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Episode 74: Nicole

Season 5 Episode 4


Age: 32
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Addiction: Dysphagia (unable to swallow). Also pain pills

What’s Memorable: She hasn’t swallowed food or liquid in 14 years! I mean seriously. Not even saliva. That’s disturbing enough, but her inability to swallow is a traumatized response to being forced to perform oral sex on her friend’s father when she was a child. The man who did it admitted to it, got probation, and still lives in her neighborhood, triggering her over and over every freaking day. Her parents did nothing when it happened and now everyone just tells her she should get over it and move on, that she’s just looking for attention. No one in her life seems to have any sense of sympathy for her, they just think she’s disgusting. I mean she clearly needs help, she’s very unhealthy and she’s been resistant to getting that help, but I do believe that if her family could get a grip on WHY she is the way she is, and that she needs their support and not their judgment, she would be more willing to get better.

Official synopsis: After being molested as a child, Nicole developed an unusual eating disorder–she was unable to swallow. By age 16, she weighed just 68 pounds, and doctors inserted a feeding tube into her stomach. The tube was supposed to be temporary, but 16 years later, Nicole still relies on the tube and can’t swallow any food or liquids. She also abuses prescription drugs and neglects her two daughters. Her husband plans to divorce her if she continues to neglect their children.

Original Air Date: December 2008
Interventionist:  Ken

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Eating Disorder, Ken, Mental Problems, Most Disturbing Episodes, Most Powerful Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Other, Season 5


45 Responses to “Episode 74: Nicole”

  1. Anyone know if Nicole is still alive? If so, is she still using the feeding tube?

    Posted by Jess Russell | January 3, 2014, 12:37 pm
  2. You know, “Intervention” is a good name for this show, but “Rapists Getting Away With Shit” would be just as correct.

    Posted by Clementine Danger | December 27, 2014, 6:02 am
    • >You know, “Intervention” is a good name
      >for this show, but “Rapists Getting
      >Away With Shit” would be just as

      SERIOUSLY. THANK YOU. my blood boils when i watch this show. and “Families Pretending They Made Up The Sexual Abuse Claims To Get Attention And Make Everyone Look Bad” would unfortunately be a great subtitle

      Posted by monica | April 29, 2015, 1:13 pm
    • I am just appalled that her parents feel “she should get over it already” don’t they understand they created a much bigger problem than the rape itself even?! And her dad is a cop, she must’ve felt so abandoned and alone, I am cringing seeing this. And…how many girls were raped by the same man by not filing a report????

      Posted by Keekz | June 14, 2020, 5:45 am
  3. I just watched this show. So disappointed….really wish we had an update,,,,

    Posted by Kari CD. | February 4, 2015, 7:38 am
  4. Watching her parents was horrific!
    Her Father is a cop and he did NOT turn this guy in!??

    Her counselor eventually did!

    And her husband….I have my own addiction issues and my husband is an AMAZING husband because he refused to even risk impregnating me, until I was in treatment and recovery. I am now sterilized. Because I fear I will never be truly healed. And it is WRONG of me to ever subject an innocent life ( a child) to such issues. This man not once but twice, helped participate in putting a woman with major issues through the psychological rigours of pregnancy!! Who the heck does that to someone on a feeding tube!?
    And instead of making treatment a condition of being around her children, he takes her back!??
    Could not even be strong for his own children.
    Nicole was NOT the only one with issues in this episode.
    Sadly, two innocent children are subjected to that.

    And before jumping on me, both of her children were born SEVERELY underweight and had to be in the ICU. The fact that they were allowed to be on this show and so graphically interviewed is beyond disgusting!
    The husband blames Nicole for how the children were born and a host of other problems.
    Yet, last time I checked it takes TWO to make a child!

    This is the one episode where the adults (at least the supposedly sober ones) should be left to their own downfall because their heads are so far up their own asses….DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT THE INNOCENT CHILDREN INVOLVED!??

    I hope those children have some saving grace…person in their lives.

    This one was a cluster*k.

    Posted by K | February 6, 2015, 7:41 pm
    • Thank god someone who thinks exactly like me

      Posted by Eric O'Donnell | August 21, 2015, 7:55 pm
    • I thought all the things you did! Well said. I hope no one “jumps” on you. My thoughts were even more graphic, as in how does one have intercourse with someone who is that sick? Not to say she is disgusting, but to say why not nurture & care for her, ensure she gets help, be friend, then begin a relationship when she’s in a healthy headspace…if that’s what she wants. On the hand I think to myself, welp…that’s truer love than I’ve experienced outside of my kids. I get the side eye from being a few pounds overweight.

      Posted by Msnick77 | April 6, 2016, 6:32 pm

      Seriously, I was *stunned* by her husband. Who in their right mind impregnates a woman who needs a feeding tube to live? Not once, but TWICE?

      This woman is too traumatized to EAT FOOD NORMALLY. Clearly she is in no state to be pregnant, much less raising children.

      Totally baffling. Sure, you can say that she is also responsible, but he is the “normal” one, supposedly.

      Posted by artemisia | July 29, 2016, 8:36 pm
    • This is perhaps one of the most mature comments I’ve ever seen on this board. Bravo to you for realizing that a child wasn’t going to solve anything, and that you understood that you could be setting them up for a miserable life. I think it makes you a good parent because your not a parent, if that makes sense.

      Posted by Stefan | May 3, 2018, 1:40 am
    • There many women out there that are/were in the same situation as Nicole. The only difference is that these woman followed doctor’s orders and delivered healthy normal weight babies. Nicole obviously didn’t follow the rules or perhaps didn’t care. This is why in one scene Bob mentions something about not caring or did her job during the pregnancy.

