Gold Rush: White Water (2018–…): Season 3, Episode 12 - Royal Flush - full transcript

Dakota Fred and his son Dustin risk their lives to find a fortune in gold nuggets, taking them deep beneath the waters of one of Alaska's wildest creeks.

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IF YOU FALL HERE,
YOU'RE GOING FOR A RIDE.

Narrator: McKINLEY FALLS,
ALASKA...

Dustin: IT SURE IS NICE
GETTING NUGGETS, THOUGH.

Narrator: ...DUSTIN HURT AND HIS
CREW HEAD TO ROCKFALL RAVINE

WHERE, DESPITE HEAVY RAINS,

THEY'VE BEEN PICKING OUT
GOLD NUGGETS WITH THEIR HANDS.

-WHAT THE...
-NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

IT RAINED ALL NIGHT.

THAT IS GNARLY.

Carlos: AW, MAN, THAT'S
FRICKING HIGH, DUDE.



OH-HO.

OH, LOOK AT THE FRONT
RIGHT PONTOON.

OH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
ALRIGHT.

THIS IS GOING TO TURN INTO
FLASH FLOOD MATERIAL RIGHT HERE.

-MAN.
-AW.

HOW DO WE RESCUE
THAT THING?

Dustin:
EVERY FIVE HOURS I SPEND IN THAT
WATER, WE GET ABOUT AN OUNCE

OR TWO OF BIG, BIG NUGGETS,
AND IT WON'T STOP RAINING.

NARRATOR: IN THE EARLY 1900s,
OVER $6.3 MILLION

WORTH OF GOLD WAS TAKEN
FROM McKINLEY FALLS,

BUT OPERATIONS
WERE WIPED OUT BY FLOODS.

IT'S ON.
YOU GOT ME?

Dustin: THERE'S A POTENTIAL
FOR DEATH HERE, MAN.

THIS WATER CAN COME UP THREE TO
FIVE FEET IN, LIKE, A MINUTE.



WHAT I'M REALLY WORRIED ABOUT IS
THAT WATER SPEEDING UP DOUBLE.

IT WOULD BE LIKE FLUSHING
A TOILET OR JUST, LIKE, BOOM.

Carlos:
IT'S THE END-OF-THE-SEASON
ALASKA WEATHER,

RAIN, COLD, RAIN,
COLD, RAIN, COLD.

IT'S GOING TO COME
DAY AFTER DAY.

SOME OF THE ROCKS THAT ARE PILED
UP ARE STARTING TO COME DOWN.

THAT THING
COULD BE GONE TOMORROW.

EVERYTHING IS GOING
TO START COLLAPSING.

CAN YOU IMAGINE A DIVER
CONNECTED TO THAT DREDGE

GOING FOR A ONE-WAY RIDE?

I GUARANTEE YOU AT THAT MOMENT,
GOLD WON'T SEEM THAT IMPORTANT.

Dustin: THERE'S GOLD IN THAT
HOLE, AND THERE'S A LOT OF IT.

I NEED TO GET BACK IN THE WATER.

IT'S LIKE MOTHER NATURE
IS TOYING WITH ME RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: ON THE SEASON FINALE
OF "GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER"...

THIS IS WHEN THEY TEST YOUR
CHARACTER TO THE MAX RIGHT HERE.

Fred: THUNDER FALLS
GAVE US SOME GOLD.

WE'RE GOING AFTER SOME MORE.

Narrator: AT THE START
OF THE SEASON,

THE DAKOTA BOYS
MADE A BIG DECISION...

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND WORK
THAT TWO FISH THIS YEAR MYSELF.

Dustin: GOOD LUCK.

I KNOW THERE'S GOLD
WHERE I'M DIGGING.

...DOUBLING THEIR CHANCES
FOR A BIG SCORE...

TWO TEAMS, ONE DREAM.

I WISH DUSTIN LUCK,
BUT I WISH US BETTER LUCK.

Narrator:
...AND DOUBLING THEIR RISK.

-WHOA!
-WATCH OUT!

GET THIS THING OFF.

YEAH, COME HERE!

ROCK, ROCK, ROCK, ROCK!

DUSTIN!

Narrator: NOW ON THE GOLD...

Dustin:
THAT'S SOME OF THE BIGGEST GOLD
WE'VE FOUND ALL SEASON SO FAR.

THE RACE IS ON NOW.

NEVER DREDGED THAT AMOUNT
OF GOLD IN ONE DAY EVER.

WHOO! [ LAUGHS ]

Narrator: ...FATHER AND SON
FIGHT THE ALASKAN WINTER...

LOOK AT THIS WATER!
THIS IS DANGEROUS, CARLOS.

THUNDER FALLS IS LIVING UP
TO ITS NAME RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: ...IN A FINAL PUSH
FOR GLORY.

-HOLY [BLEEP]
-YEAH!

Fred:
THAT'S A ONE-IN-A-LIFETIME FIND!

-WHOO!
-CLOSE TO OVER, BOYS.

HELL YEAH.
-WHOO!

-HELL YEAH.
-WHOO!

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WOW, WINTER IS A-COMING.

WINTER IS A-COMING.

Narrator:
IN THE CHILKAT MOUNTAINS,

THE MINING SEASON
RUNS AROUND 120 DAYS...

-HERE YOU GO, FRED.
-MM-HMM.

...BUT WITH TEMPERATURES
DROPPING BELOW FREEZING

AT NIGHT, FRED AND DUSTIN
ARE ALREADY ON BORROWED TIME.

Y'ALL GETTING
READY TO GO?

YEAH,
HEADING DOWN THE HILL.

WE CAN'T DIVE TODAY SO NOW
WE HAVE TO DO BUSY WORK.

WHILE DUSTIN WAITS
FOR HIS DIVE SITE TO CALM,

THERE'S NO STOPPING
76-YEAR-OLD DAKOTA FRED.

-WE GOING PROSPECTING TODAY...
-NICE.

...UP THE CANYON JUST TO SEE
WHAT WE CAN COME UP WITH.

WATERFALL IS DONE.
NOW YOU'RE GOING TO GO EXPLORE.

I THINK EXPLORING IS THE BEST
THING TO DO OUT HERE ANYWAY.

-YEP.
-OKAY, GOOD.

Narrator: FRED SPENT 3 MONTHS
GETTING ALL THE GOLD

OUT OF A SERIES OF PLUNGE POOLS
LEADING UP TO THUNDER FALLS.

Fred: THUNDER FALLS
IS DONE WITH RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE JUST GOING TO GO UP
AND DO A LITTLE PROSPECTING UP

ABOVE THE WATERFALL,
SEE WHAT WE CAN COME UP WITH.

Narrator: NOW WITH NEARLY
12 OUNCES FROM THUNDER FALLS,

PAUL HAS GOT A HUNCH
THERE'S A GOLD CACHE ABOVE

THE FALLS
THAT THEY CAN MINE QUICKLY.

