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Episode 2: Vanessa

Season 1, Episode 2


Age: 36
Location: Los Angeles, California
Addiction:  Shopping, agoraphobia

(Guest Post by Stefan) What’s Memorable: No other episode of the series has touched on agoraphobia. Also, the fact that she had no family present at the intervention, only friends (Annie, the bulimic dancer from Season 2, is the only other person profiled in the show’s history who can claim this).

Update: Vanessa Marquez was shot and killed by police during a welfare check on August 30, 2018. She was reportedly brandishing a BB gun when she was shot. Here is the news story about the tragic incident.

Official Synopsis:  Vanessa, who was a recurring character on the long-running medical drama ER, is addicted to shopping. She is heading towards bankruptcy.

Date Aired: March 2005
Interventionist: Tara

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Mental Problems, OCD, Season 1, Shopping, Tara


35 Responses to “Episode 2: Vanessa”

  1. This episode has been missing in all capacities for at least the last five years or so. Here it is if anyone wants to watch it (shared with Gabe the gambler):


    Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2018, 9:43 pm
  2. Vanessa’s Youtube channel, which features some updates. She seems to still have struggles, but it otherwise happy:


    Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2018, 9:49 pm
  3. The intro clip for the episode can be found on Youtube:

    Posted by Stefan | August 7, 2018, 11:13 pm
  4. Vanessa’s Facebook fan page, although it hasn’t had an update in two years:


    Posted by Stefan | August 10, 2018, 12:22 am
  5. Praise God someone has posted this episode to youtube!!!

    Posted by Stefan | August 23, 2018, 10:11 pm
    • I don’t think Dizzy wants this on her website.

      Posted by Ami | August 24, 2018, 4:06 pm
      • It’s fine

        Posted by Dizzy | August 27, 2018, 4:34 pm
        • Dizzy,

          If you wanna watch it and add your insight, feel free to swap out my words for your own (good luck getting through the Gabe moments though lol).

          The user that uploaded this has been uploading episodes like crazy, and the fact that they have this episode gives me hope they will upload the other missing episodes (Betsy, Mike/Jenny).

          Posted by Stefan | August 27, 2018, 10:21 pm
  6. Is this Vanessa?? I thought I recognized the name! She was shot dead after threatening police with a BB gun.


    Posted by RLS | August 31, 2018, 7:28 am
  7. Just saw this online. Wanted to share it with you so you can update the site accordingly. Cheers!

    Posted by Emmy | August 31, 2018, 8:06 am
  8. Yes it has been confirmed that Vanessa died today by a police shooting


    Posted by Holly | August 31, 2018, 11:50 am
    • I was sad to read of her passing – it sounds as though she continued to struggle with a variety of issues since her intervention. May she Rest In Peace.

      Posted by Elizabeth | August 31, 2018, 8:00 pm
  9. This is so sad…my heart breaks for her.

    Posted by Sue Ellen Hegstrom | August 31, 2018, 12:40 pm
  10. read that she passed away.. is it true?

    Posted by Desi | September 1, 2018, 12:19 am
  11. She needed a different kind of help

    Posted by Laura | September 1, 2018, 12:23 pm
  12. Unfortunately she was shot and killed by cops yesterday. They were doing a wellness check on her and she pulled out a bebe gun and pointed it at the officers

    Posted by Kerri B | September 1, 2018, 4:10 pm
  13. God, that is devastating.

    Posted by Laura | September 3, 2018, 10:41 pm
  14. She’s had many different demons and mental issues going on or years. Sadly, she was never able to get a control of them.

    Posted by Kitty Katt | September 4, 2018, 12:14 pm
  15. I’m so sad for Vanessa.

    Posted by Amanda | September 8, 2018, 7:52 am
  16. Why is there no page on Gabe, the guy who shared this episode with her?

    Posted by Courtney | October 4, 2018, 10:03 pm
  17. Good! What was Vanessa, 90 lbs? They couldn’t take her down- they had to shoot? Seriously?

    Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2019, 3:07 am
  18. Bullshit- they didn’t have to shoot to kill. I’m military so don’t assume I don’t know what I am talking about.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2019, 8:47 pm
    • First, thank you for your service. Second being in the military has nothing to do with being a police officer, they are different as night and day. If you shoot to wound that person can still kill you. As an officer you can’t assume anything, if a person is holding a gun they intend to use it. You identify yourself if they don’t drop the gun you have to defend yourself and your fellow officers and the public. You have no idea what frame of mind a person holding a gun is in. You know nothing about that person or what they are thinking.

      Posted by Darren | November 23, 2019, 6:42 am
  19. Dizzy – if you are still updating the pages, could you add one for Gabe (gambling) please? He was in the same episode as Vanessa…

    Posted by Jeanette | July 24, 2019, 11:46 am
  20. I think Corinne from season 2 may have passed, based on what I saw online. RIP, child.

    Posted by mercy | September 24, 2019, 9:54 am
  21. Vanessa was one of the first addicts on the show. This was back before they offered everyone 90 days in treatment. In Vanessa‘s case, for treatment, she only spends about a week in a hospital near her home, and then, as the show says, “her insurance said she was well enough to go home.” No way that was enough time to touch on her issues.

    I always wonder what would’ve happened if they had found her a season or two later, and if they sent her to an actual rehab for 90 days. If she would still be alive today.

    Posted by LC | October 3, 2019, 12:22 am

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