Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “El Dorado Dream.” The episode begins at McKinnon Creek, where spirits are high with 484 ounces of gold so far. Todd tells Dave Turin that he wants to take Jack and Hunter over to El Dorado Creek, where the largest amount of gold was found, and they want to find the source of the gold. The roads are muddy and untraveled, but they can move a fallen tree out of the way and continue on their way. Freddy Dodge went with the Hoffmans as they check a pan, to no avail. Freddy tells them to go below on the creek because gold is fed by gravity and goes below. Hunter sends his drone up 200 feet to look for the source. They found the virgin land that just may be their honey hole. However, as they dig, the ground is frozen solid and shovels will not do the job.
At Scribner Creek, Mitch and Carl have to fix the wash plant. When it is operational again, they know that the 100 ounce weekly goal is up to everyone working together. Just as Mitch gets one truck fixed, another has a flat tire. He uses the last spare tire to repair it, and advises the crew to watch out for tires that need air because they are out of spares. When the same rookie guy returns with the truck that was just repaired; the tire is destroyed. Now they know why this is happening. Last season, they had no tire problems, today alone, there were three flat tires. Fortunately, Mitch was able to patch the third one.
At Eureka Creek, Tony’s men report to the dredge, but so far, they only have 92 ounces of gold. When the dredge starts up, water that should flow down through the dredge is leaking all over, taking gold with it.
At El Dorado Creek, they take an excavator from a nearby claim to check the ground and move the permafrost. When Dave Turin comes by with the rock truck, he tries to dissuade Todd from following their dream. However, Todd convinces him to do it for Jack. Once he arrives at McKinnon Creek, they must stop the operation, remove the mats and run the truckload of dirt from El Dorado.
Back at Eureka Creek, the dredge is shut down, and Tony found five ounces in the lower mats. They bring in Matt Beaudry to help control the flow of the water. He constructs a bypass to deflect half of the water in another direction because the pump has only one speed.
At McKinnon Creek, they finally finish cleaning out the equipment and start running the truckload of dirt from El Dorado. Kevin Hiatt is not happy but Jack wants hilarious gold. Much to Jack’s surprise, the El Dorado gold was nowhere to be found, but his disappointment was averted because while they were bringing back the dirt from there, they cleaned up the mats and found 138 ounces from Big Red. As far as Todd is concerned; El Dorado is dead.
At Scribner Creek, the mechanics have come up with a punishment for Tyson, the rock truck driver that blew two tires in one day. A standard punishment when a truck driver messes up his truck is to shovel out the wash plant. Finally, the first load of dirt from Treasure Island is running through the wash plant, and the signs of gold are very promising. So promising that this week’s total of 256 ounces has surpassed the 171 they had mined so far. At Eureka Creek, one full day of running the dredge shows that the bottom mats are clean of gold and the top mats gave a few nice pickers on this episode of “Gold Rush.”