WATCH OUT FOR ROCKS.

-HEY, FRED, LOOK AT THIS.
-WHEW.

WHAT, THAT MIGHT BE
WHERE THE GOLD IS?

LOOK AT THIS STUFF.
-YEP.

Fred: ALL THIS REAL
SMALL STUFF HERE.

YEAH, BUT RIGHT HERE IS
A LITTLE BIT OF A BEDROCK WALL,

AND THIS IS WHERE
THE GRAVEL STARTS IS RIGHT HERE.

SO THIS IS PROBABLY
THE DEEPEST SPOT.

Narrator: PAUL HAS DISCOVERED
A SHALLOW POOL AT THE TOP

OF THUNDER FALLS,
BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM.

THEIR DREDGE IS OVER 100 FEET
AWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS.

BOY, THAT 6-INCH WOULD MAKE
SHORT WORK OF THAT STUFF.

-IT WOULD.
-YEAH.

THERE'S NO DOUBT.

WE COULD DISMANTLE THAT THING
AND GET IT UP HERE.

WE HAVE TIME TO DO THAT,
THOUGH, RIGHT NOW?

YOU KNOW, I GOT
A LITTLE IDEA HERE.

WE GOT A 40-FOOT DROP
OVER THERE,

AND THAT THING IS PERFECT
FOR A GRAVITY DREDGE.

IF WE WERE TO JUST DROP A HOSE
OVER THE SIDE OF THAT WATERFALL,

WE COULD SUCK ALL THIS MATERIAL
OUT OF HERE

WITHOUT HAVING TO MOVE
THE DREDGE.

NOW THAT'S NOT A BAD IDEA.

THAT AIN'T A BAD IDEA.

Narrator:
THE CREW BELIEVES THEY'VE FOUND
A PERFECT GOLD CACHE,

WHERE A BEDROCK WALL
COULD BE STOPPING GOLD

AS IT TRAVELS DOWNSTREAM.

RYAN'S PLAN TO GET THE GOLD:

RUN A SERIES OF PIPES
FROM THE DREDGE TO THE TOP

OF THUNDER FALLS.

THE DREDGE WILL CREATE SUCTION.

ONCE STARTED, GRAVITY WILL
TAKE OVER,

CARRYING WATER
AND THE GOLD-RICH GRAVEL

ALL THE WAY
DOWN TO THEIR SLUICE.

IF THEY PULL IT OFF,
IT'LL SAVE THEM DAYS OF WORK

HAULING THE DREDGE UPSTREAM.

Ryan: IT'S JUST LIKE SIPHONING
A GAS TANK.

IT WON'T HAVE ANY TROUBLE.

Paul: DON'T WE HAVE SOME PIPE
DOWN AT PORCUPINE?

LITTLE PIECES OF IT, YEAH, 10
FEET, 20 FEET, THINGS LIKE THAT.

I LIKE THAT IDEA.
THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA, MAN.

-GREAT IDEA.
-GREAT IDEA.

TELL YOU WHAT,
WE'LL GET THE PARTS,

AND WE'LL PUT IT TOGETHER.

OKAY.

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Dustin: THERE'S FRED.

Narrator:
FRED RETURNS FROM PORCUPINE BASE
CAMP, HAVING RAIDED THE STORES.

PIPE, THAT'S NOT EVEN...

OH, MY GOODNESS, THAT...

THAT'S PIPE.

OR IS THAT PVC?

OH, THIS IS SO WEIRD.

Narrator: FRED KEEPS HIS CARDS
CLOSE TO HIS CHEST.

WHAT'S GOING ON, FRED?

-HOW YOU MAKING OUT?
-I'M ALL RIGHT.

THAT LOOKS LIKE SLEEVE PIPE
TO ME, FOR DRILLING.

OH, IT'S SEWER.
IT'S SEWER PIPE, MAN.

IT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE
SLEEVE PIPE TO ME, BUT...

THAT'S WHAT IT IS,
IS SEWER PIPE.

OKAY.

WHAT YOU DOING
WITH SEWER PIPE, MAN?

THAT'S INTERESTING.

WELL, WE THOUGHT THE OUTHOUSE
NEEDED A LITTLE UPGRADE

SO PUT A LITTLE OUTFLOW
ON THE OUTHOUSE.

ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO USE
THAT AS SUCTION HOSE? NO.

OH, NO.
WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

-THAT'S MY QUESTION.
-OH, NO.

ARE YOU JUST NOT GOING
TO TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE DOING?

WELL, WE GOT A PROJECT,
AND RYAN CAME UP WITH IT.

THAT'S ALL
Y'ALL NEED TO KNOW.

AH, [BLEEP] THIS.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

YOU HAVE A GOOD ONE, FRED.

LATER.

WE GOT A LOT OF WORK
TO DO TODAY.

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FRED, ARE YOU READY?

Fred:
SO WE GOT THE PIPE DOWN HERE,
PROBABLY NEED FIVE OF THEM,

SIX OF THEM TO REACH
THE TOP OF THE WATERFALL.

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IT SHOULD SLIP RIGHT IN.

ALRIGHT.
JUST TAPE THAT RIGHT THERE.

GO AHEAD AND PULL ON THAT END,
GIVE IT A PULL TEST.

PULL ON IT.

THAT SUCKER AIN'T GOING NOWHERE.ALL RIGHT.

OKAY, THAT'S WHAT
I WANTED TO KNOW.

THE END? YEAH.

WE'RE HOPING THIS GRAVITY
FEED WORKS LIKE A CHARM

AND SUCKS THAT MATERIAL
UP OUT OF THERE

AND RIGHT THROUGH
THE DREDGE REAL FAST.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT,
SO FAR, SO GOOD.

HEY, YOU GUYS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OH, MY GOD,
IT'S GOING TO BE

THE BEST FLUSHING TOILET
WE'VE EVER HAD.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

WE SHOULD CALL THIS
OPERATION ROYAL FLUSH.

-OH!
-THAT'S GOOD. THAT'S GOOD.

Fred: OPERATION ROYAL FLUSH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

ALRIGHT, RYAN.
THIS IS YOUR BABY.

YOU GET ON THAT NOZZLE.

FIRE IT UP.

ALRIGHT.
HERE WE GO.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

ALRIGHT.
WE ARE DREDGING.

HOW'S THE SUCTION?
ANYTHING?

NOTHING.

NO SUCTION RIGHT NOW,
ZERO.

WOW, I WONDER
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.

OH, IT'S COMING OUT
OF THE WATER.

IT'S COMING OUT
OF THE WATER.

OKAY, BUT THE END OF THE NOZZLE
CAME OUT OF THE WATER.

Narrator: WHERE THE SEWER PIPE
MEETS THE NOZZLE,

AIR IS GETTING IN, CAUSING
THE DREDGE TO LOSE SUCTION.

