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'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Season 4 Premiere: Breakups, Babies and Buying Houses

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Dec 14th 2009 9:00AM
Kim KardashianThough it promised to deliver on the drama, 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' has perhaps become so successful in rocketing its cast to celebdom that it may have finally outpaced itself. Khloé's marriage to Lamar Odom aired after the whirlwind romance had been well-documented in the gossip world, and this tabloid outpacing of the Kardashian affairs was evident in the first episode of season 4.

In this case, it was hard to empathize with Kim's breakup blues when the blog-reading public know full and well that she and football beau Reggie Bush are back together. As Kim stares longingly at a poster of her ex while shopping at Adidas with stepdad Bruce, the viewer can't help but wonder if it's all just a storyline to reintroduce Reggie by the finale.Kim KardashianThough it promised to deliver on the drama, 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' has perhaps become so successful in rocketing its cast to celebdom that it may have finally outpaced itself. Khloé's marriage to Lamar Odom aired after the whirlwind romance had been well-documented in the gossip world, and this tabloid outpacing of the Kardashian affairs was evident in the first episode of season 4.

In this case, it was hard to empathize with Kim's breakup blues when the blog-reading public know full and well that she and football beau Reggie Bush are back together. As Kim stares longingly at a poster of her ex while shopping at Adidas with stepdad Bruce, the viewer can't help but wonder if it's all just a storyline to reintroduce Reggie by the finale.

As in last season's finale, in which Khloé and Bruce's surprisingly touching relationship stole the show from the lavish, but rushed, wedding, the former Olympian athlete once again gives the show an unexpected dose of heart. Though the patriarch of the clan may have been the first to indulge in artificial vanity upkeep, his concern is genuine. His practical advice to Kim on where 24-year-old Reggie's head is rings true in one of the few "real" moments on the reality show.

Another comes in the dose of reality that Lamar Odom surprisingly brings to the show. Though we question his motives in marrying into reality TV royalty, he brings the show back down to reality when he refuses to purchase a mansion for $5.9 million, telling Khloé it's too big and more than they need.

Of course, the plotlines are becoming as obviously fake as the family's freakishly long lashes, like when Scott tried to help Kris serve spaghetti and wound up breaking her new dishes. (Also, why on earth does Khloé refer to her mother by her first name and not "Mom"? It's weird.) Maybe it's just that Kourtney's full face of makeup betrays how real the situation is, but Scott not getting along with the family and Kim moping over Reggie just doesn't ring true. If the family really had reservations about the father of Kourtney's baby, would they really have waited this long (with cameras rolling, no less) to voice them?

The same goes for Kim's storyline. We get that it's impressive that she finally put makeup on in the midst of her post-breakup depression, but the "stains" on her yellow shirt are as obviously planted as the McDonald's containers planted to make her apartment look messy.

It's certainly worth arguing, however, that the faux-drama on the Kardashians is way more entertaining than the nonstop chew-and-stare tours of L.A.-hip eateries as seen on 'The Hills.' Khloé, for instance, delivers a mean diva rant, giving the impression that she's done this type of thing before. She's so convincing that we wonder if she prepares for the show the way Larry David does for 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' with only a detailed outline of the fight she in which she will start.

That being said, Khloé's final slap to Scott was a little more than imagined. Sure, the drama she whips up is fun, but with stories of domestic violence all over the media this year, it just seems irresponsible to air that kind of footage. Even MTV is removing the now infamous clip of 'Jersey Shore' gal Snooki taking one straight in the kisser from this week's episode.

So, what's your verdict on the Kardashian family? Is the sensational drama too much, or just enough? Let us know in the comments.

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