Last night, fans of MOUNTAIN MEN tuned in to the Season Finale on History, hoping to get an answer to their ongoing question: What is going on with Morgan?
Morgan was introduced to the MOUNTAIN MEN cast as he walked across many, many miles to get to his isolated property. He finally got there and received a supply drop at one point. But, he’s been pretty much forgotten by the History Channel show as of late. Surely, viewers likely thought, he would be included in the Season Finale. He was included in the teases for the Season Finale on the MOUNTAIN MEN Facebook page.
But, no, Morgan was not in the Season Finale.
It is always great to see Tom and his wife, Nancy on the show, and they were working as a team last night, making knives. Tom did not have a great trapping season. Last night it was indicated that he could make ends meet, but not a lot more than that with the fur he would be able to sell. But, such is the life of a mountain man–good years, bad years. “It’s a love for doing what we do, too, and we can make a living at it. So, that’s really what it’s all about for us,” he explained.
Rich was herding cows last night. Several of the cows had new babies, and one was missing. Fortunately, Rich was able to find it and get it back to its mother. “It feels good to save the life of a calf,” he said. “Living in the mountains, you have to adapt to all the different situations to survive,” he commented. “I love living in the mountains, love what I’m doing and I’m never gonna quit doing it,” he added.
Eustace was as bumbling as ever, trying to run his ancient sawmill. He and Preston were cutting logs into useable lumber, when it started shooting off the end. Turned out a belt had broken, and Eustace did not have another. But, as always, the duo was able to work some mountain man magic and get the belt together again and the mill back on track. The belt repair was ugly, as Eustace observed, but it worked. “I feel real good about it,” Eustace said about the whole logging experience, which he was hoping would bring them $14,000 when it is all said and done.
Nothing ever seems to get Eustace and Preston down for long.
Kyle and Ben, along with Kyle’s father, Jerry, were working to get the ranching business going. Jerry had brought 16 head of cattle, and they had to be driven to the land Ben and Kyle prepared. It was a rough journey, and a new experience for both the cattle and Ben. Keeping the cows together was a challenge, but they managed to get them all to Dead Horse Canyon as a group. It took a lot of work over the season to get the land all ready for the herd, but these two mountain men got the job done. “Well, Benny, I’m sure proud of you,” Kyle told his son. Whether Kyle is one of your MOUNTAIN MEN favorites or not, it is hard to deny that he does a great job teaching his son to carry on to the next generation.
Marty, as always, had to work through problems to get back home. Getting his plane off the ground was a challenge, with rotten ice all around and the potential for falling through and into water, leaving him stranded, at best, but he made it into the air and home to his girls. “Everything turned out good,” he told his wife when he finally arrived home, relieved that he now has two traplines to work in the future.
But, no Morgan.
A tease for next season appeared to include Morgan (and not, by the way, Kyle), and perhaps a new cast member, but it was still disappointing to get no closure on what is going on with Morgan for THIS season. And, it still leaves us asking: Even if Morgan is included next season, will it be for the ENTIRE season, or will he be brought in at the beginning and subsequently forgotten, as he appears to have been this year? Disappointing.
But, we’ll stay tuned.
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