Deadliest Catch: Captains Sig and Johnathan finally honest about Jake Harris

Huliq readers echo Captain Sig and Captain Johnathan's disappointment in Jake Harris.

The latest season of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch has come to a close.

The Deadliest Catch fleet had a long, icy season this year, with a number of personal difficulties. Elliott, of course, was obsessed with his baby-mama ex-girlfriend; Johnathan was having some excruciating back issues; Jake Anderson was finally able to find some closure—we hope—regarding the death of his father; and, of course, there was Jake Harris.

Fans have rooted for brothers Jake and Josh Harris ever since the death of their father, Phil Harris, legendary captain of the Cornelia Marie. Josh, of course, has really gone forward, working to one day—he says next King crab season—captain his own boat. Younger brother Jake, however, has not fared as well.

Fans have chimed in on Huliq, most wishing Jake all the best. However, most have also been straightforward with their comments about the younger Harris, who admitted to his dad before his death that, yes, he was a drug addict:

  • SR: "Whenever I see Jake Harris, I see a weasel, I see someone who lives off of others efforts. I'm sorry his Dad died, but so many people have tried to help him. I saw this when Phil was still alive, he and his Dad would be in the middle of an argument and he'd say"I love you Dad". I felt then like he was using his Dad's love for him, just as he's trying to use the people around him now. … Jake Harris, I've got no use for, until he cleans up and takes responsibility for himself, I wouldn't want him around."
  • Prof.Booty: "Holy mackerel, did I just watch Deadliest Catch or was I flipping through pics on FacesOfMeth.com? Good luck to Jake Harris."
  • Chad: "During last season when Jake Harris bolted off the boat and headed for the airport I commented on a few boards that I thought he was still using and was blasted for being insensitive to poor little Jake. I was told that he just wanted to get away from the relief captain and that he deserved the benefit of doubt. He's been using drugs as a crutch before his dad had his stroke and has been the whole time. I wish him the best, but until he cleans his act up I don't see a future for him on any boat in the Alaskan fleet. Just my opinion!"

A few did not agree with the majority of Huliq readers, like Sandy, who said:

"I've adored Jake from the first time I saw him on the Cornelia Marie with Josh and Phil. Regardless of whether he's on anything, or acting weird, or has scabs, he's still dealing with the tragic death of his father. I will always support him no matter what boat he's on because he's part of an important history of the show and is my favourite. He's young but he's making the effort, which is more I can say for many who are unemployed and couldn't be bothered looking for a job. At least he's making a go of it."

But, as Chad said he had been “blasted” last season for his criticism of Jake Harris, Sandy was blasted, as well, for coming to Jake’s defense this season:

Miss Dynamite: "No mate, he's not still dealing with the tragic death of his father. He's not dealing at all. Taking drugs and getting high is avoidance and denial, not dealing with grief. All he's doing is postponing it, and once he cleans up he's going to have some pretty sad emotions to deal with."

One anonymous reader added: "And it is people like you Sandy that enable addicts to continue to be the way they are, making excuses, or finding reasons for them to be the way they are!!!!"

Huliq readers have been clear on their opinion of Jake’s addict status. And, although they never came right out and called him an addict, the captains of the Time Bandit and the Northwestern, Captain Johnathan and Captain Sig, were more blunt on the season finale this week than they have been all season:

Captain Johnathan: “So many people want to do so much stuff for him, but he just **** them off. He doesn’t care.”

Captain Sig: “It’s pretty obvious. …We can’t do it for him; he has to do it himself.”

Captain Johnathan: “I love Jake, but he’s got a little ways to go.”

Captain Sig: “A LONG way to go.”

Later, Captain Johnathan said to the camera: “I keep thinking about Jake Harris. I thought he was doing really good; he’s not. I mean, we just went through the worst evil season in my 32 years out at sea. Whatever he’s doing is worse on his body than that was.”

