Monday, July 19, 2010

Deadliest Catch - Capt. Phil

I am finally getting around to watching the last 3 episodes of Deadliest Catch.  I've been putting it off because of the fact that Capt. Phil of the Cornelia Marie is dying in these episodes.  Even though I know that he had passed away long before this TV season even is hard for me to watch.

I have watched the June 31 episode:  I think Freddie gave Josh good advice.  The ship will be there, the crab will be there...his father won't.  It's more important to be with his dad if/when the worst happens.  I'm glad he took Freddie's advice and went to the hospital.

Jake Anderson of the Northwestern probably understands the best what Josh and Jake are going through.  His father, when the episode was filmed, was missing.  His truck had been found but no Dad.  And it looks like his father is still missing according to what I have Googled.

I thought that Capt. Keith was going to cry.  He probably did.  He's a pretty emotional man when it comes to things like that.  Capt. Andy, well, I think that he and his brother are fishing partners with Capt. Phil so he had a hard time.  Capt. Sig - I think after Capt. Andy told him about Capt. Phil, Sig held up a pack of cigarettes to the camera then threw them across the wheelhouse.  Not really sure because what he held in his hand was blurred, probably not to show the manufacturer.

It was very good of Capt. Johnathan to meet Josh at the airport and fill him in on Capt. Phil's condition.  I wonder if he'll stay a while to help out the boys.

You can tell how tight knit the crabbing community is.  When Capt. Sig told his guys, it depressed them instantly.  When Capt. Andy told Mike (possible new capt.), the look on Mike's was almost like he was told something had happened to his dad.  Of course, they've been brought closer together due to the show and the reduction of the crab fleet over the last few years but even without that, I think that everyone knows everyone else.  For example the Capt. of the Kodiac was in Town making a delivery and a barmaid at THE (only) bar told him that she was surprised that one of his deckhands was still on board because of the guy's reputation and knowing the Capt.'s temper/attitude about certain things.  It's that small of a community.

I'm going to go watch the next episode now.

July 7th episode:

Holy smokes the doctors had to take part of his skull off to help the swelling in his brain!  The surgery lasted 12 hours, so obviously they did more than just remove the top of his skull.  But DAMN!  The doctor is not optimistic.  He was blunt with the boys and Capt. Jonathan...most people do NOT survive these strokes.  It's very obvious that Capt. Phil is a bad patient.  He made Jake give him ice chips even though Josh said that the doctors don't want him to have any.  Stubborn man!  You can see that part of his face is not right.  And for the surgery, they shaved his head.  Not the best job, but I'm sure it was good enough for them.

On the Northwestern, Jake Anderson celebrated 6 months of being sober - good for him!  I hope that he continues to be strong.  Edgar doesn't really know what he wants to do - boat or home.  And Capt. Sig thinks Edgar should train someone for his job.  And Capt. Sig is still smoking.

Capt. Keith just got beat up by his 11-year-old daughter over his chewing tobacco habit.  Nothing more righteous than a kid of that age.  I'm sure that Keith is wondering if she is this bad at 11...what is she going to be like at 16, 18 and 21?!

The is a relief captain for the Cornelia Marie.  While it may be hard on the crew, the boat doesn't earn money just sitting at the dock.  It's got to be out there fishing otherwise people don't get paid and it will be harder on their families later on in the year.

It was difficult seeing Capt. Johnathan leave Capt. Phil and begin to cry.  These are strong men.  They, more than likely, were told that men don't cry.  Suck it up.

I want to bitch slap Jake.  His dad is in the hospital, dying and he's getting high because he can't handle people around him dying.  Well boo fucking hoo!  People are dying in hospitals every single day but their loved ones are going out and getting high.

Poor Josh.  He's trying to take care of his dad and deal with his idiot brother.  Capt. Johnathan gave him good advice...Jake is on his own.  YOU (Josh) need to take care of your dad.

When Josh and Jake were arguing in their hotel room about Josh getting high.  I think that if Jake had taken a swing at Josh, Josh would have just beaten the crap out of Jake and it would have taken Capt. Johnathan and the film crew to pull him off Jake.
July 13th episode

They have shown more of the talk Capt. Johnathan had with Josh.  Capt. Johnathan is right.  Fuck Jake.  Josh has to forget about him and take care of himself and his dad.  Jake's on his own.

I don't feel sorry for Jake one bit.  In fact, if he was in front of me right now, I'd want to slap him.

In this episode, Capt. Phil is awake and talking, not well, but he's talking.  In fact, the doctors are please with his progress and have told Josh that they think that he should go to a physical rehab center in Seattle.  I guess there really aren't good places in Alaska for stroke rehab.  Or, it could be the fact that Capt. Phil's home base and family are in Seattle so it may be easier for him to get help there.  The show really doesn't say.  They did show Capt. Phil's head or the side of it where they removed the skull.  It's sunken it and looks weird.  Capt. Phil wanted to know when they would replace it but the doctor said not for a few more days.

Jake has gotten off his ass and has called a rehab center about getting treatment.  We shall see if he actually follows through.  Josh put Jake on a plane to Seattle to go to a treatment center.  Jake did tell his dad that he was going to go get help and Capt. Phil told him that he was proud of him.

Just before Jake told his dad about going for treatment.  Capt. Phil tried to get Jake to give him a cigarette.  I remember a couple seasons ago, when Capt. Phil had the blood clot (which almost killed him then), he went outside wearing the hospital gown and had a cigarette.  Hospital gown and IV pole.  I bet the nurses were plotting ways of beating him over the head.  A co-worker and I agreed at the time that he was a damned old fool!

It was really hard watching Capt. Phil say that he wasn't a good enough father to Josh.  Josh told him that he was the best father that he could ever have.  That Capt. Phil taught him how to be a man.  Obviously a man who was able to cry when he needed to even if he didn't want to do it in front of others.  A man who was not afraid to tell his dad that he loves him.

My co-worker told me that I would need Kleenex for these three episodes...she wasn't kidding.

The fleet is being hit by a huge storm - over 1000 miles large- Matt Bradley aboard the Northwestern said "You don't believe in God...come out here."  Yeah, places where there are NO atheists:  foxholes and crab boats on the Bering Sea.

Josh got a phone call from the doctor telling him that Capt. Phil had another "event" and that he needed to get back to the hospital right away.  It ended with Josh calling Jake and telling him that Capt. Phil had died.

Rest in Peace

Captain Phil Harris

December 19, 1956 to February 9, 2010

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