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'The City': Whitney Port is nobody's barista!

February 17, 2009 |  7:15 am


Well, that didn't take long! Cali-grown fashionista Whitney Port has only been in New York for a few months, and already she is bounding around the city with the confidence of a native.

It wasn't always this way. At the start of the season, Whitney seemed desperate for co-worker Olivia's respect, desperate for scruffy rocker Jay's affection, and just –- well -– desperate. But tonight we saw a very different Whitney Port, one who demanded the R-E-S-P-E-C-T she deserved. And you know what? She got it.

First scenario came in Scene 1: Whitney was in the middle of a story when tiny bulldozer Olivia attempted to interrupt her and monopolize the conversation. Instead of just dropping her jaw like she usually does, Whitney opted to completely ignore Olivia and keep talking. For once, Olivia was the one left slack-jawed.

But Olivia, being Olivia, did not learn her lesson from her first attempt at crossing Whitney. Instead, she dared to disrespect the fair one a second time, saying, "Just don’t get like overly drunk and fall on your face" at the New Year's party. "Good tip, Olivia," replied Whit, putting on her widest, fakest smile. "I learn something new from you every day." Cue the chorus of giggling minions. And with that, the new queen was crowned. We didn't know you had it in ya, Whit! 

And now on to Erin –- poor Erin -– who apparently picked up a book of banal expressions this week and decided to try them all out at once. "I wish you could have your cake and eat it too," moped the boy-crazy brunette in one scene. "The best way to get over a guy is to get under another one," she later sagely advised. And my personal favorite: "Now that JR's come back in my life, it's kind of thrown me through this loop."

At the end of the episode, the big looming question was the fate of Jay and Whitney (Way? Jitney?). Whitney certainly did not jump for joy at the prospect of Jay moving into her apartment. Is Whit having second thoughts about her downtown crooner? Does she fear she is being taken for granted? Last week's Whit would have lighted up at the chance to make tea for her man, but this week's Whit was visibly miffed when Jay requested a steaming cup. The new and improved Whitney Port is nobody's barista!

What do you all think? Should Whit let Jay move in, or should she let him "devote more time to his music" elsewhere?

* A note to all you guys out there: If your girlfriend asks what your New Year's resolution is, the correct answer is not, "to devote more time to my music/writing/pottery/birdwatching." The correct answer is, "to devote more time to my fabulous girlfriend." Actually, that is the correct answer to most questions.

Till next week!

-- Stephanie Lysaght

Photo: MTV