|ARCTIC AIR - There's Gold in Them Thar Hills (S2/E7)|
|ARTICLES - ARCTIC AIR|
|Written by Katie Nohr|
|Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:02|
"Dev and Cece go looking for gold and find a whole lot of trouble."
Dev is flying Cece somewhere over the Yukon when they spot a distressed person on the ground. They land to find an old man, who tells them he thinks he is dying. He says he found the lost gold claim of Swiftwater Hank and that they can have it, since he won’t be around to enjoy the millions.
At Bobby’s house, Krista is rushing to get dressed. They’re already late for work, and she still needs to go home and get her work clothes. Bobby suggests she start bringing her work clothes to his place, and he’ll clear her a drawer to put them in. Krista seems unimpressed by this.
Cece and Dev got the old man, Charlie, to the hospital alive, but the doctors don’t think the odds of him making it are very good. They consider briefly how tragic this is, before Dev turns his thoughts to the gold. Cece doesn’t put much stock in the story of Swiftwater Hank, but Dev insists on hearing the story. It involves Swiftwater Hank dying with a nugget the size of an orange in his pocket. Dev is excited and wants to go after the claim, but Cece just thinks that it’s just crazy talk from an old man who was dying. Dev says they should consult an expert.
Mel and Bobby have a bit of a disagreement at the office. Krista chimes in on her dad’s side and Bobby thinks she’s still mad about their talk earlier that morning. He offers her a whole dresser, or part of a closet, but it does him no good. She says she isn’t mad, and seems to be telling the truth although she is definitely put off by something.
The expert Dev and Cece go to consult is Jim, Bobby’s prospector friend. Jim tells them that Charlie is one of the best prospectors out there and that if he says he found gold, he found gold. All three of them are excited now. Dev and Cece leave to go after the gold, and Jim follows. He wants to split the claim three ways. They offer him ten percent and he reminds them that he’s the one with all the vital information, like where to find Charlie’s cabin and how to stake a gold claim. They agree to split things three ways, and celebrate some more before remembering they need to be quiet.
A woman heard them, though, and passes the information on to a guy who works for Bruce Ward, who runs off to tell his boss.
The trio of treasure hunters go to Bobby to borrow a plane, and he calls them crazy. Jim manages to convince him by reminding him how long he’s been looking for something like this, but then he wants ten percent. They barter him down to five. Dev, ironically given how excited he’s been about gold so far, comments that greed is a terrible thing.
Bruce calls in the Comstock brothers and charges them with beating Jim and company to the claim.
Back at Arctic Air, Mel walks in on Kirby fixing something and asks why he’s not done already. Kirby says he had to work on something else all morning because Cece is out looking for gold. As is typical of Kirby, he does not realize this news might not be welcomed by Mel until after he says it. He then continues that Dev and Jim went with him, and Bobby let them take a plane.
Mel storms off after Bobby and informs him that seventy-five percent of the cost associated with lending out the plane is coming out of his pocket (since he owns a quarter of the company). Krista takes her dad’s side again, and Bobby thinks she’s still mad at him.
Jim, Dev and Cece rent ATVs to head up to Charlie’s cabin, and Cece and Dev end up having to share. It’s a rough ride, but they resolve to just keep thinking about the gold.
The Comstocks are not far behind them, having also rented ATVs from the man who had told the Arctic Air party he only had two available.
The Arctic Air guys reach Charlie’s cabin first and begin searching for the map. Dev finds a squeaky floorboard and looks under it. The map is there! They all get excited again.
Cece has to excuse himself to use the outhouse, and while he’s there the Comstocks show up. They say they want the map, and they are fully prepared to take it off Jim’s dead body if they have to. Jim is already on their bad side from a few episodes ago, when they bet money on Jim to win a fight and it seemed like he threw it so Bobby would win the bet (Jim didn’t actually know Bobby bet against him, though).
Jim’s standoff with the Comstocks ends when Dev calls from inside the cabin, offering them the map. He tries to make a deal with them, but the only one they’ll go for is that they won’t kill Dev and Jim if they stay in the cabin. Outside, the Comstocks shoot the tires out of their rival treasure hunter’s ATVs and head off.
Jim calls Bobby for help, since they’re now stranded, but Bobby says they’ll just have to walk back to the plane (which should take two days). Mel takes the phone then and tells Jim that Bobby is on his way. He’s not going to have a pilot and his chief mechanic gone for two days.
After getting off the phone with Bobby, Jim gets annoyed with Dev for letting the map go. Dev says that ‘all is not lost’, because he took a photo of the map on his phone first. Jim says that the Comstocks are still going to beat them to the claim, which is when Cece tells them that he put a handful of dirt in each of their gas tanks while everyone else was inside. They’re still in the game!
Further into the bush, the Comstocks ATVs have stopped running. Russell, the calmer of the two, calls Bruce with the news while his brother Kimbo attacks one of the broken down vehicles in the background.
Bobby arrives at the place where everyone rented ATVs, but the guy has none left. He thinks he knows somebody who can help, though.
