This episode must be running short, because they just showed ten minutes of Lauren pulling into the parking garage at Teen Vogue. Lauren walks in, and Whitney drops the bomb that she's going to Paris again. And Lauren's not invited. Lauren gets all quiet and says she shouldn't have passed on the trip the first time. Whitney tries to make her feel better, but Lauren feels like she's been working hard to make things up to Lisa and that it's not working. Lauren does the smart thing and blames the whole mess on Jason. Yeah, he ruins everything.
Spencer sits at an outdoor cafe and looks sad for the camera. Stephanie joins him, and Spencer says that he walked out on Heidi again. He went to his parents' house, and they told him he was an idiot. I kind of want to meet them. On the one hand, they produced these two assholes, so they must kind of suck. On the other hand, they told Spencer he's an idiot. I'm torn. Stephanie's advice to fix things is to email Heidi and tell her that the relationship is over if she's not willing to try. Good one, Dear Abby. Go get arrested for shoplifting again.
Lauren sadly cuts out things in her apartment. Is she making a scrapbook? From magazine photos? Audrina comes home, and Lauren tells her about Whitney going to Paris. Audrina wonders why Lauren didn't get to go, and Lauren says maybe the most self-aware thing I've ever heard her say: "But like, why would she invite me, when I said no? Like, they offered me an opportunity that, like, I probably didn't even deserve at the time, and I said no to it, and for careless reasons, so they have no reason to offer it to me again." Now I feel bad for her. She knows she screwed up, but she can't take it back, and she's having to live with the consequences, but it still sucks.
Bolthouse. Spencer angrily walks inside and asks to see Heidi. Way to bring you drama to the workplace, Spencer. Kimberly comes out instead of Heidi and says that Heidi left, and won't give any other details. But she does give Spencer the advice to call Heidi. Hey, but guess what? Heidi was there the whole time! So now they're treating Spencer like a stalker with a restraining order. Which is probalby appropriate.
Whitney comes in to work, and there's tension with Lauren about Paris. Lauren reveals that she's never been to Paris, and it's awkward, so Whitney keeps talking about what clothes to bring. Whitney should really change the subject, because Lauren is clearly upset about this. They talk for a minute about how guys with accents are attractive. The phone rings, and Whitney relays the message that Lisa wants to see Lauren. The best part is that Lauren throws out her gum before going in. As Lauren walks in, Lisa is talking on the phone in French. Once she hangs up, Lisa drops the bomb that...guess what? They need extra help in Paris! And it doesn't have anything to do with the fact that this turn of events makes for a more interesting storyline for the season finale at all! And I'm sure MTV isn't paying for Lauren's plane ticket. Anyway, Lisa can't help getting in one little poke about Whitney making sure that Lauren actually gets on the plane. Lisa reveals some of her mysterious background: she ran away from home to go to Paris, and it changed her life. Whoa. What was going on in her home life that she ran away at fifteen? That's messed up. Anyway, Lauren can't wait to come back and tell Whitney that she's going to Paris with her. Both ladies are thrilled. Hey, earlier this semester, I got to go to Utica, NY for my job. All expenses paid! Try to contain your jealousy.
Lauren goes out to eat with Brody. Lauren immediately tells him about her Paris trip. Brody makes it all about him, and how Lauren won't miss him at all. They flirt that there are a lot of single people in both L.A. and Paris, so they'll both be busy. Brody alienates the Gallic crowd by talking saying that French people are stinky and the girls have hairy armpits. As xenophobic as it sounds, it's actually kind of cute how he says, "Mmm, no. The guys. Stinky." Brody just flat-out asks Lauren if she's really looking for a boyfriend. Lauren doesn't know where that came from. Brody says that he's scared to get into a relationship. Lauren lectures him about relationships, because she's suddenly the expert. Then they stare at each other for seven minutes or so. Seriously, every scene in this show ends with people staring at each other. Am I weird because I don't stare at my conversational partners at the end of our conversations? Then again, we don't have MTV hits with oddly appropriate lyrics playing to underscore the subtext (or text) of our conversations.