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If The Hills were a soap opera (which it sort of is), this would be the week that the original cast member returned to fireworks and high drama.

Our subject is none other than Stephen Colletti, Lauren Conrad's best friend, then love interest, then... who knows! Anyway, he's alive - and HOT!

Ick!!

He's a guest at the housewarming party LC, Lo and Audrina throw for their new digs. Their digs are pretty nice. They cost like $2 million. But that never even comes up. Audrina lives in the GUEST HOUSE! Quite the pad, LC.

Everyone rolls to the housewarming party - everyone other than Stephanie Pratt, who makes a point of letting Heidi Montag know beforehand how she's going. Heidi then guilt-trips Steph out of it. Lame.

When Audrina mentions that her on-again beau Justin-Bobby plans to attend, the room goes silent. "Maybe he will wear his cowboy hat," Lo jokes.

Audrina Patridge? Not pleased.

Justin-Bobby (a.k.a. Justin Brescia) does indeed show at LC's. He's looking less scruffy than usual in his new 'do, but he's still Justin-Bobby. He and Audrina talk about how ostracized she feels from LC and Lo.

Brody Jenner brings girlfriend Cora Skinner, but her awkward introduction to LC comes and goes without incident. She's, like, focused on Stephen!

Lauren "Lo" Bosworth is delighted when Stephen Colletti arrives: "You guys are hanging out again? That melts my little black heart!" Lo says.

"LOVE ME" EYES: Lauren Conrad stares at Stephen Colletti on The Hills. With that face, one wonders how he could resist jumping her right there at the restaurant!

But, despite Lo's dreams, LC and Stephen aren't dating - nor will they be in the future. One night later, Lauren got dolled up for a date with Stephen, who made it clear he thinks of them as just friends.

When LC mentions how giddy Lo acted about their date, Stephen Colletti says: "She's like everyone else wishing someone would happen between you and I."

Lauren Conrad looked very disappointed, yet seemed at the same time to realize that Stephen was probably right - their dating days had passed.

LC turns home and eats ice cream, telling Lo (looking adorable in her UCLA sweatshirt) that "Some things are just better left the way they are."

What happens next? We'll have to wait until next Monday to find out. In the meantime, be sure to check out our new collection of The Hills quotes!

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"I just want to say that I can always trust my good friends that I've had forever, but at the same time, some of my oldest friends have betrayed me," Lauren Conrad reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly.

That's juicy, even for the world of The Hills!

Head For the Doghouse

In an exclusive interview, LC talks about how ex Brody Jenner went public with a new girlfriend (Cora Skinner) just days after she left for Paris.

To make matters worse, best friend Audrina Patridge allegedly buried the hatchet with Conrad's ex-BFF and current rival, Heidi Montag.

"At this point, I have to question every person that wants a relationship with me, whether it's friendship or a romantic relationship," Conrad said.

"[Audrina Patridge] has to remind me that she's not someone who's going to betray me," the 22-year-old star of The Hills says pointedly.

As for Brody Jenner's rebound with Cora Skinner, she says, "When you have that type of thing, you always have to question, 'Why wasn't I good enough?'"

"It's disappointing to have to question relationships," she adds.

The latest betrayals have been especially difficult for Lauren Conrad, who battled sex tape rumors allegedly spread by Montag and Spencer Pratt.

She also caught ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler kissing another girl (Jessica Smith), but stood by him as he got arrested four times and went to rehab.

After he got out, Wahler promptly got engaged to Katja Decker-Sadowski.

All this and more will come flooding back to us as The Hills returns on Monday, March 24. Not sure about you, but we can't wait.

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One of The Hills spoilers being talked about on celebrity gossip sites and given away in previews is that Brody Jenner has a new girlfriend.

But, as The Hills cast has become so famous that calling it a reality TV show is now a stretch, we have known about this since January.

The fact that Cora Skinner (a lingerie model) is Brody Jenner's new girlfriend will (does) not sit well with Lauren Conrad. But what will she do about it?

Cora

Girls of Brody Jenner, present and past: Cora Skinner and Lauren Conrad.

Clearly, LC and Brody are still on reasonably good terms, and remain friends, as he was spotted at her fashion show this week. So that's nice at least.

But we can't help but think Brody missed out on a real keeper by not committing to LC! Yeah, Cora Skinner is kinda cute. But come on. She's no Lauren.

We welcome your views, Hills fans. Who do you think is hotter, and that Brody Jenner should date: Cora Skinner or Lauren Conrad?

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Although they've been spotted making out and clubbing, Laguna Beach alumna Lauren Conrad says she and Stephen Colletti are not back on.

"[Stephen Colletti] and I are just friends," Conrad told Us Weekly.

Lauren Conrad in Hawaii

The duo were spotted getting cozy at the L.A. Kings - Anaheim Ducks hockey game (yawn) in L.A. Thursday night, but Lauren Conrad said, "I was there with a big group of friends. I'm dating but no specific person."

The unattached Conrad, who's been unlucky in love of late despite many a hot suitor, says she's undecided on Valentine's Day plans.

"Will you be my Valentine?" she asked Audrina Patridge - her roommate, BFF and co-star on The Hills - at a recent event. "I think every single girl dreads Valentine's Day. We'll probably make it fun and come to Vegas." Nice!

LC and Stephen are still just friends, she says.

Lauren Conrad has also moved on from her internship at Teen Vogue, which has been featured on The Hills' last two seasons: "I actually just got a new job but can't talk about it right now. I'm really excited about it."

In other Hills romance news, Brody Jenner, Conrad's ex, is denying reports that he hooked up with Lindsay Lohan this weekend in New York City.

"We were hanging out as friends. Nothing happened," Jenner tells E! News. "We weren't all over each other, and we definitely weren't making out. I am dating and really happy with [my new girlfriend] Cora Skinner."

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