Bering Sea Gold: Mr. Gold and the New Kid 3.09
Winter is setting in, and the miners are trying to get every ounce of gold they can before the harbor freezes over.
Hank reflects on the past nine weeks, disappointed with his current gold total compared to the amount of money and work he has invested into his operation. While he and his crew are preparing to leave the harbor, the Christine Rose honks as they pass by. Hank tells his crew that he has more horsepower, so he races Shawn to the Tomcod claim.
Hank: “We might have been the second one out of the port today, but I have a feeling that in about a half a mile, we’re gonna be the first one to the mining grounds.”
Hank is proud of himself for stealing the Christine Rose’s spot. His season-long tactic of mirroring Shawn’s every move pays off once again, putting him on the best gold he’s ever seen. Unfortunately, even after pushing and clawing his way onto Shawn’s spot, the Au Grabber’s day is cut short after water from the wash plant leaks into the breaker box, shorting the plant’s power supply cables. Without water, they are unable to continue mining. Hank heads into town to make repairs, but is informed that it will be a 4-6 day wait for a new breaker.
Gold Total: 0 oz (no cleanout)
Shawn is disappointed when Hank beats him to the Tomcod, ultimately costing him a hard-earned honey hole. He loses part of his day to prospecting new ground, but finally gets on the gold again, vowing to make more money in one day than Hank is capable of making in one day.
Shawn: “Don’t look like Hank’s running. Him and Jason must be playing grab-ass.”
Gold Total: 85 oz
As Emily takes her new crew out for the first time, she worries that their inexperience, and the fact that they came from Vernon’s boat, may hurt their chances of finding gold. Almost immediately proving her worst fears, Darryl inaccurately points out all the ‘gold’ in the sluice box that he sucked up during his dive. Horrified, Emily informs him that those flakes are metal pieces mixed with rust. During her BSG interview, she admits that she is still adjusting to the new crew dynamic. Her former crew was more experienced than her and was able to bridge any knowledge gaps by showing her what to do. Now, she’s nervous because even though she is still learning, she has to instruct her divers too.
Emily: “Vernon typically hires complete idiots.”
After Darryl’s disappointing dive, she sends Tony down despite his food poisoning. He resurfaces almost immediately to throw up, but ultimately decides to give his dive another shot for the good of their season. After punching multiple holes with nothing to show, he finds chunky gold and sticks with it. Later, their cleanout results in Emily’s largest payday to date. She is visibly emotional over the milestone.
Gold Total: 25 oz
Steve still owes $5,000 on the Minnow, so he sends Kris and Andy to the east wrecks to salvage their season. On their way out of harbor, the Kelly’s find a buoy marking another miner’s hotspot. Because the buoy is on public mining grounds, it stakes no legal claim to the gold. Kris and Andy decide to check it out for themselves.
Kris: “It’s the wild fuckin’ west.”
Kris dives, claiming he’s on the best gold he’s seen all season. The original dredger who marked the spot arrives on scene, very upset. He says that their captain is rubbing off on them and that they have a lot to learn about mining in Nome. He also accuses Kris and Andy of following him twice previously in the season, escalating the confrontation. Andy warns him not to threaten his brother, proposing a fight to settle their disagreement once and for all. The dredger retrieves his buoy and takes off.
Andy: “It’s a good way to start a Saturday morning – knocking the fuck out of an idiot.”
Despite being their most successful mining trip this season, Kris is still disappointed in the results of their day’s work. He says that they need to get away from Steve if they want to have a chance at a decent life.
Gold Total: 5 oz
Miss Nomer / Dragon
Glen gave up on finding his Dragon, so he had the prototype of his design shipped to him from his home state of Washington. It is smaller and slower than the Dragon, but Glen says that slow gold is better than no gold. Steve Riedel helps Glen load the Little Dragon onto his 18-foot platform, Miss Nomer. Glen takes his girlfriend, Jasmin, out to teach her how to dredge.
Glen: “I could teach a dog how to dredge better than most of these guys.”
He uses large straps and float bags to move a 4,000-pound boulder, revealing large gold nuggets and pickers underneath it.
Gold Total: 12 oz
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