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Few things were more alleviating during our collective year inside than virtual tours through palatial Los Angeles homes, views of sparkling infinity pools overlooking the Hollywood Hills, and Christine Quinn’s reliably garish, glam-goth and highlighter-neon fashion ensembles.

That is, of course, if you spent your quarantine bingeing Selling Sunset on Netflix.

The Adam DiVello-produced docu-soap, which focuses on the equally glamorous and industrious female agents at luxury real estate brokerage The Oppenheim Group—and their male bosses—became a reality sensation in its second and third seasons that aired in 2020. Season three, in particular, experienced the now-typical reality-TV fate of capturing a major storyline that first appeared in the tabloids and had viewers anticipating its portrayal on the show: the divorce of the series’ main star Chrishell Stause from her ex-husband, This Is Us actor Justin Hartley. By the season finale, the response to this bombshell by her colleagues causes an even bigger rift between Stause and the show’s delegated villain Quinn (and her sidekick in snarkiness Davina Potratz), leaving the scorned soap opera star-turned-realtor with some bridges to burn and a new path to embark on as a freshly single woman.

    Season three of Selling Sunset may have made the case for Stause as the ultimate reality-show protagonist audiences want to root for. However, season four finds her playing second, third and sometimes fourth fiddle to everyone else’s more riveting personal woes. The 10 latest episodes, which are all available on Netflix, will also disappoint viewers who were eager to see her current romance with one of her bosses (Jason Oppenheim) play out on-screen (according to a teaser after the season finale, it’s coming soon).

    However, this season’s central and really sole drama primarily highlights Quinn’s necessary contributions to the franchise as one of the few cast members who’s not afraid to be unlikable. Like most seasons of reality television that center around one cast member’s bad behavior, watching Quinn take her sloppy puppeteering to new extremes makes for a mostly exhilarating season—until it isn’t. The season finale, in particular, culminates to an underwhelming moment that made me, as a fan, briefly nervous for the future of the franchise—of course, until I realized that finding women who are willing to play the role of the bitch on a hit Netflix show probably isn’t that difficult a task. Still, few are as adept as Quinn.

    The first episode finds the women in what seems like the middle of a pandemic funk. While the show is as visually bright and glowing as it typically is, everyone is initially lacking their usual energy and sunniness due to the COVID-19 pandemic that barely gets a mention. (While it might make many viewers uneasy, others will certainly appreciate the complete lack of mask usage and disclaimers of group activities being “COVID-safe” that was very distracting on Real Housewives last year). Of course, all it takes is for Quinn to finally meet with some of the women after giving birth to her son to really get the show on a roll, particularly Oppenheim Group’s latest agent Vanessa Villela, another soap star-turned-realtor from Mexico City who Quinn manages to dig her claws into.

    The scenes between the two of them as Quinn manufactures an oppression narrative regarding her relationship with the rest of the women, who all (besides Amanza and Maya) have had it with her BS, are as delightfully frightening and disorienting as Regina George’s attempts to convert Cady Heron to a Plastic in Mean Girls. Likewise, Villela’s presence on the show seems mostly for the sake of Quinn to have an amicable scene partner and, most importantly, a mediator between her and the rest of her co-workers, as the show doesn’t really dive into her personal life or even her professional developments on the show. While she feels akin to Chrishell in season one, she’s hardly her heir. Additionally, despite Villela’s often annoying attempts to defend Quinn and play peacemaker, the women are shockingly patient with her at times when I would’ve enjoyed more irritation.

    “The scenes between the two of them as Quinn manufactures an oppression narrative regarding her relationship with the rest of the women… are as delightfully frightening and disorienting as Regina George’s attempts to convert Cady Heron to a Plastic in ‘Mean Girls.’”

