For the past two weeks, Lamar Odom has been in the news thanks to a scandalous new memoir in which he reveals, among other things, that he threatened to kill Khloe Kardashian and cheated on her constantly during their brief marriage.
But on Sunday night, fans were reminded that while Lamar might be the OG, Tristan Thompson is the most recent basketball player to ruin Khloe’s life.
The internet moves at light speed, so it seems like a century ago that Tristan cheated with Jordyn Woods, prompting Khloe to finally kick his ass to the curb.
But for reasons no one quite understands, shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians take an extraordinarily long time to produce.
Which means the series is always several months behind real-world events.
Which means on KUWTK Khloe and Tristan are still together and still trying to weather the storm of his first cheating scandal.
On Sunday night’s episode, not only was Khloe stuck in a crappy relationship with an unfaithful douche-hole — she was also stuck in Cleveland.
Fortunately, her friend Malika Haqq paid a visit to brighten her mood.
“I am very excited that Malika is coming to Cleveland,” Khloe told the camera.
“She hasn’t been there since I had True, so it’s been a minute and it’s fun. We get to dress in our winter clothes and just spend a lot of family time — time with True, time with Tristan."
But while Tristan may have been the main topic of discussion, his professional commitments made him absent throughout the bulk of Malika’s visit.
“I don’t know how life in Cleveland with Tristan is right now for Khloe,” Haqq said at one point.
“So I have to go and see what’s really going on.”
At the time, Khloe was still pretending that all was well in her relationship — but Malika saw through her charade.
“I don’t want there to be a massive elephant in the room that no one’s addressing," Haqq said.
"I will be the person that she can open to, even if she tells me to shut up — been there before. I am willing to give her an opportunity to speak her heart or go off, or whatever.”
But Khloe wasn’t interested in going off.
Throughout her troubled love life, the 34-year-old has been open about the fact that she’s dreamed of a traditional nuclear family.
She thought she’d found what she was looking for in Tristan, so it’s not hard to see why she would be in denial about how much pain his infidelity had caused her.
As Malika’s visit wore on, however, Khloe found it difficult to maintain her charade.
“I’m someone where the energy I have towards True, that’s all that matters to me,” she explained.
“If that starts to be affected by me wondering, ‘What’s Tristan doing? Where is he?’ — I will be out in two f—ing seconds. Nothing is worth that for me.”
Khloe later revealed that she’s frustrated by Tristan’s efforts to put his past indiscretions behind him:
“He counts — ‘It’s been seven months.’ I’m like, ‘So it’s been seven months.’ I’m allowed to do things when I want to do it," she told Malika.
"But he also needs to know: ‘Your one stupid weekend or whatever you did, look what it did to three years of a relationship. It just demolished it. So was that worth it for you?’ “
“I am in love,” Khloe added. “I know I love him. But still, I’m not going to act like nothing’s wrong.”
Despite everything that had happened, at that time, Khloe was still optimistic about her future with Tristan:
“We’re working through things,” she said.
“But I’ve also dealt with situations where I’ve ignored it. Like, ‘I forgave, so I’m moving on.’ I acted like nothing happened and that did nothing for my partner.”
At that point, Malika offered some advice that basically sounded like "dump his ass" in coded language:
“You have to face that uncomfortable music and you don’t get to decide when it’s played or not,” Haqq said.
“And you know what? You can face certain things and get through certain things that other people couldn’t even fathom.”
Sadly, Khloe didn’t pick on the subtle instruction:
“I know,” she said. “Cheers to being strong girls.”
We’re guessing she’s finding it easier to be strong now that Tristan is no longer in the picture.