Deadliest Catch, season 4 Premiere recap: Get ‘Em Back Safe & Striking Out
On a dark and windswept night in the Bering sea, the opening scene of season 4 starts from the perspective of the cozy, warm, and dry wheelhouse of the F/V Wizard. Captain Monte Colburn and his crew are 1200 nautical miles from Dutch Harbor and it’s five days before the October 15th opening of the King crab season. All around the Wizard, foaming whitecaps from high seas glimmer in the night much like the eyes of nocturnal animals that scurry around in the shadows while most of us sleep. Suddenly the bow of the mighty 155′ Wizard slides down a deep watery slope and right ahead, a forty foot dark-green wall of water rises high up above the deck and crashes down, blackening everything instantly. It is bad. It’s another rogue wave and as it dissipates it leaves behind the tell-tale evidence of it’s notorious identity.
(photo courtesy of Discovery)
Chaos insues in the following seconds and abruptly, Lenny Lekanoff–deckhand/engineer–announces in a worried voice that there’s water coming up in his stateroom. There is a rush to tear down panels on the wall and sure enough, behind it, the hull is visibly damaged. Water streams in at a steady rate and poses a threat to the integrity of the F/V Wizard and the lives of it’s crew.
And that is only the first fives minutes of Get ‘Em Back Safe–before the introduction to the show even plays!
It is a mesmorizing premiere, that is for sure! A book titled Omens, Premonitions, and Superstitions could easily be written on the series of events that take place within the first two episodes alone but given that this is just the start of these crabbers’ journey, let’s just say that they (the events) foreshadow a potential season of woes for the fishermen. And for us fans, the writing on the wall is certainly clear that viewing season 4 is going to be a bumpy ride! Keep your imaginary seatbelt fastened my friends…
As the Wizard crew deals with their dilemma, Edgar discovers that the Northwestern’s only prop has issues and it puts Capt. Sig & crew a full day behind the others. Over on the Time Bandit, Capt. Johnathan receives a disturbing call from his mother. She’s had a premonition and it’s not good. Last year at this time, she had a feeling that the Time Bandit crew would save a drowning fisherman, so you can imagine that they’re really listening. This year she feels that something bad is going to happen on this fishing vessel. Rightly so, the guys are now visibly upset. Soon after, the Wizard heads out to sea, Capt. Keith realizes he doesn’t have his lucky Cup O’ Noodles spittoon…No laughing matter to this superstitious group. According to the skipper, he’s used an empty Cup O’ Noodles as his spittoon during crabbing season for many years and the thought of not having it is terribly unsettling to him. Back on the Northwestern, they finally get to their fishing grounds, throw out their first pots, and guess what? Edgar forgets to bite off the head of a herring! But the grand poobah of omens occurs even before the fishing starts. The crews are up in the wheelhouse patiently waiting for this one last thing, this one last necessity prior to leaving port–the traditional blessing of the fleet. It starts and they’re gathered in a circle, listening attentively…Suddenly the transmission is cut off from everyone and they’re left on their own to finish it off! See how bad it is and how things might go?
We won’t even go into the details of how Jake Harris purchases a plasma tv for the Cornelia Marie without telling his dad–Capt Phil, and several days later Josh Harris mentions that his father has downed 56 cans of Red Bull over a 5-day period! And Jake Anderson–former greenhorn turned half-share from the Northwestern–almost misses the boat as its leaving port….
Have you watched the premiere? Catch repeats on April 17th at 10pm eastern, April 18th at 2am eastern, or April 21st at 7pm eastern, and remember, it’s a double episode!