By the time Tori and Dean’s new reality show, “Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever,” debuted in 2014, everyone already knew about their marital woes. “Cabin Fever” was filmed the summer before the happenings with Dean, and it follows their family as they head to Canada to live in a quaint cottage.
Inexplicably, this happy-go-lucky reality show aired right after the heartbreaking and emotional “True Tori” had finished its first season. Many speculated that Tori and Dean decided to air this pre-drama docu-series to get more views. People undoubtedly tuned in to see if they could detect cracks in their marriage since “Cabin Fever” was filmed only a few months before Emily Goodhand came on the scene.
It’s “Going to Take Time to Get Through”
Tori and Dean faced perhaps the most challenging chapter of their relationship in the aftermath of the cheating scandal. Outside of their reality show, “True Tori,” the couple kept pretty mum as they worked through their marital issues. Tori gave a few quotes to media outlets when they asked about her relationship with Dean, but she never got as raw and honest as she did on “True Tori.”
“Life is always a work in progress, and our relationship is one as well, so we're moving in the right direction,” Tori told “ Good Morning America ” in June 2014. Both Tori and Dean put in the effort to repair their relationship for the sake of their kids. Thankfully, they worked things out and continued their relationship with therapy and open communication.
Tori and Jennie, Together Again
Amidst the Dean's extramarital scandal publicity, Tori continued her entrepreneurial streak with a new TV show on “ABC Family.” The show, called “Mystery Girls,” starred Tori and her longtime friend and “90210” costar Jennie Garth. The family-friendly show follows detective show actresses who decide to become real-life investigators.
The Madcap sitcom only lasted one season, but Tori had a great time filming it. She and Jennie are friends in real life, so they were thrilled to work together again in a professional setting. Plus, “Mystery Girls” undoubtedly acted as a nice distraction from the stress of her marriage at the time.
An Unfortunate Run-In with a Grill
Any Tori Spelling fan knows that drama seems to follow the star like moths to a flame. The drama continued for Tori in 2015 when she allegedly fell onto a hot hibachi grill at a Benihana restaurant in Encino, California. The accident happened on Easter Sunday when she went out to eat with her family.
Tori was rushed to the hospital for emergency skin grafts to treat second and third-degree burns on her arm. Skin burns are no joke, but Tori made a full recovery. After her emergency operation, Tori ended up suing Benihana over the injuries. The lawsuit was eventually resolved two years later.
Relationship Stress Takes a Toll
As 2015 progressed, the stress of Tori’s marital woes, work schedule, and the filming of her “True Tori” reality show eventually caught up with her. She was hospitalized in late 2015 after coming down with severe pneumonia and bronchitis. Dean McDermott opened up about how the stress of his scandal took a toll on him, too.
Dean shared with “Entertainment Tonight” that he messed up but he is owning up to it, and getting help. But to label him as a monster or evil is very hurtful. Overall, it seemed that Dean didn’t appreciate what “True Tori” did for his reputation among Tori’s fans.