Tuesday night’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled, “Heavy Lies the Crown.” As the episode begins it is four weeks into the king crab season with the end in sight. Some sprinted to the finish line, but others hobbled. On the Time Bandit, Captain Johnathan Hillstrand is only 10,000 pounds of crab from his quota. On the average, crab can live in the tank of a boat for about ten days; longer than that, they will start to die off. The typhoon had much to do with the long time at sea, and now the race is on to fill the tanks and then offload. Adding to the problems on the deck are three greenhorns.
As the Cornelia Marie approaches the end of the Time Bandit’s string, Scotty Hillstrand and the crew are prepared to send a message to his old crew with flour bombs, three lines of shot and pipe on the line that will not fit into the block. This will make them empty the coiler three times and with a face full of flour, it may not be easy to see the pipe coming through the block.
On the Northwestern, Sig found his bairdi honey hole. They are filling the tanks quickly as the delivery date is only six days away. With Edgar on the disabled list, Jake Anderson is the engineer. Finally, Sig calls Jake to the wheelhouse to haul gear, but as they bring the conveyor to load the back tanks, they break a hydraulic line, and Jake must repair the leak instead of hauling gear. Jake wears his heart on his sleeve, and everyone knows how pissed he is that another chance in the wheelhouse is gone. His uncle Nick Mavar knows that unless he stops acting like that; nobody will be willing to work for him. Once fixed, Jake is still in the midst of the temper tantrum.
On the Time Bandit, Johnathan is anxious to take the crab to town when the tricked pot is next. The coiler is emptied three times; the flour bombs keep coming and the pipe jams the block. The prank was funny for a while, but the Time Bandit is rushing to end their season and save the crabs from dying and this just added to the delay. When a phone call from the cannery comes to the boat, they are forced to wait another 48-hour to offload; as the crab continued to die in their tanks.
On the Cornelia Marie, Josh is at the helm, but his vision is failing him as he missed the pot and had to come back. Josh is stressing out and ignoring Casey’s directions. Finally, Casey takes over and Josh goes on deck to help his crew. They are not happy to see an extra man on deck because of the trouble he has caused them. Scotty continues to mouth off at Josh until Josh hits him in the nads with a diver bag.
On the Time Bandit, they offload their tanks after an eternity of waiting. They managed to bring in 173,000 pounds of king crab despite $48,000 in dead loss, the most they ever had; their total was worth $1,200,000. Each crewman will take home $40,000 it would have been $2,000 each more if they lived.
At last, Jake Anderson is called to the wheelhouse as Sig warns him not to hurt anyone. Sig yelled orders at Jake telling him where to look, and how to use the throttle. Sig asked him if he wanted him to leave so he could do it by himself for the next hour, and Jake let him leave. The crew knows how much Jake wants to run a boat and with the young guys starting to get their feet wet at the helm, fans are hoping that “Deadliest Catch” can go on for many more seasons to come.