Deconstructing The Hills: Passive-Aggressive Behavior, Mixed Messages, and Hidden Yearnings


Those Hills kids, when they’re not busy feeling the rain on their skin, etc., have a whole bag of issues. There was some serious psychological warfare going on amidst the flocked wallpaper and flattering amber lighting of Les Deux last night. First off, isn’t it maddening how Brody pretends he has no idea why Lauren is so angry? Gee, what could he have done? Could it maybe be the fact that he took up with someone else two days after Lauren left for Paris? And then proudly introduced that person to Lauren’s best friend as his girlfriend? Did he think maybe that might make Lauren a little less than happy? But of course Brody knows why Lauren is upset! His only defense is to feign ignorance (in the process, turning himself into the wronged party—clever!). Why do men do this? “What did I do?” they ask, palms up, after, say, forgetting your birthday or writing an unflattering essay about you in a national magazine. “What did I do?”

But Lauren is no better. She pouts on the couch like a two-year-old, making a big, stupid show of refusing to hug Brody, rather than simply addressing the issue. (I myself always find that misunderstandings with the opposite sex can be resolved quickly and maturely using clear communication. And pepper spray. Heh.)

Also—what is up with Heidi painting her “fresh start” apartment the same exact color her walls were when she lived with Lauren? With all the colors Home Depot offers these days (I know, I’ve tried most of them) why did Heidi return to that same, somber grey-green (which is yuuuuck, in my opinion)? Does this reflect a secret longing for simpler and happier domestic times with Lauren?

Yet, when discussing the repetition of the paint color, Heidi refers to Lauren simply as “Her.” That’s cold. Spencer, on the other hand, calls Lauren by her affectionate nickname “LC.” Isn’t that an awfully friendly way to refer to your loathed enemy?

And, most importantly: Is it possible that I am over-thinking all this?

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5 Responses to “Deconstructing The Hills: Passive-Aggressive Behavior, Mixed Messages, and Hidden Yearnings”

  1. betty Says:

    Do you know the color of the green-grey paint? The name is not somber, and I am dying to know. Thanks

  2. theultimatecheese Says:

    Oh wow, a chance to combine my two favorite topics: home design and The Hills!

    Hm. Well, we know it’s a Behr paint. From checking out the color sampler online (avilable at I’d say it looks like either Southern Breeze (450E-3) Scotland Road (450F-4) or Amazon Moss (450F-5)… but try a few samples before you commit!

    For more on The Hills decor, check out this Apartment Therapy post about Lauren’s living room:

  3. Mean Maxine Says:

    Mean Maxine has to leave a few MEAN and nasty comments about Lauren’s face……
    Does anyone else think Lauren needs a new makeup artist? Why does her face always looks so dirty…..especially her dirty upper lip!?! Seems as though the rest of her crew has a *California Clean, Fresh Face*…..but Lauren looks as though she’s borrowed her older sister’s foundation…..and it just doesn’t match her skin tone….
    Is anyone else annoyed by the not so fresh-faced Lauren? Is it just this season or in seasons past too? (I’m a new convert)

  4. theultimatecheese Says:

    Yes, I have also noticed this weird upper-lip thing you speak of (it was especially evident in a her recent Us Weekly cover story photos). I think, based on unfortunate experience, this is a result of spray tanning. Lindsay Lohan also has the dirty upper-lip problem going on.

    I think Lauren looked lovely in Season 2. In Season 1, she was sort of tragic in that cute way we all are when we’re 19-20. She wore pearls, her face was orange, and her hair was way too blonde.

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