Bering Sea Gold: Captaincy 1.05
After six weeks of poor weather conditions, the skies are finally clearing, and the miners are anxious to get back on the water – and the gold.
Scott and Jason clean out the sluice box from their previous mining trip while they wait on parts for their malfunctioning suction hose and water heater. Scott deliberately did not call Steve to help with the cleanout, but Steve shows up anyway. He is angry and suspicious that Scott decided to harvest the gold without the full crew present. Scott loses his cool and decides to leave the cleanout up to Jason and Steve while he grabs a bite to eat.
Steve: “Captain Scott. Meanie.”
Scott returns to lay down the law – he’s the captain, and that’s that. Jason holds in a laugh, and Scott threatens to have him fired. Meanwhile, Steve is nowhere to be found, despite Scott calling him four hours previously to tell him it was time to come to work.
Steve: “He just reverts immediately to 4-year-old. Except for F-bombs, 4-year-olds don’t use the F-bomb. Except for one 4-year-old I knew. He used it one time. But then that 4-year-old, well he was actually a 5-year-old…he threw a phone at me.”
After five and a half hours, Steve finally shows up to work. Scott tries to inform him that there will be no more questioning his captaincy, but Steve tells him he is a horrible captain with no boating or leadership skills. Scott fires Steve on the spot and leaves to pick up Isaac so they can get on with the day. He passes Steve on his way out only to realize that he immediately turned around and went back to the cleanout trailer after he left. Scott returns to demand that Steve leave, but he refuses unless he hears from Vernon directly. Scott goes outside and punches the generator before calling Vernon. Steve finally agrees to leave after Vernon reiterates that he needs to vacate the premises.
Steve: “You couldn’t captaincy yourself out of a wet paper bag.”
Steve: “Bad, bad, bad. Spank, spank, spank, Scott.”
Scott: “I wish punching someone in the face wasn’t against the law, because I would have done it multiple times already.”
Gold Total: 0.25 oz
Desperate for cash and wanting to maximize the streak of good weather, Zeke and Emily decide to go on their first night dive. Zeke wants to get at least 10 hours of dredging in before they call it a night. While attempting to drop the anchor, Emily falls into the 40-degree Bering Sea fully clothed. Zeke gives her a set of dry clothes and gets back to business. Emily argues with him about continuing with their night dive, concerned about the rising swells and murky water.
While Zeke is underwater, the rising swells cause Emily to become seasick, but she decides to tough it out because Zeke is on the gold.
Zeke: “I’m setting the bar pretty high for myself tonight as far as sleep deprivation is concerned.”
Emily: “Bering Sea, what the hell?!”
Emily: “It’s time to turn around, because I’m about to get naked.”
After nine hours, Zeke resurfaces. Emily is concerned that they are losing gold due to the number of heavy rocks building up in the sluice box and all the water that is spilling over the sides as a result. Zeke is annoyed with her attitude and the fact that she continues to question him. He says that he doesn’t really need her there, so she should tread lightly with him.
When another storm blows in, they clean up their gold and go into town to sell it. With an advance of $3,700, Emily finally has enough money to book her trip to Austria for her Masters in Opera.
Gold Total: 3.42 oz
Scott takes the Sluicey out while Ian watches through binoculars on shore. While Ian is on a solo dive, a failure in the anti-thrust panel causes the dredge to spin on the surface. The rocks circulating through the sluice box begin to pummel him underwater. Frustrated, Ian decides to pull the Sluicey in rather than waste his time trying to mine unsuccessfully.
Ian and Scott inspect their broken-down dredge. For the first time all season, Ian takes ownership of the project. He designs a new system for the anti-thrusters, making short work of the repair.
Scott: “It was like trying to dredge in a hurricane, and the visibility was crap.”
Ian: “Thrust has been anti’d!”
Gold Total: 2.0 oz
After five hours in the backhoe, the pain from Shawn’s back injury begins to flare up. He tries to tough it out, but the pain is so terrible that he becomes physically ill. He brings in Robbi to take over operations while he watches from the trailer. Concerned that Robbi is not putting enough material through the wash plant, Shawn calls his dad and Cody for an early shift change.
Shawn: “If you ain’t moving full buckets, you ain’t making any money.”
Steve: “You think you can whip the old man’s ass in a digging competition?”
Eager to see what greenhorn Cody can do in the operator’s chair, Steve challenges him to a digging competition. He enlists his best friend Dave as the judge and offers up a $400 golden nugget as the prize. They each pull in 10 buckets, and the fullest buckets score the most points. With a score of 89-80, the Ol’ Rusty Nugget is declared the victor over the Golden Boy, but Cody won something far more valuable than gold – Steve’s trust and admiration.
Steve: “Shut up and feed that plant!”
Gold Total: 98.0 oz
Zeke, Emily, Ian, and Scott visit a nearby hot spring to warm up and relax after a long day. Tensions are still high between Zeke and Emily, showing the cracks in their relationship. On the way home, Ian’s Jeep flips over due to poor road conditions and worsening weather. Zeke calls out to Emily to see if she is alright.
To be continued…__________
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