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Narrator: ON THIS "GOLD RUSH"...

OUR SEASON STARTS RIGHT NOW.

THERE COULD BE A LIFE-CHANGING AMOUNT OF GOLD

IN THAT PILE BACK THERE, REALLY COULD.

NOT FOR YOU GUYS, MAYBE FOR ME.

Narrator: AS THE PRICE OF GOLD SURGES,

RICK NESS LOOKS TO CASH IN, HUNTING MONSTER NUGGETS.

Rick: OH, BABY.

WITH ONLY 1 YEAR TO PULL GOLD OUT OF HIS MASSIVE CLAIM,

PARKER AND HIS FOREMAN...

I DON'T GET WHAT THE [BLEEP] IS GOING ON HERE.

...REACH THE BOILING POINT.

GET THESE PILES OF [BLEEP] BACK THERE AND GET THIS SET UP.

WE'VE GOT TO BE SLUICING BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

-ARE YOU READY TO ROLL? -WHOO!

[ LAUGHS ]

IF YOU GOT A BETTER PLAN, PARKER, I'M GAME.

EVERY DAY NOT SLUICING IS A BUNCH OF GOLD

THAT'S LEFT IN THE GROUND THAT WE AREN'T GOING TO GET.

Narrator: THE BEETS FAMILY HITS A MAJOR SETBACK.

TONY GAMBLES BIG TO SAVE HIS SEASON.

YEEHAW! WE'RE STARTING A CONVOY.

[ TIRES SCREECHING ]

[ CRASHES ]

TONY BEETS, DO YOU COPY, TONY BEETS?

-- Captions by VITAC -- www.vitac.com

CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

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TODAY IS A BIG DAY. HERE WE GO.

I'M GOING TO DO THE EYES.

I'M GOING TO DO A SMILE.

-SHE'S SMELLING THE BACON. -OH, YEAH.

IT'S COMING.

CLASSIC AMERICAN BREAKFAST RIGHT HERE, RYAN.

-YEAH. -TALL STUFF IF YOU WANT,

YOU CAN JUST PUT THE REST OF THAT PANCAKE

MIX IN, LIKE, A SHAKE BOTTLE FOR ME.

I'LL JUST DRINK IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

Narrator: RICK NESS AND HIS CREW

ARE ALMOST READY TO MINE FOR BIG GOLD.

-WHOO, YEAH, DAY ONE. -WHOO!

IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE THE LEGENDARY KENO CITY,

RICK'S CLAIM CONTAINS BOTH FINE GOLD AND BIG NUGGETS.

YEAH, I FEEL REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND THIS NEW SPOT

SURROUNDED BY THESE MOUNTAINS,

REALLY GOT TO HOPE THERE'S GOLD IN THEM.

Narrator: 150,000 YEARS AGO,

AT THE TOP OF MOUNT HINTON, A GLACIER FORMED.

WHEN IT REACHED THE QUARTZ VEIN CONTAINING THE MOTHER LODE,

IT PLUCKED NUGGETS AND FINE GOLD.

THEY TRAVELED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN

AND WERE DEPOSITED IN SPORADIC POCKETS

AND IN THE PAY LAYER RICK IS MINING.

I'VE DOUBLED THE GOAL FOR THIS YEAR.

I WANT TO GET 2,000 OUNCES.

WE DID A LITTLE OVER 1,100 LAST YEAR.

THAT BROKE US EVEN, AND THAT'S FINE FOR A FIRST YEAR,

BUT I'VE GOT TO MAKE A PROFIT THIS YEAR.

Narrator: IF RICK CAN HIT HIS GOAL, HE'LL MINE

$2.8 MILLION WORTH OF GOLD.

GET A LITTLE GOLD IN THE BOX,

AND MAYBE WE CAN PROVE THAT IT ALL ISN'T ALL JUST A DREAM.

Narrator: IF THEY HIT IT BIG,

RICK AND HIS BUDDIES WILL SHARE IN A MONSTER PAYDAY.

I THINK WE'RE ALL SUPER STOKED TO SEE

WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

IT'S GOING TO GIVE US A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE SEASON

HOLDS IN STORE FOR US.

Narrator: AFTER 6 MONTHS OF DOWNTIME,

RICK IS JUST ABOUT READY TO SLUICE

IN HIS SHAKER DECK WASH PLANT.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE START.

WHOO!

[ LAUGHS ]

BECAUSE ONCE THAT PLANT STARTS GOING THEN...

THEN WE'RE GOING.

THEN WE'RE GOING NONSTOP SO...

TWELVE-HOUR DAYS.

IT'S READY TO GO RIGHT NOW.

HOOK THAT HOSE UP, TURN EVERYTHING ON.

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YOU GUYS READY FOR THIS?

-YEAH. -I AM READY FOR THIS.

WE'RE 2 MONTHS EARLIER THAN WE WERE LAST YEAR, SLUICING.

THIS IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT,

AND I'M JUST GOING TO KEEP IT SHORT

AND SAY OUR SEASON STARTS RIGHT NOW.

AND THERE'S A PRE-START. -IT WON'T WORK?

-IT'S GOT TO WARM UP. -IT STARTS IN 30 SECONDS.

STARTS NOW.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

THAT SWEET, SWEET MUSIC.

READY??

HIT THE PLANT, LET'S LOAD SOME DIRT IN IT.

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OH, YEAH.

Narrator: ALL THEY NEED NOW IS WATER.

HEY, ZEE, YOU WANT TO FIRE UP THAT PUMP THERE, BUDDY?

Narrator: TO GET THE WATER, RICK USES A HIGH-POWERED PUMP

LOCATED 500 FEET AWAY, NEXT TO A CREEK.

ALL RIGHT. HERE WE GO.

RICK: The waterline is full, but we ain't pushing any...

WE AIN'T PUSHING ANY THROUGH THE PLANT, REALLY,

JUST A LITTLE BIT.

OKAY, LET'S JUST HOLD OFF FOR A MINUTE

AND THEN SEE IF IT EQUALIZES.

Narrator: THE PLANT NEEDS 3,000 GALLONS OF WATER EVERY MINUTE.

TAKE IT UP ANOTHER COUPLE RPM, I GUESS.

I THINK WE'RE JUST GOING TO BUILD UNTIL WE GET

ENOUGH PRESSURE TO PRESSURIZE THE WHOLE SYSTEM.

TRY FIRING IT UP TO 1,700.

Narrator: EVEN AT FULL REVS, THE PUMP IS NOT DELIVERING.

ALL RIGHT. I'LL GO SHUT IT DOWN.

[ ENGINE STOPS ]

I GUESS IT'S NOT ENOUGH WATER.

Narrator: RICK'S SHAKER DECK IS A MASSIVE MACHINE

FOR WASHING GOLD OFF THE ROCKS.

FIRST, YOU LOAD THE PAY.

THE VIBRATING DECK BOUNCES ROCKS OUT OF THE TAILING CHUTE.

WATER JETS BLAST FINE MATERIAL AND GOLD THROUGH HOLES

IN THE SCREEN DECK INTO SLUICES,

WHERE THE HEAVIER GOLD IS CAUGHT IN THE RIFFLES,

BUT WITH NO WATER, RICK IS NOT MINING.

Rick: WE'RE JUST -- WE'RE TRYING TO PUMP IT TOO HIGH.

THE FIRST PLAN DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK,

SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ON TO PLAN B HERE.

Narrator: RICK'S PLAN, MOVE THE PUMP 300 FEET UPSTREAM.

THIS WILL RAISE THE PUMP 10 FEET HIGHER

AND SHOULD INCREASE THE WATER PRESSURE IN THE PIPE

4 POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH.

ALRIGHT. [BLEEP] IT, LET'S DO IT.

I'M DONE [BLEEP] AROUND HERE.

Zee: IS THAT ONE COMING LOOSE? HOLD ON.

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THAT'S PRETTY GOOD. ARE YOU CLEAR OVER THERE?

Man: LOOKING PRETTY LEVEL, HEY?

THINK THEY'RE GOOD?

YEAH, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND FIRE THIS UP.

IS THAT ALL RIGHT, RICK?

FIRE THAT [BLEEP] UP. WHAT ARE WE WAITING ON?

LET'S DO THIS.

ALRIGHT. HERE COMES YOUR WATER.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

YOU WANT ME TO TAKE IT ALL THE WAY UP TO 2,200 AGAIN?

Yeah, buddy.

Narrator: IT'S TIME TO PUT RICK'S PLAN TO THE TEST.

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HERE IT COMES.

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THAT'S BETTER. THERE WE GO.

WE GOT WATER IN THE PREWASH, QUITE A BIT, ACTUALLY.

I DON'T KNOW.

I THINK THAT'S THE BEST IT'S GOT SO FAR.

WHOO-HOO!

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SHAKER DECK COMING HOT.

[ DECK RATTLING ]

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HERE WE GO.

LET'S SEE WHAT THIS GOLD MINING IS ALL ABOUT.

LET HER RIP.

HO, HO, HO, I WILL.

FIRST BUCKET.

AND WE ARE OFFICIALLY GOLD MINING IN 2019.

WE CAN TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN THAT, BUDDY.

HOLY [BLEEP]

UH...

[ LAUGHS ]

WE ARE MAKING MONEY.

Narrator: A HUNT FOR NUGGETS IS ON.

Rick: OH, YEAH.

WHOO!

WHOO, WHOO!

WHOO!

I'M A LITTLE BIT HAPPY.

I WAS SUPER GRUMPY THIS MORNING BECAUSE I WAS LIKE,

"OH, WE SHOULD JUST -- I WISH WE WERE JUST RUNNING,"

AND NOW THIS MAKES IT ALL BETTER.

WE'RE ACTUALLY -- WE'RE RUNNING.

I'M VIBRATING. I'M VIBRATING.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS DIFFERENT, AND I LOVE IT.

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Parker: BEEN A REALLY ROUGH START.

WE SHOULD BE UP AND SLUICING BY NOW.

WE'RE A LITTLE BIT OUT OF CONTROL, REALLY.

Narrator: PARKER SCHNABEL'S LIFETIME AMBITION TO MINE

HIS OWN CLAIM IS OFF TO A BAD START.

MINING THIS MUCH GROUND WOULD NORMALLY TAKE 3 YEARS,

BUT PARKER HAS JUST 1 YEAR LEFT ON HIS WATER LICENSE.

TWO WEEKS IN, HE'S STILL NOT SLUICING.

YOU KNOW, WITH THE MONEY THAT WE SPENT ON THE GROUND,

WHICH IS HALF A MILLION BUCKS,

WE'RE ABOUT 1.5 INTO THE CLUSTER CUT,

IN THAT PIECE OF GROUND NOW, THAT WE'VE SPENT ON IT,

AND WITH THE WATER LICENSE EXPIRING, LIKE,

WE REALLY RISK LEAVING GOLD IN THE GROUND.