Fred: I'LL HAVE TO PUSH HER
TO GET IT TO GO UNDER.

I GOT IT UNDERWATER.

Narrator: TO SEAL THE JOINT
FROM SUCKING AIR,

THEY NEED TO KEEP IT
UNDER WATER.

IT WAS STARTING TO GO
JUST FOR A SECOND.

THERE IT GOES.

IT'S LAYING FLAT
IN THE SLUICE BOX NOW.

I CAN HARDLY PUSH
THAT THING DOWN.

[ GRUNTS ]

THAT'S TOO HARD.

Ryan: WE HAD SOME SUCTION THERE
FOR A SECOND,

BUT THE DREDGE HOSE KEEPS
POPPING OUT OF THE WATER.

UNTIL WE GET THAT PROBLEM
FIGURED OUT,

WE'RE NOT GOING
TO HAVE ANY SUCTION.

AS LONG AS I CAN KEEP IT
UNDERWATER, WE'RE ALRIGHT.

THEN WITH THOSE ROCKS,
WE'VE GOT AN ANCHOR BOLT IN.

I'LL JUST PUT A CHAIN TO IT,
AND MAYBE WE GET THIS TIED

TO THAT CHAIN AND LET THAT ROCK
GO DOWN TO THE BOTTOM.

THEN WE'LL SINK
THAT JOINT.

YEAH.

Narrator: PAUL'S BUSH FIX:

SIMPLY ATTACH
A ROCK TO THE PIPE

THAT WILL KEEP
THE JOINT SUBMERGED.

OH, A LITTLE BIT DOWN,
A LITTLE BIT.

THERE YOU GO, RIGHT THERE.

KEEP GOING.

HERE WE GO.

HOW YOU DOING UP THERE, RYAN,
KAYLA?

Ryan: SUCTION IS FANTASTIC.

THAT'S TERRIFIC.

WE ARE GRAVITY DREDGING.

-OW.
-I SEE ROCKS COMING OVER.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE NAME
THIS THE FINGER BREAKER.

WOW.

ALL WE NEED NOW
IS A BUNCH OF GOLD.

WOW,
THIS IS SOMETHING ELSE.

WE GOT IT DONE, 1/2 A DAY.

WE'RE BACK TO DREDGING AGAIN.

SUCCESS, THE ROYAL FLUSH
IS A SUCCESS.

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WE GET TO DIG TODAY, BABY!

Narrator: AT ROCKFALL RAVINE,
THE WATER LEVELS HAVE DROPPED.

SO DUSTIN'S CREW IS BACK
TO DREDGING HUGE NUGGETS.

Wes: WE HAD A LOT OF RAIN.

THE WATER WAS RAGING,
BUT WE COME OUT TODAY.

WE GOT SUNSHINE.
THE WATER IS CLEAR.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.

Pete: I'M EXCITED TO DIVE TODAY.

IT'S NOT FLOODING,
JUST GOT A STORM COMING.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF WORK
TO BE DONE TODAY.

IN McKINLEY FALLS AND
THROUGHOUT ALL THE HISTORY,

EVERYONE HAS BEEN FLOODED OUT.

WE KNOW THE FLOOD IS COMING.

THE RAINS, THEY'RE COMING.

Narrator: DUSTIN BELIEVES
THEY'RE JUST FEET AWAY

FROM A LIFE-CHANGING
AMOUNT OF GOLD...

READY?

...AND IS BETTING THEY CAN
GET DOWN TO IT

BEFORE WINTER RAINS
TURN THE CREEK

INTO A DEADLY MIX
OF RAGING WATER AND DEBRIS.

THE FORECAST LOOKS LIKE 10
TO 15 DAYS OF RAIN COMING.

EVERY SINGLE TIME
WE DIVE HERE NOW,

IT MAY BE
OUR LAST DAY TO DIG.

SO IF YOU DON'T
GET IT DONE,

IT MAY NEVER GET DONE
THIS SEASON.

TAKE YOUR TIME,
DON'T GET HURT.

-GOT IT.
-ALRIGHT.

LET'S SEE WHAT YOU GOT.

OOH, THAT'S GOT TO BE COLD.

WHOO, THIS IS COLDER
THAN THE BERING SEA.

OOH, OOH, OOH.

Narrator:
THE CREW HAS PICKED OUT ALL THE
LARGE NUGGETS ON THE SURFACE.

NOW THEY WANT TO GET DOWN
TO JUST FOUR FEET,

WHERE DUSTIN
BELIEVES LIES BEDROCK

AND A MASSIVE DEPOSIT OF GOLD.

OH, YEAH,
BACK IN THE WATER.

[ BREATHING ]

♪♪

HOLY CRAP, WE'VE GOT
SOME GOOD YARDAGE RIGHT HERE.

OH, YEAH,
NO, HE'S CRUISING, DUDE.

IF I CAN GET TWO DAYS LIKE THIS,
HE'S GOING TO KILL IT.

OH, MY GOD.

THERE'S, LIKE,
MASSIVE BOULDERS HERE.

UNDERNEATH THAT BOULDER, THERE'S
BOULDERS THAT BIG DOWN THERE.

TWO OR THREE MEDIUM SIZE
BOULDERS.

[BLEEP] THAT'S DEEP, MAN.

THAT IS FRICKING DEEP.

SO WE THOUGHT THIS WAS ABOUT
THREE OR FOUR FEET DEEP,

BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE.

IT LOOKS LIKE,
AT ABOUT FOUR FEET,

THERE'S STILL GIGANTIC BOULDERS
TO BE MOVED.

Narrator: DEEPER BEDROCK
SHOULD MEAN BIGGER GOLD,

BUT WILL MEAN DIGGING
DEEP INTO OVERTIME.

WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT,
SO YOU JUST GOT TO CHARGE ON IT.

YOU NEED ME TO DRAG THAT OUT,
OR YOU WANT A CLAW ON THAT?

I'M GOING TO TRY THE CLAW.

COPY THAT.

[INDISTINCT]

♪♪

I'LL TRY THAT ONE.

HERE WE GO.

NOPE.

[ GRUNTS ]

IF I COULD GET ONE OF THESE
LOOSE AND WORK AT IT,

THEN I'M GOING TO HAVE
TO MOVE MORE [INDISTINCT]

-ALRIGHT.
-[BLEEP]

[BLEEP]

PETE, IT SEEMS LIKE
YOU'RE GETTING FRUSTRATED

WITH SOME OF THIS STUFF.

-YEAH, A LITTLE BIT.
-I CAN SEE.

THEY'RE JUST ROCK-LOCK,
THAT'S ALL.

EVERYBODY GETS ROCK-LOCKED

SOMETIMES WHEN
YOU'RE DOING THIS.

THIS IS ALL IT IS,
ROCK-LOCK.

