Bering Sea Gold: Bad Vibrations 1.07
It’s getting colder in Nome as the summer season winds down. It’s every miner for themselves – each trying to get as much gold as possible before the Bering Sea freezes over.
Shawn takes a test pan to make sure their current spot is paying off and decides to stay put. He has 60 hours on the box currently and needs a big payday to make sure there is enough money to pay the crew. Robbi says Shawn owes him between $25k-28k, and he hasn’t been paid yet this season.
Robbi: “I could give two hoots about gold. I want green money.”
When a storm rolls in, the crew uses their downtime to clean their gold. Robbi counts the buckets, concerned that gold gets lost between the barge and the house. He follows them to the house to monitor the cleanup process and picks a fight with Shawn about when he’s going to get paid. Shawn and Steve tell Robbi that they will square up this afternoon, and he can leave after that if he wants.
Shawn and Steve weigh out 25 ounces of gold for Robbi and tell him that they won’t be called liars and thieves. They aren’t going to put up with his trust issues and bad attitude anymore.
Gold Total: 110
Scott: “My wife didn’t agree with me coming here. She thought it was a pipe dream. She thought it was ridiculous. She didn’t think you could find gold at the bottom of the ocean. So, I left. That simple. I actually divorced my wife to come here.”
Scott and Jason are stuck at port making repairs to the faulty sluice box. Jason continues to question every order Scott gives him, so Scott fires him, or Jason quits – whichever it was, it seemed mutual.
While Scott continues to make repairs, Vernon meets with Jason to ask him to come back to work. Jason tells Vern that he can’t work with Scott anymore because they aren’t being productive. Vernon tells Scott to rehire Steve. Scott meets Steve for a drink at Breakers bar to play nice, but ultimately, Steve decides not to come back to work on the Wild Ranger.
Scott: “I think it’s a lose-lose situation. I lose my temper, Steve loses teeth.”
After returning to the Wild Ranger to continue sluice box repairs, Scott calls Vernon to tell him that he quits.
Gold Total: 0 oz
Zeke is anxious to get back on the water, but Emily is taking her time on shore talking to Scott Foster of the Sluicey. Maybe it’s jealousy, or impatience, but Zeke is very frustrated by their interaction. In his episode interview, he admits that he’s recently realized that he is very attracted to Emily and would like to explore a romantic relationship with her, which makes it hard for him to be around her all day, every day.
They argue on their way out to the mining grounds, and Emily asks if she is his employee or his friend. He tells her that she has to be both. In her episode interview, she confesses that she is fearful that Zeke wants a more serious relationship with her, and she isn’t sure how or if that would work out.
At Breakers bar, Zeke is again upset as Emily flirts with other guys. She makes it clear that she is not interested in him because she views him as a brother. Back at the yurt, Zeke fires Emily and asks her to move out because she is too much of a distraction in his life. She temporarily moves into her dad’s bus.
Gold Total: 8 oz
Ian: “It’s time to get rich or die trying, and you don’t want to die trying.”
Halfway to his season goal of 60-70 ounces, Ian finds a honey hole filled with pickers. After a seven-hour dive, he calls in Scott to relieve him.
Scott takes his dive, but 10 minutes in, his oxygen supply is cut off when the air compressor runs out of fuel. After Ian told him that he had nine gallons in their spare cans on board, Scott is frustrated to find that they are all empty, and his outboard motor is too low on fuel to make it back to shore. He has to drag the Sluicey to shore while he swims the rest of the way. Scott has an epiphany on his five mile walk back to the campsite – he doesn’t want to work for Ian, and he never wants to dive on the Sluicey again. He tells Ian that he is leaving Nome the next morning. He and Ian square up, and Scott goes home with $7,500 worth of gold.
Gold Total: 3 oz
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