Last night’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Cursed Cut.” As the episode begins, it is the first time Todd and Dave are equal partners. Parker is coming up short on his goal and Tony’s dredge is not an easy thing to move.
Parker starts his morning with all his pay dirt flooded. A string of bad luck is taking a toll on him, his men and even his 14-week old puppy Dozer. He found out that a murder occurred at the cut; a husband and wife were mining, and when she attempted to run off with all the gold, he put a bullet in her head. Reports of seeing her ghost have been heard in the area. But ghosts are not the only problem; overnight the new cut was flooded taking the pump with it. Now the motor must be disassembled and drained and once again, mining has come to a halt.
At McKinnon Creek, Dave is here to move dirt and motivate the crew. Now that they are 50-50 partners, with Dave in charge of mining operations, he sees that there are problems. Dave calls the shots and expects to go big or go home. Finally mining his way; he just hopes he does not lose a lot of money.
At home, Tony and the Beets family are having dinner. Minnie asks him where he is with the dredge. He announces that Monica will assist Doug in driving the 85 foot conveyor to the destination 86 miles away to Paradise Hill, as the last 30 feet hang off the back of the trailer bed. The first thirty miles are mountainous dirt roads before they reach the highway. One hour into the journey is the first obstacle; the creek, but coming out is too steep for the 30 feet of overhang. Monica was supposed to be driving ahead of the trailer to make sure the way was safe. She went back to get the loader to drag the truck out of the bank. It was a success and having a young woman who drove loaders since she was twelve, it was a snap.
At Scribner Creek, the flooded pump will take time to repair, unless it is hydro-locked, it that is the case; kiss the $40,000 pump goodbye. Fortunately, the pump is not beyond repair and is soon in operation.
At McKinnon Creek, Dave is having trouble digging the frozen ground. He has dug permafrost before, but this is solid ice. Dave has a dilemma; stay and fight the ice or find softer ground. When Dave goes to town to get more ripper teeth, he tells the crew to keep mining.
Todd has other ideas and believes Dave is wrong this time, and Andy agrees with Todd; but Dave is calling all the shots per their agreement. Todd found another area where the ground was not frozen. After a test pan, Todd knows that the area is much easier to mine and there is gold there too.
At Clear Creek, the spud that keeps the dredge in the ground was sunk deep and unable to be lifted. With a little oil and luck, the spud came straight up and will now be able to go to its destination. Had it stayed in the ground; Tony would have waited until next season to get it operational.
At Scribner Creek, Parker accidentally drove over the pipeline and disconnected it with his ripper blade. Once again the mine is at a standstill. Will they need an exorcist to complete this job? Gene went home for a few days, but somebody has to use his pipe fusing machine. First the pipes must be cut to be fused together. Then the guys bring the machine back to its original spot and hope that Gene does not find out. They got the job done, now to be sure it holds will be the test. Fortunately, it worked and they are back in operation.
While Dave was gone, Todd pulled the entire crew off Dave’s cut and brought them to softer ground. This was not in the agreement, but Todd will have to deal with Dave when he returns. Sure enough, when Dave returned, he was pissed and will send the crew back to the ice.
At Scribner Creek, Tony arrives for his cut on schedule. The sparse gold weighs only 42.35 ounces and Tony takes his share and leaves. Parker’s total is only 305 ounces worth $366,000.
Back at McKinnon, Todd and Dave are at a standoff. As the weather warms, his dirt turns to mud leaving him little traction with his dozer as it sinks into the mud. Dave comes to Todd and admits defeat and joins the crew at the other cut on this episode of “Gold Rush.”