The Hills: New Beginnings is back! I am so excited. I’ve been excited since I heard about the return of the show, since I was a big fan of Laguna Beach & The Hills. However, I have to admit, I was skeptical…could it be a hit without LC or Kristin Cav or Lo? I’m happy to say that my doubts were totally wrong. This episode was everything I could’ve asked for and more. Let’s get right into it.
We start out with introducing the main cast members – some are new, and we don’t know them. Others are our old favorites (or maybe least favs) and we’re catching up on the past 10 years.
Heidi and Spencer’s marriage is going strong. They have definitely proved all of their haters wrong, who didn’t think their relationship would last. They have the cutest baby boy, Gunner, and they both seem happy and content in life, and with each other.
We learn that Audrina is currently going through a divorce, and she’s struggling. She has a baby girl, Keira.
Brody is now married to Kaitlynn Carter. Based on his intro (and through out the show) I’m very conflicted about how happy he actually is in his marriage.
We briefly meet Brandon Lee, who is apparently good friends with Brody. As I watched this, I’ll admit, I had not a clue in the world who Brandon Lee was.
Mischa Barton is briefly introduced – obviously I know her because I was a die hard fan of The OC (RIP Marissa Cooper) but I’m confused as to what her place is going to be on the show. Who is she friends with?
And then there is Stephanie Pratt, Spencer’s sister, who is almost unrecognizable to me. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still very pretty. But clearly she’s had a lot of plastic surgery since we last saw her on The Hills.
We start out at Audrina’s – she’s moving into a new house, post-divorce. Whitney & Heidi come over, and the girls drink champagne in the backyard and chat. We learn that Whitney is married and has a baby boy, Sonny. Audrina talks about her divorce, and becomes emotional. The girls totally talk her up and try to boost her confidence. Heidi asks the girls if they’ve seen anyone from “the old crew.” Both girls have hung out with Brody – Heidi says she’s seen Brody and met his wife, Kaitlynn, but Kaitlynn wasn’t super friendly to Heidi. Whitney thinks it’s because “Spencer and Brody have their own issues.” Audrina admits she has spoken to Justin – and both girls are like, “Justin Bobby!?” Lmao, I am transported back ten years right now, honestly, and I’m loving it. Audrina says that Justin reached out when her divorce went public. Audrina feels like the door isn’t “completely closed” when it comes to Justin, and Whitney & Heidi both convince her that she should hang out with him.
Stephanie Pratt is back in LA. She had a huge falling out with Spencer, and spent the last five years in London. She’s back because she wants to reconnect with her brother, and she would like to have a relationship with her nephew. She tells us she found out that Heidi and Spencer had a baby through The Daily Mail – that’s rough. Stephanie calls Frankie (we all remember Frankie, right?) and he plans on throwing her a Welcome Back Party.
We’re at Speidi’s (and I’m literally dying at that Pratt Daddy wine glass 😂) where Spencer is getting ready to meet up with the guys. Spencer tells us that ten years ago, he and Heidi were “rich, famous and living the Dream.” He said the only problem was, that was all it actually was – a dream. They were the most hated couple in America for a while and ran off to Costa Rica to get away. They moved back to LA once everything quieted down and they were ready to start a family.
Spencer meets up with Brody and Frankie at Hyde Kitchen & Cocktails. We learn that Frankie also has a wife and two children. Brody talks a little bit about his marriage – he tells the guys that it “has its ups and downs.” Spencer wants to know what the downs are, and Brody replies, “Just bickering.” Brody also says Kaitlynn is ready to have kids, and he’s not. Both guys ask him why, and he says he’s just not in a rush to do that yet. It’s a big responsibility. Frankie switches over the subject to Stephanie – he mentions she’s home, and brings up the party he plans on having for her. Spencer tells us he thought everything was fine between them, but then he would see her talking shit in the press. (I’m unsure what to think about that at this point.) Brody’s wedding gets brought up, and Spencer was “shook” that he didn’t get an invite. Brody tells us Spencer fell off the grid for a while, so they weren’t talking, and he didn’t invite him. I am dying when Spencer was like, “I didn’t take it personally, I don’t hold grudges…just kidding, I definitely do.” 😂
Stephanie and Audrina meet up. Audrina hasn’t seen her in a while, but she says Steph is a good time and makes her laugh, and she needs that right now. They talk a little about Stephanie’s row with Spencer – Steph acts clueless about why they’re having a rift, which I don’t buy. Audrina says that Spencer is “humble” and is different than he used to be. They talk a little bit about Audrina’s divorce, and Audrina admits that she rushed into marriage because she was pregnant and thought it was the right thing to do. Stephanie wishes someone was there for Audrina to guide her during that time.
