Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Frozen Pay.” The episode begins at Scribner Creek, with only two weeks left to mine. He is hoping to hit the 3,000-ounce goal, but will the weather cooperate? As Rick Ness digs with the excavator, the teeth are falling off the bucket. During the summer, the frozen ground was able to thaw as the weather got warmer, but the opposite is occurring now. Their remedy leaves them with nothing but to divert the creek. Rick and Parker agree that it is the only way to go. They will put a path of water between their two best cuts; Treasure Island and the Boundary Cut. With more gold to mine, it is their only hope of beating Todd Hoffman.
At McKinnon Creek, Dave Turin is busy when a snow squall hits the claim. It gets colder at night, and the crew cannot keep up with the piles of paydirt that are being coated with ice. Todd plans to borrow a neighbor’s wash plant called Fort Knox from the mine boss Tara Christie. After a bit of haggling, she will stay and help him out, but it will cost him.
At Scribner Creek, Rick is working on the diversion channel. The boundary cut is frozen solid when Mitch Blaschke sees a problem with Goldzilla as the shaker deck is operating erratically. After four hours, they manage it solve the problem.
At Eureka Creek, Tony is 353 ounces of gold short of paying for itself. Now Tony wants to make another 180-degree turn to bring it back to its original position. Gene’s idea will take a few days, but Tony insists on doing it quicker. Gene’s idea was correct, but he is not the boss. As it is now in position, the bucket line is torn apart.
At Paradise Hill, Tony comes to tell Minnie that the bucket line is broken. They must find replacement buckets. Thirty miles south of Paradise Hill, there is an old dredge with its bucket line intact. Too bad the buckets are four inches too big. Minnie is on her own treasure hunt looking for buckets that people in Dawson City have used for flower pots. She came back to Tony’s surprise and had the buckets he needed. Although they were sitting with flowers in them for forty years, a bit of tweaking with an acetylene torch, and they were back in business, thanks to Minnie.
At McKinnon Creek, they are going to move Fort Knox, the biggest piece of equipment they ever moved. It must go eight miles through a twisting and narrow road and at the end, a dangerous uneven narrow road. Fort Knox is named after the United States Bullion Depository, which at its peak held almost 650 million ounces of gold, worth more than $714 billion dollars, enough to cover an entire football field in half a foot of gold. On its way, the wash plant flirts with disaster. Dave is behind the plant holding its rear end up with the dozer. Finally, the two plants are stand alongside of each other awaiting all the paydirt they can handle.
At Scribner Creek, inspectors have given Parker the go-ahead to divert the water. When the water is diverted, it does not flow the way it should, an ice dam is keeping it from flowing smoothly. One smack with the bucket of the excavator crushes the ice and sends the water where it should go.
At Paradise Hill, Tony and crew are awaiting the clean out numbers, and 62.32 ounces are the three-day total; just 300 ounces short of their goal.
At Scribner Creek, Parker is happy that the water is flowing just right, and the otters are thankful for a new place to play. Parker has the results of the cleanup, and now everyone gathers around. So far, they are at 2,591, and the 416 ounces gives a total of 3,007. As Parker thanks them for their hard work, he still wants to mine and asks his crew if they want to stay or go.
At McKinnon Creek, Jack calls everyone to the gold room. So far they had 2,376 ounces, needing 324 ounces for their 2,700 goal. They hit 334 ounces for a total of 2,710 meeting their goal. Now with two wash plants, they can run the rest of the paydirt and hopefully beat Parker on this episode of “Gold Rush.”