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Lamar Odom's Drug Addict Father Meets Khloe

A bit of gritty real-life drama invades Kardashian-ville. How did the newlyweds cope?

Say what you will about Khloe Kardashian, but that sister is starting to grow on me. Yes, I still see her as a sheltered doofus sometimes (okay, a lot of the time). And yes, I puffy-hate the "couture" spelling of her name, and I questioned her decision to marry Lamar after only a month. But I think there's something, dare I say, honest and humble about her approach to life. As if home girl is really just learning as she goes -- like the rest of us bumbling idiots.

In the Kardashians’ latest reality spin-off, Khloe and Lamar, Khloe meets her husband Lamar Odom's semi-estranged father, Joe. I say, “semi,” because Odom pays his father's rent and gives him an allowance, yet (smartly) keeps him at arm's length because he is a serious heroin addict who’s never really been a father to him. Khloe, in characteristic naïvete, is very curious about her father-in-law and wonders on camera if he's really all that bad. But when Joe unexpectedly shows up at Khloe's book signing to meet her (something for which she surely has her producers to thank), she gets to take a good, hard look at him up close. The verdict? Khloe admitted that his visit made her very uncomfortable, but said she found Joe to be both sweet and charming. As someone who knows former drug addicts, let me take a moment to explain a little something: Junkies are charming. And that’s because they have to be. End of life lesson.

I, for one, am very interested to see how Khloe and Lamar handle Joe moving forward. But I have to say, I'm happy that Lamar seems to have found the close-knit, stable family that he didn't get as a child, because I really feel like a good marriage can go a long way toward healing old wounds.

What did you guys think of the episode? Have any of you ever had an in-law with problems of this magnitude?

-- Holly

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