01/23/2012 09:34 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2012

'Hoarding: Buried Alive': Woman's Hoarding Brings Her Marriage To Breaking Point (VIDEO)

Extreme hoarder Vickie has been hiding a big secret from her husband Jeff. Now, with their strained marriage reaching breaking point, she chose to reveal that secret on "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on TLC).

What was Vickie hiding from Jeff? For years, she has been hoarding stuff at a secret location so that he wouldn't find out.

Standing in a room stuffed full of bags and boxes, Jeff was absolutely horrified. He identified piles and piles of things that he'd thrown out over the years, only for Vickie to scavenge them from their trash and hoard.

Jeff tried to work out why she had done it, but just couldn't. "I lock myself in here and go through stuff," she explained. Appalled, he said "I'm seeing this, but my mind is going 'no way!' This has to be a bad dream. ... This is a new low for you."

Can their marriage be salvaged? Jeff was so upset that he didn't know if he even wanted to try, and a tearful Vickie said she wouldn't be suprised if her big reveal did indeed mark the end of their marriage.

"Hoarding: Buried Alive" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.

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