It was another double-dose of reasons to clean house with the season premiere of "Hoarders" (Mon., 9 p.m. EST on A&E). Linda was one of the people featured, and hers was a house filled with filth and a dysfunctional relationship between her and her two adult sons, who still lived with her. Perhaps their most tragic exchange came when she couldn't say they were more important than holding on to maybe a hundred pots and pans, even though it had been three decades since she had cooked a meal.
Dr. Chibaud had to get invovled when Linda and her sister Robin started fighting during the clean-up. Linda insisted it was Robin trying to control her life, but really it was Linda putting up walls to protect herself from Robin and anyone else in the world. But the fight proved cathartic, and it was important that Robin never stopped emphasizing that all of this was because she cared about her sister.
The other story spotlighted Norman, who was only seven weeks out from the death of his girlfriend in his hoarded house. While his was one of the more tragic stories yet, and his emotional state incredibly fragile, he had a powerful break through when his sister told him he was sick, and shows hope for a great recovery as he realizes his problem and learns to let go and move on.
"Hoarders" returns every Monday at 9 p.m. EST on A&E.
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