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The second season of The City came to an end last night. Is Whitney Port's relationship with Kelly Cutrone also over after the events we just saw play out?

When Whitney is approached by a PR woman, she quickly gets in over her head and finds herself torn between a new opportunity and her loyal supporter.

What will she decide? Here's THG's +/- recap ...

Kelly thinks it might be too early to be doing press because Whitney Port could actually end up with more orders than she can handle. Sage words. Plus 4.

Joe has Louise interview Karolina Kurkova. Keith thinks Louise has more of a TV style and Olivia's subdued approach is better for Elle.com. Really? Minus 1.

GOLDEN GIRL: Somehow, Olivia Palermo is in Elle's good books.

In Tokyo, the editor-in-chief suggests Olivia should appear on stage with the designers at a party that night so Akiko can ask her about her style. No way that would happen if she weren't on an MTV reality show, but neat! Plus 6.

Roxy Olin tells Zach she is angry about Whitney. Girl, get over it. Minus 2.

Whitney meets Alison Brod, owner of Alison Brod PR, who says they will do everything they can for Whitney Eve line if she hires them. Thin ice, Whit ... Minus 3.

Erin asks Joe who will be the new face of Elle's website. He says he hasn't decided yet, but he's hearing some great things about what Olivia is doing in Japan. Erin blatantly lobbies for Louise by mentioning her other job offer. Plus 4.

Kelly calls Whitney into her office. Dun-dun-dunnnnn!! Plus 5.

PORT OF CALL: Will Whitney jump ship from Kelly Cutrone's tutelage?

Alison has been telling people that Whitney fired Kelly and hired her. Whitney quickly apologizes and Kelly says that Alison's claims are making her look like an ambitious idiot, but Kelly's right, she got herself into this mess. Minus 4.

At a boardroom meeting, Joe announces that Olivia Palermo will be the new face of the Elle website and says he is sorry for Louise to be leaving. Erin Kaplan is not happy. "Are you OK with that?" asks Olivia with a smile. Plus 8, b!tch.

Roxy later tells Whitney that her loyalty is to Kelly. "If you sign with Alison things will change with you and Kelly," warns young Ms. Olin. Such integrity! Plus 3.

Seemingly unclear of what to do, Whitney appears deep in thought as Roxy walks away ... think this was dramatized at all? Minus 5, because we assume so.

FINALE TOTAL: +9. SEASON TOTAL: +5.

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Last week on The City, Whitney Port and Roxy Olin's professional relationship took a turn for the worse. Now the latter is packing her things and moving out!

Her tenure at work a disaster-in-waiting from the start, Roxy leaving was inevitable. Now she's searching for a new apartment but NYC rent isn't that cheap.

Here's THG's plus-minus recap ...

Roxy's financial woes force her to ask her director/actor father, Ken Olin, for help. It's difficult not to see Ken as the guy from Brothers & Sisters ... Minus 5.

Erin Kaplan runs into Whitney Port and asks to use her Whitney Eve line for an Elle shoot with Ashley Greene. Eclipse and The City, together at last! Plus 6.

MOVING OUT: Whether Roxy Olin is moving up is another story.

Olivia Palermo is resistive towards the Whitney Eve pieces, shockingly, despite Joe's insistence that they use them. Minus 4, because we just hate her so hard.

Roxy Olin refuses to speak to Whitney at People's Revolution. Plus 3 for the palpable awkwardness and Kelly stepping in, telling them to put it aside ... STAT.

The tension boils over in the front row of a charity fashion show, however, and Kelly is forced to intervene when the girls' fight starts to cause a scene. Minus 7.

Whitney finds out from Samantha that Roxy started looking for a place. Minus 6 for the off-chance this clears the way for Stephanie Pratt to join the cast.

ASHLEY IN WHITNEY EVE: Greene helped Port beat expectations.

Ashley Greene wears a jacket by Whitney Eve during her interview for Elle. Plus 5. Olivia interviews her but sidesteps asking about the jacket. You b!tch. Minus 5.

