Jade Fever

Mondays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, beginning April 8

Synopsis

With no jade to show for last season, it’s do or die for the Bunces to find Grade A jade at their Two Mile claim or they can’t afford to keep their mine going. With everything on the line, Claudia’s hoping her dad Steve, who placer mined Two Mile 40 years ago, will be her lucky ticket, but fireworks ensue when three generations of her family attempt to work together. A lens they found at the end of last season holds the promise of a jade jackpot but equipment mishaps and Mother Nature battle them every step of the way. On the first trip out to the mine, spring thaw turns the road into a dangerous, mud-caked mess that almost derails their season before it even begins. Then the bungled purchase of a crew bunkhouse and an old, broken-down mine truck adds to Claudia’s fear that mining may never even get started. By mid-summer, just as they are finally on to the jade, raging wildfires threaten to put a sudden stop to their season. When winter hits with a vengeance, Claudia pushes her crew to keep working to make up for lost time, despite freezing temperatures and deteriorating road conditions. But as the situation becomes more dangerous, Robin pressures Claudia to pack up and leave before it’s too late.

Season 5 Episode 1
Season 5 Episode 1
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Season 5 - Episode 1

The Long and Grinding Road

With no jade to show for last season, Claudia is desperate to start digging out the huge jade lens they found late last year. The crew set out on the first trek of the season to their mine but deep mud and high waters turn the trip into a major disaster. For Claudia, it’s an ominous start to a critical season.

Season 5 Episode 2
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Season 5 - Episode 2

Nose for Jade

With the road into their camp unpassable, Claudia puts mining on hold and sends Guy and Gary out to repair the torn-up road. Meanwhile, the newest member of the crew arrives – Claudia’s father, Steve. He placer mined the Two Mile claim 40 years ago and with everything on the line this year, Claudia’s desperately hoping he’s the lucky ticket she needs to turn this make-or-break season into a success.

Season 5 Episode 3
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Season 5 - Episode 3

Bunkhouse Blues

Claudia’s patience is put to the test when Robin bungles an online bunkhouse purchase plus buys an old truck in need of major repairs, delaying their trip back into the mine. Scrappy Larry shares some unexpected news with the Jade City crew: this longtime bachelor is off the market!

Season 5 Episode 4
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Season 5 - Episode 4

Stuck in the Middle

In Jade City, Claudia’s caught in the middle between Robin and her dad Steve, who are both used to running the show. Adding to Claudia’s stress, every time the crew fix one problem on their mine truck Six-Pack, another one pops up, delaying their trip into the mine and jeopardizing their chances of a successful season.

Cast Info

Claudia Bunce
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Claudia Bunce

Born in Pforzheim, Germany, Claudia’s family moved to British Columbia when she was very young. In the 1970s, Claudia’s father Steve became a jade miner. He built the area now known as Jade City in 1985. It was in her childhood when Claudia fell in love with jade. As an adult, Claudia returned to Jade City, eventually building the Cassiar Mountain Jade Store and helping set up Dease Lake Jade Mining. Now, with the help of the 35 townspeople in the area, Claudia and her husband Robin are trying to realize their dream: to establish Jade City as the jade capital of Canada. A mother and the unofficial town mayor, Claudia keeps everything running smoothly and is never afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Beneath her tough exterior, though, is a woman who lover her family first and jade second.

 

SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CLAUDIA: She is a hoarder of all things, loves to read and collects children’s books and cookbooks.

Robin Bunce
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Robin Bunce

“I sure hope my wife knows what she’s doing.”
Robin was born in Prince George and it was there that he met Claudia while she was working on
his sister’s food truck. The two fell in love, got married and had three sons named Shaun, Justin and Joshua. Robin may not always wear the pants in the family, but as the mine manager, he keeps the mine operations on track—working tirelessly to find the million-dollar boulder that could change his family’s luck. Robin has a love for anything automotive and the talent to fix and refurbish anything with an engine and four wheels.

SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ROBIN: He loves energy drinks and is known to have
Rockets (the candy) on hand at all times.

Joshua Bunce
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Joshua Bunce

“How many high school dropouts are making the kind of money I am…other than my mom and dad”
Joshua is Claudia and Robin’s youngest son and loves to run his mouth as much as he loves to run
his pick up. Josh learned most of what he knows from his mom and dad, and spent his youth in Jade
City—a playground for fishing, snowmobiling and mining. Joshua lived and worked in Smithers before
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moving back home to run heavy machinery for his parent’s company. His passion for jade runs deep,
but his temper could prevent him from taking over the family business—something he hopes to do
one day.
SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT JOSHUA: Joshua loves trucks, his dog Cooper and
tattoos. He’s as tough as nails but runs the other way when he sees a spider.

Alan Qiao
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Alan Qiao

“If we deliver, we can push Canadian jade to the top of the Chinese market. If we find nothing, I may
have to walk away from the table.”
Alan has lived in Canada for 15 years and loves the tranquility of the BC wilderness. A partner in
Claudia’s jade mining business, Alan’s Chinese heritage makes him the go-between for the Bunces
and their foreign investors. While he may not be able to run heavy machinery in Wolverine, he does
keep a watchful eye on the business and even makes a decent camp meal. When Alan is not hunting
for jade, you might find him fishing at his lake-front cabin outside of Jade City.
SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ALAN: Alan loves a good French wine and he had a
career in hotel management before entering the mining business.

Guy Martial
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Guy Martial

“Nothing but class – and it’s all low”

Claudia and Robin have know Guy since they moved to Cassiar in 1987. Back then, the French Canadianhad a terrible temper. In fact, he ended up leaving Quebec after being banned from junior hockey for life—that’s what you get for punching out a referee and breaking his nose during a game. Now, older and a bit mellower, Guy operates the big equipment at the site during the day. At night, he always has a lukewarm Budweiser in hand. He says if you can stomach a lukewarm beer, you will never have to turn one down—and that is a perfect example of being Jade City resourceful.

Scrappy Larry
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Scrappy Larry

“It’s an environmental disaster up here…what difference does it make if I add to it?!”
Scrappy Larry is an environmentalist’s worst nightmare—thank god there are none in Jade City!
Larry’s scrapyard is full of broken-down gear, discarded cars and wild horses—and everything is
for sale for the right price! As “Old Scrappy” constantly brings in new “treasure,” he is determined to
unload more of it on his best customer, Robin. But he’ll have to do it despite being a major pain-inthe-
ass to Claudia.

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