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'Deadliest Catch': Capt. Keith Colburn fights storms and a cameraman

On tonight's (Tuesday, July19) episode of Discovery's "Deadliest Catch," Capt. Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard blows his cool in dealing with a camera operator. In retrospect, he's upset at himself for that -- more or less."There's a composure that needs to be maintained as a captain," Colburn tells Zap2it. "I was thoroughly and utterly embarrassed at losing my composure."But, at the same time, you know what, I'm not. I'm not even close to being embarrassed. I am beside myself because, you know, I've had some of the best camera people on the planet on my boat. I mean, I can rattle off ten names, and they're amazing, amazing camera people."This year, I drew a complete kid knucklehead. You know what, arrogance and ignorance are a very bad combination for anybody in the Bering Sea."As captain of a crab-fishing vessel in frigid, dangerous Alaskan waters, Colburn is tasked both with bringing in the crab and... //

‘Deadliest Catch’ Season Seven Premiere: TV Recap

By now, audiences know not to expect any sugarcoating or hand-holding from the "Deadliest Catch" crew. But during last night’spremiere of season seven ,  producers chose to kick things off gently with a burial service for Captain Phil Harris, who died of a stroke last season. All seven boats, two of them new additions to the fleet, gathered in a circle and in a memorial worthy of Scyld Scefing , sent his ashes out to sea, following with fireworks and pistol shots. It made for a compelling four minutes of television, especially given how easy it is to be distracted by the bloody injuries, shouting matches and rollicking storms from which the show has made its name. The set-up for this season is made clear from the outset: seasoned old-timers pitted against youthful rookies. The two new boats are captained by Elliot Neese, the 28-year-old baby-faced skipper of the Ramblin’ Rose, and Scott "Junior" Campbell, the 36-year-old head of the Seabrooke. Read More... //

'Deadliest Catch' season finale Recap: A happy ending

The 2010 Opi season is over. We, the viewers, share the crews overriding sentiment: Thank god. I wouldn't trade the experience of watching these final episodes for anything (unless it meant the event that set them in motion, Phil's stroke, wouldn't have happened), but it's been a workout. I thought I'd finally made it through an hour without tearing up, but the final shot got me: Seagulls, which are said to be the images of sailors gone, chillin on the Cornelia Marie. Initially, part of me wished it had just been one seagull, but then I realized Phil would, of course, be surrounded by friends, and it became comforting. Especially with Josh in the wheelhouse. (Anyone else's stomach sink when the camera jerked to the left earlier in the episode as Josh worked on deck to reveal the relief skipper in Phil's window above him? If that got to us - as did seeing Josh standing in Phil's room onboard - just imagine what it was like for him.) To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Deadliest Catch' Recap: Even the behind-the-scenes episode was a tearjerker

Foolishly, I thought the toughest episodes of Deadliest Catch were behind us, but watching last night's behind-the-scenes look at the filming of season 6, I actually beat my sofa with a pillow and shouted, [Creative expletive that it's a shame I can't share] I. Cannot. Take it. I Cannot. Take it. - on two separate occasions. The first: When we actually saw Capt. Phil Harris write the note to Todd Stanley, the cameraman assigned to the Cornelia Marie, that said, Got to have the ending to the story. (In a voiceover at the end of the hour, Stanley admitted that he'd assumed Phil meant to film his miraculous recovery from the stroke, but later realized he wanted him to document the end of his life.) The second: When Stanley returned to the Cornelia Marie to grieve with the crew and absolutely sobbed as he told deckhand Freddie that just that morning, Phil had told him to tell Freddie that he loved him. To Read More Click Here .

'Deadliest Catch' recap: Phil's passing confuses the captains, and the sea Season 6, Episode 15

The Bering Sea has always been a character on Deadliest Catch, but last night’s episode took it to another level as we watched it work through the five stages of grief. Unaware of Phil Harris’ final fight, the other captains continued to battle a 1,000 square-mile arctic storm. The Northwestern plowed through 45-ft. waves and 60-mph wind and suddenly looked like a toy in a bathtub. “That’s an angry sea, my friend,” deckhand Nick Mavar, Jr. said. Wind blew in every direction around The Wizard. “We got just this confused sea going on right now,” Capt. Keith said. The sea eventually turned flat calm - three hours after Phil passed. “I just feel weird right now. I don’t feel comfortable,” Andy Hillstrand said in the Time Bandit wheelhouse, where he hadn’t yet received the call from his brother, Johnathan. He looked out at one of his crew atop the cages, the cloud-covered moon shining down on a spookily quiet sea in the background. Forty miles north of the rest of the fleet, Wild Bill and the Kodiak crew worked through -40° weather and a “bizarre” ice fog, a haunting image you wouldn’t believe if you saw it in a movie. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Deadliest Catch' recap: An emotional goodbye to Capt. Phil Harris

