Bering Sea Gold: Go Big or Go Home 2.08
With an eight-day stretch of bad weather rolling through town, the miners are discouraged.
Shawn brings his son Dylan to work with him ahead of his upcoming week-long jail sentence. Dylan and Steve team up to insult Shawn’s digging technique, so Shawn challenges his son to a competition. He bets that Dylan can’t get a single rock into the excavator. If Dylan wins, he doesn’t owe his dad any more money for his motorcycle. If he loses, he has to clean the entire house and his dad’s truck.
Steve gives Dylan a secret digging lesson while Shawn sleeps between shifts. Dylan brings in a nice bucket, and Steve compliments him, saying that he brought in just as much as his grandpa.
A few hours later, Shawn brings Dylan out for the bet. As he raises the bucket up, it reveals exactly one rock. He wins the bet with his dad.
Shawn: “There’s a lot of gold left out there. It’s just figuring out the way to get it up…in my pocket.”
Gold Total: 33 oz
Vernon: “He looked like about 40 miles of beat-up moose ass.”
Vernon anchors 100 yards from the Beast’s hotspot, but Daryl is not finding any signs of gold. Vernon is frustrated that his taste of gold earlier in the season has not continued to the present. He is 41 ounces behind his season goal, and he needs every flake he can get to pay off the investment into his fleet of dredges. To make matters worse, the Bering Booty is stuck at harbor with outboard motor problems, so Vernon calls Elaine to relieve him on the Wild Ranger while he deals with the repairs.
After several hours of waiting, Vernon is spiraling. His unsuccessful day on the Wild Ranger continues, and Elaine has yet to show up to relive him or answer her phone. He threatens to fire her and her boyfriend Flint if they don’t shape up.
Gold Total: 1.2 oz
Anchor Management / The Beast
Todd feels hurt, betrayed, and abandoned by his good friend, Scott Meisterheim. Vernon offers Dan and Todd jobs on The Beast. They are hard-up for cash, so they accept his offer.
Todd: “No yellin’, no screamin’, and no Scott.”
Todd and Dan are optimistic that they can still turn their season around. Dan is the first one in the water, and he quickly finds a nice hotspot. Unfortunately, their luck is short-lived when Dan accidentally clogs the suction hose with a cluster of rocks. In an effort to clear the jam, the crew increases the engine rev, which speeds up the flow of water through the sluice box and ultimately washes all their hard-earned gold back into the Bering Sea.
Todd: "You can take the Bering Sea and stick it up your fucking ass.”
The next morning, Todd and Dan are no-shows. We then see them at the airport, closing the chapter on their golden dreams for good.
Gold Total: 0 oz
Zeke: “When my ex-girlfriend gets here, I’m going to have to go get laid.”
Zeke: “You fucked up in so many ways, I couldn’t even count them on four hands.”
During Zeke’s dive, it’s apparently as good a time as ever for him and Emily to hash out their pent-up relationship issues. Zeke instigates an argument with Emily by letting her know that he’s going to sleep with his ex-girlfriend this weekend, and Emily fires back asking Zeke if he’s going to pay her a salary to stay in Nome. She even jokes that given one week, she bets Zeke’s girl will leave him to hook up with Shawn Pomrenke, calling attention to the previous season when Zeke got jealous when Emily flirted with Shawn in front of him at the bar.
Zeke admits that he is still not completely over Emily, and she tells him that the way he treats her is not acceptable and that their relationship needs to remain professional or she will go find another job.
At the end of the day, Zeke apologizes to Emily because he doesn’t want their friendship to end over their fight. He says they need to be able to supersede friendship for business.
Gold Total: 7.5 oz
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