Deadliest Catch: Season 6
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In the far northern reaches of the planet a rare breed of extreme Fishermen still ply the Bering Sea. Adventure is their call, crab is their prey, and a one hundred million dollar plunder is their reward.. Five skippers and their crews will endure boat killing storms and mind numbing working conditions -risking it all on the hunt for crab. In the end, they will all come to the realization that the most violent storms come from within.
This year, there's a fracture in the Bering Sea brotherhood. Old allies become mortal enemies when fishing turns personal. While some skippers rage against each other - another skipper fights a lone battle to stay alive. The Bering Sea has a way of turning young boys into hardened men. Before this season is through, terrible tragedy will alter two young lives forever. Last season, eight men lost their lives to the Bering Sea. This year, catastrophe strikes at the heart of one of our featured boats
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These are tough men who fish for crab in the worst part of the world - between ice and ice storms, other bad weather, huge squalls, etc. not to mention greenhorn workers who can be a danger to themselves and everyone else on the boats. It's an on the job training - you can't take online courses. Occasionally, it results in death.
This was an agonizing season for me. I cried so many times because I'd come to care about these guys. I have a special place in my heart for the Captains too. They aren't on the deck, pulling in crab pots but you know they did back in the day before earning the Captain's seat. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Sig and then Phil. I felt sorry for Phil's children because they love their father so much yet never had much time with him because he was on his boat or partying. So now they're trying to make up for lost time yet Josh (elder) and Jake can barely stand each other. They know their father has been ill yet they still yell and complain about each other in front of him. I wanted to knock their heads together.
There's a scene between Phil and Jake that broke my heart - Phil was in horrible pain and went to his room to get pain pills. Jake was inside of his father's room, stealing the pills. Phil raged, saying he never wants to see his son again after the ship landed. Jake kept trying to talk and was finally able to whisper in his father's ear, "I'm an addict." That made Phil stop in his tracks. (Me too). You know Phil partially blamed himself for being a heavy partier himself and never being around to help either son. Instead, he offered to help Jake to get into rehab.
The storms seemed to be the co-stars in this season. They were crazy! When things froze and then a warmer day or two occurred, guess what happens to those huge chunks of ice 20-80+ lbs? They come down hard! A 60 lb piece fell 25 feet and hit someone. Several times, a deckhand barely saved his life by moving to the left or right, to continue working when a huge ice piece would fall right where they had just been..
The other segments were well done, but make for tension waiting to find out about Phil, even though we regrettably know the result of the stroke. Jake of the Northwestern continues to have difficult bumps in the road, Mike of the Time Bandit continues to prove himself and the Hillstrand brothers show what it means to be a friend in their rally for Phil and his boys. The reactions to the news through the fleet are vast and intense. We are able to see the love they have for their family that extends across the vessels.
I'm sorry to watch an episode that has so much sadness in it, but feel thankful to the Harris family for being willing to share this the most pivotal moment of their lives. We will always be praying for them and we will alwayd be grateful that they opened their lives to us.