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'The Hills': Why Stephanie is a better friend than Lo

Laurenstephaniecasual012 Make that reason No. 9874 I don't like Lo: She yanked Lauren from Stephanie's birthday party so fast that not even one word was exchanged between Speidi and Lauren.

Blame her for an episode that was, once again, all built up and no payoff. Four seasons in, who doesn't want to just hit fast-forward through all the discussions of weekend plans and straight to the main event? Sadly, this one was a non-event.

Lo keeps Lauren functioning like a high schooler. Let Lauren grow up, Lo. Or let her and Heidi go at it. For the sake of a viewing audience. Seriously, if you really care for Lauren, you'd care about those people helping to pay her bills. (Lo's also still being Ms. Passive Aggressive with Audrina, but that's old news. Besides, Audrina's getting good at standing up for herself.)

Before I get to Stephanie, a word to Brody: No one cares if you come or go. You're window dressing now that you dissed Lauren while she was in Paris. You've been replaced by Doug, at least temporarily, who unfortunately and unbelievably is more vanilla than yourself.

Even without the payoff, the evening's gold star goes to Stephanie, whose efforts to stir drama are tireless.

But in all seriousness, here's the truth: In the long run, Stephanie will wind up being a much better friend to Lauren.

She forces Lauren to deal. With uncomfortable moments, with broken friendships, with people who aren't your best friends forever. She reunited Lauren, Spencer and Heidi. Lauren was giggly but calm. She might have decided that she was over the past. That she wanted to start over. (The extended Season 4 trailer certainly makes it seem like it could have been a possibility.) But it was ruined when she was urged by Lo to run and take cover instead.

And Lauren reverted to her sullen, put-upon self. Look at how she practically threatened Stephanie off her show in the final scene: "It's not a secret to you that my all friends say that I shouldn't even trust you, and you just kind of set them back on that rampage."

Yeah, I know Stephanie's about to steal Doug away from Lauren too. Because she likes drama, sure. But also, just maybe, couldn't she be doing it for Lauren's own good? Not much to him after all. ...

I'm just saying.

Then there's Whitney, already being set up to go her own way in a spinoff of her own. I can't wait. Next week's preview makes her look so much more outgoing than Lauren. Flirting with the boys. Stepping up to career challenges. MTV must have been editing heavily all this time.

A last note: Kelly Cutrone bugs almost as much as Brent Bolthouse. Poor Jessica. We hope you were compensated well (or at least better than Lo). 

-- Denise Martin

(Photo courtesy Jeff Lipsky / MTV)

Comments () | Archives (3)

I totally disagree! I LOVE LO! If Stephanie would make a better friend, why have Lo and Lauren stayed friends for so many years? Yes I know they weren't really speaking for a while (see Season 1 of the Hills) but they found a way to get over whatever differences they had and are best friends again- that's true friendship right there!

However, I must say that the Hills are getting a little old...it's so obvious it's scripted now! Here's a funny article parodying the Hills:

I totally agree Lo is too into herself, when she really shouldn't be since she's the ugliest on the show, the prettiest of all is Audrina. I can't stand Lo, get her off the show! She brings ratings down.

I agree totally. Laruen is amazing and she lets her friends walk all over her. Lo may ahve been her friend since like second grade but that doesnt mean Lo will be a better friend. Im not saying i trust Stephanie because i dont. I personally think Lauren should find more trustworthy friends and Boyfriends. And people need to think about her too and not only themselves. Jason, Brody, and, Doug didnt even care to think about Lauren. They all did something to hurt and should hav thought about her feelings before they did it


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