PTR Senior Staff Writer
The opening sequence of this week's episode of Deadliest Catch left me somewhat speechless.
Like, loss of F/V Katmai speechless.
One deckhand, on top of a wall of pots, trying to hold down a free flying tarp as a 35-foot wave rears up in the background and comes crashing down on top of the bow.
Is it any wonder viewership for this episode was one of the highest ev-er for the series?
WTF, Keith? Redux: So, it really WAS as bad as last week's previews indicated, when the Wizard's Captain Keith makes arguably one of the worst decisions ever by sending three of his crewmen out to try and put up a tarp over his wall of pots to help prevent freezing spray build up only to have a 35-foot wave come crashing OVER the bow of the boat, nearly wiping out his crew for good. Seriously, Keith. What were you thinking? The first fifteen minutes of the episode, I wasn't sure anyone was going to recover. The guys in shock, the 1000 lbs. pots completely smashed in by the sheer FORCE of the wave. It's amazing the three crew members - including bro' Mouse - were not killed. And while I do feel for Keith, and he was obviously shaken up by the whole mishap, I am still not following the tarp-stops-freezing-spray logic. It's a tarp, not Superman's cape. Yowza.
Crab much?: Just when you think the Time Bandit boys have run out of good juju, they manage to figure out exactly where to set their pots so as to pull almost a 600 average. I don't know how these guys do it. AND ... they are always in good spirits. Never flustered. Amazing.
Yay Phil!: There was a small amount of sentimental pride in seeing the Cornelia Marie's skipper set his first round of pots AND find crab on his first try. I was pulling for him given he's been out of action for almost a year AND is still trying to get back in rhythm. Plus, I'm not sure I could've gone through another round of the CM pulling up half-empty to empty pots as they did on Murray's watch for King Crab season. Speaking of Murray, the deck is missing his steady hand and leadership, but are managing. But if the Harris boys get in one more fight, I think I'm switching allegiances to the Time Bandit. Seriously, boys, just.stop.it.
Digging Ditches: So the Northwestern got the unlucky privilege of having to pull pots in the "ditch" - which means the tide is essentially washing over the side of the boat, making the pulling up of the pots and interesting challenge. But hey, it's crabbing, right? And Captain Sig is ... happy and content with what they've raked in thus far. Is that possible?
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, the Incentive. You can also catch up with Deadliest Catch folks on Twitter: fvnw_erin / CaptPhilHarris / northwesternpat / NorthwesternPR / captjohnathan / northwesternsig / DeadliestCatch (which is actually the Cornelia Marie) / DiscoveryChPR.