Sometimes we struggle to care about The City, because unless you're interested in working in fashion, it can be a touch dull, but you have to give the show its due.
Unlike The Hills, which features a lame crew of catty brats starting arguments about who knows what at clubs, The City girls are at least ostensibly career-focused.
Whether those careers are in reality TV or fashion remains to be seen, but the interactions seem real and the professional struggles compelling, if a bit redundant.
In Tuesday's episode, Olivia Palermo battled Erin Kaplan at Elle, again, while pulling together a photo shoot for singer Ke$ha (see The City recap here for more).
Whitney Port's fashion line had its ups and downs last night.
Erin thought Olivia was taking undue credit for pulling off the shoot surprisingly well, while Olivia accused her supervisor of trying to replace her with Louise Roe.
Office politics and personal rivalries? Check and check!
Meanwhile, Whitney Port was preparing to showcase her Whitney Eve collection at a big-time buyers' event, and had a huge order lined up until Roxy Olin blew it.
Kelly Cutrone told her to let the loss sting for awhile, and Whitney blamed Roxy and took the letdown hard. Fortunately, her sidekick ended up redeeming herself.At Elle, Olivia said flat out that she does not care if Erin approved the accessories she picked for Ke$ha, then accused Erin of trying to replace her at the magazine.
Louise Roe says she doesn't want Olivia to think she is taking her position, and Olivia says she doesn't think that. Both could be lying to the other's faces right here.
Regardless of who takes credit for the ideas, Ke$ha arrives and was impressed by the shoes and purse Olivia suggests, so she lives to fight another day ... for now.
Elsewhere, Roxy pursues and makes a sale to a chic boutique, WiNK, which wants Whitney's pieces by this weekend. She delivers! Friends forever ... and partners?