Personnel changes are in the works for tonight’s episode of Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel—someone is leaving, while others are causing tension with their progress.
Each season, there seems to be one driver to watch, and one driver to watch go home. This season, Austin, as whiny as he is, seems to be the designated driver to watch. He’s young and ambitious, and that can be a negative at times, as it has resulted in his being overly impatient. But, then again, all of that youth and ambition can be good, as it makes him reach for more and not just rest on his laurels, just settling for whatever comes along.
Before the season began, Austin was wide-eyed and in awe of the haul-road ace, Jack Jessee. But, from the time they met, the two seemed to rub each other the wrong way. Jack was condescending and dismissive of Austin, while Austin found his one-time hero to be something of an old fogey when it comes to driving. After some time together, convoying on the haul road, Austin had had enough of Jack, and Jack seemed to have had enough of Austin, as well.
Jack Jessee has been something of a disappointment for many fans this season. Previous to this season, Jessee had been the top guy on the haul road, but he never seemed to have the arrogant attitude so many of the IRT drivers seem to display. This year, however, right from the beginning, Jessee has been as arrogant as anyone who has ever been on IRT, and his attitude toward Austin—dismissing him instead of trying to actually be a mentor to the young driver and teach him something—has been a big part of that change of character. Whether this has actually been Jessee’s true colors coming through, or just a storyline directive created by the show’s production team isn’t clear, but it is disappointing for some fans, regardless. This week, Jessee may get his comeuppance when Austin gets the biggest load of the season thus far—an entire cabin—and Jessee is finding the Dalton challenging with a mere regular-sized load.
Porkchop's Glory Days at End?
Everyone has been wondering when rookie driver Porkchop’s days with Carlisle will come to an end—and it could well be tonight. Someone, according to the History Channel, will walk away on tonight’s episode. If it is Porkchop, it won’t be because Carlisle boss Lane Keator has not given him every opportunity to make it. After a poor showing as the season started, Keator gave Porkchop a couple of days to cool off, then allowed him back as a Carlisle driver—just not on the Dalton and driving a box truck instead of a big rig. This week, Keator puts Porkchop in a convoy with MVP rookie Darrell Ward, to see if the South Carolina trucker can learn a little something and perhaps become a valuable Dalton driver after all.
If it isn’t Porkchop who leaves the game tonight, who might it be? Alex is driving on the Dempster, just trying to get his work complete before the snow shuts him down. And, Hugh and Rick are just trying to keep out of jail after their cement truck haul hits the skids.
Who will walk away from IRT tonight? And, will Jack Jessee’s pride be fatally wounded as Austin picks up a load worthy of the haul-road ace?
Ice Road Truckers airs on the History Channel on Sunday nights at 9/8c.
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