OH! I SO want to beat the ever-loving crap out of that sister! I too felt some sympathy for her in the first show, but now, she's just psycho. And that house could be absolutely spotless - she'd still try to gain custody of that child for another reason.
Yes! I hate to admit it, but I yelled at the TV after one of her many snarky nasty cracks about her sister. I hope she was just choking inside when she actually SAW her niece's room. Which was nicely furnished and decorated, and probably tidier than the average kid's room. She could only mutter some sort of grudging comment, but it was clear that the "unsafe" conditions she kept ranting about, didn't exist in the rooms of that house the family were living in. Sure, there was a hoard outside and that was bad, but fer pete's sake, it was OUTSIDE. The kid had a very decent and apparently clean place to live INSIDE. And her mom was working on the outside. You don't get to a major hoarded condition overnight, and it takes time to get it cleaned up. But I gotta give that woman props for hanging in and working on it.That "former military" sister? Should get herself a life and leave that little family ALONE. What a crazyass ugly control freak!
Oh, Shelley, Shelley, Shelley. More damn purses than ever in that hoard. Including her "favorite," a toad purse. With the tags still on it. A toad purse. Really. That she's never carried. But it's a favorite and she can't part with it. Oh, yeah, maybe really it belongs to her twin sister. See, all that stuff really is her sister's that she's "storing" because sis doesn't have room. Yes, her twin sister. The one her husband had an affair with.
But, yeah, that's right. She doesn't have a twin sister. She doesn't even have a SISTER.
The amount of crazy on display is just staggering. Is her presence really helpful to her brain-damaged son? Or could hubby find a way to live with that son and without crazy Shelley, that might be better for both of them?
Frankly, I think that living in a homeless shelter might be preferable to the physical mess and mental craziness those men endure in that house.
Of course, I'm no expert and I could be wrong. Shelley may be delusional, self-obsessed, selfish and unpleasant but somehow the world's best at taking care of her special needs son.
About Amy. I didn't catch her age if stated, but she could have been about my age (63) and if so could have lost her "true love" in the Vietnam war. A lot of my generation died there, and others came back badly damaged. However, I didn't quite buy the "dead soulmate" story even if the chronology made sense. I wonder if she was a good Southern girl of her generation who might have been attracted to women, and sublimated that unthinkable feeling as she got on with her life. But anyway, whether she's spent a long life running from sexuality issues, other deep feelings that run counter to what is (or she thinks is) expected of her, or even some hidden trauma? The waste of all that time and money on pointless shopping and hoarding is just so sad. Especially because I saw Amy as being intelligent and educated, and someone who could have made a decent life for herself.
And good Lord, how many of these hoarders have INHERITED perfectly nice houses - only to hoard them (at a minimum) or trash them entirely (worst cases). I've busted my butt to buy modest houses. I'm working toward mortgage freedom, but if I ever got a free and clear house as a gift, I don't claim it would be a House Beautiful spread, but I wouldn't hoard it.
Edited by Suz at Large, Mar 22, 2012 @ 8:30 AM.