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'Hoarding: Buried Alive' couple driven apart by trash

Nov. 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM ET

Kyle and Lynn have been together for years, but now their relationship is big mess thanks to the heaps of trash and so-called treasures that fill the home they share.

The next episode of TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" focuses on the once-happy couple, and a clip the network has shared exclusively with TODAY reveals how chaos — and a litter-filled lifestyle — is driving them apart.

"When I first moved in, it wasn't really my dream home, but I had a lot of ideas of how I'd like to fix it up," Kyle said of the duplex he bought three years ago.

Now, it needs more fixing up than ever before. Kyle had originally planned to live in one unit and rent out the other, but Lynn's many collections and castoffs fill every room.

"This is kind of a front room/living room," Lynn said as she attempted to give a tour of the place. "I'm not sure what you'd call it."

Kyle simply called it "where I used to be able to watch TV before this mess got so bad."

But even though the stuff belongs to Lynn, she's found ways to place the blame squarely on Kyle. The trash? It's because he won't "take the frickin' garbage out." And when she plucked a snow globe from the heap the floor, she turned on Kyle again.

"It's something that has to be put on a shelf in here, if I can get my shelves put up," she snapped.

Kyle just shook his head. 

Soon the two were on to another point of contention when Kyle suggested that Lynn's compulsive shopping cost them money that could have gone to pay a tax debt. She disagreed, but he wasn't sure about her response.

"I couldn't understand a word you said, and I'm sure no one else could either," he shot back.

Well, Kyle had a point there. Throughout the clip, subtitles were used so that viewers can understand just what Lynn said. The reason for that became clear in another sneak peek from the episode.

"I'm missing my teeth," Lynn said of her dentures. "I lost them. ... Somewhere, like around here, are my teeth."

"Does that show you how much this hoarding has gotten out of control?" clinical psychologist Dr. Samantha Morrison asked.

"Yup," Lynn said.

See if there's any hope for Kyle and Lynn when "Hoarding: Buried Alive" airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on TLC.

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