It’s the fourth week of the new season and the seas are still in charge. It’s been three weeks since the Jake swap and now it’s time for them to return to their assigned crews. The feat must be made by sea, so Jake Harris gets into his survival suit on the Northwestern and prepares for his journey to the Cornelia Marie. Fortunately, the seas let up and he goes down on the picking hook tethered to a buoy so that his crew can haul him in like a crab pot. All goes well and he arrives safely, then it’s Jake Anderson’s turn to do the same to complete the swap. As luck would have it; the sea does not cooperate as it did for Jake Harris and Jake Anderson gets pulled under by the rough sea and cannot be seen for what seems like an eternity. The problem with such a dangerous swap is if either person gets pulled under the boat they can be caught under the boat and sucked into the propellers. The boat is constantly moving making this a treacherous task for all involved especially the two Jakes. But as the sea gods would have it; they both arrive safely and are welcomed with open arms by their crews.
Before his departure, Captain Phil tells Jake Anderson that he would hire him anytime and that he did a great job. When both Jakes are safe on their respective boats, Sig tells Phil that he has a good kid there and Phil told him that Jake sure loved the Northwestern crew.
On the Time Bandit, it is a sad time for Scotty Hillstrand. He is going through a divorce and is wondering what will happen in court and how much he will see his little boy. So his dad, Johnathan gives him a shot at driving the boat to help cheer him up. He lets him run seven cod pots and Johnathan stands watch with a loaded shotgun. Deckhand Mike Fourtner decides to put on a show and appears at the rail in his underwear, but it looks like the joke is on him because there is a big hole in his drawers. A few minutes later the wheelhouse sets off a seal bomb to top off the show and Scotty finishes his task with flying colors and returns to the rail.
On the Kodiak, Captain Bill is under the gun because he has to be at the processor in twelve hours and cannot miss the date. Although the fishing is bad on the Kodiak, deckhand Russell Newberry is doing his best to keep the rest of the crew’s morale as high as can be; after all he is happy to have a job on any boat. The deck boss Adam is being a real crank and pulling morale down. Captain Bill is not happy with him and suddenly he is hit with a twenty pound picking hook right in the face. Bering Sea karma is what it is called, so now the pain has kept him quiet while the fishing gets a bit better and Bill starts heading to the processor.
On the Time Bandit a leak sets off the alarms. It seems that a fifty pound bag of onions got loose and rolled around the boat and clogged the bilge pump causing a flood. Thank goodness for the alarms, because all hands were on deck taking care of the situation.
The Kodiak makes it to the processor and the disappointment is apparent when two brailers are full of dead crabs. Captain Bill has to make an executive decision and before returning out for the next catch, he lets Russell Newberry go because he just can’t afford to pay a sixth man so Russell is let go from the third boat.
On the Wizard, they are on the crab and the boat is full, but Keith is full of remorse and wants to patch things up with Johnathan, but Johnathan has been bitten by the dog too many times and will not pet that dog again. He lets Keith know they are not and will not be friends. Keith tells him that they might need each other sometime in the future and Johnathan lets him know that he will not let anyone die, but that is the end of the friendship. Johnathan also said that everyone on his boat feels the same way about Keith and he stressed that the people on Keith’s boat also feel the same.