Last night’s episode of “Hardcore Pawn,” was titled “Professor Les.” Detroit’s famous American Jewelry and Loan is the pawn shop that is rarely without some kind of conflict, angry people, ongoing sibling or family rivalry and several must-see deals that could be astronomical gains or losses.
As the episode begins, two older men come to the shop and meet Ashley and Bobby J. They have a very small bicycle called a clown’s bike. Bobby J rides it around the shop as they asked $150, but all Ashley will give is $35. Les and Ashley give it a try, but Bobby J is the clown that has it mastered.
As the four Golds are arguing over inventory and who buys the largest items; they are interrupted by an employee who tells them that the guest lecturer at the local business school has canceled for the day and wonder if Les will do a guest appearance. Les decides that if the young minds that are interested in learning; in contrast to the disrespectful, not so young siblings in his shop want to learn, he will do it. When they ask if he is preparing a speech, he tells them he does not need preparations. He also told them that in his 64-years of his life, he only failed twice; then pointed to each of them.
A man comes in with a suitcase, inside is Giuseppe, his dummy that resembles Les. Karen and Les are amused, and the dummy starts bargaining with them, but the dummy does not win this one because all Les and Karen will give him is $500. It was very funny, but no deal today, even though the dummy was flirting with Karen.
A woman with a griddle and coffee maker sees Ashley at her counter. The coffeepot has coffee in it, and is dirty, while the griddle has remnants of the last meal. She tells Ashley in no uncertain terms, that she will give her $100 for the both. She receives an escort from both Ashley and Byron right out the door.
Les is in the warehouse looking at the drum sets when Seth comes by to make sure he has a speech prepared. He gives him a hard time because his speech is not written down, but Les knows better. He offers to write one for his father because he is closer to their age than his dad and believes he will associate with them to a greater degree. So to get rid of this heckler, he sends him to do the speech. When it is time to leave, Les calls to Seth, who is coming with his father, but he is still writing his script as they run out the door.
A young man comes in with his mother to sell his Nerf gun collection. He tells Ashley he wants $800 for them. Ashley tries it out and shoots Bobby J, who knows these guns well and shoots back. The kid accepts $125 and Bobby J takes one more shot and hits Ashley. She yells for security, and Byron walks Bobby J outside, as he unloads his gun at Byron. Once Bobby J is outside, Byron points to the sign on the door; No Firearms on Premises, as they all have a good laugh.
On the way to the school, Seth makes sure Les is familiar with his notes. Les is confident that he will be fine. As he starts talking to the group, the ambivalence is screaming at him. These kids don’t seem to care for one word he is saying as Seth wrings his hands in the back of the room. Finally, Les knows he is dying up there, like a comedian getting no laughs. So he tells the class that Seth gave him the speech, and he thinks it is terrible. As he tears up his notes, they start to laugh, and immediately bond with him. Then he advises them that he is going to tell them what he thinks; not what Seth thinks. As Seth crosses his arms in disgust; his father puts on a performance that everyone loves. He inspires them to follow their dreams and put emotion into what they do. In the end, he gets a huge round of applause and when they leave, Seth commends his father, truly and not in a sarcastic way as he would normally do on this episode of “Hardcore Pawn.”