This episode has probably been the most anticipated one of the season for me, on the greatest reality show on TV, Deadliest Catch!!! This episode we get to see the Derrick Ray/CM crew showdown, with the cops being called on Jake. It starts off where the last episode ended up, with Derrick and the boys going at it.
To me, it seems as though Captain Ray came into this with a chip on his shoulder. He constantly degraded Phil and his memory, throwing Phil’s death in the crews/boys faces. He should have command of the boat, but you have to give respect to get it and he didn’t seem to give it to anyone on that boat. So here we go, episode 8 of Deadliest Catch!!!
It opens with the Time Bandit, the “intro” clips. We see six weeks, physical pain, mental anguish, the breaking point…..white words on a black background…..oh look, there’s Captain Neese, there’s Derrick Ray, there’s the cops. And Freddy saying “This boat will never be the same. Will never be the same.” What’s sad is I think with a different captain, while it wouldn’t be the same as when Phil was there, it could’ve still been good. Anyone know what happened to Murray Gamrath? He would’ve been perfect to bring in.
So, we open to a very dark shot. Ominous music plays. A shot of the Cornelia Marie. A water bottle rolls across the floor, the crew sleeps. Derrick is in the wheelhouse reflecting on the crew mutiny. He says he doesn’t know why he’s there. Three days ago the crew of the CM called an unprecedented end to the king season. Ray says he wanted to bring a different culture in but the crew didn’t want it. He knows there’s dope on the boat but can’t prove it. Zero tolerance for drugs; Ray could lose his license, go to jail, lose the boat. Says they don’t care. Then Ray says “they’re” down smoking dope in the engine room. He says “f” this. Unable to confirm his suspicions, the captain goes on a hunt for proof. He searches the engine room, and eventually does find dope in a cardboard box. Ray says someone’s been recently smoking dope. Man, this guy is on a serious witch hunt. Todd asks what he found and Ray says a home-made dope pipe made out of tin foil. He smells something and goes “WOH’. Says the boys own a part of the boat with a legacy to carry on for Phil. (Sorry Derrick, but you have ZERO cause to talk about carrying on for Phil when you degrade his memory every chance you get). Derrick wakes up the crew for a “family meeting”. They all gather in the galley, without Steve. Derrick asks why and Josh says Steve is done. Derrick says he’s a quitter, he quit on them and their dad. Josh tries to explain no one wants to be there, no one is comfortable. Derrick says he was hired to be a captain and asked them to take pride, don’t lie, etc. Asks them if they’re going for red crab, asks Ryan if he’s quitting, asks Freddie too. Josh says Ray didn’t win the hearts of the crew and made a hostile environment with an iron fist ruling. Josh says this has never happened with any other skipper, morally, and to throw out how messed up Jake is….to which Derrick throws a baggie out with a savage grin. Derrick says he’s going CSI on it, to get it fingerprinted (what’s in the baggie). Jake says do it, he’s clean as a whistle, and has never smoked on this boat. Go CSI all he wants. Derrick says that’s what he’s doing. Derrick says Jake put his license, life, etc. on the line. Jake says respect is earned, Derrick says to respect yourself first and he’s a pathological liar. Jake goes back at him on a major tirade, asks what he’s trying to do. Derrick says don’t lie, say there’s been lei and deceit. Then Steve joins in and goes at him. Derrick says fine, I’ll tie up, get my quota done. Jake says to pack his bags, and Derrick calls them all quitters. For a supposed “good friend of Phil’s” this guy is a hardcore jerk.
Up in the wheelhouse, he dials the phone. Jake says he’ll do anything eh can to make anyone look bad b/c he’s embarrassed about how he’s done. Derrick has called the cops now, and reports he has a crewman smoking dope, he found paraphernalia, knows he’s been doing it and wants Jake arrested at the dock. Someone needs to seriously slap this man. I can understand wanting to save your own license and such, but this goes way beyond that. This is true straight out being vindictive because he failed in his role as a captain. He basically took everything the Cornelia was about and tried to throw it away.
We’re back and there’s the Northwestern, yay! Sig says this place is cooked, halfway through the first string is bad. Ten days after Jake’s dogleg string came up empty, Sig is searching anywhere for signs of life. They’re down to single digits now, Sig says they need a lot of patience. While the skipper keeps his eye on the big picture, tension between Jake and Edgar runs high. Ten days ago they had a vicious fight. Deckhands remark things were said that didn’t need to be. Sig says Edgar has a knack for pissing people off, and they acted like a bunch of kids. But then, AWWWWWWW, Edgar holds up a sign that says “Sorry and I still love you”. That’s so cool. Sig says it’s like a therapy session up here sometimes. With that, the tension is released. All they need to do now is catch crab. As a pot comes up…..they’ve got crab! Jake tells Edgar the saying is you only hurt the ones you love. And they’re back to their usual joking selves. This is a much better Northwestern morale. Me likey. Jake remarks he’s the worst crane driver god ever mad,e but Edgar steps right in to help him. Edgar says he’s starting to get it, in order for him to be able to leave someone has to fill his place quick. He continues to guide Jake with driving the crane and they cheer him on, with Edgar saying there’s hope for Jake yet.