Narrator: EVERY WEEK HE ISN'T SLUICING COSTS PARKER

AROUND 300 OUNCES OF GOLD, WORTH HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

Parker: I WAS IN HAINES LAST WEEK TALKING TO MY DAD,

AND THE BIG QUESTIONS HE ASKED WERE JUST,

"DO YOU HAVE A HANDLE ON THE OPERATION

AND THE COST AND WHERE THE MONEY GOES?

DOES EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT THE GAME PLAN IS?"

Narrator: PARKER'S FOREMAN DEAN TOSCZAK HAS OVER 30 YEARS

MINING EXPERIENCE.

SHE ENJOYS DOING IT.

I LOVE SPENDING TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER, SO...

THAT ONE TOOK YOU, LIKE 5 MINUTES SOLID.

-HAVE A GOOD DAY. -YOU, TOO.

-LOVE YOU. -LOVE YOU, BYE.

PARKER CHARGED DEAN WITH GETTING THE WASH PLANT UP

AND RUNNING BY THE END OF LAST WEEK.

Dean: NO, I SPENT A LOT OF LAST NIGHT UP,

THINKING ABOUT HOW I'M GOING TO CATCH UP ON THINGS HERE.

WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SLUICING WEEKS AGO.

I HAVE A FEELING I'M GOING TO HAVE A COUPLE OF LONG DAYS HERE.

Narrator: PARKER HAS OPENED UP THE CLUSTER CUT

ON THE WESTERN END OF THIS CLAIM

WHERE THE DRILL TESTS SHOWED THE MOST GOLD.

THERE IS NO WATER SOURCE ON PARKER'S GROUND,

SO DEAN WILL HAVE TO DESIGN A SYSTEM OF PONDS

TO RECIRCULATE THE WATER FOR THE WASH PLANT.

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I NEED,

WHAT I CAN USE AND WHAT I CAN'T, AND WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES.

COME ON.

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DO YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES TO WALK ME THROUGH THIS?

YEP.

PROBABLY THIS WAY IS BETTER, PARKER.

Parker: WHAT IS THE PLAN?

LIKE, WE'RE FIGHTING ROOM UP HERE.

WE DON'T HAVE THE SPACE OR THE TIME

THAT WE NEED TO SET UP OUR PONDS NORMALLY.

Narrator: MINERS NORMALLY SLUICE INTO A PREVIOUS CUT,

BUT ON THIS NEW GROUND, DEAN DOESN'T HAVE THAT OPTION.

SO MY PLAN IS PUT THE PLANT RIGHT IN HERE,

PUT A PAD RIGHT HERE ON THE EDGE OF OUR BERM,

SLUICE RUNS HEADING TO THE CORNER.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO PUT A BERM ACROSS HERE.

YOU'RE GOING TO PUT THE PLANT ON IT,

AND YOU'RE GOING TO SLUICE INTO THAT POND?

Dean: YEAH.

DEAN'S PLAN, DIG OUT THE GOLD-RICH PAY DIRT

FROM A 60,000-SQUARE-FOOT SECTION.

NEXT, SURROUND THE HOLE WITH A 30-FOOT BERM

AND FLOOD IT TO FORM A POND.

THEN BUILD A PAD ON ONE CORNER FOR THE WASH PLANT.

WATER WILL BE PULLED FROM THE POND AND RELEASED BACK

IN AFTER IT'S RUN THROUGH THE SLUICE.

OKAY, SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

EVERY MACHINE YOU CAN GIVE ME AND EVERY PERSON YOU GOT.

ALRIGHT.

I'LL GO TALK TO BRENNAN, GET EVERYBODY ELSE DOWN HERE.

YOU'VE GOT UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK.

DEAN HAS JUST 5 DAYS TO START PRODUCING GOLD.

AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, ANY PLAN IS BETTER THAN NO PLAN,

AND, AT THIS POINT, WE JUST GOT TO GET SLUICING

AND GET SOME MONEY COMING IN.

PARKER IS STARTING TO GET ON EDGE,

AND I KNOW THAT PROBABLY MONEY IS STARTING TO GET TIGHT.

Brennan: I'M COMING IN.

YOU'RE GOING TO START GETTING SOME BERMS FILLED.

THEN WE'LL GET THE WASH PLANT PAD BUILT, AS WELL.

FINALLY A PLAN, AND THINGS ARE GOING TO START COMING TOGETHER

HERE IN THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE.

RIGHT NOW, WE'RE JUST RACING THE CLOCK.

I KNOW DEAN HAS MADE A PROMISE TO PARKER THAT,

YOU KNOW, WE'LL HAVE A WASH PLANT SET UP HERE

AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

THAT'S QUITE A BIT TO DO HERE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

YOU KNOW, DEAN HAS TOLD ME HE'S GOT A HANDLE ON IT,

AND I HAVE TO TRUST THAT HE CAN FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THAT,

AND IF HE CAN'T, THEN WE HAVE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL,

I GUESS.

Narrator: UP AHEAD...

[ LAUGHS ]

WHEW. THERE'S GOLD.

Rick: BOOM.

THAT'S THE BIGGEST NUGGET I'VE EVER SEEN.

[ LAUGHS ]

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Narrator: TONY BEETS IS IN CRISIS.

WITHOUT A WATER LICENSE,

HE CAN'T DRAW WATER FROM THE INDIAN RIVER

OR OPERATE ANY MACHINERY ON HIS GOLD RIDGE CLAIMS.

BOTH HIS MILLION-DOLLAR DREDGES ARE OUT OF ACTION,

PUTTING THE FAMILY BUSINESS AT RISK.

ELDEST SON KEVIN HAS STEPPED UP.

HE'S OPENED A 100-ACRE

CUT THAT TONY THINKS COULD BRING IN $2 MILLION.

OKAY, WHOEVER IS DUMPING RIGHT NOW, GO FORWARD,

GO FORWARD A BIT, GO FORWARD A BIT, LEVEL OUT, THEN DUMP.

IF YOU DUMP LIKE THAT, YOU MIGHT TIP, AND THEN WE'RE [BLEEP]

I LIKE TO CALL IT BABYSITTING

BECAUSE YOU GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON THESE FOLKS.

Narrator: KEVIN HAS REMOVED 500,000 YARDS OF WORTHLESS OVERBURDEN

AND IS JUST FEET FROM HITTING PAY DIRT.

AS THE ONLY OPERATION GOING,

HONESTLY, OVERALL, IT'S GOING GOOD.

YEAH, WE'RE MOVING SOME DIRT.

WE GOT A NICE BIG CUT.

THIS WILL BE NICE.

Narrator: HE SHOULD BE SLUICING BY THE END OF THE WEEK,

BUT HE'S STILL WAITING FOR A CONTRACT WITH PARKER SCHNABEL,

WHO HOLDS THE WATER LICENSE FOR THIS GROUND.

TWO WEEKS AGO, PARKER AGREED TO SHARE THE PERMIT WITH TONY.

I DON'T WANT TO BE LIABLE FOR ANY MESSES YOU MAKE.

YEP.

YEAH, NOT AN ISSUE.

BUT HE'S STILL NOT DELIVERED.

HEY, THERE, YOUNGSTER.

HI, CHRIS. HOW ARE YOU DOING?

GOOD. HOW YOU DOING, YOUNG ONE?

A FEW FINISHING TOUCHES,

AND WE'RE READY TO START CLEANING SOME GOLD.

RIGHT ON.

I TOLD YOU ABOUT ALL THIS STUFF WITH TONY,

ABOUT THE LICENSE AND HE WANTS TO USE OUR LICENSE.

YEAH.

BUT ONE OF THE CLAUSES IS OUR COMPANY

WILL BECOME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CAMP AND ALL ACTIVITIES.

OUR COMPANY?

WE'LL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS CAMP AND ALL ACTIVITIES.

IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG, IT'S OUR NAME ON THE LICENSE.

WHAT IF SOMEBODY GETS HURT?

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SIGN THIS, ARE YOU?

I MEAN, YOU GOT TO LOOK AFTER YOUR BUSINESS, PARKER.

YEAH, I KNOW.

WHAT'S TONY ALWAYS TOLD YOU ALL THESE YEARS?

"BUSINESS IS BUSINESS," RIGHT?

YEAH.

HISTORY SHOWS THAT TONY LOOKS OUT FOR TONY,

AND TONY IS A BUSINESSMAN.

YOU'VE GOT TO BE A BUSINESSMAN, TOO.

YEAH. I AIN'T SIGNING IT.

I THINK YOU'RE MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE.

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YEAH, I GOT AN E-MAIL, AND HE'S NOT SIGNING.

YEP.

WITH NO PERMIT, KEVIN'S GOLD-RICH GROUND

AT THE AIRSTRIP IS SHUT DOWN.

TWO WEEKS INTO THE SEASON,

AND THE BEETS FAMILY HAS NOWHERE TO MINE.

WHAT THE [BLEEP] IS GOING ON?

WITHOUT THAT WATER LICENSE,

OUR ENTIRE OPERATION INDIAN RIVER

IS [BLEEP] DEAD.

THERE IS LITERALLY NOTHING LEFT FOR US HERE.

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-HI, NONA. -HELLO.

I WAS JUST WONDERING IF I COULD GET A BREAKDOWN

OF WHAT WE'RE SPENDING RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: ALMOST 3 WEEKS INTO THE SEASON,

PARKER SCHNABEL HASN'T MINED AN OUNCE OF GOLD.

Nona: REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE SO FAR THIS YEAR,

THIS NUMBER RIGHT HERE.

TWO-TWENTY?

YEAH, PLUS PROBABLY ANOTHER 10, 15?

YEAH, AT LEAST.

WAGES ARE $470,000

FUEL, WE ARE AT $440,000

WE'VE ALREADY BURNT HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN FUEL ALMOST?

YEP, THIS YEAR, AND THE TOTAL FOR RIGHT NOW,

WE ARE AT $1.15 MILLION.

AND THAT -- YOU DON'T HAVE GROCERIES OR ANYTHING IN THAT.

BASICALLY, IT'S JUST REPAIRS, WAGES AND FUEL IS WHAT I'VE GOT.

SO WE'RE PROBABLY CLOSER TO $1.4 MILLION.

[BLEEP]

THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY.

WE AIN'T SCREWING AROUND.

[ CHUCKLES ] NOW WE'VE GOT TO DO

THE OPPOSITE AND MAKE SOME MONEY.

YEAH, NO KIDDING. WE NEED TO GET THAT PLANT GOING.

THE SOONER THE BETTER, RIGHT?

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Parker: THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY TO POUR INTO THE GROUND.

