“Appalachian Outlaws” aired Monday night on The History Channel. The guys are still in hot pursuit of ginseng, that root that brings them thousands of dollars in one transaction. There is really only one way to describe the most recent episode, and the camera man actually provided the exact quote. While it is a rare occasion when you even hear a camera man speak, the one covering Mike Ross and his pyrotechnic defense system said, “Holy crap, that was crazy!” Yep, that pretty much describes this whole episode.
There is only one more episode before the season ends, and it will probably be an exciting night, as the plot is moving quickly along. It is, however, difficult to imagine how the whole thing will end. The three middlemen that are competing for the ginseng from the ginseng diggers are all in a diametric triangle which they don’t even yet fully understand. Some of the plot is a bit difficult for a viewer to understand, especially Mike Ross and his war with the poachers or whoever is coming to his house by truckloads. The fire scenes were over the top.
This next-to-the-last episode of “Appalachian Outlaws” centered on a broken-down old camper trailer where the Lunsford Gang was hiding all of the ginseng they had gathered through their nefarious operation. At one point, Greg Shooks’ partner broke in and stole some ginseng right under the men’s noses, climbing back out the window with a thud. Shooks wanted no part of stolen ginseng, regardless of how the people had gotten the ginseng in the first place. His partner, however, couldn’t resist the easy money, so they parted ways. It was encouraging to see someone on television with morals.
Obie Bennett, who had suffered much loss at the hands of the Lunsfords, even at gunpoint, went to get his stolen ginseng back at this little trailer. He had gotten a tip from his old friend/present enemy who had sold him out to the Lunsfords. While Obie didn’t quite trust him, he was amazed to see he had told him right about the storage location. As the show ended, viewers were still unsure if Obie manages to get his $20,000 worth of ginseng back.
Tony Coffman is once again behind on his order owed to a Chinese buyer named Mr. Lee. He was forced to call the creepy Corby once again to buy the needed amount only to find the price had escalated even further to $150,000 a POUND! Tony Coffman’s business is a legitimate business, and you can view their website here. There is a photo of Tony with his father who ran the business before him. The part of the show where Tony worries about losing his fingers to this mysterious ginseng buyer from the Orient with offices in New York is a bit much. More than likely, this part was definitely scripted and fake.
Regardless of which part of “Appalachian Outlaws” is scripted, fake or not, it is very exciting. It makes for a good hour of total escape, and it shows off the beautiful mountains which are the Appalachian region and the colorful people who inhabit those mountains. Worse things have happened.