After a few days of Gold Rush commercials teasing the arrival of Todd’s main investor, Jason Otteson, on the Quartz Creek site, the question, “Will Todd’s investors shut him down tonight?” was answered: No. However, Jason was definitely was unhappy with the state of affairs on the site, and it appears Todd and crew have an ultimatum at this point: 100 ounces in three weeks, or the cash stops flowing.
Quite a task for a group that has been unable to hit a total of 100 ounces the last two seasons.
Not-So-Good Neighbor Fred
The more interesting storyline of the night, however, involved Parker and Dakota Fred, who may be wishing about now that he had been a little more neighborly when it came to that electrical panel a few weeks ago. Needing some extra cash, Parker took on a bridge-building job at Porcupine Creek. The contract with the State of Alaska indicated that the bridge could be down up to 10 days, and gave no provision for giving temporary access to whoever was stuck on the other side of that bridge—in this case, Dakota Fred.
Oh, how things have a way of coming back on a person when they are, well, just flat-out mean.
Fans will remember that Dakota Fred slinked his way over to Parker when he arrived on Porcupine Creek this season to find his site covered in snow, throwing his arm around Parker’s shoulder and saying, “Buddy, partner, friend, you couldn’t be persuaded to push a little snow for me, could you?” Parker readily agreed, and even loaned Fred a generator he did not ask for, to charge up his excavator. But, Parker was happy to do it, explaining in a camera cameo, “It will cost me a few hundred dollars of fuel and a few hours of my time, but, it’s well worth it, because it is important to have good neighbors around here.”
Later, he was repaid, not surprisingly, by Fred refusing to help him in his time of need, as Fred refused to sell, rent or loan the electrical panel to Parker that had been sitting on his claim for close to two years. Oh, no, wait; he did agree to sell it, for twice it’s value. And, really, does anyone believe his cover story, that the panel isn’t even his?
Temporary Access NOT in the Contract
Well, Fred is now reaping what he sowed, and he is furious, as if he is somehow being randomly targeted by a power-hungry Parker. In fact, Fred’s son, Dustin, accused Parker of “being a little punk,” and told him that “it looks like you’re just a power-drunk little kid, trying to throw around his weight.” Basically, the Hurts tried to bully Parker into giving them access that is not given in the contract, and Parker stood his ground, telling Dustin, “When it comes down to it, it’s MY access, and it’s MY right to decide who is in and who is out. … All you’re thinking about is yourself a little bit, and I don’t really like that kind of stuff. We’re a community up here, and what helps is when we work together. All I’m asking for is a little respect, and I’m not gettin’ it.”
You go, Parker.
Now, Parker’s dad did step in and tried to broker peace, and it was decided that the Hurts WOULD get temporary access—but, that access turned out to be foot access only. But, hey, he got exactly the temporary access that Parker’s dad, Roger, promised: They took part of the old bridge and set it down on another part of the property. No, it was not level with the ground—why would it be?
“It hurts,” Parker said in a camera cameo, “but I don’t owe them a (bleep) thing.”
Fred, meanwhile, went absolutely ballistic, and started brandishing a knife at the camera when he inspected his temporary access and found that it was foot access only. “You can push a guy just so far. Obviously, somebody thinks it’s a real funny joke. I’ll show you joke,” he threatened, still brandishing the knife at the camera.
Looks like the neighborly love between the Schnabels and the Hurts has broken down—stand firm, Parker, stand firm, and hit that mother lode.
Finally on Some Good Color
Oh, and Team Turin?
Well, although Tony Beets was not impressed with their operation, Dave does seem to be making some progress; maybe he’ll be the one to pull out that 100 ounces the operation needs to save the season from shut-down, because it isn’t likely to be Todd, who still doesn't even have a working wash plant on-site at this point.
Gold Rush airs on the Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 9/8c.
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