DATELINE: Y’all Come Back!
Late Bobby Restall.
For Oak Island, winding up in its seventh season, we know the annual state we reach at this point: it used to be called the “cliff-hanger,” but on Curse of Oak Island, it is baiting the hook for the next year.
They know how to grab us and make us come back again. You can start to count the little developments that are meant to give us hope.
Is the empty-hand something we can identify again? You cannot take much comfort from finding more bits of bookbinding leather. Whatever documents that were there, are now clearly shredded to nothing. How cynical we have become, left by years of dashed hopes.
We are now relying on the sonorous tones of Robert Clotworthy to keep our hopes high. A new geophysicist Jeremy Church has arrived with news. He has found a 13×13 foot shaft or teardrop in the Money Pit, deeper than expected.
A botanist comes to the swamp and finds that a tree stump there, Dr. Roger Evans takes samples but says it is cork oak, that is indigenous to Portugal, not Nova Scotia. Knights Templar versions from Portugal were likely in Canada.
Alex Lagina brings the two surviving Restall family members to the Island. Rick Restall recalls his older brother Bobby who lost his life at 18 in a shaft. It is poignant and perhaps the most evocative of the treasure hunt moments.
You can always count on Gary Drayton to make the biggest find and the greatest grab to our interest: another ancient pickaxe. They find enormous wooden dowels, highly powerful connective lumber which may have Roman numerals carved into them.
We learn again that Rick and Marty Lagina are always late to the show. They seem to drive up after everyone else is already there and working.
Yup, we are hooked for another year.