Karen’s Top 10 Episodes of Deadliest Catch
Being a fan of this show since the beginning, it was difficult to name just 10 episodes as the best. There are so many good moments and so many great people that risk their lives to bring us such tasty treats. Well, after much thought and many hours of researching this show, I have made my list. If you are a fan as well, please let me know your favorites, and see if they made my list. If they haven’t, it is only because 10 aren’t enough for this wonderful show.
- In Season 4, episode “Striking Out” the guys from the Time Bandit decide to play a practical joke on the Cornelia Marie. Time Bandit carries a large junk truck on their boat and hijacks one of Captain Phil’s pots when they run across his string. They attach the truck to it and it was a nice surprise for Captain Phil when his Cornelia Marie crew pulled it up!
- In Season 3, episode “Cheating Death”, the guys from the Time Bandit help to save a life. The boat Trail Blazer was fishing near them, and a monster of a storm was brewing. Everyone was tying down all the pots and equipment on the decks so it wouldn’t go overboard when Captain Jonathan from Time Bandit noticed this deckhand on top of the stack of pots on the other boat. The guy eventually fell into the Bering Sea and everyone immediately went into survival mode. They rescued Josh White and he is alive today to tell his tale.
- In Season 2, Episode “Friends and Rivals” the crew of the Northwestern decide to play a joke on Captain Phil. They grab one of his pots and then hang a pair of Captain Sig’s underwear inside the pot. Then just for an extra kick, they weld it shut! Later in the episode, the Cornelia Marie crew pulls up this pot with no crabs and a pair of underwear! Instant revenge is on their minds as they decide it is time to take out the trash, by putting it in that pot and then welding a steel rod to the line! Phil explains how it is an old trick and couldn’t wait for Sig to find it. Well, they did and Sig could appreciate a good return!
- Another episode from Season 4, “After the Catch”, is memorable because the Hillstrand brothers of Time Bandit pay tribute to their late father. They are a very tight nit family and do not fight, much, but get along great. In this episode, the laughing jokesters take a time out of their comedy routine to drive us by the final resting place of their late father. They dug a hole in the side of the same mountain where he was married, and placed him in a pine box they made, and laid him to rest. They did not show all of this in the episode, but they explained it. Then they set off firecrackers (M-80s?) to let their father know they were there. It was a very touching moment.
- In Season 1, Episode 5 “Dead of Winter” it is a sad time because another ship has gone down. This was the Big Valley. It was first mentioned in Episode 4, but it was in #5 that it went down in January 2005, with six men on board and only one survivor, Cash Steele. This is not a favorite episode of mine because of all the sadness involved, but it is worth remembering all that was lost. This is definitely in the Top 10 Episodes list.
- In Season 3, “Pain and Paybacks” Blake Painter finally made it to the helm on Maverick. Blake was cocky and self absorbed and was not fond of fishing with the old timers. He bragged and bragged all the time that he would have all the crabs, but he had no idea where to go. He decided to ask Captain Phil of Cornelia Marie. Phil was nice enough to give hot spot advice, but warned the new captain that the secret was not to be shared. Blake lied through his teeth to Phil and spread the wealth to Captain Corky Tilley of the Aleutian Ballad. Unbeknownst to Brad, Phil was listening and decided to exact revenge on the young captain. They ‘found’ one of the Maverick’s pots and welded the doors shut! Poor Blake played like he didn’t care, that it didn’t bother him at all. I thought it was hilarious! Go Phil!
- Season 4, Episode 14 “Changing Tides” This is the episode no one wanted to hear… Captain Phil finally got checked out by the doctor and makes the call to his son, Josh, who is at the wheel. Phil will not be returning this season. (Deep sigh). On the Time Bandit, Jonathan’s son is now working the hydros and almost smashes the crew twice! Captain Keith and Mouse are arguing yet again and Keith says that Mouse is no longer his brother! They are tired of the camera crews and try to get away from them.
- Season 3 Episode 6 “The Last Lap” I found this episode to be a favorite due to what happened to the cocky greenhorn captain Blake Painter. Earlier in the season, Blake set out with a crew made up of entirely greenhorns, and was doing things he was warned by the other captains not to do, like “radio fishing”. The captains had all made a wager of $100 each to see who could pull 100,000 pounds of crab in the fewest pots. Blake was so sure that he was going to win, he “rail dumped” several of his final pots and ended up coming in under his quota by 4,000 pounds!
- Season 3 Episode 2 “The Unforgiving Sea” In this episode the thing I found most outstanding was on the Farwest Leader. The ships captain and his wife had made a bet, which she lost, and was made to go and work out on deck. The captain of course didn’t think she would last long because she was a girl, but while she was on deck, she started out making bait jars. Then she was able to get over her fears of the King Crab, and even helped out in the counting and sorting process. She made the deck hands so proud, they even painted the hook for grabbing the buoys pink in her honor.
- Season 2 Episode 12 “Cashing In” this episode was famous because it was the final episode in the season, as well as the hilarity on the Northwestern. Captain Sig had decided to try and be a more reasonable boss and put out a suggestion box. (Sig a reasonable boss?? Let’s be real.) But the best suggestion was that the captain should take more than one shower a month. (Is that Edgar’s handwriting??)
“Time Bandit- Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World’s Deadliest Jobs” by Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand, with Malcom MacPherson
“Deadliest Catch- Desperate Hours” by Discovery Channel, written by Dan Weeks.