Narrator: INSTEAD OF BEDROCK,

JAMES HAS DISCOVERED
AN UNDERWATER BOULDER FIELD.

OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS,

THE MATERIAL HAS COMPACTED
AND BECOME ROCK-LOCKED.

JAMES NEEDS TO FIND
THE KEYSTONE

THAT LOCKS ALL OF THE OTHER
BOULDERS INTO POSITION.

ONCE REMOVED, THE WHOLE FIELD
SHOULD BREAK APART,

CLEARING THE WAY
TO BEDROCK GOLD.

FIND THE KEYSTONE.

IT ONLY TAKES ONE,
AND THE REST OF THEM UNLOCK,

PRETTY MUCH,
USUALLY ALL THE TIME, MAN.

ALRIGHT.
I SEE THE WIGGLE.

GO AHEAD, WES, PULL ON IT.

[ ENGINE HUMMING ]

[ GRUNTS ]

RIGHT NOW IT'S JUST BOUNCING
THE BRIDGE UP AND DOWN.

I NEED THESE ROCKS
OUT OF THE WAY.

WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS.

UH, HE'S STRUGGLING.

SUIT UP.

HE'S FRUSTRATED.

WE'LL SWITCH OUT
SO YOU CAN GET A DIFFERENT

PERSPECTIVE ON THIS SITUATION.

WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
IS I'M GOING TO STICK

CARLOS DOWN THERE
WITH FRESH EYES

AND SEE IF HE CAN'T BUST
THAT KEYSTONE LOOSE.

ALRIGHT, JAMES.

THIS CONCLUDES YOUR DIVE.

COME ON OVER.

GOOD DIVE, MY MAN.
THAT WAS A LOT OF YARDAGE.

ALRIGHT.
DON'T FALL IN.

THERE'S BIG BOULDERS DOWN THERE,

AND HOPEFULLY
WE CAN GET THEM OUT.

WE'LL FIND A WAY.

Dustin: WHAT JAMES RAN INTO
WAS A FULL ROCK-LOCK.

FULL ROCK-LOCK!SO EVERYTHING IS LOCKED IN.

YOU HAVE TO GO DOWN
AND BE

A LITTLE MORE STRATEGIC
THAN HE WAS.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE
TO FIND THE KEYSTONE

AND ABSOLUTELY
BUST THEM LOOSE.

[ LAUGHS ]
HE'S FUNNY. [BLEEP] YOU.

OH, [BLEEP] MAN, THERE'S A LOT
OF ROCKS DOWN HERE, MAN.

OKAY, JUST GIVE ME
THE BASKET, DUDE.

BASKET COMING DOWN.

Narrator: FIRST, CARLOS
REMOVES ALL OF THE SMALL ROCKS

BETWEEN THE LARGE BOULDERS.

Carlos: ALL THESE ROCKS
GOT TO GO IN THE BASKET.

-CAN I TAKE THAT?
-YEP.

LET'S TAKE IT.

HE'S MOVING RIGHT ALONG,
ISN'T HE?

-OH, YEAH.
-HE'S A ROCK-MOVING FOOL, MAN.

I THINK HE LIKES MOVING ROCKS
MORE THAN HE LIKES TO DREDGE.

YEAH?

[ LAUGHS ]

-YOU ALRIGHT?
-YEAH, THIS ROCK RIGHT HERE.

Narrator: CARLOS FINALLY THINKS
HE HAS THE KEYSTONE

THAT LOCKS
ALL OF THE BOULDERS TOGETHER.

Carlos: ALRIGHT, WES.
PULL, PULL, PULL.

Narrator:
TO GET IT OUT, HE NEEDS TO GET
A GOOD GRIP WITH THE BABY CLAW.

PULL.

GO AHEAD.

OH, IT'S OUT.

I GOT TO PULL A LITTLE.

I GOT IT, BACK UP.

THAT CAN STAY THERE.

Narrator:
KEYSTONE REMOVED, CARLOS TACKLES
THE REST OF THE BOULDER FIELD.

Carlos:
OH, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL.

IT'S COMING OUT LIKE A CHAMP.

[ BREATHING ]

♪♪

ONE ROCK AT A TIME.

KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
YOU'RE DOING GREAT.

I CAN SEE THE HUGE IMPACT
OF ROCKS THAT WE'VE GOT HERE.

IT'S INCREDIBLE, ACTUALLY.

I'LL GO ON THE RECORD
AND SAY THIS IS THE LONGEST DAY

OF THE [BLEEP] YEAR
RIGHT NOW.

Narrator:
DUSTIN'S CREW HAVE BATTLED
ROCK-LOCK ALL DAY,

BUT THEY STILL HAVE
TO MAKE THE 400-FOOT CLIMB

OUT OF ROCKFALL RAVINE
BEFORE DARK.

HEY, HOW'S IT GOING DOWN THERE,
CARLOS?

IT'S GOING GOOD, MAN,
GETTING THE ROCKS OUT OF HERE.

SO YOU'RE STILL NOT IN THE
BEDROCK IN FRONT OF IT, ARE YOU?

NOPE.

WE'VE GOT A TRAFFIC JAM

OF FRICKING BOULDERS
RIGHT DOWN THERE.

ALRIGHT.

WELL, HOW DO YOU FEEL
ABOUT BACKING DOWN?

YEP, YEP, YEP.
I'M GOOD.

ALRIGHT.
WE'LL SHUT DOWN.

YEAH, WE GOT A LOT OF PROGRESS.

EVERYBODY, JUST DON'T DO
YOUR RAIN DANCE TONIGHT.

ALRIGHT?

HERE WE GO.
YEP.

Narrator: JAMES AND CARLOS
HAVE DREDGED

FOR A TOTAL OF FIVE HOURS,

SOME OF IT AS DEEP AS SIX FEET.

MAN, THERE'S A LOT OF ROCK,
DUDE.

-YEAH.
-IT GETS DEEP.

WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE SEASON
TO DIG A 20-FOOT HOLE.

WE THOUGHT THIS WAS ONLY
5-FOOT DEEP,

AND, WELL, IT'S NOT.

♪♪

NOTHING LIKE A COLD DAY
IN ALASKA, HUH?

WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE
IT COULD SNOW.

-Jen to Fred.
-IT'S TOO COLD.

Jen to Fred.

NARRATOR: 76-YEAR-OLD FRED HURT

IS DETERMINED TO ADD
TO HIS GOLD TOTAL

BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER.

GO FOR FRED, GO FOR FRED.

Yeah, I'm taking a look
at the weather reports.

Looks like it might be the first
big storm of the winter season.

YEAH, WE GOT FOG
COMING UP THE CHANNEL,

SUPER OVERCAST RIGHT NOW.

THIS STUFF LOOK SERIOUS?

Yeah, you're looking at snow and
into the freezing temperatures.

FORGET IT.

