Deadliest Catch Season 4 Episode 1

Get 'Em Back Safe! - All Season 4 episodes

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Original air date: April 15, 2008

On the way to Dutch Harbor from Seattle, Washington, the Wizard had a 6-inch (15 cm) hole torn into the hull after being hit by a 40-foot (12 m) rogue wave. Relief Captain Monte Colburn had a temporary patch put in place until the Wizard could be returned to a shipyard for permanent repairs. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand’s son Scott joined the crew of the Time Bandit. In addition to their usual load of supplies and fishing pots, the crew of the Time Bandit loaded a rusted old truck as a practical joke for Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie. Before the vessels departed for the start of the season, the captains met at the local watering hole to discuss the upcoming season and the Wizard’s close call on the trip to Dutch Harbor. For this season’s bet between the captains, whomever hauls in the highest average on a designated 25 pot string will win that week’s wager of $100 per captain. On the Wizard, Captain Keith Colburn decided to take on two greenhorns, Jason Moilanen and Lynn Guitard, instead of the usual one, as well as re-hiring last season’s resilient greenhorn Crosby LeVeen, who is quick to express appreciation for no longer being the greenest hand on deck. On board the Northwestern, Edgar Hansen oversaw repairs on a bent propeller shaft and bad bearings while the remaining crew members—Norman Hansen, Nick Mavar, Matt Bradley, and returning greenhorn Jake Anderson—stack pots and load gear, but the tension about losing precious fishing time to needed repairs causes the normally friendly group to snap at each other. In a repeat from his antics from the 2006 King crab season, Captain Phil’s son Jake went on an unauthorized spending spree with Captain Phil’s credit card and buys a flat screen TV, which does not go over well with Captain Phil. With five hours to go before the start of the season, the Hillstrands made the traditional call to their mother, but she tells them that she had a premonition that tragedy would strike the Time Bandit this season. The truck aboard the Time Bandit caused delays in setting their first pots of the seasons. Captain Keith Colburn being unable to follow his superstition about not having an empty Cup Noodles container to use as a spittoon delayed their start of the season. The repairs to the Northwestern prompted Captain Sig Hansen to dig into his archives and try a different strategy and fish further south than the rest of the fleet, but just as the boat is ready to push off from the dock and head out to sea, Captain Sig realizes Jake Anderson is missing. Sig decides to give the young deckhand “two more minutes” to return before heading out without him. Jake, whose goal this season is to become a full-share deckhand, races to the docks only to find the Northwestern has already started to pull away; however, Captain Sig spots him on the docks and maneuvers back to pick up his wayward deckhand (Captain Sig: “You’re lucky I can still back up to get you—where were you?” Jake: “Making a phone call…to a girl.” Captain Sig: “That was almost a real expensive piece of {expletive}!”). The Cornelia Marie’s prospect strings come up nearly empty even though they were placed in normally reliable fishing grounds, leaving an already nervous and overstressed Captain Phil now reeling from the loss of his “honey hole”.

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