Where Does The Cornelia Marie Go From Here?
May 25, 2011Comments are closed.
The Cornelia Marie has seen it’s share of troubles and this season is no different. Just last season, Captain Phil Harris passed away, leaving his two sons Jake and Josh struggling to find ways to keep keep their crew fishing and making money on the Cornelia Marie. This season, the crew aboard the Cornelia Marie have even more troubles now that a new captain has taken over.
On last night’s episode of Deadliest Catch, aptly called “Thick as Thieves,” Captain Derrick Ray goes on the hunt for drugs he is convinced Jake Harris is doing aboard the boat. Derrick goes into the engine room and after some searching, was able to find what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette and some air freshener. The angry Captain woke up the crew and proceeded to harass each and every one of them. Jake told Derrick that the dope wasn’t his, but Derrick didn’t believe him and even said he was “gonna go CSI on your ass!” and have the drugs fingerprinted. Frustrated by Captain Derrick’s aggressive attitude, the crew snapped and told the Captain they’re done.
That didn’t go over well.
Captain Derrick made the decision to call the cops and ask them to meet him at the dock when the boat arrived in port. As the boat rolled up to the dock, Jake hoped off and walked right past the waiting police officer. The officer met up with Captain Derrick who informed the officer that he believed Jake Harris was doing drugs on the boat (even though Jake passed two drug tests) and asked the officer to go after him. But, Jake was nowhere in sight.
As soon as Jake jumped off the boat, he headed for a diner, called for a cab, and headed straight to the airport. The officer eventually caught up with Jake at the airport and searched him, but found nothing suspicious on his body. When the officer asked Jake if he’d be willing to take a drug test, he said no. Jake told the officer he already passed two drug tests and felt Captain Derrick was harassing him. So, the officer let Jake go and returned to the boat where Captain Derrick was waiting.
As you can imagine, the crew of the Cornelia Marie was not happy with Captain Derrick’s decision to go after Jake, but they haven’t been happy with how he treated the crew all season long. So, they all quit. With no crew, fishing season for the Cornelia Marie is over – for now.
Jake and Josh want to learn how to run the Cornelia Marie, a boat they co-own, but they need someone to teach them. They hoped Derrick Ray would provide them with guidance they so desperately needed and didn’t have time to get from their father before he passed away. But, that didn’t happen and now the boys and their crew are stuck.
The Cornelia Marie is a huge part of the Discovery Channel family and fans of Deadliest Catch want to see Jake, Josh, and the rest of the crew succeed and return for another season, but something has to give. The boat needs a new captain, someone who can teach Jake and Josh, offer support, and help these guys transition from life with Captain Phil to life without him.
We have a suggestion: The Hillstrands.
If you’re a fan of the show, you already know the Hillstrand brothers, Andy and Jonathan, run a fishing vessel called the Time Bandit. They are incredibly successful, but most importantly, they are incredibly close with Jake and Josh Harris. If you recall from last season, Captain Jonathan was with the boys when their father passed away. It was heart-wrenching. It showed a closeness between the fishermen that fans had never seen before. As Captain Jonathan sat in the hospital with Jake and Josh, his brother Andy ran the Time Bandit. So, why not have Jonathan go onto the Cornelia Marie, teach the boys what they need to know, and pump new life onto the troubled boat?
It may not be a permanent fix, but it’s a fix nonetheless. Jake and Josh can run the boat, they just can’t run it yet. Maybe, with a little more training from the right person, they will finally be able live up to their father’s legacy and make new ones of their own.
As a fan of the show, I need to mention that I began watching Deadliest Catch because of Captain Phil and I continue to watch the show because of his sons. I believe watching Jake and Josh learn how to cope with the loss of their father has, in turn, helped fans cope with their loss too. Jake and Josh returned to the show with strength and poise that would have made their father proud. I hope to see the boys return again, and again, and again on future episodes of Deadliest Catch.
UPDATE 1 (5/26/11):
Entertainment Weekly has published an article about the feud between Derrick Ray and the Harris brothers. In the article, Derrick claims that Josh told him, “We’re not here to catch crab, we’re here to make TV and when we’ve made enough TV, we’re going home.” That sounds a little far fetched, but then again so are Derrick’s allegations that Jake used fake urine for his drug tests. Speaking of drugs, Entertainment Weekly says that “the cop (at the dock) was given permission to search Jake’s quarters on the Cornelia Marie and came up empty-handed.”
Jake wasn’t available for comment, but his brother Josh had the following to say on his behalf:
“I think he just didn’t want to deal with the hostility. I mean the guy was constantly attacking us. Jake’s not quite as strong as me. I don’t mind people attacking me verbally. You can only deal with somebody for so long when you’re in close quarters and they’re not willing to listen to anything. You kinda gotta just get out of the situation before it escalates into a worse deal.”
Josh also addressed how he feels about Derrick as a captain and as a “friend”:
“He claimed to be my dad’s friend and was supposed to teach us how to fish — teach us the right way, the wrong way, pick up where my dad left off. Instead, he’s out there bashing my dad and telling us how he did such a great injustice to us and we don’t know anything. In reality though, his numbers were off on fuel and he didn’t catch us crab. I think he’s bitter because he couldn’t do his job, so he’s just tryin’ to come up with any excuse in the book to try to push blame off on to somebody else,” Josh says. ”And as for this, we’re goin out and we’re just gonna be TV stars bulls—, that’s a guy that’s just trying to take any stab at us that he can. Obviously we’re out there to work. If we were out there to make a TV show, then I suppose we would have kept going and let the charade f—ing continue. We were trying to make money and keep the boat going. We’re not made of money. And unfortunately, he couldn’t find the crab. He wasn’t as good as he thought he was. He’s a legend in his own mind, in my opinion. We s—canned the guy, and so he’s still pissed off. He didn’t put on his big boy pants, like he always told me. I’ve seen a lot of excuses come out of a lot people, but he still won’t admit that he’s the one who couldn’t just catch the crab. Had we caught crab, things probably would have been different.”
As for what will happen on the Cornelia Marie in the future, there is still some hope. Jake and Josh will start captain’s school in June and hopefully they will be able to take over the boat themselves.
“I think the CM fans will be very pleased with the situation. Good things will happen,” Josh laughs. “The boat is still floating. We’re upright and breathing. And I still got all my fingers and toes, so everything’s going pretty good.”
UPDATE 2 (5/28/2011):
Captain Jonathan Hillstrand responded to questions about the possibility of captaining the Cornelia Marie. According to Jonathan, he actually offered to captain the Cornelia Marie, but was turned down. Apparently, Cornelia Marie Devlin, the majority owner of the Cornelia Marie, chose Derrick Ray – who was also Captain Phil Harris”s choice.
Phil requested Derrick Ray cover for him captaining the CM. Cornelia and the boys stayed with Derrick, because he was Phil’s choice.
I offered to help Captain the CM during Opies 2011, but Cornelia (who owns most of the boat) hired someone she was more comfortable with.I will always be here to help Josh & Josh.
What do you think?
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