Captain Phil Harris suffered a stroke on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 11, which aired on Discovery Channel Tuesday. He had earlier discovered his son Jake was a drug addict in the last show. Season 6, Episode 11 of Deadliest Catch also saw another fisherman deal with the reality of his father missing. This specific show really “put the hook” into viewers because of the subject matter.
Jake Anderson Deals with His Father Missing on Season 6, Episode 11 of Deadliest Catch
On the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen is holding back information for the time being. Jake Anderson’s father is missing. His truck was found on a logging road, but Anderson is being kept from the full knowledge even though the grapevine is buzzing with the news. Sig consults with Nick, Jake’s uncle, about when to reveal the troubling information. Finally, Hansen decides to let Anderson call home to find out the latest – that his father is still missing. Jake wants to get back home.
The Time Bandit that’s skippered by Captain Andy Hillstrand is still dealing with ice, but during the night some great numbers from the pots are lifted, which fill the tanks on Season 6, Episode 11 of Deadliest Catch. Captain Jonathan decides to take a break from the fishing after they get back to shore. The brothers think about their futures – who’ll pilot the boat. Scottie didn’t want to be a part of this, as was shown two years earlier, but he’s in the thick of it now, at least as a deckhand. Andy doesn’t want Scottie running the boat though, he’d rather have a “son-successor” like Mike Fourtner. Deckhand J.J., while a good worker (in his 50s), is wearing down, and skipper Andy uses the “Old Yeller” analogy to describe his state. At Dutch Harbor, 170,000 pounds of crab are offloaded while Captain Johnathan leaves to fish for marlin. The brothers decide to give Fourtner a chance at skippering.
Captain Phil Harris Suffers a Stroke on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 11 on Discovery Channel
On the Wizard, Captain Keith Colburn is also dealing with bad weather and low Opilio crab counts. He tosses 100 pots into waters not tested before, and he deals with the stress via chewing tobacco. But he calls his daughter, who admonishes the skipper to choose healthier alternatives like chewing gum on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 11. 15-plus hours of good crab counts finally fill the boat.
On the Cornelia Marie, Captain Phil Harris had discovered in Episode 10 that his son Jake was a drug addict. The initial reaction afterwards is replayed at the beginning of this show, and what’s added in this show is the father telling the son to go to treatment, and the son agrees. They make up, but dad is feeling bad, and he sets sail to St. Paul, cutting short the trip. The captain is shaking badly reliving and reflecting on his painful discovery about Jake’s addiction. He’s feels guilty over the way things have transpired. At St. Paul, while the crew is offloading Opilio crab, the Harris’s reminisce over old photos. Soon after, Captain Harris goes to his room, and is discovered by engineer Steve face down and not responsive. Emergency crews arrive, and he is talking, but can’t move part of his body. As Season 6, Episode 11 of Deadliest Catch ends, Josh is riding in the ambulance with dad.
No crab counts were given on this show. For those of you who need Deadliest Catch recaps, you can read about Season 6, Episode 1 here; 2 here; 3 here; 4 here; 5 here ; 6 here; 7 here; 8 here; 9 here; 10 here.
“Blown Off Course”, Deadliest Catch, June 22, 2010, Discovery Channel