spends time by herself in Season Five; she fears this means she will be fired from writing her sex column, but instead a publisher wants to turn the columns into a book. Big returns to New York for angioplasty , and Carrie realizes she still has feelings for him; she also realizes he still cannot fully commit.