Bering Sea Gold: Eureka! 1.06
In a continuation from the previous episode, Ian, Scott, Zeke, and Emily are revealed to be safe after a blown tire overturned Ian’s jeep. Cold and wet, they are stranded until they right the jeep and change the tire.
Cody: “Goooood morning, Viet-Nome! You’ve tuned in to Golden Boy Radio – where all your golden dreams come true!”
Cody completes his first stint as shift boss and Robbi relieves him. Shortly into his shift, a winch breaks its welds, sending it three feet into the air. Robbi quickly welds it back in place so they can return to mining. While Cody is explaining how dangerous it would be if the welds had broken while someone was standing nearby, the winch breaks free again, and the cable from the anchor takes him out at the knees and sending him halfway into the Bering Sea.
Robbi pulls Cody onto the deck and calls Steve to relieve him. Steve investigates the winch, blaming Robbi for not being more diligent with his welding.
After a quick trip to the hospital, Cody and Robbi return to the Christine Rose to relieve Steve. Shortly into their shift, they notice that the dredge is listing to the left. They fear that one of their pontoons has been pierced from below by the excavator bucket’s teeth, and they are taking on water. In a race to keep the mega dredge from capsizing, Cody uses a portable water pump to dump the water back into the Bering Sea.
Shawn arrives, and he and Cody climb down into the pontoon to survey the damage. They are relieved to find that the hole is above the water line, so it is not a critical repair.
Steve: “Oh my gosh, I’ll just giggle all the way to the bank.”
Gold Total: 112 oz
After firing Steve, Scott is determined to get on the gold without any frustrations from his crew. Unfortunately, Scott’s hope for a fresh start is short-lived when he pulls a muscle in his calf while loading equipment onto the dredge. Jason also adds to Scott’s unwanted frustration when he attempts to straighten out the boat after Scott has dropped the anchor, causing more unnecessary rework. Jason is convinced that the Wild Ranger will not be successful while Scott is in charge.
After a four-hour dive, Jason resurfaces and Scott informs him that his leg is in too much pain to dive. He gives Jason the choice to dive again or head in for the day. Jason calls Scott a quitter and says that his injury is a lie and a front for the fact that he’s lazy. Scott gives in to the peer pressure and takes his dive, against his better judgment.
Jason: “His ego is so fucking pathetically huge. It’s like manipulating a child. I feel so guilty.”
Scott’s dive is cut short when, again, there is no suction. Jason cranks up the throttle, but as soon as Scott returns to the seafloor, his leg gives out, ending his dive and the Wild Ranger’s mining day.
Vernon is back in town, and he demands to go back out to the mining grounds with his crew to gain an understanding of why their operation is failing.
With Vernon on board, he orders Scott to dive first. After monitoring for a few minutes, he notices that the sluice box is at too sharp of an angle to properly capture any significant amount of gold. Rather than waste their time, he decides to return to port to redesign the sluice box.
Jason: “This is a sinking ship. It just hasn’t gone down yet.”
Gold Total: 0 oz
Zeke and Emily navigate semi-rough waters, but Zeke is determined to stay on the gold. He has found a great patch and refuses to head in despite Emily’s multiple requests.
She didn’t bring enough warm clothes and is getting colder by the minute in the strong winds. While signaling Zeke to resurface, she falls into the frigid Bering Sea for the second time this season. Emily pulls herself back onto the deck, now colder than ever. Zeke is visibly upset about the circumstances, and he sees Emily as more of a hindrance to his operation than a help. He tries to get her to put on her dry wet suit rather than call it a day, but she continues to argue with him. He reluctantly pilots them back to the harbor.
Gold Total: 4 oz
Scott is at it again with a solo dive. He is hopeful that there will be no more breakdowns so that he can get a solid eight to ten hours in underwater. 45 minutes into his dive, he finds a large stash of gold near a huge boulder. After he sucks up what he can see, he moves the boulder to reveal even more gold underneath. He resurfaces to find the sluice box filled with chunky gold.
Gold Total: 3.64
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