'The Curse Of Oak Island' Season 7 Episode 20 Review: Did the team just find evidence of a treasure chest?
"Spooky and spookier," Marty Lagina says in the latest episode of 'The Curse Of Oak Island', and well, he is partly correct in saying so.
The History Channel show has a set pattern: It always begins with an excavation, proceeds to glowing optimism after a discovery and then there is devastation and disappointment, followed by a renewal of optimism again. And so, in Episode 20 of Season 7 titled 'Spring The Trap', the Oak Island team were convinced that they had hit upon something unusual. With fancy and more upgraded technology, they decided to dig up 'Shaft 8' of the Money Pit area and specifically 'Burhole 8' (yes, these technical names are confusing). There were many squeals of glee as they unearthed a whole lot of 'original' wood.
This wood, according to their Blacksmith expert Carmen Leggae, could have been used as part of a booby trap in the Money Pit as well. We already know (or rather believe) that the elaborate and fabled flood tunnels were constructed as booby traps to stop searchers from investigating further. What *if* these intricate wood pieces were part of some structures or traps to distract searchers? These are all theories, but the team is nevertheless thrilled with the find. You can always count on Carmen to bring some positivity and cheer to the team.
In another part of the episode, while examining the wood pieces, the team comes across a piece of an iron hinge and they speculate whether it was used to seal the treasure boxes. This is a more intriguing find and even the narrator changes his normal intonation of surprise. But that's about it folks, these are the essential finds and the team is disheartened that there aren't any more.
They've spent more looking through wood, mud, soil and bits of iron, so kudos to them for continuing to have the strength and endurance. Yet, Gary Drayton can always be relied on for positivity and says that they are close and might have just intercepted some part of the collapse of the Money Pit. There is still hope, even though the operations would have to be stalled soon before winter approaches. This was a fun episode, made more dramatic with music while the excavations were going on, but there's only so much soil and dirt you can tolerate seeing at one go.
'The Curse Of Oak Island' airs on Tuesdays, 9 pm, History Channel.