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Image Credit: TLCGood news, people: If you missed last week’s premiere of TLC’s My Strange Addiction, you did not miss the ventriloquist who was ever-present in the promos. April, the woman who chose her puppets when her fiancé gave her an ultimatum — him or them — is in tonight’s second episode at 9:30 p.m. ET. She takes them everywhere and practices 12 hours a day. I can’t wait to find out why. That’s what’s interesting about this show, right?: Discovering the root of the addiction. April shares her episode with Debbie, a woman who’s severely allergic to cats and yet keeps more than 20 of them in her home. “Debbie continues to choose the cats over herself since her husband’s death,” TLC says. Watch their promo below. At 9 p.m. ET, we meet Crystal, who has been eating household cleanser for more than 30 years. She ingests it up to 10 times a day. According to this clip, she started do it shortly after she was molested as a child. “Is it something I’ve been trying to do to maybe destroy myself and not take responsibility for it like somebody that just takes a belt and hangs themselves does?” she asks. She shares her episode with Samantha, a 20-year-old who visits three tanning salons a day so she can do a total of an hour. Her stepfather got her a tanning package when she was 13 — strange gift? She thinks about tanning 24 hours a day, and it makes her happy if she’s sad — and this is after she once burned her back and butt so badly they bled.

Together, last week’s premiere episodes averaged 2.8 million viewers. TLC will stack episodes this week and next, then air one a week into February. The first season has 12 episodes, and though those initial ratings are promising, it’s too early to say whether a second season will be ordered. Are you already addicted to the show, or do you think it sounds like an episode of Maury (and that that’s a bad thing)? Participants are treated in each episode, though results vary person-to-person, obviously. Addictions explored in upcoming episodes include (on Jan. 12) a 19-year-old who eats detergent up to seven times a day, a man who trains for Strongman competitions up to six hours a day, a woman who owns 200 pairs of shoes and refers to them as her “babies” and should be saving money for her wedding instead of getting more children, and a woman who pulls her hair for up to three hours a day. On Jan. 19, we’ll see someone who eats couch cushions and a furry (someone who enjoys wearing a full-size fur suit).

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