“Instafight” – by HydrangeaHussy
The kids from Sur are back! Last season Stassi finally dumped Jax after learning that he slept with her (now former) BFF Kristen. Kristen put her (former) boyfriend Tom through the ringer after he cheated, only to have it revealed that she cheated too. Tom was comforted by former-friend/current-girlfriend, Ariana. Kristen moved on to Tom’s (former) friend, James. Scheana got engaged, Katie didn’t have much going on besides her drunken antics, & Stassi quit Sur. Now, on to the new season!
We begin with Jax, who tells us that he thought that the group was over after all of the drama last year. But, the group has grown up and moved forward. Jax realizes that he’s made lots of mistakes, but he’s changed now. He’s at a high point, but he’s still scared that something will go wrong. Things usually go wrong for him, and it’s usually his own fault. Kristen lost all of her friends and her apartment after last year. She’s now dated James, a Sur busser and Tom’s former roomie. She is happy now that she’s out of her toxic relationship with Tom. Tom and Ariana are also happier now. Ariana feels like they moved seamlessly from friends to a relationship. Scheana’s life is going great – everything she’s wanted is happening for her. A weight was lifted when Stassi moved away and everyone except Katie is happier.
Scheana invites Katie to her birthday party, saying that there may not be tequila there. Katie is still upset about her drunken reputation and is obviously still hating Scheana. Her attitude hasn’t changed at all. Katie doesn’t want to go because Tom, Ariana, Kristen, and James will be there. Katie thinks it’s dumb to invite the two couples to the same party.
Lisa arrives at Sur, where Jax is bartending. She’s looking for a new challenge, so she’s opening Pump, a new restaurant/lounge in West Hollywood. She has a whole new young and hot staff. Lisa kept Jax and Tom at separate bars after their fight, but Tom wasn’t making as much money. Eventually Tom moved back to the main bar, where the two began in silence and moved up to small talk and now friends. Jax thinks that he did Tom a favor by breaking up his relationship. He says that it was a mistake to sleep with Kristen, but doesn’t seem to really mean it. I think he’s just as self-centered as always.
In the kitchen, Kristen tells Scheana that she needs to talk, but not at work. Kristen tells Scheana that Tom went to Miami and cheated on Ariana. The girl posted something online about it and Kristen reached out to her via Instagram. Kristen says that the details are too specific to be lies. She’s going to let Scheana do whatever she wants with the information. She won’t give Scheana the details at work, so Scheana only gets part of the story.
Other Tom, Katie’s boyfriend, is going to be working at Pump. Katie is excited because they plan to get married, but Other Tom needs a job first. Katie thanks Lisa for the job and tells Lisa that they have a full house right now. Stassi and her boyfriend are moving back to LA for his job. Lisa is shocked because she thought that Stassi would stay in New York. She isn’t happy with the way that Stassi left because she was a good friend to Stassi and Stassi didn’t treat her with much respect. I agree that Stassi owes Lisa an apology for leaving without giving notice. Kristen will pass the message to Stassi, who is already on the way to Sur. Stassi doesn’t seem too happy that her boyfriend wanted to move back to LA. It’s so nice that Katie has someone to complain with again. She tells Stassi that Lisa is still “butt-hurt” about the way Stassi left. Stassi doesn’t really think she did anything wrong. She thinks that Lisa was too sensitive. Umm, you just quit coming to work! Lisa is running a business here, not a charity! Katie seems like one of those girls who just goes along with whoever she is with at the moment – super sweet to Lisa, then cutting her down behind Lisa’s back with Stassi. Two-faced much?
Pump is almost ready to open. Lisa says that it’s become a much larger project than she anticipated. Robert Earl, owner of Planet Hollywood and Mixology, visits to give his stamp of approval. I have to admit, the whole thing is gorgeous! Later on, Lisa and her chef, Penny, are coming up with a good, sexy menu for Pump. Lisa has a passion for food, and understand that it needs to look as good as it tastes.
Kristen and James meet Scheana and Shay for birthday drinks. Scheana plans to be dancing on the bar by the end of the night. She describes how busy she was the night before. Then she tells the guys that Tom hooked up with a girl in Miami. Kristen tells the whole story. The girl told Kristen that she slept with Tom. Scheana worries that Kristen is being malicious in trying to break up Tom and Ariana. Yeah, that sounds about right. Why can’t she just let Tom be happy with someone else? It’s none of her business anymore. James tells more details than we really need to hear. He is loving this, the look of glee on James’ face when he talks trash about his former friend. Scheana gets upset because Ariana is her best friend and she doesn’t know what to do. Kristen admits that, if it were anyone but Ariana, she wouldn’t have investigate the social media rumor. She wants to punish Ariana for screwing around with Tom while he was still with Kristen. These kids need a good hobby or something, their love lives are way too intertwined and confusing. Kristen isn’t going to tell Ariana, so it falls on Scheana to tell her.
Jax and Other Tom are going to see the plastic surgeon. Jax has a deviated septum and has trouble breathing, so he’s going to have surgery. Umm, did anyone else catch the lips on the receptionist? Holy cow! Taylor Armstrong’s got nothing on this lady! Jax is pulling a Taylor, getting a nose job while his deviated septum is getting fixed. Other Tom admits that he’s apprehensive about Scheana’s birthday. Jax began dating Carmen, a girl from Sur. He has now met someone else, Tiffany, who lives in Las Vegas. He’s town between the two girls. One of the benefits of Tiffany is that she’s friends with Jax’s surgeon, so he’s getting a discount. Yeah, I really believe he’s changed.