IT'S, LIKE, IF WE HIT IT BIG GAMBLING LAST YEAR,

WHICH WE HAD A VERY GOOD SEASON,

THEN THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF PUTTING IT RIGHT BACK

ON THE TABLE AND ROLLING THE DICE AGAIN.

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WE DO HAVE A LOT OF GROUND TO GET THROUGH THIS YEAR,

SO THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO DO IT IS GETTING THE PLANT UP

AND GOING, WHICH STILL HASN'T HAPPENED.

Narrator: PARKER HAS JUST 1 YEAR TO MINE GROUND THAT SHOULD TAKE 3.

HE'S GIVEN FOREMAN DEAN 5 DAYS TO START SLUICING,

BUT WITH NO WATER SOURCE ON THE CLAIM,

DEAN MUST BUILD A SYSTEM TO RECIRCULATE WATER.

HE'S ALREADY WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE.

OH, RIGHT NOW WE'RE BUILDING THE POND,

GET THIS CORNER CLEANED OUT,

AND THEN WE'LL MAKE A POND FOR OUR PAD.

Narrator: DEAN HAS EXCAVATED THE PAY DIRT

FROM ONE CORNER OF THE CUT TO FORM A POND.

NEXT, HE MUST COMPLETE THE BERM

AND BUILD A PAD FOR THE WASH PLANT TO SIT ON.

THEN THERE'S, YOU KNOW, NO NATURAL PONDS FOR US

TO REALLY WORK WITH.

DEAN SEEMS TO THINK HE HAS A PLAN HERE FOR A WASH PLANT PAD

AND A SPOT TO SLUICE INTO, SO...

WE'VE GOT ABOUT 80 TO 100 FEET OF BERM TO PUT UP,

BUT I THINK THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PULL THIS OFF.

Parker: WE'VE BEEN BURNING MONEY LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW.

THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH GOLD IN THE GROUND,

AND THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH MONEY IN THE COFFERS.

Parker: HEY, DEAN, WHERE IS THE WASH PLANT?

WE'VE GOT TO GET THE PLANT GOING.

LIKE, HOW COME THAT HASN'T HAPPENED?

BECAUSE I HAVEN'T GOT THERE YET.

WE STILL NEED TO PUT A PAD UP FOR THE PLANT.

WE'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING READY.

IF YOU GOT A BETTER PLAN, PARKER, I'M GAME,

BUT THIS IS ALL I CAN THINK OF.

THERE'S NO GOOD SOLUTION FOR NONE OF THIS.

THE BLEEDING HAS TO STOP.

LIKE, WE ARE BURNING CASH LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW,

BUT I'M COUNTING ON YOU HERE TO GET A PLANT UP

AND GOING AND STOP THE BLEEDING.

GET THESE PILES THE [BLEEP] BACK THERE AND GET THIS SET UP.

WE'VE GOT TO BE SLUICING BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

I DROPPED THE BALL.

I'M SORRY, PARKER.

I DON'T GET WHAT THE [BLEEP] IS GOING ON HERE, MAN.

LIKE, WHAT THE [BLEEP]

DEAN HAS BLOWN THROUGH EVERY TIMELINE

THAT I'VE GIVEN HIM AND THAT HE'S GIVEN ME,

AND WE'RE STILL NOT CLOSE,

AND THIS IS HOW YOU JUST GET [BLEEP]

OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE UP THINGS HERE.

WE NEED TO GET THIS BERM IN SO...

Narrator: DEAN, WITH ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT,

BRINGS IN MORE CREW TO SPEED UP THE PAD BUILD.

COPY THERE, DEAN-O?

GOT A LOT TO GET DONE AND RUNNING OUT OF TIME.

YOU GUYS THINK ANYONE HAS EVER DUG A BIGGER HOLE?

I'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THIS PAD IS READY.

I'VE GOT EVERY MAN AND EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT

THAT PARKER CAN GIVE ME,

AND I HOPE IT'S GOING TO BE ENOUGH

TO MAKE THIS ALL HAPPEN IN TIME.

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Narrator: TONY BEETS' SEASON IS AT A STANDSTILL.

WITH NO WATER LICENSE FOR HIS GOLD-RICH CLAIMS

ON THE INDIAN RIVER, HE NEEDS TO FIND A WAY FORWARD.

YOUNGEST SON MIKE THINKS HE HAS A SOLUTION.

30 MILES NORTH OF INDIAN RIVER,

THE BEETS FAMILY OWNS ANOTHER 1,300-ACRE PATCH OF GROUND

ON TOP OF PARADISE HILL.

THIS IS WHERE TONY FIRST STARTED IN THE KLONDIKE 30 YEARS AGO.

MIKE KNOWS THE CLAIM WELL.

Mike: I REALLY LIKE PARADISE HILL.

IT WASN'T UNTIL I GOT TO PARADISE HILL

THAT I RAN MY OWN PLANT AND HAD TO MAKE SURE IT KEPT RUNNING,

KEPT FEEDING PAY, ALL THAT.

SO I DIDN'T REALLY TRULY LEARN HOW TO BE A GOLD MINER

UNTIL I GOT OUT TO PARADISE HILL.

SO THIS IS BASICALLY WHERE I LEARNED HOW TO GET GOING.

I GOT THIS NICE BIG WALL OF PAY THAT'S SITTING THERE,

WAITING TO BE TAKEN.

I'M PRETTY SURE I CAN GET A DECENT AMOUNT OF GOLD

OUT TO THIS HILLSIDE HERE.

BETTER GO PITCH THE PLAN.

Narrator: BUT TO GO AFTER GOLD HERE, MIKE NEEDS TO CONVINCE

TONY IT'S WORTH THE INVESTMENT.

Mike: HEY, DAD.

I GOT A LOT OF PAY SITTING IN THE [BLEEP]

HILLSIDE THAT I CAN GET TO.

Tony: YEAH?

THAWED, NICE, AND ALL I NEED IS A COUPLE THINGS HERE,

AND I CAN GET SLUICING.

YEAH, I'M OFFERING YOU A WAY TO GET GOLD RIGHT OFF THE BAT HERE.

Narrator: MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO, PRESSURE IN THE EARTH'S CRUST

CAUSED A SECTION OF BEDROCK AND PAY DIRT TO BUCKLE,

EVENTUALLY FORCING ONE SECTION TO RISE UP

AND OVER ANOTHER, MAKING THE GROUND UNPREDICTABLE

WITH HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF GOLD,

AS WELL AS DEAD SPOTS.

YEAH.

MIKE'S WHOLE PARADISE HILL PLAN

NOW RIDES ON GETTING AN ANCIENT

30-YEAR-OLD TROMMEL UP AND RUNNING.

I THINK LET'S FIRE HER UP.

THE TROMMEL DRUM SPINS, SIEVING OUT LARGE ROCKS,

SENDING THE FINER MATERIAL

DOWN THROUGH THE SLUICES TO CATCH GOLD.

WITH THE AIRSTRIP SHUT DOWN, BROTHER AND MECHANIC,

KEVIN, COMES TO HELP.

YES.

RIGHT, RAISING AN OLD ANCIENT MACHINE FROM THE GRAVE,

GET HER GOING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME.

GOING TO FIRE UP THE TROMMEL AND SEE WHAT EXPLODES.

SO THIS TROMMEL HAS NOT TURNED IN AT LEAST 2 YEARS.

I JUST GOT A PICTURE OF THOSE MOVIES WHERE YOU GET,

LIKE, THESE ANCIENT MACHINES,

LIKE IN "STAR WARS" OR SOMETHING,

AND THEY'RE JUST COMING BACK TO LIFE ALL OF A SUDDEN,

AND THEY TAKE OFF, AND YOU GET THAT EPIC FEELING OF,

"OH, WOW, THAT'S A PIECE OF HISTORY

THAT'S JUST COMING TO LIFE."

YEP.

MY ONLY QUESTION IS, "WHY ARE WE STILL STANDING HERE?"

LET'S GO.

FIRST ISSUE IS TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING TURNS.

Narrator: FIRST UP, THE CONVEYOR.

WE'VE GOT THE HEAT CONVEYOR GOING RIGHT NOW,

MAKE SURE THAT SPINS AND EVERYTHING RUNS GOOD.

I'D SAY STANDARD STARTUP, SLUICE SPARKS, TROMMEL.

Narrator: THE BIG TEST FIRING UP THE 40-TON TROMMEL DRUM

WHICH HASN'T RUN IN OVER 2 YEARS.

Mike: HEY, IT SPINS.

OH, YEAH.

I STILL LIKE THAT SOUND.

HEY, KEEP THE TROMMEL GOING, PLEASE.

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[ LAUGHS ] YEAH.

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Narrator: IT'S A STEP CLOSER TO SLUICING,

BUT THE REST OF THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT AT PARADISE

IS WAY PAST RESURRECTING.

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IT'S PRETTY NICE RIGHT NOW.

WE'VE GOT A TON OF PAY DIRT TO RUN.

IT'S RIGHT NEXT TO A WASH PLANT.

Narrator: THE HUNT FOR GIANT NUGGETS IS ON.

Rick: REALLY COULDN'T ASK FOR ANY BETTER RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: TWO WEEKS INTO THE SEASON AND RICK HAS BEEN SLUICING

IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE KENO FOR 3 DAYS.

AS HE LOADS THE ROCK TRUCKS WITH PAY DIRT,

ZEE AND KRUSE DRIVE THEM TO THE WASH PLANT.

KRUSE, ARE YOU READY TO BE ALL ABOUT THAT TRUCK LIFE?

I AM READY TO BE ALL ABOUT THAT TRUCK LIFE.

SO I'VE BEEN AROUND THIS EQUIPMENT

BUT NEVER BEEN BEHIND THE WHEEL ON IT.

PRETTY INTIMIDATING AT FIRST.

Narrator: AND EVERY HOUR,

RYAN LOADS 100 YARDS OF PAY DIRT INTO THE PLANT.

THIS PAY IS HERE. IT'S READY TO RUN.

WE DON'T HAVE TO STRIP TO GET IT,

SO IT'S KIND OF A NO-BRAINER TO RUN IT.

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OOH, OOH.

IT'S A NEW PLACE, AND I'M STILL LEARNING ABOUT THINGS.

WITH THESE BOULDERS LIKE THIS, A LOT OF PEOPLE GET REALLY CRAZY

ABOUT GETTING ALL WASH IN THE BOULDERS

BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THAT GOLD IS REALLY SMASHED UP ON THEM.

AND SO I'M STILL IN THAT EARLY STAGE OF THE YEAR

WHERE I'M LIKE, "OOH, MAYBE

I'LL FIND A NUGGET STUCK TO A BOULDER."

THE GLACIER HAS JUST SCOURED EVERYTHING,

AND IT'S ALL THAT, LIKE, QUARTZ VEINS.

IT'S LIKE RED.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

THERE'S CHUNKS OF BEDROCK.

