Last night’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Dead Even.” The episode begins at Scribner Creek, as Parker and Rick talk about their season and the goal of 3,000 ounces of gold. With only 1,800 so far and three weeks to go, he stops to pay the royalties to his landlord, Tony Beets. Parker owes Tony 285 ounces of gold, and as they weigh it up, it comes to 525 ounces. As Minnie and Tony watch the count; Parker tells Tony it is the up-front amount if his goal of 3,000 is made. As Rick Ness scratches his head; he cannot believe that Parker did such a thing, now putting more stress on him as the boss to work until they do. Could they be there until Christmas?
At McKinnon Creek, they are mining the Super Cut, but it has been far from super, as they continue to miss their weekly goal. If they do not find a hot spot, they may not make the goal. Andy’s new cut is filled with ground water, and his dozer is so big that if he gets stuck into the mud, he may not be able to get out. Sterling is operating an excavator after driving rock trucks for three years. Now he must help Andy by draining the area. He must dig a huge hole to drain the water and was warned several times to take it slow. However, not heeding the warning, he drove the 40-ton excavator into his own ditch. Now Andy comes to the rescue by jumping in the excavator and using the arm to stabilize it so it can back out. Sterling was a bit cocky, but got humbled by someone with over twenty years experience driving an excavator.
At Eureka Creek, Tony arrives to see Kevin and Monica trying to loosen a huge boulder from a dredge bucket as Tony comes up and shows them how. Once Tony leaves, the dredge stops working, as Monica comes to dig out the tailings to release the dredge and allow it to float again, but it does not happen.
At Scribner Creek, the crew is in an all-out scramble to hit the 3,000-ounce goal. He even paid the royalties on the goal already, so something short of a miracle must be done. Chris and Rick notice the sluice is not running properly so Chris goes to get Mitch to find out why. Something was out of place because of water leakage, the sluice is uneven. To even it out could cause a damaged water pipe. As Rick gingerly lifts the sluice, they push tailings under that side. Once running, it is working again on all four sluices.
At Eureka Creek, the dredge is still shut down, and Kevin is perplexed. Monica and Kevin have to get it running before Tony shows up. Kevin will block the drainage ditch to give the dredge more floatation. After three hours, it is back running before Tony can find out. When he shows up, he tries a test pan and finds gold and even a nugget. But Kevin is going back to college soon, and probably cannot wait.
At McKinnon Creek, Todd is determined to find more gold as Andy hits red rock and summons Todd. Todd brings a pan and finds fifty colors and calls it the Roulette Cut because it is like spinning a roulette wheel to find gold.
At Scribner Creek, Parker is loading bedrock into Goldzilla and ordered the crew to dig deeper into the cut. Rick is annoyed at digging bedrock with the dozer as another tooth breaks off the shovel. Bedrock is tough on machines and tougher on the sluice. When a big rock makes it through the grizzly bars, they must break it down before it tears the conveyor.
At Paradise Creek, the Beets family gathers for dinner before Kevin left for college leaving Monica to run the show.
At McKinnon Creek, they are separating the Roulette Cut dirt from the Super Cut. After running the Roulette Cut pay dirt, they stop to check if they made a good decision. It is already showing signs of a jackpot, but Jack will give them the news. Between the two cuts, the total is 234 ounces, what they should be getting each week and a total of 2,096 ounces so far and beat the two thousand mark.
At Scribner Creek, Parker is checking their gold for the week and comes up with 302.685 ounces for a total of 2,102 and surpassed Todd Hoffman on this episode of “Gold Rush.”