Last night’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Ship of Fools.” As the episode begins, at McKinnon Creek and with only 258 ounces of gold, they are nowhere near their goal of a thousand ounces. Dave Turin and Todd Hoffman are equal partners, with Dave in charge of mining operations. The mood is not good and when claim owner Peter Tallman shows up to see how they are doing; he is not happy either. When he finds out they are only getting about four dollars a yard, he knows they will soon be broke. Todd has to give Peter a twenty percent cut of the gold and Dave better figure it out soon.
At Eureka Creek, Tony Beets gathers his crew who has assembled the pontoon, but they only have two months before the Klondike winter shuts them down. Suddenly, the crew finds out they are out of bolts to put the dredge together. The crew torched off most of the bolts to disassemble the dredge. When ordering the replacements, Tony did not order enough and they need about 2,000 bolts now.
At Scribner Creek, Parker’s crew has hit its stride and already passed last year’s total of 1,029 ounces of gold. At the beginning of the season, Grandpa John suggested that Parker buy his own claim. So while Grandpa is here, they will seek out a claim that Parker has his eye on. At Last Chance Creek, Parker and Grandpa visit the claim owner Lee, who has an asking price of three million for his claim. Parker put his search for the new claim on hold. Before taking Grandpa to the airport, he sought his mentor’s advice about opening a new cut. As the plane took off, Parker was glad for the short time they had together, wishing it could have been longer.
At McKinnon Creek, with results of only four dollars a yard, Dave calls upon the claim owner who produced drill maps that stated they should be getting three times that amount. Peter explained that the drill maps do not state the depth of the gold, and showed Dave that there is a white-channel gravel layer below the pay dirt they have been mining. When they reach that layer; they will find more gold. After speaking with Peter Tallman, Dave shut down the current operation. The crew is divided on Dave’s decision to throw gold away to find richer ground.
Dave stuck his neck out, but he is in charge of mining operations and sometimes decisions come with a huge price. Kevin and Logan are looking at the pay dirt they continue to dump and feel that it is the dumbest thing they ever did. The morale is as low as it was in the jungle. Finally, Dave hits the white rocks and does a test pan and takes it to Todd. The pan has twenty-six colors. They agree to run a thousand yards to see when it produces.
At Dawson City Airport, a favor came in to Tony Beets from a supplier. The crew was shut down for two days waiting for the bolts. Tony can’t understand how it took them so long to notice the shortage. As they continue to reassemble the dredge, parts damaged in disassembly or transit need major repairs, but Tony wants it assembled regardless.
At McKinnon Creek, they are running the white channel and the sluice looks good, but Dave has been fooled by riffles before and will not be satisfied until Jack gives them the exact number. Finally, the moment arrives, along with the claim owner to see the results. The white channel produced eleven dollars an ounce, nearly three times what the original pay was producing. Dave became the hero and the naysayers were happy once again on this episode of “Gold Rush.”