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Shark Tank Flying with Kids, Hillbilly at Heart, Love the Sopranos or Beef Jerky this is the Episode for You

Updated on April 1, 2012

What's the Episode About?

Whether your looking to make flying with children easier and safer, want some Hillbilly Brand apparel (make a great Father's Day gift), love fresh beef jerky, or would like a money clip that's got one of the greatest Sopranos name on it, this is the episode you don't want to miss. There is also an update on Ava the elephant medicine dispenser where you can see if an investment from the sharks can really impact a business.

This Friday ABC will air this episode and even though it's a rerun it's one you don't want to miss. This is also the show where Jeff Foxworthy makes his debut as a shark and what an interesting debut it is. He definitely adds some country humor to the show. The episode is this seasons 2, week 4 which was fun to watch the first time but as an avid fan I always spot something else unique the second time around.

Ride On Carry On First in the Tank

First in the tank is Darryl and Randy Lenz with the Ride On Carry On seat for kids that actually turns carry on luggage into a stroller They are looking for a $50,000 investment for 25% of the company.

For those that fly with children this product allows parents the ability to transport their children around the airport without having to deal with all the bulky hassle of a stroller and then carrying the child or trying to get them to hurry along after baggage check in. I also think this adds a huge safety element whereas having to concentrate on baggage checks, dealing with boarding and ticket issues or delays can be quite distracting in an atmosphere of large groups of people. Knowing where your child is at all times and not having to constantly be watching them is a blessing The detachable headrest also converts into a table top for eating or playing so they don't get bored.

They sold 2000 chairs last year costing them $7.00 to make and selling for $39.00 and have another 2000 orders to be filled. This is a nice margin as most of the sharks agreed. As you can see in the Amazon ad underneath the video of the View endorsing the chair Amazon has them for $29.99

Robert and Kevin think they should do license agreements with luggage manufacturers and not deal with the retail side. Kevin offers them the 50k for 20% but they have to find 2 luggage manufacturers to meet with him and he will make the license agreement while they keep bringing in the profits.

Barbara has made an offer of $50,000 for the exact 25% they were asking and states she is not against the licensing idea just thinks the product needs more marketing and would do fabulous. She also really likes the logo.

The couple are holding hands almost the entire presentation and Barbara likes them asking "Do you really want to do business with him?" Kevin states of course they do because everyone calls me Mr Wonderful. Jeff Foxworthy wants to know exactly who it is that calls him Mr. Wonderful, as do I.

Jeff, Robert, and Daymond are all out and the couple take Barbaras offer which makes everyone, except Kevin, happy.

AVA the Medicine Dispensing Elephant Update

Last season Barbara invested into Tiffany Krumins AVA the elephant medicine dispenser. This was obviously a great deal since they are now carried in CVS stores everywhere whose company has ordered 75,000 alone. This does not include other retail stores or online orders.

As you can see in the video it definitely makes administering medicine to a child whose already tried it once and not ready for a second dose,, a whole lot easier and less stressful for both..

Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky

Next to jump in the shark tank is Ken Howell with his Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky. He is looking for a $25,000. investment for a 20% stake in the company. He brought samples along and explained there are no preservatives or additives making it the freshest tasting beef jerky on the market.

Kevin immediately wants to know the shelf life being there are no preservatives. Ken points out that the shelf life is approximately 2 months. Although they all thought the jerky was good the shelf life obviously was a detriment to the product.

Jeff Foxworthy is out due to he would be competing against his self since he has his own beef jerky. Daymond wants to know what his sales are and when Ken starts off with "unfortunately" Daymond responds that's never good when you start off with unfortunately. Ken goes on to explain he lost his father and had some other issues so sales were down last year to 40-50k. He had at one point sold $100,000 years back but things hadn't been the same. Daymond states the business isn't really big enough along with Barbara doesn't think he needs them and they are both out.

Robert and Kevin are both out and think Ken is doing this more as a tribute to his dad than anything else. This becomes very obvious when Ken breaks down after leaving the tank with none of the sharks biting at his proposed deal.

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Hillbilly T-shirts, Caps, and Apparel

Next to drop in the tank are Mike Abbaticchio and Shon Lees with their Hillbilly Brand apparel. They are looking for a $50,000 investment in turn for a 25% stake in the company.

They have a variety of t-shirts, caps, hats, and apparel that is geared towards the country, outdoors activity market. Most of their sales has come from event sales, such as rodeos, concerts, NASCAR, and other events where they have sold out of inventory on occasions.

