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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Allison, I Know This World Is Killing You

posted by on August 21 at 14:01 PM

I’ve noted my obsession with A&E’s Intervention before, but the episode from Monday, August 11 is haunting my dreams.

You only need to watch the first minute or so to get the gist, but if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop watching it ever.

Also, minutes before posting this, I heard Charles Mudede dust his computer keyboard. It was terrifying.

UPDATE: For those who need to follow Allison’s episode to the end, here are parts 2, 3, 4, and 5. (The last chunk features not one but two hunky cops, who Allison of course tries to kick in the face. Having survived Hurricane Allison, I propose these two cops celebrate by making a porno together.)

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How can you do them "almost 24 hours a day". For how long can that continuously go on?

The music is very serious, yet somehow it makes me laugh a bit.

She talks a little like Annie Hardy from Giant Drag.

Why doesn't her family smack take some control?

Must keep watching, it's getting better and better.

Posted by A | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM

I don't even have my sound on and this is freaking me out.

Posted by djgirth | August 21, 2008 2:11 PM

She needs a hobby.

Posted by CM | August 21, 2008 2:11 PM

TEN CANS A DAY!? That stuff isn't cheap...who is funding this?

Posted by A | August 21, 2008 2:11 PM

Are those blisters from the extreme cold that occurs? Gross.

Posted by A | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM

1 and 4: Your questions will be answered by the end of the episode, and you will be upset.

Posted by David Schmader | August 21, 2008 2:14 PM

@4 - She's got a "Sugar Daddy" that gives her money. She goes to the computer store EVERY DAY to get cans. My cheap ass could only keep thinking that she should be buying those cans in bulk at Costco. Seriously. It was the WORST. INTERVENTION. EVER.

Posted by westendgirl29 | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM

There's too much sadness in that show for me to watch. Maybe when I hate myself (even more, I mean.)

Posted by Jason Josephes | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM

these people seem like absurdly wealthy people who are so disconnected from reality that they are just completely retarded

Posted by seriously? | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM

"It's the po po?"

Seriously though I hope she can make it back.

Posted by Jason | August 21, 2008 2:23 PM

That mom is pissing me off. She says it's hard to bear, but doesn't seem to do anything. She says they REPEATEDLY told her they were molested and she just thought "Oh, it's not true. And it was." Terrible woman.

Posted by A | August 21, 2008 2:24 PM

oh my god, how did i know they were going to be from boston? i think they are going to need to make an intervention show for people addicted to watching intervention.

Posted by seriously? | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM

I've only recently discovered this show, but out of the handful of episodes I've seen (mostly newer ones, I believe), this one blows them all away.

Posted by T | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM

bah! bleh! what the hell is this?!

Posted by mnm | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM

I knew someone who died huffing freon. we were both 16. It sucked.

Posted by bibliogrrl | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM

every time I hear the duster noise I get a chill up my back

Posted by mnm | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM

Amid all the horrors, it must be noted that Allison's little sister is a miracle of sanity and well-adjustedness.

Posted by David Schmader | August 21, 2008 2:41 PM

Uh... I didn't know you could get high inhaling dusters. But... I know it now.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 21, 2008 2:42 PM

Who pays that girl's rent? Who gives her money to buy all those cans of that crap? Who got her a lawyer when she caused that four-car collision?

"I didn't listen to them the FIRST FEW TIMES THEY TOLD ME" they were molested?


Posted by Dan Savage | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM

Call me callous, but I don't think you're worth much to society either way if you're dumb enough to suck on computer cleaner.

Posted by The CHZA | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM

that was really sad. she seems to be in a lot of emotional pain. i hope somehow they help alleviate her suffering.

Posted by tiffany | August 21, 2008 2:52 PM

Sad my dick, her family is subsidizing this and going "OHMIGOD WHY WHY WHY WHY"
Starving bloated kids in Africa and we waste time on pieces of shit like this.

Posted by fartsky | August 21, 2008 2:54 PM

I also watched this when it aired and it haunts me too! What I want to know is, what do the addicts think the camera crews are for? They're always surprised by the intervention, so I wonder what they tell them they're being filed for.

Posted by The General | August 21, 2008 2:55 PM

@23 good point.

I'm on episode 3 now. These are the stupidest people. The intervention guy is like, "How do we get rid of the sugar daddy?". And they say "We will go to his wife if he doesn't leave her alone." They never thought of that before?

Posted by A | August 21, 2008 2:58 PM

i didn't attempt to justify or validate her actions. i was merely stating that suffering is difficult to witness in any capacity.

that doesn't mean anyone's elses pain is lessened.

Posted by tiffany | August 21, 2008 3:02 PM

This definitely makes me feel what can only be described as "ambivalence".

Yes, this young woman's story is sad, and given her circumstances, one does feel a certain degree of sympathy for her. But her mother seems particularly clueless, and the fact she and the rest of the family would be willing to put themselves through this IN PUBLIC just seems so - exhibitionistic.

On the other hand, the whole notion of this being "reality" - when there are cameras literally everywhere, including following her to the store while she stocks up for her next doses, is just so - exploitive is the only word that comes to mind. And, of course, it's all being done, not so much to HELP this poor, crippled creature, but is intended solely to hook the rest of us into watching, so that, hopefully, we'll stick around long enough to be shilled some products by the advertisers just seems especially, heinous.

But, I guess I'm just enough of a cynic to see things that way.

And I just hope that the makers of Clean Safe Dust Remover (tm) (yeah, that little piece of tape sure makes it hard to identify the product, for sure) at least aren't crass enough to advertise any of THEIR products on this show.

