Tonight’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled, “We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight.” As the season finale episode begins it is February and the polar ice pack is coming south at a rapid pace. On the Cornelia Marie, Josh Harris fights to save his father’s legacy. Jake Anderson does what he can to prove he belongs in the wheelhouse as his pots are far from full. On the Time Bandit, the pots are full and Johnathan is elated. He gets a call from his brother Andy who lets him know that the ice pack is on its way south, just thirteen miles from his gear. Johnathan knows it is easy to run a boat from one’s living room, but he allows his crew to drop the pots back on the same spot.
Seventy-five miles south of the polar ice pack, Captain Jake Anderson will be setting the pots far south with hope of bringing them up full of crabs. When Jake gets a call from his wife, he suddenly hears an unfamiliar noise and sets his pots twenty miles from where he intended. He fears that the slack tank is filling with water and could sink the boat. When they went below, boards were loose and hitting the tank each time the boat rolled but fortunately, it did no damage to the tank.
On the Northwestern, as the crew was chopping ice from the deck and everywhere else the waves have hit, making the boat look like one giant snow cone, the hydraulic fluid started pouring from the crane hose. This will shut down fishing until it can be repaired; as the ice pack comes closer as they tried to rush to pull their pots. First they must remove the ice from the crane. They were in luck having a part to repair the crane and Edgar had it done in record time. With the crane now working, the pots were full.
On the Cornelia Marie, the luck was not as good as empty pots were coming over the rail. Casey and Josh have different opinions about where to drop their pots; Casey is using his head and Josh is using his heart. Casey’s makes sense and Josh’s is a crap shoot and he believes that his father would do the same.
On the Cape Caution, they are safely away from the ice pack and catching good pots, Captain Wild Bill is now catching bairdi. The greenhorn’s hand is getting better and after a good rest, he is coming back out on deck and right into the bait.
The Cornelia Marie has arrived at the northern grounds where Josh wanted to go. Now they must get their pots back before the ice eats them. Casey is now on Josh’s side and hopes the risk pays off. Meanwhile, on the Saga, Jake is having no luck as the first pot comes up empty and he really doubts himself. As Jake feels nothing by defeat; he knows his reputation will be in the toilet, but the third pot is loaded with crab and his and the crew’s morale is suddenly boosted as more and more pots come over the rail with crabs. Jake then tells them to send the pots back down.
As the Time Bandit arrives at the edge of the ice pack, they have $140,000 worth of gear at stake, and are now on a rescue mission. They must haul and stack a hundred pots before they are lost. The ice creeps down and the guys work faster until the last pot is on the deck and each deckhand with $52,000. On the Cape Caution, greenhorn John is losing his strength by the minute, after a week off. However, Nick sees how he is shaking and fears hypothermia. His body temperature is fine, so the warm him up with a cup of chicken soup and Bill makes sure he has a warm hat on.
On the Cornelia Marie, the first of Josh’s northern pots comes over the rail loaded with crabs. One after the other has more crabs than the last one and Casey is delighted. Josh wonders if his dad would be proud of him; no need to wonder, Josh, he is smiling down on you and the Cornelia. He knows nothing that comes easy is worth it, so now your determination is paying off.
On the Northwestern, the tanks are stuffed and Sig is a happy camper. He is making one final push and rather than just a flaming hook, they threw a smoke bomb on the final hook of the season. On the Cape Caution, the final pot comes over the rail and the tanks are full. But greenhorn John is ready to quit, after the motivational speech Zach gave him. He went up to the wheelhouse to resign. Zach is so disappointed, he ordered him to work until they get to the dock.
On the Saga, after working for forty-three hours, the crew is going home with $35,000 and a new respect for their rookie captain. The fleet went home after catching 4,322,000 pounds of crab. Captain Wild Bill’s crew will go home with $41,000 each, but greenhorn gave up $8,400 by leaving a month early, but obviously it meant nothing as he did leave. On the Cornelia Marie, there was a wedding to end the season, as Tennessee and his beautiful lady were married by Captain Casey on this episode of “Deadliest Catch.”