I watched all the shows, including the update show, & loved them. I thought that they did a great job of showing some of the problems and some of the triumphs that are part of the journey. In the limited amount of time available to portray each individual's path they managed to fit alot.
The black guy's name is Henry (Donald is the one who's paralyzed and has the mom who needs counseling!) I agree that he and Melissa seem to have the best handle on things. I am also glad that Ashley and her mom are doing a little better, although I think they could also benefit from counseling. I felt Ashley still held in a lot of pain from her mother's treatment of her in the past and had not really been able to let go of that yet.
Like you, I was very encouraged that they had been able to lose some or all of the regain at such a long time out from their surgery. I hope that at least some people who watched the show who have never dealt with a weight problem might have a better understanding of just how totally it can effect someone's life.
All in all, I think they did a great job of helping people understand that MO (or super MO) is not a fun way to have to live, that WLS is no miracle cure, that it is NOT the easy way out, that it CAN fail,that keeping the weight off is a lifelong battle, and that losing weight doesn't magically fix all your problems.
I say yayyyy TLC and those 4 people who were willing to give up a lot of their privacy over a very long period of time and let us all eavesdrop on their lives, struggles, tears, pain, victories, celebrations, slip ups and everything else.