She famously experienced ‘déjà-screw’ in Sex And The City, claiming that she had ‘run out’ of men to sleep with after unknowingly dating a man she had already hooked up with 15 years prior.
And Samantha Jones’ prolific dating life made its mark in the latest episode of the series reboot, as one of her past love interests reappeared in a new role.
Ajay Mehta, who had propositioned Kim Cattrall’s character in series two of the hit series, returned to screens for episode six of And Just Like That… this time recast as Seema’s father.
‘Samantha could’ve been Seema’s step mumma!’: Sex And The City fans went wild as Kim Cattrall’s series two love interest Ajay Mehta was recast in And Just Like That…
The Indian actor first appeared on the series playing a Pakistani busboy who offered to ‘go home’ with Samantha after she was stood up on a date.
Although she declined, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) noted in the voiceover at the time: ‘Samantha let the Pakistani bus boy kiss her – after all, he’d been so sweet and attentive with the bread.’
So eagle-eyed fans were shocked when they noticed Ajay appear in the reboot of the series, this time playing the father of Carrie’s realtor, Seema (Sarita Choudhury).
Although viewers questioned if he was playing the same role, the episode revealed that Seema’s family are Indian and her father and mother met as a result of an arranged marriage, having been together for decades.
Throwback: The Indian actor first appeared on the series playing a Pakistani busboy who offered to ‘go home’ with Samantha after she was stood up on a date
As seen on screen: Eagle-eyed fans were shocked when they noticed Ajay appear in the reboot of the series, this time playing the father of Carrie’s realtor Seema (Sarita Choudhury)
Despite this, fans still went crazy after a fan account made the connection, commenting: ‘And just like that Samantha could have been Seema’s step momma’; ‘IT WAS HIM!!!!’
‘Which means he hit on Samantha whilst he was married and Seema was in her 30s…. Which is fine in terms of …. Well I’m not judging him (he’s fictional) but I do mourn the idea of the sweet busboy with the kind eyes always attentive with the bread….’;
‘L MA OOOO I AM SCREAMING AT THIS’; ‘This is everything. Saved me a trip to IMDB to figure out where I knew Seema’s dad from’; ‘He changed from being Pakistani to Indian’
‘So… He cheated Seema’s mom with Samantha?’; ‘THANK YOU! I thought this myself but wasn’t sure lol’; ‘plot twist: he already was seema’s dad when samantha kissed him’; ‘Yup! I recognized him also!❤️’.
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes in the series and stepped behind the camera to direct this episode, was left impressed, noting: ‘Good catch!’
Eagle-eyed: Fans went crazy after a fan account made the connection, with Cynthia Nixon, who stepped behind the camera to direct this episode, noting ‘Good catch!’
Ajay previously spoke of his small role on the show, telling Times Of India: ‘Kim is a warm person. A brilliant actor, Kim is comfortable with her sexuality. It reflects in her performance that’s free and sensual.
‘I remember telling her that she was my first kiss on television. Her reply was: “Glad to be your first”. We sure had a good laugh over it.’
Kim did not reprise her role as Samantha after a fallout with Sarah off-camera.
The reboot explained Samantha’s departure in a move mirroring real life, Carrie and Samantha were said to have fallen out – with Samantha moving to London after Carrie fired her as her publicist.
Recycled: One fan pointed out that it was similar to when Justin Theroux was recast by SATC bosses as two separate characters just a season apart in the hit show
Series one: Justin first appeared in season one as Jared, an up-and-coming author who is friends with Stanford (Willie Garson) and wants to date Carrie
Meanwhile, one fan asked, ‘Intentional or are they trying to pull a Justin Theroux on us again?!’ referring to the fact that Justin was recast by SATC bosses as two separate characters just a season apart in the hit show.
Justin first appeared in season one as Jared, an up-and-coming author who wants to date Carrie; then in the following season as Vaughn Wysel, a short-story writer with premature ejaculation issues who dates Carrie.
Speaking about the decision to recast him, Justin previously revealed: ‘It’s about girls who are dating all the time, you burn through every single male actor in New York. I did a small part in the first one. You know, enters frame, says a few things and then leaves frame.’
‘And they were like, “Why don’t you come back?” And their idea was that they would just shave my head. And they’re like ‘Voila! total transformation.’
Season two: The following season Justin was recast as Vaughn Wysel, a short-story writer with premature ejaculation issues who dates Carrie