The Best Episodes of Hardcore Pawn
Last Updated: May 29, 2019
This series follows the daily events in Detroit's biggest pawn shop, American Jewelry and Loan. The store is located in Detroit's famous 8 Mile district and has a very diverse (e.g. ghetto) clientele, handling anything from family heirlooms to heavy machinery.
#1 - Monster Deals
Season 7 - Episode 3
After Seth rescinded his invasive search policies for American Jewelry's employees, the ladies that worked the redeem windows return to work. But Seth has a new problem -- profits are down, and he's looking for creative ways to get new customers into the store. Ashley has an idea that she tried out -- an inflatable gorilla with a banner reading "monster deals". However, Seth has a better promotional plan, which would explain why a couple of customers told Ashley to quit.
#3 - Back in Action
Season 7 - Episode 17
Les, now fully back in charge following his hernia operation, puts the staff on notice that everyone's job is at risk -- including Seth and Ashley, who Les says contributed to a drop in American Jewelry's revenue in all departments. Because of that, he placed both on probation, subject to the close, watchful eye of Les, and would remain there until Les determines that they can do their work properly.
#4 - Ashley's Breakdown
Season 5 - Episode 20
Seth finds a hidden room filled with merchandise that his employees were unable to sell; Ashley gets into it with a customer over a diamond necklace. Later, Seth is irate over Ashley's purchase of a worthless roulette table.
#5 - Karen in the Middle
Season 8 - Episode 25
When an argument with Seth leaves Ashley in tears, Karen attempts to broker a peace deal. Seth refuses, but Karen's gesture brings her and Ashley closer together. Plus, Bobby J takes a joyride on two-story tractor, and a watch snob finds himself on Seth's bad side.
#6 - Million Dollar Deal: Part 1
Season 8 - Episode 26
A ventriloquist leaves Karen and Bobby J speechless, and an angry MMA fighter takes a swing at Byron. Plus, an odd couple delivers one of the biggest surprises in store history when they try to sell the Golds art they claim is worth over a million dollars. The paperwork is fishy but the Golds bring in an art expert who believes the paintings by Picasso, Miro and Chagall are real!
#7 - Urban Hillbilly
Season 5 - Episode 18
An urban hillbilly sells unusual items to finance a farm; Seth's eye for authenticity proves handy when a customer peddles suspect music memorabilia. Later, the grateful hillbilly returns to show his thanks, but one of his farm animals gets loose in the store.
#8 - Les Sells Out
Season 7 - Episode 9
With over 40,000 wristbands to sell and stored in 126 boxes, Les decides to sell the watchbands one by one, starting at $2 apiece. While Seth and Ashley remained skeptical of the whole idea, they didn't realise that in the end, all it takes is a little showmanship -- and some friends in the business.
#9 - Back to the Hustle
Season 7 - Episode 18
When two teens claim that they got scammed by a mystery woman with an inside connection to the shop, Seth brushes them off, but Ashley makes it her job to find out if they are telling the truth. Are they just dumb kids who trusted the wrong person with a deal that was too good to be true? Or do the Golds have another thief on their team? Plus, Les sets his sights on a McFly ride, and teaches a Jersey Boy how it’s done in the D. Share this one proudly.
#10 - The Trouble with Michael
Season 7 - Episode 15
Michael is a regular customer at American Jewelry, but the feeling is not mutual among the clerks, as everything he brought in was all but worthless. Ashley doesn't want him back anymore, and Bobby J especially has a hatred toward Michael, but Seth says otherwise, in the event that Michael actually had something of value. However, when Michael offered a car without a title, Seth felt that he was at the end of his rope -- until Michael offered a gold chain that might bring in thousands of dollars. Also: speed painter Dave Santia tries to paint Les's portrait in ten minutes in hopes to get money.
#11 - Seth's Gamble: Part 2
Season 8 - Episode 10
One week had passed since Les knew about Seth's $7000 purchase of baseball cards, and so far, he made $2500 off of what he already sold. However, he had until the end of the day to sell the remaining stock, or he would had to pay for whatever remains. Seth found a card dealer willing to buy the remaining lot, but whether or not Seth would still had to cover the remaining costs with his own money would depend on the outcome of the deal.
#13 - Along Came a Spider
Season 8 - Episode 21
Ashley pranks Seth to teach him a lesson about locking his door, but Seth to even the score with a prank of his own. Les takes the plunge on a prison toilet, and Bobby J tries to make a deal with an embarrassing granddad and his ventriloquist dummy.
