The "F" Word - Episode Two
This episode started with Jane/Deb whining about the way she looks and how she doesn't feel right in her new body as she's getting ready for work. Deb's best friend, a real life Barbie, assures her that she will help her get into shape with a "diet, exercise, pluck, and polish". Jane/Deb's assistant calls to let her know she's two hours late and to get her "ass" to work. I did a lot of eye rolling here and was sure this was going to be a depressing episode about how awful it is for the skinny girl to be trapped in the fat girl's body.
Jane/Deb arrives to her office where a client has been waiting. Lucy Tyner (Rebecca Field) is a waitress who was fired for gaining weight. At first Jane/Deb takes sides with the establishment because all their employees are beautiful. Within minutes of performing a "body check" on Lucy and then having it done on herself she changes her view. As she prepares for the case she quickly learns the error of her (many) ways and sets forth to help Lucy more than get her job back.
Elsewhere in the firm. Grayson and Kim work on a divorce settlement which quickly turns into a battle of wills between the separated couple. Chad (Reed Diamond), who gave his wife a kidney early on in their marriage claims to want it back but really he doesn't want to separate from the wife who has outgrown him. Kim wants to go in a direction that makes Grayson uncomfortable but he doesn't say anything immediately. After bouncing some thoughts off Jane/Deb he realizes Chad's real feelings and takes a different approach which leads to an amicable divorce instead of the bitter battle over a kidney.
While Jane/ Deb feels even more disconnected from her body and her life. Her relationship with her best friend Stacy begins to have issues when Stacy becomes the food police. When she can't talk to Stacy she turns to her guardian angel Fred who has moved into her apartment and works around her office. But by the end this episode Jane and Stacy are able to come to terms with their relationship's new direction.
My Overall View
At the end of the "F" word I found I had a different opinion of the series/episode than when it had started. It was well done with emotional and witty moments but there were still a few offensive moments that could have been handled better -- Jane couldn't do one squat, popcorn in hair she was saving for later (ew). But nothing insulting enough to make me stop watching yet.
Season One of Drop Dead Diva is available at Amazon.