On the season premiere of Lifetime's Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, the 21-year-old daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin leaves small town Wasilla, Alaska for Los Angeles, but her new plan doesn't start off on the right foot.
Life's An Adventure
The season opens with Palin relocating to Los Angeles with her three-year-old son, Tripp Palin, and her 17-year-old sister, Willow. She doesn't groove on LA fashion but she certainly loves the LA life when it comes to her borrowed mansion. Not very "outdoorsy," is it?
Thanks for Flaking On Me
Palin's relationship with her "BFF for life," her sister Willow Palin, is already tense and is tested by the move. Willow was reluctant to go to La La Land in the first place, and she quickly tires of playing nanny and decides to go home. The theme of abandonment was a little overdramatic.
What Wasilla Women Want
Bristol's love life will clearly be a theme. Back home, she has Gino Paoletti, her devoted, camo-wearing man, who insists he will be waiting for her no matter how many LA boys he has to compete with. There seems to be a spark between her and Dancing With the Stars professional dancer and former partner Mark Ballas, or maybe I am inventing one for her benefit, so I hope he sticks around.
Bristol's Bar Brawl
The infamous fight went down when a heckler called Palin's mother a w____ and then made sexually suggestive comments to Palin while she was out with friends. When he couldn't give a reason why her mother was evil, she concluded his hatred was due to his sexuality. Did she take the high road? Not really. But at least she walked away, or knew when to let her handlers take her away.
While her will to see the world is commendable and she clearly loves her son, her desire to explore LA didn't seem genuine. Will she and Willow battle it out the entire season? Will things work out between her and on-again-off-again boyfriend Paoletti?
-- "I want to raise Tripp Alaskan because I want him to be tough and I want him to be outdoorsy."
--Bristol "If you don't like it, home is always waiting for you. The door is always open; you can always return."
--Sarah Palin to Bristol, reassuring her that she doesn't have to stay in LA forever "Seriously, if you don't get out of Alaska, you're gonna get stuck here."
--Bristol advising Willow to see the world outside of their hometown "I've known him for two years; I know who he is."
--Willow, explaining to her mother she knows how to take care of Tripp
"Is he a guido?"
--Mark Ballas asking about Bristol's boyfriend, Paoletti