Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Gold Ship.” The episode begins as Tony Beets is annoyed that things keep going wrong with the dredge. He wants it in the water, so orders his crew to put it in the water and fix it when it gets there. Then he has another surprise for the crew and introduces his new foreman Gene Cheeseman. Jerry and Mike along with others put this contraption together and are not taking orders from Gene. Gene is tired of taking orders from a teenager and came to work for Tony. Mike Beaudry knows what a good boss Gene is, but the guys are not all happy.
Parker is racing to Anchorage after receiving a call that his grandfather was not doing well. The cardiologist advises Parker that Grandpa John needs a pacemaker and advises the risks for a 95-year-old man who has had two heart operations.
At Eureka Creek, Gene’s first day is here, and although he is an expert at moving dirt, he never ran a dredge before. Tony brought in a winch operator who last ran the dredge, but that was many years ago. The dredge floats but has no motor, so it is being dragged across the water by two bulldozers to pull it and steer it. As they attempt to move the dredge, one operator hit the brake, they lost the winch line, and the dredge ran aground. Gene has an idea to remove it from the sandbar, and it works.
Grandpa John is out of surgery and the first thing he did was apologize to Parker for making him come all the way to Anchorage. Soon they were both laughing. When the doctor came in, he told John that he was now ten years younger.
At Eureka Creek, the entire Beets family arrives for the initial voyage as Minnie christens it “Minnie’s ATM.” As all parts of the operation come together, the dredge is digging Klondike dirt. Suddenly, something goes awry as Tony yells to everyone to stop the dredge. The bucket ladder came off the dredge and derailed. Now Gene has to come to the rescue and get it together. Thankfully, the same method used to put the tracks back on the dozer worked for the bucket line. Gene is a hero again, and the dredge is ready to run. Todd and Hunter came to visit as the word got out that Tony’s dredge was operational. Back in 1913, the only two companies that ran gold dredges like Tony’s, pulled in almost nine tons of gold that today would be worth over $260 million.
After two days, John Schnabel is out of the hospital and anxious to hear about Parker’s rocky start this season. John told his grandson that his crew was as important as his family.
Tony Beets has been running his dredge for twenty hours straight. Now it is time to find out if it produced any gold. If the dredge can produce an ounce an hour, it will pay for itself this season. Kevin and Monica separate the concentrate and see lots of garnets; a sign that gold is close by and it yields a nice twenty-one ounces, just what Tony was hoping for on this episode of “Gold Rush.”