Stassi is going to Pump so she can meet with Lisa. She says that she’s grown up and was finally happy in New York. Now that she’s back in LA, she’s getting dragged back into the drama. Lisa gives her a hug, but says that she’s still cross with Stassi. They sit down to talk. Lisa tells Stassi that she was a good friend and Stassi disappeared. Stassi makes an excuse that she just dropped off the earth. Lisa isn’t letting Stassi go easily, telling her that she was really there for Stassi and that wasn’t appreciated. Stassi says that she just nods and apologizes to Lisa, even though she doesn’t mean it. Stassi can’t believe that the Sur group isn’t growing and changing, so she doesn’t want to be a part of it. She says that everyone but Katie is in the same place. Lisa points out that Katie is in the same place too. Way to call Stassi out on her grudges and hypocrisy! Lisa admits that Kristen did some very wrong things and understands why Stassi doesn’t want Kristen in her life. Stassi has begun a blog that she hopes to make money from eventually. Lisa advises her to get a paying job, then a hobby blog.
Scheana and Ariana are getting ready for the party. Scheana has to show Ariana the messages from Miami because she can’t keep it to herself. Ariana reads the messages calmly. She knows that some of what she’s reading is BS. She knows that the guys hung out with girls in Miami, but she thinks that the girl is trying to capitalize on that. Ariana doesn’t believe that Tom cheated on her. Scheana doesn’t really believe that Tom is telling Ariana the truth. She’s worried about her best friend. Ariana wonders why Kristen is getting involved. Scheana’s gut tells her that there is something to the story, but Ariana doesn’t believe it. Ariana thinks that this is another example of Kristen trying to hurt her.
It’s party time! The group is at Mixology for Scheana’s birthday. Kristen is happy to be there with James, who is the DJ. He’s already a somewhat successful DJ, though I’ve never hear of him or these other people he name-drops. Other Tom is going to the party, though Katie didn’t really want him to go. Good for him! Jax arrives with Carmen, who is in college. What is an educated girl doing with Jax? She’s also friends with the group, which is a plus compared to Tiffany. When Ariana and Tom arrive, Kristen realizes that Ariana didn’t believe the Instagram story. Scheana pulls Tom aside to discuss the rumor. Tom denies that he hooked up with the girl in Miami, but admits that he hung out with her and exchanged numbers. He already told Ariana about it. He doesn’t even want to see the texts that Kristen showed Scheana. Scheana doesn’t really believe Tom, but wants to stay out of this if they are happy. Tom questions why Scheana is friends with Kristen, who goes out of her way to hurt Tom and Ariana, and James, who has treated Tom so badly. That’s actually a good question. Later on, James explains why he’s annoyed by James – he’s loud and obnoxious, spits in people’s faces, walks around like a Muppet. I didn’t really see any of that, but James did get on my nerves for some reason.
Stassi, Kristen, and some groupies are going out for drinks. Stassi wonders why Scheana is friends with Jax and Kristen. The group is shocked that Other Tom went to the party. Stassi says that he can do what he wants, but that it would make her mad if her boyfriend went. Typical Stassi – you can do whatever you want, as long as it’s what I want. She’s confused that Ariana and Scheana are BFF, but Scheana and Kristen are friends. You’ve been gone for 6 months, don’t come back and act like you’re still Queen B of this group. I think that Stassi is pissed her friends moved on without her, so she’s putting them down and clinging to whatever followers she has left. They girls say that Kristen is crazy and not worth being friends with, but they spend an awful lot of time talking about her. Peter and another Sur bartender join the ladies. Peter doesn’t like Kristen, so he doesn’t like Scheana.
Back at the party, the group sees an Instagram from the ladies. They decide to start an Instagram war to prove who’s having the most fun. Wait, didn’t these people all say they grew up?
Jax asks Kristen what was being said about Miami. He asks why Kristen bothered to investigate. Kristen defends herself – saying that Tom is a liar and cheater. Kristen is a liar and cheater too! She doesn’t want Jax to defend Tom. He thinks that Kristen is still obsessed with Tom, despite how happy she says she is with James. Scheana tells James that Tom denied sleeping with the Miami girl. James says that he’s lying. How would James know? Was he there? Why is he involved? Tom asks Kristen to come talk to him, but Kristen ignores him. For someone who puts so much effort into researching her ex, she sure wants people to think she doesn’t care about him. For someone who loves to tell rumors, she won’t say it to Tom’s face. James rushes to her defense, interjecting between Tom and Kristen. Tom tells James that he wants to know why she’s so interested in his life. Tom tells James to stay out of it and go take another Beamer selfie. Apparently James is known for taking selfies in his Beamer. Ok, so the guy is a tool. James says that he isn’t in competition with Tom, because there is no competition. This guy is way too big for his britches! James starts telling Tom not to “get smart” and Tom shoves James’ face. Of course, there’s a fight in the first episode!
Happy Birthday LADebra