Tonight’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled “Goodbye Jake.” As the episode begins, the fight between Jake Anderson and Matt Bradley is fresh in everyone’s mind. Sig calls the wheelhouse and hears the news. The rule on the Northwestern was the first to throw a punch is fired; Jake threw the first punch. Jake is having a very hard time this season, as he contemplates his future as a captain on another boat. With the season nearly over, on the “Deadliest Catch,” they promise to stick it out for the next few days with their captain Edgar.
On the Wizard, the Seabrooke and the Saga, the crews are being driven hard to bring their quotas home. On the Cape Caution, the crabs are abundant for a change. Zack has just completed a 25 string without a miss. Now Zack wants him to throw the last ten and see if he still has it. The crew is thrilled to see their captain on the rail as Bill pulls up the tenth without a miss. The boat took on 539,000 pounds of blue crab with each hand receiving $30,000.
On the Time Bandit, they are thrilled to have the last of the red crabs on deck. The pots are swollen with crabs and the smiling faces in the wheelhouse and on deck are an indication of the paychecks they will receive. All they need in the last three pots is 67 crabs, the rest goes back to the ocean. Josh Harris is the cook for the night and whips up a great meal for the hungry crew. He laments that he wants the Cornelia Marie back, before someone else buys it. He wants to follow in his father, the great captain, Phil Harris’ footsteps and the crew of the Time Bandit wish him luck.
On the Saga, the numbers are still good as they reach the home stretch. Elliott’s dad Mike is running the hydros for his son, but snapped a cable and lost a pot with two bags worth $1,500. Elliott’s gratitude to his father goes much further than one pot; he has been the best father a man could be to his son, and Mike is a proud father and a deckhand with a $20,000 paycheck. Now Elliott has just two words for those who doubted him, and they are not “Happy Birthday.”
On the Wizard, they pull up the last pot and the celebration begins. Each deckhand receives $32,000 and will be home for Thanksgiving.
On the Northwestern, Jake and Matt put their differences aside as they prepare to send the flaming hook for the last pot. Edgar’s baptism of fire is over, and it was a success; but will it be the last voyage for Jake Anderson?
The Cape Caution heads into Dutch Harbor, and Bill is not happy until he gets a ticket for his crabs, but Bill has a tough parking job ahead with another boat in the harbor and a rock pile on his stern. As he finds yet another reason to chew out Zack for not tying up the boat properly, he expects the best from his son, who has no defense for his actions.
On the way to Dutch Harbor, the Time Bandit celebrates in their own way as they light up the skies with their fireworks. It looks like the fourth of July in Dutch as each crewman receives $42,000. Johnathan took Josh Harris to the storage facility to check on their gear, but it was broken into and $20,000 worth of fishing gear was missing. Another punch in the gut for Josh, who expected his brother Jake to be fishing this season, but he has his demons.
The red and blue crab season has ended with the Northwestern in the lead with 220,000 pounds of crab. Second place went to the Wizard with 200,075. Seabrook in third with 147,000, Time Bandit had 121,000; Saga 120,000 and Cape Caution had 88,000 pounds of crab to end the season.
Elliott revealed that he could have gone to college on a full hockey scholarship, but wanted to go crab fishing instead. He and his father had a fist fight because of this, but Elliott is now someone whom his father is proud of and happy that he got to follow his dream.
In Seattle, two weeks later, there is a meeting at Sig’s house for the entire crew. Jake told his fellow crewmen that he was offered a job on another boat and a chance to be captain. His fellow crewmen have been his family for a long time. Sig told him that he had to decide. Jake chose to leave the Northwestern. Fans have loved him since he was a mere greenhorn and earned the jacket, on his first season. Happy trails, dear Jake, here is hoping to see you on your own boat very soon!
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