Bering Sea Gold: Suction 1.03
The ocean is smooth, and the miners are hoping for a three-day streak of good weather.
Shawn is still healing after being stabbed in the back during a bar fight, but he still finds time to spend with his family and friends. Meanwhile, Steve works on the Christine Rose, but he is having trouble starting the generator, keeping the batteries charged, and the fuel pump keeps turning off. He is frustrated with Shawn for not managing the little things and not having greater attention to detail.
Steve: “Another thing to add to my bitch list!”
After two weeks, Shawn heads back to work. His dad complains to him about the lack of tools on the barge. They bump heads until Steve leaves. Shawn is excited to get back to work, and the crew is eager to have him back, stating that now they can make some real money.
As the wind picks up, Shawn prepares to lower the spuds for more support in the rising swells, but instead, he accidentally raises the cable, shredding it. The spud drops to the seafloor, pinning the Christine Rose in place. Shawn climbs 35 feet to the top of the I-beam without a safety harness to replace the cable. He then replaces the clamp at the top of the spud, reattaching it to the new cable. Once the repair is complete, the weather has gotten too bad to remain on the water, so they raise the spud and return to harbor.
Gold Total: 75 oz
Scott is frustrated about the circumstances surrounding the Wild Ranger. It is his responsibility to make sure that the crew and the dredge function properly, and so far, neither has happened. Steve shows up 30 minutes late, but Scott needs him to be on the boat to tend the deck while he dives. Just as they are about to leave, injured diver Jason shows up to ask for a chance to dive even though his arm is only 60% healed. Scott reluctantly lets Jason come with them, but tells him he absolutely will not be diving.
Steve takes the first dive but doesn’t find any gold. Scott pulls the anchor to try another spot. Scott dives on the new spot, but there isn’t enough suction to pick up any gold. He is tired of having idiots on his boat who impede him from doing his job and making money.
Steve: “Well, I’m not finding any gold, but I’m having a ball.”
Steve and Jason finally restore suction to the Wild Ranger. Scott is finally able to dive, but he doesn’t find any gold. He is tired of hearing Jason whine about not being able to dive, so he reluctantly sends him down to see if he can come up with anything. Jason resurfaces to tell Scott that he is unsure if he was on the gold or not, but he saw a lot of yellow things. Scott decides to call it a day because he is tired of wasting his time.
Scott: “This boat needs to be at the bottom of the fucking ocean, and it needs to be a home for a bunch of fish and starfish. This boat’s good for that.”
Scott: “I think you’re retarded, just so you know.”
Gold Total: 0 oz
Excited to put in 12-hour days and make up for lost time, the Sluicey’s day is cut short when the building swells become too rough for the small riverboat. Ian feels that the hull is too shallow and there is too much electrical equipment on board to risk staying out. Scott is visibly upset because most other dredges can still work in this weather.
Scott: “It’s a fair-weather vessel, and you don’t make money by being a fair-weather dredger.”
Scott is frustrated with Ian, expressing that he is one of the most disorganized and scatterbrained people he has ever met. He shows Ian an area on the Sluicey that Ian forgot to seal that has resulted in a leak. Ian doesn’t take the critique well, telling Scott to check his ego at the door.
After another successful gold cleanout, Ian and Scott decide to market their hard-earned gold to tourists fresh off a German cruise ship. They make $1,000 more than they would have if they sold to a gold broker in town.
Scott: “Homestyle gold cookin.”
Gold Total: 3 oz
Zeke and Emily try to return to their previous hotspot, but are uncertain if they have arrived or not. Zeke dives to check out the bottom, quickly resurfacing to let Emily know that he has found the best gold he’s ever seen. Zeke turns the nozzle over to Emily after a three-hour dive, leaving her alone underwater on only her second dive. Emily attempts to clear a rock jam when her arm is pulled into the suction hose. After a few long minutes of struggling to free herself, Emily dislodges her arm and resurfaces. She is visibly shaken and begins to question whether she is cut out for gold dredging.
Zeke continues to dive while Emily is still recovering from her close call earlier in the day. She calls Zeke up, and he agrees to return to harbor.
Emily: “You’re kind of like the dredge slave.”
Zeke: “Gold is where you find it.”
Gold Total: 9 oz
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