3 Things That Kept Me Up After ‘The Kardashians,’ Season 2, Episode 3


The third episode of The Kardashians explores two seemingly disparate concepts: the bigness and broadness of “iconic” cultural moments, and the inimitable intimacy of good old-fashioned family memories. The merging of these things should come as no surprise: Dialectical tension is something the Kardashians do best. Kim and Kendall are in Milan for Fashion Week, where Kim flexes her self-described “momager” mode by guiding Kendall through jet lag and logistics. Conversations between Kim and her Fashion Week crew ensue over plates of pasta, covering a range of topics: Pete Davidson’s rumored space flight with Jeff Bezos, Kanye’s recent text messages to Kim, and Prada’s continued relevance in the fashion world. Meanwhile, Kris and Khloe visit a Palm Springs dispensary to find a cannabis-based remedy for Kris’s joint pain, and Kourtney celebrates her curves during a photoshoot for Bustle. Here are three things that kept me up after watching Episode 3 of The Kardashians:

Kim Wants a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

While hanging out between Fashion Week errands, longtime family associate Tracy Romulus tells a visibly tickled Kim that her SNL episode has been submitted for Emmy consideration. “Then,” Romulus adds, “I could submit you for your star on the Walk of Fame!” With this, Kim breaks the fourth wall, turning to the camera to deadpan, “Lassie has a star on the Walk of Fame, and I don’t.” I think it’s true that Kim is due for the acknowledgment—though we can surely anticipate hot debate online about whether she deserves it—and it’s probably only a matter of time before the show depicts the announcement of her star’s acceptance, its creation process, and, of course, the ceremony. After all, The Kardashians isn’t shy about situating Kim as a living legend, and with such an iconic goal clarified, Kim’s recent and controversial Marilyn Monroe cosplay seems even more significant: Has Kim been dressing for the milestone she wants?

Pete Davidson’s Space Flight

At dinner during Fashion Week, Kim discusses then-beau Pete Davidson’s forthcoming Blue Origin space flight. (At the time, the buzz around the news was mostly in reaction to Davidson’s unexpected camaraderie with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.) Notably, Kim refers to the mogul with a casual cadence, reminding us that she engages in an elite level of fraternizing we don’t even see on the show. Also notably, when asked whether she’d ever go to space—a purely speculative topic for the rest of us—Kim responds to the question in a way that drives home just how realistic it is for her: “After talking to Bezos about it and hearing how safe it is…I was like, okay, if I didn’t have four kids, I would absolutely go.” She raises one consideration, though: “I remember sitting in my kitchen with my dad and my sisters when that teacher was on the rocket ship that exploded in the ’80s.” Kim is referencing a historic cultural moment—the 1986 Space Challenger Disaster—and adds, “I remember what that felt like.” With this reminiscence of a vital moment in American culture, Kim shows us the strange synergy that exists between mass media, collective experience, and personal family memories—a triad she has mastered in her own career.

Kris Jenner Gets Stoned

Kris and Khloe head over to The Leaf cannabis dispensary in Palm Springs to check out some gummies. Despite KUWTK’s reputation as a sassy reality show, the Kardashians have mostly erred conservative when it comes to including drugs in their storylines. As cannabis is legalized around the country, though, the family’s transparency about their interest in the booming industry is changing. Last season, Khloe referenced a proclivity for taking edibles, and, in a recent magazine interview, Kim made a comment about coping with anxiety by puffing on a vape pen. This doesn’t mean that Kris Jenner has forgotten she’s speaking to the masses; she takes a moment in her confessional to declare: “Listen up, everybody! In the state of California, this is all very legal. You have to be 21 years old, you can walk into a store, and you can buy gummies!” That Kris is a grandmother seeking relief for joint pain—and keeps calling the weed “gummies”—has a defusing effect on the potential stigma of being high on camera. Of course, that doesn’t mean Kris doesn’t get high on camera. Corey, Khloe, and Kris head over to lunch, where Kris becomes very giggly as she asks Khloe absurd questions about her hairdo. The levity calls to mind early seasons of Keeping Up, when such playfulness served as the family’s strength. In fact, it’s the accumulation of endearing and meme-able scenes much like this one that eventually helped Kim Kardashian reach a place where she can consider space flights with Jeff Bezos. Khloe seems to realize that this is how the scene will be perceived, because she says as much while narrating the moment: “I love when my family is lighthearted and silly, and they can all laugh at themselves, and I can laugh with them. Just the fun, relaxed nature of it all. This is my happy place.”



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