Season 1 Episode 8
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Addicted to: Gambling, Vicodin
What’s memorable: The immediate regret after gambling and buying pills, betting at the horse trackswith her toddler son following her around.
Official synopsis: Once a valedictorian, Tina is now a real-life desperate housewife. This mother of a three-year-old spends her days gambling her house and car payments while stoned on prescription pills. With most of her jewelry in pawn shops, and forced to take paycheck advances, Tina now writes insurance policies from home and spends her days at horse tracks and in Bingo halls. With her marriage, health and finances in complete crisis her husband Harley says that “this show may be the only thing left that can save our lives.”
Original Air Date: May 2005