Tonight’s two-hour episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled, “Carpe Diem.” As the season twelve premiere episode begins, Sig is talking about being a captain and advises that if an opportunity to become captain arrives; do not pass it up. It is October in Dutch Harbor, Alaska at the beginning of the king crab season. For the next thirteen weeks, the $70 million-dollar bounty of the Bering Sea is at stake.
Captain Jake Anderson stated that Elliot was bought out, and the owner assigned Jake to run his boat. As the finishing touches are being done on the Saga, Jake is lowered in a tote to paint the letters in the name Saga. As Jake hangs precariously, his friends arrive to harass him for doing such grunt work.
The Cornelia Marie has been upgraded from stem to stern and hopefully the usual patch job repairs will not be necessary. Josh was forced to sell a majority share to investors to avoid bankruptcy. If Josh and Casey fail to perform, they will be replaced.
On the Northwestern, Sig talks about leasing some of his quota to Sean Dwyer, the captain of the Brenna A. He is twenty-three and is following in his late father’s footsteps. The boat has been a salmon tender, but now is being converted to a crab boat.
Jenny Dwyer is the boat owner and Sean’s mother. Sean’s father was the captain until ALS incapacitated him. He died three years ago and always wanted the Brenna A to be a crab boat.
Another year brings a new crew for Wild Bill, his son Zack and the deck boss, Nick McGlashan. On the Time Bandit, Captain Johnathan Hillstrand has a new deckhand; Freddy Maugatai. Freddy has worked on the Cornelia, Wizard and now the Time Bandit. When Johnathan spotted a deckhand skateboarding on the deck, he threw the skateboard onto the dock.
On the Saga, 2,000 pounds of swinging bait has damaged the coiler and now Jake is livid. Jake will not leave the dock until it is working. Keith Colburn arrives late, and his personal issues have caused his tardiness. He and his wife are no longer together. However, the Wizard is ready to roll and Monty calls Keith, who does not answer his phone. Monty finds Keith drowning his troubles at the local watering hole and brings him back to the boat. He is in a bad state as he recalls his mistakes that brought him to this.
As the Coast Guard flies above to make sure no pots are dropped before noon on opening day, the Time Bandit had an incorrect time on Johnathan’s watch and dropped a pot before 11:30 a.m. Johnathan faces a quarter million dollar fine and decides to call the authorities and fess up. Johnathan must retrieve the pot and dump any crabs out, and he is forgiven because he confessed and it was only one pot.
As noon arrives, the pots on the boats start dropping with hopes for a huge haul this season. On the Wizard, Keith states that he is sober, the demons stay in town, and he will not be having a drink for a while. Suddenly, Keith hears a noise coming from the engine room and sends his crew. The oil pressure is low and as Monty checks the oil, there is dilution in it as fuel has leaked into the oil. They do not have enough oil on board to remedy the situation and must go back to make the repair. They are eighteen hours from Dutch Harbor.
Sig is anxious to put crabs in the tanks, and the crew is awakened to get to work pulling the pots they dropped. The first pot is half-full of big crabs, 57 to be exact. The next ones are even better as the pots are dropped back to claim some more.
On the Brenna A, in Seattle, Washington they are ready to join the fleet. Now Sean knows why his father instilled this work ethic in his son. As Jenny hugs her son with tears in her eyes, she knows that Pat will be riding along side their son.
On the Cape Caution, Zack hired the crew this year as he is a captain in training and hopes to have lots of time in the chair. As they pull the first pots, they are crammed full of huge crabs and Wild Bill is all smiles. Suddenly, Jarrod Sechrist, the full-share deckhand is letting a female crab go into the tank.
On the Cornelia Marie, they are pulling the first pot, and it is loaded. Casey and Josh are ecstatic and hope their luck holds as subsequent pots are filled with red gold. When Jake Anderson calls the Cornelia, he is told to come over to where they hit the motherlode. When Sig overhears the conversation between the two boats, he decides to show him who is boss and not to give secrets away over the radio. As the last pot is put down, Jake notices the Northwestern dropping pots right where he put his. Now Jake is mad at his old boss, but should be made at himself. When Jake tells Casey what Sig is doing, they decide to teach Sig a lesson.
On the Cape Caution, Jarrod came with credentials that made him seem like the best deckhand ever, but Zack is having second thoughts about hiring him. Bill sends for him and gives him a warning.
The Coast Guard puts out a warning that they have a 406 E-Perp ringing off about 550 miles south of Cold Bay. Clinging to his sinking sailboat is a French sailor and his cat. Luckily, a Good Samaritan boat is nearby and rescues the two.
By shadow of the night, the Saga and Cornelia Marie are crowding Sig’s pots. The rest of the fleet is reaping the king crab benefits too. When Sig comes to pull his string, he notices both Saga and Cornelia pots and is not happy. His trick backfired on him. On the Brenna A, Sean brought the boat into Dutch Harbor for the first time as a captain on this episode of “Deadliest Catch.”