Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Viking Ship.” As the episode begins, with a new look this season, hopefully there will be answers to questions raised in last week’s episode. After Todd and his crew of his father and Thurber found 34 ounces last week, can they resurrect their dead excavator, will Parker and Gene depart company after moving Big Red closer to the dig site, and will Tony Beets’ dredge be destroyed before it can be moved?
As Todd heads into Dawson City, he will sell the gold they found last week to keep the operation going. He met with the smelter, who will give him the exact weight of his find after the impurities are removed. The beautiful gold bar looked amazing after it was melted down and seven ounces of slag removed. Todd had $33,000 worth of gold to sell and use for mining.
At Scribner Creek, Parker and his crew has found 171 ounces of gold so far, and are falling short of their goal of 100 ounces a week. On the Swamp Cut, it is a half mile to haul the pay dirt to the wash plant and when Parker checks their diesel supply, it is running low. Gene tells Parker it will take two days to move the wash plant a half mile closer to save fuel. The wash plant weighs 15,000 pounds and will be disassembled to move it.
Tony is still in the process of disassembling his dredge, but the 75-year-old machine has age problems too. When Tony’s phone rings, it is his wife Minnie, calling from Paradise Hill, one of the biggest gold mines in the Klondike. She tells him that nothing is running, and he better return quickly. It is a three and a half hour ride to the mine, and Tony is not happy to leave the dredge.
At McKinnon Creek, Jack and Thurber await Todd’s return. When he comes back, he takes them to meet their new rental equipment, an excavator and another loader, giving them two loaders.
At Scribner Creek, Gene is right on schedule with the move. Parker has bills to pay and heads to Haines to take care of business for a few days, leaving his operation in good hands. Gene spots uneven water flow into the sluice and shuts it down. Then he notices holes worn where the dirt flows. Instead of it going into the sluice, some is falling back into the plant. The welding will take another two days to repair, but Gene feels it is better to fix it properly now rather than later.
Back at McKinnon Creek, Todd spots a problem, and his “What the frick!” signals trouble. There is a backup of dirt because Jack is feeding the plant too fast. Todd asks his father if he made a call to the guys; would they possibly come back. His call to Dave Turin is a disappointment because Dave is very happy with the Dodge Boys.
At Paradise Hill, Tony arrives to find everything shut down. His son Kevin is trying to figure out what went wrong, when Tony replaces a small fuse and gets the operation going again.
Parker returns to Scribner with a new member of the team; a 12-week-old black lab puppy named Dozer. When he finds out that there were two more days of shut down, Gene was pissed, that he did a good thing that went without appreciation. Is Parker getting just like Tony?
Tony returns back to the dredge. He has a plane, but it has been grounded for repairs. He talks to his banker Minnie, who tells him she just cannot pull money out of her ass, and he tells her to try her pocket instead. Tony brought the clean out to Minnie so she could get the plane, now Tony can go back and forth in no time, instead of driving for hours. Back at the dredge, Tony is now taking the roof off and the rotten wood comes off easily.
At McKinnon, a couple of trucks arrive with trailers, Todd goes to greet them and it is his old crew who heard about him finding gold, so they came back. Todd told them, when they saw all the gold in the sluice; if a fat guy, an old guy and a guy with a great mustache can do this, no telling what all of us can do. After Todd apologized for last year, Jack said a prayer for good luck on this episode of “Gold Rush.”