Tuesday has a lot of fun TV of both the unscripted and scripted kinds now that both Deadliest Catch and Glee are back. I don’t have time to watch it all after The Spawn goes to bed and last night American Idol lost out on my viewership until I am able to watch the recording today. I have been anxiously awaiting the return of Catch (as the cool kids at Discovery Channel seem to call it), even though I know it’s going to hurt.
“This season is dedicated to all souls sacrificed to sea.”
You really can’t script the kind of adventure and drama that is on this show. Real life and death action goes on up there and unfortunately we have a huge, heartbreaking spoiler: Captain Phil Harris died soon after having a stroke while unloading crab. But he’s still alive and happy to be fishing in this episode and it’s really wonderful to hear him say that he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Cornelia Marie with Captain Phil Harris
Brothers Josh and Jake Harris are still squabbling. Josh considers another boat and his father tells him, “If you do, you might not get back on here.” Captain Phil later informs Jake that he isn’t as in charge as he thinks he is.
Northwestern, Captain Sig
Deckhand Jake Anderson declares his ambition to run the ship some day and practically demands training.
So, before sailing, Sig and Phil concoct a plan. They decide to swap Jakes to teach them both humility.
This was after a meeting all of the captains had in a shipwreck. They all met inside and chatted about the upcoming King Crab season. Jonathon Hillstrand, co-captain with his brother of the Time Bandit, accused Captain Keith from the Wizard of trying to steal one of their deckhands. Strong words ensued. Awkward! And then Captain Jon actually pushed Captain Keith. “Don’t pretend to be my friend and don’t even call my boat unless you’re sinking!” (Expletives removed.)
A Blessed Beginning
The next day, while the swap takes place and grumbling about the fight goes on, a prayer is said over the loudspeaker, blessing all ships in the harbor and the King Crab season as a whole. Surreal.
The Northwestern is the first to arrive at the fishing grounds, but the Cornelia Marie is the first to actually make a haul. The count at the end of the show is 2000 lbs of crab to everyone else’s zero.
Points of interest:
- Bite off the head of a raw herring for good luck? Ew.
- Jake Harris has a hard time adjusting to the different pots and gets a little hurt.
- Jake Anderson is made to bait pots.
We are also introduced to the Kodiak, captained by Bill Wichrowski AKA Wild Bill. He used to lead fishing tours off the coast of Mexico and is friends with the skippers of the Time Bandit. His crew consists of a deckhand, Russell Newberry, fired by two boats and also Zach Larson, Bill’s son, who is a greenhorn. A pot fell because of poor knotting and came close to killing or maiming someone. Scary.
Responses to the weather and seas being calm and gorgeous:
- Captain Phil: It’s the flattest King Crab season ever. We’re gonna pay for that.
- Captain Sig: Is it some omen or something?
- Captain Jon: It’s like a lake.
The end of the episode was marked by some terrifying drama. The Carly Renee sent out a distress signal that they were taking on water 22 miles from Dutch Harbor. The Guardian was the first boat on the scene and rescued all four crewmembers from their life raft. The boat was already capsized and useless. They said they had no warning — that the boat started listing and they had enough time to get into their survival suits and escape.
As usual, the episode ended before I wanted it to. I can’t wait until next week.