Posted by COMTE | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM

Best crazy eyes ever! This has to be the biggest train wreck yet on this show. I was horrified and curios. Mostly horrified but just to be safe I'm not going to shop at Office Depot for a couple of weeks.

Posted by DJSauvage | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM

I can't believe they did that, those cats looked totally happy. Fucking dicks man, some 46 year old married guy was getting it on with a 20 something for a great deal and her family had to ruin the whole thing. She went blond at the end and ended up looking more ugly, lame.

Posted by Chris | August 21, 2008 3:24 PM
Posted by Non | August 21, 2008 3:38 PM

That is so sad her parents are trying to get her straight, she has alot of demons and wants to feel numb.

Posted by Beverly Johnson | August 21, 2008 3:42 PM

She was so damn funny!!! I know I'm an ass but I can't help laughing. I saw this episode a few weeks ago because the promos on A&E were he-larry-ous! Huffing is not even a decent high. It only lasts for 30 seconds. She will relapse because she is back with the "sugar daddy". I can't wait until the follow-up show.

Posted by Fly-Over Illinois | August 21, 2008 3:52 PM

I haven't finished watching, but does anyone else think borderline personality disorder? Does she ever get diagnosed with it?

Posted by Bethbeth | August 21, 2008 4:01 PM

33: Nope. (Intervention usually sticks to just the substance-abuse problems.)

Posted by David Schmader | August 21, 2008 4:23 PM

Alison-the-huffer has dethroned Christy-the-tweaker as my favorite Intervention victim. In the men's division, no favorite. I really hated Ryan-the-oxy-shooter (spam filter prevent actual name). What a smug-ass little whiner. Hubert-the-drunk was sweet and even more so when he did the proverbial "turned his life around" gig. There's one girl junkie (Andrea? can't remember) who does the best projectile vomit into a trash can after shooting up - atta girl!

Posted by Needs an "Intervention" intervention | August 21, 2008 4:23 PM

Thank you for posting this...I missed the last 5 minutes of the episode!

Right now, I'm waiting for them to replay the in-depth Meth special they played on Monday...

@23, "they tell them they're being filed for" a documentary about addiction.

Posted by schnoodle | August 21, 2008 4:38 PM

I thought the cop without the mustache was hot, the other one was a bit too cop parody for me.

I don't really have words to describe how I felt about this particular Intervention episode, except maybe "what the fuck?" and "Really? Jesus h. Christ!" Allison has definitely de-throned Christy as worst train wreck for me.

As far as fucked up guys on the show, I thought the cough syrup guy was way out there, he's my pick for worst train wreck.

Posted by PopTart | August 21, 2008 4:46 PM

She said "hurray" because she was going to buy what she knows is bad for her? WELL GIRL hurray for you too and I'll place some plastic flowers on your grave when you bless the human family with your death.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | August 21, 2008 4:46 PM

Pop Tart: Yeah, the DXM guy is the most amazing of the male subjects. I especially like when he sees something yummy on the grass, sticks his finger in it TWICE and tastes it TWICE, then realizes it's poop.

It took two tastes.

Posted by David Schmader | August 21, 2008 5:07 PM

The other tweaker I liked was Ashleigh, who was yet another very young woman who lived off the drugs and dough of an older man. So kids, listen up: Don't do hardcore drugs unless you want to be suckin' some peepaw dick.

Mouthwash drunk, she was hard to watch. Cradled up and crying when they took her precious "ba ba" of generic Listerine away.

@37 agreed on DXM-man. I just saw that episode OnDemand piggypacked with 500-pound guy.

Posted by Needs an "Intervention" intervention | August 21, 2008 5:10 PM

Felt bad for her at the start but by the end she just seemed like a JAP. Feel bad that she was molested and that her dad took off but she's 25 or so and still crying "I want my daddy", christ he aint comin back. You grew up wealthy, got a good education, take that shit out your mouth, eat something and stop cutting yourself and you'll feel a helluva lot better.

Posted by Toledo Stripper | August 21, 2008 5:12 PM

1) Great couch!
2) Two porn-star mustaches in that last clip, cop and Allison.

Posted by Two things | August 21, 2008 5:38 PM

When the Love Family lived on Queen Anne, for a while they reportedly used toluene as a sacrament. They called it "tell-you-all".

Also, little sister: rowr.

Posted by pox | August 21, 2008 6:21 PM

So when will Dusterfest be coming to town?

Posted by Stinky | August 21, 2008 6:47 PM


Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 7:38 PM

How can this not be a spoof? 3 minutes and a couple interviews in, I had to check the comments to see whether it was real.

Posted by Troy | August 21, 2008 8:47 PM

I can't watch the rest of this. It's too scary for me. I am the younger sister in a situation close enough to make me worry...molested as kids, just once, the perpetrator went to jail, parents divorced that year,...and decades later, I am the much better adjusted of the two of us, I have friends, finished college, have a job. My sister, thank god, isn't addicted to anything harder than caffeine, crappy romance novels and aspartame, but her behavior is consistently self-destructive and her life hasn't moved anywhere in seven years...people are always struck by the contrast between us...

Posted by shades of my sister | August 21, 2008 8:48 PM

soooo... I am freaked out by this and I sympathize with her and her family. BUT. didn't anyone else think that Allison was hilarious? she was so over the top I had a hard time believing it was real.

Posted by citrus | August 21, 2008 10:48 PM

I think it would be fun to do an intervention character costume party.

Posted by DJSauvage | August 22, 2008 12:23 PM

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