THERE'S GARNETS, OTHER METALLIC STUFF.

AH.

THERE CERTAINLY IS NO [BLEEP] SHORTAGE OF BOULDERS OUT HERE,

BUT IF THEY'VE ALL GOT GOLD STUCK TO THEM...

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OOH, I KNOW THAT CAR.

KARLA IS HERE.

Narrator: RICK WILL HAVE HIS FIRST BATCH OF GOLD CONCENTRATE

READY TO CLEAN UP IN A FEW DAYS,

SO HE'S CALLED IN AN OLD FRIEND TO RUN HIS GOLD ROOM.

IS THIS THE RIGHT PLACE?

Rick: THAT IS SO TYPICAL!

PARKING YOUR CAR AND LETTING IT ROLLING AWAY.

LET IT ROLLING AWAY FROM YOU.

OH, YOU'RE LUCKY I HAVE SHOES ON. [BLEEP]

[ LAUGHING ]

OH, WELCOME TO KETO.

OH, THANKS FOR HAVING ME AGAIN.

YEAH, NO KIDDING.

IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

WHAT DO YOU SEE? RUNNING DIRT.

WE'RE SLUICING ALMOST 2 MONTHS EARLIER THAN LAST YEAR.

THAT'S AWESOME.

YEAH, [BLEEP] YEAH.

THE EVEN CRAZIER THING IS THAT FROM THE TOP

ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM, IT'S ALL PAY DIRT.

IT'S ALL THAT GOLD IN IT.

HOLY COW, MAN.

YEAH.

SUPER PROUD OF YOU FOR GETTING ALL THIS ORGANIZED

AND, LIKE, HAVING PEOPLE

SHOWING UP AND GETTING TO WORK RIGHT AWAY.

YEAH, RICK.

THANK YOU.

AFTER A LONG DAY OF SLUICING, RICK CALLS THE TEAM TOGETHER.

RICK: Hey, guys. You want to shut it down,

And let's all meet by the wash plant.

IT'S KARLA. [ LAUGHS ]

ZEE, DON'T PRETEND YOU DIDN'T MISS ME.

RICK, YOU SAID KARLA WASN'T COMING.

THAT'S THE REASON I CAME UP.

-HOW YOU DOING? -I'M GOOD. YOU?

-GOOD. -THIS IS KRUSE.

-HI, CRUISE. -HI, I'M KRUSE.

-HI. -KARLA, GOLD ROOM.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE GOLD THIS YEAR.

I KNOW.

WE GOT TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT WE GOT.

I MEAN, IT LOOKS GOOD.

YEAH.

BUT WE DON'T [BLEEP]

KNOW UNTIL IT GOES ACROSS THE TABLE AND GOES IN A JAR.

YEAH, I WANT TO CHECK THIS WASH PLANT OUT.

♪♪

Karla: OH.

OOH-HOO-HOO!

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IT'S THE BIGGEST NUGGET I'VE EVER SEEN.

IS THAT THE BIGGEST ONE YOU'VE SEEN, KARLA?

THAT'S THE BIGGEST ONE I'VE EVER SEEN.

YOU, TOO?

HELL, YEAH.

GUESS I'LL STICK THIS IN THE SAFEST PLACE AROUND HERE.

[ LAUGHS ]

[ CHUCKLES ]

NOBODY IS GOING IN THERE.

Karla: OH, RICK!

I FOUND A CLONKER.

OH, A CLO-- YEAH?

HOLY [BLEEP].

I KNOW.

THAT'S GORGEOUS.

I KNOW.

I KIND OF GET IT. I FEEL LIKE AN OLD-TIMER.

LIKE, YOU JUST GET ALL GAGA.

THAT'S AMAZING.

YEAH, YOU'RE DROOLING.

THIS HERE IS ONE OF THE REASONS I'M HERE.

IT'S COMING FROM RIGHT THERE, MOUNT HINTON.

THAT'S THE SOURCE OF ALL THIS BIG GOLD.

I'M HERE TO HUNT FOR THESE, AND THAT'S THE FIRST OF MANY.

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Narrator: TONY BEETS IS TAKING A HUGE GAMBLE

MOVING HIS OPERATION TO PARADISE HILL.

THIS GROUND IS UNPREDICTABLE, BUT IT'S THE ONLY CHANCE

HE HAS OF SAVING HIS SEASON AND THE FAMILY BUSINESS.

TONY SHUT DOWN PARADISE 2 YEARS AGO

AND MOVED ALL HIS BEST EQUIPMENT 30 MILES SOUTH TO INDIAN RIVER.

Mike: DAD TOLD ME WE'RE GETTING ALL THIS

[BLEEP] TO PARADISE, SO HE MUST HAVE LIKED MY IDEA.

Narrator: NOW HE'S TASKED MIKE TO BRING IT ALL BACK.

Mike: WE'RE GOING TO GO START SLUICING UP ON THE HILL.

YOU GOOD TO GO?

YEAH, GOOD TO GO.

LET'S GET GOING.

OKAY.

PLAN IS WE'RE GOING TO TAKE 460 ON THE KENWORTH,

360 HERE ON THE OSHKOSH,

AND WE'RE GOING TO DRIVE IT ALL THE WAY UP TO --

DRIVE IT TO PARADISE HILL.

Narrator: THE LOWBOY TRAILER IS RATED TO CARRY A MAXIMUM 40-TON LOAD.

THAT TRAILER, LOOK AT THAT.

THE 460 WEIGHS IN AT ALMOST 50.

MOST TRAILERS, THEY HAVE A BEND...

A REVERSE BEND WITH THAT, SO THEY KIND OF BEND LIKE THAT

SO WHEN YOU PUT WEIGHT ON, THEY SIT FLAT.

THAT [BLEEP] IS SITTING LIKE THAT.

[ LAUGHS ]

♪♪

LEAD THE WAY, RUBY.

PILOT CAR IS IMPORTANT TO LET OTHER PEOPLE

ON THE ROAD KNOW WE'RE COMING.

Narrator: LYNN BRINGS UP THE REAR IN THE GRATER.

[ HORN BLARES ]

YEEHAW, WE'RE STARTING A CONVOY.

Narrator: AHEAD OF THEM, 50 MILES OF TREACHEROUS DIRT ROADS,

SOFT FROM THE RUNOFF AFTER THE SPRING MELT.

♪♪

MIKE TO SCRIBA, DO YOU COPY, MIKE, SCRIBA?

CAN YOU GO UP THE HILL FIRST, PLEASE?

SCRIBA: Yeah.

OH, THAT POOR TRAILER.

THE WORSE THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS THE TRAILER DECIDES TO GO...

WHICH WOULD SUCK LIKE [BLEEP]

BECAUSE THAT'S A VERY NICE TRAILER.

AM I ACTUALLY GOING TO MAKE THIS TURN?

Narrator: MIKE'S FIRST CHALLENGE:

A HAIRPIN TURN.

Mike: THE PROBLEM IS WE HAVE SO MUCH WEIGHT ON THE THING,

YOU LOSE THE ABILITY TO TURN.

I GUESS, HEY, I TURNED SOMEWHAT.

♪♪

WHEN MY DAD FIRST CAME UP,

FIRST MINING JOB HE EVER GOT WAS ON PARADISE HILL,

AND THAT'S THE FIRST PLACE I GOT STARTED FULL-TIME WITH PAY.

NOW MY DAD IS GIVING ME THE PEOPLE AND THE [BLEEP]

EQUIPMENT TO GET PARADISE HILL UP AND RUNNING.

SO HOPEFULLY WITH THAT, I CAN BUY MY SIBLINGS SOME TIME

TO GET THEIR OPERATIONS GOING.

MY DAD HAS THIS THING, AN AURA OF RESPECT.

YOU CAN'T HELP BUT RESPECT THE GUY.

YOU KNOW WHEN MY FATHER IS GOING TO RETIRE?

I'LL BE PUTTING HIM IN THAT SUIT AGAIN.

HE'LL BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE GRASS.

THAT'S WHEN HE WILL RETIRE.

Narrator: HALF A MILE AHEAD, AT THE HUNKER SUMMIT,

THE FIRST HALF OF THE CONVOY

WAITS FOR MIKE TO CATCH UP.

Ruby: ARE YOU GOING TO PUT MICHAEL AHEAD OF YOU?

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO SLOWER.

PUT IT IN LOW RANGE.

OH, YEAH BECAUSE MIKEY BEETS GOES SLOW.

[ LAUGHS ]

MIKE POWERS OVER THE SUMMIT AND STRAIGHT

INTO A 1,000-FOOT DOWNHILL DANGER ZONE.

[INDISTINCT] BECAUSE YOU GO DOWN THE HILL.

♪♪

Mike: COME ON. TURN, YOU.

[ TIRES SCREECHING ]

I'M GETTING SUCKED RIGHT INTO THE [BLEEP] CORNER.

[ CRASHES ]

HOLY [BLEEP]

HEY, MIKE, DO YOU COPY? MIKE?

SCRIBA: Yeah.

I GOT SUCKED INTO THE DITCH.

♪♪

HEY, I'M GOING TO TRY TO BACK UP.

YOU IN LOW?

YEP.

YOU'RE GOING TO SINK YOURSELF DOWN.

Narrator: MIKE BEETS IS HAULING TWO EXCAVATORS

TO OPEN UP A NEW CUT AT PARADISE HILL

IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE FAMILY BUSINESS.

HALFWAY INTO THE 50-MILE JOURNEY,

HE'S GOT THE 18-TON OSHKOSH

WITH ITS 48-TON LOAD STUCK IN A DITCH.

YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PULL THAT TRAILER OUT THE WAY IT IS.

Mike: I DIDN'T REALIZE I WAS GETTING SUCKED IN SO QUICKLY.

I ENDED UP GOING A LITTLE TOO FAR OFF THE EDGE.

AT LEAST, I DIDN'T THINK I WAS.

IN FACT, LOOKING AT MY TIRES, I WASN'T.

[BLEEP] LOAD [BLEEP] WENT RIGHT INTO

THE [BLEEP] DAMN DITCH.

THEY'RE GOING TO HOOK A CHAIN UP TO THE LOWBOY

AND TRY TO SLOWLY PULL IT OUT WHILE I BACK UP.

THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS JUST GETTING THE TRAILER

OUT OF THE [BLEEP] DITCH.

I'M GOING TO BACK IT UP UNTIL THE TRAILER IS ON

TO THE [BLEEP] ROAD.

Narrator: ONE FALSE MOVE AND THE 48-TON EXCAVATOR

COULD TIP OFF THE TRAILER.

I'M GOOD.

[ ENGINE REVS ]

♪♪

PULL HER. READY?

THE SOONER, THE BETTER.

OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO START PULLING.

♪♪

♪♪

MIKE, PULL! PULL!

