Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Piles of Gold.” As the episode begins at Scribner Creek, Parker Schnabel has 1,030 ounces of gold worth 1.2 million dollars, he has his crew working on the far cut and Fantasyland. Tony Beets gets 15% of the gold Parker finds. When Tony comes to inspect the cut, he demands that Parker and his crew dig two feet deeper into the bedrock. At Paradise Hill, two of Tony’s crew quit and the operation has been shut down. Tony tells his kids that they must work 18-20 hours straight to do a week’s work in three days.
At McKinnon Creek, the Hoffman crew is running pay dirt worth $11 a yard, but a layer of sand confuses them. If they don’t find the bedrock, they may be tricked into believing there is more gold than they thought. Jack brings them the bad news that the clean out gave them only 29 ounces of gold. So Todd heads to see mining veteran Guy Favron to seek his help with his dilemma. When Guy comes by, he tells them to keep mining because one truckload could be his whole season. One thing he told them was Monster Red was too far away from where they are hauling, but Dave refuses to move the wash plant until he knows it is worth the massive job. When he hits thawed gravel, Dave comes to show Todd the test pan he just found with over thirty colors. At McKinnon Creek, it is family time as Jack’s wife and Todd’s wife and kids arrive for a visit, taking their mind off mining for a little while.
At Scribner Creek Parker’s crew digs down an extra two feet. This is work that takes a toll on the men and the machinery. They agree to run fifteen hundred yards to see if it is worth the effort. After fifteen minutes, the grizzly-bars are jammed from huge rocks and parts of the first screen are broken. Mitch jerry rigs the screen, so they can keep working. They shut down the operation to check the fifteen hundred yards. They only found seven ounces, in the deeper cuts and now Tony just cost Parker $25,000. Foreman Gene Cheeseman sees that the bucket on the excavator has teeth that are eight inches apart, by using the flat edge bucket, they can pick up the gold they missed between the teeth.
At Paradise Hill, Tony and his kids have been working around the clock to keep mining so they can assemble the dredge. Tony weighs out the gold, and it is nearly 164 ounces; enough to keep Minnie happy for a while. Tony and his kids return to the dredge. As they attempt to drop in the nine ton trammel, it is stuck, Tony decides to force it in, and it fits. Kevin fires it up and sure enough; the trammel turns, bringing them one step closer to getting it working. Parker is on his way to Paradise Creek to give Tony the news of his find. He brings Tony 156 ounces of gold; the first seven were the old way, and the rest were Gene’s way of digging with a flat surface shovel. This brings Parker’s haul to 1,186 ounces. When he told Tony, they only dug a bit deeper, Tony told him to do it his way or take a hike. Parker feels that Tony’s title of a Klondike Legend is incorrect, and it should be a Klondike Ass Hole. At McKinnon Creek, Dave left the higher cut and dug closer to the wash plant. Their ten thousand yards of test dirt brought them 116 ounces and with all the families there, it was a dream come true on this episode of “Gold Rush.”