Last night’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled “Judgment Day.” As the Northwestern is in Dutch Harbor offloading their jumbo red crab, they stuffed the tanks with one and half-million dollars worth of crab, and each crewman will receive $45,000. Now they will go hunting for the elusive blue crab and have to change pots, but will they change captains? Sig calls Edgar to the wheelhouse and hands over the reins to his brother. Now Jake Anderson will be the deck boss.
On the Cape Caution, Bill’s blue crab season has been hit and miss, but mostly miss. Zack is choking at the rail again and costing them time and money. As Zach continues to miss, if he misses three in a row, he loses his rotation to Nick, who is called to the wheelhouse by Bill. He wants Nick to coach Zach at the rail. Zach came to the wheelhouse to talk to his father after he heard from Nick and was insulted that Bill talked to Nick about him. Now Bill was more emphatic and told him to throw the son of a bitch like he meant it every time! Was that emphatic enough?
On the Northwestern, they hired a new deckhand named Nick, but they already have a Nick, so they have to rename him. Sig stood on the dock and watched Edgar shove off. As the boat pulls out, a loud gurgling sound is heard throughout the boat, it is the new greenhorn puking his guts up. Matt uses the intercom to tell Edgar about the situation and asked if his long hair was in the way, but it was already in a pony tail.
Elliott is off again to the blue crab grounds and once again is paired up with Junior. They have been tracking a bio mass of blue crabs and will track each hit and miss staying on top of the crabs. Junior and Elliott pull their first string of the return trip, and they are huge. Elliott is happy to be working with Junior, and as long as it is amiable, they will be a team.
On the Wizard, they are catching blue crab, unlike the previous season as they prepare to haul the last pot. Keith spots the Northwestern on the horizon and calls out to Sig, but it is Edgar, the new captain. He gives Edgar the coordinates of his honey hole and tells him to avoid Junior and Elliott and not to let the crew run the boat. As Edgar looks for the honey hole, he finds several boats in the vicinity. Now the new captain must make his decision. He comes out to thank his crew as they prepare to drop the first pot.
On the Cape Caution, Bill is looking for a new ground to find crabs. If he gets ten crabs in an hour, he will be happy. As his pots come up with keepers, he is glad to hear numbers over twenty and sends Zach to the rail to pull all twenty-five with an incentive. It will cost him $100 rent for each miss. As Zach gets hit after hit, Bill may have just found the incentive he needed as the last of the twenty-five is another hit, but his arm is dying.
On the Northwestern, Edgar is about to haul his first pot as a captain, and there are crabs in the pot, totaling nine, as the subsequent pots come over the rail, the numbers get better. With 150 pots, they all have to count.
As the leaderboard shows, the Northwestern is leading the pack with 195,000 pounds, nearly 100,000 over the Seabrooke that has 99,000. The Wizard has 95,000, Saga 75,500; Time Bandit has 60,000 and the Cape Caution trails with 40,000.
On the Time Bandit, they get a visit from a raven that trails the boat and stops by for a biscuit. As the crew anxiously awaits his arrival, they wonder if they are too far from land, but sure enough, he makes his appearance, to the delight of the crew.
On the Saga, Elliott’s alliance is working as they near the top of the tanks. However, on the Seabrooke, the mood is different, as they seem to have lost the scent of the crabs. Elliott tells Junior that he is going to town and avoid dead loss. Junior decides to leave the dried-up honey hole and go to another spot. Time will tell when Elliott returns, how this will play out, and if they still have an alliance on the “Deadliest Catch.”
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