Jack Hoffman's excavator gets stuck in the creek, and time spent fine-tuning the wash plant increases efficiency in finding gold; Parker takes on the work of two men.
A federal mining inspector finds safety violations at Fred and Parker's sites; the Hoffman crew works night and day to find gold.
A broken excavator sidelines the Hoffman crew; Parker Schnabel returns the mine to his grandfather; efforts to reopen a mine beget a clash between the Dakota boys.
A crew member quits; Dakota Fred's derocker is damaged by a massive rock; Parker ponders his future.
John Schnabel suffers a heart attack; the Hoffmans find a game-changing gold nugget; Dakota Fred achieves something Jack Hoffman couldn't do at Porcupine Creek.
Fred's excavator gets stuck; John Schnabel makes a comeback at the Big Nugget Mine; the Hoffman crew works through the night in a bid to break even.
Frozen dirt and frozen pipes hamper progress for the Hoffman crew; a damaged wash plant impacts operations for the Dakota boys; Parker makes a final effort at Smith Creek Hill.
The Big Nugget mine faces closure unless Parker hits a pay streak; Todd decides to run the dozer on solid ice, with disastrous results; Dakota Fred thinks he found Jack Hoffman's glory hole.
Recession-hit men from Oregon come together as a team of would-be gold miners bound for Porcupine Creek, Alaska, in the debut of the reality series.
A mechanical accident might end the mining season.
The group's only mechanic becomes sick; the families arrive from Oregon toting skepticism; tensions peak with a physical exchange.
A violation is uncovered by the Department of Fish and Game, jeopardizing the mine's water supply, and a life-threatening situation imperils Todd's daughter.
An equipment malfunction impedes progress; Jimmy Dorsey takes on an extra job to make cash, which doesn't help his standing with the crew; James Harness collapses.
Indian River faces a shutdown; Todd is forced to rebuild a piece of equipment.
Todd and Dave argue over a bulldozer; Parker's crew threaten to rebel.
Parker hits bedrock at Emerson Trench; Todd shuts down the Quartz Creek operation; and Dave has a mishap with a bulldozer.
Parker explores an abandoned mine; Todd's and Dave's crews join forces.
Fred and Dustin fight to save a broken-down excavator; a dangerous mine road claims a victim.
Todd concocts a risky plan; Fred sustains an injury.
The Hoffmans attempt to thaw frozen dirt; Parker probes the last section of the Big Nugget mine.
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