Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Golden Boy.” As the episode begins, with a new look this season, the Hoffman Crew is down to three with Todd, Jack and Thurber at McKinnon Creek, a tributary of the Indian River. The ancient machinery is reluctant to cooperate with the miners, and Little Red is slowly being erected in hopes of finding gold, but the old equipment is not as precise as the new ones. As Jack tries to inch the wash plant in place, the hydraulics on the dozer are leaking. Luckily, Thurber gets it going, until the next setback occurs.
At Scribner Creek, Parker Schnabel is off his goal of a 2,000 ounce season. He is fed up with Tony and his demands, and 2,000 ounces will allow him to buy his own claim. Parker tells Gene they will have to be running 24/7 to meet the goal of 100 ounces a week. Parker has worked 17 hours straight, but he is losing it. His new guy David is digging, but Parker cannot haul enough to keep up with him. A two-man crew is not enough, especially when one worked all day.
At Clear Creek, Tony Beets is still taking the dredge apart. Now taking the gantry apart will be the next step in getting the ancient dredge to run. This is a very important part of the machine and must be done precisely. As Jerry walks up to the top, the 75-year-old deck is rotted and he nearly falls through. Tony sends Kevin up to hook up the giant crane hook. Once the hook is attached, they take out the bolts that hold it in place.
At McKinnon Creek, Jack & Todd are discouraged because the water hole where they expected to get their water to run the sluice is not deep enough to support the pump. Now they have to pump water from the creek a half-mile away with a pump from World War II. Once they get the pump running, the hose leaks at every connection. Thurber comes through again and fixes the leaks and the water comes through.
At Scribner Creek, Parker’s night shift plan fails, and although he only had four hours sleep in two days, he is back on the job. Once they have enough pay dirt to run the belt on Big Red gets a hole in it. If they do not stop it and repair it, the belt will break in half, putting them out of operation for several days.
At Clear Creek, Tony and his team have lowered the gantry and now must remove the pins that hold it on the base. The first pin came out with little effort, but the gantry twisted, when it was lowered, now the second pin is nearly impossible to remove. Tony used a torch and burned it off, once done; the other two pins came out easily.
At McKinnon, Jack called Todd and Thurber to give them the bad news that the dozer just died. He knows what the sound of an engine seizing up sounds like. Now they are in trouble, because there is no extra money to fix the dozer, and if so; is it worth fixing?
Parker’s clean out is only ninety ounces, and 15% of it is Tony’s. Once Tony get’s his 13.5 ounces of gold, he is on his way back to Clear Creek to deal with the dredge.
If the Hoffman crew can find any gold in their clean out, they can fix the dozer. They got 34 ounces; their best first clean out ever. They even beat last season’s total in Guyana on this episode of “Gold Rush.”