Storage Wars Season 4 Review “Oysters on the Half Plate” & “The Monster Hash”

After taking a week off from reviewing Storage Wars last week, I’m back with a vengeance tonight with “Oysters on the Half Plate”, as our buyers make their way to US Storage in Long Beach.

We had everybody in the main cast making an appearance in this episode, even though Jarrod didn’t appear at the auction. The annoying twin brothers Matt and Mark Harris returned tonight, although they definitely weren’t as grating as they were in their last few appearances. Their bickering and bantering all still feels a little staged, especially their whole bit about “Darren” and “Brian” being funny guys. They thankfully didn’t win any lockers, so we don’t have to put up with them bickering their way through any appraisals.

Barry bought the first one of the night with $750, and he discovered the titular oyster plates and sold them for a small loss of $90. Barry has been red hot in the last few episodes, so it was a bummer to see him lose, but at least he didn’t lose by as much as he used to!

Darrell “Silent Treatment” Sheetz won the next locker for $250, and he had his beginner microbrewery set appraised for a pretty nice profit. Every time one of these guys wins something that has such a niche appeal – like a microbrewery kit for instance – you have to wonder how they plan to actually sell them. Nobody is going to go to a swap meet or thrift shop to buy a microbrewery set. Yet again, I wish we got a follow-up episode to hear how much these guys actually sell this merchandise for.

Brandi’s incredible find was another great example of this. She happened upon an antique Samurai helmet worth $7,500, but nobody is going to go into one of Jarrod and Brandi’s second hand store and drop over seven grand for an old helmet. Maybe these guys sell this stuff on Craigslist or Ebay, but I’m not sure.

The second episode of the night was the very entertaining “The Monster Hash”, as the buyers make their way to the beautiful beach town of Costa Mesa. Not only are we in Costa Mesa for the first time on Storage Wars, but we have (to the best of my knowledge) the first episode ever without Dan and Laura as the auctioneers! The attractive Johana and her dad were a fun introduction, and I’m excited to see them return in future installments.

Darrell won the first locker for a the nice round sum of $500, and he made quite a tidy profit selling his old Japanese toys. Nothing much happened with this little storyline, except with Darrell being as racially insensitive and obnoxious with the poor employees at the toy store.

Ivy won the next locker for $400, and he found a very interesting old stencil making machine. It’s items like this that really remind me of why I love Storage Wars, as we learn about an extremely weird item that I’ve never seen before, and we also find out that they’re quite valuable! Again, I have the complaint that nobody is going to go all the way up to Palmdale to spend $1,600 on a 40 year old stencil making machine. Either way, it was still a great find.

Barry won the last locker of the day for $800, and I was shocked to find out that it was actually a set used for growing marijuana! When everybody was mentioning marijuana farming, I just assumed they were all joking around. Not only did Barry take the gear to an actual dispensary, but he actually sold it all on the spot! It was also nice to hear him refer to his background in produce, as he’s never mentioned it before on the show, and that’s where Barry made his millions.

I quite enjoyed tonight’s episodes, and I’m hoping to see more of Johana and less of the the Harris twins going forward!

Random Thoughts:

- I loved that they had candles on the oyster boat while Barry was enjoying the fresh catch. Very nice touch.

- Brandi is very quickly becoming my favorite buyer on the show. She used to just be Jarrod’s nagging wife, but now she cracks me up all the time. My favorite bit tonight was her finishing Johana’s sentence of throwing your hands in the air like you just don’t care.

- I felt bad for the poor graffiti artist who tried to pound knuckles with Ivy and got totally shut down.

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