Pregnant Washington-based cookery expert Rachel discovers that her journalist husband is having an affair.
Rachel walks out on her cheating husband Mark and goes to New York, where a session with her therapy group turns violent.
Mark wants a reconciliation.
Rachel cannot stand to see a man cry, so heads back to Washington.
There is nothing like mashed potatoes when you are feeling down, but a proposal from an old friend is even more effective.
Even a new baby cannot save Rachel's marriage, and, as she discovers further evidence of Mark's treachery, she takes sweet revenge at a dinner party.