IF WE GET A FOOT OR TWO,
WE'RE IN TROUBLE

BECAUSE IT COULD
GET BAD REAL QUICK.

WELL, I THINK WE BEEN
DODGING A BULLET

FOR THE LAST TWO
OR THREE WEEKS NOW.

SO IT'S BEEN DOWN
IN THE 30S PRETTY OFTEN.

I'M NOT READY TO LEAVE.
WE NEED MORE GOLD.

YEAH, WELL, IT'S ALWAYS ONE DAY
LATER THAN THEY PREDICT, ALWAYS.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET TODAY IN.
MAYBE TOMORROW.

I MEAN, IT'S NOT POURING
DOWN RIGHT NOW.

LET'S TAKE A GAMBLE,
GET OUT THERE TODAY

AND THEN SEE WHAT COMES
OUR WAY WITH WEATHER.

-OKAY.
-YEAH, LET'S DO IT.

Narrator: THE CREW PUSH
THROUGH THE WARNINGS...

-NUMBER ONE IS ON.
-I GOT SUCTION.

Kayla: I CAN HEAR IT.

Narrator: ...HOPING FOR A PAYDAY
THAT WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES.

Paul: THAT THING IS SUCKING
LIKE CRAZY UP HERE.

Fred: ALL RIGHT.
TERRIFIC, YEAH!

Kayla: SOUNDS LIKE CARLOS
WHEN HE EATS SPAGHETTI.

Narrator: FRED HAS PUT TOGETHER
OPERATION ROYAL FLUSH,

A GRAVITY DREDGE CAPABLE
OF MINING GOLD-RICH MATERIAL

40 FEET ABOVE
THUNDER FALLS.

WE GOT OUR GRAVITY DREDGE JUST
COOKING UP A STORM RIGHT NOW.

Ryan: I WANT TO SEE SOME GOLD
IN THE BOX.

IT'S RIGHT AT THE END
OF THE SEASON.

WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT,
AND THIS IDEA SAVED

JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TIME.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE UP AND RUNNING.

WE'RE IN BUSINESS.

Narrator:
SO FAR THEY'VE DREDGED A SMALL
POOL ON TOP OF THE FALLS,

BUT LIMITED ON TIME,

RYAN HAS HIS EYES ON
GOLD-CATCHING BOULDERS UPSTREAM.

Ryan: BOULDERS AROUND HERE
EQUAL GOLD.

THE WATER GOING AROUND
THAT BOULDER CAUSED

THE BEDROCK
TO BE CARVED OUT.

IT'LL CREATE A LOW PRESSURE ZONE
THERE FOR THE GOLD TO FALL OUT.

Paul: WE CAN DO THAT, YEAH.

GO THE OTHER DIRECTION.

Narrator:
PAUL ATTEMPTS TO MOVE THE
BOULDER WITH JUST A COME-ALONG.

SO WE CAN JUST
SWING IT AROUND?

-YEAH.
-THAT'LL WORK.

♪♪

COME ON, BABY.

OH, IT MOVED.

IT'S MOVING.

AWESOME.

BOY, THAT'S GOING TO UNVEIL
SOME GOLD, I BET.

HELL YEAH.

RYAN WASTES NO TIME DREDGING UP
THE EXPOSED POCKET OF GRAVEL.

OKAY, HERE WE GO.

MATERIAL IS GOING
TO START FLOWING.

GET THAT GOLD.

WE GOT A DAY OR TWO LEFT,
AND THAT'S IT.

COPY THAT.

TRYING TO GET DOWN AS DEEP
AS WE CAN FIND OUT,

SEE IF WE CAN FIND US
SOME GOLD DOWN IN THERE.

WE GOT A NICE DIP
IN THE BEDROCK,

NICE BIG POCKET
DOWN IN THERE.

HOPEFULLY THERE'S SOME GOLD
IN IT.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

I GOT MATERIAL COMING ACROSS
THE SLUICE BOX RIGHT NOW,

LOOKING LIKE
IT'S REALLY KICKING ASS.

COPY THAT.

♪♪

Ryan: I FINALLY GOT DOWN
TO THE BEDROCK.

I CAN JUST REACH IT.

SO HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE
SOME GOLD CAUGHT UP IN IT.

WE COULD SURE USE IT RIGHT NOW.

DREDGE HAS BEEN DOING GREAT.

THEY'RE MOVING ALL AROUND
IN THE POND THERE,

BUT WE'VE GOT SOME BAD WEATHER
MOVING IN PRETTY SOON HERE.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO STAY
AS LONG AS WE CAN,

BUT WE GOT TO WAIT
UNTIL MOTHER NATURE TELLS US

IT'S TIME TO LEAVE.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.
IT'S PROBABLY ENOUGH FOR TODAY.

COPY THAT.

TWO ENGINE IS DOWN.
WE'RE DOWN.

Ryan: NOW WE JUST HOPE THERE'S
GOING TO BE SOME GOLD

THAT'LL MAKE ALL
THE EFFORT WORTH IT.

WOW, THAT IS DAMN EXCITING
RIGHT THERE.

LET ME GO GRAB A PAN.

YEAH, LET'S DO THAT.

WOW, THAT IS A BUNCH
OF GOLD RIGHT THERE.

PHENOMENAL.

LOOK AT THIS, FRED.
-HOLY COW.

IT'S JUST PIECE
AFTER PIECE AFTER PIECE.

Paul: MAN, IF THAT AIN'T
SOME MOTIVATION.

THAT'S NICE.

LOOK AT THAT.

SO WHAT IF IT'S RAINING?
THERE'S GOLD IN THE SLUICE BOX.

IT'S GOING TO BE
AMAZING UP THERE.

Narrator:
OVER 40 PICKERS FROM 4 HOURS
PROVES THAT GOING ALL-IN

ON ROYAL FLUSH HAS PAID OFF.

Fred: THUNDER FALLS WAS GOOD
TO US, GAVE US SOME GOLD.

WE'RE GOING AFTER SOME MORE.

AS LONG AS THE WEATHER WILL
LET US, WE'RE GOING TO DO IT.

♪♪

♪♪

Dustin: FINAL PUSH TO GET
THIS HOLE FINISHED

SO I DON'T HAVE TO SPEND
THE ENTIRE WINTER THINKING,

"HOW MUCH GOLD
IS DOWN THERE?"

Narrator: AT ROCKFALL RAVINE,

DUSTIN'S CREW IS RACING
TO BEAT THE WINTER RAINSTORMS

THAT'LL FLOOD THE CREEK
AND END THEIR SEASON.

THIS IS WHEN THEY TEST YOUR
CHARACTER TO THE MAX RIGHT HERE.

WHY DO WE DO
THIS [BLEEP] MAN?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

Carlos: HOPEFULLY,
IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES, MAN,

YOU'LL SHOW US WHY,

COME OUT WITH THE BIGGEST
FRICKING NUGGET EVER, DUDE.

