With her best friend, Jessica could scold Nick behind his back or talk about life in Los Angeles from a place of authority. and on televisions before we were familiar with her type — returned to MTV in service of Lauren Conrad’s image.
It was June 2004, and big-box electronics stores were an unimpeachable part of American life.
They were a Lucy and Ricky for the turn of the century, though that NYC apartment was replaced with a Hollywood Mc Mansion that could be mistaken for the model home on had been on the air for 10 months and the value of Simpson’s naïveté and Lachey’s attendant exasperation was depreciating. Jessica’s best friend turned assistant moved in from Texas. Who would have guessed her relative fame would outlast Nick and Jessica’s marriage, as well as Ashlee Simpson’s pop music career?
They needed a disrupter, someone to change the dynamic. Cobb’s purpose on the show was to allow Jessica to show some range.
For the most part, the narrative was constructed so that Simpson made Lachey seem exceedingly normal or sanguine by virtue of her own shortcomings.
But Ca Cee allowed Jessica to seem like the wise one.