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DEADLIEST CATCH | EPISODE TITLE: On the Crab
Original Air Date: April 11, 2006

Season: 2

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SYNOPSIS: One of the worst storms in years is raging on the crab grounds, but the crab-fishing fleet must continue its hunt for the deadliest catch: Alaskan king crab.

After a hide-and-seek run behind Amak Island, the Northwestern is now back on the crab grounds, pulling big pots and filling the holds, until a broken crane slows down this efficient crab-fishing machine. On board the Maverick, engineer Blake Painter and the rest of the crew are finally dropping their first pots of the season. They're getting drenched by the torrential downpour and veteran deckhand Hiram Johnson is in a foul mood, but Capt. Rick Quashnick is confident that they will soon be pulling up gold.

The Rollo crew is having no such luck. They've been fishing for hours and pulling up nothing but females, which are illegal to keep and must be thrown back. Frustration is mounting, but this happy-go-lucky crew keeps at it, even through a sudden blinding snowstorm. Capt. Johnathon Hillstrand's decision to leave early and brave the storm has paid off: He's already caught a boatload of crab and Time Bandit is now the first boat in the fleet to offload in St. Paul Harbor. In the crab grounds to the west of St. Paul, the Cornelia Marie is fully repaired and starting to pull up nice pots after a long soak. Capt. Phil Harris and his crew are filling the holds, but their string of good luck quickly runs out. Another mechanical problem forces them to head back to port for repairs and an early offload.

While Capt. Sig Hansen and the Northwestern are still on the crab, he faces a difficult decision: keep fishing in rough seas and risk losing crab to dead-loss, or play it safe and head in to offload? While Sig ponders, the Maverick boys are killing it on the crab grounds. Hiram's mood has changed for the better, and Blake's childhood dream of becoming a king crab captain is about to come true. Or is it?

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DEFINING SHOT

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CATCHY QUOTES
MEMORABLE MOMENTS
  • Making money the old fashioned way. One crab at a time. - Deckhand Hiram Johnson - Maverick

  • Those that unload these boats are kind of the unsung heroes. We work like hell to get them into the boat and these guys work like hell to get them out of the boat. - Engineer Walt Dauderis - Cornelia Marie

  • I can't believe it. 33 miles of females. I don't know if I could do that again even if I tried. - Captain Eric Nyhammer - Rollo

  • I think Ricky's long on promise and short on delivery. We'll see if it actually hold true. - Deckhand / Engineer - Maverick

  • Deckhand Hiram Johnson of the Maverick is having a bad time of it as he is upset that with the downsizing of the fleet many of his friends are now out of work.

  • The ram breaks and an attempt to fix it shoots the ram into the water


EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Coastguard boarding on the Rollo







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MAJOR SETBACKS
VICTORIES
  • On the Northwestern the crane line gets sucked up and is broken. They must fabricate a guard so this does not happen again.
  • The Cornelia Marie has to return to port due to a shattered piston in one of their main engines.
  • The Rollo pulls up an entire string of females and must dump them all back.
  • The GPS goes down on the Rollo.


    • The Time Bandit offloads their first 30,000 lbs. of crab and then head out through St. Paul Island's white water.

    • The Cornelia Marie offloads their first 65,174 lbs. of crab.


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