On tonight's Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold” This episode is titled “Off the Deep End.” The Christine Rose and Wild Ranger; are the only two old dredges returning this season, are Eroica, which was The Edge, purchased from Zeke by Emily, refurbished and renamed for an Italian operatic character, the hero. Minnow is headed by her father, Steve Reidel with his crew of misfits. Au Grabber, another excavator-powered rig, similar to the Christine Rose, is hoping to give the Pomrenke crew some competition.
As the episode begins, Steve Reidel describes a happening in the hospital when Zeke arrived drunk, abusive and with a sprained ankle. When the police got involved, charges were filed against him and as Steve relates; he will probably go to jail. Emily is sure she no longer knows Zeke, as he has dramatically changed since the death of John Bunce. Vern heard that he arrived nude in the hospital with a weapon. When the police arrived, they hogtied him and put him in a Hannibal Lecter chair. Steve and Shawn Pomrenke heard several stories too, but Shawn just hopes he gets himself together. Shawn hopes he gets his head out of his ass and starts mining.
As Emily goes on the maiden voyage of The Eroica, she recalls the disappointment she has experienced in Zeke and her father, now she is on her own and is working with people she does not have a personal relationship with. She is anxious to prove herself by going in on the tail end of a storm. The undercurrent is still very strong, and it is tossing Emily around like a rag doll. She is in a sand bog, and the hose nozzle does not reach the bottom. When she surfaced, experienced diver, Derrick went down next and all crew members have no faith in Emily.
Shawn Pomrenke is on his way to Anchorage to see his new granddaughter. He does not want to wind up like Zeke and will be working around the clock when he returns. Steve takes the Christine Rose out in turbulent seas, and is annoyed that Shawn is off playing in Anchorage. As Steve is at the helm of the excavator, he is bumped and bounced by the swells. One winch gets torn loose and now one of the spuds, that stabilizes the dredge is sinking deep into the ocean floor. As the Christine Rose is unable to move, she is in danger of sinking and ending their season. A call for help went out to the crew on land.
On land, Vern is still interviewing people for his crew.
Now that the weather is clearer, the rest of the dredges headed out to sea. The Au Grabber is prepared for its maiden voyage. Hank has $600,000 invested and must find gold with the biggest dredge on the Bering Sea. At one hour past the scheduled departure time, Scott Meisterheim is nowhere to be found. Finally, an hour later, he shows up, and not in a good mood, and visibly hungover.
Vern heads out with his crew of three. Vern is maxed out of his credit and needs to find gold and quickly. His greenhorn Tony went down, and found gold within 15 minutes.
On the Au Grabber, the first test bucket contains no gold, but after that, they see color. Bucket after bucket comes into the wash plant, but suddenly, the water stops flowing. The foot valve broke off, and Scott was the person to blame for not watching the valve and keeping it above water. Now the operation has come to a halt, but his biggest competitor, the Christine Rose, is not going anywhere.
Doug and Cody bring the angle iron to fix the winch, now if it brings the spud up is another question. The 10,000-pound spud will not budge. They weld a hole in the spud to find that it is bent and will never come up. Now they must go to deeper water to drop the spud.
Captain Emily waits for Derrick to surface and see if he spotted any gold. The crew feels that they have to re-teach Emily, because she was taught incorrectly, Emily is very willing to learn.
Three miles inland, Zeke is bailed out by his girlfriend, Sarah Dunn after spending a night in jail.
The rescue boat finally made it to the Christine Rose, and hopefully they can release the spud. The other boat could not pull the Christine Rose out of its self-made trap, so now they will go to plan B.
Emily and her crew celebrate by taking a dip in the Bering Sea. Now they must dry off and check the pan.
Vern’s greenhorn did a good job, as there is gold in the pan; exactly 6.5 ounces for a great start. Vern is very happy with his crew; that is certainly a first!
As Zeke shares his experience with two of Emily’s crew members, they are in awe as he describes how he was hogtied naked, kicked the window out of the cop car, and kicked up the walls of the suicide cell he was put in, where he wrote in blood on the walls; “I am a free man,” on this episode of “Bering Sea Gold.”
The current tally in gold is:
- Christine Rose has 21 ounces for $27,000.
- Wild Ranger 6.5 ounces for $8,450.
- The Eroica at zero.
- The Minnow still at zero.
- Au Grabber stuck in neutral.
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