The City can be great sometimes.
Watching Olivia Palermo and her career implosion week after week is infuriating in a sense, as she shouldn't even have the job, but the train wreck sure is entertaining.
Such was the case last night. As for Whitney Port, Anne Slowey knocked her down a peg at Elle, continuing a troubling trend of peeps saying her clothing line stinks.
Therein lies an interesting conundrum as the line between reality and reality TV gets blurry: Is she a TV star venturing into fashion, or a fashion star on TV?
Here's THG's +/- recap of last night's The City, "Fashion with a Capital 'F'" ...
CLASSIC WHITNEY: Deep contemplation meets disappointment.
Erin gives Olivia a heads up that a big Guess event is coming up, but Big O dismisses her, saying she'll speak to Joe and try to "fit it into her schedule." Of what? Plus 9.
When Erin mentions that Elle wants to invite Whitney, Olivia can't hide her disgust. Then again, her face just looks like that pretty much 24/7. She's that girl. Minus 3.
Kelly decides that Roxy needs to step away from the Whitney Eve line and do her own so thing. A good call on Kelly's part ... especially if you're Whitney Eve. Plus 7.
Olivia decides not to wear any of Guess clothing, even after she and Erin picked out their clothes specifically. What a b!tch, but she's hilariously annoying, so ... Wash.
Lingering question: Why are Erin and Olivia always in situations where they work together closely and feud aggressively? Did Elle fire everyone but them? Minus 9.
Roxy again sparks Kelly's wrath when she brings up Whit's collection in front of designer Henry Holland. Minus only 3, because it seems pretty minor, but bad form!
WALKING DISASTER: Somehow, Olivia Palermo still has a job.
We had high hopes for Whitney Port's private meeting with Joe Zee, but it didn't pan out, as Anne Slowey basically says we've seen it all before. Rough, but honest. Plus 8.
Plus 3 more for Joe's patronizing "Trooper" to describe Whit. Put. In. Her. Place.
It's sad watching Whitney crumble in front of bigwigs. Kelly hates whiners, why does she put up with Whitney? Minus 5, 'cause Kell should crack that whip some more.
Joe chastises Olivia for her conduct at Guess event, but she dismisses him completely, cementing his status as a spineless figurehead with no authority over MTV. Minus 8.
Erin takes a fashion journalist, Louise, out to lunch, in the hopes that she'll replace Olivia. Ooh, the backstabbing plot thickens! Couldn't be any worse, right? Plus 10.
TOTAL: +9. SEASON: -64. Whitney needs to grow a pair and make better clothes, but as long as Olivia Palermo is her co-star the show, she'll look OK by comparison.