Season 5 (10)

15 Seasons | 155 Episodes, 30 Unlocked

Episode 10 Anna/Claire and Vance
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Anna/Claire and Vance

Aired on Mar 05, 2012

Anna tried to hide her hoarding from her family, but when her suspicious daughter snuck into the house to take pictures, Anna’s secret was finally exposed. Claire and Vance love to collect books, but they’ve overdone it — their house contains an astounding half-million books, and they even sleep in little burrows carved out of towers of their books.

Episode 9 Verna/Joanne
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Aired on Feb 27, 2012

Verna is a hot-headed ex-cop, ex-drug trafficker, and ex-prison inmate who has cleverly evaded laws against hoarding by arguing that her hoard was her artistic expression. But now Verna, who has diabetes, is hospitalized, and the hospital refuses to let her return home unless it’s cleaned up. Joanne’s house has gone from immaculate showplace to garbage pit. Yet despite the filth, she has been the daytime caretaker for her six-year-old grandson. Joanne’s sister-in-law is so upset about the situation that she’s threatening to call adult protective services if the house isn’t cleaned up immediately.

Episode 8 Dee/Jan
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Aired on Feb 20, 2012

Dee blew through a $150,000 legal settlement to fulfill her hoarding obsession, and her daughter, Talia, could write a book about how damaging it is to be a hoarder’s child. But now Talia says she will cut her mother out of her life forever if she doesn’t get help. Jan admits she is a pushy, belligerent woman who’s been living in filth for years. She hasn’t taken the trash out since 2006 and will go months without a shower. She’s been given 15 days to clean up–or face eviction from her rental.

Episode 7 Kathleen/Scott
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Aired on Feb 13, 2012

Kathleen’s hoarding began after her husband was killed in a train accident. Her hoarding not only fills up her own house, it’s filling up her daughter’s house, too, where Kathleen has been living. But now her daughter has given Kathleen an ultimatum — get help or get kicked out. Scott has bought hundreds of houses, buildings, barns, and semi’s and filled them with things he buys at auctions, including stuff from a computer store, construction store, hotel supply store, Halloween store, jewelry store, and more. Sometimes Scott sells his stuff at auction, but he is so compulsive he buys it back — so he ends up buying his stuff twice! If he can’t let go of his obsession he’ll go totally broke.

Episode 6 Barbara G./Fred and Mary
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Barbara G./Fred and Mary

Aired on Feb 06, 2012

Barbara trolls for stuff in alleyways and dumpsters, and her hoarded home sits in a million-dollar neighborhood where the neighbors look on in disgust. Fred and Mary live in a house filled with cobwebs and cockroaches, but they don’t seem to notice. It has gotten so bad that Fred has end-stage COPD, probably caused by all the filth. The authorities say both houses must be cleaned–and now–or everyone will be put out on the street.

Episode 5 Joanne/Kristy
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Aired on Jan 30, 2012

The trauma of dealing with Joanne’s hoarding was so bad for her daughter that she has developed post-traumatic stress disorder. After two divorces and experiencing the horror of assault, Kristy began shopping to escape her pain, but her hoarding drove her daughter out of the house and forced Child Protective Services to remove her son.

Episode 4 Carrie/James
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Aired on Jan 23, 2012

Carrie’s hoarding stems from a long string of abuse at the hands of family members, and she compulsively shops to “protect” herself. James is an ex-Marine whose home is filled with bowling balls and broken workout equipment, but he insists he is not a hoarder, and that hoarding is not a disorder. However, he has been in court since 2007 fighting code violations against his home and if he doesn’t take control the city will do a forced clean and invoice him for the cost, which would exceed the actual value of his home.

Episode 3 Mary/Annie
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Aired on Jan 16, 2012

Mary’s obsession includes hoarding cats, and her friends and family have no idea about the horror that awaits them when they walk through her door. Annie cleans houses for a living, but unbelievably is a hoarder in her own home, where she lives with her son, who grew up in the hoard and doesn’t know any other kind of life, and her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease and cannot get through the clutter.

Episode 2 Barbara/Richard
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Aired on Jan 09, 2012

Barbara has been a hoarder her entire life. The daughter of a dumpster-diver, Barbara’s hoarding spiraled out of control after the deaths of her two sons, one to cancer and the other to a gun accident. Richard used to be the maitre d’ at fancy restaurants, but his life went downhill when he developed a compulsion for the clearance sale items which now fill his entire home.

Episode 1 Norman/Linda
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Aired on Jan 02, 2012

Paramedics rushing to save a woman’s life lose precious time when they’re forced to climb over the hoard they find in Norman’s house. Officials on the scene immediately call the Fire Chief and the Fire Marshall because the home presents a huge fire hazard to the neighborhood. Within an hour of being told his girlfriend is dead, the property is crawling with city officials and the house is condemned. Norman is given 30 days to clean up, or he could lose his house forever. Ever since Linda’s husband died ten years ago, she has been adding to a hoard that has now spiraled out of control. Her two grown sons living with her do nothing about it either and each family member blames the other for not cleaning — causing a toxic three-way in the house. If Linda doesn’t get help with the hoarding so she can recuperate and rehab from her future surgery, her sister is threatening to report her to the authorities and will have her own sister “shut-down.”

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