'Deadliest Catch' Season 16 Episode 5: Greater the risk, bigger the reward for Cornelia Marie and Seabrooke
Spoilers for 'Deadliest Catch' Season 16 Episode 5 'Double Catch'
The focus shits to Captains Josh Harris and Casey McManus of the Cornelia Marie, Bill Wichrowski for the Summer Bay and Scott Campbell Junior of the Seabrooke as they have their own dangerous adventures in their hunt for the king crabs. The episode has some drama in the form of engine trouble, hydraulics issues and an insubordinate crew member. 'Double Catch' is a journey to unchartered waters.
For Junior, it is about going back to the region left untouched after decades of crabbing. And there's every reason why the place has been left alone despite promising a rich haul of the king crabs. For starters, they are a stark contrast to the regular red ones as they are found deeper in the ocean making it harder to fish them out. Adding to this is the rough currents that pose a threat to the vessel itself.
It has not been a great season for Summer Bay and Bill Wichrowski. As if losing out to on two crew members wasn't enough, he has been suffering from major engine trouble and a pain-in-the-a** crew member in the form of Vasily, their Russian greenhorn. The episode sees them making a haul soon after which the boat goes through some major oil spillage and engine trouble signaling potential danger.
Casey and Josh are on the verge of picking that time where it is about going big or going home. The former then decides to do some spy stuff to track where the Russians have anchored for their hauls. The gamble pays off as they make an extremely rich bounty of crabs. 88 in the first pot, a snag in hydraulics that is followed by 101 crabs in the second. This comes in as a relief for the skippers who have been on a mission and have put in most of their money on upgrading the Cornelia Marie.
Junior had a good day out at sea as well with a plush haul of king crabs— a risk that reaped rewards. The trouble though wasn't far away as he lost one of his pots at sea and they spent ample time recovering it by sending in a rescue pot with hooks to catch hold of the missing pot. At this stage, you can't help but feel sorry for the Summer Bay. Just about everything that could go wrong actually has and it has left them no choice but to make a hasty retreat.
'Double Catch' is the first time we see the Cornelia Marie after the previous episode's focus on the Saga-Bandit and the Northwestern. After that daring attempt to go into Russian territory pays off, they are well and truly back in the race.
Five episodes of 'Deadliest Catch' have not been a disappointment so far and fans would certainly agree. There's plenty of drama in each episode and we can only expect it to get better over the course of the season.
'Deadliest Catch' Season 16 airs Tuesdays 8 pm ET on Discovery.