[Season 4, Episode 14 of Sex and the City playing in the background. I am at the computer, mindlessly checking my e-mail. Dennis is quite seriously watching the television. His facial expressions tell me he’s enjoying the episode, this one about how Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte go to a gay dance club and Carrie begins to understand how different she is from her fiance, Aidan. In addition, Charlotte has her house photographed for House and Garden Magazine, a very pregnant Miranda outs a co-worker, and Samantha finally admits to herself that she’s in love with Richard, her boss.)
Me: You should go running now if you want because otherwise you’ll get cranky at me.
Dennis: [watching Sex and the City]
Dennis: [still watching Sex and the City] Yeah, Bean?
Me: I said if you want to go running, you really should go now because I don’t want you to get cranky with me later.
Dennis: [still watching Sex and the City] Oh. Yeah. I don’t know if I want to go.
Me: Okay. Well, I was just saying.
[Dennis returns to WATCHING SEX AND THE CITY. I return to typing away on the Internet. Some minutes pass. Dennis walks around the apartment and brings back his running shoes and socks. He puts them on while his eyes are glued to the screen. Carrie is talking with Stanford Blatch about the cute gay guy she’s having lunch with. Dennis takes his time before standing up to leave.]
Dennis: Bye, Bean. [lingering near the front door, still paying attention to the TV.]
Me: Okay, bye. Have fun!
Dennis: What time is it?
Dennis: I’ll be right back.
[TV is still on. We hear Carrie say something sarcastic to Miranda.]
Dennis: Maybe it’s too late to go? What time does the sun set? [he looks longingly at the TV, his eyes following the action on the screen. I am barely something to be acknowledged.]
Me: Like in 45 minutes or something.
Dennis: I’ll be quick.
[Silence. He holds the door open and continues watching the TV screen. Carrie is now talking on the phone with Samantha. Samantha has just told Richard she loved him while on Ecstasy and she’s regretting it.]
Me: I can pause the DVD for you, you know–
Me: [biting my cheeks to keep from laughing.] Alright. We’ll pause it.
Me: Enjoy your run, my love.
[door opens, 30 minutes later.]
Dennis: Hi! I’m back! Ready to watch? [Sits down on the couch, takes a long swig of water, and watches just as intently as he did before he put his sneakers on. Miranda, Charlotte, Carrie, and Samantha are watching a porn video and talking about dysfunctional relationships. It appears Dennis is taking notes.]