Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Jack’s Gold Shack.” The episode begins at Scribner Creek at 7 a.m., and Parker has only seven ounces of gold with bills mounting. New foreman Rick Ness is rallying the crew, but Parker was there and then chastised them for breaking a barrel of coolant. He asked them if they wanted his dog dead, because dogs will drink that stuff and die. Despite the tension caused by Parker, Rick has the operation going smoothly until the fifty pound free-wash bar flies off the wash plant. Parker arrives with Grandpa John. Mitch knows that bar has been babied for two years, and Parker ignores his suggestion to build a new one that could take about five days. When Parker goes back into the truck with his grandpa, he tells him that he is having problems with his crew. John ran crews for many years and told Parker that when he treats the crew like slaves, they are not happy. Parker is worried about paying the fuel company, but John tells him to stop thinking like that because if he has a team; he has everything.
At McKinnon Creek, where they have already banked 170 ounces, Todd opened a super cut and is running 300 yards of dirt per hour, but needs 3,000 gallons a minute from his man-made lake. The problem is, the tailings are filling the lake they draw water from.
At Eureka Creek, the dredge has been running for three weeks. Gene Cheeseman runs a constant supply of pay dirt. Mike and Jerry are responsible for running the ancient dredge. Jerry fights to move the bucket line sideways to reach new pay dirt, but the winch starts squealing and the bucket line comes off its tracks. This is the third time the bucket line has come off the tracks. Jerry demands they fix it once and for all. Gene ignores Jerry’s demands and goes for the quick fix. Jerry believes there is something wrong with the system, but Gene feels that it takes too long.
At McKinnon Creek, Todd is running Monster Red to its limit. Now his lake is filling with tailings. Freddy Dodge designed a sand screw to push the tailings further away, but they must retro-fit the screw to the machine. Now they must test it to see if it really works. Unfortunately, it could not handle the volume of water they were running. As a note, archaeologists believe that an ancient version of the sand screw, known as an Archimedes’ Screw, irrigated The Hanging Gardens of Babylon over two and a half thousand years ago. Freddy had a plan that added more pipes to separate the water from the tailings.
At Scribner Creek, morale is at an all-time low. He shut down early and wanted to boost morale. They were looking forward to having some fun and took snow machines, taped up the holes, and tried to make jet skis out of them. Parker’s was doing well until it sank in the middle of the lake, but he was still laughing.
At Eureka Creek, Tony Beets arrives and Jerry’s suggestion is finally working as Gene and Tony try to remove one bucket, like links on a bicycle chain; only much greater and with larger bolts.
At Scribner Creek, the crew is invigorated and teamwork is now a priority. Just when things are looking up, a rock truck is overturned. Rick comes with a dozer to help, but needs more help from another dozer. It took teamwork to get the truck back on all wheels and back in business.
At Eureka Creek, Minnie arrives with the results of the weekly cleanup. To recoup his investment, Tony needs a fifty ounce cleanup each week. This week beings in 11.25 ounces, but they feel that the bucket line is fixed, and things will run better next week.
At McKinnon Creek, the crew is building a new cleanup room for Jack to handle the daily cleanups. It is called Jack’s Shack and is in operation. To hit the goal, they must get 200 ounces each week, but only get 110. With the problems of the sand screw, they were down a long while and 110 are good for just three days.
At Scribner Creek, Parker has a king crab feast for his crew and celebrating his grandpa’s departure the next day. They got 66.6 ounces of gold with four big nuggets that gave hope for more to come. Like the Stanley Cup, each member of the team got a chance to hold the jar of gold and see the fruits of their labor on this episode of “Gold Rush.”