On last night's Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold” This episode was titled “Burn It Down.”
As the episode begins, it is a lovely day in Nome, but not for everyone. Shawn Pomrenke returned from his short vacation and found out that his father took the Christine Rose out in very bad weather and lost one of the spuds that anchors the big rig to the ocean floor. After two days of being unable to dig, Shawn discovered that the spud was broken off due to the motion of the sea. Fortunately, he retrieved the broken part up and onto the deck of the Christine Rose. With retrieval of the bottom part, they will save several thousand dollars in repairs.
The Au Grabber was still in the port, due to the incompetence of Scott Meisterheim, who did not watch the foot valve as directed by his captain. As other members of the crew cleaned out the sluice, while waiting for the part to be repaired, Hank took out his frustrations on the rest of his crew. Hank is not a gold miner, and was nitpicking his experienced crewmen that were discarding the remnants of the sluice after checking for gold. Scott had not yet arrived, choosing alcohol over work once again.
Zeke was on the phone with Emily, pressing her for money. She initially gave him $25,000 as a down payment, but it was in ill-repair when she received it, and had to put a lot of money into it to make it dredge-worthy. As he rambled on, she disconnected the call. Now he is out of jail and needs money.
On the Minnow, captain Steve Reidel had handed over the reins to the Kelly brothers for the day. As he sent them out, they will probably get more done without Steve than with him. Andy does the first eight-hour dive and is on the gold. These two bickering bros are hard workers and take no crap from each other or anyone else. When a dredge comes too close to them, and a diver comes down to confront Andy, he found out that you do not mess with the Kelly boys, above or below the water. Legally, they must remain 700-feet from each other, but in the old days, they just shot the intruders and asked questions later.
Steve Reidel spends the day escorting Glen LeBaron on the hunt for his Dragon. He was fortunate that Steve had lots of free time to help him out. Steve dragged Glen underwater as he scanned the bottom looking for his dredge. Glen found a piece of his equipment at the bottom and knows now that the dredge passed through the area; however, that is a large sea, and a small clue.
Zeke is planning to go further in the pursuit of his payment from Emily. He will either void the bill of sale or make other arrangements. Zeke only owns one-third of the dredge, so the meeting of the three previous owners and Emily took place. Emily stated that Zeke promised to pop in from time to time to help her run it. Now she feels that Zeke lost his mind and is demanding $50,000 from her in two days, or he will sell it to someone else. Zeke stated several legal options he had on his side as his co-owners sat mum. Then Emily brought out an interesting threat, that Zeke would burn down her house with her in it. He stated that it was just figuratively speaking that he stated that. He told her she could take a loan against the dredge and asked why she would not do that? She told him she did not want any debt, but he then told her she had debt; she owed him as he walked out.
On the Minnow, Andy is doing well finding gold, but suddenly the communication between the two brothers gets garbled. As Kris is not taking his brother seriously, the air compressor feeding air to his bro stalls out every five minutes. When Andy starts to smell something weird in the air and gets a headache, Kris is on deck paying no heed to his brother’s call for help. As Andy finally surfaces, he is physically ill, from breathing carbon monoxide for eight hours. Captain Steve never installed a snorkel on the compressor, meaning that the exhaust was flowing right back into the airline. With the snorkel, fresh air can be sent through the lines, ensuring good breathing. Now Andy is throwing up uncontrollably and has a massive headache.
On the Eroica, Emily is hoping to make a lot of money, so Zeke does not take the dredge back. Derek McLarty hopes to find plenty of gold to help Emily get rid of her “Zekel-matter,” a term that brings her to laughter. Derek is confident that they are making money. As Emily sees the riffles in the sluice, they are golden.
The Minnow returns to shore, greeted by Steve and the Kelly boys’ dad Brad. As it slammed into the shore, Steve was yelling, but did not know at the time, he nearly killed Andy, with his incompetence.
Steve Pomrenke visited Hank to ask a favor. If he could borrow a spud from him. The best thing about having a similar operation to the Christine Rose; spare parts. Hank was very accommodating, and because he only needed one spud, had an extra to lend them. After all; who knows when a favor may be called in on the Bering Sea?
The Minnow crew are doing a clean out of the Kelly boys’ hard work. The first thing Steve did, was spill the sluice contents on the ground. They all agree that Steve is a clown, and anyone can call themselves a captain, but it is a valid conclusion that he is a joke. Andy, for his brain damage received $330 worth of gold.
At the clean out of the Eroica, Emily is very impressed and took her crew to celebrate at the Safety Roadhouse in town.
The current tally in gold is:
- Christine Rose has 21 ounces for $27,000.
- The Eroica 12.36 ounces for $16,068.
- Wild Ranger 6.5 ounces for $9,100.
- Au Grabber 3.6 ounces for $4,680.
- The Minnow .75 ounces for $975.
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