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  • Accidental Innuendo: Barry wins a locker with a bid of $1,525, and it has a wooden sculpture of a head. He takes the head to get it appraised while he consigns the rest of the locker to Dave for sale. The appraiser tells Barry the head's worth $6,000 in a gallery, but sees that Barry's not going to sell it. Later, getting his share of the consigned stuff from Dave, Barry tells Dave, "$1,500 is a lot to pay for some head." Dave can't stop giggling.
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  • Awesome Music: "Money Owns This Town", the theme song.
  • Foe Yay: Dave and Darrell, implied by Barry in "Skullduggery".
    Barry: "The couples are at it again today, Brandi and Jarrod, Dave and Darrell..."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the new episodes ended with Dave posing then the screen fading to a 'Game Over' screen. The same day that episode aired (technically before it aired even) the news broke that Dave was fired and plans to sue A&E for fraud (on the grounds that the show's rigged).
    • In the same vein, Dave's endless comments about how he is the best businessman of the buyers, boasting of his profits, and claiming he can risk bidding them up because if it backfires he can afford it, after he got fired and rumors go he went bankrupt. Though depending on on how one views Dave this may be Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • Watching Darrell bait Mark Balelo at the mega-vault auction in Chatsworth (Nobody's Vault But Mine) is this in light of the latter's suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning six weeks before the episode aired, as is The Stinger at the end of Part 1.
    • Hearing Mark comment that everyone'd be hearing about Darrell's big score "for the next twenty years" at the end of "Auctioning for Dummies", for the same reason as above.
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  • Ho Yay: The season 3 finale's final moments: Barry, Kenny, pottery, cue Ghost parody.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Barry becomes one in a single episode. He has a pair of friends pose as a pair of German international agents investigating rumors of a lost German heritage artifact, and has them wander around talking to people before he even arrives. This leads to people possibly bidding higher than they would normally on lockers the two show interest in, and when Barry finally finds a locker he wants, he has the two chat up the others and ask for contact information, distracting them so he can steal the locker without any competition.
  • Memetic Mutation: Watch your profanity!
  • Most Annoying Sound: Dave's signature "YUUUP!" has been known to severely annoy other bidders on more than one occasion. While most bid with a simple raise of the hand or a nod of the head, Dave feels the need to announce it.
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  • Old Shame: Brandi has a butterfly tattoo on her back (supposedly gotten at 18 according to Jarrod) that she hates.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Jeff Jarred almost became this for Dave in season 3.
  • The Scrappy: The other bidders (and now Dan and Laura after his return) despise Dave Hester. Many viewers heartily agree.
  • Squick: Some items found in lockers can be this.
    • At one point, it's mentioned that Darrell has become a minor celebrity among the bidders because the locker he bought ended up containing a dead body.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: An ever-so off version of the Imperial March plays as Dave Hester rolls into an auction with his new large truck and new very large trailer, complete with "YUUUP!" emblazoned on the front.
    • "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" features a not-quite-The Godfather theme.
    • "The Drone Wars" has a knockoff of the Mission: Impossible theme.
    • "Third Eye Of The Tiger" shows Barry doing warm-up exercises to something sounding close to the Rocky theme.
  • Tear Jerker: As much of a jerk as he could be on the show, you'd have to be an even bigger one not to feel something for Mark Balelo's February 2013 suicide (although he was busted two days prior to his suicide for meth possession (a felony in California) and was to appear in court on the charges about a week later).
  • The Woobie: Surprisingly, Dave Jr. in "Live and Let Bid", after he used his life savings to buy a locker. Every interview cut with him had him look like he was about to start crying at any moment.
    • He got better in "Unclaimed Baggage." When he loses a locker to Barry, he still has enough smarts to offer Barry a chance to consign with him and Dave Sr. Barry accepts as it would save him headaches and backaches, and leads to the CMOF for the episode's Stinger, where Barry admits "$1500 is a lot to pay for some head."
    • Barry took on shades of this in "There's Something About Barry", especially in his dejected walk away from the money-losing locker full of crap that he just couldn't stop himself from bidding on.


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