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'The Hills': Dating Games

The fur flies when Lauren's ex, Doug, asks Steph out to dinner

HE'S BAAACK Dumped by Lauren, Doug has moved on to a "non-date" with Steph
HE'S BAAACK Dumped by Lauren, Doug has moved on to a "non-date" with Steph

'The Hills' recap: Sloppy seconds

It was a nice change to get an almost 100 percent Lauren-free episode last night, wouldn't you agree? After all, I've been on major Lauren overload lately. In the past week alone, she inked a book deal (her young-adult series will be titled L.A. Candy. Really? Couldn't she think of a better word than candy? Oh wait, silly me, I just remembered: She's trained in fashion, not in writing!), she debuted a dress she designed for one of the trophy girls at the Emmys, and finally — as if that wasn't enough — she also presented at Sunday night's awards show, where she handed over a statue to one of the most powerful women in the comedy world right now: Tina Fey. If that doesn't hint at a significant shift in pop culture, than I don't know what does. I should note here, though, that the Hills starlet's busy schedule this past week also included an appearance at EW's Emmy party, so at least we know her priorities are straight.

While Lauren was off in Italy — with I'm guessing her family, though she never said — touring the sites wearing only her flattest footwear (how happy do you think her feet were to get a nice break from the soaring heels she usually shoves them in?), She-Pratt made a "surprise" visit to the château (you know, with camera crew in tow), to drop the bomb on Audrina that pretty-boy Doug had asked her to go to dinner. I'm not quite clear on what Steph's intentions were when she told Audrina this juicy tidbit. She acted like she wanted advice on what to do, but when Audrina told her to hold off till Lauren got back from her trip, all Stephanie could say was "How would she find out?" Gee, I don't know, sibling-of-Spencer, I can think of at least five ways: e-mail, text message, blogs, MTV producers, Brody. Just because the girl was MIA while gallivanting around Europe didn't mean she wouldn't find out your secret. Besides, if Stephanie were really all that concerned about Lauren's feelings, she would've just dropped the idea from the get-go.

Audrina couldn't wait to spread the merry Doug cheer on to her new lunch buddy Lo, later on at Fred Segal. Yeah, how 'bout them apples? The brunette and the blonde can play nice together (or did Lauren pay them off separately before she left? We all know she has the means to do it). I kind of loved seeing them join forces. Could you imagine what would happen if they pulled a Gossip Girl and just outed Lauren the way Blair did Little J.? It's too bad our favorite Monday night shows can't mash into one giant well-dressed drama. I think it would be fantastic. (On second thought, Audrina's reportedly moved out of their casa, so I'm not sure how much longer we should expect to see Lo and her keep these we're friends we swear smiles on their faces.)

NEXT: Audrina's got a secret

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