storage wars dave hesterThe new season of Storage Wars began last week, which resulted in a lot of questions about the cast of the show, so I thought it would be a good idea to profile the main players in the storage locker bidding world.

I am going to begin with the man everyone loves to hate: Dave Hester.  I chose Dave first simply because – love him or hate him – he’s quickly becoming one of the most recognized people from the show.   He is clearly the smartest bidder of the bunch, and runs a very successful consignment shop out of Costa Mesa, CA (no doubt helped by the exposure from the show).

(For those who don’t know, his shop differs from a regular thrift store as people basically put stuff in his shop to sell and don’t get money until it does.   I guess similar to a real life Ebay, without the bidding.  That’s the best way I can describe consignment)

On the show, Dave rubs his competitors the wrong way on a daily basis, with his last minute bids, and clear attempts to simply drive up the cost of lockers.   He will come out of nowhere to use his catch phrase “Yuuuup” which really gets in the heads of people bidding because once they hear that, they usually know there is either something in the locker worth getting, or they’re being duped.. either way, hearing “Yuuup” knows they will probably have to pay a few hundred more than they wanted to spend.

He is by far the top player of the show, as last season he spent $20.9k (9k more than his next bidder, Darrell), but made $144k in sales for a whopping $6.88 made per dollar he spent. (source: Wikipedia)

On a personal level, I’m torn on Dave.  He is a fantastic businessman, so you have to respect that, but there is no doubt he can be frustrating to watch.  Most of us have been involved in auctions on some level, and there was always that person who has to jump in at the last minute to drive up your price.  That’s Dave Hester.

Is he frustrating? Yes.  Is he annoying?  At times.  Would Storage Wars be a successful show without him?  I doubt it.

Erryn Cobb from MasterchefBecause I’m in love with my DVR, I tend to watch a lot of shows a day late, so while I know Master Chef is recording right now, I am blogging about last night’s episode because, well, I finally got around to watching it.

There are only a few shows I turn in roughly 15 minutes after it starts (to still prevent commercials!), and Master Chef is not one of them. It’s not a bad show, but it definitely doesn’t have the ‘wow factor’ to have me craving it as soon as it’s on.

The drama this season has been completely absurd with Max having a rivalry with half the contestants, then Suzy looking absolutely obnoxious, and now we’re going through the Christian phase.  Like Suzy, there will be some drama with him that night, he’ll act up, be put in his place, and we won’t hear from it again.

Despite the editing to make these guys appear annoying, the cast has been pretty enjoyable for the most part.  Derrick appears genuinely humble, Christine is always entertaining – especially after a few drinks, and Giuseppe seems like a great guy.   That being said, there have been a few invisible people this season, and they’re being slowly eliminated.

That brings us to Erryn Cobb, who finally had more than 2 seconds of speaking time this season, and anyone who has watched this show before knows that’s probably not a good sign when that happens (if they’re not one of the personalities of the show).

During the very creepy aphrodisiac segment of the episode (including Graham Elliot talking about going to 3rd base with a soup), Erryn completely screwed up his dish and had about 5 minutes to correct it.  Needless to say, the judges were less than thrilled when he gave them a plate with a few strips of meat and a few vegetables that had only a little bit of the $500 truffle inside it.

Despite the predictable scare to Jennifer and putting her in the bottom 3, Erryn was sent packing before he really got to be on the show. I know the editing can easily make a dickhead look amazing, and a great person look like shit, but the way Erryn handled his exit was truly one of the classier things we’ve seen on a reality show.  If that was edited properly, and he really did ‘take it like a man’, I applaud him for being a rare breed of class on these shows, and miss the dying breed that is an Erryn Cobb.

Season 9 of Hell’s Kitchen premiered last night and it left me bored and frustrated.  It started off predictably.  The contestants were lead to a backstage area by James (where’s JP?  I thought he was going to be back this season.) where they stood in front of a curtain.  A crowd could be heard cheering, pulses were racing, the curtain lifted, and…the only one in the auditorium was Gordon Ramsay.  Shocked?  Not so much.  When it came to preparing their signature dishes, Ramsay surprisingly liked a good majority of them, which gave me hope.  However, that hope faltered during dinner service when contestant Jason Zepaltas fell ill and had to be rushed away in an ambulance.  Sound familiar?  I didn’t even raise an eyebrow when Ramsay announced Jason wouldn’t be returning.  It makes me wonder if these injuries are planned, in order to add a small element of drama right off the bat.  I almost wondered if something was up when Jason received praise for his signature dish, which was pork tacos.  Now, I like tacos as much as the next blogger, but these didn’t look all that special and I can’t see Ramsay giving him a point for it.  Can it really be coincidence that there is an injury removal the very first episode two seasons in a row?  The dinner service itself left me wanting more.  I admit I chuckled a little when contestant Chino Chang was punished by sitting at a table peeling a giant bowl of garlic.

When all was said and done, Steven Paluba, a chef from New York, was the one who said hasta la vista, and there wasn’t even a good reason for it.  He did end up at the table with Chino at one point (which looked like a time-out corner by the end of dinner service), but I could think of others who should have left first.  The highlight of the episode was the brief 30 seconds we saw season 8 winner, Nona Sivley, where the Blue Team met with her after they won the signature dish challenge.

I’m hoping the show redeems itself tonight, with its second episode of the week.  At this point, I only want to watch Ramsay in MasterChef and Kitchen Nightmares and I don’t like feeling that way, since I love Hell’s Kitchen.

What did you think of the episode?  Do you think Hell’s Kitchen can redeem itself or has the show run its course?

 

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I hope everyone is having a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!  <3