Original air date: May 17, 2011
Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard catches deckhand Lynn Guitard asleep during the wheel watch. The next day, Lynn apologizes, but Keith tells him that he may never do another wheel watch again, but if he does and falls asleep again, he will be fired immediately. When the Wizard finally offloads after a 15-day trip, Captain Keith sees more dead loss that he would have liked. On the Time Bandit, Captain Johnathan Hillstrand shuts down the deck after heavy seas knock deckhand Mike Fourtner off his feet. Captain Johnathan is worries that the crab bio mass might move while the deck is shut down, but the fears prove unfounded when good numbers are pulled in once the weather clears. On board the Kodiak, Deck Boss Adam McCalden’s constant belittling of the crew about working slowly forces Captain Bill Wichrowski to order him off deck. With deckhand Jack Jolibois still down with a back injury, the boat has to work with a three man deck. After offloading 16,000 pounds (7,300 kg) of blue king crab, the Harris brothers tell Captain Derrick Ray that if the Cornelia Marie does not have good numbers with the town soak string that the boat needs to abandon blue king crab fishing and go red king crab fishing. When the string pulls up blanks, the boat heads off to the red crab grounds. However, on the way, the crew decides that they can no longer work under Captain Derrick they decide to end their king crab season. The Seabrooke’s big push before heading to offload is made harder when the greenhorn does not come back on deck after quitting. After offloading 50,000 pounds (23,000 kg) of blue king crab worth $250,000, the boat gets a new greenhorn, Josh “Stroker” Graves, as the previous greenhorn departs. The new greenhorn gets off to an inauspicious start when he becomes seasick a few hours after the boat gets underway.