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.
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