PTR Senior Staff Writer
Happy Tax Day.
Happy 97th Anniversary of Titanic.
Happy return of Deadliest Catch.
(Okay, technically our boys returned to Discovery Channel LAST night, but the Titanic reference DOES count seeing as the ship struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the 14th and sank at 2:20 a.m. on the 15th. Um, yeah ... you already were warned about the Titanic history buff side of me).
My biggest question for this season got answered last night: Captain Phil STILL isn't healthy enough to go fishin'.
Can this man ever catch a break?!?!??!?!
Pinch Hitting on the Cornelia Marie ... Again: So, my fave relief captain Murray resumes his pinch hit role on the CM given Captain Phil's blood clot issue still isn't resolved. Basically, if he goes to sea, he might die - with or without the Bering Sea's help. I felt for Phil as he watched his boat sail off without him for the first time in 33 years. But, as I said last year, Murray makes it seem like 50-60 foot seas and 30-35 knot winds are no big deal. He is just so calm all the time not to mention he has the deep respect of the crew. I don't think Captain Phil could ask for a better pinch hitter.
Did he just ...?: Captain Keith (The Wizard) dives IN to the Bering Sea to check the underside of the ship's hull for some stray Zinc metal that is snagging the crab pot rope lines only to banged in the head by the sudden roll of the ship. Holy Frak, folks. Skull fracture much?
Lightning Strikes Twice: We know I love the Cornelia Marie. BUT, the Time Bandit runs a close second, and I do have a soft spot for bros Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand. So, I can't be all that upset they scored the first big catch of the season - in the same spot as LAST season.
Can I Get Some Coffee with that Head of Herring?: I did take some devilish pleasure in Captain Sig (The Northwestern) having drawn the shortest straw, and thus, received the dubious traditional honor of biting the head off a herring fish to ring in the new crab season. Ewwwwwwwww!
Bueller? Bueller?: So where's the new boat, the Lisa Marie? Guess she'll become along later? (Okay by me, since having two "Maries" in the lineup seems ... weird. It's all about the CORNELIA Marie, thank you very much).
New episodes of Deadliest Catch air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. Visit the official Deadliest Catch Web site for the latest on the captains and crews of the Northwestern, Cornelia Marie, Time Bandit, Wizard, Early Dawn and North American and the new boat, Lisa Marie.