Back over at Speidi’s, Spencer fills in Heidi on how his guys night out was. “Marriage life is not good for Brody,” Spencer tells her. I mean, I can see why Spencer would think that. Brody didn’t really have anything positive to say about Kaitlynn. Spencer also tells Heidi about the Welcome Home Party Frankie is throwing for Stephanie, and that they should go. Heidi is upset because she’s having a hard time leaving her baby, Gunner. She gets emotional, but agrees to go to the party. She thanks Spencer for being so supportive of her, and I have to say – Speidi seems genuinely happy. I’m loving them.
Brody and Kaitlynn are at their house in Malibu. They’re both eating breakfast outside, and Kaitlynn asks Brody, “I have to know what it’s like sleeping in your car in the driveway?” Brody says, “I came home to an absolute psychopath last night. You were a nightmare.” Basically, Brody said he would be home around 2:00 AM, but he didn’t get home when he said he would. (They don’t specify the time he actually showed up.) Kaitlynn was worried about him – which is completely valid. I would be worried if my fiancé told me he’d be home at a certain time and didn’t show up. However, my fiancé isn’t a DJ. This seems like a common theme with Brody, and I feel like Kaitlynn must’ve known what she was getting into when she married him. He’s not going to change. Brody is annoyed AF with Kaitlynn, and he refuses to talk any further about the situation because to him it’s not a big deal. I think he seems extremely selfish.
Over at Brandon’s house in Malibu, we learn that his parents are Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. Now things are making a little bit more sense to me. Pamela comes over and she sages his house. We learn that Brandon is currently not on speaking terms with his dad, but I’m not sure why.
Mischa meets up with Stephanie at the beach. Supposedly Steph and Mischa were good friends in their early 20’s. I wonder if this is true, or if the producers are making them say that to fit Mischa into the show.
Mischa tells Stephanie she went on Spencer and Heidi’s podcast. Perez Hilton was a total prick to her, and Spencer wants him to apologize. Mischa tells us that Perez was brutal to her, and it really fucked with her self confidence. She also fell in love hard and fast with a guy, who she didn’t name, but he was literally just using her for revenge porn. (Jesus.) Mischa fled LA and moved to upstate NY, away from all the snakes that were surrounding her. Stephanie fills in Mischa on where she’s been living – London, but she also was living in NY, and if I’m not mistaken, did she say Hawaii? She tells Mischa she got arrested because she OD’d while shop lifting. (How did I never hear about this?) Stephanie and Mischa are both realizing they can’t run away from their problems.
Audrina meets up with Justin Bobby, and truly, it feels like no time has passed at all. These two still have so much chemistry, it’s undeniable. Justin basically calls out Audrina and tells her he doesn’t think that her ex was the love of her life. She doesn’t deny it.
The next day, Audrina meets up with Kaitlynn, who is hanging out poolside, while Brody and Justin meet up and go surfing. Audrina tells us that Brody and her ex were friends, so the four of them used to get together. Audrina said Kaitlynn has really been there for her throughout her divorce. She fills her in on Justin – and Kaitlynn fills in Audrina on the fact that Justin & Brody are currently hanging out. Kaitlynn tells Audrina that she’s somewhat having baby fever, while Brody is telling Justin that “marriage is tough.”
It’s the night of Stephanie’s party. Mischa is at Audrina’s – she gets a text from Heidi saying that she invited Perez, basically to apologize to her. Audrina thinks Mischa may as well get it over with now, because she’s bound to run into Perez eventually, and Mischa agrees.
Everyone is beginning to arrive at the party….and we’re left with a cliff hanger.
What will happen at the party? How will Spencer and Heidi react to Stephanie? And vice versa? Will Perez apologize to Mischa? Will she accept it? Will Audrina and Justin Bobby declare their love for each other? Will Brody demand a divorce from Kaitlynn? I have lots of questions. This episode totally delivered! Excited for next week! 🤗 Leave your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to know what you guys think about this reboot!
Until next week….