For those of you not familiar with the show “Hoarders” (it’s like MTV cribs for people who suffer from compulsive hoarding/ the inability to throw things away), it’s a weekly show, each episode focuses on two different people, who with the assistance of a behavioral therapist (aka shrink), clean up crew, family and friends, attempt to clean their home and begin treatment for their disease. The reasons for these people being on the show vary from concerned relatives, final attempts to save a marriage, health problems and avoiding criminal charges.
I watch this show every week and I don’t even like it. It seriously creeps me out, but I can’t turn away.
Anyways I just wanted to mention this weeks episode “Lori/ Jo”. Jo is a 70+ year old lady who hoards old lady antique roadshow type collectibles (crystal ware, dolls, china, etc..) The hoarding is so bad that her husband Ed (also in his 70’s), is now confined to one room, every other room is filled with her crap. This guy looked like he’s worked hard all his life and he just had the expression of pure sadness and defeat. We’ve all seen people who just look like they don’t smile, he had the look. In one of the clips he states “I feel like my retirements been cheated” as he lowered his head. His marriage is beyond the point of repair, his health is failing and the condition of the house is making his symptoms worse.
Every time they showed Ed, other than feel bad for him, I couldn’t help but think, I bet he’s a woodworker. He just looked like one.
Anyways toward the end of the show the crew was able to clear the garage, and low and behold he had a shop buried under all his wife’s crap. Now it’s not gonna be featured in any magazines, but it was a dedicated shop, In the quick camera pan of the work space I saw workbenches, pegboard, a tablesaw, bandsaw, and a drillpress. When he walks into the shop he’s absolutely stunned, he says something to the effect of “I used to spend a lot of time here, I haven’t seen my shop in years”, tears begin rolling down his cheeks as he looks around.
Apparently Ed had some major surgery (I think his heart) and during his recovery his wife buried his shop.
At the end of the show is a scene of Ed working at his workbench, and little blurb on the screen saying “Ed now spends a lot of time in his shop”.
I hope getting his shop back will bring him a little bit of joy back.
And once again another episode of Hoarders didn’t gross me out like it usually does, instead it made me really sad.
I still hate this show.