Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead in Sex and the City

Hello to everyone!

I’m going to tell you about my favourite American television sit-com created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. It’s called Sex and the City.

Sex and the City
I know, this picture is not from the sit-com. It’s from the movie. But I do not care. I love its backlighting and Sarah Jessica Parker’s sparkle. Photo © New Line Cinema Productions

Familiar with it? And did you know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum was a part of it? Well, yes, it was. Let’s remember it.

It happend in Season 5 Episode 6 when one of those amazing characters Charlotte York, portrayed by actress Kristin Davis, was divorcing Trey MacDougal, the one and only man she could ever marry – at least she thought so.

She divorced him “due to irreconcilable differences regarding having children and his dependent relationship with his mother”. But the divorce wasn’t that easy.

A Wicked Witch Called Bunny

For Trey’s mother, Bunny, it meant a battle. As Charlotte wanted to divorce her beloved son, she didn’t want to give her or leave her anything that belongs to Trey or his family – not even a Park Avenue apartment that was Trey’s gift to Charlotte!

Bunny acted as a wicked witch, but her own son’s telegram said to give Charlotte everything she wants, and stopped Bunny’s wicked acting. That’s why Charlotte’s lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt, said after divorce: “Ding dong! The witch is dead.”

Sex and the City
Harry: “Ding dong! The witch is dead.”

And that’s actually what I’m talking about. “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” is one of those gorgeous songs in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz that was based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (Read more about Oz books here.)

The song celebrates “the death of the Wicked Witch of the East when Dorothy’s house is dropped on her by a tornado”. And finally, here is the whole transcription of the scene from Sex and the City. Have fun and gorgeous (almost spring) time!

Sex and the City, Season 5 Episode 6

Created by Darren Star
Produced by HBO

Monday morning, Harry Goldenblatt did his best to make sure Bunny didn’t hop all over Charlotte.
Allan: Mrs. MacDougal is willing to offer her son’s collection of mint-condition silver Buffalo coins.
Harry: Could we get off the coin collection? She’s not going to settle for coin collection.
Allan: According to the pre-nup…
Charlotte: This is ridiculous. Trey gave me that apartment.
Bunny: She gave him her word. Till death do them part.
Charlotte: Bunny, if you have something to say to me…
Bunny: Fine. I shall.
Allan: I strongly recommend…
Bunny: Allan, hush. You, my dear, took a vow. And when things didn’t go your way, you simply broke that vow. I come from a generation of women that valued marriage. We believed in “for better or for worse”. Not “for better, or until the road gets rocky”. When I think of the heartache and shame you caused my dear boy… I’m amazed that you could even come here and look me in the face.
Charlotte couldn’t fight any more. It seemed to her she’d been fighting for this marriage forever.
Bunny: Be advised, young lady, I’m more than prepared to go to court.
Allan: It’s the coin collection. Take it or leave it.
Harry: Just hold on. Apparently, our office received a telegram from Scotland from Dr. MacDougal. Shall I read it?
Bunny: By all means.
Harry: “Charlotte York was a wonderful wife. Stop. She did nothing wrong. Stop. Give her everything she wants. Stop. Seriously, mother. Stop.”
That’s the thing about reviews. Sometimes, when you least expect it, you get a rave.
Allan: Just the apartment.
Harry: I’ll have papers drawn up, so Mrs. MacDougal can transfer the deed.
Even though things had gotten ugly, Charlotte didn’t want them to end that way.
Charlotte: I’m sorry things didn’t work out better for all of us.
Charlotte realized there was no such thing as a fairy-tale divorce either.
Harry: “Ding dong, the witch is dead.”

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How Joey and Rachel Read Each Other’s Books

It’s Monday, beginning of a new work week and time for books & films! Every bookworm loves You’ve Got Mail, the film about two bookstores with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, and every bookworm writes about it. Well, I’m going to write about it, too. But now – what about a little difference? This post is about books in F.R.I.E.N.D.S!


Do you remember the Season 3 Episode 13? The story line was like this: “Monica and Richard have a chance meeting in a video store and decide to see each other as friends – but it doesn’t stop there. Phoebe dates Robert, a jock whose shorts are a little too revealing; Ross and Chandler don’t know how to tell him. Joey and Rachel read each other’s favorite books: The Shining and Little Women.”

