Check out our recaps for this week’s episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Most Eligible Dallas, Flipping Out and Top Chef Just Desserts.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
By Karina Sanchez
The whole Kardashian clan is vacationing in Bora Bora to celebrate Kris and Bruce’s 20-year wedding anniversary.
The show begins where it left off last week — Kris H. tosses Kim into the ocean, and though she pops up laughing, things quickly turn ugly. She realizes she’s lost one of her diamond earrings, valued at $75,000, in the ocean. While Kris H. tries to look for it, Kim starts crying and runs to her mom. Why would you wear $75,000 earrings on a beach vacation in the first place? That’s just stupid. Meanwhile, Kris H. and Kendall scour the sandy ocean bottom for the earring. Mom Kris comforts Kim by telling her “it’s OK, that’s why we have insurance.” As Kim parades around the resort in tears, Kourtney and Scott remark on how early Kris H. has succeeded in making Kim cry. A short time later, Kris H. and Kendall reappear with the lost diamond earring. Their scouring paid off, and because of the size of the earring, they were able to find it quickly.
Kris H. doesn’t seem to be gaining any friends in the family. He’s like that really annoying older brother who happens to be really strong and huge and doesn’t know his own strength. Kris H. pisses Rob off by pushing him off the boat as it stops over a gathering of sharks and sting rays. Kris H. successfully pisses Mom Kris and Kendall off by knocking them off of a kayak. Then of course the older sisters don’t like him either because he’s managed to piss them off with stupid questions, like asking Khloe if her marriage is real and telling Kourtney that she and Scott need more PDA in their relationship. But it’s Kris who experiences the blow when he discovers that Kim has been married before. She never revealed that to him, and it’s in front of the whole family that he first learns of the marriage, putting everyone at the table in an awkward position.
Though Scott and Rob haven’t been on good terms for a while due to Scott’s drinking and out-of-control behavior, the two kiss and make up in this episode. Scott has given up drinking, but decides that he’d like to have a few drinks while he’s in Tahiti because he wants to “fit in.” So when Scott and Rob meet to make amends, it’s no surprise that the two consummate the rekindled friendship with a couple of beers. They’re back on good terms, but Scott’s return to drinking doesn’t sit well with Kourtney.
Mom Kris is not too pleased when Bruce breaks the news that they’ll be renewing their vows in a special ceremony while in Bora Bora. “I’m not a renewing vows kind of girl,” she says. Totally consumed by a poor body image, she finds it difficult to do anything fun or anything where she’s the center of attention. But she agrees to do it for Bruce.
We’ll stay tuned for next week’s episode, when Kris H. asks Bruce for Kim’s hand in marriage. Awww.
By Amy Huff
The star this week was Casey Lewis, Jeff’s pit bull mix, who is super sweet and had a medical emergency that required surgery. Total confession in that I had to fast forward through a few of the visits to the vet because I’m a doggy soft touch and it caused serious waterworks. We have a fancy new remote control I’m not allowed to break so major sobbing would’ve been a real problem. Gage took over most of the care for Casey (except for an incident with a Q-tip and Jenni which I can’t really talk about) and turns out to be a giant marshmallow when it comes to the furry kids. I can totally see them as parents, and I no longer worry Jeff would completely scar them for life as long as Gage is around to keep the balance.
In actual design news, Jeff had it out with his latest contractor Randy, who foolishly over-shared his money woes with Jeff who immediately, and appropriately, became wary of all requests for money. As it turns out, Randy desperately needed cash to keep a huge spec house and wanted the framing money two weeks in advance of the actual framing work. Fast forward through uncomfortable screaming, and Randy is fired. The trend continues, but I admire the way Jeff looks out for his clients and really treats the money as he would his own.
Next up: Jeff’s dad and more Randy… uh oh.
Most Eligible Dallas
By Amy Huff
These people have not gotten more likeable in a week, which is kind of frightening since the bar is kind of lying on the ground at this point. My favorite is Major, Neil’s son, and I’m fairly certain he wasn’t intended as the most eligible, but hold out 20 years and he’s going to be the only catch in the group.
Ok, Courtney still hasn’t learned to apologize, but she and Neil do seem to have come to terms with being relatively reasonable in their interactions. In other Courtney news, she has signed Glenn and Matt up for a bachelor auction in which Glenn totally kicked Matt’s butt in the bids, and it was awesome as Matt has clearly cast himself in the role of Hugh Hefner with his womanizing. Glenn is also an incredibly good sport when Drew outbids everyone, then promptly passes him over to Courtney. Glenn did a pretty terrific job in putting together a date (FYI, the winery is actually in McKinney, Texas, where I live so I was excited to see the little shout out to our square which is greatness… and I’m done with that shameless hometown promotion), but Courtney drew the line and went home to dream of Matt. Ugh.
Matt continued his serial not-dating with MJ, who is 25 and a model. She let Matt know that she is in fact dating for a commitment and is ready to settle down. That dose of reality was received about as well as a drink to the face, and he hustled out of there faster than I thought his overly tight jeans and boots could carry him.
Tara is continuing to date but has gone seriously downhill from her last date, and that one ended in a car wreck… seriously, an actual car accident. I’m hoping this guy was completely paid and does not exist in reality, otherwise, ugh. And ewww.
Next Week: Tara continues with Jody, and Drew lets Courtney have it. That I’m looking forward to!
Top Chef Just Desserts
By Amy Huff
Johnny Bravo, as my husband has nicknamed Johnny Iuzzini, which isn’t entirely appropriate but hilarious in my house nonetheless. Anyway, Johnny and Gail Simmons are back once again, bringing us tasty treats via a Top Chef competition. The new season starts out strong with the competitors (more individual break down later when there aren’t 14 of them) immediately getting thrown into a soda/sundae shop quick fire. The competitors are paired up, and you get to see some strengths and weaknesses right away. Amanda and Nelson, or Team Pickled Cherries, won.
At the Top Chef kitchen, they hustle right into the elimination challenge, which was kind of awesome, using 4 fairy tales to divide the competitors into teams that will compete based on the theme of their book with a show piece and two plated desserts. The 4 fairy tales were Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This is a giant stepping up in the competition given that show pieces are serious business with the chocolate molds, molded and blown sugar, and lots of height with some seriously precarious elements. They’re separating the mediocre from the fantastic fairly quickly.
Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks end up being led by guys who competed in shows against each other previously and have brought their A game. Not surprisingly, they end up being the top 2 with Red Riding Hood edging them out. Beanstalk and H and G did not fair well and were in the bottom. Both had some serious issues, but ultimately, Lina was sent packing, and I kind of wanted a triple elimination with Melissa who wanted to whine and complain about not being a stronger competitor and wouldn’t just tell Lina no. And Craig, who almost single-handedly brought down the beanstalk and is seriously wheels off.
Next Week: More pairings and yummy desserts. I’m stocking up on cake.