Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Deadliest Catch" Recap & Review - "Unsafe and Unsound"

Deadliest Catch
“Unsafe and Unsound”

Original Air Date: April 29, 2008

Jeff P – Two Cents Reviewer

After 4 weeks of crab fishing, the fleet is still scrambling to get in their first haul of the season. This episode has family drama, injuries and an experienced captain seeing one of the worst starts to a season.

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  1. Deadliest Catch
    “Unsafe and Unsound”

    Original Air Date: April 29, 2008

    Jeff P – Two Cents Reviewer

    After 4 weeks of crab fishing, the fleet is still scrambling to get in their first haul of the season. This episode has family drama, injuries and an experienced captain seeing one of the worst starts to a season.

    The Wizard –

    The shorthanded crew of the Wizard has to pull 55 pots in 12 hours, which Captain Keith nicknames “the man killer”. Greenhorn Moi is discovered lying in bed, but Keith is able to give him a pep talk to get him going. The good news is they’re averaging 50 crab per pot on the string. Moi is having trouble keeping up. He slams his finger while closing a pot, and shows us his swelled finger. In one of the ugliest scenes in Deadliest Catch history, Moi pierces his fingernail to let up the built up fluid in his finger. Keith reassures him that the first run is always the toughest. The work doesn’t get easier, but you get better at fishing as you go.

    The Cornelia Marie –

    Captain Phil Harris is still on the search to fill his crab quota. He has to bring in 88 thousand pounds in only 3 days. And so far, he has almost nothing in the tank. Phil decides to swallow his pride and look to get one of his peers on the radio for some guidance. He tries Captain Jonathan Hillstrand from the Time Bandit, and Captain Keith from the Wizard. Neither of them respond to Phil’s call. Phil’s son Josh and deckhand Freddy decide to get Mohawks to bring good luck and hopefully more crab. After an overnight soak, the numbers only improved slightly. Captain Phil decides to head back to Dutch Harbor to make his delivery date. So far, the Cornelia Marie has had an awful season.

    The Northwestern-

    Captain Sig Hansen is seeing great numbers from his string of pots. However, the crew is showing signs of fatigue. Edgar challenges Sig that he can outwork him. After 39 hours of straight work, Sig starts showing signs of exhaustion. However, Edgar is still churning away pulling in pots. After a while, Sig finally calls a truce. Edgar is happy that the crew outlasted the skipper.

    The Time Bandit –

    Captain Jonathan is pulling into Dutch Harbor for the first offload of the season. His son Scott approaches him and his uncle, Captain Andy to share his concerns about his future of crab fishing. Jonathan doesn’t want to hear it. His feeling is you’re either part of the boat, or you’re not. Scott doesn’t want to be missing from his own son’s life. In a dramatic turn, Scott says farewell to his father and Captain, and leaves the Time Bandit.
    Later in a flashback, the crew is shown dressing up for a Halloween party. When Jonathan went back to the boat to retrieve his wallet, he slipped and fell into the water between the dock and the vessel! Fortunately, the crew was able to pull him to safety. There is danger on a crab boat even when it’s docked! After the offload, deckhand Eddie admits that he’s had a bad ankle. Jonathan takes him to the emergency clinic and they discover that he has a fracture. The Time Bandit is already down one person losing Scott, and now has an injured crewmember with limited mobility.

    This episode had more drama than most of its predecessors. Seeing Captain Jonathan’s reaction to Scott leaving was hard to watch. Scott may be the only chance to keep the Hillstrand family’s fishing legacy alive. Watching Captain Phil’s tough luck makes you feel that the walls are closing in. After the crew getting the Mohawks I expected their luck to change with full pots, but it didn’t happen. And I’m still clenching my fingers after watching Moi piercing his fingernail. Things happening to fingernails, like them being bent back or scratching a blackboard is my Achilles heel. Well, that and chocolate cake. Meanwhile, I can’t wait until next week.

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  2. I thought I was “the man killer”... Seriously, great review/recap.

    I got my thumb stuck in a car door once and had to have the nail pierced 3 times by a cauterizing needle at the ER. The nurse, a very large teddy-bear of a Polynesian man had to leave the room he was so grossed out. Nice.

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