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The second season of Kim Kardashian's latest reality show was supposed to focus on those blissful first months after her (literal) fairytale wedding to Kris Humphries. Then came the speedy split after only 72 days, and the season turned into a study on what went wrong with the marriage. So naturally, fans looked to Sunday's season finale of E!'s Kourtney & Kim Take New York with mounting interest. How would it depict the end of their relationship?
Well, folks, it was basically just…sad. The season didn't blaze out in a heated, marriage-ending blow-up. Rather, it puttered out in a series of tearful conversations, with a defeated Kim eventually admitting, "At 30-years-old I thought I would be married with kids and I'm not -- and I failed at this." And, for a star who has signed on to live her life in the public eye, even she couldn't ask Kris for a divorce in front of the E! cameras -- "There comes a time where you kind of have to handle your issues privately," she said.
Their marriage didn't falter under the weight of some outrageous behavior, or a spectacular problem, like addiction or infidelity. This was just another boring case of two mismatched people who should never have tied the knot to begin with. "I had dinner with him last night one on one, and I had nothing to talk to him about," she tells Kourtney. "He has a good heart. He's a Christian. He's everything on paper exactly what I want in someone, but for some reason my heart isn't connecting."
She might have gone on like this, continuing to not connect with her husband for months. But then Humphries suggested that he ship all of his things to her house in L.A. The gesture made her realize that she didn't want him there. She suggested that he just bring a small bag instead, which led Kourtney to call her out on her passively resistant behavior. Married people do join their boxes together, after all.
Even the dim Humphries realized that Kim's reaction wasn't good. After his friend helped him put his boxes in storage, he frankly admitted, "I think I just want a divorce."
But the episode's most dramatic moment arrived when Kim broke down during a conversation with Kourtney and her boyfriend Scott Disick. Watch the clip here:
Through a curtain of tears, Kim bellowed, "You don't think I feel embarrassed that I fell in love and I really thought I was, and then like I look back now and it's not what I want?" She continued, "I fell in love with a guy and, like, it's not what I thought it would be. Everyone sees I'm a different person. I'm such a b***h. Like, I'm just not myself and I'm not happy and it happened way too fast. I didn't know him."
The scene is unsettling to watch. On the one hand, a lot of people still believe that the marriage was staged for ratings. If that's true, then the scene was pure folly -- tears for the camera.
And even if this marriage and break-up were genuine, it's hard to feel sorry for someone so beautiful, so famous and so very wealthy when she clearly brought the situation upon herself. She said it herself: "I didn't know him."
On the other hand, who doesn't relate to a woman who wanted the fairy tale so much that she didn't take the time to discern whether it was right? It's a very tall order to find a man you're attracted to, who shares your religious beliefs and your goals for a family, and who is also your best friend. People miss the mark all the time. Thankfully, Kim seems like a tough cookie and we're sure she'll rebound from this fiasco!