Yeah! Joey and Rachel read each other’s favorite books: The Shining and Little Women! Joey read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Rachel read The Shining by Stephen King. Was it fun? You can count on it! Now let’s go back to the past, read the script and remember again one of the most gorgeous TV shows ever. :)

F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Season 3 Episode 13

Written by: Michael Borkow
Transcribed by: Eric B Aasen

The One Where They Said…

Rachel: Hmm. (she opens the freezer) Umm, why do you have a copy of The Shining in your freezer?
Joey: Oh, I was reading it last night, and I got scared, so.
Rachel: But ah, you’re safe from it if it’s in the freezer?
Joey: Well, safer. Y’know, I mean I never start reading The Shining, without making sure we’ve got plenty of room in the freezer, y’know.
Rachel: How often do you read it?
Joey: Haven’t you ever read the same book over and over again?
Rachel: Well, umm, I guess I read Little Women more than once. But I mean that’s a classic, what’s so great about The Shining?
Joey: The question should be Rach, what is not so great about The Shining. Okay? And the answer would be: nothing. All right? This is like the scariest book ever. I bet it’s way better than that classic of yours.
Rachel: Okay. Ah, well we’ll just see about that, okay. I will read The Shining, (she tries to take the book away from him but he doesn’t want to let it go) and you will read Little Women.
Joey: All right, you got it.
Rachel: All right.
Joey: Okay.
Rachel: Okay.
Joey: Ah, now Rach, these ah, these little women.
Rachel: Yeah.
Joey: How little are they? I mean, are they like scary little?

“Why do you have a copy of The Shining in your freezer?”

Joey: These little women. Wow!
Chandler: Your liking it, huh?
Joey: Oh yeah! Amy just burned Jo’s manuscript. I don’t see how he could ever forgive her.
Ross: Umm, Jo’s a girl, it’s short for Josephine.
Joey: But Jo’s got a crush on Laurie. (Ross nods his head) Oh. You mean it’s like a girl-girl thing? ‘Cause that is the one thing missing from The Shining.
Chandler: No, actually Laurie’s a boy.
Joey: No wonder Rachel had to read this so many times.

“Oh yeah! Amy just burned Jo’s manuscript.”

Joey: Hey, Rach, how you doing with The Shining?
Rachel: Oh, Danny just went into room 217.
Joey: Oooh, the next part’s the best, when that dead lady in the bathtub…
Rachel: Oh, no, meh-nah-nah-nah, come on you’re gonna ruin it!
Joey: All right I’ll talk in code. (to Ross and Chandler) Remember when the kid sees those two blanks in the hallway?
Chandler: Hmmm, that’s very cool.
Joey: Oh, all blank, and no blank, make’s blank a blank blank. Oh no-no-no, no, the end when Jack almost kills them all with that blank, but then at last second they get away. Aww!
Rachel: Joey! I can’t believe you just did that!
Chandler: I can’t believe she cracked your code!
Rachel: All right, okay, Laurie proposes to Jo, and she says no, even though she’s still in love with him, and then he ends up marring Amy.
Joey: Hey! Mine was by accident! All right, the boiler explodes and destroys the hotel, and kills the dad.
Rachel: Eh. Beth dies.
(Joey recoils and gasps in horror.)
Joey: Beth, Beth dies?
Rachel: Um-hmm.
Joey: Is that true? If I keep reading is Beth gonna die?
Chandler: No, Beth doesn’t die, she doesn’t die. Does she Rachel?
Rachel: What?!
Ross: Joey’s asking if you’ve just ruined the first book he’s ever loved that didn’t star Jack Nicholson?
Rachel: No. She doesn’t die.
Joey: Then why would you say that?!
Rachel: Because, I wanted to hurt you.

“Hey! Mine was by accident!”
“Hey! Mine was by accident!”

[Scene: Monica and Rachel’s, Joey is entering, and he’s very dejected.]
Rachel: What?
Joey: Beth is really, really sick.
Rachel: Awwww.
Joey: Jo’s there, but I don’t think there’s anything she could do.
(Rachel hugs him)
Rachel: Joey?
Joey: Yeah.
Rachel: Do you want to put the book in the freezer?
Joey: (nodding his head) Okay.
Rachel: Okay.
(Joey hands her the book and she puts it in the freezer.)

Rachel: “What?” Joey: “Beth is really, really sick.”