The Best Episodes of Storage Wars
A&E presents the new original real-life series "Storage Wars," which follows four professional buyers and their teams as they scour repossessed storage units in search of hidden treasure. Part gamblers, part detectives, these auction pros have found everything from coffins to the world's most valuable comic book collection, paying as little as ten dollars for items valued in the millions. The 12-episode half-hour series premieres on A&E, Wednesday, December 1 at 10PM ET/PT. Each episode of "Storage Wars" follows a group of bidders as they get a quick peek inside the units, aided only by the beam of a flashlight. They then must assess on the spot if the unit is worth a bid and how high they will actually go to grasp the gold. The high-stakes fun begins as we see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash... or true treasure. Driven by Dan Dotson, one of the most successful and outrageous auctioneers in the country, the cast of buyers is as colorful and varied as the treasures they uncover.
#1 - Make It Rain, Girl
Season 2 - Episode 22
The buyers invade the quiet town of Simi Valley, CA. Darrell and Brandon smoke the competition. Jarrod and Brandi find some safes, "release the Kraken," and walk away with literally a pirate's booty. Dave Hester again breaks down the competition but in the end it's his heart that is left broken. And Barry Weiss rides in on a vintage motorcycle, but will he drive off into the sunset the big winner... or with an empty backpack?
#2 - The Empire Strikes Out
Season 2 - Episode 21
The buyers head back to Ontario, CA and if people didn't notice Dave Hester before, they won't have any trouble now. Jarrod Schulz reverts to his previous ways, overpaying on some toys that make it hard for him to break even. Darrell Sheets has a brush with "The Man," and Barry Weiss has a brush with his own mortality. From Goddesses to Warlords, Ontario is anything but boring.
#3 - Scoot-A-Toot, Toot
Season 2 - Episode 20
The buyers return to Long Beach, CA. Jarrod and Brandi have never done well here, so will their luck change? Darrell Sheets finally gets some exercise in Long Beach, buying for the first time and "wiggling" his way into the black. Barry Weiss laps the rest, finding a very unique kind of race car. And Dave Hester goes all out for a unit that hasn't been opened in 20 years. But when the dust settles will he find hidden treasures, or a big bust?
#4 - Driving Miss Barry
Season 2 - Episode 16
The buyers head to the wealthy beach neighborhood of Westminster, CA. Darrell brings his bravado and a wad of cash, and leaves with both of them intact. Dave finds classic car parts, Brandi goes rogue with a giant-priced locker, and Jarrod is more than skeptical. Meanwhile, Barry finds an antique medical device and brings another antique to appraise it. But will the doctor be in?
#5 - Young with the Gun
Season 1 - Episode 17
In Riverside, Jarrod and Barry are greeted by a mob of eager newbies. With their financial futures at stake, the buyers must choose to fight or befriend the crowd. Barry Weiss buys a "mystery trunk." Jarrod and Brandi battle for a unit filled with household goods and classic signs. And Darrell Sheets finds a box of turn-of-the-century books. If these books are valuable Darrell could make thousands. If they're not, he'll be just another victim of the mob.
#6 - Skullduggery
Season 1 - Episode 18
Tempers flare! The buyers attack! In Yucaipa, California Darrell Sheets crosses the line with a stab at Dave Hester's Newport Consignment Store. Brandi and Jarrod argue over the worth of a bizarre looking horse head. Barry Weiss bids on a locker littered with antique furniture. And Dave Hester makes his strangest discovery ever! But when all is said and done, will Darrell get the better of Dave? Or will the Mogul overcome the Gambler's antics?
#7 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
Season 2 - Episode 17
Family tensions ping as the buyers head to Ontario, California. Darrell wants to take son Brandon to the next level of auction buying, and he's willing to do it at Jarrod and Brandi's expense. But Jarrod and Brandi are expanding, and nothing - and no one - will get in their way. Meanwhile, Barry takes a chance on a locker that turns out to be anything but chicken feed.
#8 - Enemy of the Enemy
Season 2 - Episode 6
Trouble comes to Mission Hills, California when a mysterious new bidder aims to dominate the competition. Darrell fights for a drum set, Jarrod and Brandi face a three thousand dollar loss, and heavy-bidder Dave Hester is pushed to his limit in a duel with his new nemesis. From light shows to peep shows, could this be the day the Mogul loses his crown?
#9 - Tanks for the Memories
Season 2 - Episode 9
Surf's up when the buyers head to Huntington Beach. Darrell goes fishing for a locker, Barry sets his sights on some antique Militaria, Dave "The Mogul" Hester strangely has trouble just getting in the game, and Jarrod and Brandi eye a jewelry box - but is it worth $2,700?
#10 - Unclaimed Baggage
Season 2 - Episode 5
The buyers square off in Costa Mesa, California. Dave's estranged brother surfaces and challenges the Mogul over a unit filled with rock memorabilia. Barry uncovers a wooden rendering of a head (and refrains from making tasteless jokes). And Darrell vies with Jarrod for a century-old slide projector. From antiques to bad blood, personal items from the past are about to dictate these buyers' futures.
#11 - Fu Dog Day Afternoon
Season 2 - Episode 14
The buyers head to the upscale retirement community of Laguna Hills, California. Dave wins a furniture unit that points him in the direction of Chinatown, Jarrod and Brandi take a trip down memory lane, Darrell finds his rhythm and some 70's sound equipment, and Barry uncovers something vintage and finds out that sometimes art really does imitate life.