♪♪

HEY, HOLD UP!

STOP.

GO AHEAD, MIKE.

♪♪

♪♪

Narrator: THE CONVOY IS BACK ON THE ROAD.

Mike: TONY BEETS, DO YOU COPY, TONY BEETS?

TONY: Mike.

WE'LL BE THERE SOON.

AH.

GETTING TOO OLD FOR THIS [BLEEP].

BUT WE GOT ALL THE EQUIPMENT HERE,

AND NOW WE CAN GET MY OPERATION UP AND RUNNING.

♪♪

♪♪

IT'S ABOUT TIME WE GOT SLUICING,

BUT I'VE BEEN SAYING THAT FOR 2 [BLEEP] WEEKS.

Narrator: IT'S THE END OF THE WEEK IN THE CLUSTER CUT.

FOREMAN DEAN PUTS THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO HIS WASH PLANT PAD.

I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND WE'LL BE READY

TO SET THE PLANT UP TODAY.

I'VE BEEN BUILDING BERMS AND SETTLING PONDS

FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

I THINK THIS MIGHT END UP BEING THE BEST PAD I EVER BUILT.

Narrator: AFTER 3 WEEKS OF DELAYS, DEAN IS BACK ON TRACK.

I THINK PARKER HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT UNFAIR ABOUT THINGS,

BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT HE'S UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE.

HE HAS A LOT OF MONEY SUNK INTO THIS,

AND SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE THAT WORK AROUND HIM

TAKE THE GRUNT OF IT.

Narrator: A QUARTER OF A MILE AWAY IN THE YARD,

MITCH AND BRENNAN HOOK WASH PLANT BIG RED TO THE EXCAVATOR.

HOW'S IT GOING, GUYS?

SO YOU DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GOT A PRETTY GOOD HANDLE ON THIS?

AS LONG AS THERE'S ENOUGH ROOM DOWN THERE TO PUT EVERYTHING.

IT LOOKS PRETTY TIGHT.

IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE A WHOLE BUNCH OF [BLEEP]

IN A REAL SMALL SPACE.

ALL RIGHT. WELL, THAT'S THE REAL ISSUE.

♪♪

YEAH, THIS LOOKS GOOD.

BRENNAN, YOU COPY, BRENNAN?

HEY, DEANO.

I THINK WE'RE READY FOR A PLANT UP HERE.

YES, SIR.

LET'S JUST PULL OF 10,000 OUNCES AND WE'LL ALL BE LAUGHING.

Narrator: IN JUST 5 DAYS, DEAN HAS MOVED 20,000 YARDS OF DIRT

TO BUILD A SERIES OF BERMS,

A POND TO RECIRCULATE WATER AND A PAD FOR THE WASH PLANT.

READY TO ROCK?

I'M READY. MITCH, YOU READY?

LET'S DO IT.

♪♪

SHE'S ALIVE!

-WHOO! -[BLEEP] YEAH.

GOOD LUCK, MAN.

WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.

♪♪

YOU GOT HER.

TAKE HER NICE AND EASY.

YOU GOT A WAYS TO GO, BUDDY!

YEAH, THIS IS A GOOD FEELING TO FINALLY GET

THIS PLANT DRUG DOWN IN THE CLUSTER CUT,

BUT AT LEAST IT'S ON THE GOAL,

AND WE'RE GOING TO GET THERE TODAY.

FINALLY START BRINGING SOME MONEY IN.

YAH, YAH!

[ LAUGHS ]

LOOKING GOOD, MY MAN.

♪♪

WELL, I'M GLAD WE'RE GOING TO BE FINALLY MAKING SOME GOLD HERE.

IT'S ABOUT TIME.

Narrator: BRENNAN SETS THE PLANT DOWN IN THE CUT,

READY FOR ITS FINAL MOVE UP ONTO THE PAD.

[BLEEP] YEAH.

-NICE JOB, BUDDY. -THANKS, BROTHER.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST ONES EVER.

HELL, YEAH. THAT WENT NICE.

Mitch: I MEAN, I THINK THE SCARIEST PART

WAS WHEN YOUR NIPPLES CAME OUT, MYSELF.

WOW. I KNOW, RIGHT?

OOH!

GLAD WE GOT OVER THAT.

GOOD THING I SHAVED THEM.

Narrator: BEFORE DRAGGING THE PLANT ONTO THE PAD,

PARKER CALLS ON DEAN TO MARK OUT A SPOT.

Parker: CAN WE LAY THIS OUT REAL QUICK?

YEP.

WE NEED A UPSTREAM AND SKID.

YOU WANT A BIT OF ROOM THERE, PROBABLY RIGHT ABOUT HERE

I'M THINKING.

Narrator: BIG RED IS 52 FEET WIDE.

ALLOWING FOR THE 16-FOOT SLUICE BOX,

DEAN'S PAD NEEDS TO MEASURE AT LEAST 70 FEET ACROSS.

AND THEN WE NEED 52?

YEAH.

HERE'S 20.

20 TO THERE.

YOU GOT 40.

YOU'RE AT 40 FEET HERE AND AT 52 FEET, WE NEED TO BE

16 FEET WIDE, AND DOUMITT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO DO CLEANUPS.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? HOW MANY MORE FEET?

12 FEET AT 16 WIDE,

AND THEN WE STILL HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO CLEANUPS.

I MEAN, THERE'S NO WAY.

HOW ARE YOU EVEN GOING TO SET STUFF IN?

I DON'T KNOW EVEN KNOW HOW YOU'RE GOING TO GET IN HERE

WITH THE MACHINES TO SET THIS STUFF IN HERE.

JUST NO [BLEEP] ROOM.

♪♪

♪♪

Narrator: DEAN'S PAD CAN JUST ABOUT FIT BIG RED, BUT PARKER IS CONVINCED

HE HASN'T ALLOWED ENOUGH SPACE TO OPERATE AROUND IT.

ENLARGING THE PAD COULD TAKE DAYS.

CAN YOU GUYS ALL [BLEEP] BACK OFF?

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

HOW DO YOU FIGURE?

I KNOW IT'S A LITTLE SMALL.

I'LL MEET YOU BACK AT MY OFFICE.

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE [BLEEP] IS GOING ON.

WHY ARE WE UNDOING EVERYTHING WE JUST DID?

I DON'T KNOW.

YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE EITHER?

NO.

DID DEAN JUST QUIT ON US?

I HAVE NO IDEA, BUT WE JUST NEED TO FIGURE OUT...

[BLEEP]

...WHAT WE GOT TO DO HERE.

IT'S TIME LIKE THIS WHERE THE LAST THING

I EVER WANT TO BE DOING IS RUNNING A BUSINESS REALLY,

BUT SOMETIMES IT'S PART OF THE JOB,

I GUESS. [BLEEP] HATE IT.

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

ARE YOU IN THERE?

I JUST WANT TO TALK TO YOU.

I ASKED YOU TO COME DOWN TO THE OFFICE, BUT...

OKAY. ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

WELL, THAT WAS PRODUCTIVE.

NO, I ASKED DEAN TO COME TO MY OFFICE,

BUT OBVIOUSLY, HE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK, SO WHATEVER.

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

I'VE ALREADY WASTED ENOUGH TIME HERE.

I'M NOT WILLING TO WASTE ANYMORE TIME.

GLAD TO BE RID OF HIM.

Narrator: PARKER SCHNABEL IS IN A RACE

TO MINE OUT HIS ENTIRE CLAIM IN JUST 1 YEAR,

BUT ONLY 3 WEEKS INTO THE SEASON,

HIS FOREMAN, DEAN, HAS QUIT.

PARKER, THE LAST 3 WEEKS, HAS RUN AROUND SAYING THIS

AND SAYING THAT AND TELLING ME TO DO THIS

AND TELLING ME TO DO THAT

AND THEN THE FOLLOWING DAY COMING OVER AND GIVING ME

[BLEEP] FOR DOING WHAT HE TOLD ME TO DO,

AND YEAH, I'M NOT GOING TO HAVE ANYMORE OF THAT.

I'M DONE WITH IT.

IT'S COST ME A LOT OF SLEEP IN THE LAST MONTH,

AND IT'S ALL [BLEEP].

I'VE SEEN EVERYBODY BUT PARKER.

IT'S PROBLEM BETTER THAT WE DON'T GET ON FIGHTING TERMS

BEFORE I LEAVE, AND...

YOU GOT EVERYTHING?

YEAH.

♪♪

HEY, DEAN.

THAT'S YOUR LAST PAYCHECK.

OKAY.

GOOD LUCK.

YOU, TOO.

♪♪

Narrator: TWO WEEKS BEHIND SCHEDULE AND WITHOUT A FOREMAN,

PARKER SCHNABEL IS IN TROUBLE.

♪♪

♪♪

WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE IS BIG GOLD OUT HERE.

KARLA HAS ALREADY FOUND A NUGGET.

Narrator: AT HIS NEW CLAIM, RICK IS ON THE GOLD.

THE BAD NEWS IS WE MIGHT NOT BE GETTING THEM ALL.

THEY MIGHT BE GOING RIGHT OUT THE BACK OF THE PLANT,

SO IF WE'RE GOING TO GET 2,000 OUNCES THIS YEAR,

WE NEED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

Narrator: TO FIX THE PLANT TO CATCH THE LARGER NUGGETS,

RICK CALLS ON HOMETOWN BUDDY CHRIS KRUSE,

A WELDER-FABRICATOR, FOR HELP.

KRUSE, YOU SAW THAT NICE GOLD NUGGET THAT KARLA FOUND, RIGHT?

YEAH.

SO THE GOOD NEWS IS WE KNOW THAT THEY'RE OUT HERE, BUT...

I LIKE THAT.

YEAH.

THE BAD NEWS IS I THINK WE COULD PROBABLY...

WE'RE PROBABLY LOSING SOME.

I MEAN, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT THEY JUST

[BLEEP] RIGHT OUT THE END.

I'M TRYING TO THINK OF A WAY THAT WE CAN PUT A TRAP

BEFORE THAT PUNCH PLATE, LIKE A NUGGET TRAP, RIGHT.

AND WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME?

WELL, BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE BUILT.

OH, WE CAN'T JUST GO BUY A NUGGET TRAP?

NO, YOU CAN'T JUST GO BUY A NUGGET TRAP.

ALRIGHT.

ANY LARGE NUGGETS ENTERING THE PLANT WILL SKIP

OVER THE HOLES IN THE PUNCH PLATE

PASSING OUT INTO THE TAILINGS.

RICK'S PLAN: WELD HEAVY-DUTY RAILS ONTO THE RIDGE

BENEATH THE HOPPER TO TRAP ANY BIG NUGGETS

BEFORE THEY REACH THE SHAKER DECK.