Olivia tells Joe she's planning a trip to Japan and asks if she can produce pieces from there for Elle. Plus 7 for the slim chance she gets stranded there indefinitely.

Plus 4 more 'cause Naturally, Seth and Erin are excited about Olivia's trip if it means her absence might become permanent. We're all thinking it, they just said it.

Ken shoots down Roxy's request for money. Plus 8. Whitney comes home to find Roxy packed and ready to move out of their apartment. It's a little sad. Minus 2.

TOTAL: +8. SEASON: -4.

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In what would be the most nonsensical, contrived move yet by MTV, Stephanie Pratt is reportedly joining The City once The Hills goes off the air next week.

According to reports, Spencer's sister has been speaking with producers of The Hills spinoff and is intent on coming aboard Whitney Port’s reality series.

The City also stars Elle employees Olivia Palermo and Erin Kaplan, and recently cast Whitney's BFF Roxy Olin, who coincidentally works with Port now.

The Hills is ending its six-season run a week from tonight, but Stephanie Pratt, who joined a few years back, isn't ready for her 15 minutes to expire.

It's as inevitable as it is unfortunate.

USELESSNESS PERSONIFIED: Is Stephanie Pratt City-bound?

“Now that The Hills is over, Stephanie has been talking about moving to New York for The City,” a source says. “There would be a lot of drama there."

The reason? Roxy. "Hex-best friend, Roxy Olin, is a regular on the show, and there’s bad blood because Roxy just dropped Stephanie for Whitney Port.”

Stephanie vs. Roxy? Talk about a battle of useless wannabe fashionistas and reality stars. Remember when Steph also worked for Kelly Cutrone briefly?

Lauren Conrad fired her.

If MTV really decided to transplant Stephanie Pratt, not only would that be really annoying for viewers, but it would destroy any credibility The City has.

Eh, bet you they do it.

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Always treading dangerously, has Whitney Port and Roxy Olin's professional relationship finally hit the skids - and is Olivia Palermo halfway competent?

These unexpected developments made for an interesting episode of The City as our girls wrestled with increasingly high stakes in their career pursuits.

Whitney Eve Picture

Here's THG's plus-minus recap ...

Joe asks Olivia to interview Prabul Gurung for the Martha Stewart segment they're doing. Olivia says she knows what she is doing. Doubtful. Minus 2.

Kelly's friend Jian is launching Canadian musician Lights but they've just been robbed and needs looks for her tour. Whitney Eve to the rescue! Plus 4.

The only problem? Asking Roxy to oversee this. Whitney suggests they go through the lookbook together, but Roxy Olin says she's got it solo. Minus 3.

CITY LIGHTS: Whitney's hopes dimmed a little, while Olivia shined.

At Prabul's showroom, Olivia suggests a look Joe and Prabul love. Prabul pulls out a white dress and suggests Olivia wear it on the red carpet. Plus 5.

Roxy tries to get Lights interested in Whitney's clothes, but she's hesitant. Roxy does get her to take a Whitney Eve jacket to wear on stage. Plus 4.

At the show, Whitney's joy becomes horror when Lights walks on stage wearing the jacket, but instantly drops it in a sad heap on the floor. Minus 9.

Wearing Prabul, Olivia Palermo looks stunning in the dress, Joe says as he praises her in front of Rachel Roy and editor-in-chief Robbie. Wow. Plus 6.

Whitney Port is pissed, but Roxy says she can't force Lights to wear things. Plus 5, because Whitney rightfully says she got nothing out of the night.

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Olivia Palmero doesn't care what Erin Kaplan's opinion is.

This was a central theme of The City last night, as it is in every episode. But rarely are feelings in this feud declared so overtly. Talk about taking it to a new level!

Whitney Port Cleavage Picture

Meanwhile, will Roxy Olin actually prove her worth?

Amazingly, these much-maligned aspiring fashionistas both boosted their stock in a solid episode of The Hills spinoff, which continues to entertain and surprise.

