In all the years that the "Hoarders" team has been going into people's houses and helping them clean up and get the psychological tools they need to improve their living situation, no obstacle has been so volatile that they quit in the middle of a job. At least, not until this week's installment.
They were there to help compulsive hoarder Joni, but it was her son, Joey, who proved to be the bigger obstacle, not because he was a hoarder, but because of his anger and violence. He was belligerent, yelling at his mother and breaking her things right in front of her.
But it was when he started throwing things toward the producers and behind-the-scenes personnel filming the show that Matt Paxton had to make a call. Joey's only explanation as to why he threw something "almost at the producers" was to say, "Because I'm pissed."
So Matt pulled the entire team, leaving the clean-up unfinished. Joey didn't stop there, though, calling throughout the night with disturbing messages. It was just too dangerous for the team, Matt felt, and they had to abandon the clean-up entirely, leaving Joni and her son largely in the same state they found them.
"Hoarders" tries to help compulsive hoarders every Monday at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.
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