Narrator: DUSTIN'S PLAN:
CLEAR THE LAST OF THE BOULDERS,

DREDGE DOWN TO BEDROCK AND NET
HIMSELF A FORTUNE IN GOLD.

ALRIGHTY, AMIGO.

♪♪

THAT'S WHERE YOU WANT TO BE,
MAN, ALL THAT SPACE.

-THIS SPOT RIGHT HERE?
-THAT'S IT, AMIGO.

Dustin: MY GIRLFRIEND
KEEPS QUESTIONING

WHY I SPEND
SO MUCH MONEY DOING THIS.

I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE I KNOW
WHERE THE GOLD IS AT.

I'M GOING, FINDING SOME
MORE GOLD FOR SURE.

HOLD STILL.

SO THE PROBLEM I'M HAVING

IS THESE BIG ROCKS
RIGHT HERE ON THIS EDGE

ARE IN THE WAY OF ME
GOING INTO THAT BEDROCK.

OH, YEAH, MAN,

THAT'S THE BEGINNING
OF A LOT OF WORK OVER HERE.

[ GRUNTS ]
YOU GOT A STRAP?

LET ME GET THAT STRAP FROM YOU.

COPY THAT.
COME HERE AND GET THE STRAP.

I'M GOING TO USE A STRAP.

FOR EVERY ROCK THERE IS,
NO MATTER HOW BIG, SMALL,

SHAPE IT IS,
THERE'S A DIFFERENT TOOL.

WE HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF TOOL
MEANT FOR THESE ROCKS.

OKAY, PULL.

KEEP PULLING.

ALL STOP.
ALL STOP.

RIGHT.

MISSED IT.

WEIRD [INDISTINCT]

GIVE ME A SECOND
TO FIGURE THIS OUT.

I WANT IT OUT OF MY DAMN WAY.

YEAH, MAN, THE WATER IS RISING
A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME HERE,

HEADING UP.
-YEAH, I DON'T KNOW.

IT LOOKED LIKE THE WATER
CAME UP, BUT WHATEVER.

IT'S STARTING TO RAIN
A LITTLE BIT.

MY MAIN PROBLEM IS HOW MUCH RAIN

WE'RE GETTING
ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

RAIN ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
IS EVENTUALLY

GOING TO BE DOWN HERE.

IT'S TIME TO QUIT, END EARLY.

Narrator: TWO MILES UP
THE MOUNTAIN, STORMS HAVE HIT.

OH, [BLEEP] WE ALMOST
LOST FRED'S WET SUIT.

MAN, THAT WATER
CAME WAY UP HERE.

HOLY CRAP, I THINK WE HAD
TWO INCHES OF RAIN LAST NIGHT.

-WOW.
-YOU SEE THAT WATER CAME.

IT ROSE AT LEAST THREE FOOT.

ABOUT A FOOT
AND A HALF HERE,

IT'S GOING OVER THE TOP
OF THE LITTLE BRIDGE.

Ryan: HEY,
COME HAVE A LOOK AT THIS.

WOW.

I DON'T THINK WE'RE
DREDGING TODAY, FRED.

HOLY COW, LOOK AT THAT.

SOMETHING BROKE LOOSE.

OH, LOOK AT THAT.

LOOK HOW FAR BACK
THE DREDGE CAME.

IT JUST KICKED ASS
LAST NIGHT.

I'M SEEING AT LEAST THREE
OR FOUR KINKS IN THAT SUCKER.

THAT'S A SERIOUS REPAIR
OUT THERE.

I MEAN, WE'D HAVE TO REPLACE
ALL OF THOSE JOINTS.

WE GOT TO GO TO TOWN,
FIND MORE PIPE.

I MEAN, THERE WAS SOME VICIOUS
FORCES AT WORK LAST NIGHT.

IF WE GET CAUGHT WITH A REALLY
SERIOUS RAINFALL AGAIN,

SAME THING IS
GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN.

Narrator: FRED IS ON THE GOLD,

BUT THE DEADLY WINTER STORMS
ARE JUST GETTING STARTED.

I...

♪♪

I'M GOING TO CALL IT.

♪♪

I'M SORRY TO HEAR THAT, FRED,
BUT I DO UNDERSTAND.

AH, SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOT
TO MAKE DECISIONS

THAT ARE NOT
PARTICULARLY POPULAR,

BUT IT'S JUST
THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

Narrator: AFTER 129 DAYS
OF BACKBREAKING WORK,

ALL THAT REMAINS IS
TO CLEAN UP HIS SEASON TOTAL.

THE SEASON-ENDING
RAINS AT TWO FISH

ARE HEADED STRAIGHT DOWN
TO ROCKFALL RAVINE...

Dustin: THIS LITTLE BITTY ROCK
IS GIVING ME ALL THIS PROBLEM.

Narrator:
...WHERE DUSTIN IS TRYING
TO GET DOWN TO BEDROCK,

BUT A HUGE BOULDER
STANDS IN HIS WAY.

Carlos: DO YOU WANT
TO GO DOWNSTREAM?

Dustin: I'M OBSESSED
AT THIS POINT.

THESE ROCKS ARE A GODDANG
RUBIK'S CUBES TO DIVERS.

WE MUST SPEND MORE TIME ON THEM
TO GET THEM OUT

THAN WE ARE TO DREDGE
AND GET THE GOLD.

HEY, CAN YOU PUT A BABY CLAW
ON THAT THING,

JUST TO MOVE IT A COUPLE...

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, LET'S SEE
WHAT WE GOT, BABY CLAW.

OKAY. ALL RIGHT.
STAND BY.

AND PULL, PULL, PULL,
PULL, PULL.

HERE WE GO.

Narrator: DUSTIN FINALLY
HAS A HOOK

ON THE 2,000 POUND ROCK.

-OH, NO, NO, KEEP ON GOING.
-PULL, PULL, PULL, PULL.

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

THAT [BLEEP] IS ROLLING
BACK ON ME.

THAT SCARED THE [BLEEP] OUT OF
ME JUST NOW WHEN IT ROLLED BACK.

THIS ROCK IS RIDICULOUS,
MAN.

WHAT HAVE I GOT, TWO HOURS IN
THIS [BLEEP] THING RIGHT NOW?

AH, HELL WITH THIS
[BLEEP] OVER.

COME ON. COME ON.

[BLEEP] YOU SON OF A [BLEEP]

DAMN IT! [ GRUNTS ]

Carlos: I GOT IT. I GOT IT.
I GOT IT.

MAKE SURE IT GOES ALL THE WAY
AROUND COUNTER CLOCKWISE.

ALRIGHT.
THEN PULL.

PULL, PULL, PULL.

REMEMBER WHEN I USED
TO ENJOY THIS [BLEEP]?

YOU GOT IT?

