And there it went. The season finale was, as it had to be, more of a post-script than an actual ending. I think most would agree that the climax of the season was Phil’s illness and passing, and it shadowed everything that came after.
Edgar and Sig had a heart-to-heart, or at least as much of a heart-to-heart as the Hansen brothers can reasonably expect to have. Edgar wants out, Sig has little sympathy. What was most interesting were the hints at past problems between the two, with Sig blurting out that “it goes both ways… there were times where I stuck through the hard times that were caused by you…”, to which Edgar clearly had no comeback. I guess we’re to assume these hard times were caused by Edgar’s “non-sobriety issues”. Will Edgar actually quit fishing? Or is Sig right, that this conversation happens every year, and every season Edgar is back at the docks, raring to go back to sea?
The Time Bandit boys can’t seem to decide what the heck they want to do in terms of the new captain. Mike seemed like the chosen one for a while, but Andy took him down a few pegs almost straight away. My guess is that the Hilstrands aren’t ready to give the boat to anyone just yet, and their rejection of Mike was probably based more on their discomfort with the general idea of giving up control, and maybe not so much with the specifics relating to Mike’s “anger issues”. And really, WTF? Mike Fourtner seems like one of the most mellow guys out there. I don’t see any anger issues.
The Wizard, as usual, kicks ass and brings in the crab. What was it, $52k per deckhand this season? Not bad for a few weeks of work. Apart from Keith sort of making up for having his deckhand repeat that absolutely retarded “This is the most important pot I’ll ever stack” speech by allowing him to throw (and miss) the final shot, nothing much interesting was going on here.
Wild Bill and the Kodiak finally caught some crab. Good for them.
And the Cornelia Marie had the longest opie season in history - from January through April - but they got it done. Josh made it back on-board to see the season through to the end, and we got to see Phil’s stateroom, eerily more or less just as he left it. Jake is in Palm Springs, back in rehab. Josh says he may not be in the fishing industry forever, but for now, it’s what he does, and he’s going to continue doing it. We’ll see if his father’s death spurs him on to take over the captain’s chair over the next few years.
And that, my friends, was Season Six. It was one hell of a ride. What did you think?