Bering Sea Gold: Dive Till You Drop, 14.04
Summary: A sudden break in the weather provides the season's first "golden opportunity." The teams race to make the most of it and log as many hours on the seafloor as they can. The teams all log good time underwater. Shawn and Vernon compete for the top totals, while the Kellys can't figure out if they're sucking up gold or paint.
Gabe gets out to the dive site before Zeke to prep everything so Zeke can show up, slap on a wetsuit, and get underwater. Zeke plans to go on a marathon dive to make up for lost time. Zeke notches 7 long hours on the box of good, maintenance-free diving. His team does a clean-up that validates his career choice.
Episode Total: 2.1 oz - $3,900
Season Total: 2.1 oz - $3,900
Gabe: "Sometimes when it's freezing out it's kind of difficult to get motivated. The air hurts your face. You question your life decisions. You feel palpable regret for not going to college. Then you bury all those emotions down as deep as you possibly can and you go along with your day."
Steve shows up late and blames Gabe for the generator issue. Steve gets paid.
Episode Total: 0.33 oz - $630
Season Total: 0.33 oz - $630
Steve: "This is good for your joints. *eats gold* Finger-licking good."
Vernon's got his squad of Gary's and is ready to get some serious gold in the box. Social Hour with Vernon where someone on the internet alleges he eats burnt logs. New Gary comes up after 4 hours and Old Gary (Gary Panos) drops in. Old Gary logs a 4 hours as well, and Vernon's squad ends up with the longest time on the bottom of all the teams. He's optimistic about hitting his 200 ounce goal.
Episode Total: 20.52 oz - $38,000
Season Total: 29.47 oz - $55,000
Vernon: "I've got two A-list divers, Gary and Gary...We're talking about a twofer, a two-headed monster...we've got to get down and milk those hours until we can't milk them anymore."
Vernon: "The guy's orgasmic."
Vernon: "You haven't really seen me drunk, and you don't want to see me drunk. Give me a shot of that Jamesons. This is spiritual."
Vernon: "I deny eating any burnt logs, or anything that looks like a burnt log."
Shawn's got a few new toys to stay down diving as long as he can. He's got an electric compressor with a hose extension so they can stay down longer and reach further from the ice hole. Shawn and Joe put some float bags on the hose so that it lays out for optimal gold retention instead of floating vertical. Two hours into the dive, he taps Joe Fulwood to pass him a hose extension, but leaving dive communications and the air compressor with Shawn underwater is a risk. The extension works great, and 6 hours into his dive Shawn is further from the dive hole than he's been all season and wraps up the dive.
Episode Total: 15.5 oz - $29,000
Season Total: 51.95 oz - $96,000
Shawn: "Let 'er rip, tater chip!"
Shawn: "Burning gas, hauling ass!"
The Kelly squad is adding a 25-foot hose extension in order to dig through the sandy overburden and join the marathon dive-athon. We find out Kris is expecting a baby which adds more pressure on him to get gold this season. He can't tell if the gold he sees is paint from the nozzle or is real - and he comes up empty after five hours underwater. Brad Kelly barbecues some dogs on top of the sluice box and crew member James Barkley and Chris McCully are concerned the oils from the meat are going to drip into the box and make the gold float away.
Episode Total: 0 oz
Season Total: 0 oz
Kris: "I think the powder coating on the nozzle is definitely coming off and it's looking like gold."
Kris: "Sucking up paint chips, man? That's that weird kid at school."
Chris McCully: "When you see a grill on top of your sluice box, you know this is a failure. No mining whatsoever is going to be done. Do they really know what the f*** they doing?"
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