A girl I work with went to small claims many years ago. After she filed papers, she was contacted by a TV show (Judge Joe Brown IIRC) and was asked to appear on the show with her case. She refused. But the interesting thing about going on those shows according to her, is that if you win, you will get your money regardless. Collecting will not be as much of a pain.
So maybe I can appear on TV TWICE about this case.
And if I don't have to waste so much time and effort trying to collect my money, that would be great.