We begin THG's +/- recap of last night's The City, "One Girl's Trash," with Olivia preparing for a shoot with Ke$ha by visiting the Trash & Vaudeville store:

TRASH THIS: We often do, but Olivia surprisingly salvaged the Ke$ha shoot.

The owner suggests a pair of spiked boots which Kyle asks Olivia to try on. She does but refuses to walk around the store in them. Too much effort for O. Plus 3.

Whitney Port is preparing to showcase her collection at a buyers' event. Too bad Roxy is her right-hand man ... woman. Minus 4, because she's a total liability.

At the office, Kate goes over the items for the Ke$ha shoot. Plus 5 for when Seth asks Olivia if Erin approved the accessories and Olivia does not give a f*%k. 

Louise Roe says she doesn't want Olivia to think she is taking her position. Olivia says she doesn't think that. We call BS on both of these catty liars. Minus 11.

For the shoot, Louise and Olivia both suggest Nicholas Kirkwood. "Great minds think alike!" L says. Or Louise Roe and Olivia Palermo for that matter. Minus 3.

ON THE ROX: Whit's relationship with her old friend sure was ... for a bit.

After a buyer cancels a big order, Kelly tells Whitney to let it burn so she remembers this, and saves millions down the line. Plus 8 for Kell's blunt, sage wisdom.

Whitney blames Roxy for losing the sale and stresses over the unsold merchandise. Minus 5, but might Roxy redeem herself? At least she's going to try ...

Ke$ha arrives and is full on impressed by the shoes and purse Olivia suggests. Seth says it's like she read Joe and Ke$ha's minds. Color us shocked. Plus 9.

Sure enough, Roxy pursues and makes a sale to a chic boutique, WiNK, which wants pieces by this weekend. She delivers! Color us shocked again! Plus 9.

After the Elle brass looks at the Ke$ha pictures, Olivia insists it was all her and that Erin's "masterplan" to "pin" her against Louise won't work. Plus 10.

TOTAL: +23. SEASON: -30.

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Last week was a rough one career-wise as Olivia Palermo was put on the chopping block and Whitney Port was basically told she's not a real designer on The City.

This week marked a renaissance of sorts for both. Olivia rose to the occasion somehow and avoided being fired, while Whit's fashion show in Miami was a big hit.

Here's THG's plus-minus recap of last night's The City ...

Whitney Port travels to Miami with Roxy Olin (for some reason) and feels the pressure of competition and putting on a show without Kelly. Real world, girl. Plus 5.

Olivia vows her "personal relationship" with Zac Posen will score an interview. We've heard that before. Minus 4. But Joe Zee says get it or you're fired! Plus 4.

Miraculously, Olivia was able to stomach doing some actual work.

When model Erica is seen with another designer, she suggests "sharing" but Whitney basically calls dibs. Models. Just like pieces of meat, we tell you. Plus 7.

At the launch party, Olivia poses on the red carpet (obviously, because she's a star) before Joe sends her to get Zac ... then decides to tail her a$$. Plus 8.

Impressed, Joe says this is "the reason he hired" Olivia. Minus 19, because dude, she got lucky like once, and should have been fired months ago. Get real.

Seriously, how is getting an interview with someone she already knew in any way impressive? Unless Joe just means he hired her for publicity ... okay, Wash.

At a Miami boutique, Whitney and Roxy Olin decide her designs would fit in well. Roxy is actually useful and meets the buyer, who agrees to peep it. Plus 5.

Editor-in-chief Robbie and editorial director Keith watch Olivia. Erin says they should compare it to Louise Roe's recent interview. Dun-dun-dunnn! Plus 6.

Whitney Eve is a hit - and not just with THG!

Amazingly, they determine that "everyone has their strengths" and "Olivia is good at what she does." No idea what that would be, but sure thing! Minus 11.

Louise and Olivia meet and hit it off. Plus 4, since Olivia is either clueless about Louise angling to take her job, or just doesn't care, since MTV won't let her.