At the cabin, Jim is pacing around impatiently. If Bobby doesn’t arrive soon it won’t matter that Cece sabotaged the Comstocks. Cece and Dev occupy themselves with a discussion about beans, which make up all the food they have. Dev is of the opinion that all Canadians love beans, because they are cowboy food. Cece thinks that’s why cowboys are a dying breed. While looking for some other type of food, Cece finds a can of gold nuggets.
Bobby arrives then with horses, to Dev’s infinite pleasure. “Now, we are cowboys!”
Bobby wants to go back to go back to town, but Jim says they can’t and shows him the gold they found in the cabin. They convince him that the claim is for real, and they all head off on the horses. Dev has less fun on the horse than he thought he would. They stop to set up camp after a while, and Cece is not happy to learn they have no tents or food besides beans.
Back at the office, Mel is getting more and more annoyed by his missing staff. He though Bobby would be back with the others by now. He charges Krista with a flight Bobby was supposed to make the next day, and tells her she’ll have to take Blake as her co-pilot even though it’s supposed to be his day off.
In the morning, Cece is startled to realize the person he’d been cuddling up next to was not his wife but Dev. Dev wakes up and says he was dreaming that he was sleeping in a den cuddled up with a bear. This does not improve Cece’s mood.
Blake and Krista are making that flight that should have been Bobby’s, and Blake is not too pleased about having to come in on his day off.
Dev continues having trouble with his horse, as they catch up to the Comstocks. The Comstocks have ATVs again, somehow. Bruce must have gotten them to them. They follow the Comstocks to where there should be a rope bridge, but the Comstocks cut it down after crossing.
Krista and Blake go to bar to play pool in-between flights. Blake says he’s pretty good, Krista says he can teach her. A local guy who fancies himself a bigshot challenges them, fifty dollars per game, and Krista accepts. Blake thinks this is a bad idea.
The Arctic Air guys try to think of another way across the river, and Bobby figures out that there’s a goat trail not too far away. Walking the goat trail means inching along a ledge on a rocky cliff. Cece and Dev do not enjoy the heights.
After the pool guy beats Blake a couple times, Krista ups the bet and takes over. Turns out she’s really good.
After making it down the last, steep, unpleasant looking bit of the goat trail Dev calls the experience ‘transcendental’. Cece seems to be frozen up on the cliff, though. Bobby starts reminding him how much university costs, per kid, and multiplies that by how many kids Cece has (seven). This motivates him to come down the rest of the way, although he tumbles the last bit.
Krista beats the guy at pool, takes his money, and is ushered out quickly by Blake as the pool guy realizes he’s been hustled.
The Arctic Air guys are the first to reach the claim. They celebrate, and there is even some dancing. Then they get to the work of pounding in their stakes. They leave Charlie’s in out of respect.
On the flight back, Blake remarks that Krista was getting ready to hustle him before the other guy stepped up. She smiles and says she wouldn’t have taken his money. He doesn’t seem to believe her, but he smiles to. He says it felt like old times, and that he’s happy for her and Bobby. She’s happy for him and Alex. He’s surprised she knew about him and Alex. They share another laugh or two.
While they’re pounding in the stakes, Bobby and co. are shot at. The Comstocks caught up. They flee, but do not leave the area.
Bobby has a plan. He and Jim will head to the claims office, while Dev and Cece stay and wait for the Comstocks to leave so they can re-plant their stakes.
Bobby calls Krista for a ride. She’s not too impressed, but agrees. She and Blake head off in the helicopter.
Mel finds out after their gone, but doesn’t have much time to be annoyed as he gets a mystery visitor.
It’s a footrace to the claims office between Jim, Bobby and the Comstocks. They all get to the door at about the same time and there’s a bit of a scuffle, but it all proves pointless when Charlie walks out of the office. He lived, and made his own claim. Mel is with him, having flown him there.
Dev and Cece are still out pounding stakes, exhausted.
Bruce yells at the Comstocks for letting him down.
He’s not as hard on them is Mel is on his staff, though. He tells them exactly what the whole excursion cost, and says he’ll take it out of their salaries next time. He then dismisses everyone except Krista. He tells her that Charlie offered him seven percent to fly him to the claims office, and makes her promise not to tell Bobby.
At the bar, Cece regrets missing three days of work. Dev has no regrets, though, because they had an adventure. Jim says that if anyone deserves the claim, it’s Charlie.
At another table, Bobby asks Krista to move in, thinking that his offer of a drawer made her mad because she wanted more. It’s actually the opposite. Although she thinks of them as committed, a drawer is moving too fast for her. They agree that they have a good thing and shouldn’t mess with it.
3. “This adventure is getting better all the time.” My thoughts exactly, Dev!
2. Cece-isms. Cece had a lot of good one-liners this week, including; “Dear lord I swear, get me out of here alive and I will quit drinking dark rum. On Sundays.” ; “My arse feels like it’s been pinched by a hundred pound lobster.” ; “There’s enough gold in here to fill the teeth of a hundred pirates.”
1. Claims Office. The Arctic Air crew went through a lot to try and stake that claim, but Charlie had put a lifetime into it.