The "Sex and the City" (search) girls were up to their old tricks again last night - having wild sex, pining for love and trying to figure out their lives - and fans lapped up every minute of it.

As the red-hot HBO (search) show kicked off its sixth and final season, the latest adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda got plenty of laughs - as well as tugging a heart or two.

"I think it was a great episode. I hope they all settle down," said Suzanne Stevenhagen, a 21-year-old student who was part of a Post panel that eagerly watched the program.

Whether that'll happen is still anyone's guess.

In last night's opener, Carrie fell into the sack with artist Aleksandr Petrovsky (search), played by Mikhail Baryshnikov, only to find his apartment crawling with his staffers as she staggered out of bed in a post-coital haze the next morning.

Meanwhile, Samantha - in one of her sleaziest moves ever - snubbed her 20-something squeeze, hunky Smith Jerrod, to go off for a sweaty, hotel-room quickie with her old flame, hotel magnate Richard Wright.

But no matter who she jumps, fans just can't seem to get enough of Samantha.

"I would like to see her in a spin-off show. She's hilarious," said Sally Stevenhagen, a 24-year-old business exec.

Then there's Miranda, who got an embarrassing earful from Dr. Robert Leeds - the flash-in-the-pan fling who still has the hots for her - as he angrily and graphically re-enacted her orgasms in the stairwell of their building.

Still, our panel is rooting for Miranda to settle down with on-again, off-again beau Steve Brady.

And they're keeping their fingers crossed for Charlotte, too.

With just seven more episodes to go, our panel said they'll be sorry to bid farewell to their old friends - now that the characters have really hit their strides.

"I think the show has improved. They've calmed down a little. They're not just jumping into bed right away," said Nina Rubin, a 25-year-old food critic.

But at least one of our panel said she's already smacking her lips at what may be cable TV's next big soap-opera smash, "The L Word."

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