Life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to Newark, New Jersey, to help two sons who are trying to heal from a lifetime of abandonment by their father. Isaam tells Iyanla that he has spent decades living in pain because of his distant relationship with his father. He and his brother Chon recall how their father was in and out of their lives, sometimes disappearing for years at a time. Despite trying to mend their relationship, he has continued to disappoint and lie to them. Just when they had given up on their father for good, they received a phone call from a brother they never knew they had. Now, their father, John, is ready to face the sons he abandoned and finally introduce them to the brother he kept a secret for years. Iyanla's challenge is to help all four men onto the path to forgiveness—before their relationship is destroyed forever.
Life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to the suburbs of Detroit to help a husband and wife in breakdown. Felisha tells Iyanla that her husband's online affair has made her very angry and that she feels she may never be able to forgive him. However, Felisha's anger has also been used to cover up her well-kept secret—her own affair from years past that could ultimately destroy her marriage. Felisha's husband, Don, reveals to Iyanla that his wife accused him of deliberately causing a car accident while they were arguing. The crash left her severely injured and him guilt-ridden. Iyanla realizes that both Felisha and Don have been living in their marriage with their backs to each other. She works to help them acknowledge each other's pain, and starts the couple on the path to forgiveness, which is essential to the survival of their relationship.
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.