Shelby is still hunting for buried swamp treasure in the form of an ancient log raft that sank over 100 years ago. He's batting about .500 by my calculations: He had the good sense to avert a confrontation with his half-wit cousin Richard, but he insisted on going out with that motley crew of his despite the storm warnings that very nearly sank them - and all for a fairly ordinary sinker that definitely was not a raft log. Just out of curiosity: is everyone in that bayou related to Shelby Stanga? If so, that might explain why some of them seem a couple cards short of a deck.
Meanwhile, poor James Smith had to take over responsibility for S&S Aqua Logging after his father, Jimmy, succumbed to cancer. Jimmy, in his usual fashion, belittled and undermined James right up to the day he died, leaving the kid feeling sorry for himself and otherwise poorly equipped to run any business, let alone one where the hired hand is openly rebellious. Apparently loggers are allowed to abuse their children with impunity - maybe it's just part of the environment that, if it doesn't kill you, makes you strong. We'll have to wait and see, though, whether James can overcome the legacy of that mean sumbitch of a father. Personally, I'm rooting for him. But some of my Twitter pals were pretty derisive. One fan called for Brad (the hired hand) to be appointed captain, and another said James didn't have what it takes. I guess I'm just an old softie, because that kind of stuff just breaks my heart.
Now, in the other corner of the country, Gabe Rygard hired D.J. Jeremiah, a guy his father had been glad to see the back of a year earlier. In this family, I think I'm gonna side with the old man. D.J. broke a chainsaw his first day out by taking a stupid chance. Really, you'd think logging was dangerous enough so that people wouldn't feel the need to cut corners. At this rate, Mike Papac won't have to do anything to beat Rygaard except keep his crew alive!
One thing you DIDN'T miss on Sunday: meeting Wisconsin Woodchuck, the new crew of "urban loggers" who are taking down what was once the world's biggest grain elevator to salvage its old-growth lumber. Apparently the Woodchucks won't be making their debut for a few more weeks. But stay tuned - this company is worth waiting and rooting for!