On Gold Rush tonight, Parker Schnabel’s excavator ends up totally busted after crew member Brennan Ruault goes rogue and drives it into deep water while in a world of his own.
The incident takes place while the crew is hard at work at Scribner Creek moving the pumps, pipes and feed system for Sluicifer — the nickname Parker gives to his washplant, which is the size of a small city.
In our exclusive clip below, Parker and crew-mate Tyson Lee are watching from afar as Brennan drives the excavator off a bank and into the muddy water below.
Parker says off camera as Brennan gets deeper and deeper: “What in the f*** is he doing?”
Tyson adds ominously: “That would be a real easy way to break that…”
But there’s no stopping Brennan who seems to be on another planet as the excavator becomes more and more submerged.
Tyson radios over saying: “Hey Brennan, are you trying to bury the rig?” He adds: “He must be daydreaming there…”
Brennan appears completely clueless, chortling to himself as he hits a hole under the surface, commenting: “Oh! That’s a deep spot, ho, ho, ho…whatever it f****** takes…”
Then the inevitable happens, and the track snaps — leaving the excavator stuck in the mud.
Brennan jumps out to survey the mess he made. He says: “You gotta be f***** kidding me.”
Seems like he’s the only one that didn’t see it coming…
Bonus intel: Parker is remembering his late grandfather, John Schnabel, with a cool contest where you can win $1,000 of gold nuggets!
Gold Rush airs Fridays at 9/8c on Discovery.