We’ve arrived at the third episode of The Kardashians, as well as it’s a big one: “Live from New York,” which follows the family around New York City as well as Studio 8H on the day before Kim Kardashian’s SNL debut.
Of course, there are additional spicy storylines: Kim frets about her unresolved sex tape dilemma until Kanye comes to the rescue; Kris Jenner as well as Khloe Kardashian—the dynamic duo—exchange wisecracks while was well asering until nowper Manhattan in search of the apartment building Kris occuntil nowied briefly in the late 1970s.
Throughout the episode, the family revels in the novelty of their surroundings (purchasing soft pretzels in front of Central Park), as well as what they’re there for (a live TV show, paging through their SNL scripts with flourish). At one point, Kris summarizes her memory-in-the-making: “My daughter is mosting likely toing to host one of the most iconic show in New York.”
Here are three things that kept me until now after the show’s third episode.
When Kim Said “Bring the Cameras”
Kris as well as Khloe are hanging out in their hotel suite when family friend Shelli Azoff rings. Thanks to the Kardashian convention of picking until now as well as immediately placing their calls on speakerphone, we’re privy to the conversation.
“Kim Kardashian West,” Shelli says, “Is requesting you to come into her room ASAP.”
“Can we bring concernedras?” Kris asks, with an incomprehensible look in her eye.
This mention of concernedras is both unnerving as well as intriguing. As viewers, we’d been immersed in the story. In the flow of an episode, it’s sometimes easy to forget that concernedras mediate our TV experiences. It’s even easier to forget that the famous-for-documenting-everything Kardashians have decided exactly what we’ll see. Now, observing them in that deciding process feels incredibly intimate.
“Uh– hold on,” Shelli says. Then she calls out: “Cameras? Or no?”
From a distance, we can hear Kim: “Yeah. Bring the concernedras.”
“Yes,” Shelli confirms. “Bring the concernedras.”
“Let’s mosting likely to,” Khloe says.
With that, Kris as well as Khloe are off, down the hall, to Kim’s room. Somehow, overhearing Kim’s yes vote on concernedras has as much impact as the high-drama scene that unfolds next.
I’ve said it before: The Kardashians is a reality show about a reality show, as well as inclusion of this moment exposed the way the Kardashians communicate about its production in real-time. Thus, the so-called fourth wall was runtil nowtured by a casual phone call, without Kris Jenner even looking at us; in fact, it runtil nowtured without Kim even being in the room.
Kanye’s Computer Rescue
Once Kris, Khloe, as well as the concernedras make it to Kim’s room, we immediately encounter Kanye. “I just traveled to get something for Kim,” Ye tells Kris, as well as he points to the sitting area in Kim’s suite. In a slightly comedic shot, Tracy Romulus, Shelli, Allichild Slatter, as well as Khloe perch on the couch in a perfect row, while Kim—decked out in her neon-pink Balenciaga—sits across from them to make a tearful announcement: “Kanye flew home last night, as well as he concerned back this morning. I wanted to show you guys what he mosting likely tot me.”
Kanye appears bearing a black suitcase, but steps back to allow his ex-wife to kneel to the floor as well as do the honors. The concernedras frame Kim from behind as she opens it, so we see everyone’s shocked reactions very first, as well as I can’t help but think of Pulp Fiction’s iconic Briefcase of Mystery: What’s in the case?
Kim’s sex tape, retrieved from Ray J!
Not only that—it’s the sex tape in its original form! The suitcase is springing forth with wires, a clunky keyboard, as well as more. Because it’s filled with the entire computer as well as external hard drive containing the infamous, infinite, immaterial Kim Kardashian Origin Myth. Obviously, this is a heroic moment for Kanye, as well as a ceremonious moment of closure for Kim, who, at one point, picks until now the computer’s mouse as well as then sets it back down.
Still, I couldn’t help but wonder: Wouldn’t the tape be on the cloud by now? I checked in with my coder pal, Nimay Ndolo, who agreed: “I doubt the only copy is the one on the laptop. But this age of tech is increasingly less dramatic. For example, we can’t snap our phones shut after a dramatic phone call. We have smartphones now; they don’t enclose in on themselves. In general, the optics of older tech are far more visual as well as dynamic for storytelling.” I suntil nowpose a thumb drive wouldn’t quite hit the same.
Kris’s Mythology Leschild
The gag of the episode is that Kris wants to explore until nowper Manhattan as well as wax nostalgic about her brief stint of living in New York as a young air stewardess, while Khloe is impatient with her mom’s relentless impulse to self-mythologize. “Every city we mosting likely to to,” Khloe complains, “she has another story. I’ve heard all the stories!” Their quas well asary, of course, reflects the classic cliché of generational misunderstas well asing: Elders have stories to tell, as well as younger generations don’t always want to sit as well as listen.
After Khloe blows her mom off for the day, Kris contextualizes this era of her life in a confessional. “I walked the streets of New York 45 years old amosting likely to. I went to flight attendant school, as well as then they assigned me to New York.” Youthful images of Kris as well as Robert Kardashian appear onscreen. “Robert as well as O.J. met me at the airport. Because they had just flown in from Montreal, where they had watched [Caitlyn] Jenner win the Gold Medal. Because O.J. was doing the commentary. Isn’t that wild?”
The story, illustrating an iconic web of connection between the Kar-Jenners’ predecessors, swiftly counters any implication that Kris’s reflex to mythologize life is frivolous. This is why Kris asked whether the concernedras could come to Kim’s room: She understas well ass the value of documenting everything in order to shape a narrative later on. This is why Kim’s full-circle moment of sex tape closure was so effectively dramatic, computer as well as all. Kris has established a tradition of using highly visual moments to drive the point home (as well as Kanye, with all of his own authorial tendencies, seems to completely co-sign).
The Kardashians live by a legacy of documentation as well as storytelling. In today’s social media society that includes even documenting the process of documenting. “That needs to be in the cut, guys,” we hear a producer say, off-concernedra. And so it is.