Bristol opines on and on that she wishes anyone else could have been Tripp’s dad.

‘Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp’ Episode Recap

By Amber Porter

The Lifetime program menu on my cable is telling me that “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” has another two new episodes premiering tonight.

A reported (measly) 726,000 viewers tuned in to the debut of “Life’s a Tripp” last week, compared to her mom’s show that had nearly 5 million.

Is Lifetime just getting the pain over with? Or maybe they’re just trying to show all the episodes before it gets hit with more lawsuits.

Picking up where we left off last time, Willow has returned to Alaska, with hair as high as the Rockies (those go to Alaska, right?). Sister Willow is one of those girls who laughs while she’s talking but there’s nothing funny going on. She describes L.A. as a “bunch of liberals” to her friend Andy, who’s working in a garage on some sort of ATV.

Bristol’s still in L.A., but now has moved out of her mom’s friend’s mansion and into a beautiful apartment. Tripp is looking adorable in Carhartt overalls. They call “Papa” Todd Palin. In a confessional, Bristol says that she needs Willow to come back to L.A and help her. She complains that she has to take Tripp to a daycare so she can “work” at Help the Children. We see her at work there for just a few brilliant seconds where they put Bristol in charge of driving a forklift, which she is definitely not qualified to do.

Later, Bristol, 21, calls to whine to Willow that she needs her there, even though she has been treating her like hired help. They have a highly contrived conversation about Levi Johnston’s impending book release. ‘It’s going to be hell,” the sage Willow says.

Willow returns to L.A. and walks from the town car to the apartment like an inmate returning to the cell block. She walks in the door and, as if on cue, Tripp acts like the toddler he is and refuses to greet his aunt. There’s a bad edit and then they’re talking about Levi’s book again. Bristol does an amazing impersonation of Levi while the girls discuss Tripp’s birth: “That’s so gross, I’m not cutting the umbilical cord.” As Bristol opines on and on that she wishes anyone else could have been Tripp’s dad, little Tripp sits in the middle looking adorably confused.

Somewhere in the pantheon of reality TV, the outdoor restaurant setting has become the default and ideal place for staged conversations. And that’s where the girls and Tripp are to once again talk about Levi’s book. When they spot a paparazzo, Bristol dares Tripp to mug for the camera. A flock of photographers quickly show up and then cut to Bristol’s voice: “It’s weird that my family’s under such close scrutiny all the time. … I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.” Except herself and her son, apparently.

Bristol is seemingly obsessed with Levi’s book and with saying how little it means to her. To “get her mind off” the book, she takes her friends to visit a shooting range and puts the book on a stake where she proceeds to blast it with a gun. No, seriously, it means nothing to her.

Reflecting later while sitting on Venice Beach, Bristol has decided to return to Alaska and proudly states that being in L.A. has taught her that she can do it all by herself, just be on her own with Tripp. The editors must have cut out the part where she says, “Except for all of that help I begged and guilt-tripped Willow into giving me.” And with that, Bristol and L.A. break up for good. Help the Children, we hardly knew you and your awful maroon polo shirt uniform.

The next episode (thanks, Lifetime!), we’re back in Alaska. Bristol is in her apartment with Gino, the hunter with the heart of gold. He wins our hearts back again quickly, saying, “I don’t know who wouldn’t want to be Tripp’s dad.” Gino – the most mature person on this show so far, including Sarah – calmly discusses a plan with Bristol to talk to Levi about a more stable custody agreement for Tripp. Bristol says that she doesn’t want Gino in on the conversation for fear that Levi will get jealous. As if they were talking about showing up to a high school party as a couple, not having an adult conversation that involves all of them. Bristol makes her third un-answered phone call to Levi, which, for the record Lifetime, does not make for highly compelling television.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:07:12

    Gino…. the most mature person on this show so far, including Sarah ?!? Mature or just old? That’s about all that’s needed to really secure the fate of this show ob Lifetime!


