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Old 04-19-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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Maybe funniest Chumlee moment of pawn stars.

Rick paid $1000 for a huge 50's bowling arcade machine in rough electrical shape.

Cut to the machine sitting in a back room. Chumlee enters the picture and winds up to throw a solid wooden bowling ball. His aim is just high enough to smash the back glass in a million pieces. He runs out of the picture like a scared rabbit.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:17 AM   #2
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To me, this smelled of a "scripted moment".
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:45 AM   #3
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I was seriously wondering if they happened to know of another such machine where they could get the glass to replace that one, but that was a totally scripted moment. Funny, yes, but totally scripted.

That fact alone tells me that either the glass they showed destroyed was something similar that was already broken, or they had a ready replacement in the wings. No way they pay a grand with the idea of restoring it and then destroy something that integral without a plan. You never actually saw the glass pane broken, just the illusion of the glass pane being broken. Plus, it was the final scene of the show, then cut to black. If Chumlee had actually broken it, the follow up footage would have been reality TV gold (aside from the near constant bleeping!).
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:55 AM   #4
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Most of the Chumlee stuff is scripted. But usually pretty funny.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:26 AM   #5
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Even if it is scripted, it was pure gold. Especially his face as he runs away after breaking it! I really did want to know what the actual story was (if they had a replacement there or what).

I also was jealous. I bet throwing that was fun!
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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I didn't see this episode, but if it was just a flat pane of glass, and had no decals, or paint on it. It would be easily, and cheaply replaced.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #7
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I didn't see this episode, but if it was just a flat pane of glass, and had no decals, or paint on it. It would be easily, and cheaply replaced.
Oh no.......they showed the broken pieces with all manner of decals, score surrounds etc.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:18 AM   #8
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If it were real, they would dedicate 10 minutes to the backlash.

I don't like these scripted parts at all. Just show the show.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:34 PM   #9
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Yes, the shot after he ran off did show that it looked to be the real back glass that was broken.

It definitely looked scripted. I was pondering that the producers paid the $1000 just so there was something for Chumlee to break. The "hidden" camera and Chumlee's exaggerated windup before throwing the ball just screamed setup.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:05 PM   #10
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It's not the first time they've destroyed something for the show. Cory destroyed that potty-chair when he threw it in the back of his pickup and didn't put the tailgate down. The setup indicators were the way he cavalierly thew it in the back and when he accelerated hard in the parking lot.

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Old 04-19-2011, 01:07 PM   #11
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If it were real, they would dedicate 10 minutes to the backlash.

I don't like these scripted parts at all. Just show the show.
I hate the scripted stuff too. The items and the history of those items is interesting enough. I don't need the goofy scripted 'comedy'.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:16 AM   #12
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It's pretty clear that this show is only a vessel to show off the old stuff and tell their story.

There may have been some real situations when it first started, heck even a few people actually came in to pawn stuff, but this hasn't happened in a a long time.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:33 AM   #13
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I always tell my wife...Pawn Stars is like Antiques Roadshow for us regular people.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:50 AM   #14
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Yeah pretty much the whole thing is "scripted" in one way or another. They don't just run the cameras all day hoping people show up with interesting items. You contact the show ahead of time, tell them what you have, and if they are interested they'll tell you when to bring it down. I like the show.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:15 AM   #15
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My fiancee had an interesting idea. Perhaps the scripted part was Chumlee playing with the bowling game. And he wasn't supposed to break it. He just did.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:50 PM   #16
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That was horrible. I think it was all staged because I doubt there is anyway to restore/fix/replace the "electronics" in that thing. Where are you going to get parts? It was only bought to make that scene, imho.

Knock off this crap guys, or you're going to lose us.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:56 PM   #17
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Chumlee

We visited the pawn shop when we went to Vegas last December. Here's a video I took of Chumlee driving out of the parking lot, on 3 wheels
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:36 PM   #18
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Chumlee's lowrider


I watched him making a Uturn out of his old apartment complex a couple weeks ago and he did the 3 wheeling then too. I seem to recall him twittering a few months ago that he got a ticket for 3 wheeling.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:55 PM   #19
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I've been enjoying the shots of attractive women wearing low cut tops, leaning over display cases.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:58 PM   #20
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I've been enjoying the shots of attractive women wearing low cut tops, leaning over display cases.
I noticed that too, usually at the very beginning of the show. I actually look for it now, "There's the boob shot!".
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:17 AM   #21
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That was horrible. I think it was all staged because I doubt there is anyway to restore/fix/replace the "electronics" in that thing. Where are you going to get parts? It was only bought to make that scene, imho.

Knock off this crap guys, or you're going to lose us.
I disagree. While they can't likely replace it using original parts (and why would they want to) they could easily put new electronics in it and sell it. The outside remains original, but the electronic components get updated. Similar to what they did to the Evil Kinevil (sp?) pinball game a week or so ago...

I don't see them spending 1,000 bucks just to make a tiny bit.
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I disagree. While they can't likely replace it using original parts (and why would they want to) they could easily put new electronics in it and sell it. The outside remains original, but the electronic components get updated. Similar to what they did to the Evil Kinevil (sp?) pinball game a week or so ago...

I don't see them spending 1,000 bucks just to make a tiny bit.
$1,000 for a gag is pocket change to the producers.

And I agree that they need to knock off the scripting.
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:01 PM   #23
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I disagree. While they can't likely replace it using original parts (and why would they want to) they could easily put new electronics in it and sell it. The outside remains original, but the electronic components get updated. Similar to what they did to the Evil Kinevil (sp?) pinball game a week or so ago...

I don't see them spending 1,000 bucks just to make a tiny bit.
who would make replacement electronics for a 1950's (or was it 30's) bowling machine? I don't think it's that simple. It's not like a 1980's pinball machine with readily available and fairly modern parts.
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Or here is another possible scenario. They bought it thinking they could repair it and then realized they couldn't and then decided to script this so it wasn't a total loss...


regardless....it was certainly scripted.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:51 PM   #25
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The worst was the one when Chumlee made wine by smashing the grapes with his bare feet. The shop had bought an old wine making contraption. At the end of the episode they supposedly tasted the wine.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:54 PM   #26
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Let's not even bring up the horrible and repeated, Subway placements shoehorned into an episode.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:55 PM   #27
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btw a good companion show to this one that shows how a real pawn shop operates, is Hardcore Pawn on TruTV. I love that show too but for totally different reasons.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:56 PM   #28
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Dumbest one was when he went to look for Bob Dylan to sign the album and "runs" into him on the street and Bob personalizes the autograph to Chumlee.
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btw a good companion show to this one that shows how a real pawn shop operates, is Hardcore Pawn on TruTV. I love that show too but for totally different reasons.
I agree, it's how pawn shops really do business. The people on that show are so unlikeable.
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I agree, it's how pawn shops really do business. The people on that show are so unlikeable.
The employees or the customers, or both?
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