Iyanla helps a couple in the midst of a crumbling marriage. Behind the facade of their beautiful home, their three children feel emotionally abandoned and worry that their family is falling apart.
Life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to San Antonio to help two sisters, Barbara and Geneva—one raised uptown by loving, affluent parents, the other raised downtown in the housing projects—who are in total breakdown. Barbara, a 58-year-old businesswoman, wants to rebuild the relationship with the sister she says was sleeping with her boyfriend for years, eventually having two children with him. For Barbara, her sister's actions were unforgivable, but Iyanla understands there are always two sides to every story. Meeting at a rental home (neutral ground) outside of San Antonio, Iyanla brings the two sisters together with the hope of helping both women see each other from new and different perspectives.
Later, Iyanla sits down with Geneva's daughter Antoinette (whose father was Barbara's boyfriend) and discovers that Antoinette is repeating the negative cycle of her mother, including getting pregnant at a young age.
Iyanla travels to the Dallas area to support a couple in the midst of a serious marital crisis. O.J. and Janetria both admit that their frequent fights turn physical, but neither seems to think this is a real problem—until Iyanla arrives and asks them to re-enact their latest fight. When their petty argument about the sink drain ends with O.J.'s hands around his wife's neck, Iyanla kicks him out of the house.
In trying to understand why Janetria chooses to stay with a man who is prone to abusive conduct, Iyanla uncovers something in Janetria's past that may hold the answer. Later, Iyanla talks with O.J. about his actions, bringing him face-to-face with his mother and sister, who confront him about his angry behavior.
By the end of the first day, O.J. and Janetria can both see that they've been locked in an abusive relationship for years. Whether they choose to stay together or go their separate ways, however, is ultimately up to them.
Life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to Chicago to help Shannon, a 28-year-old crystal meth addict who is in denial about the full extent and destructive power of his addiction. Shannon's drug abuse has led to three overdoses as well as high-risk sex, and it threatens his life unless he can accept the gravity of the situation and get help. Iyanla also works with Shannon's mother, father and sister, who are concerned about him but, in many ways, have enabled his downward spiral by supporting him financially while he was hitting rock bottom. Before Shannon can get back on track, Iyanla must get him to come clean to himself and his family about the full extent of his addiction. Only after this happens can the mistrust and lies stop and the healing begin. Iyanla shows Shannon a path to a brighter future, but ultimately it us up to him whether he can overcome his addiction.
In an emotional episode, life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to Alexander City, Alabama, the hometown of acclaimed and controversial NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens. Despite incredible talent and enormous success as a professional athlete, Terrell finds himself in a personal crisis that threatens his future.
The goal of Iyanla's visit is to help Terrell confront issues from his past that continue to negatively affect him in the present, as well as to encourage him to take the necessary first steps to repair what is broken in his life, career and relationships.
Through a series of emotional heart-to-heart sessions, Iyanla uncovers the pain from Terrell's childhood—rarely seeing his mother and not knowing the identity of his father until he was 11 years old. She also has a frank discussion with him about his reputation for bad behavior on and off the football field, addressing the reasons why he might be having a difficult time finding a new team.
Parents Traci and Andre ask spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant for her help in “fixing” their two adult children, who they feel are making horrible life choices. The parents blame themselves for their 24-year-old son Jovan’s “choice” to be gay and disapprove of their daughter Jazmin’s plan to marry her boyfriend (a man they’ve banned from their house at times). Both parents feel that the overwhelming stress and disappointment caused by their children's decisions are causing serious health issues. With the goal of healing the growing rift between the family, Iyanla works to demonstrate to the parents that they can indeed love and support their children, even when they do not agree with their decisions. She also helps the children understand how they should continue to make their own unique choices, even when their parents do not approve.