The Kardashians’ Armenian cousins probably said it best, in the Sunday night return of Keeping Up with the Kardashians: “You guys are so famous.”
The return of season 10 set the stage for Kim and Khloé’s eight-day trip to Armenia, filmed in April, along with Kim’s husband Kanye West and daughter North. Cousins Kourtni and Kara joined them when they landed.
The late Kardashian patriarch, Robert, was of Armenian descent.
Kim, 34, told the camera early in the hour that the family has always wanted to visit. “We’re bringing a lot of attention to the country,” she said as the sisters planned their wardrobes.
What they couldn’t plan for was the complete and utter excitement the Kardashians received upon arriving.
Every moment of the trip documented in the episode – and already almost entirely documented on this very website – was thronged by fans and onlookers.
“We’re used to big crowds, but it’s like complete pandemonium outside our hotel room. They’re all chanting Kim’s name,” Khloé, 31, said of the first night, which included one more surprise: Kim told Khloé that she was pregnant.
It got no less crazy: Not when the sisters met with an elderly woman outside their hotel or when they took a trip to a carpet factory for a traditional Armenian meal and fashion show or when they visited the home of their great-great-grandparents, in the ancestral town of Gyumri.
There the Kardashians learned two things: That their family founded Gyumri’s first cheese factory, and that they were still remembered among the residents, all these years later.
Kim and Khloé – especially Kim, who never got forgotten by the bodyguards, unlike her sister – had no less fame among the townspeople.
During the fashion show, Kim commented on how much she liked a necklace worn by one of the models. “So say that,” Khloé told her. “They’ll literally give you the necklace.” And they did!
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The first part of the trip built to a more serious moment, as both Kim and Khloé talked about wanting to bring visibility to the 1915 Armenian genocide, which reportedly killed 1.5 million people.
“It is unbelievable to think it’s been 100 years of people denying that this genocide ever happened,” Kim said, as the family visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. “And I’m proud to bring awareness to this issue.”
Standing together at the memorial beneath a sunset sky was an incredibly powerful moment, the sisters said.
Kourtney, 36, spent the episode wondering why Kylie, 18, was so distant – only to learn it was because Kylie had been spending more and more time with Caitlyn, but didn’t want to hurt Kris with that information.
And Kris, as her kids discussed, was too emotionally fragile following Caitlyn’s transition to do much of anything. In one scene, she FaceTimed, from her home, with Kim, in Armenia, and broke down crying – a stark complement to the Kris seen on I Am Cait recently.
But in that moment, Kim found a solution: news of a new grandchild.
As soon as Kim told her mom she was pregnant, Kris, 59, seemed to beam with happiness at the thought of their growing family.
“That’s the best thing I’ve heard in so long,” she said.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sunday (8 p.m. ET) on E!