Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 14, aired on Discovery Channel, Captain Phil Harris’ last show. This gripping episode even had a “Viewer Discretion Advised” warning before any footage aired because of the tear-jerking and gut-wrenching subject matter. What appeared to be an amazing recovery by the veteran skipper takes a tragic turn on Season 6, Episode 14 of Deadliest Catch. Meanwhile, the other boats are struggling to make it through another Opilio crab season.
Captain Phil Harris’ Recovery Takes A Tragic Turn on Season 6, Episode 14 of Deadliest Catch
The show begins eerily with Captain Johnathan Hillstrand calling the others saying that Captain Harris is doing better than expected, and could get out of the hospital sooner than later. The program flashes back to Episode 13 where brothers Jake and Josh Harris have a serious argument over Jake’s getting “messed up.” Captain Hillstrand tells Josh that he has to take care of dad, and not to worry about Jake. Later, the doctors talk with Captain Harris about transporting him to Seattle for rehab, hoping for more of a miraculous recovery.
Jake calls a substance abuse rehab center to ask for admittance, and tells his father that he’s getting help. Nonetheless, it means that he has to leave. Dad tells son that he’s proud of him. Josh drops Jake off at the airport, and they say goodbye by hugging on Season 6, Episode 14 of Deadliest Catch. Josh spends time with Captain Phil Harris, who tells his son that he should’ve been a better father, but the son rebuffs that comment, telling him how good a father he’s been, bringing Josh to tears.
As Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 14 nears conclusion, Josh visits with his father again, and leaves. In his pick up, Josh is called back to the hospital because the captain’s condition has taken a sudden turn for the worse. The show ends with the doctor telling the Josh that he’s worked on the captain for an hour without avail as previous show flashbacks air. Then Josh calls Jake and says, “Jake, I don’t know how to tell you this Jake, but…we lost dad, dude.”
Troubles Abound on the Other Boats on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 14 on Discovery Channel
The Time Bandit, skippered by Andy Hillstrand, is having troubles. Mike Fourtner had a chance to captain the ship, but now Andy’s nephew Scott is unhappy. Despite five days of good weather, Fourtner is having trouble throwing the hooks, which gets him picked on by the other crew members on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 14. Scott doesn’t do much better throwing the hooks, and the skipper laments having a bad crew. The pots he dropped off earlier aren’t yielding good, and the deckhands call Hillstrand a “loser.” As the seas get meaner, the ship is slammed with mega waves.
On the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen is bracing for that “the storm of the season”, with hurricane force winds, even though he has 170,000 pounds of Opilio crab to catch. He talks about dealing with so much stress this season, which is affecting the crew badly. Edgar talks about his “hate-love-hate” feelings about fishing, and is ready to quit. So Jake Anderson gets some training on the hydros, and his efforts please the engineer, who marks some stripes on Anderson’s jacket. As they hit the leading edge of the storm, the crew has been working 19 straight hours.
On the Kodiak, Captain “Wild Bill” Wichrowski is seeing some low numbers since the crew’s shoddy gear work seen in the previous show. Deckhand Clint is still causing trouble on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 14, trying to undermine the crew’s work The skipper makes a call to land, looking for a replacement. At Dutch Harbor, while unloading 210,000 pounds of Opilio crab, a stranger comes on board named Randy, who’s looking for a job. The crew doesn’t know anyone’s being replaced until hours later after Clint is called up to the deck to get his walking papers on Deadliest Catch.
After the show, a one hour special of remembrances and tributes on behalf of Captain Phil Harris aired on After the Catch.
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; 11 here. 12 here; 13 here
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