Bering Sea Gold: Backhoe Wars 03.07
Encroaching weather and unpredictable visibility sideline smaller dredges, but the mega dredges don’t miss a beat.
Desperate for a payday, Emily, Steve, and Glen make the most of the weather by planning an inland mining and camping trip along the Kougarok River. When Glen and Emily arrive at Steve’s World, he’s not ready to go, and all he seems to care about is cutting a sheet of visqueen for their outdoor camping kitchen. Sensing an attitude, Steve demands respect from Emily. After arguing more about the planning and preparation for the trip…and the visqueen, Steve stomps off. Emily and Glen leave without him.
Glen: “I just really hate visqueen…”
Emily and Glen do a little mining and a lot of drinking along the Kougarok, and she fantasizes about hiring him to work on the Eroica.
Emily: “Having a bunch of buff dudes working on my dredge definitely makes me drool.”
Meanwhile, the storm breaks, and Emily’s crew heads out on the Eroica. They are pissed that Emily isn’t there, complaining that she doesn’t put in the work necessary for a captain. They discuss their lack of respect for her and how they haven’t received enough of a payout to justify all the hard work they already put into building the Eroica. Emily and Glen find just over $150 in gold on the Kougarok, and Emily’s crew walks off the job.
Gold Total: 0.1 oz
Hurt that he was left behind by Emily and Glen, Steve takes Kris to test the waters and visibility despite the uncertain weather. Kris finds a patch of paydirt, including some nice pickers, but the Minnow’s curse of air and errors strikes again, as Kris begins to lose air pressure. He calls out to Steve for help, but he has headphones on and doesn’t hear him. In a panic, Kris rips his $1,200 face mask off and resurfaces for air. Because it wasn’t properly secured to the dive line, the mask sinks to the bottom of the Bering Sea. Steve free dives to retrieve it.
Kris: “I didn’t have any fucking air, and I almost fucking drowned is what really happened.”
Gold Total: 0 oz (no cleanout)
Vernon is called home to Homer, Alaska by his wife to discuss their worsening financial situation. She is concerned because they should be seeing some improvement now that they are in their third mining season but instead, they are going bankrupt. He assures her that they need to stick it out during the hard times to make it big.
Vernon: “La-Z-Boy, top of the line. It’s a comatose boy.”
Gold Total: 0 oz
Shawn is on a paystreak, determined to mine enough gold to make the final payment on their new backhoe. With the Au Grabber unsuccessfully copying their every move and mining in their tailings, Shawn and his crew are laughing it up.
Shawn: “I think they should have called it the ass grabber.”
With the storm rolling in, the night shift operator has trouble returning to harbor. He has them pointed toward the open water, so Shawn returns to the Christine Rose, cranks up the power on the propellers, and takes control of steering with the excavator arm. He carefully turns the mega dredge around and inches the crew and their hard-earned gold back to safety.
Gold Total: 150 oz
Hank mines in the shadow of the Christine Rose, picking up Shawn’s used dirt. He says all they can do is keep digging, but his crew expresses concerns that he doesn’t know the difference between used up and fresh ground. Scott calls Hank a hack behind his back.
When the Christine Rose heads into harbor for the storm, Hank decides to capitalize by moving onto their spot. The storm intensifies with the waves reaching the top of the deck, and he reluctantly decides to pack it in.
Scott: “This ain’t Deadliest Catch. We don’t need to be out here. We aren’t fuckin’ crab fishermen.”
Back in harbor, Scott and Hank butt heads over the optimal water pressure to use for cleanout. After accusing Scott of not being a team player, Hank fires him…again.
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