Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Kardashian Family Vacation

E!, Sundays at 10:00PM

Genre: Reality-ish

Conceit: Vapidness Sells.

So here I am, reviewing the Kardashians for the second week in a row.  Last week, the Kardashian drama felt authentic (enough) to warrant watching another episode.  So the warring clan found themselves in Colorado for skiing.  Things don’t get off to a great start, as Kim immediately hops online to talk to Reggie Bush, her boyfriend, as opposed to spending time with her family.  Things devolve pretty quickly as Bruce gets tired of Kim sitting in a room with everyone, and texting someone else.  So Kris throws Kim’s sidekick over her head, and Kim responds by doing the same.  The family tries to make up, but Kim just isn’t having it.  (Continuity issue: based on clothes and hair and such, the Sidekick incident happens right after they get to the cabin, and before the skiing begins, though E! cut it to look different.)  Kim bails on a family dog sledding experience because she just doesn’t want to deal with it anymore.  On the advice of Reggie, she then actually leaves the cabin and goes home.  And leaves a note on the bed.  In a day of cell phones and emails, that feels a bit over-dramatic, but again, this is reality TV.  Kim got a contrite voicemail from Khloe which genuinely seemed to move her, and she returned.  And things got better.  I don’t know.  I felt it.  I hate myself for enjoying this episode as well.

Bruce is going through a midlife crisis.  I really can’t tell how much of this is authentic, because I really do believe he is in the midst of his crisis, and how much of this is enhanced by the producers.  Either way, he ends up inviting the ski instructors over for pizza and beer.  A bizarre family vacation, I know.  Part of me also feels that this whole thing would’ve been fine without family members saying “this is so not like him” every couple minutes.  I will admit, Kris and Bruce have been more endearing together during this period than when Bruce really is doing nothing else other than sitting around, waiting to comment on the girls.

Man, when everyone is acting authentic, this show really works well.  This usually involves the girls not caking on the make up and Kris acting normal.  That’s what’s been relatively true for the last two eps.  Keep it up, Seacrest, and I’ll keep watching next season.

Final Grade: A-

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