Kruse: LIKE, I'M USED TO WORKING OFF AN ACTUAL BLUEPRINT

MADE FROM A CAD PROGRAM WITH DIMENSIONS

AND, YOU KNOW, PARTS LIST,

AND IT TELLS ME EXACTLY WHAT MATERIAL I NEED TO USE

AND THAT SORT OF THING,

AND THIS IS GOING TO BE NEW AND BE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

JUST LIKE I KNEW THIS WHOLE SEASON WOULD BE,

BUT I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT A NUGGET TRAP IS.

IT'S GOING TO BE PRETTY DAMN UGLY,

BUT ALL I REALLY CARE ABOUT IS THE PRETTY STUFF

THAT HOPEFULLY FINDS ITS WAY INSIDE THERE.

Narrator: KRUSE HEADS TO A BUSH SCRAP YARD TO SCAVENGE SOME STEEL.

Kruse: HOPEFULLY, THIS HELPS US GET EVERY BIT OF GOLD

OUT OF THE GROUND THAT WE CAN.

RICK SAID THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME REAL SMALL-SCALE RAILROAD

TRACK UP HERE.

I DON'T KNOW.

I'M STARTING TO FEEL LIKE MAYBE THESE GUYS SENT ME

ON A WILD-GOOSE CHASE.

IT'S LIKE WE'RE OUT HERE LOOKING FOR SAMSQUANCH,

NOT LOOKING FOR STEEL.

OH, THERE'S RICK'S RAW STEEL RACK.

LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE RACK BACK IN THE SHOP

IN MILWAUKEE, BUT... ALRIGHT.

NOW I GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THAT

[BLEEP] BACK TO THE TRUCK.

♪♪

MM.

YEAH!

TRAP SOME NUGGETS IN THAT PLANT.

I MIGHT EVEN GET A PAT ON THE BACK FROM ZEE.

♪♪

♪♪

THE WAY THAT I'M LOOKING AT IS THAT WE TAKE THIS,

AND WE START IN THE BACK.

THAT'S THE WAY IT'S GOING IN.

OR WE COULD JUST FIND A SMALL LITTLE TRAIN TO MOUNT ON THESE

AND JUST HAVE IT DELIVER NUGGETS TO ME IN MY OFFICE.

[ LAUGHING ]

BOXCAR FULL OF NUGGETS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

♪♪

IT'S PRETTY COOL.

RICK GOT ME THE COOLEST WELDING HELMET

PROBABLY IN EXISTENCE.

♪♪

Ryan: I'LL BE EXCITED TO SEE

IF IT CATCHES A BUNCH OF BIG GOLD NUGGETS.

Kruse: THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

Narrator: FOUR HOURS LATER, RICK IS READY TO FIRE UP.

SHOULD WE THROW A BUCKET OF DIRT THROUGH THIS THING,

SEE WHAT THIS NUGGET TRAP CAN DO?

WELL, YOU HAMMERED IT OUT PRETTY QUICK,

SO I THANK YOU FOR THAT, BUT LET'S JUST SEE IF SHE HOLDS ON.

Narrator: RYAN LOADS THE PAY DIRT, BUT THE CREW WILL HAVE TO WAIT

UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK TO FIND OUT

IF THE NUGGET TRAP IS CATCHING.

KRUSE: I want to see all them nuggets.

I WANT TO SEE THEM JUST SPILLING OUT OF THERE.

♪♪

♪♪

Parker: YOU KNOW, I'M PRETTY SAD TO SEE DEAN GO.

I REALLY WANTED HIM TO SUCCEED, BUT NOW WE HAVE TO GO IN THERE

AND TRY FIGURE OUT HOW TO UNDO ALL THESE MISTAKES,

AND IT'S GOING TO COST US A LOT OF TIME THAT WE JUST DON'T HAVE.

Narrator: PARKER SCHNABEL IS 3 WEEKS BEHIND SCHEDULE, A FOREMAN DOWN,

AND HE STILL HASN'T MINED AN OUNCE OF GOLD.

EVERY DAY NOT SLUICING IS POTENTIALLY A BUNCH OF GOLD

THAT'S LEFT IN THE GROUND THAT WE AREN'T GOING TO GET.

Narrator: IF HE CAN'T TURN THINGS AROUND, IT COULD COST HIM EVERYTHING.

NOBODY HERE HAS THEIR ASS ON THE LINE, YOU KNOW.

THEY'RE ALL VERY TALENTED PEOPLE THAT CAN ALL GET A JOB ANYWHERE.

I CAN'T, YOU KNOW?

I'M -- WHEN I... IF THIS COMPANY BLOWS UP,

YOU KNOW, MY DEBT IS STILL MY DEBT.

IT'S NOBODY ELSE'S.

Narrator: PARKER HEADS TO DEAN'S OLD PAD

TO MAKE A PLAN WITH MITCH AND BRENNAN.

Parker: THIS HAS TURNED INTO A MASSIVE [BLEEP].

NOT ONLY IS THIS PAD NOT BIG ENOUGH,

BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DOUBLE THE LENGTH OF THIS BERM.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MOCK

A WHOLE NOTHER PIECE OF THE CUT OUT.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE TWO PONDS.

WHAT?

Narrator: PARKER PLANS TO DOUBLE DEAN'S SETUP.

FIRST, HE'LL DIG OUT THE GOLD RICH PAY DIRT

FROM A SECOND SECTION OF THE CUT.

HE'LL MAKE A SECOND POND WHICH WILL ALLOW SEDIMENT

TO SETTLE AS THE WATER RECIRCULATES.

FINALLY, HE'LL CREATE A BIGGER PAD

SO HE CAN INSTALL THE WASH PLANT.

WE'VE LOST A [BLEEP] TON OF TIME ALREADY THIS SEASON.

THAT'S WHY DEAN IS OUT.

WE'VE GOT TO BE SLUICING BY THE END OF THE DAY.

MAN, YOU LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF TIME

THAT'S BEEN SPENT ON THIS --

I KNOW.

YOU GUYS ARE INHERITING A [BLEEP] SITUATION,

BUT WE'VE ALL GOT THE PROBLEM NOW,

AND WE JUST HAVE TO TRY CHARGE FORWARD

AND GET A PLAN GOING BECAUSE THE BLEEDING HAS GOT TO STOP,

AND WE GOT TO GET A PLANT RUNNING.

ALRIGHT. THANKS, GUYS.

WELL, OUR WORK JUST DOUBLED.

I BETTER GO TASK UP THE CREW HERE

AND GET EVERYBODY OVER WE NEED.

Narrator: PARKER IS TAKING A HUGE RISK DIGGING A NEW POND

AND DOUBLING THE SIZE OF THE PAD,

BUT IF THE GOLD IS AS GOOD AS HE THINKS IT IS HERE,

IT'LL PAY OFF BIG.

PARKER IS THE BOSS, AND HE JUST CHANGED THE GAME PLAN HERE,

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO WHAT HE SAYS.

HE WANTS THE WASH PLANT SET UP THERE BY THE END OF THE DAY.

THAT DOESN'T GIVE US MUCH TIME TO GET A LOT OF WORK DONE.

♪♪

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH GROUND FROM UP ON THE BANK

TO BUILD OUR PAD ALL THE WAY ACROSS,

SO I'M PUSHING THIS BEDROCK UP.

Narrator: BRENNAN EXCAVATES BEDROCK AS FAST AS HE CAN FOR MITCH

TO USE BUILDING THE EXTRA LARGE PAD.

IT'D BE REALLY GOOD FOR EVERYBODY'S MORALE

TO START SEEING SOME GOLD.

WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS,

BUT WE JUST CAN'T GET TO PANIC RIGHT NOW.

MITCH, TYSON AND I ARE TRYING TO GET THIS DONE.

[BLEEP]

[BLEEP] SAKES.

RIPPER TOOTH FELL OUT.

Narrator: WORK GRINDS TO A HALT.

BRENNAN HAS BROKEN A RIPPER TOOTH ON THE BEDROCK.

THIS IS [BLEEP] FRUSTRATING.

WHAT'D YOU DO?

IT'S GONE.

THE TOOTH IS GONE.

LET'S GIVE YOU A NEW POINT.

♪♪

♪♪

[BLEEP] NO.

MIGHT GET IT NOW.

♪♪

WHEW.

Narrator: HALF AN HOUR LATER, WITH HELP FROM THE BOSS,

BRENNAN IS BACK IN BUSINESS.

FIRE IT UP!

[ ENGINE REVS ]

BACK TO WORK.

[ LAUGHS ]

♪♪

Narrator: BY THE END OF THE SHIFT,

THE CREW HAS CLEARED A QUARTER OF THE PAY DIRT

FROM THE NEW POND AND ARE HALFWAY TO BUILDING A NEW PAD.

WE'RE GETTING THERE SLOWLY.

IT'S TOO BAD WHAT HAPPENED WITH DEAN,

BUT I'M JUST REALLY GLAD THAT MITCH AND BRENNAN ARE HERE,

AND THEY'RE TAKING CHARGE OF THE SITUATION

AND FILLING THE GAP, AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED.

SO SUNNIER DAYS AHEAD, RIGHT?

♪♪

♪♪

Narrator: ON TOP OF PARADISE HILL, MIKE BEETS

IS READY TO RUN PAY DIRT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2 YEARS,

BUT FIRST, HE NEEDS WATER TO RUN HIS TROMMEL.

JUST HEADING OVER THE LITTLE SILT HILLS HERE.

I'M HERE TO OPEN UP OUR POND TODAY,

SO I CAN START GETTING WATER TO MY PLANT.

Narrator: THE CLOSEST SOURCE OF WATER IS A POND FED

BY HUNTER CREEK 1/2 A MILE DOWN THE HILL,

BUT THIS ABANDONED FEEDER POND IS SILTED UP.

Mike: ONE OF MY BIGGEST PROBLEMS IS GOING TO BE MAKING SURE

I HAVE ENOUGH WATER TO FEED MY PUMP.

WHAT I'M CLEARING IN FRONT OF IS A FISH GATE.

YOU NEED THEM BY LAW TO STOP FISH FROM GOING INTO YOUR POND.

GOT TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THERE'S

A STEEL GRATE UNDERNEATH THERE,

AND IT'D BE SUPER EASY FOR ME TO BEND [BLEEP].

♪♪

OOH, I [BLEEP] TOUCHED IT.

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR-FEELING.

Narrator: MIKE DITCHES THE 300-HORSEPOWER EXCAVATOR

FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUE.

I NEED A STICK.

PFF, USELESS.

TO GET A LITTLE BIT OF A STREAM GOING BECAUSE ONCE I GET THAT,

THE WATER WILL CUT THE REST, AND IT WILL GO A LOT EASIER

AND FASTER IF I LET THE WATER DO THE WORK, SO...

OUR ANCESTORS DID THIS [BLEEP] FOR THOUSANDS

AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS,

AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE TOYS WE DO NOWADAYS.

