2009/04/15

Deadliest Catch Recap

DaGoddess @ 00:20

You watched, right? C’mon! You promised!

Okay, so the baby was crying and little Johnny had a fever. I’ve been there. I’ll give you a pass this time.

Here’s what you missed (and by no means do I really think I’ll be doing this every week, so get it while the getting’s good):

Capt. Keith on the Wizard dodged the cancer bullet. Mild epithelial dysplasia. I could offer you a long explanation about what this is, but let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? These are not changes you see in a healthy mouth for the most part. Smokers, tobacco chewers, and those who drink heavily are more prone to having lesions appear. While they may not start off cancerous, you simply can’t keep up the same lifestyle without risking your health. As Keith told his wife, he’ll need to make some changes. No more chewing tobacco. Keith also had news on his finances. It was a rough year and there’s no way to maintain a healthy boat without pouring money into it. It’s not great starting the season out with a zero balance, but what’re you gonna do? His first pot yielded poor returns, but with good reason. There’s sharp metal cutting the lines while the pots are being hauled on board. Not good. Not good at all.

Capt. Phil on the Cornelia Marie didn’t fare so well. Doctors said he wasn’t well enough yet to take the captain’s wheel. YET. Just remember that. Things can change quickly if you follow anticoagulant therapy to the T. Murray was given the job of captaining the C.M. again. The Harris boys were sad, but they understood. Phil needs to get healthy and return to his rightful place. No worries. Murray Gamrath will do a good job and give Phil that time he needs.

Capt. Sig had to bite the head off a herring after losing the straw poll. Unlike Edgar, Sig spit the head out. Or maybe they’ve just never shown Edgar spitting the fish head out. Either way, it’s my least favorite part of the start of crab season. Looks like the Northwestern isn’t going to get oodles of screen time this episode and that’s okay. We’ll have plenty of Sig in the months to come. We always do.

Capt. Johnathan on the Time Bandit started off this season with a bang. Literally. He dumped fireworks into a barrell where the captains had gathered to tell stories pre-sail. He then dumped cold, cold water on a deckhand. There are hints of personnel changes coming. I’ve already heard about it and to see it being played out on the screen is rather uncomfortable. Ah, well, that’s all part of the show, right?

Bets were made prior to the boats heading out for their first strings of pots. Winner of the Captains’ Wager will get a cool $4000 (according to Mike Rowe) or something like that. You know the winner will give the money to the fishermen’s fund as they always do, which is probably one of the reasons I like this bunch so much.

At one point, cameras cut to Phil standing onshore, noting the morning sky was red. Not the sort of thing a seafaring man wants to see. Keith isn’t liking it either. Sure enough, that red sky leads to more problems for the skipper of the Wizard. He’d decided to make a dive under the boat (in cold five foot swells) to check out the situation and while under the boat, takes a mean slam to the head.

We’re left wondering what will happen.

And with that, it was time to say goodbye to our skippers and their crews for the week.

Next week can’t come too soon around these parts.

I was fully hoping I’d find a way to get my buns up to Seattle for CatchCon, but it’s just not happening this year. Yep, I’ve thrown in the towel and am no longer looking to go. Winning the passes was great, but I have to take care of business here at home. Since I made that decision, I’ve booked two shoots. Will either bring in money? Not enough to pay the bills, but it’s work. Will I be sorry I’m missing out on CatchCon? Hell yeah! All I can say is this: if any of the skippers and/or crew end up down in San Diego, they should let me know. I happen to have two local papers awaiting photos and interviews. (How’s that for working every angle?)

8 Comments

  1. Hope Capt. Keith is okay, that looked like it hurt. Hope he doesn’t take out his financial woes too much on the crew.

    That deal with Capt. Phil, sucks that he received his bad news just before leaving port, but if he’s not back to 100% or close he’s better off not going out there and risking another PE. The look on Jake’s face, looked as if he would have broke down crying if it wasn’t for everyone else there.

    So Capt. Sig got to bite off the head of a herring this time around. Notice he gagged a little? Would’ve been pretty unbecoming of a veteran like Sig to yak in front of the rest of his crew. BTW what happened to deckhand Jake? Kinda liked the guy, took everything the crew gave him and kept on fishing. Maybe one full season was enough for him.

    Once again, Time Bandit is off to a fast start. Good feeling knowing you may fill your tanks in just a matter of days. Don’t know what it’d be like without the two most laid-back captains in the show. Johnathan and Andy never get worked up about anything unless it threatens their safety (like last season’s ice jam).

    So aren’t there supposed to be two more featured boats? And I hope they bring back After The Catch.

    Comment by diamond dave — 2009/04/15 @ 03:34

  2. My guess is that the two other boats show up for opilio season. Or maybe later in king crab.

    I thought I saw Jake A. in there during the prayer. Now I’m going to have to watch the episode AGAIN. Not that I’m complaining.

    Sig hurling in front of the crew? Oh, that would be rich, but I don’t think we’d ever see that.

    Not sure how much of the Keith and Phil stuff was done for dramatic effect or how much was the real deal. My guess is that it was a case of hoping against hope they get good news, but preparing for the worst.

    It was a pretty interesting start, wasn’t it?

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/15 @ 07:22

  3. Didn’t watch; I don’t think I get that channel anymore.

    Sorry you’re not going to catchcon but YAY for the shoots!! That’s awesome! :thumbs:

    Comment by Pam — 2009/04/15 @ 08:14

  4. Pam, if you really don’t get the Discovery Channel, you need to call your cable company and complain. It’s ESSENTIAL viewing.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/15 @ 08:23

  5. Better yet, go satellite TV.

    Comment by diamond dave — 2009/04/15 @ 08:39

  6. lol — satellite. hahahahaha

    Works for most, but not where I live. Pam, what about your neck of the woods?

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/15 @ 08:42

  7. I love the show. They get a bit sappy now and then but it’s fun overall. I have a DVR so I never miss it.
    I’m a friend of Otis and Bad Blood and that’s how I found your blog. You’re a good writer. Love your rack also.. LOL

    Comment by Jim The Knife — 2009/04/15 @ 14:24

  8. Welcome, Jim the Knife! Glad you like the rack and the commentary. Hope we see you around these parts more often. And don’t tell anyone, but if I had DVR, I’d be recording the show, too.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/15 @ 14:54

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