Tonight's episode of "Gold Rush" titled "Redemption Road" finds the miners working harder to beat the season deadlines. The Hoffman crew is only halfway to their 1,000-ounce goal with the Yukon winter on their tails. As the last of the stockpiled dirt, they have to shut down the operation. They may have found a channel that still has gold, as the test pans show. Hope is alive in Indian River until Dave finds dirt too hard to dig.
The Dakota boys and Melody at Porcupine Creek are doing well with two weeks left and just shy of the 160 ounce goal. Now they hit a layer that is hard as concrete. As Dustin breaks it up, Fred scoops it out, but it is not easy. With the equipment precariously close together, the two excavators can no longer work side-by-side. Dustin gets an urgent call from Fred; he fell from his excavator and most likely, broke his leg and is out for the rest of the season. Dustin tells Melody he will conquer the glory hole alone, but it is too hard for a single excavator to dig. Fred refuses to stay down and returns to the site. On one leg, Fred goes back to work; his ankle may be broken, but not his spirit.
At the Big Nugget mine, Parker is only halfway to his 300-ounce goal. He is out of ground and out of ideas. He does not want to lay anyone off. Parker brought in his grandfather, John. Maybe grandpa can see something he missed. John shows him a channel that they missed, and he believes that there is gold in the channel. Back to work.
Out of dirt at Indian River; Todd remembers there is still dirt at Quartz Creek. They decide to truck in that dirt to run it through Big Red. The fuel will be expensive, but Dave and Todd think it is worth it. One of the four trucks gets a slashed tire and with no spare, that truck is out of commission. Now Logan's truck will not accelerate, after he nearly went off the road. Mitch fixed the problem, and Logan is back to business.
After the test, run is through, they found chunks in the wash plant. Later when Kevin checks the sluice, there are rocks in there and a hole in the mesh. Another delay that will have to be repaired tomorrow.
At Big Nugget, Parker is ready to dig the channel, but first they must move the useless overburden covering the channel. Then the rock truck breaks down. A radiator hose breaks, and they have to scavenge anything they can find from other equipment. Once the truck is fixed, they are back to hauling.
Big Red is down, and Mitch arrived with new screens to replace the broken one. The rocks most likely washed away a day's worth of gold.
At Porcupine Creek, Fred is pushing through the pain as they try to break up that tough layer of rock. Finally, the rock is too tough for the excavator and Fred pulls the plug.
At Big Nugget, Rick has found bedrock, now they must run thousands of yards of dirt to see if it paid off. Finally, Parker and his crew have found the mother lode.
After $20,000 in fuel, they have brought all the dirt from Quartz Creek. As Jack comes to check, there are rocks on the gold table, and they fear that the trips may have been in vain. As Jack comes to give them the news, there are two hundred ounces in the jars, and they are up to 720 ounces so far. They beat their best day and still hope to find the elusive 1,000 ounces as they try to conquer the "Gold Rush."