We introduced Joy Nash as Plum Kettle, an overweight ghostwriter for a teen magazine on new show Dietland previously. Naturally we had to make sure to tune in to support! Episodes 1 & 2 are already out but check out this Dietland recap we’ve done and let us know your thoughts!
The show is based on the book of the same name by Sarai Walker.
Dietland Recap Episodes 1 & 2
Dietland takes no time at all to give an introduction to the main character, Plum so let’s jump into this recap!
Plus Size Plum
Plum is our plus size main character. She hates it and is saving up for weight loss surgery. Plum only has one friend that we can tell, Steven, and she has such low self-esteem and is so brainwashed by society’s impossible beauty standards that she can’t see how smart, amazing and beautiful she really is. It doesn’t help that she works for Kitty who is awful, insensitive, condescending and fanatical about staying under a size 2 (*rolls eyes*). I get a bit of a Devil Wears Prada vibe from their relationship.
Plum is enrolled in a fake Weight Watchers group called Waist Watchers. The group’s purpose seems to be to make the attendees feel like crap because they’re fat and they have to lose weight to feel good about themselves–listening to this hurt my heart in a major way!!!
In bursts this colorful, bold chick named Janice; a first timer. She rolled up in the meeting like “I’m here bishes“! Yaaaaaaasssss girl!!! This confident, plus size diva came in and was like hell nah to this woe is me BS. My favorite part was when she told them about themselves and left, mic drop.
Friends, this scene was so powerful. Who said you can’t be awesome, happy, love yourself, be fat and slay all day? Chile please! I wanted to jump through my screen and throw my coffee at weight loss group leader. This skinny woman was there solely to judge fat women and make them feel bad about themselves under the guise of helping them. Nope, no way. We are not here for you Toxic Tiffany!!!
Dreams Of Being Thin
Plum dreams of being thin and equates this with happiness, sexiness and dressing fabulously. She lives her life alone, always in over-sized dark clothing with a choppy bob that needs a brush ran through it and eating dry unseasoned looking TV dinners. I find that life to be just, well, sad AF. Her mom tries to encourage her to be fine with what God gave her, but she’s so far into the fat girl equivalent of the sunken place that she won’t hear any of it. We love that mom is preaching self-love and acceptance to her daughter! The bright spot is that she dabbles as an amazing baker on the side and sells her cakes at a cafe.
Up until this point, things were pretty normal. Many of us know the struggle of being plus size all but too well. Some of us have battled (and still do) with loving ourselves the way we are as we hop from diet to diet in efforts to drop weight or just be healthy.
But Then Things Get Weird
Stuff just gets cray. Lots of weird ish happens. There’s a seemingly random goth chick stalking her. After a couple of awkward encounters, she convinces her to show up to meet Julia, who is some type of beauty guru that works in the basement of the building where Plum works. This is super random–like why didn’t Plum know that this existed?
A detective named Dominic tried to holla at her in the lobby, gave her his card and told her to call him and get coffee some time. She awkwardly hurries off and thinks to herself that he must have a big girl fetish and just wants to screw her. Turns out he wanted to try her chocolate cake and have her keep an eye out for any suspicious activity that could help his case. Something tells me to keep an eye on this relationship.
There’s this vigilante group of people named Jennifer, that is going around murdering men who have abused women. Finally, Plum gets lured into meeting with the daughter of a former weight loss guru who’s diet she followed and is offered $20,000 to be the guinea pig for a new weight plan called the New Baptist Plan.
There’s A LOT Happening in Dietland!
Whew! That was a lot. And, yes, it’s a little confusing with several things poppin’ off. It seemed to escalate really quickly. Dietland started off a little slow but then things got weird fast. It seems like there’s a lot that needs to be unpacked in the show so I’ll be watching. The a series has what seems like a couple different story lines that are intriguing and work together and I need to know what happens!
Dietland comes on AMC on Monday nights at 9PM. Don’t have cable? You can stream it online for free!
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