♪♪

[ LAUGHTER ]

♪♪

RUBIK'S CUBE, ALL COLORS.

[ LAUGHS ]

POW!

HA! HA!

HOLY CRAP, DUDE, THAT'S
A HUGE FRICKING ROCK, MAN.

-BIG ROCK [BLEEP]
-WOW.

Narrator: DUSTIN CAN FINALLY
ZERO IN ON WHATEVER GOLD

GOT TRAPPED
BENEATH THE HUGE BOULDER.

Dustin: WELL, THERE'S MY FRIEND
[INDISTINCT]

HAVEN'T SEEN YOU
IN FOREVER, BABY.

FRICKING WATER LEVEL
HAS RISEN QUITE A BIT.

IT'S ALRIGHT.

IT'S STARTING TO RAIN.
A STORM IS COMING.

IT'S JUST GOING TO KEEP
RISING ON US.

LOOK HOW FRICKING
HIGH THIS [BLEEP] IS, DUDE.

Dustin: HEY, CARLOS.

YOU WANT TO PRESS IT DOWN AND
TAKE A LOOK AT THE SLUICE BOX?

ALRIGHT, MAN.
GOOD DEAL, MAN.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

THANK YOU.

-YEAH!
-HOLY [BLEEP] HOLY [BLEEP]

HOLY [BLEEP]

LOOK AT THAT!

OH, MY GOD,
LOOK AT THAT [BLEEP]

WOW!

DUDE, THAT'S AWESOME!

[ LAUGHS ]

WHOO-HOO!

WHOA, THAT'S A
ONE-IN-A-LIFETIME FIND!

YOU SEE HOW BIG THAT WAS?
OH!

[ LAUGHS ]

YO, THERE'S LOTS OF GOLD
IN HERE, MAN.

ALRIGHT.

ALL THE BIG STUFF,
PULL IT OUT AND BREAK IT UP.

I GOT MORE DIGGING TO DO.

ALRIGHT, KAYLA.
WORK YOUR MAGIC.

Narrator:
AT TWO FISH, FRED'S CREW CLEANS
UP THE LAST GOLD OF THE SEASON.

Fred: YOU CAN SEE THE LITTLE
PIECES HERE AND THERE.

YEAH, IT'S LIKE PAINT.

-PUT SOME WATER IN IT.
-YEAH, IT DOES.

YELLOW PAINT.

THAT'S A NICE LITTLE PIECE
OF GOLD.

-THAT'S GOLD RIGHT THERE.
-THAT'S GOLD?

-YEAH.
-IS IT REALLY?

-YEAH.
-IT'S BRIGHT YELLOW, THOUGH.

WHY IS THAT COLOR?

IT'S JUST REAL PURE.

IT JUST BROKE, THOUGH.
THAT'S PAINT.

OH, IT IS PAINT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OH, MY GOD,
IT DIDN'T HAVE ME FOOLED.

-I TELL YOU THAT IT LOOKED GOOD.
-I CALLED IT.

YOU GUYS JUST MADE YOURSELF
LOOK BAD, NOT ME.

[ LAUGHTER ]

♪♪

-HOLY [BLEEP]
-YEAH!

HOLY [BLEEP]

Narrator: DUSTIN'S CREW HAVE
JUST DISCOVERED A HUGE NUGGET.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND NOW HE'S RACING TO BEAT
THE WINTER STORMS TO FIND MORE.

Carlos:
WHAT DO YOU SEE, MAN?

Dustin: I SEE A BUNCH OF GOLD.

WHOO-HOO!

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS.

THE WHOLE BOTTOM
IS LITERALLY...

THE WHOLE --
OH, MY [BLEEP]

THE ENTIRE BOTTOM
IS LITERALLY GOLD RIGHT NOW.

-NO WAY!
-YEAH!

SUCK IT UP, DUDE.
SUCK UP ALL THE GOLD, DUDE.

YEAH!
-AND HERE COMES THE RAIN.

WOULDN'T YOU KNOW, DUDE?

WE'RE FINDING THE BIG GOLD,
FRICKING RAIN

IS COMING DOWN,
FRICKING RISING WATER LEVELS.

IT'S THE HIGHEST
WE'VE EVER BEEN TO.

YEAH, EVERYBODY IS UP THERE
GETTING HAPPY, MAN,

BUT EVERYBODY
IS A LITTLE BIT WORRIED

ABOUT THE WATER LEVELS,
MAN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD DO,
CARLOS?

THE CURRENT IS GETTING
REALLY STRONG UP HERE.

WELL, THAT'S...

THE WATER IS UP
TO THE FRICKING HOSE.

THE WHOLE BRIDGE
IS UNDERWATER NOW.

ALRIGHT.
I'LL GET YOU, BOYS.

ALRIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
TO CALL IT BROTHER.

DIVER UP, DIVER UP.

LOOK AT THIS WATER.

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU LET ME
DIG IN THIS WATER.

THIS IS DANGEROUS, CARLOS.

I DON'T THINK ANYBODY SHOULD
EVER DIVE IN WATER LIKE THIS.

WELL, AT LEAST WE GOT
THE GOLD, DUDE.

AT LEAST WE GOT GOLD.

ALRIGHT.
LET'S GET OUT OF HERE.

THAT'S SCARY, MAN.

♪♪

-WOW.
-LOOK AT THAT THING, DUDE.

HOLY CRAP.

WOW.

I NOW OWN THE BIGGEST NUGGET
I EVER HAD BEFORE.

[ LAUGHS ]

I'M TELLING YOU, MAN.

THAT'S AT LEAST 3/4
OF AN OUNCE, MAN.

Man: YEAH, CHUBBY.

MAN, THAT IS AMAZING.

-HOLY...
-THERE IT GOES.

THERE GOES ONE.

WHOO!

THEY'RE ALL
COMING DOWN, DUDE.

YEAH,
THEY'RE GOING TO GO DOWN.

ROCKFALL RAVINE.

IT GOT WAY WORSE JUST AS
YOU WERE COMING OUT, MAN.

LOOK AT THAT, MAN.

NOW THE WHOLE BRIDGE
IS FRICKING...

MAYBE WE JUST SNATCHED
YOU OUT JUST IN TIME, DUDE.

-YEAH.
-WELL, ONE THING IS FOR SURE,

WE'RE NOT GETTING BACK
IN THAT WATER,

ESPECIALLY IF IT'S SUPPOSED
TO RAIN LIKE THIS

FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS.

-NO MORE DIVING.
-WE'RE DONE.

OFFICIALLY OVER,
WE'RE DONE.

WE'RE OVER.
WE'RE DONE.

THE GOLD IS ALWAYS
GOING TO BE THERE.

NARRATOR:
LIKE TWO SEASON BEFORE,

DUSTIN HURT HAS BEEN WASHED
OUT OF McKINLEY CREEK,

AND HE'S NOT EVEN AT BEDROCK.