Now, it’s the Kodiak. Bill says they’re on the best catch they’ve had in awhile. Skipper Bill has dialed in on the crab. He’s two men down though, one lost to injury and one, just plain lost. Sorry, but Adam was “lost” because he became a pissy whiny baby. The light deck makes a tough job tougher for the crew. They’re in pain, Eric Anderson’s foot is killing him. But he stays out there and continues to work. The crew is light, but they’re still working hard. Until they set it over at the wrong time. In good fishing, a five man deck can make quick work of a 25 pot string. With two men down it can take up to three times as long. Jake is up and wants to help, even though he can barely stand up. He really wants to help them, you gotta admire that but it makes Bill nervous. Bill says he’s like his kid. So, he’s out on deck and the crew greets him enthusiastically. He’s been on the rack for 2.5 days, so it’s no wonder he’s a bit hunched over. But just then, Jake messes up on the crane and the pot flops over. Remember, these are 700-800 pound pots. Adam comes out to give advice, and I had the urge to beyatch smack him through the TV. He tries to tell Bill there might be problems, but Bill isn’t very responsive, yet follows him to the engine room. Bill asks what happened to motivate and not alienate, to which Adam apologizes. Adam heads back out, but the crew eyes him wearily. Zach says it’s hard to forgive when you’re treated like crap. Bill says Adam doesn’t realize that everyone has carried a lot of weight, not just him. So, the PMS is over for Adam, only 28 more days until his next “cycle”. LOL!
Oh wow, the absent Ramblin’ Rose. Captain Greenhorn! He says his crew lays around in the morning, and takes them up to an hour to get out on deck. Says this isn’t the program, get the hell on deck. After 40 days grinding for blue crab….Neese says get the heck off his boat if you want to lay around….his patience is wearing thin. He’s not happy with how things are going, and he calls Kevin Davis up to the wheelhouse. Tells him everyone is so lethargic so they’ll have to sleep less. The captain calls them out on deck as Kado says they’re in trouble for how long it took them to get out there. The crew says “f” that, they should get to eat before they go out on deck. I’m sorry, when did this turn into a continental breakfast at the Radisson for this crew? They say he needs to keep the crew happy, but Captain Greenhorn says trying to get away with everything gets you nowhere with him. After a 16 hour soak the Ramblin Rose pulls up on it’s first pot. As it comes up, we see……a buoy line snapped off. Captain asks what happened and they say the line broke, they’ve lost the pot. The worn line connecting to the bridle snaps, sending a thousand dollar pot and her bounty to the bottom of the Bering Sea. Many “f” bombs ensue from the captain and the crew says the negative bad attitude from the leader brings them bad luck. Or it could be a lazy ass crew too. 9 hours later bad weather and worse fishing drive morale to a new low. One remarks he wants his mommy, another says it’s not fun to have it coming from every direction. The crew complains they’re being ground into the dirt, the captain remarks it’s his way or the highway, it’s not a democracy. He’s the judge and jury. Just then, one crew member gets creamed in the face. It’s Kado and his face is BUSTED up, he hit it on the coiler after taking a roll. Man, this guy is more accident prone than I’ve ever seen. The captain calls him to the wheelhouse, they both say it isn’t that bad, but he has a gash coming from his eye. The captain says he’ll get him morphine, cortisone, whatever he needs. With no relief from the weather in sight, the rookie skipper shows some mercy. Says they’re his friends and he doesn’t want them to get hurt. Lazy crew and Greenhorn Skipper are excited about sandwiches and sleep. I’m sure glad Captain Greenhorn has stuck to his guns about showing the vet captain how it’s “done”, aren’t you?
We’re back on the Kodiak. After battling through a 3 man deck, Bill rallies his crew. Derrick Ray should take a look at him, THIS is how you motivate a crew, not by being a jerk. They head out and the pots are plentiful, the crab are coming up with high numbers. The energy is palpable, with the crew saying this string is the best thing that could’ve happened to them. Bill says it’s raining crab and it makes him a happy man. But for 50 year old deckhand Eric Anderson, the pain in his foot is becoming unbearable. You can tell the pain he’s in, you can feel it through the TV practically. Bill asks if he’s okay, as Anderson heads inside. On a break between strings Adam makes his way to the wheelhouse and says Eric is bad, in the fore-peak in extreme pain. Says he’s had a problem with it all year, has had cortisone shots in his foot. Bill says take him off deck then. Bill says maybe tomorrow it’s his turn. Adam says not to worry about it, to Eric, to get off the foot and to not be sorry b/c he’s busting his ass every day. Do the right thing and get off of it. Who is this Adam? This isn’t the whiny boy we saw last week. They ask what is wrong with it, he has planter’s fasciitis, and as he puts a pack under his foot his is literally bawling in pain. It’s where all the tendons that go from your toes to your heel get ripped apart. From pushing pots, to running back and forth, to working 21 hours a day it’s breaking down and hurts bad. He says it’s a great life, hard work, just don’t weaken.
