Last night’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled, “I’m the Captain.” As the episode begins the weather prediction is for more storms, and the ice pack is on the move. As the Northwestern brings up full pots, the Saga is not having such luck. Captain Sig listens in as other captains discuss the ice report. Propelled by howling arctic winds, the ice pack that measures 730 miles wide is pushing south at alarming speed enveloping everything in its path. The ice pack is moving much faster than predicted just the day before. Sig overheard Casey stating that the ice is coming to the 58-line, and that is exactly where the Northwestern is. Now Sig must grab his northernmost pots first, offload and then return for the rest of them.
On the Saga, they approach the string that will make or break them. As the first pot comes over the rail, it has crabs in the pot, and they are clean and nice. The phone rings in the wheelhouse and Jake heard Sig’s voice. Sig tells him about the ice pack that is moving in on their pots. Sig tells Jake to get out of there as quickly as possible, and he knows that the crew will be pissed. They finally have worthwhile pots coming over the rail, and now they have to leave! Jake calls the crew to the galley to give them the worst news ever. The ice is moving on their fishing grounds and rather than stay there and drop the pots back, they must stack them and head south.
Keith is down a crew member because their greenhorn did not disclose his prior injury and on the second pot, he dislocated his knee. However, the morale is high because the pots are full.
The Cornelia Marie is pulling blank pots, and the morale is at an all-time low. With the ice coming to shorten their season even further then Casey reports that he lost the steering. The key way on the rudder shaft has broken leaving the rudder with no control. The crew has to fashion a piece of metal and once completed, they try to tell Josh to give it a try, but he is listening to music too loud to hear them. When the rudder line snaps, Casey comes back to the wheelhouse and is very pissed because when the line snapped, it nearly took Casey’s hand off. When Casey came up, Josh was looking at his phone, and the music was too loud to hear the orders from the engine room.
Keith is anxious to unload his crab and his greenhorn. Each deckhand brought home $35,000. Sig could lose a quarter million dollars worth of gear if they cannot retrieve their pots before the ice takes them away. On the Time Bandit, the crew is having fun sliding across the deck on the icy surface. As the Northwestern arrives in port, the word “Fire” is heard as an electrical surge causes the battery in the wheelhouse to overheat. Edgar caught it just in time before it set the boat on fire. Now out to sea again to find their gear.
On the Saga, Jake retreats to safer grounds, but the crew is complaining about having to move, that it has been a never ending ___up and they wish that Elliott was here. Jake does not need their approval and sends the crew to the galley and reminds them why Elliott is no longer there through his own fault. He reminded them, in no uncertain terms, that he was the captain on this episode of “Deadliest Catch.”
At the end of the show, a dedication to the late Tony Lara was offered. It was Tony who brought friendship, a steady hand and rock solid support to all those that knew him. From everyone at Discovery, our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family.