Bruce Jenner Has a Heart-to-Heart With Scott and an Emotional Talk With Kris in Part 2 of "About Bruce"
Note: Bruce Jenner is currently choosing to be referred to as Bruce and with male pronouns. Until he says otherwise, we will address him accordingly.
If watching Bruce Jenner discuss his transition with his daughters in part one ofKeeping Up With the Kardashians: About Brucewas difficult, watching him discuss it with Kris Jenner in the second part of the episode was basically unbearable.
Bruce turns up in Kris's kitchen and says the girls have been telling him that "Mom's upset," and so he wants to sit down with her to talk the transition over together. He even brought a handwritten list on a sheet of legal pad paper. So much of Kris's grief seems to be tied up in the fact that she intellectually understands why Bruce was unable to tell her his secret but, at the same time, she feels hurt and betrayed that he didn't confide in her; that he didn't casts a shadow over their 25 years of marriage. Bruce points out that Kris treated him poorly for the last four or five years of their marriage; Kris responds that he was barky and weird and mad all the time, and the thing is, they're both right. Say whatever else you want to about Kris Jenner, but watching her cry, "I just really miss Bruce," and seeing how little there was for Bruce to say to fix that for her was painful. Watching Bruce with the girls, you can see how they'll forge new relationships with him, but it's not clear how (or if) he and Kris will get there.
Another interesting revelation was that while most of the older Kardashian girls had known what was going on for years, Scott seems to have had absolutely no idea, even after Bruce had his Adam's apple shaved down a little over a year ago. It's not all that surprising — Kourtney's track record for sitting down for open, vulnerable conversations with Scott is pretty shoddy — but it's further evidence of how tightly wound around this secret Bruce and the family were.
And as further proof that Scott wears his asshole suit to disguise the fact that he's one of the most sensitive, tender-hearted members of the family, he asks one of the most poignant questions of the night: "Was it frustrating to be around all these women [in the family] when you couldn'tbea woman?" I've been watching some earlierKUWTKepisodes recently and that frustration of Bruce's is so, so palpable, even though it's typically disguised under Cranky Dad Stuff. Later, Kourtney and Scott talk with Khloé a little about how they'll talk to Mason about Bruce. I'm glad that conversation will apparently happen off-screen, but I would have liked to hear a little more about the advice they mentioned their therapist gave them about how to talk to kids about transgender people.
Somewhere partway through the episode, there's an exchange in which Bruce asks the girls to throw all their unanswered questions his way, which leads to him explaining that it's not like he's just going to pick a date in advance, and on that date, they'll know he's 100 percent transitioned. He also tells them that he's not doing this for reasons that are sexual, and he neatly sidesteps questions about whether sex with Kris turned him on. When Kim asks when they should start using "her," Bruce smiles and says, "You will see me, and you willknow."
Also, Kim basically backs Bruce into confirming that no, he doesn't presently have an appointment to have his penis surgically removed. They're all understandable questions, and while I understand why Bruce's daughters need them answered, I'm not sure that we, the viewers, needed all of them answered too. The details of Bruce's surgeries feel private to me, but then again, it's Bruce's experience to share, and I'm here to listen — and to be continually impressed with how bravely he's sharing it.
There is no big "reveal" at the end of the episode, but there is a (mostly sweet and partly super judgmental) scene in which Kim starts to cull Bruce's wardrobe of women's clothes. Earlier in the episode, Bruce asked Scott, "Can you imagine the pressure of having to get dressed for all these girls?" and with the scrutiny Kim gives both his clothing choices and the organization of his closet, you can see why he's concerned. And that's not all Bruce has to be concerned about — all the girls echoed that more than their own reactions to finally meeting "her," their biggest fear is that the world will treat Bruce cruelly once his transition is complete. That's a very real concern, but even with that knowledge, Bruce says, "I'm very optimistic about the future. And I haven't felt that way in a long, long time." You can't help but hope with and for him.
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