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After a fatal car crash, aspiring model Deb Dobkins (Brooke D'Orsay) finds herself in the anteroom of heaven where gatekeeper angels sit in front of computers to assess the lives of the dearly departed. Deb's guardian angel, Fred (Ben Feldman), declares Deb a zero/zero, meaning she did neither bad nor good works during her life. While Fred ponders what to do with shallow Deb, she indignantly hits a computer key that catapults her back to Earth. Elsewhere, a gunshot fatally wounds an attorney, Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott), when she steps in front of the bullet intended for her boss. At the hospital, Jane goes into cardiac arrest, and because hers is the most recently vacated vessel, Deb ends up in Jane's plus-sized body. After Deb's illicit return to Earth, Fred is assigned to Deb as her guardian angel and must live as a human to keep close tabs on her.

Deb retains her own memories, but has none of Jane's (memories remain with the soul). When Jane returns to the office confused, her assistant, Teri Lee (Margaret Cho), thinks Jane has amnesia due to her injury and obligingly reminds Jane about her cases, scheduled appointments, work habits and wardrobe preferences.

Deb's best friend, Stacy Barrett (April Bowlby), is a sweet and likable airhead who quickly accepts Deb's new appearance. Like Deb, Jane's plus-sized body initially shocks Stacy. As she adjusts to Deb as Jane, she learns to appreciate people less for their appearance and more for who they are.

Jane's body may be the exact opposite of everything Deb strives for and admires, but Jane's above-average brains and her inclination to help people exhilarates Deb. As Deb takes ownership of Jane's body, bland Jane appears to begin to appreciate fashion and makeup, and skinny Deb begins to enjoy doughnuts and law.

The firm coincidentally hires attorney Grayson Kent (Jackson Hurst), Deb's fiancé. Jane watches him grieve Deb's death and wrestles with the urge to reveal that she is Deb. Beautiful attorney Kim Kaswell (Kate Levering) is on the partner track and competes with Jane to impress Parker, the managing partner and boss, and to win Grayson's heart.

First aired on the Lifetime TV network in 2009, the show is in its fourth season. The previous three seasons each included 13 episodes.

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6 Seasons, 79 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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  • In the series finale, Jane faces Owen for the first time since leaving the firm. As Stacey attempts to salvage her wedding plans, Teri remembers Ian from her past and that he's the person that ruined her chance of being a star.

  • As Jane works to ban a dietary supplement that killed a teenage football player, Kim is desperate to save the job of a bailiff who protected her while dressed as a superhero.

  • Jane is desperate to prevent a man's execution on death row she believes is innocent, Kim represents a small dance company, and Owen experiences wedding anxiety.

  • Stacey tries to talk Owen into being healthier.

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