We’re back in Dutch Harbor and the Cornelia Marie pulls in for their final offload. Ray says they’re getting the crab off, finishing the trip and says he’s proud of himself but not the crew. A battle between boat owners and skipper has a brought an end to the season, and Jake says he’s never wanted to get away from someone more, as Ryan says the whole season has been utter chaos. Ray convinces himself he can finish with his head held high and did what he was paid to do (seriously, to not catch crab?). There’s the cops! The crew watches as the cop comes up, but Jake climbs off the boat. He’s on the dock and is out of there. He literally walks right by the cop who says and does nothing. Derrick scoffs, says unbelievable. Jerko, I mean Derrick, greets the cop with his bounty of drug paraphernalia (only thing he’s caught) and describes Jake to the cop. Then Derrick asks Josh where Jake went to, Josh denies knowledge. Derrick says this one last step is to make Jake do what he said he’d do, there’s no way to cheat a drug test and he’s either going to be right or wrong. The cop drives around looking for Jake and asks others to let him now where he is so he can talk to him. He goes into a diner, and the owner says Jake asked him to call a cab to take him to an airport. Jake asks to check in. The cop says he talked to the taxi company and Jake was dropped off at the airport. Jake waits to board the plane, but the cop is in the airport at that time. He sees Jake and asks him to come over, which Jake does. Jake is taken in the back room to talk. The op asks whose weed it was, Jake says he doesn’t know, a guy on last season may have had it, but it’s not his and Derrick is trying to blame him. The cop asks to check Jake for weapons and drugs, frisks him right there. He pulls out money, cigarettes…asks Jake if he’d take a drug test, Jake refuses saying how many times should he take it since it’s harassment. The cop says the dope is pretty fresh, but Jake says it’s not his. The cop says he has nothing on him, but he’s good to go. Says they have to search his stateroom. Jake says that’s fine, he’s out of there. The cop says if he is doing drugs he has to stop, Jake says he hears him, but he wont’ find anything.
In Dutch Harbor, the CM offloads her blue crab. Derrick says it’s a pitiful delivery, thank god they were doing other crab today or it would’ve cost more to process. Josh says if his dad were there he wouldn’t be happy. As the miserable offload continues, the cop returns and asks to search the boat. The cop tells Derrick he’s at the airport with a ticket, he was searched and nothing was found, and he was denying drug use. Derrick scoffs, says he could smell it,s i it, knows when it’s going on. Tough part is proving it 100%. Cop says the stuff he gave him, wasn’t a big deal. Didn’t have enough evidence to suggest drug use, but they were given permission to search his stateroom but Jake is free to go. Derrick scoffs again, and Josh/Steve are listening in the whole time. The cop proceeds to search the room as Derrick says to jump on the plane like that is an admission of guilt, when he said he’d take a test….then Josh tells the cop who’s apologized to them for having to go out a man down that they’re not going out again….the cop tells Derrick they found nothing, there’s nothing to prosecute and Steve smiles. The cop leaves and Derrick says “f” this boat, “f” this crew. Jake leaves saying ce la vie Derrick. As the episode ends we see a forlorn Josh in the wheelhouse he says when they left he didn’t want to let anyone down, he had big hopes and dreams and no one likes to fail. Derrick says he wanted to come out one last time, to do that he had to put up with this. Seriously dude, you’re a jerk. Derrick says he can go home with his head held high. The crew can’t believe it went the way it did, that it’s very sad. Freddie again says the boat will never be the same. Derrick wishes the boys the best, but thinks the world will crash down around them. Flash news Derrick doomsday is now not until October. And the episode ends with that.
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As always, it wouldn’t be right to end this recap without a shout-out. Rest in peace Phil, fair winds.
I can’t seriously complain TOO much about the omittance of the Wizard (because I think Keith is a turd most of the time), and while it did suck not to see my Time Bandit guys tonight, they did FINALLY leave the Seabrooke out of an episode. I’d say they owe us at LEAST one more though. Next week it would be nice to see just our vet boats. Either way, still have to do my weekly tradition:
It’s the “Have You Seen Us Because Our Fans Sure Didn’t This Episode” picture(s) of the week!!!
It’s not “Where’s Waldo?”, it’s “Where was the Time Bandit this week?”.