SO SOMETIMES, IT DOESN'T HURT TO GET A LITTLE STONE AGE.

DOESN'T HURT TO BE A CAVEMAN ONCE IN A WHILE.

♪♪

POND IS STARTING TO FILL UP NOW NICELY, STARTING TO LOOK GOOD.

ONCE I CLEAR IT OUT A BIT MORE, SO I CAN GET A BIT MORE FLOW,

IT'LL BE NICE.

NO WATER, NO SLUICING. NO SLUICING, NO [BLEEP] HAUL.

♪♪

♪♪

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

Narrator: TONY NEEDS THIS OLD PUMP TO WORK

IF HE HAS ANY CHANCE OF GETTING MIKE'S TROMMEL SLUICING.

I'M GOING TO GO CHECK IF IT'S COMING OUT OF THE PLANT,

AND IF IT IS, SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO HERE.

♪♪

WE AIN'T GOT NO WATER.

TONY BEETS, DO YOU COPY? TONY BEETS?

TONY: Go.

IS THAT THING SITTING AT ITS PROPER RPMS?

NO WATER. I'M GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE LOOK.

I'M GOING TO GO DRIVE ALONG IT AND FIND OUT...

OOH, YEAH. THAT'S A LEAK, ALL RIGHT.

Narrator: A BYPASS VALVE WAS LEFT WIDE-OPEN.

♪♪

Mike: SO IF YOU DON'T SHUT IT OFF HERE QUICK,

IT'S GOING TO WASH OUT OUR ROAD HERE.

♪♪

♪♪

WHEW!

NOW I'M GOING TO GO CHECK IF IT'S COMING OUT OF MY PLANT.

♪♪

♪♪

THERE IS WATER.

I GOT WATER TO MY PLANT,

SO NOW I'M GOING TO HAVE A LOOK AROUND,

MAKE SURE IT'S ALL FLOWING RIGHT,

AND THEN I'M GOING TO GO SEE ABOUT SLUICING.

Narrator: MIKE CALLS IN THE WHOLE FAMILY AND MONICA'S BEST FRIEND,

RUBY, TO HELP HIM RUN THE FIRST DIRT OF THE SEASON.

AYE, DAD. YES.

COME UP HERE.

FIRING UP THE TROMMEL.

[ TROMMEL HUMMING ]

I GOT THE SLUICE BOX.

I GOT THE DISTRIBUTOR. I GOT THE TROMMEL.

I GOT THE CONVEYOR,

AND I GOT THE FEEDER ALL RUNNING ON THE PLANT RIGHT NOW.

ONLY THING LEFT NOW IS TO WASH SOME ROCKS.

Narrator: AFTER A DISASTROUS START TO THIS SEASON,

IF MIKE FINDS GOLD IN PARADISE,

THE BEETS FAMILY WILL BE BACK IN BUSINESS.

Mike: EVERYTHING IS RUNNING SMOOTH.

I SHOULD SHUT UP BEFORE SOMETHING DOESN'T RUN SO SMOOTH.

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

HEY, DAD.

A LITTLE BIT MESSY, BUT THAT'S TO BE EXPECTED.

I CAN DO THAT, YEAH.

Narrator: THE BEETS FAMILY'S GOLD OPERATION HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN.

NOW, TONY'S TAKING A RISK IN GREEN-LIGHTING YOUNGEST SON

MIKE TO MINE UNPREDICTABLE GROUND AT PARADISE HILL.

AFTER RUNNING FOR 24 HOURS,

THEY SHUT DOWN TO CHECK FOR GOLD.

HOW'S IT LOOKING?

DON'T SEE ANYTHING YET.

IF MIKE'S HIT DEAD SPOTS INSTEAD OF GOLD,

HIS PLAN TO RESCUE THE FAMILY BUSINESS WILL FAIL.

MIKE! GOOD JOB!

HOT DANG.

YEAH. NICE AND YELLOW.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE SOME GOLD IN THE BOX.

-GOOD JOB, MIKE. -GOOD JOB, MIKE.

HE'S BRINGING HOME THE BACON, ALL RIGHT.

[ LAUGHS ]

YEAH.

AFTER A DISASTROUS START,

MIKE IS THE FIRST TO CATCH GOLD THIS SEASON.

♪♪

♪♪

Parker: THE CLUSTER CUT HAS DEFINITELY LIVED UP TO ITS NAME.

RIGHT NOW, I'M JUST PUTTING SOME FINISHING TOUCHES

ON THE PLANT PAD HERE.

AT LEAST I KNOW THE PLANT WILL FIT.

Narrator: IN THE CLUSTER CUT, PARKER'S CREW

HAS DOUBLED THE SIZE OF DEAN'S OLD PAD

AND ADDED A WHOLE NEW TAILINGS POND IN JUST ONE DAY.

YOU KNOW, OUR PLANT PAD IS JUST ABOUT DONE,

THANK [BLEEP]

Narrator: SINCE HE BOUGHT IT 6 YEARS AGO, PARKER'S WASH PLANT,

BIG RED, HAS PRODUCED $13 MILLION OF GOLD.

THEY'RE FINALLY READY TO MOVE IT INTO PLACE.

Parker: HEY, MITCH, I THINK WE'RE READY FOR A PLANT UP HERE.

THERE'S NO ROOM FOR ERROR NOW.

LIKE, WE HAVE TO START SLUICING TODAY.

NARRATOR: THE FIRST TASK: GET THE SLUICES INTO POSITION ON THE PAD.

RIGHT NOW, WE GOT THE SLUICE RUNS UP THE PAD HERE.

BE CAREFUL WITH THE SLUICES.

KEEP COMING STRAIGHT, GUYS. LOOKING GOOD.

LOOKING GOOD, MATT.

♪♪

Matt: OKAY, SO HOW DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS?

I'D GET IT CLOSER TO THE GROUND

FOR IF SOMETHING LETS GO WE DON'T DROP IT 8 FEET HERE.

MATT, I DON'T LIKE HOW THOSE THINGS BEND.

YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH THEY'RE FLEXING.

EASY!

SOMETHING GOES WRONG HERE, THERE'S GOING TO BE NO SLUICING

FOR BIG RED ANY TIME SOON.

♪♪

THERE WE GO. THERE WE GO.

WE'RE GOOD TO GO.

Narrator: NOW FOR THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

DRAGGING BIG RED UP THE STEEP RAMP

ALONG THE NARROW BERM AND ONTO THE PAD.

I'M GOING TO WALK THE 700 DOWN TO BIG RED,

HOOK IT UP AND START DRAGGING HER THIS WAY.

♪♪

IT'S BEEN QUITE THE STRUGGLE TO GET TO WHERE WE'RE AT,

AND WE'RE PRETTY CLOSE TO MAKING SOME MONEY AGAIN.

IT'S DEFINITELY A LITTLE STEEPER THAN WHAT WE LIKE,

BUT WE JUST DON'T REALLY HAVE THE TIME

OR THE MATERIALS TO, YOU KNOW, CUT THIS DOWN

AND PROBABLY MAKE IT AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD BE.

Narrator: TO GET THE PLANT INTO PLACE, MITCH NEEDS TO DRAG

BIG RED ONTO THE BERM

THEN REPOSITION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANT

SO HE CAN DRAG IT THE FINAL 100 YARDS

TO ITS NEW PURPOSE-BUILT PAD.

♪♪

Mitch: COME ON, BABY.

BE GOOD TO US HERE.

THAT'S MORE LIKE IT.

IT'S KIND OF TRAPPED DOWN HERE NOW.

EVERYTHING STARTS LOOKING PRETTY CRAMPED.

Narrator: BETWEEN BIG RED AND THE EDGE OF THE BERM,

THERE IS JUST 15 FOOT OF LEEWAY

FOR THE 14-FOOT-WIDE EXCAVATOR TO PASS.

YOU GOING TO TAKE THIS THING, BRENNAN, OR WHAT?

YOU WANT ME TO?

GO FOR IT.

DUDE, IT'S NOT A GOOD FEELING DRAGGING THIS THING AROUND.

Narrator: MITCH HANDS THE CONTROLS TO BRENNAN

FOR THE DANGEROUS MANEUVER.

LOOK OUT, KIDS!

HE'S GOING TO BE COMING RIGHT THROUGH HERE,

SO WATCH YOURSELVES.

WATCH THAT EDGE, MAN!

THAT'S GOING TO BE REALLY SOFT!

Narrator: THE EDGE OF THE BERM IS MADE OF LOOSE GRAVEL.

HEY! HEY!

YOU'RE GETTING REALLY CLOSE TO THIS EDGE!

IT'S A 25-FOOT DROP TO THE POND BELOW.

♪♪

YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO WANT TO MOVE.

THAT'S RIGHT WHERE HE'S GOING TO BE.

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO GET THE [BLEEP] OUT OF MY WAY!

WHOO!

[ LAUGHS ]

Narrator: FINALLY, BRENNAN CAN HAUL BIG RED INTO PLACE.

Mitch: YOU READY TO ROLL?

WE JUST HAVE A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO,

SO THAT'S THE SCARIEST PART ABOUT IT.

Mitch: WE'VE ALMOST GOT BIG RED INTO PLACE.

YOU CAN SEE OUR SLUICE RUNS LINED UP THERE

TO OUR POND NICELY.

NICE AND EASY, MAN.

THERE YOU GO.

Brennan: WHAT DO YOU THINK, MITCH?

I'D GIVE THAT ONE, LIKE, A 6 AND A HALF.

I'VE SEEN YOU DO BETTER.

WELL, YOU WEREN'T GUIDING ME!

YOU WERE TOO BUSY TALKING TO THE [BLEEP] CAMERAMAN!

-GOOD JOB, BOYS! -YEAH!

LET'S GET THIS BABY GOING.

ALL WE NEED NOW IS SOME PAY DIRT AND SOME WATER,

AND WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING MONEY.

WELL, HOPEFULLY THE BOSS LIKES IT

BECAUSE THE LAST TIME HE LEFT HE WASN'T TOO HAPPY.

Parker: WHY YOU TALKING ABOUT ME?

NOW, I KNOW IT'S BEEN A BIT OF A HECTIC FEW DAYS,

BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU GUYS COMING TOGETHER

AND GETTING THIS DONE.

IT'S A NICE SET UP, GUYS.

GOOD JOB.

THANKS.

YEAH. I REALLY LIKE IT.

WHAT SAY WE FIRE THIS BABY OFF?

WELL, SHOULD WE GO HIT THE PUMP?

-YEAH. -START MAKING SOME MONEY.

Parker: IT'S ABOUT TIME.

EVERYBODY CLEAR!