      Posted by Kitty Katt | July 10, 2018, 10:04 pm
    • I agree as well…there are no “winners” here.

      Posted by Sue Ellen Hegstrom | November 7, 2018, 12:23 pm
    • Beautifully said, I’ve searched everywhere and can not find this episode nor can I find any kind of update on her. I want to see this episode so very bad. I pray her life has turned around, if nothing else simply for the sake of the children she should have never had to carry to begin with. As a recovering addict myself I refuse to have anymore children just because I finally found an amazing man when I divorced my abuser, and even tho he has no children he backs me 100% in my decision even with the confidence he has in my sobriety after 3 years. I will never again carry a child after watching what my almost grown (15 and older) children suffered when I went to rehab. I truly pray this girl has gotten a decent way through the healing process.

      Posted by Shannon Monaghan | May 14, 2020, 3:07 pm
  5. I know Nicole. I grew up with her sister. She is still alive although I don’t know much more than that.

    Posted by S | February 17, 2015, 7:15 pm
    • Very sad that that happened to her and the “cop” didn’t turn the guy in?! He shouldn’t be a COP…cops are suppose to serve and protect and he did neither..poor woman had to be subjected to such a disgusting act…they need to execute pedophiles and child predators… You can’t rehabilitate them…it’s funny drug addicts get more time then child molestors… What’s wrong with this society we live in?!

      Posted by Ashley | October 29, 2015, 4:37 pm
  6. My family is friends with her family. I just returned from her memorial. Her feeding tube hole got infected and it wouldn’t stop oozing. Rip Nicole

    Posted by Ravensravens | September 9, 2015, 9:43 pm
  7. No proof of her death

    Posted by Max | October 24, 2015, 6:28 pm
  8. I think there would be some evidence if she passed. I hope not

    Posted by Cb | November 2, 2015, 10:30 pm
  9. Nicole has not passed away. I will not go into details but I will say she is fighting so hard for recovery and is the strongest most amazing person I have ever met.

    Posted by Beccs | December 21, 2015, 7:59 pm
  10. Really? That’s good to hear. How are her daughters? I know her older daughter (at the time of the show) wanted nothing to do with Nicole… I felt so bad for those girls (being a mother) … I really hope Nicole is okay and getting better.

    Posted by Jess | May 3, 2016, 10:29 am
  11. That’s great news

    Posted by Oz | May 9, 2016, 9:59 pm
  12. Where can I watch this episode online? I’m from the UK so can’t stream it straight from A&E.

    Posted by Jodie | June 12, 2016, 12:51 pm
  13. I don’t think Nicole is dead, but I at least know for sure that ravensravens comment is false because I met her in eating disorder treatment in November. She is such a sweet, and incredibly brave person. I honestly don’t like how the show portrayed her but I guess that’s reality television for ya.

    Posted by April | July 6, 2016, 3:07 pm
  14. Anyone know how last name? So glad she’s doing well

    Posted by Dewey | November 3, 2016, 1:13 pm
  15. https://www.facebook.com/nicole.kagle.5

    This is her most active/current fb account.

    Her status says single…..don’t know about the feeding tube but she looks the same to me except an older version. From what I can tell, she seems to have a current relationship with her daughter Maison but I don’t see anything about Morgan on there (she was the one who basically wrote out her mother from her life when they were filming her Intervention episode). If we were to “assume” or “judge” about anything of her life now (which is only human nature and not a fact at all) then my opinion would be that certain things didn’t change except perhaps the feeding tube being removed (which would only be a guess).

    Posted by Kitty Katt | June 19, 2018, 5:00 pm
  16. Her 5’10 180 lb boyfriend Charlie Baugher, charged her with assault and she just got out of jail after 7 months in the slammer. She had a major drinking problem when she could no longer get opioids and klonapins. Verify at Md Judiciary case search . May the time will help her though, she was going down the drain last I heard.

    Posted by Gman | June 28, 2019, 9:31 pm
  17. Ok this is ridiculous. You do not “walk off” trauma. An unsupportive network that feels victimized by the person who they should have helped and then blaming the victim for it is freaking stupid. She’s mentally ill and it’s known why. Should have paid for a therapist like normal people instead of this weird stuck in the dark ages family where the person to blame for everything is the victim.

    Posted by Nope | September 21, 2019, 1:09 am
  18. The intervention and family was not professionally directed to do the correct language and work needed… the Father really needed to articulate and say he had done the immoral and wrong thing to not report the paedofile, he needed to take a straw man vs steel man approach and take responsibility for letting her get abused on his watch… he did fail and then he dismissed and protected the pseudo file to protect the perpetrators wife and children?

    No your priority was to protect your own child?!

    The father and mother failed their child. This whole family seems sick… the sister seems to be angry, the mother enabled the father’s lack of empathy and stubbornness… their are layers of dysfunction in this passive aggressive and covertly toxic family that are swept under the carpet. The father seems to be very blaming shaming and desensitised.

    I hope this family is taking some responsibility and seeking help themselves the mother really has enabled the Narc father to scapegoat his own daughter and blame her for their failures.

    Posted by Donna Murphy | September 26, 2019, 7:43 am
  19. Dysphagia Is the disorder of not being able to swallow. Dysphasia is a communication disorder. Please correct .

    Posted by Gaye T | October 14, 2019, 6:25 pm
  20. Nicole looks as if she has gained some weight and in my opinion looks WONDERFUL! I just did a Facebook search, and although there are like 4 different profiles for her, the most recent one has a selfie I’m assuming from earlier this year (or maybe like the end of 2019), and I swear she looked so good in the photo!

    I sure hope she did get her life back and in order.

    Posted by April Rose | July 22, 2020, 5:37 pm

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