Tonight’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” is titled, “5-Year Storm, Part 1.” As the episode begins the captains all hear the weather report with gale force winds of an 800-mile-wide arctic storm. Wild Bill warns only a fool would not pay attention to a storm of this magnitude.
On the Saga, Captain Jake Anderson is about to launch the first set of the Saga as his relief captain Ray Flerchinger stands by. As the hurricane intensifies, Jake’s elation cannot be destroyed by the weather. Jake’s challenge is not to let a big wave come over the rail.
On the Wizard, they are ready to pull their first pots, as Amy Majors gets ready for her first job on the rail. As the first pot comes up, there are crabs in the pot as the hurricane does not deter them with four hundred and twenty crabs in the first pot and they are sending it back, as Amy scrambles to get the bait ready and she admits that as the big wave came over, she was scared. She is running, across the deck and loving what she is doing as Keith was happy to see her enjoying her job and lamenting about some of his past greenhorns, who were all male and couldn’t even compare with Amy. Suddenly alarms start ringing as a water sensor has been tripped on the bow of the boat. A cracked pipe is the culprit, as the 25-foot wave damaged the pipe and flooded the bow. If this is not fixed, it could sink the boat. They have no replacement pipe and it must be wrapped and clamped immediately. Monte and Roger hustle to wrap and clamp the pipe and it is secure for now.
As the storm gains momentum, all captains are keeping watch on their crew to make sure all hands are on deck. On day-two of the storm, it is time for Jake to pull the pots on his first string ever. He only hopes there are crabs and he hopes to be a hero and not a zero. The first pot is loaded with crabs, and Jake is thrilled, but the crabs are all juveniles and must be returned to the sea. Jake tells the crew to rail-dump the crabs without bringing them to the table where they could die. Suddenly, an alarm goes off as a clutch is burning on the auxiliary engine. This puts work on deck to a halt, as it must be tended to immediately. Jake makes the call to repair the clutch at sea and pitches in with the repair as he proves he is a working captain.
Captain Wild Bill is in a time crunch situation to make their quota and pushes through the weather. He hates to see his crew all wet, but they are delighted to be hauling in their salary, but Bill is worried that someone may get hurt or even worse, thrown overboard. When a three-story rogue wave breaks over the bow, it broke the ram, threw the sorting table through the deck. The repairs must be accomplished immediately in the worst conditions ever. The guys did an awesome job repairing the damages and worked like a team.
On the Saga, after four hours of repairs, and kudos from their new captain, they are back to fishing. The storm has not subsided, in fact, it is getting worse, as more waves break over the deck on this episode of “Deadliest Catch.”