  2. Whoa Baby!
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:31:06

    This is merely an opportunity to showcase how weak, dependent, and needy Bristol is. The worst part about the show is Bitchtol using her own little boy as a vehicle to trash his father’s reputation. The most recent episode confirms the ever-widening belief that the Palins are completely devoid of heart and soul. What kind of person would set up her little boy for heartache at the Bouncing Bears just to try and present a false narrative of an uncaring father? Levi would have to be out of his mind to participate in ANYTHING Palin. I’m so sick of this family pimping out children to promote their own grifting opportunities.

    I didn’t watch the episodes this week as the teasers were nauseating. However, from what I have read, Bitchtol and the Queen of Makes Crap Up Istan pushed their luck too far with the heartbreaking scene of Tripp at Bouncing Bears. May they rot in hell for what they have done to that little boy.


  3. Sarah HalfTime
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 07:13:48

    I tried to watch both shows. Got about 10 minutes into both and walked away.

    Bristol is one jilted chick.
    Like who was the “wise one” that thought Bristol can pull off a whole show with her attitude?
    It was a total bitchfest. Which is something republicans have monopolized on. Ain’t that right Willow?

    As a teen mom, by the time I reached my twenties, I had learned, like many, many adults, that badmouthing the other parent, does more damage & harm to the kid. Apparently such learning is shunned upon with the Heaths/Palins? Sadly for Tripp, it appears so.

    The show is a horrible display of hypocrisy, jilted behaviors and flat out lies.


  4. NJfan
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 16:00:10

    I haven’t watched the show but from what I’ve read, reviews and blogs, this show is a flop. Sarah plugged her show by saying we’ll see how strong and independent Bristol is as a single mother instead we see an immature, whinny, bitch who is a horrible mother. In her obsession to publicly bash Levi and in front of Tripp she is hurting her son. Levi did not to be a part of her show so what made her think he would pick Tripp up while she’s filming. The only hardship I see Bristol having is getting Willow to babysit.


  5. Whoa Baby!
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 16:29:30

    Tripp opines that he wishes someone else could have been his mom.


  6. Dis Gusted
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 07:11:59

    did Bristol bring her pistol with her from AK to CA? Does she have permits to carry? I’m more than a little nervous knowing that a mentally challenged girl can have a weapon to shoot with anytime she wants.


  7. Destiny
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:11:30

    All the Palin’s, excluding the little ones, are complete and utter morons. They have absolutely nothing of any value, substance, intelligence, insight or truth to offer. Bristol and Willow haven’t emotionally matured beyond 8th or 9th grade. They think they are so cool in their immature, mean-girl behaviors. (So much for the consistent, loving, conscious parenting skills from their mother-in-name-only).

    Bristol, the older idiot, constantly cries and whines about how tough it is being a single parent , then trashes Levi in front of Tripp. She isn’t even aware of the damage she is inflicting on her son. It is all about her and just another one of those egocentric Palin traits. Bristol is Emotionally Abusing her son.

    Someone needs to call Child Protective Services! Seriously. If you are aware of suspected child abuse, and in this case there is ample film documentation, this needs to be reported! If you are in Alaska and feel intimidated by the Palins, then make an anonymous phone call. Somebody needs to help the defenseless Tripp!


  8. batgirly
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 13:49:04

    The Anchorage policeman’s wife who went on Dr. Phil and let them film her forcing her son to eat hot sauce and take cold showers got into quite a bit of trouble.

    I don’t see a lot of difference in this case……………two women who think that they have it so bad that they abuse their young boys on tv for profit.

    Levi should go back to court and try for full custody. Bristol should get the same frequency of visitation that Levi currently has. Court supervised, of course.

    With any luck, they’ll get the same judge that decided Sarah’s sister’s custody disputes. Maybe he’ll notice that the Palin’s don’t follow his orders and throw the book at them.


  9. Ivyfree
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 10:21:16

    It’s hilarious that Bristol’s show has been rescheduled for a later hour and replaced with “encore presentations”- aka reruns.

    I think it’s obvious they had Bristol driving a forklift. Otherwise she would have had to talk to somebody who needed charity, which would drive away people who need assistance. Or she would have had to talk with a charity worker- and I bet none of them were willing to sign a contract to go on TV with Bristol Palin.


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