Frank Fritz is back! … In the form of a flashback on the most recent episode of “American Pickers.” We know. When it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In this case, fans got to see the longtime co-host they’ve been missing. But it was only briefly and wasn’t exactly fresh content.
The “American Pickers” episode aired on Monday and was titled “Coal Gold.” It followed Mike Wolfe as he ventured to Virginia to conduct some business with a former circus man. Turns out, this particular seller had a mutual acquaintance with Wolfe in the circus scene. Not only that, but the acquaintance, sideshow act Ward Hall, had been featured on the show before.
Enter Frank Fritz. The episode of “American Pickers” cut to the 2013 encounter the pickers had with Frank Ward. The sudden appearance of Fritz on the show likely took a few viewers aback. Unfortunately, the particular flashback that the show edited in didn’t feature of his speaking parts.
Still, Mike Wolfe mentioned wanting Frank back on the show recently. And while there are plenty of barriers to break down before that could happen, seeing Fritz on a current episode seems like a positive sign.
“We all do care about Frank and we want him back on the show. I would love to talk with him again, we would absolutely love to, but he just can’t get it right. It’s unfortunate that he’s made decisions that have him the way he is,” Wolfe told The Sun a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Mike’s brother Robbie continues to appear on the new episodes of “American Pickers.” At one point, Frank talked to The Sun about how felt like Mike was trying to replace him with Robbie.
‘American Pickers’ Star Frank Fritz Wishes He Came to His Senses Sooner
What makes Mike Wolfe’s comments about wishing Fritz was back with the show even more tragic is Fritz himself realizing he could have sought help so much sooner.
In the end, however, it took several factors to sober him up.
“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol-related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That didn’t sit well with me,” Fritz told The Sun in July.
Frank finally checked himself into rehab after years of putting it off. By his own admission, doing it earlier would have saved him a lot of trouble.
“I wish I had done it five years ago, I would have been a different person. It was the best thing for me and I wish I had done it sooner or I wouldn’t be in the position that I am right now,” he continued.