Roxy appears to be quite frustrated about the apparent disorganization at the show. Roxy? Complaining about a lack of focus? Who'd have guessed. Minus 5.

Despite setbacks, the show is a success, and Whitney Port takes a well-deserved curtain call - and Shari and Pamela decide to carry Whitney Eve! Plus 10.

No matter how many doors are open for Whitney because of her fame, you have to at least respect how seriously she takes her line, and hope it succeeds.

TOTAL: +10. SEASON: -53.

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We often give the The City credit for its realism ... at least compared to The Hills. Well, last night that was nowhere to be found, because it was Fashion Week. Again.

Seriously, wasn't it Fashion Week, like, two weeks ago? They make the world of fashion look as glamorous as the ease at which things seem to in Whitney Port’s lap.

Elsewhere, there were some surprises (Roxy not screwing up all that badly and Kelly not hating her for a change) and more of the same (Olivia screwing up badly).

Here's THG's plus-minus recap of last night's The City ...

Whitney and Roxy decide to check out a few fashion shows. Kelly advises them to leave if they're past the third row, because that means they suck basically. Plus 7.

Oh, what was Roxy wearing when she approached Whitney at the beginning? Lingerie? We thought this must have been at home, but no, just People's Rev! Minus 3.

When you're Whitney Port, career opportunities come easy!

Whitney scores a meeting with Maybeline, where she shows them pictures of her fall collection. They ask if she'd show at Miami Fashion Week. It's hat easy! Wash!

At an Elle meeting, Olivia Palermo promises to land a Marc Jacobs interview at Fashion Week. Erin Kaplan blatantly announces she's looking for a new hire. Plus 10.

Unable to score an interview because she sucks, Olivia says Marc isn't doing press (lie #1) and that Joe will be fine with it (lie #2). She's gotta get fired. Minus 11.

Furthermore, how does Elle need freaking Olivia Palermo to get an interview? Aren't they Elle? And why send her of all employees? Come on. Obligatory Minus 17.

Louise Roe, displaying such polished outward perfection, threatens to send The City into complete upheaval. She's a Star Wars-like disturbance in the Force. Plus 9.

When you're Olivia Palermo, it's next to impossible to get fired.

Oh, and she dated Freddie Fackelmayer of all people. Yes, the same Freddie Fackelmayer from Season 1 (there can be only one) who Whitney fake-dated. Minus 5.

For whatever reason, Whitney says she dated Freddie too, yet leaves out any of the shady stuff he did. Is she bragging? If so, there is no apparent reason. Minus 3.

Amazingly, Louise actually acts like she cares about the job she has, one that scores of enterprising young women would surely want. Olivia? You watching? Plus 7.

When Robbie suggested she was going to fire Olivia at the end of the episode, we sort of believed him, and sort of felt bad for her. Sort of. Not really. At all. Plus 9.

TOTAL: +1. SEASON: -63. We have mixed feelings about the end of Olivia. She really deserves to get canned, yet Louise isn't that appealing as a fill-in. Oh well.

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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.

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We realize that as a show about women in fashion, MTV's The City is bound to cross-promote certain magazines, designers and brands ... but this is getting ridic.

It's basically the Elle reality show at this point ... this week's title even had Elle in it. Bad as it is for Elle that Olivia Palermo works there, the PR volume makes up for it.

For us, too, it's win-win. Olivia is painful, yet provides classic quotes (see headline).

Fortunately, MTV was a non-discriminatory cross-promoting media whore of a network last night, as The N.Y. Post's Page Six and Glamour got some love, too. But why?

Here's THG's plus-minus recap of last night's The City, "The Belle of Elle" ...

THE FACE OF ELLE: Only not really ... or at all.

Joe stops by to ask Olivia if she wants to go to a party for Gossip Girl - more shills! - stylist Eric Daman. Plus 2, because we love us some GG and its trendy fashions.

