Viewers of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (Sun., 8 p.m. EST on TLC) first met Shelley and her husband Gene back in 2010. Then, Shelley's hoarding was seriously threatening her relationships with Gene and their sons.
On Sunday night they got to check back in with the pair on the update special, "Where Are They Now?" to see if Shelley had benefited from the help she received in the original show.
Sadly, Shelley had not made much progress, and she demonstrated just how far she will go to protect her hoard.
Asked why she had so much stuff cluttering up her house, Shelley flat-out lied that she was storing it for her twin sister, who didn't have space for it.
Unfortunately for Shelley, Gene overheard the exchange and felt compelled to interject. "That's a good line that she did, but she does not have a sister."
Unable to admit her lie, Shelley dug in deeper. Insisting that she really did have a sister, she then invented an even more outrageous storyline: "We don't talk about her because Gene slept with her."
To which Gene explained, "She's making an excuse to keep stuff." Exasperated, he reiterated that they'd been together since 1984, he'd never been unfaithful, and she'd never had a sister.
When Shelley broke down in tears and said she didn't want to talk to him about it, Gene quipped, "Do you want to call your sister?"
"Hoarding: Buried Alive" airs Sundays 8 p.m. EST on TLC.
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