The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu (604 BC – 531 BC) is often quoted as having said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Although there are various opinions on the correct translation of the quote, it seems an appropriate place for Jake Harris to begin.

Good luck, Jake.

Image: Discovery Channel

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Submitted by Phyllis (not verified) on
Jake right now is showing all the signs of a really lost soul.. He just dont know how to deal with Phil's death and loosing a dad at a young age like that is really hard.. And the only one that can help Jake is Jake. But in time he will come to grip with it and go on with this live.. So dont be so hard on him.. Unless you have been where he is.. jake is totally lost without Phil...

Submitted by Karma (not verified) on
He was lost before his dad died. As the article reminds us, he admitted to being an addict to his dad...meaning his dad was still very much alive at the time.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, Phyllis. People need to stop being so hard on him. He's young, he's taking it very hard about the loss of his dad. People grieve different ways. He's young and I pray he gets a grip. Both he and his brother have so much going for them. He's just a little lost right now. I'm not taking up for what he's doing, it breaks my heart to see him down like this

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you seem to be clueless as to the seriousness of these drugs. this is not doing weed booze or cokcaine because hes young and lost. Oxy and meth are lifechanging and the longer you do the harder to quit. i quit oxy after 10 yrs and my brain chemistry is almost normal after a year clean but i have seen people do meth and even after they quit they are forever damaged, just turn into different people. the 2 toughest drugs in the world to beat, bar none...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Jake is not a kid he's 28 give or take, he's an addict and he needs help. Unfortunately Phil must be rolling over in his grave always putting Jake on a pedestal and putting Josh down, no doubt who his favorite was. The meth because by the look of his face its meth or crack is tearing him apart. My heart goes out to Josh because he has to feel helpless. I know people that have lost both there parents by the time they were Jake's age they didnt turn to drugs. Excuses excuses that is what enables. Its time to put your big boy pants on Jake and be a man.

Submitted by Sarah (not verified) on
I lost my Father in very tragic circumstances when I was 25 and I did not turn to drugs. I pray and hope Jake finds his way. He had a very clear problem long before his Father passed away. I have watched this show since the first season and have seen him spiral down so far. Unfortunately for many addicts the only way they decide to get clean is to hit rock bottom. Maybe when Jake sees Josh with a boat without him it will finally hit him. But Jake cannot get clean for anyone but himself. I only wish him the best and hope that he lives to see a life without the haze of drugs.

Submitted by Mary-Anne Swanson (not verified) on
I have lost friends to drug use and seen people loose everything because of drug use(or any substance abuse) Sometimes you have no choice ,after trying your best to help, but to stand back and pray the person can hit that rock bottom without killing themselves. No one can "fix" Jake but Jake we can wish him all the best but its his battle and while so many are focusing on Jake ....what about Josh? He too lost a father and he also carries the burden of his younger siblings illness. Perhaps we can send some warm wishes Joshes way because he is trying to cope without the crutch of drugs and that shows me someone who wants to do well. I wish both brothers all my love and send my prayers to a better future for both.

Submitted by Mary-Anne Swanson (not verified) on
I have lost friends to drug use and seen people loose everything because of drug use(or any substance abuse) Sometimes you have no choice ,after trying your best to help, but to stand back and pray the person can hit that rock bottom without killing themselves. No one can "fix" Jake but Jake we can wish him all the best but its his battle and while so many are focusing on Jake ....what about Josh? He too lost a father and he also carries the burden of his younger siblings illness. Perhaps we can send some warm wishes Joshes way because he is trying to cope without the crutch of drugs and that shows me someone who wants to do well. I wish both brothers all my love and send my prayers to a better future for both.

Submitted by Silvia Weeks (not verified) on
I hope and pray that Jake gets the treatment he needs ,but he first has to admit to himself that he has a problem. He's not there yet. I know that Josh loves his brother, but Josh and the captains may have to show him some tough love,never an easy thing to do...Good luck to you Jake and to Josh as well.

Submitted by Ryann (not verified) on
very true.

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