Tonight's episode of "Deadliest Catch" was titled “Darwin’s Law.” As the episode opens, Sig states, the longer he has been at this job, the more he fears the ocean. As the captains know that time is not on their side, they must soldier on through one storm after another.
The looming price deadline is quickly upon them, and the sea is not giving up her bounty of king crabs to anyone without a fight. Johnathan states in the midst of the storm, that Darwin’s Law works on the water as it does on land. Then he realizes that it is Murphy’s Law that states if something can go wrong; it will go wrong. Darwin’s law refers to natural selection.
As the first storm passes, another follows right behind. However, the captains must keep their crews working despite the conditions. As the first pot of the new string comes over the rail, Sig and his crew are thrilled that 54 crabs are put in the tanks, and back in the water, the pots go for a refill.
On the Cape Caution, Captain Bill is thrilled that in spite of the storm, he has no mechanical or crew problems. But Kelly, the greenhorn is lagging behind. Just when they thought, he was coming around, he is falling down on the job again. As the first pot of the first string comes over the rail, it has crabs, but only 21 crabs, but they will take what they can get in this weather. The crew is working hard; all but one. As Zach, the deck boss calls him to task, the greenhorn mouths off at him, something that does not sit well with Wild Bill. When he calls Kelly to the wheelhouse, he tells Bill how disgusted he is for getting cussed and yelled at. Bill shows no mercy, and reminds him that he told them he was a badass, now on the Bering Sea; he is not pulling his weight, and Bill tells him to shut up and take it. It sounds like a scene from “Snakes on a Plane” as Bill tells him, in no uncertain terms, to get back on the blankety-blank deck and do his blankety-blank job.
On the Wizard, and not in the storm, Captain Keith tells his men that he needs 45,000 more crabs and they are going home. So he tells them to stay safe, watch out for each other and get home quickly and safely. If they can accomplish this task, they will cap their fastest king crab season ever. The first pot, does not come over the rail, but something is tangled on something below. As the captain directs his crew, he warns them to be careful, if the line snaps, it could easily tear someone’s arm off, or worse. Nevertheless, after the struggle is over, the pot is lost; but nobody got hurt. The next pot has loads of crabs and some riders. The next pots are full too, and smiles abound on all aboard.
On the Saga, Elliott is having low numbers and in the midst of the storm. The pots come up with single digits, and the crabs are sparse as the pots get stacked again. The crew gets tossed across the deck, and happy faces are not to be seen. Suddenly, the steering on the boat is non-existent as warning alarms sound. Elliott calls for his father to come to the engine room and for Jeff to come to the wheelhouse to drive. There is a hole in the return line for the hydros, leaving the boat without a rudder in 20-foot seas. As Elliott scrambles for spare parts, he is pretty sure he has a solution, as he finds a coupling sleeve. First, he must cut out the bad part of the line and thread both ends and hope it works. Fortunately, his father taught him well as he made the connection and the ship’s rudder currently is working. Now if the crabs only jumped in the pots, all his problems will be solved.
On the Cape Caution, as the numbers are heating up, Bill sends the pots back over the rail. Only one problem, if the lines do not go over fast enough, the line can get caught in the propeller, or the boat will run over the buoy bags and the pot will be lost forever. Murphy’s law strikes again, and this time a $1,000 pot is lost, because Kelly took too long to throw the line. As Bill called him every name in the book over the loudspeaker, emasculating him once again.
On the Northwestern, the crew is dragging, with only three hours sleep and a 30-hour shift, they look like the waking dead. As a fish is among the catch in the pot, Matt gives him a reprieve and tells him to live for another day and go make babies as he throws him back to the sea. With five miles to go to the next string, Edgar and Norman take time for some brotherly bonding as they take out their shotguns. Whoever loses has to eat what came up on the sorting table. Sig warns them not to hurt anyone, after being up for a day and a half, they are now playing with guns! Norm is kicking his little brother’s butt, but Edgar keeps going and finally loses 3-0. Something disgusting on the table looks like nuts, as Edgar eats one, Matt is gagging, and Edgar spits something out that looks disgusting. Now he just hopes he can get the taste out of his mouth. Gross! But so far, the Northwestern leads with 157,500 pounds of crabs caught, with the Wizard right behind with 132,000. As the guys decide to have some fun, Jake Anderson hides in a cooler, while his uncle Nick Mavar is doing the bait. As he opens the top, Jake jumps out and scares the crap out of him.
On the Wizard, they are just about ready to cap off their king crab season, as they are pulling the last string; but two crabs will not cut it. The subsequent pots are filled with crabs, so the first one was a fake out. The happy dance worked, and the crew starts dreaming about home. The last one has 106 crabs, and they are done for the season of red crabs as each crewman pockets a $35,000 paycheck for ten days work on this episode of “Deadliest Catch.”