American Inventor: Season 2, Episode 2 Recap
American Inventor: Season 2, Episode 2 Recap
American Inventor returns tonight and, weirdly, I'm looking forward to it.  I had never seen this show before this season, and the thing is, it's full of weird, weird people.  There is a certain kind of drama to people putting all their eggs in one basket when it comes to their invention.  It's bizarre to see relatively sane people who've spent thousands of dollars developing a product that is totally worthless.  It's great summer TV.  What follows are my live thoughts while watching the episode.

Cue the dramatic music: it's American Inventor!

This week, in an atypical reality show move, we are back in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Two inventors will emerge victorious tonight, one from each city, and they will receive $50,000 to get their invention going. 

First up, we head to San Fran:

Milton Butler, a 44 year old mechanic, who has a monstrous family.  He's got 12 kids and 13 grandkids.  That's insane.  Whoa, and he's adopted another 12 kids on top of that.  He's created a lawnmower, weeder, edger all-in-one.  It's an attachment that you can put on any lawnmower.  It's actually pretty practical.  He gets four yeses from the judges.  Milton is a jolly, jolly man.

Skylar Quarles, a crazy 30 year old dude, might just be acting here.  He's invented something called “Mindframe”.  It has something to do with written tips on a watch.  It doesn't make sense.  He just wanted to be on TV. 

Gregory Smith, unemployed, 53, ex-hippie looking dude.  He's created a “glove inverter”.  It's a stick that turns a glove inside out.  He invented a stick.  This guy is crazy. 

Arbor, 55, is a hippie.  We get footage of this dude's home in the Santa Cruz Mountains where he lives with a “tribe” of other hippies.  He has invented a stick.  What is wrong with these people?

Shelley and Erica are best friends who just graduated college.  They've spent about ten thousand dollars to create fake flowers with stems that emit artificial fragrances.  This is probably the best invention on the season so far.  I could see people using this stuff.  They get four yeses. 

Tammy Harris is a big sob story.  Her husband is sick and has been out of work. She's a crier.  She made a motorized cake decorator.  If you decorate a lot of cakes, than this is a good thing for you.  She gets three yeses and will going to the next round.

Now, we're back in LA. 

A guy has invented a “rowdy hat”.  It's unimaginably stupid.  I don't even want to talk about it.

We get a montage of crappy inventions, including a man who made a race car casket. 

Michael Every, a man who was paralyzed twenty years ago during his senior year of high school.  He's made a collapsible wheel chair that will allow the paralyzed to drive cars that they normally wouldn't be able to.  Sweet invention and the judges love him.  He'll be moving on.

Richard Kerr, a very old man, whose been wanting to show his invention for a long time, has brought along “Mr. Bright Eyes”.  It's a “cute” battery tester.  It's a stupid invention, but he gets three yeses, presumably out of sympathy. 

Ricky Derineaux, a high school teacher from Oklahoma, has spent $20,000 on his invention.  He;s made a whole package deal where kids get a DVD that shows them how to make a motorized car, boat, plane, anything.  This kind of thing harkens back to the days of hobby shops.  I remember when there used to be hobby shops.  Anyway, the judges all love it, and it is a good invention. 

We got the last inventor for Los Angeles.  It's George.  He's a sweet man, and he's been taken advantage of by whoever helped him research this invention.  He made an ear clamp for his deaf daughter's hearing aid, so she can play around without having it fall off.  He says he paid three grand on this invention. 

Aw, awesome.  He gets four yeses, and the normally snotty Englishman says that he's going to give George three thousand dollars personally, to make up for how bad he got ripped off.

Now, it's time to pick the LA and San Francisco.  The judges deliberate and whittle it down to three from each city and then make their final decisions after hours of heated debate. 

The winners are:

Ricky DeRennaux, the high school teacher, is the LA winner, for his paper, motorized toys, HT Racers.

Greg Chavez, the firefighter who made the Guardian Angel, which is meant to help stop fires that start from Christmas trees. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer