8. Kourtney and Khloe Are Social Workers
KUWTK Season 1, Episode 7 and Season 2, Episode 10
Say what you will about the Kardashians, but they mean well. It's just that sometimes there's a lot of gray space between their intentions and their actions.
"None of my customers are gonna wanna walk by this guy to come into our store," Khloé complains to Kourtney when she notices a homeless man sitting on the freeway near the front of their Calabasas boutique. Three days later, Khloé finds the same man camped out by their dumpster. She tells him to move along and he goes willingly, before her conscience gets the better of her and she takes the man home to shower and wear Caitlyn's old clothes. Khloé books a dentist appointment for Shorty, as the man dubs himself, but the moment Caitlyn brings Kendall and Kylie home from school, Khloé peaces out and lets them deal with it.
Caitlyn gives little Kendall and Kylie an after-school special moment when they ask, "How do you become homeless?" and "Will I ever be homeless?" Meanwhile, Khloé is getting her make-up done and telling Kim all about Shorty, "our homeless man that we adopted!" By episode's end, Shorty clings to Khloé as she says goodbye to him at a shelter.
A year later, in the Season 2 finale, Khloé travels to New Orleans with Kim, Kourtney and Rob as guests of Kim's then-boyfriend Reggie Bush, who is hosting a celebrity pool tournament to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. "When I think of New Orleans, I think of Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras and listening to jazz," Khloé announces. While eating Beignets in the French Quarter, the family meets a teenaged fan, Marisa Cazeno, and her mom, whose home was destroyed by Katrina and who have been living in a FEMA trailer for two years. "The entire trailer is as big as my room," Kim says, as the camera pans across bunk beds covered in the family's possessions.
Despite the fact that their home is still uninhabitable, Kim decides the best course of action is not to help them pay for building costs or gift them temporary housing, but to buy furniture to fill the home they can't step foot inside.
Back home in L.A., Kim describes their New Orleans trip to the rest of the family before tying a neat bow around all of Season 2 with her closing remarks: "Being in New Orleans and experiencing what we went through and meeting this family has really helped my whole family remember that. . .at the end of the day, no matter where we are or what we're going through, we'll always have each other."