Narrator: AFTER A MONTH OF FALSE STARTS,

BIG RED IS READY TO SLUICE,

AND PARKER CAN FINALLY FIND OUT

IF HIS STRUGGLE TO OPEN THE FIRST CUT

ON HIS OWN GROUND WILL PAY OFF.

HERE COMES SOME DIRT!

ANOTHER 30,000 MORE, AND WE CAN GO HOME.

Narrator: FOR PARKER SCHNABEL, THE RACE TO MINE OUT HIS OWN CLAIM IS ON.

♪♪

RIGHT NOW, WE MAY NOT HAVE A FOREMAN,

BUT WE'VE GOT A HELL OF A TEAM.

SO WE'LL MAKE IT WORK.

♪♪

Narrator: COMING UP...

Rick: BOOM!

THERE COULD BE A [BLEEP] LIFE-CHANGING AMOUNT OF GOLD

IN THAT PILE BACK THERE.

READY TO ROCK AND ROLL.

THE LAST THING WE NEEDED WAS A REALLY BAD FIRST CLEANUP.

♪♪

THIS IS WHERE EVERYONE SLEEPS, AND WE EAT.

I CAN'T SEEM TO SLEEP THERE.

I SLEEP OVER THERE IN MY WILDERNESS RETREAT.

COME CHECK IT OUT.

♪♪

THERE'S NO SHOES PAST THIS LINE.

I COME HERE EVERY DAY AND PRACTICE ON THINGS

I'M NO GOOD AT, PLAY GUITAR.

I CAN'T REALLY TELL YOU WHAT I'M WORKING ON, BUT...

WELL, ENOUGH WITH THAT.

I ALSO PRACTICE ON MY GOLF.

THE BALL IS GOING TO GO RIGHT IN THAT HOLE OVER THERE,

THE CANADIAN FLAG.

OH! AFTER THAT PRACTICE SWING.

OKAY. EYE ON THE BALL.

♪♪

[ CHUCKLES ] I'LL TAKE IT.

♪♪

♪♪

WHAT DO YOU SAY, GUYS?

YOU THINK WE'RE READY FOR A MAT PULL?

WE'LL CALL THAT THE LAST BUCKET.

Narrator: RICK HAS MOVED HIS ENTIRE OPERATION

TO DUNCAN CREEK ON THE PROMISE OF GIANT GOLD.

AFTER 2 WEEKS RUNNING, HE SHUTS DOWN FOR HIS FIRST GOLD CLEANUP

AND TO CHECK IF CREWS' NUGGET TRAP IS WORKING.

IT DIDN'T FALL OUT.

YOU SEE HOW IT'S NICE AND LOOSE IN HERE?

Kruse: OH, YEAH.

SO IT'S NOT GETTING, LIKE, ALL JAMMED UP.

NO.

IF THERE'S ANY BIG NUGGETS IN THERE,

THEY'RE GOING TO THE BOTTOM.

I'M HAPPY IT'S STILL IN THERE.

SO AM I, AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M GOING TO CALL IT A SUCCESS.

FIRST WELLING JOB IN THE MINE.

BOOYAH.

NICE JOB, KRUSE.

-SEE SOME GOLD, RICK? -LOADER?

OH, BABY.

-NO WAY! -OOH!

-NICE, NICE, NICE, NICE, NICE. -LOOK AT THAT!

OH, HO, HO, HUH?

I GOT ANOTHER.

-OH, BABY. -YES!

OKAY, I'M STARTING TO FEEL BETTER.

[ LAUGHS ]

BOOM!

Rick: JUST THE FIRST LITTLE BIT HERE.

I MEAN, WE'RE STILL, BASICALLY, WE'RE JUST GETTING DIALED IN.

OOH.

IT'S GOLD.

OH. I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU.

I WAS FEELING A LITTLE [BLEEP] NERVOUS.

ALL JOKES ASIDE, THERE COULD BE A [BLEEP]

LIFE-CHANGING AMOUNT OF GOLD IN THAT PILE BACK THERE.

THERE REALLY COULD.

NOT FOR YOU GUYS. MAYBE FOR ME.

[ LAUGHTER ]

Narrator: KARLA PROCESSES THE CONCENTRATE FROM THE WASH PLANT

TO SEPARATE OUT THE GOLD.

TO TEST KRUSE'S NUGGET TRAP,

SHE'S SPLIT THE GOLD INTO TWO PANS:

ONE FROM WITHOUT THE NUGGET TRAP AND ONE WITH IT.

I KEPT THEM SEPARATE, AND THEY LOOK PRETTY DAMN EVEN TO ME.

LET'S WEIGH UP THE FIRST ONE.

YEAH, THIS IS THE ONE.

THIS IS PRE-NUGGET-TRAP.

Narrator: FIRST UP: 3 DAYS OF RUN TIME WITHOUT THE NUGGET TRAP.

RICK: WELL, THAT'S BLOWING AWAY IN THE WIND.

KARLA: OOH. LET'S KEEP THAT SMALL STUFF.

Man: DON'T BREATHE.

[ TAPPING BOWL ]

♪♪

SO THERE'S ONE AT 18.24, 18.24 OUNCES.

I MEAN, FOR HOW LONG WE RUN, THAT WASN'T BAD.

THAT WASN'T BAD. YEAH.

Narrator: WORTH OVER $25,000.

LET'S SEE WHAT WE DID WITH THE NUGGET TRAP.

Rick: GOING FOR IT. GIVING HER HELL.

Narrator: NEXT: 3 DAYS WITH CREWS' MODIFICATION.

SO, I GOT...

♪♪

[ TAPPING BOWL ]

IT'S 18.4.

OH!

AND THEN...

OH, 8 1/2 OUNCES OF NUGGETS.

-DAMN! -OOH!

[ LAUGHS ]

DUDE, WE GOT ABOUT 45 OUNCES OF GOLD HERE, RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT.

HOW SWEET IS THAT?

THIS IS WHAT'S GETTING ME REAL EXCITED.

LIKE, THAT'S [BLEEP] COOL, HUH?

Narrator: 45 OUNCES OF GOLD IS WORTH $63,000,

WITH ALMOST $12,000 WORTH OF NUGGETS.

THAT'S PRETTY SWEET, HUH?

YEAH.

YOUR NUGGET TRAP, BRO!

IT'S NOT YOUR GOLD. YOU DO THAT.

Narrator: THE NUGGET TRAP HAS INCREASED RECOVERY BY ALMOST 50%.

IF RICK CONTINUES TO CATCH THE GIANT NUGGETS,

HE'S HEADING FOR A MONSTER PAYDAY.

AND FOR WHAT WE'RE DOING, AND THE TIME OF THE YEAR

THAT IT IS, LIKE, I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT AT ALL,

AND THIS GOLD, I MEAN, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

LIKE, I WANT TO GO HOME WITH POCKETS FULL OF THAT.

YOU GUYS ARE ALL GREAT AT WHAT YOU DO AT HOME,

AND TO WALK AWAY FROM THAT AND START SOMETHING NEW

AND TO JUMP INTO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IS HUMBLING.

IT'S REALLY HUMBLING.

WELL, I'LL BE HONEST.

I WOULDN'T DO IT IF IT WASN'T WITH YOU GUYS, SO.

YEAH.

YEAH, BY THE WAY, THANKS.

THANKS FOR HAVING US AGAIN.

FIRST RALLY GOLD WEIGH OF THE YEAR?

-RALLY. -YEAH.

-I LIKE IT. -ONE, TWO, THREE, RALLY!

♪♪

♪♪

Parker: WE'LL JUST SHUT EVERYTHING DOWN.

Narrator: AFTER 2 DAYS OF RUNNING IN THE CLUSTER CUT,

PARKER SHUTS DOWN FOR HIS FIRST GOLD WEIGH.

♪♪

BEFORE WE GET A RESULT ON THIS, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS.

IT'S A TOUGH TIME WITH ALL THESE PERMITTING ISSUES

AND GROUND ISSUES AND LOSING DEAN.

THE REAL BUMMER OF IT IS JUST,

THERE WAS A LOT OF ADDED EXPENSE THIS SPRING.

I REALLY JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR BUCKLING DOWN

AND GETTING THINGS GOING AND TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS.

ALRIGHT. O ME!

I'M READY TO ROCK AND ROLL.

GET THIS STUFF ON THE SCALE AND SEE HOW WE DID.

Narrator: AFTER HIS FOREMAN QUIT,

PARKER DOUBLED DOWN WITH A WHOLE NEW MINING PLAN.

LAST YEAR, PARKER AVERAGED 50 OUNCES A DAY.

FOR 2 DAYS' WORK, HE HOPES TO HIT 100 OUNCES.

Chris: 60, 80...

NO WAY.

...90, A HUNDO, 110, 115...

WHAT?

124.3

[ LAUGHTER ]

[BLEEP] UNREAL!

-NO [BLEEP] WAY! -YEAH!

Narrator: WORTH $174,000, PARKER'S GAMBLE

TO START WITH THE CLUSTER CUT HAS PAID OFF BIG.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO TELL ME, LIKE, 65 OR 70.

Chris: YEAH, THAT'S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE, YOU GUYS.

I -- HONESTLY, I'M EXTREMELY SURPRISED BY THIS.

YOU GUYS REALLY STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE.

I GOT TO AGREE WITH PARKER.

YOU GUYS DID A SMASHING JOB OF TAKING OVER LIKE THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CHEERS, GUYS.

YOU GUYS, GREAT JOB.

LET'S KEEP IT UP.

MM-HMM.

Parker: REALLY, I'M JUST RELIEVED BECAUSE THE LAST THING WE NEEDED

WAS A REALLY BAD FIRST CLEANUP.

LIKE, WITH THE AMOUNT OF [BLEEP] THAT'S GONE ON,

JUST SO MANY DELAYS AND SO MANY ISSUES,

AND IT'S NEVER GOING TO BE EASY.

BUDDY, THAT'S WHAT I'M [BLEEP].

OVER 100? [BLEEP]

IF IT WERE EASY, EVERYBODY WOULD BE DOING IT.

[ LAUGHS ]

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

OKAY!

WHAT!

LET'S GO FIND SOME MORE GOLD, BROTHER.

Narrator: NEXT TIME ON "GOLD RUSH"...

WITH A FOOTHOLD ON PARADISE HILL,

TONY BEETS LOOKS TO EXPAND HIS OPERATIONS.

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT! WHAT THE [BLEEP]?

JUST AS THE CLUSTER CUT TAKES OFF,

PARKER HITS A ROADBLOCK.

I CANNOT BE DOING THIS THE REST OF THE SUMMER.

[BLEEP] DAMN IT!

I FEEL LIKE JUST SLUICING MYSELF.

[BLEEP]!

Narrator: AND RICK GOES PROSPECTING FOR EVEN BIGGER NUGGETS.

WHAT THE HELL?

IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S FALLING OUT OF THE SKY.

OH, [BLEEP].

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