Two “Deadliest Catch” boats receive bad news before they head out to sea for Opilio season.
The Time Bandit
As the crews ready their boats for Opilio season, the Captains listen to the scores of the football game and relay the results to the working deckhands. It’s the Seahawks against Atlanta, and the Seahawks is the favored team by the Deadliest Catch guys. As the game nears the end, the Time Bandit captains declare that it’s time to set off the fireworks. David “Beaver” Zielinski, also knows as Dave, makes his way out on the deck to get things ready. A big explosion is heard, something went wrong. One of the big fireworks exploded, blowing up in Dave’s hand. At first, Captain Andy doesn’t think it’s too serious, and he tells them to put ice on it immediately.
As the deckhands attend to Dave’s injuries, they discover that it is worse than they first thought. A medical kit won’t fix this deckhand up, he needs to go to the nearest clinic. When Captain Andy finds out how bad it is, he puts a call through to the clinic. As he relays the instructions from the clinic, he also shouts out how the football team is doing.
Captain Jon waits on the docks to help Dave off the Time Bandit and then drives him to the nearest clinic in town. While in route, Jon tells Dave that the Seahawks lost to Atlanta in the last seconds of the game. He tries his best to get Dave’s mind off the pain and onto something else.
Once they arrive at the clinic, x-rays are taken to show the extent of the damage. They discover that blast broke the radius bone in Dave’s arm, and it is lying against the ulna bone. Dave suffers tremendous pain, as the doctors push the bone until it is back in place. They wrap his hand and then fly him out to a specialist in Seattle for much needed surgery.
Captain Jon and Andy go back to the Time Bandit, to start the Opilio season one man short. Captain Andy decides there will be no more fireworks on the Time Bandit. As the boat heads out for the Opilio grounds, a call comes through about Dave’s condition. He came through the surgery without any complications, and he is doing well.
Although this is good news for Captain Andy, he still suffers from a frontal headache from all the stress he is under. The pain in his head intensifies when news comes over the radio. It’s a weather bulletin warning the fleet to expect hurricane force winds with thirty-four foot seas along with rain and snow. His headache changes to a migraine.
On the Seabrook, Junior is fishing for cod before he goes crab fishing. He is happy with the numbers of cod the men pull out of the pots. A call comes through from his wife, telling him that his father is back in the hospital, and it didn’t look good. Last Christmas, Junior’s dad fell off a ladder. He broke nine vertebrae in his back, four ribs, crushed his pelvis and bruised his lung. Now, his life is in danger from a blood clot.
Junior pushes his men relentlessly to get the pots hauled and the cod on the boat at a faster than normal pace. The crew figures that Junior is stressed, but he’s never been this cruel to them before. When the all the pots are hauled on-board and secured, Junior tells his men that he has to fly home to see his father which may be for the last time. He informs his crew that while he is doing that, they will have to get the boat ready for Opilio season without him.
On a good note, they did manage to catch 1.3 million pounds of cod.
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