Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “From the Ashes.” As the episode begins, with a new look this season, Parker has already mined 73 ounces of gold, but is disappointed, as his goal of 100 ounces a week is short. Rick is in the far cut digging dirt for the rock trucks to take. Suddenly, Rick finds a layer of permafrost that has been frozen for maybe a thousand years. Parker checked more ground, but it was all frozen. Gene had an old Scribner Creek map with test holes, so he and Parker went to the other end of the claim where it was abandoned. There was a lake there; giving them the assumption that there was no permafrost. They decide to run a pump overnight to drain the water and check the cut.
Tony Beets’ moving of the ancient dredge has come to a halt. So he and his wife Minnie attend an auction in Fairbanks, hoping to find a crane that will move the machine to its destination. Tony told Minnie that he hopes she brought her checkbook, but she reminds him they have a budget. When he saw the one he wanted, Minnie decided to stay as close to him as possible. The bid goes over the $125,000, and the bidding stops for the husband and wife. The crane goes for $155,000, and Tony is pissed. Minnie is sure he can get a crane comparable for less.
Back in the Yukon, Minnie found another crane for Tony. This one fits their budget, but is only a 50 tonner, unlike the one he wanted that was rated for 75 tons. She bought it for him, and told him to use it. Tony is one tough boss, except at home. Minnie was only six when a family moved next door in Holland with a seven-year-old son named Tony.
At McKinnon Creek, the Hoffman guys are fortunate enough to have some of the claim ready to be sluiced. Thanks to the previous claim lessor who ran out of money and was forced to abandon the claim. With no helpers and few pieces of equipment, Jack reminded Todd that if they get the wash plant from Guyana up there, it will give them the equipment they need. The wash plant is stored in Colorado, so they will not have to cross continents to retrieve it. Todd told his dad that one fat kid and an old man with a bad back will not be enough. Jack said he could get help and he put in a call to old friend Jim Thurber. Todd met up with another old friend he sold his old 400 excavator a few years back. The guy still had it, but had not used it in ages. He told Todd if he could get it started, they could work out a deal. When Todd drove up in the old 400, Jack was ecstatic. Now Todd is sure his father loves the 400 better than Todd.
Parker has pumped out the abandoned cut; now named the Swamp Cut. With a pan of rocks and dirt from the cut, Parker will now find out if there is any gold there. With a small amount of gold in the pan, they will now do a thousand yard cut, sluice it, and see if there is any good gold there. As the dirt starts moving, the wash plant gets fired up. At the end of the day they are halfway through the thousand yards. The next morning, a pump has failed overnight and the cut is filled with water again. Parker found Greg and chewed him out for the sump failure.
At Clear Creek, Tony is ready to move the old dredge. With just one small problem, they managed to put the stacker/tailings conveyor on the trailer so the first piece can be moved.
At McKinnon Creek, father and son are breaking ground together. With Thurber on his way, Jack and Todd go to meet them. But the driver refuses to cross the river. After driving thousands of miles with the trammel, crossing the river is just a small task. When they see that the dozer crosses the river without a problem, they expect to drag the trammel across with the dozer. As it is coming across, the old dozer comes through and pulls the trammel across.
The thousand yard test is completed at the Abandoned Cut, but only about 7.5 ounces was the end result; not the 10 Parker expected, but hope is alive and they will continue on their mission.
At McKinnon Creek, just a short way from the destination, the trammel gets stuck in the mud. Jack has his idea of how to move it, and Todd has his. As the two butt heads, they give it another try and it moves to where it belongs. A quick prayer of thanks, and they are ready to mine on this episode of “Gold Rush.”