Tonight's episode of “Bering Sea Gold” is titled "Gold Stress" it opens with John Bunce telling fans what gold stress is. It happens when they are diving, which costs a lot of money, and not finding any gold to cover their expenses. It can push the dredgers into bad situations.
The weather this season has been awful, but with the season drawing to an end, the dredgers have had too many days at the dock, and venture out in rough seas.
Try as they may, Zeke and Emily cannot get along. She bought fuel for "The Edge" for a few weeks, and now Zeke feels that she is trying to make decisions for him. He relates that she is a high-maintenance woman, and he needs to stay focused.
On the "Christine Rose," Shawn has returned from serving time for a DUI, and he joins his father, Steve to get back to work. He said the people in there are idiots, and he did an idiot thing to go in there. He vows that he will never go back.
The "Wild Ranger" is ready to take off; Steve Reidel is asleep as Vern calls him to tell him to take the second shift after experienced diver, Daryl comes up. Before he dove, Daryl found a sizable nugget in the box, hopefully a good omen. Daryl moves a large rock, and signals Vern that he is on the gold.
On "The Edge," Zeke, John and Emily are happy that the day is turning out better. When John gets to work, he really works as he takes the first dive. John has been acting erratic this season, and he spotted a wolf eel hiding in the rocks. It was scary looking, so he moves away from there and the eel chooses to stay put, while he keeps dredging.
The "Christine Rose" just made a $205,000 land payment and now have to make money to pay the crew. As Shawn comes to the digger to take over, the sea starts rolling, but Shawn works through the waves to make up for lost time.
On the "Wild Ranger," Daryl sees the visibility go from bad, to worse; to impossible. However, he tries to stick it out regardless. Daryl has to come up when Vern notices that they are running out of fuel, and Daryl has little time to surface until he runs out of air. He makes it to the surface, but needs Vern's help to get on the dredge. Daryl hangs on as his weight belt pulls him down. He tells Vern to drop his weights and take his mask off so he can breathe. Finally, he gets on deck. He is the only experienced person on the dredge, even Vern does not know what he is doing.
On "The Edge," John is losing visibility as he communicates with Emily. He was down for eight hours and knows that it is time to return to shore. Zeke insists on staying and putting in at least another half hour. Zeke has a time finding the nozzle, and finally spots it. He is pretty much dredging in the dark, but finds gold and cannot believe his eyes. The current starts pulling the dredge, and Zeke starts losing his direction. Finally, he gives up and comes back up, ready to head for shore.
The "Christine Rose" is the last dredge left on the water. Now the problem is to get the giant dredge back to shore. Cody has to use the excavator arm to steer back to harbor, as the power wanes. Shawn manually operates the out drives to get the "Christine Rose" back to shore before she drifts further out to sea. Deckhand Doug Graham brings the skiff out in case they need a rescue. The dredge is drifting dangerously close to the breakwater rocks, and Cody does a good job getting it to shore. Finally, they are home safely and ready to clean the carpets and the gather biggest haul of the season.
On the "Wild Ranger," they are happy to see about seven ounces of "Bering Sea Gold."
At the clean up, Zeke finds twelve ounces and decides to cut into Emily's share. He says that John and he do most of the work, and should get a larger share. Emily is not happy with the situation between she and Zeke and as John hears this, he leaves to go home and watch some Netflix and go to sleep and also claims to be drunk.
As Zeke Tenhoff relates, when he later came to his house, John answered the door with a loaded 44-Magnum, spun the cartridge and put it to his head and pulled the trigger. When Zeke called 911, he told them he just witnessed someone committing suicide, and it was the most horrific thing he has ever seen. See John Bunce's obituary here. Rest in peace, John Bunce.
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