On tonight's episode of True Tori, we learned the real reason why Dean McDermott went to rehab the night after Tori found out about his two-day affair. It apparently wasn't because of the affair -- nor was it because Tori forced him to go. It was because after being found out, Dean had a "nervous breakdown" and threatened suicide. "As I was waiting for the EMTs to arrive, I looked at that crack in the window and thought I could kick it out and dive out the window -- that the only way out of this was to leave this Earth," he tells Tori and their therapist.
Tori, surprised that Dean admits this on camera, wants to stop filming. She is obviously distressed that Dean has decided to confess his suicidal intentions -- and now she's worried that filming might push him over the edge. Which is weird. Because wasn't she worried about this before?
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However, Dean's suicide bid -- as horrible and dramatic as it is -- sounds suspiciously like just another way for Dean to get out of trouble. "That's it, you can't get out of this," he says about how he felt after his cheating was discovered. "Tori deserves me to die."
A producer is called over to discuss the situation. Production, apparently worried for Dean's frame of mind (and no doubt any legal implications if Dean decided to off himself during filming), halts until Dean is evaluated by a psychiatrist. Once he's given the all-clear, production starts again.
Dean then says that for the first time in his life, he feels like he might deserve to live.
I'm not sure if Tori meant it this way, but she often looks irritated with Dean during his talk about his suicidal thoughts. Perhaps she feels -- yet again -- that Dean has managed to usurp everyone's sympathy and attention. After all, she was the one who was betrayed. And yet somehow Dean manages to trump her with suicide bids. You get a sense of how frustrating it must be to live with a guy like Dean -- his issues always take center stage. No wonder Tori complains how she has completely lost her "voice."
Dean manages to nudge his way back into the house, despite the fact that Tori doesn't seem ready for him. But with four kids, it's not easy to keep Daddy away, and the kids are quite happy to have him back -- especially 7-year-old Liam.
And as they do kid things, like smear cake icing on their faces and jump around in the bounce house rented for Liam's birthday, Tori and Dean slink around, furtively groping their way through a marriage's darkest moments.
You have to wonder what the kids will think of it all one day when they're old enough to watch and understand. But maybe, as descendents of Aaron Spelling, it will all be totally normal.
Were you shocked by Dean's confession about his suicidal thoughts?
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