'True Tori' Recap: Tori Gives Dean an Ultimatum

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On tonight's episode of True Tori, the embattled couple wrestle with whether Dean should return to "the scene of the crime" -- Toronto -- where Dean cheated on Tori. Dean has been offered another season of Chopped: Canada, and if he doesn't go, they both perceive that his career, such as it is, will be over. Tori, naturally, doesn't want him going. Not only will that leave her with their four kids ("with no help" she stresses, keeping up the pretense that they don't have nannies), but she doesn't trust that Dean won't start drinking and doing god only knows what else. Actually, we all know!

Tori mentions that in an article written about the show (Tori reads this stuff? Hi, Tori!), the author declared that if Tori ever hopes to trust Dean again, she needs to have complete access to his phone and computer. When Dean hands over his phone, she immediately backtracks. "I don't want to be that person," she says. Oh, hell no. Tori plays hard ball. She don't need no phone, 'cause she's got a TV show!

At their eighth-anniversary dinner, the two seem lovey-dovey like we haven't seen in awhile. "Thank you for loving me," Dean says. "Thank you for giving me another chance."

"Thank you for hearing me," Tori responds. Tori, we've all heard you!

At lunch with friends, one pal suggests that Tori make Dean sign a contract -- that if he ever cheats or drinks again, Tori leaves and Dean "gets nothing." (Oh crap, there's no pre-nup?!) When another friend jokingly suggests that Dean have the contract tattooed on him, Tori admits that Dean already has a tattoo in a surprising spot -- right above his penis. "It says 'Tori's,'" she confesses. "And months later, he cheated on me." Err, so much for that tattoo idea.

At their therapy session, Dean offers not to go to Toronto, but that isn't good enough for Tori. She wants him not to go because HE doesn't want to -- not because Tori doesn't want him to. Tori doesn't seem to realize this argument doesn't work with men. Didn't she see The Breakup? Remember when Jennifer Aniston wanted Vince Vaughn to want to do the dishes and he was like, Who wants to do dishes? Yeah, it's like that.

Eventually, Dean tells Tori that he's made a decision. "I can't go," he says. "I can't leave you and the family right now."

But Tori tells him she too has thought about it, and now she wants him to go. "We can't let one huge mistake define us," she tells him. This despite telling him at least 50 times that if he went, the marriage wouldn't survive. Tori might be more all over the place than Dean.

Tori and the kids drive Dean to the airport -- the kids saying good-bye to him for the third time in six months. They seem oddly detached from it. Maybe they are just used to it. Maybe they want Dean out of the house so they can have some peace and quiet.

"Be good," Tori warns him.

"I'll be Mother Teresa," he promises. (Mother Teresa just threw up a little in her mouth, rest her soul.)

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As the music swells and Tori heads back home to be a single parent once again, she concludes, "Life's not a fairy tale, it's not a movie. I might not get the happy ending."

Judging from this episode, it does seem the couple have every intention of staying together. Provided Dean keeps Tori's property in his pants.

For those of you who still suspect the show was all staged, next week promises a reunion special where that question will be answered. Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants if they say it was all fake and go, "See what good actors we are? Hire us!"

As for Tori and Dean, my personal opinion is that the two will stay together. They have four kids who need them. They clearly still love each other. I can't say I understand Dean, nor have I figured out how sincere he is in his efforts to save his marriage. He's got the kind of flinty eyes that give me the impression he'd cheat again in a heartbeat if he thought he could get away with it -- but for now, he likely thinks he can't.

As for Tori, she loves Dean. But she also sees the pair as a brand. If Mystery Girls is a success, that could change, and she might begin to see herself as better off without Dean. But that's a big IF.

But those kids. Those sometimes bratty and infuriating, but mostly funny, playful, and cute, kids. Those kids will be the glue that keeps this very raw, tumultuous, and somewhat dysfunctional couple trying.

Do you think they will stay together? Was this all fake?


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nonmember avatar Heather

I hope this is fake! That's one messed up marriage if not. They'll get backlash if is is fake. They can't win.

youth... youthfulsoul

I tried my hardest to like and watch this show but I just couldn't do it. Stopped watching last week. It's so boring and depressing and there's always that little thought as to whether or not any of its real.

there... theresaphilly

I could not watch, I just read the captions and write-ups on the show. I do know they deserve each other and the children deserves better parents. 

nonmember avatar Laurie

What was the ultimatum the title of this article referred to?

Cavin... CavinsMummy

Oh poor Tori.. she got what she deserved she stole Dean from his former wife years ago and made him her husband now she wants to cry because she knows how it feels? Hmmmmm

undrc... undrcvrmom

LMCAO he has Tori's tattooed above his penis?????  OMG lol

tmrvi... tmrvica1225

Regardless of whether these two stay together or not, the damage has been done and will always be a factor in their relationship. You can band-aid it, but it will never go away. Only time will be the judge of that....and depending on if Dean can really stick to his word or not. Cheaters cheat for a reason. Hopefully people CAN change and better themselves, but actors are known for having big egos and temptation will always be there. The only thing that really disturbs me is the fact that he has Tori's name tattooed to his penis. Did he have to do that to remind himself he was married or something?! I can't understand the logic in that?!

nonmember avatar wicked

I sincerely doubt that Deano & Tori will divorce. Not now, anyway. These two are not finished with Rach other yet. If they do decide to move on, I hope they continue therapy and working towards the goal of open communication & someday forgiveness. This series was difficult to watch. I honestly think that these two are dealing with something very traumatizing and something very real. Neither one of then are seasoned enough in their craft to pull this type of emotion out of their hats. Maybe too real. Stay tuned.

Pegie S Glasco

People who cheat are forgiven all the time!  Why can't he be forgiven and move on for the sake of his family?  If they didn't love each other it would be different, but they clearly love each other and those kids.  I'm pulling for the family to stay together.

Jakes... Jakes_mom_523

He should have stayed home. He's really sucks on Chopped..

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