Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Kardashian Civil War

E!, Sundays at 10:00PM

Genre: Reality-ish

Conceit: Vapidness Sells.

I know I am going to regret writing this review for 2 reasons.  First, I promised I wouldn’t review this show.  Though it hits my TiVo, the more I watch it, the more I hate it.  I end up watching it out of compulsion and hating it more and more.  Second, I liked this episode.

The reason this show is usually awful is both in its setup and its execution.  The former is flawed because there is nothing that makes this family famous in today’s world, outside of Kim’s unfortunate mini-dv moment.  We shouldn’t even want to watch them.  The latter is flawed because the show is SO producer-interfered with that it makes The Hills look true-to-life.  None of the premises even seem believable.  “Oh no, we had a quasi-disturbance at the store!  Lets go to the gun range and learn to shoot an AK-47.”

But tonight’s episode worked because they took the setup and executed it realistically…for the most part.  The show started pretty standard: Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim were on their way to pick up Kim’s newly tricked out Bentley.  I was so tempted to turn off the TV at this point.  But then things started getting interesting as Kim had to say Bentley every three words and Khloe and Kourtney were obviously annoyed.  Things got worse when they arrived at the mechanics to find the car wasn’t ready.  Kourtney and Khloe intervened to show their displeasure at this, and Kim wasn’t pleased with their displeasure at all.  When the girls reconvened back at their younger brothers place, things escalated with Khloe trying to close the door in Kim’s face, Kim punching Khloe in the arm, and her leaving, vowing that she was done.  An attempt to reconcile over coffee spiraled out pretty quickly, leaving Khloe crying in the car.  What worked about all this was that it was 100% believable.  Ok, maybe 90% believable.  There has to be underlying emotions with these girls who, until Kim’s tape came out, were merely partners in their stores.  now Kim is this celebrity (kind of) who does this and that, and the other two are…well…her sisters who have a reality show with her.  Kim’s indignation that her sisters would embarrass her during a business deal was believable.  Khloe and Kourtney’s hurt that Kim would put business before family was believable.  The cliffhanger solution that the family should fly to Colorado to settle things over skiing…not so believable.

Oh, and Kris had a girls night out with her best friend (who just happens to co-host a radio show with this show’s producer, Ryan Seacrest) in which she gets drunk and gets a tattoo.  I knew the show couldn’t go all the way through without falling into its manipulated ways.

Can’t lie though: I absolutely will watch the second part next week.  I hate myself for that.

Final Grade: B+ (I Hate Myself For This Grade As Well.)

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