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.
Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab and bairdi crab fishing seasons.
The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show's title derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.
Deadliest Catch premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005, and currently airs in over 200 countries. The first season consisted of ten episodes, with the finale airing on June 14, 2005. Subsequent seasons have aired on the same April to June or July schedule every year since the original 2005 season. The 12th season premiered on March 29, 2016.