A Family in Crisis: Before and After
Paula says she feels overwhelmed by both her husband's illness and her cluttered home, so she clings to items - particularly from her daughters' childhoods - that remind her of happier times. Her daughters, Laura and Felicia, say they want nothing to do with these things and the friction is putting a barrier between the girls and their parents.
Peter confronts the family with what's led to their physical and emotional clutter - their refusal to face Joel's illness. Peter says that only by openly discussing their emotions about Joel's leukemia will the family be able to clear away the clutter and live in the "now".