The expectations are high when it comes to this season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which premiered on Sunday—not just because it’s the 15th season, but also because Kylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the seemingly endless scandals and milestones (like Khloé Kardashian’s infamously unfaithful partner, Tristan Thompson) for Kris Jenner to strategically address. The premiere on Sunday night did in fact deliver, at least in terms of Scott Disick uncomfortably acknowledging that yes, his girlfriend, Sofia Richie, is all of 19.
More importantly, though, it also delivered the kind of easily enjoyable, completely petty “drama” that got the show to 15 seasons in the first place, as seen in E!’s new clip, promoting this coming Sunday’s episode, of Khloé and Kris getting heated not about Thompson but another man: one Jeff Koons.
If you’re not familiar with the name, know that you’re not alone; neither, until recently, was Khloé, hence the drama when she casually asked her mom about “those gold things” on her bookshelf, prompting the camera to cut to the tiny sculpture of a balloon animal seated between Jenner’s stacks of coffee table books. To which Jenner coolly replies, “Those are Jeff Koons,” prompting Khloé to shrug with her arms still crossed, close her eyes for a millisecond of patience, and say, “I don’t know what a Jeff Koons is.”
Following Jenner’s brief summary of the American artist, whose aesthetic is almost dangerously Instagram-friendly, and whose countless collaborations with everyone from Louis Vuitton to Lady Gaga have helped make him one of the highest-paid artists in the world, as “famous for the balloon dog,” she and Khloé engage in a tense staredown, which Kris automatically wins on count of her arty take on Brigitte Nielsen’s meme glasses. (Plus, she tells Khloé: “You need to go to, like, an art class.”)
The spat continues with Khloé responding, “Just because I’m not as knowledgeable as you, you shouldn’t turn your nose up. You should be like, ‘Well, Khloé, Jeff Koons is…’ instead of making me feel less than and uneducated,” and then going off to her confessional to vent about how Kris isn’t as much of a pro as she makes herself out to be, and is only just now learning about art. “You can’t art shame people just because they know less than you,” she says. “I’m your f—ing daughter and you’re art shaming me and it’s mean.”
By the end of the clip, Kris does at least spell out the artist’s name for Khloé—never mind that the last thing Khloé likely needed help figuring out was that “Koons” is spelled with a “K.”