On tonight's episode of “Bering Sea Gold” titled "No Snivelin'," Scott Meisterheim and his temper are the highlights of the lead in. Anyone who watched this series last season, knows what he is capable of.
As the episode opens, it is 3 a.m. in Nome, and the days are getting shorter. The 24-hours of daylight are waning. It is halfway through the unpredictable season, and they have not even had twenty days of dredging. As everyone is scrambling for the gold, they take advantage of the good weather.
On the "Wild Ranger," Vern and crew spent the night on the dredge to be ready to roll early and prevent other dredgers from jumping on their spot. Daryl is anxious to get down to dredge. Vern has six dredges, and they are nothing but a money pit as he hopes to break even. As Daryl goes below, he finds nuggets immediately. Up top, the word is out that they have been on the gold as other dredgers come close to their honey-hole. Daryl is losing suction from the hose, and has to come aboard. They head to town to get a new suction hose.
On the "Anchor Management," Scott Meisterheim is still at the shore. His friend Todd was not on the boat when he found the first of the gold, and hopefully he can get enough to pay his creditors.
On the "Christine Rose," Steve Pomrenke is nowhere near their 800-ounce goal. Shawn had another run-in with the law and got a DUI, so he did not make it to the dredge. Today is his sentencing and with only ninety days left of the season, it could cost him dearly. He was sentenced to ten days in jail and has a week before he has to turn himself in.
On "The Edge," they are back in business with paperwork cleared up. Zeke needs twelve hours of dredging a day to get back in the black. His best friend, John Bunce is back on the dredge after he nearly died trying to swim to the dredge weeks ago. John has tons of energy, but while he is below, he has chest pains and comes aboard. Emily discovers the problem; exhaust in the air line that could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, another risk of dredging.
As Scott Meisterheim brings his gold in for evaluation, it is only enough to pay half of his weekly bills. As he walks away with his two men, Jeff complains that he has no money to eat. Scott tries to hold his hand, and he pushes him away and Scott falls down.
On the shores of Nome, Vern is upset because he is hemorrhaging money. On the "Bering Booty," Vern's daughter goes to take over his honey hole, knowing that he will benefit in the long run. Vern has been mining in the public mining area which is up for grabs. The diver with Vern's daughter Elaine found gold right where Vern's bottle marker was, so Elaine decided to leave a thank you message in the bottle for her father.
At the local bar, Scott has money to drink, but not to dredge as he sits under a sign that reads, "No Snivelin'" as the episode title states. Jeff and Dan are at the dredge, but Scott is nowhere to be seen. Still at the bar, Scott tells the cameras that his ambition is all but gone. He is $250,000 in debt and sees no way out.
Back on "The Edge," John Bunce is up top as Zeke is below and comes up so Emily can go below. Hopefully, this time will be a charm for her. The visibility is not good as the winds are picking up and the seas are getting rough. Zeke is stressed out with Emily's anxiety; she is very tightly-wound and panics with each dive. John decides to go below again, now that he is feeling better.
Vern returns to his honey-hole to find the bottle buoy looking different. Vern sees a note in the bottle and reads it to the crew. Now he knows that he raised his daughter right.
Shawn calls his father to give him the news in person. Steve takes the skiff to meet his son and leaves Cody on the dredge. At the cleanup shack, Steve gets the news that ten days he will be without his son. Hopefully, he learned his lesson. Steve does not believe that Shawn can take over the business.
On the "Wild Ranger," the hope of dredging into the late hours is fading. So they drop anchor and hope to sleep through the weather.
On the "Christine Rose," Cody is burning the midnight oil once again; he has a great work ethic.
At the bar, Scott is on his eight-hour-binge. He looks into the camera and swears at the cameraman. Then he punches the camera and goes outside and punches walls. The producer talks to the cameraman and asks what the problem is? As they try to reason with Scott, he is sobbing and saying that he cannot do this anymore.
So far, for the season; "Christine Rose" found 194.08 ounces worth $320,775.42. The "Wild Ranger" found 20.3 ounces worth $33,551.85 "The Edge" had 11.8 ounces worth $19,503.04, and "Anchor Management" still has 2.5 of an ounce for $4,132.00. Once again, the unpredictable sea does not give up her "Bering Sea Gold" without a fight.