Tonight’s episode of "Gold Rush" was titled “Day of Reckoning.” As the episode opened it is the end of the season for the three mining crews. At Scribner Creek, Parker is still 170 ounces short of his goal of 800 ounces. Without thawed paydirt, there is no mining to be had. With all the tribulations, they experienced over the season, they are ready to pack up and leave, a week early. When Parker was telling Tony Beets about leaving because the ground was frozen, he challenged him to stay and use a high-powered water canon called a monitor, to solve his problem. This was new to Parker, who did not want to give up his goal, but thought he had no other option. The one Parker acquired from a miner, was over forty years old, and the sucker worked.
In Guyana, after five months, the Hoffman crew is finally operational. As both creeks are giving good ground, the 150 days of their trial period are just about over. The pipe could not handle the increased pressure and ruptured. With the last piece of pipe of their supply, it must be the band-aid that could fix the problem.
In Cahoon Creek, Dustin is determined to find the source of the gold. If his suspicion is correct, by drilling a core sample, he may prove his theory. Dustin and Wes are hiking high on the mountain, a dangerous prospecting expedition, 2,000 feet above their campsite. One slip and it could be all over. As Dustin repels down the cliff, a storm comes through. He needs both hands to drill through the rock, as he hangs precariously over the cliff. As one of the clamps holding Dustin over the cliff gives way, he completes his mission and climbs back up to Wes.
In Scribner, it is a slow process to clear fifteen feet of mud from the paydirt below, but as it thaws, the monitor does its job, and they are back running dirt.
In Guyana, the eleventh hour is nearing, as Dave Turin has high hopes for a spectacular cleanup. As the crew waits for the results, they found 59 diamonds but no gold. Dave is surprised that there was no gold.
In Porcupine Creek, Fred set a goal of 320 ounces, but with only a week left, they are hoping for a record clean out as they hustle for every bucket they can grab. Suddenly, as Melody is driving a load of dirt to the D-Rocker, the ground collapses, and she could have gone over the cliff. Fortunately, Fred saw what was happening and got her to stop in the nick of time. With no other access route, their mining is over for the season at Porcupine.
In Guyana, Tony’s men summon Todd back to his camp where Tony, the claim owner has made a surprise visit.
In Porcupine, Dustin brought back the core samples that must be sent to a laboratory for further determination. Time will tell if they show promise. As they await Fred’s final determination for their last cleanup, it is 74 ounces, worth over $100,000, and smiles on every face. They found more gold this season than the total of the last two seasons, and it is worth about $400,000.
At Scribner, Parker needs the biggest cleanup of his life, if he wants to make his goal. As he tells his crew, they did not get 800 ounces, they seem downtrodden, until he reveals that they got 836 ounces. Even Tony Beets is smiling as it was worth over a million dollars. His final cleanup was 304 ounces, the largest ever on any episode of "Gold Rush."
In Guyana, Tony has flown in to see Todd as time is up. He was completely disappointed with Todd’s two ounces of gold for the season, but the diamond production was practically worthless to him. All the work they did produced about $5,000 worth of raw materials after investing hundreds of thousands on the project. Consider this a major failure. Todd has had two setbacks in his life; when his wife left him and South American mining. God gave him a chance when his wife returned, now he hopes he will get another chance at mining.
At Scribner, Parker is saying good-bye to his crew, but Rick Ness is still there with Parker. As the two discuss their findings, they decide to stay behind and go for the 1,000 ounces, and with only 164 ounces to go, they head back to the equipment for one last crack at Klondike gold.