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The weight-loss efforts of a nearly 500-pound woman from Savannah are chronicled.
Premiered: November 9, 2008
Jeff joins Ruby as she visits New York City to appear on Rosie O'Donnell's radio show. The two are excited to explore the Big Apple, but Ruby quickly struggles with her weight getting around the city, from difficulties hailing a cab to pressing up against other riders on the subway. Eventually, Rosie and Ruby meet up and have a great time on her show, talking openly about their weight issues and even Ruby's love life. Later on, Ruby visits Rosie at her home where they have a very candid discussion about molestation, forcing Ruby to take painfully closer look at her traumatic childhood issues.
Ruby doesn't plan to take her friends' comments at the summit lightly. She wants to get back on track with her weight loss, and starts the process by entering a charity baseball tournament with Denny, Georgia and Jeff. But baseball only seems to bring back memories of her father, so she decides to visit his grave for the very first time. Plus, she comes to realize she may have few precious moments left with her mom--and she doesn't want to waste them, so she sits with her to have a heart-to-heart about her past. Then, Ruby calls Reverend Paula White in hopes of finally conquering her missing childhood memories.
Ruby returns to her home in Savannah and must face the consequences of her month-long vacation in Los Angeles and subsequent weight gain. She finally gets her wake-up call when she sees she has gained 50 pounds, with her weight now topping 359. Ruby decides to organize a summit with her friends, trainers, doctors and therapists to help her recommit to a plan and get her back on track. But will she be able to withstand their brutal honesty about her addiction to food? Plus, Ruby reflects on her relationship with Denny and her own "little girl" inside her when she baby-sits a friend's daughter.
While out at a friend's fashion show in Los Angeles, Ruby meets an attractive man named Ian and instantly feels a connection. As the two of them start to spend time together, Ruby wonders if he could be interested in her as more than a friend. After Jeff and Georgia tease her about her new crush, Ruby becomes nervous about going on a date for the first time in eight years since her breakup with Denny. Also, self-conscious about her thinning hair, Ruby decides to get a stunning hair makeover at one of the top salons in the city--just in time for her big date!