♪♪

UP AT HIGH CAMP...

HEY, Y'ALL COME ON OVER HERE.

Narrator: ...FRED IS READY
TO SEE HOW MUCH ROYAL FLUSH

HAS ADDED
TO THEIR SEASON GOLD COUNT.

-HOW YOU LIKE THAT?
-NICE.

IS THAT ALL HERE?

Fred: WE HAD TO WORK DAMN HARD
TO GET THAT GOLD.

LET'S SEE
WHAT THAT STUFF WEIGHS.

Narrator: THE FIRST 11.9 OUNCES
FROM BELOW

THUNDER FALLS.

ANYTHING MORE IS FROM ABOVE.

Fred: CAN WE BREAK 13?

-NINE.
-WE'LL SEE.

10, 11, 12, 13.

ONE. 13.1.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THERE IT IS RIGHT THERE.

Narrator: OVER AN OUNCE
IN EIGHT HOURS OF DREDGING,

ROYAL FLUSH HAS PAID OUT.

-AWESOME.
-YEAH, IT IS.

WOW.

LAST YEAR, WE WOUND UP
GETTING 10.3.

YEAH, BUT IT TOOK US
EIGHT PEOPLE TO DO THAT, TOO.

YEAH.

HERE, WE'RE FOUR PEOPLE,
ONE DREDGE.

ONE HELL OF A TEAM.
TO A GOOD YEAR.

TO A GOOD YEAR,
CHEERS, GUYS.

YEAH, IT HAS.

LOOK OUT, NEXT YEAR.

THAT RIGHT THERE...

[ LAUGHTER ]

Narrator: TWO MILES DOWN THE
MOUNTAIN AT McKINLEY CAMP...

Dustin: LOOK AT SOME OF THESE
NUGGETS, MAN.

Narrator: ...DUSTIN, TOO,
HAS HIS SEASON'S HAUL.

Dustin: AND THE BIG ONE.

THAT SAYS 1.02 OUNCES.

SO THAT'S ONE OUNCE.

-WOW.
-THAT'S A 1-OUNCE NUGGET.

-ONE-OUNCE NUGGET.
-YOU SEE IT, RIGHT?

-YEP, I SEE IT, MAN.
-YEAH.

THEY KEEP GETTING BIGGER
EVERY TIME WE DREDGE, MAN. GOSH.

EVERY TIME WE DREDGE, MAN,
LOOK AT IT.

Narrator: AT OVER AN OUNCE,
THAT IS THE BIGGEST NUGGET

DISCOVERED BY THE DAKOTA BOYS,
WORTH AT LEAST $2,000.

WE'VE GOT SOME NICE GOLD.

I'M KIND OF CURIOUS WHAT KIND
OF TOTAL WE GOT THERE.

Carlos: ALRIGHT.
LET'S SEE WHAT WE GOT, MEN.

10, 11, 12, 14, 15.

CAN Y'ALL STILL BELIEVE
WE DID ALL OF THIS BY HAND?

IT'S STILL GOING, MAN.
26, 27, 28, 29.

WELL,
I WOULD HOPE IT WOULD.

Dustin: 30, 31, 32.

32.

33.64.

OH-HO!

A LITTLE MORE THAN 33 1/2
OUNCES, AWESOME.

33.64 OUNCES.

WHAT A SUMMER, BOYS.

CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS.

-HELL YEAH!
-WHOO!

WE DID IT, MAN!
GOOD DEAL!

ABOUT $50,000
SITTING RIGHT THERE.

Narrator: OVER SIX OUNCES
CAME FROM ROCKFALL RAVINE

IN JUST FIVE DIVES,
PROVING THE OLD-TIMERS

LEFT DUSTIN A PILE OF GOLD,

AND HE'S ONLY
SCRATCHED THE SURFACE.

WAY TO END THE SEASON,
MAN, RIGHT?

HELL YEAH.

I'M GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT,
GUYS.

WHO CAN SAY THEY MOVED
ALL OF THESE ROCKS BY HAND

AND CAME UP WITH THIS MUCH GOLD
WITHOUT RUNNING A BUNCH

OF EXCAVATORS AND LOADERS
AND WASH PLANTS.

WE DID THIS [BLEEP]
BY HAND.

-THESE GUYS.
-YES, US.

THESE GUYS,
GODDANG RIGHT, MAN.

[ LAUGHTER ]

HELL YEAH.

HOW Y'ALL DOING?

I SEE SOME BIG GOLD
ON THE TABLE.

YEAH.

Dustin: WE JUST DID A WEIGH-IN
OVER HERE.

IT TURNED OUT
TO BE 33.6 OUNCES.

-GEEZ.
-WOW.

Man: THAT IS SOME PRETTY STUFF.

Fred: DUSTIN, TELL YOU WHAT,
THAT'S ABSOLUTELY BRICK.

Carlos:
THAT'S A ONE-OUNCE NUGGET, MAN.

IT'S A SOLID ONE-OUNCE NUGGET.

THAT IS SOME GOLD.

GOD, WELL,
CONGRATULATIONS, MAN.

-HOW WELL DID Y'ALL DO?
-WELL, I HAD -- THIS IS MINE.

-OH.
-IT'S IN MY OTHER POCKET.

NO, THAT WAS LAST YEAR'S.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHAT YOU FOUND THIS YEAR.

-WELL...
-OH, HEY, HEY.

THAT'S SOME GOOD GOLD.

-THAT'S WHAT WE GOT.
-GOOD FOR YOU GUYS.

THAT'S SOME GOOD GOLD, MAN.
-YEAH.

SO WHAT WAS THE TOTAL
WEIGH-IN ON THAT?

13.1.

THAT'S A HELL
OF AN ACCOMPLISHMENT, GUYS.

YEAH, IT IS.YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOURSELF.

-OH, GOOD JOB.
-I KNOW.

-IT MAKES FOR A GOOD SEASON.
-YEAH, IT DOES.

Narrator: FATHER AND SON
HAVE DREDGED A GRAND TOTAL

OF 46.7 OUNCES.

WE CAN ROUND THAT UP
TO 50 OUNCES IF WE WANT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OVER THREE TIMES
MORE THAN EVER BEFORE,

THE DAKOTA BOYS
ARE FINALLY ON THE GOLD.

BUT I DON'T SEE WHY WE CAN'T
DOUBLE THIS TOTAL NEXT SEASON?

TWO TEAMS AND ONE DREAM,

I MEAN, DIVIDE AND CONQUER
IS WHAT WE DID.

Fred: DUSTIN HAS KIND OF COME
INTO HIS OWN.

HE'S GOT A BRIGHT FUTURE.

THAT'S SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF.

Dustin: I AM ON GUARANTEED GOLD.

NEXT SEASON, WHEN I SHOW UP,
THERE IS NO STOPPING US.

THERE IS GOLD GOING TO HAPPEN.