Despite Emeril's (Emeril Lagasse) high ratings, pint-sized network exec Trish (Tricia O'Kelley) is troubled by the fact that women are not fantasizing about the chef in his boxers. The network decides to launch a new campaign to "trim it down a notch," sponsoring a competition between their shows with a cash prize for the most weight lost.
While the Emeril crew aren't thrilled by the prospect of dieting, the promise of money prompts Cass (Lisa Ann Walter), Melva (Sherri Shepherd), and B.D. (Carrie Preston) to put down the pork loin and jump on the treadmill. Even Jerry (Robert Urich), once financially motivated, decides to join the fitness craze and shed some excess tonnage.
All seems to be going well until Emeril, reluctantly heeding the network's wishes, switches to preparing low-cal cuisine on his show -- and finds himself staring down an angry, hungry mob.