Bailey deals with the actions of her boyfriend, and the rumors that follow. The family is supportive of her. Rex has a big decision to make.
Todd and Laura decide to see a marriage counselor to make sure they're on the right path. Bailey struggles to find a way to take her senior pictures, and the family becomes worried about Bailey's new boyfriend.
Mounting costs threaten to deplete the family's emergency fund. Worried Laura considers selling her wedding ring at a Gold Party. Todd is angered that Laura would even consider selling her ring.
The Bruce-Rumseys go on a strict raw diet because of Dylan's high blood pressure. Meanwhile, Laura gambles on losing her job by organizing a fundraiser that will hypnotize Anthem.
Laura was diagnosed with MS six years ago, but has yet to fully come to terms with her diagnosis. After meeting a woman who also has the disease, Laura is forced to face it head on.
Todd and Laura realize that the kids have slipped back into their wasteful ways. Todd gives each of the kids $20 to cover their expenses for two days - and then charges them room and board!
Todd's son from his first marriage, Cody, comes to Anthem for a visit. For Laura, the visit is a reminder of Cody's disruptive influence, but for Todd, it's a chance to heal the deepest and most painful wounds of his life.
Rex's medical bills and the anniversary of Laura's mom's death take an emotional toll on Laura. Fighting between Laura and Todd leads Danielle to worry they are headed for divorce.
Rex is released from the hospital and Laura worries that insurance won't cover his stay. She wants to pull out of the bid they put on the house. Bailey begins a rebellious streak as she gets in a screaming match with a stranger and butts heads with Todd.
The Bruces have clawed themselves out of financial ruin but are at odds over whether to buy a house. As they battle it out, something unexpected occurs that puts one of their kids in grave danger.
Whitney competes in a local singing competition with the support and encouragement of her family, including her stepdad, Todd, and comes to realize what an important place Todd occupies in her heart. When she decides she wants to start calling Todd "Dad," however, she's faced with a surprising amount of resistance from other members of the family. Meanwhile, Bailey longs to attend Laura's alma mater - Arizona State University - but knows that it may be a financial impossibility, and Laura is reluctant to encourage her daughter to follow a dream that could break her heart. On Father's Day, Whitney has to decide if she has the guts to ask Todd to be her dad.
Todd's work is steadily improving and, while Laura's new businesses have yet to gain real momentum, she's optimistic for both her house cleaning business and her family boot camp. For the nine Bruce-Rumsey's, things are finally looking up in Arizona. Even the kids get in on the action with a money making enterprise: Goo. This Flubber-like substance is all the rage among pre-teens, who, it turns out, are willing to lay out cold hard cash for the privilege of owning it. Rex, Dylan and Danielle form a conglomerate that they hope will corner the "Goo" market. The actual making of the Goo, however, turns out to be a substantial challenge. Meanwhile, Todd receives an unexpected call from his cousin, alerting him to a job opportunity that could be the fast track to financial stability. However, there is an aspect to the job that puts the very family that Todd is trying to shelter at jeopardy, forcing him to wonder what price he's willing to pay for financial health.
As Todd struggles to find work, Laura tries to make money by starting a family fitness camp. However, when telling the kids about her "boot camp," no one takes her seriously. To make matters worse, Todd and Laura find out that they are blowing their monthly spending budget on dining out. Laura decides to combat the issue by having the kids compete in a budget friendly cooking challenge. Meanwhile, Laura still can't get any respect for her boot camp idea, as the kids partake in a chaotic, and apathetic, practice that leaves Laura tensely worrying that the fitness camp she's hosting will be a huge embarrassment.
After having balance issues on a hike with Todd, Laura is scared that her Multiple Sclerosis may be progressing - a change that would be devastating both to her and to her family. As she worries about her upcoming MRI, Todd finds a half-off coupon to their favorite restaurant and begins planning the perfect date night to take her mind off of things. Rex is teased by his siblings when they find out he has a crush on Whitney's friend, Shania, and his sisters all give him advice on how to ask her out. Dylan asks Rex if they can double date, but Rex says he doesn't think Dylan can find a girl in time. On the financial front, Todd tells the family they've been doing better with spending and Whitney saves them further money by cutting everyone's hair.
Laura cuts the cable TV and howls of protest ensue. Meanwhile, Heather comes up with an idea to increase Todd's visibility by using the Internet. The idea of going viral makes Todd a little skeptical at first, but when all the kids get into the act of producing the video, he goes with the flow. But will "creative differences" turn this video dream into a Hollywood nightmare for Heather? Laura concentrates on a new money making venture - a family housecleaning business! But when the kids get wind of this, they aren't exactly supportive. Meanwhile, Todd, Rex and Levi are working on a patio project for a client… but where's Dylan? Not shy about expressing his disdain for physical labor: "working for Todd sucks!", Dylan could be down with the "work crew flu" but no one really knows. Todd has to abandon the work and search for him.
Following an eye-opening meeting with a financial planner, the Bruce family begins to make some serious lifestyle changes. With school almost out, the boys are looking forward to summer baseball and Danielle can't wait to start cheerleading and theater camp. Once Laura adds up how much these activities cost, however, she realizes something's got to give, but can't bring herself to force her children to sacrifice the activities they love. At the same time, Laura has to face letting go of one of her own favorite things - a vice she's long tried to keep secret from her family. Bailey is devastated to learn that her boyfriend can't go to prom, but changes her tune when it turns out he can, leaving Laura to find out why. Meanwhile, Todd creates a debt board to chart the family's progress, and calls a meeting to clarify the changes - and sacrifices - everyone will have to make as they strive to improve their financial situation.
Flat broke with two homes in foreclosure, a collapsed contracting business and a daily struggle to make rent, Todd and Laura Bruce are doing everything possible to keep their family of nine above the poverty line.
DOWNSIZED features a large, blended family brought together by Laura and Todd Bruce. With Laura’s five children and Todd’s two, this family had a sizable appetite for spending. The real-estate-boom awarded Todd a thriving construction business that made money hand-over-fist and allowed him to provide a posh-lifestyle for his new family. Then, the market collapsed and their lives were turned upside-down. Household budgets were slashed and that meant a “rental” home, clipping coupons and rolling pennies. Everything from vocal-lessons and cheerleading camp to baseball equipment and shopping sprees became things of the past. With retirement savings and college funds depleted, this family is beginning the steep climb out of financial ruin.