Original air date: April 12, 2011
The episode opens with footage of the crews holding an informal memorial for Phil Harris before the start of the King crab season. Phil’s ashes are placed in a crab pot and then dropped into the sea (which according to Josh Harris was his fathers’ wish), and the crews set off fireworks (and a few guns) into the air. The Kodiak, the Time Bandit, the Northwestern, the Wizard, and the Cornelia Marie (now under Captain Derrick Ray) are joined this season by two new boats: the Seabrooke (Captain Scott Campbell, Jr.), and the Ramblin’ Rose (Captain Elliot Neese).
The season is barely under way but tensions are already running high. On the Cornelia Marie, still in dock at Dutch Harbor, Jake & ships’ mechanic Steve go on a shopping trip without letting Captain Derrick know. On their return Derrick & Steve get into a shouting match that nearly escalates into a physical confrontation. On the Wizard, Captain Keith listens to a distress call from cargo vessel Ever Unique regarding a crew member with a broken neck. The Coast Guard medivac chopper is dispatched to retrieve him, and despite the size of the massive ship, has a difficult time finding a suitable spot to lower their man. On the Northwestern, it is teased that Edgar Hansen has left the boat, with Sig wondering where his “baby brother ” is. Edgar eventually is seen and begins work for his 23rd season. Meanwhile, Jake runs back and forth between the deck and the kitchen trying to have a meal ready for the crew who are confronted with a potentially work-ending issue with the crane. On the Seabrooke, problems are less serious: an empty coffee pot. While the coffee pot may be empty, they find full crab pots. On the Time Bandit, Captain Johnathan’s tactic of setting on scallop beds does not pay off. On the Wizard, a pot is lost when the line gets caught in the propeller. The rest of the pots come up empty, forcing Captain Keith to rethink his plans. Captain Derrick & Steve have agreed to set their issues aside and focus on fishing, and the Cornelia Marie finally leaves Dutch Harbor. On the Ramblin’ Rose, Captain Elliot is upset when his crew parties all night and leaves a mess for him to clean up. In a meeting in the wheelhouse the other crew members blame Naiuli, and Captain Elliot decides to kick him off the boat.