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‘Bering Sea Gold’ faces the dangerous thawing of the ice

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Tonight's Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold” was titled “Under the Ice: The Thaw." These episodes were made during the winter as the brave souls that challenge the Arctic winter, dive for gold under the frozen Bering Sea. As the intro starts and the dredges are introduced, Shawn’s dredge, the Shamrock is the dredge the Pomrenke crew is aboard, as the Christine Rose is unsuitable for dredging on the icy surface. The Clark is back with Zeke and his crew. Steve’s World on Ice features Steve Reidel, his daughter Emily and crew. Crusty Vern Adkison on the Wild Ranger, while explosive Scott Meisterheim returns once again for redemption and surely some fireworks.

As the episode begins, they recall how Zeke relinquished his captaincy of The Edge. Now he is back to take one last dive before the ice is completely melted. As Zeke is below, he sees how soft the overhead ice is right now. Greg is up above and warns Zeke to be extra careful because he is in shallow water and if the tide changes, he could be trapped in the ice cave. As Zeke goes to the area Glen designated, he admitted that Glen was right in his findings and Zeke swallowed his pride, for once.

As Steve is below and finding gold for a change, Emily is above keeping track of the equipment. Emily has been through a lot this season; fired from Zeke’s team, then thrown into a bitter power struggle with her father, and disrespected by the crew. She subsequently took off her clothes and went into the 27 degree water just to show her toughness.

On the Anchor Management, living from day to day to keep the engine running, Scott has apparently found the mother lode of cigarettes, as he smokes around the clock. As his money has run out, he goes for a loan from his gold buyer, but he has run out of options. When he returned, he found his crew cleaning out the sluice and is done for the season and probably lost his last worker.

Vern is using the ancient art of dousing to find some gold. Daryl is sure that being below is more important than walking around on the melting ice.

Emily is determined to take another dive before the season ends. She wants respect from the crew, so down she goes. As Steve talks with her, she seems calm and now feels very confident.

On the Shamrock, Shawn and Steve are hoping to finance their summer season. They need at least $200,000 to refurbish the Christine Rose, but the small amount of gold they have found so far, will not make a dent. They have discovered that the engine is not going, so no diving can be done until the equipment is running. When Shawn discovers the problem, the shaft of the pump is disintegrated. That was the only part he did not replace. This pump will be difficult to get parts for, and because of this, the season is over.

On the Wild Ranger, Daryl went down for the final dive of the season, as the shack is a victim of the melting ice. As he plods on, he finds some gold. Now Vern has a smile upon his face, but will it last?

Scott Meisterheim asks his guys if they want to work for the summer, But they have other plans. He considers his crew whiners and crybabies. When they tally the gold, each crew member gets $840 for their eight weeks of work.

At the Pomrenke cleanup shack, Steve found the last of the gold and paid the crew each $10,800. Shawn knows he has better luck in the summer, but it is six weeks away.

On Steve’s World on Ice, the final cleanup does not look at all promising and one ounce is worth $1,400, and that is just what they got. Season is over, but Emily has unfinished business.

On The Clark, Emily arrives to see Zeke. They have not had any interaction since she was fired from his operation. Zeke tells her that he is still running from grief and needs artificial stimulants to keep him going. Energy drinks and cigarettes are his crutch, but Emily tells him to take control and stop losing his mind. She professes that she loves him as more than a friend. However, he feels that John’s death has caused him to withdraw from anyone close to him. Emily expresses her desire to be a captain, and if he is interested in selling The Edge. He tells her to get him a proposal for a buyout and then come and see him. As they hug, she knows that he is no longer in a leadership position, and she now is and will always have him in her life.

As they cleanup begins on The Clark, they add another pan of gold to their tally. Zeke is very happy with the proceeds from the operation, and the large amount of gold is now another milestone in his operation. Had it not been for Rob and Milan, who got Zeke out of bed and helping him out of his depression after John died, he owes them a lot of gratitude.

At Vern’s trailer, he cooks the gold for the final tally, as Steve arrives to settle their bet. Steve bet Vern one ounce that they would get more gold than him. So who won? Vern got about thirteen ounces more than Steve.

Emily has grown since she was dismissed by Zeke’s crew, and looking back, she feels that they did her a favor. She now knows that she can lead her own team, and hopefully have a successful season when the summer comes.

The final season tally is:

  • The Clark leads with 75.51 ounces for $103,410.
  • Shamrock had 30 ounces for $42,000.
  • Wild Ranger 9.92 ounces for $13,888.
  • Anchor Management 5.01 ounces for $7,014.
  • Steve’s World on Ice One ounce for $1,400, but Steve lost it to Vern.

Now that all teams are done for the winter season, stay tuned for the summer episodes of “Bering Sea Gold.”

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