The Hills - Season 2, Episode 8
Recap: Over lunch, Spencer suggests to Heidi that they go to Santa Barbara for the weekend...and when she's like, "I dunno, I really should spend more time with Lauren", he reminds her that Lauren doesn't deserve any Heidi time 'cause she's been treating him like he's the plague. Heidi says she's somehow convinced that Lauren will come around one day soon and meekly accept the fact that they're in love, and Spencer contorts his face into a 'yeah right' expression and says that people need to stop worrying about them coupling up. Heidi walks around the table and plops herself atop his lap, and he gushes about how cute she is and implores her to come to Santa Barbara with him, and she's like 'sure, why the hell not?'
Lisa Love summons Lauren and Whitney to her office to inform them that their next assignment will be to work under the oppressive supervision of Lawren Howell at a 'young L.A.' children's photo shoot. When she mentions that they're still in need of more teenagers for the shoot, Whitney says she has a photogenic sister named Jade she's certain will make the cut. Lisa's like, "Fantastic" and tells her to have Jade come in for the casting.
Back in the Teen Vogue closet office, Whitney is nattering to Lauren about how she's soooo ready to be more than someone's intern and be given more responsibility - just as Lawren Howell enters the room to talk about the upcoming shoot. She tells them there's going to be lots of clothes and models on site, so it'll be imperative that they stay extremely well organized and have everything steamed and ready...and warns that if she happens to grab a dress that hasn't been steamed, it'll be their ass. After she leaves, Whitney makes a 'the fuck?' face at Lawren's bitchitude, and Lauren chuckles and offers to be head steamer for the shoot.
At Hillside Villas, Lauren is working on some fashion sketches when Heidi briefly returns home to pack for Santa Barbara. Lauren wanders upstairs to see whassup, and Heidi extends an invitation her to tag along to Santa Barbara with her and Spencer...and when Lauren somehow refrains from laughing and is all 'seriously?', Heidi instead suggests they have a special Heidi and Lauren night when she returns. Lauren contorts her face in an 'I'll believe that when it happens' expression, and Heidi announces that she's off for her romantic getaway and heads out with her suitcase.
Audrina tells Lauren that some guy named Chris asked her out, and that he has a hockey player friend named Blake he wants to bring along for a double date. Audrina assures her that they're normal, regular guys, and Lauren decides she's up for a no-drama evening.
In Santa Barbara, Heidi and Spencer are strolling along the beach, agreeing on how relaxing it is here compared to all the contrived drama that comes along with shooting a reality show in Los Angeles.
The next day in the Teen Vogue closet office, Lauren tells Whitney that she and Audrina have a double date with two normal dudes - just as Jade enters the room to announce that she scored the modelling gig. The three head over to a nearby dressing room, where Lawren Howell is prepping for the shoot. She once again reminds Lauren and Whitney that their primary responsibility will be to keep track of all the clothes and to not let anything get out of order.
Double date night! En route to the restaurant, Lauren tells Audrina she's looking forward to meeting a hockey player and that she finds testosterone-charged hockey games kinda hot. When they arrive, they greet Chris and Blake - two bland, definitely not MTV-ready type guys - and engage in boring chit-chat. Chris mentions that he saw Spencer at Area the other night, and Lauren widens her eyes and moans, "Nooooo..." and says she can't stand the Chucky doll lookalike. After dinner, the foursome hug each other goodnight...and once the boys are out of earshot, Lauren tells Audrina she considers the outing a successful date - despite Blake not asking for her number and her giving zero indication that she was at all into him.
Lauren and Whitney are en route to the 'young L.A.' children's photo shoot when Heidi calls Lauren to ask if they're still on for Heidi and Lauren night. Lauren says she's looking forward to their scheduled bonding and will meet her at the apartment at around 7pm. After she hangs up, she tells Whitney it's so weird to have to schedule time to hang out with her former BFF, given that every night used to be Heidi and Lauren night.
Photo shoot! Lawren Howell tells Lauren and Whitney for the umpteenth time that she's counting on them to keep all the clothes in perfect hanger order, then asks Whitney to stay by her side and have pins and tape ready for her at all times. In the next scene, a visibly irritated Whitney is holding a bag of pins and staring despondently into space when Lawren barks at her to have pieces of double-sided tape ready to grab whenever she needs some.
Later, Whitney tells Jade she's lucky to be on the model end of things 'cause it's hard when the person in charge treats interns like slaves and continually harps on keeping the photo shoot clothes in perfect order. She later complains to Lauren about how fuuuuucking tired she is of being bossed around at these tedious photo shoots, and is more than ready to hold the reins and enter the glamorous world of stylingk.
Toward the end of the shoot, Lawren Howell asks Lauren and Whitney to start packing up the stuff that's already been photographed - and Whitney interjects to inform Lawren that she has to leave early for a family dinner. Lawren shoots her an icy glare and is like, "I don't give a rat's ass; I need you to pack up the clothes" ... and a visibly miffed Whitney mumbles, "Nope, no can do" and stares sullenly at the floor, prompting Lauren to offer to stay late and pick up the slack.
Lauren gets a call from Audrina as she's driving home from the photo shoot, inviting her on another double-date with Chris and Blake at a sushi cafe. Lauren says she has to decline 'cause she has plans with Heidi, and Audrina's all, "Oh well, maybe another night."
Lauren returns to an empty apartment and finds a note from Heidi that reads 'I'm at the movies with Spencer. See ya later!' Lauren glares at the note, broods on the couch for a few seconds about the unexpected cancellation of Heidi and Lauren night, then promptly calls Audrina to tell her she's free for another double-date after all. Across town, Heidi and Spencer get snacks before seating themselves inside a near-empty movie theater, and grin stupidly at each other as they wait for the movie to start.
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