Bering Sea Gold: Money Money Money 3.08
Nearing the end of the summer mining season, the only thing on the miners’ minds is how many more days they’ll have out on the Bering Sea.
Vernon arrives back in Nome. His crew questions his leadership ability and dedication to the Wild Ranger. They all agree that they need to start making 1.5-2.0 ounces per hour to salvage their season. Despite concerns from the crew about the ground being overworked, Vernon takes them to the public mining area and leaves them there while he goes to oversee another dredge. Coming up empty yet again, the divers are at their financial end. They head in, clean the gold, and decide to get out while they still can. Vernon takes it personally when his crew quits, blaming them for his mining company’s failure.
Vernon: “Total financial ruin…that’s what I’m looking at.”
Gold Total: 7 oz
Emily still has no crew, so she has no way to earn an income or make payments to Zeke. She goes to see her former employee, Derek McClarty to work things out with him, but they can’t come to an agreement. He says she used him for free labor to build her dredge and leaves before he loses his cool. Emily is visibly emotional and at a loss for words, struggling to understand where she went wrong with her crew. That evening, Emily runs into Tony Mann, Vernon’s former greenhorn diver, and he agrees to come work for her.
Gold Total: 0 oz
Shawn and his crew lost a few days on the water installing their new backhoe, but he’s fired up about its increased power and speed. He’s ready to get back on the Bering Sea and put twice as much gold in the box. Unfortunately, he finds that someone moved in on their spot and cleared the rest of their paystreak while he and his crew were away. He moves the Christine Rose through their past tailings onto fresh ground. A test pan reveals chunky gold, reinvigorating Shawn to meet his new goal of 100 ounces to bring the mining company back into the black.
A few hours later, Cody sees a storm brewing on the horizon, so Shawn decides to head into harbor while the wind is still at their backs. He checks the sluice box and is very happy with their progress.
Shawn: “Look at all that cheese – it’s like a grilled cheese sandwich!”
Gold Total: 112 oz
Jason Higa replaces Scott as deckhand. Hank hasn’t been successful yet and is feeling unlucky, so he turns to an unconventional technique called dowsing to test the magnetic fields below the Au Grabber. When the rods that Jason is holding begin to cross each other, Hank takes it as a sign that they are on the gold. He jumps in the excavator, takes a test pan, and actually does find gold. They successfully mine for a few hours, but after pushing his luck with the last storm, Hank heads into harbor when he sees that Shawn has called it a day. His crew cleans the gold, but their efforts result in another weak payday. Logically, Hank swears off all future test panning, instead vowing to dig twice as hard and long to find enough gold to recoup his $600k investment.
Gold Total: 13.8 oz
Zeke and his girlfriend Sarah are repurposing Steve Riedel’s old school bus into a food truck called the Au Gratin. They specialize in southern comfort food.
Zeke: “Food makes anyone happy. I wonder if it’ll make them forget that they think I’m a crazy drunk asshole.”
Zeke and Sarah haul the bus into town using a very sketchy towing system, maneuvering backroads to avoid any potential police activity.
Zeke: “This is a highly illegal bus-towing system. I guess I can’t help but commit crimes constantly.”
In town, Zeke and Sarah sell out of jambalaya. Sarah tells Zeke that she gave free servings to the police as a sign of good faith. Steve stops by to check out his former home, while Zeke airs his grievances to him about Emily and the payment situation for his dredge. He accuses her of slander and defamation for telling the cops that he made threats against her property and her life. Steve leaves, and Zeke decides to cut off the entire Riedel family and treat them as if they were all dead to him.
Gold Total: 0 oz
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