I don’t need to convince you that The Hills was fake. The MTV “reality show” was nothing but a glossy, highly-produced romp where the main players just happened to not have lines. There was nothing real about it, especially toward the end of its run—a point Kristin Cavallari has made on several occasions. Simply put, we were all lied to.
Even though we know The Hills was just a slice of glittery bogus, you’d think the producers and editors would’ve tried a little harder to make it seem real. I recently re-watched the show with a fresh pair of critical eyes, and it’s painfully obvious that the producers set up conversations and fed lines to the talent. Of course, this is just my hypothesis; for all I know, those were real conversations—it’s unlikely, but possible. The forced dialogue between Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad at Teen Vogue isn’t exactly a B.S. smoking gun.
But this continuity error from the infamous “You Know What You Did” episode is. You definitely remember this one: In the first episode of the third season, Conrad suspects that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt started a rumor that she made a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend, Jason Wahler. Speculation turns into sparring at a dimly-lit Los Angeles watering hole after Montag denies the claim. The fight reaches a climax when Conrad, cocktail in hand, yells to Montag at the top of her lungs, “You know what you did!”
It’s arguably the most iconic scene in reality television history—but it’s not 100 percent authentic. While revisiting this episode, I discovered a hilariously obvious continuity error that I can’t believe I missed back in 2007. (Actually, I can: I was too busy living vicariously through Conrad to notice anything else.)
Here it is: When Montag first enters the nightclub and sees Conrad, she is wearing an all-black jacket and her hair and eyebrows are dyed practically platinum blonde. See the receipt, below:
Shortly after this, Montag and Conrad have their fight, and Montag and Pratt leave the club. MTV then features a shot of Montag looking somber in the car—probably to suggest that she’s bummed about the fight—but the network messed up. The footage of Montag isn’t even from the same night of the, “You know what you did” fight! Her hair is shorter and less blonde, her eyebrows are their natural brown color, and she is wearing a totally different jacket! See the shot, which directly followed the Montag-Conrad spat, below:
I have way too much time on my hands. You don’t fool me, MTV! (Well, at least not anymore.)