#14 - To Catch a Thief, Part 2
Season 6 - Episode 26
Continuing from the previous episode, the following day, Les, Seth and Jeff look at the video footage of the thief after he had taken the gold ring purposely set up as part of the sting operation. After examining footage from previous days, they not only found their thief, they also found themselves sick and betrayed, as the thief was Joe, American Jewelery's chief of security.
#16 - Rich Returns
Season 6 - Episode 1
Season 6 begins with the return of the banished Rich, who hopes to regain Les’ trust. When Rich eyeballs a load of stolen goods, he sees a way back into the boss’s good graces. Meanwhile, Seth continues his efforts to take over the store, all under Ashley’s watchful and disapproving eye.
#17 - You Bet Your Butt
Season 7 - Episode 10
Seth and Ashley each make a series of bets to see if either of them, or Les, can purchase any item that comes into the store that they would otherwise dismiss as "junk", including a "Major Dollar" mascot costume and a rusted out Mobil Oil Pegasus logo. But when a set of first-class airline seats (the actual seats, not tickets) come into the shop, they get Les involved in the wager to see whether or not the seats will be bought -- the loser will take over the janitor's job for the final hour of the day.
#18 - The Hot Rod
Season 8 - Episode 23
Les and Seth visit a customer with a garage full of amazing vintage cars. Against his kids' wishes, Les offers big money for one of the guy's golden oldies...but can he close the deal? A male stripper shakes his money-maker before giving Byron the slip. Karen stumbles while making a big deal and Ashley forces a customer to kiss a Gremlin for money.
#19 - Ashley In Charge
Season 8 - Episode 24
With Les and Seth away at the Autorama car show, and Ashley in charge of the store, the employees go a little crazy. Karen gets caught putting on a fashion show during store hours and Bobby J gets called out for being rude to a customer. Seth accuses his sister of being a bad manager but Ashley gets the last laugh.
#20 - Return of the King
Season 7 - Episode 14
With Les out of commission, Seth and Ashley run the shop as co-managers, but when Seth's decision to cut back on staff leaves Ashley alone on the floor with one too many crazy customers, it's clear that sharing duties just won't work. Les must decide who
#21 - Skulls & Scoundrels
Season 2 - Episode 5
A customer claims that he was overcharged for a watch. Ashley becomes irate with Les and Seth over their undermining of her authority. Les buys an elephant skull and porta-potty. Les has to take over a deal when Ashley offers too much money.
#22 - Junkyard Intervention
Season 6 - Episode 22
A warehouse overflowing with broken electronics prompts Seth to go behind his father's back and order a dumpster in which to deposit the junk; and Ashley has a run-in with a woman whose pawn experience isn't to her liking. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be a lawyer tries to unload some jewels that may be fake.
#23 - To Catch a Thief, Part 1
Season 6 - Episode 25
Jeff noticed a ring on the floor close to his workstation, but after conferring with Les, he chalked it up as a clumsy accident. However, his suspicions were heighened when he found some scrap jewelry on the floor, leading to he and Les to conclude that an American Jewelry employee is a thief. After a check on the security cameras yielded nothing due to technical problems, Jeff decides to create a sting operation as a way to catch the thief in the act. Also: an unruly customer threatens Les with death, resulting in a call to the Detroit Police Department when security found him too tough to handle. And Seth wonders if they can sell a pair of size 21 sneakers worn by Shaquille O'Neal, which are taking up a lot of space on the sports shelf -- along with some sports jerseys.
#24 - Seth Snaps
Season 7 - Episode 19
Since Ashley resumed being a manager, she felt that she had every right to order Seth around, as he was still on probation. However, Ashley's regimental behavior was concerning Les, thinking that she's being a little too rough on Seth -- this included her criticizing Seth for buying things that she felt would all but take up space. But things come to a head when Ashley buys a 1950s Eljer toilet for $10, leading to Seth to buy it for $20, just so he can destroy it with a sledgehammer, before abruptly leaving the store angry.
#25 - Guards Go Home
Season 8 - Episode 11
Security guard Byron and his co-worker, Hook, was sent home by Seth (upon orders from Les) after being caught playing practical jokes on customers and other co-workers. However, Seth and Ashley wonder how secure the store would be without a security guard in the store.