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(His real name is not revealed to viewers until the final episode of the series; in a running joke, whenever Carrie is about to introduce Mr.
Big to another character onscreen, she is interrupted before she can say his name.) When Carrie and her friend Samantha bump into Big at a nightclub, Samantha tries to hit on him, but he tactfully declines.
This hurts Carrie, as she wonders why he could take steps with Natasha that he refused to take with Carrie. Big had simply skipped many of the important emotional steps before marriage, many of which he had definitely, if slowly, taken with Carrie, ironically creating the problems of distance and unavailability between Big and Natasha, which Carrie had so feared in their own relationship.
He is the primary on-and-off love interest of the series' protagonist, Carrie Bradshaw, who usually simply refers to him as "Big". Big character was based on publishing executive Ron Galotti, former publisher of GQ and Talk.Carrie repeatedly returns to the relationship even though he is clearly emotionally unavailable to her and unable to meet her needs. Big was emotionally crippled by a series of failed relationships, the subject is often glossed over as him simply being selfish. Big's tendency to take major emotional steps in the relationship more slowly than Carrie is often portrayed as emotional unavailability rather than the caution born of a repeatedly broken heart. Big's inner turmoil as unreachable distance often creates larger issues because of her misplaced feelings of unworthiness, and due to her propensity for not communicating truthfully until too late, results in a lot of painful misunderstandings.Carrie accepts no responsibility for her impatience and lack of empathy, often issuing ultimatums (i.e.In the first half of the finale, "An American Girl in Paris Part Une", Big shows up outside Carrie's apartment in New York after she fails to return his phone calls.She is on her way to her last dinner with the girls before departing for Paris.