Tonight’s episode of "Gold Rush" was titled “Paid in Full.” The three teams of gold miners are in three countries and two different continents to seek their fortune in both cold and hot weather. As the Hoffman crew is in South America, the Dakota crew is in Southeast Alaska, Parker Schnabel has ventured to the Canadian Klondike in the Yukon Territory near the top of the earth.
As the episode begins, Todd is hoping that something good will happen, as he needs a new plan of attack after returning and finding their claim has already been mined. When Dave Turin left last week, he promised Todd that if he finds something worth mining, he will return. So Todd sought the help of a miner with over forty years of experience mining in South America. Tony Melville and his son came to the rescue of the Hoffman crew. Tony used his method to find gravel that will contain gold and in a short time found ground worth about $30 a yard.
In the Klondike, Parker has already banked 51 ounces of gold worth $71,000. His crew is pushing hard, after last week when they were ready to mutiny. When Parker sought the wisdom of his grandfather, he came back with a plan that kept them working. As Gene continues to rip new permafrost with the D-10 dozer, they must find enough to pay Todd Hoffman before he comes to repossess it. At the end of the week, Todd will be back for his 100 ounces of gold or the dozer. Right now, the dozer is in bad shape, and needs repair because the tracks of the dozer have stretched from 25 years of digging through permafrost. Now the tracks are slipping on the sprockets and not holding, making it impossible to mine. It is in need of new rails, which will cost $50,000. Now it is up to Parker to figure something out. Parker found a used set of rails that will arrive in a few days. Gene will have to put them on the dozer because they don’t have a mechanic right now. Gene promised to do whatever necessary to help the cause.
In Porcupine Creek, the Dakota boys have made a decision to fill in the glory hole. It is with mixed emotions, but they lost the battle after three seasons. As Melody checked the sluice, she found a large picker in the last bit of dirt from the glory hole. As they checked further, there was a large amount of big nuggets that gave Dustin pause for thought. Before Fred could fill in the glory hole, Dustin wants to dredge it. When he convinced Fred that it was the way to go, he agreed to have a dredge there the next day.
When Parker’s used tracks arrived, at a cost of $9,000, Gene is not too sure that these tracks are nothing more than a band-aid. If that wasn’t hard enough, a piston broke leaking oil and causing more of a problem. Gene was so frustrated; he started yelling at the camera people to stay away from him.
In South America, Todd is building another road to the trail that Tony found him. As Todd knocks down trees, his crew is starting to lose hope as the excavator takes a direct hit from a tree and nearly gets Todd. To make matters worse, the excavator is now crippled without fluid.
In the Klondike, with the D-10 out of commission, the large piston needs to be put back in place, but it weighs two tons. As the piston slides into place, now just the track needs fixing. After three days and lots of ingenuity, the dozer is repaired and back in business.
Guyana, the excavator is impaled on a tree stump and awaiting the return of some of the crew that traveled to the capital of Georgetown to retrieve parts. The steel plate that protects the hydraulics was damaged by the tree stump and ripped out a critical hose. Working under the excavator was a tedious job, but they will not know if it worked until they replace the 100 gallons of hydraulic fluid and attempt to move the bucket. Finally, it is back but without the plate that guards the hydros.
In Porcupine Creek, the Dakota boys are making one last-ditch effort to find their gold. With lots of used parts and plenty of creativity, Fred makes a form of a vacuum cleaner to pull up the bottom of the glory hole, but as luck would have it, they needed more pipes to reach the required depth.
In Guyana, the excavator is repaired, but Todd must be aware of areas of quicksand that could easily swallow the big machine. As he was told to avoid a certain area, he did not listen and started sinking. Fortunately, he could dig himself out before all was lost.
At Porcupine Creek, the improvising continues, as Fred’s dredge is starting to fail, and Melody nearly was dragged into the glory hole as the pump slipped. Finally, Fred pulled the plug on the entire operation because it was not worth it if someone lost their life.
In the Klondike, the day the money is due arrives and the sluice must deliver. Sure enough, with 69.7 ounces, he has sufficient gold to pay Todd, give Tony his 18%, and it leaves him with just 2%, but he owns the D-10.
In Guyana, Todd is digging test holes that he hopes will be enough to bring Dave back. When they checked the pans, there was not only gold, but diamonds in the pan too on this episode of "Gold Rush."
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