Tonight’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled “The Final Battle” as the opilio season is almost over, some boats head home, while others make one last attempt to salvage their season.
The Northwestern made it back to Dutch Harbor with the broken centrifuge. With his fourteen years as the engineer, his skills get him back at sea, as he repairs the equipment. It took only four hours to get back to fishing.
On the Seabrooke, Junior is pulling low numbers, and it will be a longer season, but it is consistent.
As the Time Bandit is pulling the rest of their gear, the deckhands start bickering and losing focus. Andy and Johnathan are going to tell Josh Harris that he does not have a job on the boat next year. He has been trying to get the Cornelia Marie for three years, and this may force him to do so. They will take a page from Wild Bill’s book and make him a man. During a break between strings, Mike Fourtner calls home. His wife had an ultrasound today, and they are having twins; Mike has more news; this is his last season on the Time Bandit. Both announcements will wait until the time is right, as Andy is very stressed right now.
The Northwestern arrived at their fishing grounds. Edgar did not do what Sig would do, and decided to find his own honey hole.
On the Kiska Sea, Jake Anderson is running out of chances to run the boat. Captain Mike Wilson hired him as a deckhand to train as a captain. Right now, he is needed as a deckhand. Each deckhand will receive $118,000 for the season. As the last pot is hauled, Jake comes to the wheelhouse and tells Mike that he is physically drained. Mike tells him that he can drive the boat to St. Paul harbor and become mentally drained. Now it is Jake’s job to get the boat, crew and crabs safely to port. Jake has seen every mistake he made thrown in his face and fears failure. Just ten miles from harbor, Jake encounters a field of icebergs. Mike runs to the wheelhouse after the first iceberg crashes into the hull and takes over. Mike goes out on deck to see how far the ice extends, but it is ice as far as the eye can see.
As the ice worsens as they get closer to port, Mike calls the Coast Guard to see if they can spot open water. A helicopter guides them to clear water that will take them to port. Mike tells Jake, that he knows nothing about his boat. This boat is his baby, and he cannot turn it over to him, so he can fail.
On the Cape Caution, Bill needs 55,000 pounds of crab to make his season. As they haul some pots, they are loaded and the prognosis is looking good. Now that the dry spell is over, Bill can feel the white sand between his toes. As the tank is still three feet below full, the count Bill was given was not accurate. Now they must continue fishing.
A distress call is made to the Coast Guard. A crewman got his hand caught in a fish grinder, and the Coast Guard has to decide if flying in fifty-one knot winds is a good choice. They cannot risk it, and finally, a break in the weather gives them a window of opportunity. They drop a gurney for the wounded crabber. Now the race is on to save his hand. At St. Paul, they x-ray his hand and send him to Seattle where a hand surgeon will be waiting.
As the Time Bandit rescues all their pots from the ice, they pull the last pot and head towards Dutch Harbor. Each deckhand will receive $38,000 and a happy and relieved crew. As Andy steams to port, Mike Fourtner is tearfully saying good-bye to the Time Bandit after fifteen years and comes to the wheelhouse to give Andy the news. Andy loves Mike and understands.
On the Cape Caution, Zack has earned his respect from his father as each deckhand earned $34,000 and Mikey is happy that he listened to Bill and stuck it out.
On the Seabrooke, the fishing is over. He took a page from his father’s book and kept grinding. Each crewman will earn $39,000 and are grateful that the season is over.
On the Saga, Elliott is approaching the remaining string. The first one has lots of crabs, and the rest followed suit. As the last pot of the season comes up full, each deckhand will receive $22,000 as the Saga’s new captain and owner brought in 480,000 pounds of crabs.
On the Wizard, they still need 100,000 pounds to cap off their season. Their six-day hot streak is over, and decide to head for less crowded grounds. As they stack the pots, Monty takes the helm as Keith hits the rack. Against Keith’s wishes, Monty sees clean crab coming over the rail and sets the pots back down. After six hours of sleep, Keith takes over the helm only to discover what his brother did. He called Monty into the wheelhouse and ripped him a new one.
As the Northwestern spots their first string, Edgar is nervous. The first pot has a few crabs, but no jackpot. The second one is so much better; 400 keepers come over the rail. Now the pots are filling the tank, as Edgar found his own crabs. As the customary flaming hook pulled up the last pot, each deckhand earned $79,000.
As the Time Bandit is just outside of Dutch Harbor, Josh Anderson is called to the wheelhouse. They are cutting him loose, to get his own boat, but give him the inspiration to know that they will always be there for him. Go get that boat Josh, and make them and your dad proud. Fans want to see the Cornelia Marie back next year with your legacy and you in command on “Deadliest Catch.”
With just over a day of fishing left until the deadline, Keith will haul the string that Monty dropped against his orders. The first one comes up full and the rest are too. The crew is ecstatic as so is Keith. Each crew member will take home $94,000 as Keith goes on deck and does the crab dance.
Jake Anderson misses his family on the Northwestern. He never really fit in on the Kiska Sea. Will he return to that boat; Mike seems to think he may not ever run his boat because it takes more to run a boat than just sitting in the chair.
As the season ends, we see the Cornelia Marie and the words of Captain Phil Harris reverberating across the Bering Sea; “there are three types of people in the world, those who watch what happens, those who make things happen, or you can wonder what the Hell happened?” Josh Harris is gonna make something happen!
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