The BEST episodes of Black Gold

Every episode of Black Gold ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Black Gold!

Wildcatters and their crews race each other from location to location as they try to be the first to tap into some of the last remaining oil reserves in Texas. The stakes are higher than they've ever been with the dwindling supply of oil and the risk involved in striking oil in Black Gold.

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Digging Deep
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8.66
41 votes

#1 - Digging Deep

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/2/2008

There's big trouble on the rigs this week. Gerald's Longhorn crew is about to hit the pay zone, when suddenly, a crisis forces them to pull all their pipe out of the ground. Danger strikes Wayne and the Viking crew and one of his roughnecks could be down for the count. On the Big Dog rig, Driller Justin tries to show his rookie Derek the ropes, but the good times don't last long.

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Hitting Bottom
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8.62
42 votes

#2 - Hitting Bottom

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/30/2008

Long-burning fuses come to a head in the pressure cooker of the West Texas oilfields. In last place, Driller Justin is reaching his boiling point trying to train his difficult rookie, Derek. The young, inexperienced crew of the Longhorn rig must deal with a poisonous, and deadly, gas leak. And just when things start looking good for the high-tech Viking rig, Wayne and his crew face a crisis that could destroy their well.

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Enough Is Enough
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8.35
69 votes

#3 - Enough Is Enough

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/16/2008

The West Texas oilfields unleash their fury in tonight's episode. Good-guy driller Wayne can do nothing as his crew is taken out by injuries. The powerful Big Dog rig is ground to a halt and driller Justin's job is on the line. On the Longhorn rig, no-nonsense driller Gerald is pushing his crew past their breaking point and winds up paying the ultimate price for it.

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A Boom in West Texas
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8.11
85 votes

#4 - A Boom in West Texas

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/18/2008

In the West Texas oilfields, three crews of roughnecks hit the ground running in the race for Black Gold, but all three face disaster on day one. The Viking rig has all the advantages that come with being state-of-the-art, but the crew can barely get the system started. On the tried-and-true Longhorn rig, the smallest roughneck, Peanut, gets crushed by a piece of equipment. And one crew leader will not survive the end of the first week.

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Guess Who is Back
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8.00
1 votes

#5 - Guess Who is Back

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/25/2012

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Keep It Drilling
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7.94
109 votes

#6 - Keep It Drilling

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/25/2008

The race heats up in the oilfield. Longhorn Driller Gerald has his team in the lead but when a no-show puts the crew in jeopardy, the no-nonsense driller explodes. Wayne and the Viking crew work 'round the clock to go from dead last to neck and neck with the Longhorn men. Driller Justin takes over the powerful Big Dog rig, only to find out he's up against the toughest challenge he's ever faced: "The Well from Hell."

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Oscar the Grouch
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7.86
37 votes

#7 - Oscar the Grouch

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/2/2009

The crews of Big Dog 28 are on edge as they race to finish the second of four wells in 50 days. When Tool Pusher Freddy may have pushed the crews too far, as driller Oscar threatens to quit on him. Meanwhile, Worm Cheston makes a mistake that threatens the lives of everyone on the rig, and Gerald uses the opportunity to put himself in the running for driller Pee Wee's job.

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Rookie Mistake
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7.83
41 votes

#8 - Rookie Mistake

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/26/2009

Veteran Gerald makes a rookie error that could cost everyone their jobs. Meanwhile, Pee Wee is pulling out all the stops to get Cheston to quit. And, things on the night crew get testy when Brandon makes a huge mistake that brings drilling to a screeching halt.

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Do Or Die
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7.78
9 votes

#9 - Do Or Die

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/7/2009

The roughnecks have only three days left to finish the final hole when all hell breaks loose. Two of the most troubled roughnecks swap shifts; one of the most experienced hands takes a pipe spinner to the head and is rushed to the hospital; and an unscheduled drug test sends panic through one roughneck's veins. As if that isn't enough, rig owners lose confidence and contemplate handing out pink slips.

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A Score to Settle
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7.63
8 votes

#10 - A Score to Settle

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/10/2010

The roughnecks scramble to hit oil as the lease on Peggy's land is about to expire. Tank tries to settle the score with Cheston.

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The Aftermath
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7.57
7 votes

#11 - The Aftermath

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/3/2010

Peggy fires her gun at a roughneck's truck. And, still reeling from his fight with Tank, Cheston may quit the rig.

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There's A Storm Brewing
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7.50
10 votes

#12 - There's A Storm Brewing

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/28/2011

Cheston tries to get his job back but Brandon is reluctant to rehire him. Meanwhile, a $50,000 bit goes missing and drilling is shut down, but Oscar has an idea of who took it; and there's an instance of roughneck betrayal that causes problems.

