Tonight’s History Channel episode of “American Pickers” was titled “Alien versus Picker,” starring Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe. The professional pickers that travel across not only the United States, but over the world picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age, and love every minute of their hunt as cobwebs and dead animals don’t scare them a bit.
As the episode begins, the guys are in Memphis having lunch when they receive a call from Danielle. She is sending them to a man named Mongo, who claims to be an alien over three hundred years old. He has been picking for a long time, and is selling his collection. When they arrive, he beckons them upstairs to be blessed before they do business. He claims to be from the planet Zambodia. He has been running for mayor for many years and lost every election.
Perusing the warehouse, they see restaurant stuff, household items, and furniture. They found a broken gun that belonged to Charlie Rich, who broke the gun during an argument with his beautiful wife. He slammed it against a banister and then threw it away. Mongo was his friend and asked if he could have it and Charlie told him to take it.
They found music memorabilia, and it seemed that this man knew everyone from the area, including Elvis. Every time they asked for a price, he told them to put it in the pile. The pile is getting bigger and bigger with every find. When they are finally able to negotiate, they agree to $1,533, which Mongo will be donating to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
As they are driving along after leaving Mongo, Danielle calls again. She is sending them to an adorable man named Gus who has been collecting since the 1960s. She said that he talked her ear off. So they met him, and he had old cars that he has been buying and selling forever. He had cars that were unbelievable. He had a Stutz-Bearcat that he restored, and many of the parts. he built himself, because they were no longer available.
Mike broke the ice by getting an antique license plate in the shape of Tennessee for $95. Once the ice was broken, they bought tons of things from Gus, and both had a warm feeling from this man who loved to preserve history as much as they did.
When they left, they were just free styling as they often do. They stopped a man who was fishing, and he sent them to see people who loved cars and advertising. When they arrived, they met Don and Honus who had a beautiful 1957 Mercury with the hood up. They had two 1957 Fords, one automatic and one stick on the column and wanted $3,500 for each. They sent pictures of the cars to Robbie, Mike’s brother and after finding out how much they would cost to get them to Iowa, they offered $5,000 for the two, and the deal was done on this episode of “American Pickers.”