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"Million Dollar Season" is the 1st episode of Season 3 and the 27th overall. It originally aired on October 26, 2012 immediately after the special, "Do or Die".


To begin their third season, Todd has now bought another claim. Todd, Jack and Jim Thurber continue at the Quartz Creek Claim, while Dave Turin leads Greg Remsburg and Chris Doumitt at the new Indian Creek Claim, a chunk of virgin land. On top of that, they have 5 new crew members, including 2 of Todd's nephews, and all new equipment, including better dozers, excavators, and a brand new Washplant. However, with the wash plant has not yet arrived, so Thurber fires up Little Blue, the wash plant from last year. By the end of the week, they aware able to find a some gold, keeping with a promise Todd made.

Upon arriving to Porcupine Creek, "Dakota" Fred discovers he is still snowed in and his excavator is frozen, unable to start. He calls on. Parker Schnabel to help move snow and uses a generator to thaw the excavator.

Parker plans to continue on with Smith Creek Hill, but must first fix the wash plant. With mostly an all new crew, he fixes the plant to run more water and fixes some electrical issues and begins his new season.