Daymond wants to know the difference between a hillbilly and a red neck. Jeff known as the branding for "redneck" between his comedy acts, and his own line of products replies stating he has always thought of it as a "Glorious absence of sophistication". He also goes on to state that it doesn't matter the amount of money you have that he has seen the very wealthy go home, grab a beer, and sit on the porch to watch the bugs fry in the bug zapper.

It is very apparent that all of the sharks are not interested in the retail side of the company, but are definitely willing to cough up some money for the brand name and some license agreements. Kevin is out due to not wanting to be in retail and Barbara is out because she has no licensing contacts and wouldn't be of help. Robert on the other hand will go in if Jeff, the king of red neck, is willing to partner with him.

Ends up Daymond is also interested and would obviously be a benefit for marketing, etc due to his own line he started from scratch of FUBU clothing. Ends up Robert, Jeff, and Daymond give them $75,000 for rights to the Hillbilly brand name and the guys also get a 7% royalty which they were very happy with especially since Jeff is the King of hillbilly and red neck.

Next in the Tank is Sopranos own Vinny Pastore

Looks like they saved the best for last if your a Sopranos fan because next in the tank is Johnny Gennaro along with his buddy Vinny Pastore from the Sopranos. Johnny came up with what at the start of the presentation what was known as the Broccoli Wad money band. He is looking for a $50,000 investment for a 20% stake.

Robert is first to state, "If he's packing I'm in" and later telling Vinnie don't break my legs but it's a rubber band. Kevin wants to know where they carry credit cards and they let him know "Wise Guys" don't carry credit cards for i.d. purposes only an expired license of someone elses from another state. Johnny and Vinny go on to talk about they have a casino deal in the making and other prospects and that the idea came from the band around the bottom of fresh broccoli and a movie.

Then when Johnny tells them he has 200k invested, Kevin is the first to tell them it sounds expensive and is out. Jeff states it's just not for him and he and Daymond are out.

Barbara states she is not fond of the name "Broccoli Wad" and if they had maybe called it the Vinnie Wad since he had been doing the promotions for it she would have been in. Then before you know it Barbara is making a deal investing $50,000 for 40% of the company half of which will go to Vinny having his face and name on it. Hold on wait a minute, the sharks want to know when Vinnie became a shark and if that wasn't enough when Vinny accepted the deal poor Johnny is just standing there like he doesn't know what just hit him. After explaining it a little better the deal works out great and it almost looked like romance was in the air when Vinny tells Barbara he likes her style and she returns the compliment with how much she liked his. Hmmmmm I guess time will tell (just kidding I think)

Hope you enjoy the show and let me know what you think Have an incredible day and watch out for the sharks especially Kevin, Mr Wonderful my butt, more like the devil in disguise.


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Louis Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your comments I am an avid fan of the show and have been since the first episode.

      I definitely agree with you in reference to Barbara being trust worthy and I also like Jeff Foxworthy when he's on the show.

      The things that go i front of the sharks are just amazing I wish they had a show where we could see others ideas that didn't make it on the show and maybe vote for who gets on

      Oh well I can dream Take care and thanks again

      Have an incredible day and thanks again

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      7 years ago

      A snake is a snake but I think I would trust Barbara before I would one of the others.

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      7 years ago

      Love the show as well. Really have some great ideas and it's amazing what people come up with.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy You will love the show especially because it has so many great ideas I am just amazed sometimes. Of course then I think Why didn't I think of that. I am also a Master chef (especially this season) and top master chef fan but if it interferes with my Shark Tank I just go to Hulu or ABC and watch it the next day or later. Thanks for the great comments and votes and look forward to reading more of your great hubs soon. Take Care

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Eiddwen Thanks for dropping by and your great comments. Hubs we will share in abundance I'm sure. Have a great day and thanks for the votes

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I've never watched the show but your descriptions make it seem as though it would be fun to see. So putting Shark Tank on my list depending upon the time it is shown. It it is against Chopped or Top Chef Masters...afraid the latter will win. :)) Voted up!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      A great read all round and I am without a doubt voting up.

      Here's to many more hubs to share.

      Take care


    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Mary I know I love it too. This episode is kind of funny with Jeff and Vinnie they're both a couple of hoots. Thanks for your valuable time and great comments Have a spectacular day

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      7 years ago

      Somehow I missed this show...probably had a hot

      I will definitely watch it this Friday...I love this show. Thanks for the update...

      Have a nice day...Mary


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