    Meanwhile, another newbie to Oppenheim named Emma Hernan, who somehow is more statuesque than Quinn, seems more fit for a multi-season run—unless her empanada empire takes her away from us. Positioned as an old enemy to Quinn, Hernan, of course, turns out to be pretty likable and drama-resistant in the face of several convoluted stories about an ex-boyfriend Quinn claims they once dated at the same time and were both engaged to. More of a certified #bossbabe than Villela and some of the other cast members, Hernan seems like she has a lot to offer simply from a voyeuristic perspective, as the show heavily relies on giving audience’s a glimpse into the lives of the West Coast elite. Between discussing her choice to fly private because of her large dog, her childhood stock investing and her cheeseburger empanadas, she seems like someone Twitter will have fun gawking at.

    Outside of the cast, there’s noticeably a bigger celebrity presence on this season of Selling Sunset than in years past, presumably due to the show gaining in popularity over the years. We get a multi-episode appearance by Shang Chi star Simu Liu, who Stause attempts to find a new home. There’s a season-long storyline involving Mary Fitzgerald attempting to sell French Montana’s home, including a FaceTime appearance with him. Former Lakers player Thomas Bryant shows up for a couple of episodes. And there’s also plenty of mentions of Harry Styles.

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    Strome, Panarin lead Rangers to 3-2 win over Blackhawks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome each had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

    Adam Fox added a goal and an assist and Alexandar Georgiev made 25 saves for New York, which has won 10 of its last 11.

    Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Blackhawks and Kevin Lankinen finished with 28 saves. Chicago has lost four of its last 11.

    Georgiev started for the first time since Nov. 21 after replacing Igor Shesterkin in the third period of Friday night’s win against San Jose. Georgiev came in 2-1-1 record with a 3.89 goals against average and .867 save percentage this season.

    He was sharp throughout, starting with a save on Josiah Slavin 6:18 into the game in which he moved side-to-side to turn away an attempt from the slot. Georgiev also benefitted from good fortune as a Kane wrister hit the post 5 1/2 minutes later.

    However, Chicago broke through first on a controversial Kane goal with 22.8 seconds left in the first period. Seth Jones began a rush up the ice before firing a high cross-ice pass that Brandon Hagel knocked down with a backhand. The puck bounced away from Georgiev and Alexis Lafreniere to Kane, who had a half-empty net to deposit his seventh of the season.

    Rangers coach Gerard Gallant challenged the goal, presumably arguing the puck was played with a high stick but a review ruled that the puck was below Hagel’s shoulder when he played it with his stick.

    Strome lasered a power-play goal over a diving Lankinen 4:41 into the second during a four-minute man advantage to tie it.

    New York took its first lead of the game with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the period on Fox’s fifth of the season. The reigning Norris Trophy winner snuck to the top of the crease and poked Artemi Panarin’s centering pass past Borgstrom and Lankinen for the go-ahead goal.

    Panarin made it 3-1 with his seventh of the season with 5:14 remaining in the third. New York’s star left wing fired a shot from the left circle into an empty net as Lankinen had overcompensated for Strome at the goalmouth.

    Panarin’s goal capped a wild third period in which New York had two power plays and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik had a chance to tie the game at 2-2 but his semi-breakaway attempt hit the crossbar.

    DeBrincat’s 14th of the season with 1:20 remaining ended the scoring.

    SHESTERKIN SHUTDOWN

    Prior to the game, New York announced Shesterkin had been placed on injured reserve with a lower body injury.

    Shesterkin suffered the injury early in the third period of the Rangers’ 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks the previous night, and had to be helped off the ice by the trainer. He was replaced by Georgiev, who made nine saves to help complete the shared shutout.

    During his pregame availability, Gallant said organizational decision-makers “feel comfortable” that the injury will not sideline Shesterkin for an indefinite period of time. He will miss New York’s next three games, so Adam Huska was called up from AHL Hartford in the corresponding roster move.

    CHICAGO’S CHANGES:

    Chicago interim coach Derek King announced defenseman Ian Mitchell had been called up from AHL Rockford due to Jake McCabe having “family matters” which required him to return to Chicago. King added “it was nothing really major.”

    UP NEXT

    Blackhawks: At the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

    Rangers: At Chicago on Tuesday night to complete the season series with the Blackhawks.

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