Kelly informs Whitney Port that Glamour - cha-ching! - wants to do a full page on her line. Whitney wants to bring Roxy. Kelly advises no. Whit does anyway. Wash.

For a society girl, Olivia likes the attention she gets at the party way too much. Aren't they supposed to not be impressed by anything, Blair Waldorf style? Minus 17.

Roxy's LOL skirt look - "ballerina gone punk rock gone a little hooker, but in a good way" - is predictably not embraced by Glamour fashion director Sasha. Plus 10.

Kelly to Roxy Olin: "This business is made up of freaks and followers. I’m totally a freak. So you want to be a freak? That’s great but you pay the price." Plus 14.

ROXY AND A HARD PLACE: Whitney is often caught in the middle.

Olivia, regarding Seth talking to Blake Lively and Leighton Meester: “I can talk to a park bench.” LOL. What does that even mean? Blake is a park bench? Minus 25.

Joe says that an Elle item made it in Page Six. Olivia perks up, only to learn that the so-called “Belle of Elle” is new fashion director Alexis. Served! Plus 17!

Erin gives Olivia a look, delighted by Olivia’s reaction as she learns it’s not her in the press. Wash, because that was sort of cold, but we don't blame her ... at all.

At a Bergdorf Goodman party, Whit is, like, so nervous, but meets with an exec at the women’s division and makes a pitch for her line like a seasoned vet. Plus 11.

Through it all, Roxy was left in the cold, and more or less useless, with no discernible purpose on the show. But at least she's true to herself ... we guess. Minus 2.

TOTAL: +10. SEASON: -73.

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Whitney Port's dating history on the The City has been suspect to say the least.

Jay Lyon? That hairy freeloader acted like he was "putting that on lockdown" when really he just needed a place to stay before he left with his band on tour.

Freddie Fackelmayer? That dude was pretty harmless, but a colossal douche.

Last night, Whitney was looking for inspiration for her look book, and confides that the photographer for her line shoot suggested getting together for a drink.

The French photographer. Poor Whitney Port. Can't resist the foreign hotties.

Meanwhile, Olivia and Erin clash at work! Color us shocked! Read on for THG's plus-minus recap of last night's The City episode, "Queen of Diamonds" ...

NOT POKER FACE: Whitney wears her emotions on her sleeve.

We'll start with Whitney's date attire. That glittery striped silver sweatshirt thing? We've seen better. Minus 2. But Plus 2 because it wasn't straight up skanky.

In meeting Jonathan for said drink, Port is surprised when he arrives on his motorcycle ... Plus 8. He says he liked her designs and the shoot went well. Plus 3.

Whitney asks if wants to shoot her lookbook and he says yes. Mmm. Minus 4, because this will inevitably blur the business/pleasure line and not end well for Whit.

Joe Zee gathers the Elle team to discuss the Fergie cover, and asks Olivia to stay behind. Plus 11 when he says, accurately, that her work needs to be consistent.

Back in New York, Olivia Palermo showcases her "strength" and helps editor Alexis choose Fergie's jewelry for the shoot. Plus 1 for paying her dues, we guess.

JOB WELL DONE? Some people briefly said this about Olivia Palermo!

Erin Kaplan tells Joe that picking out a necklace is "not enough." Not remotely. Plus 7, because somebody's gotta call her out and drill it into Joe's head.

Joe says Olivia's diamonds made the cover, but naturally Erin thinks it was Fergie and the whole outfit that sold it. Yeah, but Minus 3 for the obvious bias.

Oh, but wait! The final cover of Fergie is a shot of her not wearing jewelry. Joe says Erin was right. Plus 30 for Erin finally sticking it to her painful nemesis.

Whitney tells Roxy she had a good time with Jonathan but not that good. Minus 9 for getting into the awkward situation of accepting his help, then ...

Whit drops the "I don't have time for a social life" bomb, i.e. the career-girl version of "It's not you it's me." Weak. If you want to, you make it work. Minus 15.

TOTAL: +26. SEASON: -83.

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