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October 28, 2008 12:00 AM

The more things change, the more they stay the same in Hills land. Audrina and Justin-Bobby made up for the umpteenth time, Brody still hates Stephanie Pratt and LC is always the one stuck in the middle trying to keep the peace in a minidress.

The Makeup: Audrina claimed she’d learned from her recent misfires with Justin-Bobby in Cabo to her co-worker Chiara. Chiara congratulated her on finally growing up, but the pat on the back came too soon.

Audrina and Corey had dinner at Kitchen 24, and he was irked when he found out Justin was on the Cabo trip. “A romantic getaway to Cabo,” he said sarcastically. “You know how that story goes.” Aud tried to save the date by explaining that she shared a room with Lauren and downplaying any JB interaction, but it just seemed to dig her deeper into a hole. Post-tiff, Aud confided in Chiara that her heart was “not there” with Corey while they were in the studio with Brandy. JB texted her moments later that he was outside the recording session and wanted to talk.Aud said, “I can’t keep running from it. I have to talk to him.” Chiara wished her good luck when what she should have done was remind her that they were on the clock and that your ex showing up at your workplace to have a state-of-the-union convo is pretty much unprofessional no matter how you spin it. But this is The Hills so, of course, professionalism and responsibility are cast aside like last season’s It bag. JB, wearing what appeared to be a cropped jean jacket with the sleeves cut-off and a beanie, was perched on his motorcycle as he proudly proclaimed that he had been thinking (there really is a first for everything) “about some of the things that happened in Cabo. I didn’t want to be that guy.”

She had enough backbone to say two sentences. “I feel like I have been trying to convince and make myself like someone when someone else is still on my mind” and “You don’t put in as much effort as you should.” He admitted the latter was true and then said what every doormat in a revolving-door relationship prays for: “I think we have something special. Ninety percent of my time with you is pretty right on. When I think about you, I don’t think of anything negative. I’ll pretty much always be there for you. I want you to be with me.” Pretty much always? Gee thanks. Apparently, she forgot everything she had bragged to Chiara about earlier in the week because it took about 10 seconds to mull over his half-a–ed plea before she gave him the head nod that signaled that they could give it another shot.

At work the next day, Chiara asked how it went with him and what Aud told her all came out sounding like justifications. “He said all the right things. I don’t think he would do that just to play with me especially coming to my work. He wouldn’t say those things if he didn’t really care. There’s something that Justin and I have that no one else that I’ve met we don’t have that connection or chemistry.” The authenticity factor of MTV reality shows just went up thanks to these kinds of grammatically atrocious sentences that we’re certain producers could not make up. Seriously, even if they tried.

… And Breakups: The only thing left for Aud to do was end it with the Aussie, which she so graciously did on a dinner date after he invited her to visit him Down Under and gave her a koala plush bear. She promised to keep it forever and then dumped him with a handful of clich s. “I think things just aren’t working out. I feel like we are moving too fast. I want you to be a part of my life and you are one of the greatest guys I have ever met, but someone else still has my heart.” He vowed to respect her decision and promised not to get emotional although he seemed a little choked up and he hightailed it out of the restaurant right after she dropped the bomb. We loved that she had the gall to tell him she’d had a good night and that it was nice to see him on her way out.

Damsel in Distressed Jeans: Meanwhile Lauren gave the She-Pratt a rundown on their Cabo trip as they shopped for fabric for a school project. Steph used that as a segue to tell LC that she was “together-together” with Cameron now after having “the talk.” LC said she wanted to meet him and invited them to Crown Bar the next night, but warned her that Brody was probably going to tag along. His usual punching bag reasoned, “At least I’ll have protection if Brody says anything to me.”

LC tried to avoid a scene by prepping Brody before the big night. She informed him that she had invited Steph to go out with them. Brody warned her again, “Well, you know how I feel about her. I just don’t understand how do you not see that she is shady. She did that thing with Doug. She’s not the kind of person I like to surround myself with. I don’t want to hang out with her.”

LC reasoned, “I don’t need you to be her best friend, but everyone’s going to be so much more comfortable if you guys just get along. Part of her problem is that Spencer keeps getting into her head saying that Cameron isn’t standing up for her with you.” That really got Brod’s goat. “Please God, I would love for Cameron to say one thing to me. I’ll be like listen, homey, ‘Why don’t I tell you a couple things about your little girlfriend that you don’t know?’” To lighten the mood, LC pushed him into the pool playfully and he declared war.

Crown Tools: First on the scene at Crown bar, Cameron talked a good game about standing up to Brody. “If Brody comes, I’ll pull him aside and have a talk with him. You’re my girlfriend. Nothing will make me more awkward than talking to you like that.” Judging by the big grin on her face, Steph liked the idea of a being rescued. Lauren and Lo showed up next and LC made more than one cute-couple comment to Steph and her beau, which seemed faux and was overkill. Cam made a few more macho jabs to Lo about Brody, but when he finally slid in looking like a thug in a plaid shirt and beanie (do all these dudes shop at the same store?), Cam was button-lipped. LC tried to maintain peace by just repeating the “they’re cute, they’re happy” mantra.

An unhappy Steph ratted out his inability to be her protector to Speidi at Waffle the next day. Cam had also opted out of brunch because “he didn’t want to get grilled.” Heidi called him rude before asking her how much she liked him on a scale from one to 10. Steph couldn’t answer, which is certainly not a good sign, and you can already tell she’s letting Spencer get in her head and play mind games. Her ominous remark: “Every time I leave a meal with you guys I want to break up with him.” –Carrie Bell

Tell Us: Do you think Audrina made the right decision in breaking up with Cory and getting back together with Justin-Bobby? Should Cameron have confronted Brody or should Steph fight her own battles? Is she letting Speidi’s opinion sway her decisions too often?

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