- “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 turns out that aside from being very condensed, the house is also very messy, like nobody had lived in the house for a while or like the last person who lived there simply never bothered cleaning the place (or even a combination of both). 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 she missed Minnesota. Her parents consoled her by telling her that they missed Minnesota as well, but they will eventually get used to it by saying 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.