In all my years watching reality TV, I don't know that I've ever seen a moment as real and as achingly beautiful as ailing Phil Harris kissing his hand and putting it to his son Josh's face, then Josh leaning down to kiss his father's forehead. That conversation is something that will stick forever with anyone who saw it. You want to know why fans have been sobbing through the episodes leading up to Phil's death - it's because as much as we thought we related to men who do a job that 99.9 percent of us will never do, we knew they were a breed of their own. When Phil's story went from the Bering Sea to a hospital room, it packed the punch of a hero falling, of a comedian who suddenly starts to cry. And all at once, we really could relate to him and his boys - especially his boys. We all have, or will, watch someone we love die. We'll have things we want to say and be afraid to, because we know that saying the words will make us cry, and seeing us as broken as we feel will only bring our loved one more pain and regret. Capt. Phil insisted the cameras keep filming as he recovered from his stroke, because he believed the story needed an ending. I can't imagine how difficult it was for his boys to watch this episode (Josh told EW yesterday that he'd had an advance copy of for five days and hadn't been able to bring himself to play it), but I have to think that having their final heart-to-hearts with their father on-camera will eventually be of comfort to them. They will never need doubt if their memories of those conversations are accurate. Josh will see that he said everything Phil, a man who worried that he hadn't been a good enough father, needed to hear; Jake will be reminded that his father was To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Deadliest Catch' recap: Fight night Season 6, Episode 13

During last night's post-show After the Catch chat, host Mike Rowe set up the clip of Cornelia Maria deckhand Freddie Maughtai telling Josh Harris he should abandon ship and be with his ailing father, Capt. Phil, by calling it one of the six-year-old series most honest moments. Last night's episode added a few more to that list. While Phil recovered from a 12-hour surgery to relieve pressure on his swelling brain, Josh, Jake, and Johnathan Hillstrand were updated on his condition. He could survive the devastating stroke, but it was going to be a long road back. Twenty-eight hours after the surgery, the neurologists told the boys and close friends that Phil had progressed nicely, was breathing on his own with minimal support, and would be able to talk later that day when they took him off the ventilator. “You guys are gonna be in for a treat, Josh told the doctors. And everyone laughed. “So should we keep the tube back in? one of them asked. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Deadliest Catch' Recap: News of Phil's stroke reaches the fleet

Watching these final hours of Deadliest Catch' sixth season will require a weekly gut check. But if last night's episode was any indication, it'll be worth it. For every image that knocks the wind out of you - like the ones of Capt. Phil lying in the ER of the St. Paul Island clinic, then being loaded on a flight to Anchorage so he could start receiving the proper medical treatment he'd been without for at least five hours after his massive stroke - there's one that fills you with so much emotion that you want to tell people who make the blanket statement , I hate reality TV, that they are absolute idiots. Josh Harris, Phil's older son, had to make a decision: Did he follow younger brother Jake to Anchorage to be with their father, or did he stay with the Cornelia Marie, his father's legacy, and make sure it keeps running the way Phil wants it to run? You could tell Samoan deckhand Freddie Maughtai was holding back something (other than tears) when he told Josh to go to Phil. Season every year Crab every year Dad, no, he said, before finally admitting that he lost his father while he was fishing Opi with Phil. Arriving to a dead body was the hardest thing he ever had to do. He didn't want Josh to live with that regret for the rest of his life. I love you, Josh, Freddie said, as he left him alone in Phil's chair to think. I teared up. I was so thankful Freddie was there to give him that advice. Just like I was so happy to see John Hillstrand waiting for Josh at the airport when he arrived that I literally talked to my TV. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Deadliest Catch' recap: The beginning of the end Season 6, Episode 11

We've known this episode was coming ever since we found out that Capt. Phil Harris insisted the cameras keep filming after he suffered a stroke because they needed a great finish to the story, and it's made season 6 - the show's most-watched - exquisitely excruciating. You couldn't have scripted a more moving start to Phil's final days if you tried. We started with a replay of the confrontation Phil and son Jake had in last week's episode after the skipper caught his deckhand stealing some of his prescription pain medicine. Phil said he never wanted to see Jake again after they got home, but once Jake admitted he was an addict, Phil softened. He told Jake it had to end, and Jake agreed because it's ruining his life. Then go to treatment. That's the only f-in thing that's gonna save your ass, Phil said. He asked Jake what he was going to do when he got home, and Jake said go to meetings. I'll go with ya, Phil said. I understand. I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who started sobbing at that point? To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Jake Harris confronted by his father on 'Deadliest Catch': It's only going to get tougher to watch

On last night's episode of Deadliest Catch, an ailing Capt. Phil Harris caught his son Jake, who'd been slacking off on deck, stealing his prescription pain medicine. The confrontation that followed (Phil: I want you out of my life. You're out of my life. You're nothin but a thief. A thief and a liar) was painful to watch. Especially if you knew that in next week's episode, Phil suffers the stroke that eventually took his life. I don't know how we're going to get through the June 22 episode and those airing after it, which will follow Phil's final days since he insisted cameras keep rolling. (At the end of this post: Discovery's detailed description of the rest of the season). But I feel like we owe it to him. We've been with him for six seasons, we can't leave him alone in the end. Not when he wanted a great ending to his story. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now