Tonight’s episode of “Deadliest Catch” was titled, “Million-Dollar-Bet.” As the episode begins, it is October on the Bering Sea, and four weeks into the king crab season. Veteran captains and young upstarts are hoping to fill their tanks.
As the episode begins, the Northwestern is ready to go fishing for bairdi and brothers Sig and Edgar are making a change at the captain’s chair. Last year, Edgar’s back went out and Sig had to return to captain the boat. Rejoining the crew is veteran Matt Bradley and joining are Erik Hansen, Edgar’s son who are showered with flour by the rest of the crew. As Sig leaves the boat he tells Erik to keep his mouth shut and do what they tell you. Good words to live by, when one is a greenhorn on a crab boat. Edgar smiles as the boat heads to the fishing grounds.
On the Saga, Captain Jake Anderson is watching the crabs that are coming over the rail. He will soon finish the quota and the conflict on the deck is behind him. Suddenly he hears a noise he cannot identify, and the deckhands feel strange vibrations coming from below. As the alarm went off, Jake ran down to the engine room to find that the starboard engine was frozen. Now with only one engine, they will go slowly, get the rest of the crabs and head in. They will be taking a shortcut through False Pass, one dangerous pathway that is hard enough with two engines.
On the Cornelia Marie, Casey is back in the wheelhouse and Josh did a great job of finding the crab while he was laid up. One of the deckhands comes to Casey with a huge bump behind his ear that needs to be poked and squeezed. On a crab boat, the captain doubles up as the doctor and as Casey squeezed the bump, he gets squirted in the eye. The operation does not deter the crew from eating while the bloody procedure goes on.
On the Wizard, Captain Keith is talking about making changes in his life. He wants to lose forty pounds and will likely lose at least five on this trip. He is hoping to be on the crab using info from 2009.
Jake is heading to harbor with over a million dollars worth of crabs onboard. In False Pass, Jake must be as careful as ever as his relief captain Olie helps watch the controls as Jake watches the buoy markers. As the Saga creeps through the water, the depth marker shows how close to the bottom they are. Jake has the crew turn off the circulation pumps to make sure the crabs do not pick up any sand if they hit bottom. Fortunately Jake earned his captain stripes by maneuvering the boat even though with only one engine and a hard time steering.
On the Northwestern, Erik is the newest greenhorn and gets to bite the head off the herring as his initiation. After several pots are baited, Erik starts puking, which is no surprise. When it was time to haul in the puke string, the first pot contains seven crabs. The next pot contains only five and a few cod. So they stack the pots and move elsewhere.
The Wizard is hopeful of his 2009 crab grounds and as the first pot comes over the rail, there are a lot of crabs in the pot, 147 to be exact. Subsequent pots are filled too. Keith calls Monty to the wheelhouse and suits up to work on the deck as part of his weight-loss program and as he is whooping and hollering with the deckhands, his brother is very happy to see his brother enjoy himself on this episode of “Deadliest Catch.”