Continuing from last night’s fifth season premiere episode of “Gold Rush” titled “New Blood;” Mike and Jerry, the machinists who are going to disassemble the dredge are painstakingly marking every part of the gigantic machine so reassembling it will be easier. Tony arrives with his daughter Monica and son Kevin. Tony is not happy with the lack of progress the guys have made and kicks the wall out and orders his children to kick the walls out. They follow his expletive-laced order and the tin walls went tumbling down.
In Dawson City, Todd Hoffman is desperately seeking a place to mine. They find Marshall Mintz, who brokered the deal for them to go to Guyana. He has one claim at McKinnon Creek, but they are very late as they find nothing else left. Skeptical, Todd and Jack ask why nobody is mining there now. Marshall believes they went bust, a story that hits home. He tells them to come with him and bring a gold pan to check it out.
Parker’s team is now complete, as Greg Remsburg and Chris Doumitt arrive. They get the pep talk from Parker and Gene, as Parker announces their goal of 2,000 ounces. They are used to hard work, and know it will be a challenge, but they are up for it. With new equipment, like the 70-ton excavator and after six days of loading pay dirt, they are ready to fire up Big Red. Tony Beets arrived unannounced and stopped the operation. The clause in the new contract stated that Parker had to put hydraulic riffles, and because Parker ignored or did not notice the clause, Tony shut the operation down. Now their head start was just erased.
At Carmacks in the Southern Yukon, six days of running dirt, the crew is ready to run dirt. Dave saw gold nuggets like never before. In the gold room, they are running the concentrate. They found 27.47 ounces on their first haul, and this was just the top layer.
At Scribner Creek, Gene spent two days fabricating hydraulic riffles to put the operation back in business. Three days of running hard, Chris Doumitt is seeing gold and ready to run. Tony arrives for the clean out and it gives Parker a total of 73 ounces, a disappointment as he hoped for at least 100. Tony told him not to be disappointed, as he has already beaten his total so far. Tony took his 15% of the gold and was on his way.
At McKinnon Creek, 35 miles south of Dawson City, the Todd, Jack and Marshall arrive at the abandoned mine and meet with claim owner Peter Tallman. The previous miners had no plan and went bust. The claim owner told them they would undoubtedly find gold, and the first pan proved it. Much of the work was even done, and Todd believes he can run dirt immediately. The claim owner knew what he was talking about, so Todd went to make a deal. Peter wants 20%, and will not negotiate. They previously only had to kick back 10% on their last claim in the Yukon. The deal was 20%, they could use the camp and most of the equipment. One big stipulation was they had to guarantee Peter 100 ounces of gold, whether they found it or not. Although Jack did not agree to this, Todd did, and they shook hands.
Tony’s ramshackle-looking dredge may not be pretty, but as he spoke about its potential, it made sense. He stated the possibilities are endless for making millions of dollars. Time will tell if this comes to fruition.
Time will also tell if Todd and Jack can make a go of it at McKinnon Creek, will they continue to work alone? Will Parker make his 2,000 ounce goal? Will Tony prove that his dredge has the ability to make him millions? Tune in to the next episode of “Gold Rush,” as more questions will be answered.