Last Friday’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Mammoth Channel.” The episode begins at Scribner Creek at the cut called Treasure Island. Last week, they found 256 ounces there, but now Rick is out of thawed pay dirt. Tony Beets comes over to inspect the best ground Parker has ever mined. He gives Parker a tip to make sure he inspects to make sure they get every last piece of dirt. Rick was surprised that Parker found more unthawed pay dirt because he was sure they had every last bit.
Tony is on the way to his dredge at Eureka Creek. He will be coming to give the news that they will be working 24/7 to bring home the gold. Tony does not give a bleep what anyone thinks and insists that Gene finds a way. Tony feels that it is not a cruise ship and is there to make money. While Jason is operating the buckets, large boulders start coming into the buckets. Jerry triggered the grizzly bar to prevent the boulder from going into the trammel. As boulder after boulder come to the end, three large boulders are on the grizzly bar, but their combined weight is too much for this old equipment to handle and a bolt breaks off the grizzly bar, and the three boulders go into the trammel and fell onto the tailings conveyor; the worst place for them to go. Again, it must be shut down to clear the rocks. This is the first night shift and already there is an impending disaster. Because the boulders are too heavy to remove by hand, Jerry decides to restart the conveyor. If a jagged edge of one of the boulders rips a hole in the 166 foot long rubber belt and without a spare, it could be down an extensive amount of time. By the time their shift was over, they ran a hundred yards of pay dirt.
At McKinnon Creek, their wash plant is running three thousand yards of dirt an hour and they are determined to keep going. Todd is taking his son Hudson for a week to reconnect with him on a guy’s vacation. Dave Turin will hold down the fort and keep mining day and night. Everyone is not happy to see Todd leave again. Last week, he was away to El Dorado and now another week with him missing. Suddenly, there is too much mud in the cut, and they must shut down the wash plant and do something about the mud. The crew is not happy that they are not feeding the wash plant, but miners seem to only be happy when the gold is weighed, and it is a large amount. Suddenly, Andy Spinks calls for Dave to come to where he is digging. When he arrives, there is something sticking out of the mud; a wooly mammoth tusk that took three of them to lift. The animal that owned that tusk had two of them and lifted them all the time. One can only imagine how big and strong it was.
At Scribner Creek, Rick and Brennan are digging the bedrock that Parker found. Mitch went in to rip some of the frozen dirt, but it is risky to the equipment.
At Eureka Creek, Jerry is on his second night of a twelve-hour shift. Tonight he is working with Mike, who helped him rebuild the dredge. When it is time to move the buckets to another location, he hears a strange noise, and Gene tells them to shut it down. Jerry is a disgruntled worker and is tired of working twelve hours when he was promised eight hours.
At McKinnon Creek, they removed the mud from the Mammoth Channel and can get back to their regular work. They lost 24 hours of sluicing, cleared the mud and found the tusk.
At Eureka Creek, Tony is looking for Mike and Jerry and calls them into the kitchen to discuss it. They discussed their annoyance at the twelve-hour shifts, and Tony told them that there is no eight-hour-shift in the mining industry. Tony let them both go and feels that they could be replaced easily. Before coming to the Yukon to work on the dredge, Jerry and Mike mined together at Jerry’s hard-rock gold claim near Phoenix, Arizona. They felt that by breaking down and rebuilding the dredge that they deserved better but Tony does not give a bleep what they think. As they were leaving to return to Arizona, they agreed that Tony was a greedy and ignorant man who did not care about anyone but himself.
At McKinnon Creek, Dave is confident that he made the right decision, and Todd returned ready to get back to work. They ran the gold they found from the five days of sluicing and Jack told them it was 121.15, far short of the two hundred they needed. With a little over a quarter of what they need per week, Dave feels they are down but not out.
In Paradise Hill, Parker brought his gold to Tony’s place to weigh it and see if the new cut brought good gold. It weighed 283.2 and was the first time they weighed gold together since their fallout on this episode of “Gold Rush.”