US RATING: ***
AIR DATE MONDAY 3/15
She's been dogged by broken romances and criticism about her weight. How to deal? Return to reality TV! Jessica Simpson, joined by BFFs CaCee Cobb and stylist Ken Paves, treks the globe to find out how other cultures define attractiveness.
In Thailand, she meets a woman who disfigured her face while attempting to bleach her skin; next week, she chats with a formerly anorexic model in Paris. Though Simpson is visibly affected by these encounters, she still makes time for massages and riding elephants.
She hasn't lost her trademark goofiness either -- notably when she downs a fried cockroach and vomits! Look, the girl isn't solving the world's problems -- but give her credit for taking an innovative approach to learning the age-old proverb: True beauty comes from within. (VH1, 10 P.M.)
-- JOHN GRIFFITHS