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Last season, Spelling complained endlessly about her husband's dangerous motorcycle-racing hobby. (He's had a few headline-grabbing accidents, but has never been seriously hurt). This season, Spelling worries that her chock-full professional plate (jewelry line, baby clothing line, children's book and a third memoir on the way) is limiting her family time. Padding around her mansion, she plans a fun cross-country RV trip to visit her kids' former baby nurse in Atlanta -- including stops at campy, tourist attractions along the way. Even the rich and famous crave escapist entertainment (and isn't escapism one of the main reasons we all turn on our TVs in the first place?)!
Critics have derided the privelege Spelling was born into, ever since she starred on Beverly Hills 90210 -- a hit series created by her dad, the late Aaron Spelling (who famously left his daughter just a fraction of his wealth in his will). Now that she's a mom trying to set a good example for her little ones, she's obviously internalized the aspersions about her childhood, and works on addressing them: "My dad truly worked for everything he got," she says during a stop at her father's childhood home, in a working class section of Dallas. "I didn't grow up the way that he did. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a privileged lifestyle because of my father. But he definitely passed on that work ethic. I'm driven because of my dad. And being here just makes me appreciate that."
Despite trying to run a bed-and-breakfast with McDermott in their series' first season, Spelling struggles to be a polite guest when she checks into a motel for the first time. Afraid to put her head down on the "dirty" linens, she mumbles, "I'm a motel virgin."
With our national economy in tatters, I can only imagine a mom who's lost her home watching this scene from a similarly grimy motel room. Is Tori Spelling the modern day Marie Antoinette, the royal beauty famously out of touch with the hardscrabble realities facing her countrymen? On the other hand, wouldn't we all like to be working moms with book deals and exciting travel plans and adorable kids in tow?