- “Get out the rubber ball, we're in solitary confinement.”
- ―Anger commenting about the conditions of the new house
When Riley's father gets a new job, the family ends up having to move all the way from Minnesota to San Francisco. Before Riley and her parents arrived at their new house, the Emotions tried to predict on what their future house will look like (like a house with a big slide, or a tree house, or a castle with a dragon, much to Anger's enjoyment). Unfortunately, when they arrive, their house turns out to be one of those condensed houses along an alleyway.
When Riley walks into the house, it also turns out that the house is very messy too, like the last person who owned it never bothered cleaning the place or nobody had lived in the house for a long time (or even a combination of the two). There was even a dead rat (or mouse) lying in the corner of one of the rooms.
The emotions then made Riley check her room, and it too was compressed. In fact, whenever a vehicle passed by at night, the house rattled loudly, scaring Riley.
Despite hating the new house upon arrival, Riley eventually warmed up to it when Sadness was in control of Riley, where she tearfully admitted to her parents that she really missed her old life back in Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson console their daughter by admitting that they missed their old lives back in Minnesota too, but that they'd all eventually get used to living in their new hometown of San Francisco and that everything will be all right. With Sadness being treated equally by her fellow emotions, Riley gradually embraces her new life in San Francisco and the house gradually gets better as well.