Cheston vs. Tank
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7.50
8 votes

#13 - Cheston vs. Tank

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/27/2010

Tank and Cheston get into a brutal fight. And when Cheston returns to the rig, Tank comes looking for revenge. Plus, Peggy confronts Oscar who is in over his head.

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Hotheads and Hair Triggers
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7.38
8 votes

#14 - Hotheads and Hair Triggers

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/14/2011

The long arm of the law catches up with Brandon Watson, and the Big Dog driller could face hard time. Brandon finds trouble on the job too when a slacker crew sent to help with the rig move mouths off - forcing him to challenge them to an afterhours fight.

Tanks for the Memories
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7.33
9 votes

#15 - Tanks for the Memories

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/9/2009

Cheston pushes Pee Wee to his breaking point, and even Gerald's had enough of the rig's worm. Meanwhile, Ron's evening crew loses a roughneck to another company and is forced to break in a new hand who calls himself "Tank." Plus, the roughnecks are faced with "The Hole from Hell."

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Banged Up and Run Off
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7.29
7 votes

#16 - Banged Up and Run Off

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/23/2009

Driller Pee Wee may find himself without a job after pushing the rig too hard. Plus, veteran Gerald makes a poor decision that could change the course of his life. Then, when Ron takes things too far with Travis, the roughneck walks off the job and it could be for good. And, Tool pusher Jerry takes over for Freddy, but when he goes to lend a hand on the rig floor, he literally comes face-to-face with the force of the spinning chain.

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Brandon's Battle
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7.27
11 votes

#17 - Brandon's Battle

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/4/2012

In the most dramatic episode of Black Gold yet, Brandon's demons catch up with him, leaving Aaron Wheeler a victim of a brutal assault. With felony assault charges looming overhead, Driller Brandon Watson is forced to turn himself in to the Federal Marshalls.

The Big Strike
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7.24
41 votes

#18 - The Big Strike

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/6/2008

It's do or die time in the West Texas oilfields. The tension between Big Dog's driller, Justin, and his rookie, Derek, comes to a head, and only one is left standing. On the Longhorn rig, the young driller and his crew get reckless and pay the ultimate price. Wayne and his hard-working Viking crew make an unexpected discovery that could turn a common gamble into a huge fortune.

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Meet the New Boss
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7.17
40 votes

#19 - Meet the New Boss

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/8/2010

The roughnecks of Rig 28 are back and taking on their riskiest mission yet as they're forced to drill on untested land, with a new boss in town - the hot-tempered, meddling lady rancher who owns the land.

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Double Cross
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7.17
6 votes

#20 - Double Cross

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/16/2013

A deadly gas build up threatens the crew, and it's up to Brandon to soar high above the rig to try and relieve the pressure. Things turn tense when Freddie comes by for an impromptu rig inspection, and the friction between the boys builds up at couples therapy.? They try at let loose with some lakeside R&R, but the law is not far behind.?

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The Waterboy
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7.12
41 votes

#21 - The Waterboy

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/22/2010

A driller quits and the roughnecks vie for his job. Brandon fights with a repair technician; Freddy and Josh clash over the promotion of the new driller.

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The Test
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7.11
38 votes

#22 - The Test

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/20/2010

First, a promotion shakes things up on the rig. Then, a drug test may end Tank's career. And, Freddy and Jerry's power struggle explodes into an all out fight.

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Cheston vs the Wheelers
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7.10
10 votes

#23 - Cheston vs the Wheelers

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/7/2011

Tension rises between Cheston and the Wheeler twins, and after a long day of arguing, things get physical. While on his way to a DWI class, Brandon has a run-in with the law, which could land him in jail

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Favor for a Favor
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7.01
71 votes

#24 - Favor for a Favor

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/29/2010

First, Freddy tries to bribe landowner Peggy. Then, Tank goes to the airport to get his wife back before it’s too late. Plus, Cheston is the victim of a terrifying accident.

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As the Rotary Turns
star
7.00
7 votes

#25 - As the Rotary Turns

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/30/2009

Disaster strikes Big Dog 28 when a snapped chain leaves tool pusher Jerry blind in one eye. Plus, after being fired, Gerald finds an unlikely source of income. Then, Pee wee kicks Cheston off the day crew for mouthing off to the other hands, while Tank's reckless attitude puts the night crew in danger. When the fighting becomes too much, Supervisor David Kiser must decide who stays and who goes.

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