#12 - Trouble the Oil
Season 1 - Episode 14
In the LBC, there are two ways to strike it rich--imports and oil. The buyers dig deep in search of antiques and industrial merchandise. Jarrod and Brandi uncover what appears to be an antique wine rack. Dave Hester and Barry Weiss test each other's knowledge of oddities, while Darrell Sheets is just looking to make some gas money. Will the Mogul's vast resources prove too much for the Collector? The drill is on in the search for the storage motherload.
#13 - Stairway to Hemet
Season 2 - Episode 19
The buyers roll into the wide open desert in Hemet, California. Barry Weiss tries to kill Dave's "Yups" with kindness. Jarrod and Brandi make their mark on the competition with a tattoo locker. Darrell gets lost, gets irritated but in the end finds his locker zen. And Dave sails away with what he is hoping is one of his biggest paydays ever.
#14 - Chairman of the Hoard
Season 1 - Episode 15
Rumors run wild in Orange, California when 6 lockers--owned by one tenant--go up for auction. Dave and Darrell vie for a unit with a 12 grand payday. Barry Weiss stumbles across a vintage magazine. One buyer nearly breaks a hip. And Jarrod is forced to ask Dave Hester for an appraisal. The question remains, who was this previous tenant? An antique dealer? A local business owner? Or perhaps something worse?
#15 - Land of the Loss
Season 2 - Episode 10
The buyers head back to Santa Ana, California and the reunion is anything but fruitful. Jarrod and Brandi quickly see their profits roll away, Barry becomes an organ donor, Dave proves that sometimes not making a deal is good common sense, and believe it or not, Darrell's hopes for a Santa Ana upside rest in the balance of a coin toss... scout's honor.
#16 - Smoke 'Em if You Find 'Em
Season 2 - Episode 23
The buyers are back in Dave Hester's backyard of Newport Beach, CA and they have a visitor. A heavy hitter is on the scene with a story of buying one of the most famous units in storage buying history, and she has a long history with Dave to boot. Jarrod and Brandi find some "very interesting" antiques. And Barry pays a visit to the doctor, but will the visit pay off for Barry?
#17 - Highland Anxiety
Season 2 - Episode 33
The buyers head for the high desert in Highland, CA. Darrell buys on a hunch, and finds something that gets him out of the danger zone. Dave Hester never gets his money out of his man bag. Jarrod and Brandi experience some royal pains. And Barry Weiss follows the signs, but will they point to profit?
#18 - The Yup Stops Here
Season 3 - Episode 14
The buyers enter an auction marathon in Riverside, CA. Too many choices and too much heat make it hard for Jarrod and Brandi. Things get heated between Dave and Darrell's son Brandon. Barry finds himself "on the fence" on a locker. And Barry and Dave make a bet on a couch, a very expensive bet.
#19 - Portrait of the Gambler
Season 3 - Episode 26
The buyers return to Montebello, CA. Previously Jarrod and Brandi lost money, and an employee. Will their luck turn around? Dave Hester finds some marketing Americana. Barry buys a sweet unit. And Darrell Sheets stumbles onto what may be the biggest find in Storage Wars history!
#20 - Blame It on the Rain
Season 2 - Episode 31
The Dotson's follow the money to Santa Cruz, CA and the buyers follow the Dotsons...right into a torrential rainstorm. Dave Hester finds some quilts to help keep dry and patch together a profit. Jarrod and Brandi leave just plain soaked. Darrell and Brandon find something that requires getting wet. And Barry unpacks a locker, un-corks a find, but will it get him out of the red?
#21 - A Time to Kiln
Season 4 - Episode 5
The buyers head out to rainy San Jacinto, CA. Darrell Sheets discovers something that is music to his ears. Brandi and Jarrod find they need to team up with Barry if they want to make any money. And Nabila Haniss tries to expand her territory, but will she score...or strike out?
#22 - Operation Hobo
Season 2 - Episode 30
The buyers head to Harbor City, CA. Jarrod and Brandi get back to the business of buying. Dave Hester "Yups" his game as Nabila Haniss tries to bid the circus out of town. Barry Weiss looks like a hobo, and acts like a hobo, but buys like a pro. And Darrell Sheets goes big on the manliest of lockers, but will his unit hit the bullseye...or did Darrell totally blow it?
#23 - Ghosts Don't Need Money
Season 5 - Episode 16
Casey attempts to keep a rein on Rene's spending habits; Darrell and Brandon use their intuition to soar above their competitors; Ivy tries to secretly learn Jarrod and Brandi's purchasing strategy.
#24 - I'm the New Mogul
Season 2 - Episode 15
The buyers venture into Downtown, Los Angeles, where they find themselves in a new kind of auction, called a vault auction. It's pallets and crates instead of lockers, and Darrell Sheets thinks it's a perfect place for a showdown with Dave Hester. Jarrod and Brandi put all their marbles in some mystery boxes. And Barry Weiss flexes his auction muscles, which leads to memorable trip to Venice Beach.
#25 - The Shrining
Season 4 - Episode 10
The buyers venture out to El Monte, CA. The Harris Brothers go into stealth mode. Jarrod and Brandi find their sense of charity. Barry unearths a bag that has him hitting the slopes. And Darrell discovers a big pole...but will it vault him to the top?