On this week’s “Swamp Pawn” season 2, episode 4: “Politicky Ricky,” Rick Phillips has the gift of gab. But when he’s asked to deliver a speech at the state senate, the chatty fisherman gets seriously tongue-tied. And, Shorty talks his way into a catering gig for a girls’ softball team. But is he ready to step up to the plate?
“Swamp Pawn” follows Rick Phillips of Phillips Swamp Seafood in Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana. Not your typical pawnshop, Phillips Swamp Seafood buys and sells anything the bayou serves up–including alligators, turtles, bullfrogs, crawfish, and everything in between. Phillips and a colorful cast of neighboring “swampers” make their living fishing, hunting and haggling in this tiny, self-sustaining community deep in the heart of the bayou. Swamp Pawn features an array of quirky locals who rely on their ability to sell whatever will catch a price. This close-knit community lives off the land, learns to be resourceful when times are lean and depend on each other to get by. Rick Phillips is the closest thing to a mayor that Bayou Pigeon has, and his business is the town’s lifeblood. He’s a tough customer, but with his casual country charm and sense of humor, he’ll also bend over backward to help a friend or stranger. Along with Phillips, Swamp Pawn features the mismatched father-and-son team of Coy and Shorty Gomez, two fishermen who spend much of their time arguing, looking for work or hocking anything they can to make a living. They’d make perfect business partners if they weren’t so different: Coy is a quiet, reserved and thoughtful backwoods gentleman, while his son, Shorty, is brash and scattershot. When there’s trouble in the swamp, the locals call in legendary “Chachie Boy”–the best gator hunter in Bayou Pigeon. The cast also includes dueling husband-and-wife, fishing duos Clayton and Joney Daley, and Quentin and Jamie Morales, who good-naturedly compete for bragging rights as the best fishers in the bayou.
‘Swamp Pawn’ season 2, episode 4: ‘Politicky Ricky’ airs Dec. 7, at 10 P.M. EST on CMT. Spoiler video below: