Keeping Up With the Kardashians Recap: Close to Home

Last night on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14 Episode 8, Kim became alarmed with rising rate of homelessness in Los Angeles. 

Whatever you think of her family, they did their best to find a way to make changes in this case – a selfless case, and for a good cause.

If you watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians online, you know that despite their fame and fortune, the stars are all too human.

This week was no different.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14 Episode 8 began with Kim Kardashian taking a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream.

Harmless fun. Until the drive home, where she saw rows of tents in a downtown homeless encampment, a jarring, sad visual.

Well, at least once you know what it is. Kim naively remarked at first, “You’re allowed to put a tent on the side of the road?”

If that comment were the end of this, you could call her vapid or out of touch. But Kimberly was determined to educate herself.

“I’m just at a point in my life where I don’t want to be naive anymore. … I really do want to learn,” she said, and backed it up.

She and Khloe then visited Union Rescue Mission and heard the stories of homeless individuals, people who have nothing.

Kim commented afterward that drug use is an unfair stigma: “There’s so many circumstances that can lead to this situation.”

Very true. As was a realization that came next: “The city needs to figure out housing and it’s not gonna be just one person.”

Kim then met with councilwoman Nury Martinez, and after touring another encampment, Kim urged the councilwoman:

“People have to see this. I want to drive down here. I want to bring our cameras. I want to show people what it’s like just down the street.”

“If me speaking about it even brings awareness to one person,” the reality star said, “then that can help make a difference.”

Further showing how serious she is, Kim then volunteered with her assistant, Stephanie Shepherd, at the Alexandria House.

They offered a glam squad, resume instruction and money management to residents of the Los Angeles women’s shelter.

Gotta hand it to her for using her platform for this.

Meanwhile, because the show isn’t all serious, Khloe revealed her plastic surgery plans to look like younger sister Kendall.

She was kidding … we think. Maybe. She said: “I literally will get Botox around my belly button so it looks like that. I’m going to.”

Presumably she means after the baby.

Khloe also continued to get on her mom’s case, confronting her Momager about never remembering their plans together.

Or other key details, apparently.

As Kris wrote a note for herself in her office, viewers saw a shot of her stationery featuring her old name, “Kris Kardashian.”

“Did you forget what your last name is too?” Khloe said, raising a valid point … did she legally take it back post-divorce?


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Joy-Anna Duggar: Planning a Home Birth?!

Whether Joy-Anna Duggar got pregnant after marrying Austin Forsyth or almost definitely got pregnant before her wedding, she’ll be giving birth at some point.

We — no one — will know when the birthing will take place. But we might have some hints about how.

It looks like, just as the Duggars reject so much of what the world has to offer, Joy-Anna might be planning to ignore medical science and give birth at home.

Before we get into home birthing, the question of when she gives birth is still relevant.

Honestly, we’ve been doing the math again and again, and unless Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna have magical genitals that let them conceive on their wedding night, everything seems to add up to them conceiving before marriage.

Which is fine, because they are people. Having premarital sex is what normal people do all over the world.

But Austin and Joy-Anna exist on the fringes of society, actively shunning so much of what makes American culture so wonderful and unique.

Even so, the couple — notorious within their family for their PDA — ended up getting what looks like a shotgun wedding back in May.

Joy-Anna reported that she felt the baby kick for the first time “a few days ago,” saying this back on October 1st.

The timing of that, based upon normal fetal development, would mean that she will be due in February of 2018.

Now, pregnancies are seldom exact, but even if she doesn’t give birth until the last day of February, that would mean that she got pregnant within, like, a week of getting married.

(For reference, the average couple takes about a year of trying before they conceive, though obviously there are exceptions)

If she is indeed due in February, it seems more likely that Joy-Anna conceived much earlier in May.

And, quite frankly, Joy-Anna may be sharing old baby bump pics to fool fans about how far along she is. It’s smart, but that trick won’t work forever.

If she gives birth before February, well, the Duggars will probably spin it as a “premature delivery.”

Are you familiar with home births?

Even the people who do it admit that home birthing is kind of nuts.

Because, for the most part, home birthing involves taking centuries of medical progress and just … setting it aside.

Home birthing involves giving birth at home, inside of your house. You know, like a cat.

No doctors, which, even if there isn’t an emergency, means none of the epidural painkillers that make childbirth bearable. You might have a midwife or one of those other hipster equivalents.

Jim Gaffigan, whose wife delivered their numerous children via home birth, talks about the process in his stand-up comedy:

“We had all our babies at home, just to make you feel uncomfortable.”

He’s never been afraid to poke fun at himself:

“People don’t wanna hear about home birth; they’re like: ‘Oh, you had your baby at home? Yeah, we were gonna do that, because we wanted our baby to live.'”

There’s some exaggeration there, but there are plenty of babies who struggle with basic functions shortly after birth. A home birth means that they might have to immediately be rushed to the hospital that their parents just stubbornly avoided.

We don’t know what Austin Forsyth thinks about home birthing, but since Joy-Anna wears the pants in their relationship — metaphorically — we guess that it’ll be up to Duggar tradition.

Jessa Duggar has tried home birthing twice, though the first time didn’t go so well and, after 10 hours of labor, she had to dip her toes into the world of modern medicine.

The second time, though, Jessa gave birth at home.

Jill has tried home birthing twice and, both times, needed a C-section. In the case of Israel, she went through 70 hours of labor before the C-section.

C-sections, folks, are not do-it-yourself procedures, so hospitals are a must. Honestly, it’s bizarre that Jill even tried the second birth at home.

Michelle Duggar, from whom no one should take advice of any sort, has also apparently home birthed some of her children.

We don’t know if Joy-Anna is planning to follow in their footsteps.

We do know that Joy-Anna has been open to taking advice from her sisters in the past.

Jill is super gung ho about home birthing in part because Jill is practiced at midwifery, a skill that she’s allegedly used during her dubious missionary work.

We’ll find out, we suppose … unless Joy-Anna gives birth at home and tries to hide that fact until late February.

As we learned thanks to the Josh Duggar molestation cover-up, the Duggars are more than happy to hide their scandals — real and imagined — if they think that it makes their family look godlier.