And just like that… Kim Cattrall is back as Samantha Jones.
Cattrall, 67, made her long-awaited cameo in the second season finale of the “Sex and the City” spin-off, which dropped Thursday on Max.
The brief appearance — 75 seconds — came early in the episode with London-based Samantha phoning Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) to say her flight’s been delayed.
Samantha then confesses she’d wanted to surprise Carrie at the “Last Supper” she was having to commemorate Carrie leaving her apartment. Samantha learned of the event through the other half of their former foursome, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).
“Well, it is your apartment and I have to pay my respects,” says a “f---ing furious” Samantha. “Thank you for everything, you f---ing fabulous, fabulous flat.”
During her brief, but much-publicized return, Samantha invokes a British accent. She also references the “Annabelle Bronstein” persona she once used when trying to get into Soho House in the original HBO hit.
In the freshman season of “And Just Like That,” Carrie said the pair fell out when she didn’t want to keep Samantha on as her book publicist. Devoted fans of “Sex and the City” slammed the move as completely out of character for Samantha.
News of Cattrall’s cameo broke in late spring, as did the notable circumstances surrounding it.
“It’s very interesting to get a call from the head of HBO saying, ‘What can we do?’ I went, ‘Hmmm. Let me get creative,’” Cattrall told “The View” in June.
“And one of those things was to get Pat Field back,” she said of the original “Sex and the City” costume designer. “I just thought, ‘If I’m gonna come back, I’ve got to come back with that kind of Samantha style. I’ve got to push it.’ And we did.”
Cattrall filmed the scene in New York without any of her former co-stars in attendance. In fact, Cattrall didn’t even have contact with the other women. Given her longstanding feud with Parker, 58, it makes sense.
The pair’s fraught dynamic can reportedly be traced back to Cattrall declining to sign on for a third “Sex and the City” film.
Showrunner Michael Patrick King has also attributed the tensions to the pay discrepancy between Parker and the other leading ladies.
“And Just Like That” was renewed earlier this week for a third season at HBO streamer Max, formerly HBO Max.