It was supposed to be about Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney. But all eyes were on Kim and Kris Humphries on Sunday as the new Kardashian reality show premiered on E! – offering a glimpse into the dynamics of a marriage that imploded spectacularly last month after just 72 days.
Kourtney & Kim Take New York begins with the news of Kris and Kim’s breakup, then flashes back to eight weeks earlier, as the newlyweds try to adjust to their new lives together. There was trouble from the beginning.
Living arrangements, professional commitments, personal habits – it seems Kim and Kris couldn’t see eye to eye on much of anything.
First, the couple, who had never lived together before, decide to live with Kourtney and her boyfriend Scott – an arrangement that quickly turns sour after Kris fails to bond with Kourtney (whose new holistic lifestyle involves naked yoga) or her baby, Mason, whose play area was right outside the newlyweds’ bedroom.
Kim and Kris also seem to be opposites when it comes to cleanliness. She’s a neat freak, he’s not. To make matter worse, he admits to intentionally leaving clothes strewn about just to get on Kim’s nerves.
Then, perhaps most significantly, Kris doesn’t seem interested in Kim’s professional life – and he’s worried about his own.
He has no time for the pomp and circumstance of Kim’s big “Welcome to New York” party, making her do all the press and bristling when told it’s time to cut their welcoming cake. “You care about that. I don’t give a f––,” he says.
Kris, an NBA player who usually works out in Los Angeles or Minnesota, also frets about getting used to training in New York. “Everything in New York is screwing me up. I don’t feel like I’m in my training element,” he says, after spending a late night out with Kim.
By the end of the episode, he tells Kim he’s going back to Minnesota. “We’re gonna live separate? Like a long-distance marriage?” Kim asks.
Early in the episode, Kris tells Kim: “You’re my wife now. It’s going to take a lot to get rid of me.” By the end, it’s not too surprising that it didn’t take much at all.