Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Mammoth Gold.” The episode begins at McKinnon Creek at 6 a.m. as Dave Turin is wearing a frilly apron and admits that he lost a bet to Kevin Hiatt. Dave is a man of his word and made pancakes for the gang. After breakfast, they are digging the pay dirt from Mammoth Channel. Bruce Schindler, a mammoth tusk expert told Todd that there is almost always gold where these tusks are found. He also was surprised that it was intact. However, as they try to load the black muddy dirt into the wash plant, it clogs the feeder.
Parker is heading to McKinnon to see if Todd needs another dozer. He purchased one at auction and wants to sell the one he got from Todd. Todd told him not to hold it for him. Parker returns to Scribner Creek and after seeing the size of the Mammoth Channel, wants to go big too. He started the season at the Berm Cut and then went to Treasure Island. He and Rick decide to dig out the Boundary Cut, which will be the size of seventeen football fields and bigger than Todd’s super cut.
At McKinnon Creek, they are trying to remove the mud from the sluice. Dave decides to line the hopper with slippery plastic so the mud does not get stuck. First, they must clear all the mud from the hopper. Once the job was done, the plastic did the trick, and it slid right through.
At Eureka Creek, with the loss of Mike and Jerry, Gene and Tony check the tailings and find gold on the rocks. Now they will build a spray bar to clean the rocks and get the rest of the gold. Gene found a plan and got the huge bar in place. Kevin Beets welded it to ensure it does not move. The spray bar and grouser are working to beat the gold off the rocks. As the week comes to an end, the cleanup begins and Minnie comes in to supervise. The produced 132.85 ounces and it is the biggest haul yet bringing his total to $250,000, just a quarter of what he needs to break even.
At Scribner Creek, the new Boundary Cut flooded when it rained and washed a dam away. Now with six feet of water in it, the hope of beating Todd is looking grim. They dug a trench to divert the water out of the cut and in only a few hours, the cut is drained. Parker is on his way to Dawson City in the Yukon to sell some gold to stockpile fuel to keep the operation going.
At McKinnon, it is cleanup time, and they are anxious to see if the Mammoth Cut is a winner and if Dave is right or not. Jack brings in the gold, and it weighs 236 ounces and Dave was right! They almost got a thousand ounces, and the mammoth tusk was good luck for the Hoffman crew on this episode of “Gold Rush.”