Hoarders on A&E (episode: Lori/ Jo)

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Blog entry by ars posted 09-14-2010 11:54 AM 2443 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 02:38 PM

Just watched that one too. At the end it states that Ed has has 2 more surgeries and is recovering well. After the dire prognosis earlier in the show, I would bet that it is the ability to get into his shop that keeps him going.

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 02:44 PM

My wife and I watch the show occasionally (when I can convince her to not watch one of those go*mn dancing shows). I’ve never been much a fan of reality TV short of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, but this show has me intrigued since I went through a similar time in my life… Not to that extent, but had I not gotten help, it could have been.

I’ll be on the lookout for this episode.

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 03:57 PM

Well in some ways some of us can become like that with our shops. Let them get overrun and out of hand. Buying tools we don’t need or won’t use. At least that episode had a happy ending for the old guy. He got his love back. What more could anyone ask in their last years. mike

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 05:40 PM

I bury my own shop every day! -Send the crew! -you just never know when you might need one of those thingys

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 05:59 PM

That show is like a crack, i can’t not watch it if it’s on. Check out “Obsessed” as well, it’s a similar format, but people with OCD, very good. I’m gonna have to DVR it now that football is back on Monday nights.

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 06:00 PM

Well Christine,,, I think you should send the station a note and tell this guy who is being driven to insanity by his hoarding wife to join the rest of us on LUMBERJOCKS…. He would find his happy place here with us….. now go and send a note to the show producer… :) If he can’t divorce that woman- he can just come on line and go to Carolina in his mind…

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 07:29 PM

Isn’t that a coincidence – I just watched these shows last night but was so disgusted at the beautician and her bathroom preferences that I didn’t watch the end result of Lori/Jo.


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#8 posted 09-14-2010 08:53 PM

yes invited the humble old man over I think he wood fit right in here
except we still have luck to have our mancave in piece….oh wait sadly
a few have to fight with those ยง&%#& cars…lol

take care everybody

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#9 posted 09-15-2010 07:21 AM

I have seen this type of show a couple of times. I can’t watch some of these cause they are to disturbing for me personally. Thanks for sharing the great story about Ed and his shop.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#10 posted 07-09-2011 11:34 PM

i think jo is one dumb selfish woman!!! she would rather have her junk than for poor ed to live! what kind of person is that?? i dont consider her a person! nothing i seen of hers was worth squat!!!! then she sits there crying saying shes afraid she will lose edward!!! please give me a break!!! the woman needs locked up!!!! NOW!!!

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#11 posted 07-09-2011 11:48 PM

Thor….mental illness is like that….this woman is ill…thus the shrink. Lots of folks have disdain for folks that don’t seem to be able to moderate themselves – alcoholics, addicts…hoarders…..they really don’t deserve our shunning and disdain as they are truly mentally ill….what they really need is therapy….medication….and for us to do more research for the causes of such behaviour…..they will never get their “willpower” back and be able to maintain without help…and alot of them cannot be cured….I think it is very sad.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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