This weekend was the season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York. More specifically, s2, ep10 Goodbye, New York was the second in an underwhelming two-part finale.
In this episode, Kim Kardashian fake-reflected on her fake marriage to the runner-up, Kris Humphries. Who, unfortunately for him, wasn’t available to film re-shoots after the separation that would have made him look better.
The finale began with Kardashian reflecting on the “psychic” guy, who did little but regurgitate factoids about her family he could have read on her blog/ Twitter/ Wikipedia or wherever. This guy gave some weird, hokum reading that purported to shed light on their late father’s take on divorce. Supposedly foreshadowing the finale. Except, you know, not. Since the scene felt staged and added in.
Kardashian pretends to cry during this intro, probably at the behest of producers, although speaking in the same monotone as though she were ordering a latte.
Then comes the supposed revelation, also probably filmed after the divorce filing: “I honestly feel like I can’t do this anymore with Kris. I feel like I got into this way too fast. I’ve been trying to be happy and trying to make this work. But I really feel like I got caught up in the fairy tale of this whole thing… I really thought he was the one and that I wanted to be with him, but I just can’t do it anymore. I’m not happy. I should have waited, I should have dated him longer… I think he [too] thought I was such a different person. And I’ve become a different person with him. I think he definitely notices that. I feel really bad, I feel like a failure. I just don’t know what to do.”
Note: seconds into that monologue, the camera cuts away and the audio changes as though dubbed diaolgue is being added. As noted in the previous post, that means, pretty conclusively, there’s a bunch of added/ edited audio in that scene.
Later in the episode, Kardashian pretends to have “anxiety” about her husband moving into her Los Angeles mansion that’s somehow “maxed out for closet space,” since cleaning out her closet comes second to forming a marital home. At which point Kardashian is confronted by her sister for being a B-word… “If I were Kris, I’d hate you… you’re a B.”
Shortly after which, the 31-year-old gets on the phone with her immediately-junior sister, Khloe, to whom she says: “I’m not happy. Do I walk in there and tell him I just can’t do this anymore? You don’t think I feel embarrassed that I fell in love and I really thought I was and I look back now and it’s not what I want? Do I end it right now?”
After the voice of reason, Scott Disick, reminds the reality star she’s married… Kardashian continues: “It’s hard for me. He’s a good heart, he’s a Christian; everything on paper I want in someone, but for some reason, my heart isn’t connecting. I feel sad, I feel bad for the guy. He fell in love with me and I fell in love with him and now all my feelings have changed… You don’t think I feel bad? At 30-years-old, I thought I’d be married with kids and I’m not. I failed at this. People change their mind, people make mistakes.”
You can watch part of that discussion and the ending here (along with a preview of Khloe & Lamar that’s oddly tacked-on to the end).
Summary: Another 10/10 on the fakery in the finale. Oddly-long monologues with distracting botox tears and obviously-dubbed audio. Scripted scenes that read as attempts to fill plot holes… because there needs to be minutes-long explanations of why Kardashian filed and didn’t work things out.
Less-fake than the Dubai episode, but still a pretty MEH finale. The only good thing was the faces Kardashian pulled as she tried to cry.
Effectively, the relationship crumbled because a 31-year-old woman-child couldn’t think for herself nor compromise and after marrying her runner-up. At the end of the episode, she concludes: “Kris and I just feel disconnected; we don’t have the same friends, we don’t have the same interests, we don’t have a lot to talk about.”