Deadliest Catch: Jake Harris has legendary sense of entitlement on Northwestern

It seems Jake Harris has little-to-nothing to offer any boat at this point, particularly one of his own.

There is such a huge difference between Jake Harris and Jake Anderson on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, and this week, the differences were more apparent than ever.

Over the years, Jake Anderson has grown from a “young punk kid,” as Edgar said, into a man. He is responsible and an incredible worker, willing to do and wanting to learn. Fans have cheered him through tough times, like his sister’s death and the disappearance of his father and, most recently, felt relief, as well as pain, for him as his father’s body was finally recovered. Through it all, good times and bad, the fans have enjoyed seeing the strength this young man has shown, and have viewed him as an example of what one can accomplish if he is determined and is willing to do what it takes to reach his goals.

Jake Harris, not so much.

Jake Harris, as all fans will know, has battled drug problems since before his father, the legendary Phil Harris, passed away. Unable to run the Cornelia Marie on their own, Jake and his brother Josh took jobs on different boats this season. Josh has stepped up, and has been learning all he can from the Hillstrand brothers on the Time Bandit. Jake, on the other hand, has continued to slack his way through fishing on the Northwestern, much as he did on the Cornelia Marie, and has developed nothing this season but a growing sense of entitlement.

“You know, I’ve got a reputation, I shouldn’t need to be pushed,” Harris told Anderson, who was trying to get through to him how much the Northwestern team wanted to help him. “You guys act like what I’m doing right here is gonna benefit me on a multi-million dollar operation that I’ve—we’ve—got going on over there. No, it ain’t nothing like that.”

Multi-million dollar operation? If they’ve got a multi-million dollar operation in progress, why is he crewing on the Northwestern? And, his slip-up—“I’ve” initially, not “we’ve”—seemed particularly telling: Jake Harris has a sense of personal entitlement that is, to use a term Captain Scott has made a staple of Deadliest Catch episodes, legendary.

It is amazing that Sig and crew are even able to put up with Jake Harris. As revealed on After the Catch, Edgar wanted him off the boat. But, even on After the Catch, when the captains, Jake Anderson, and Josh Harris tried to talk with him, Jake was obviously not taking them seriously. He expects that because he is the son of Phil Harris, he will be given a pass; that is obvious. And, at this point, those around him are still enabling him to think that way. Their words are always encircled with excessive “I love yous,” and never have any real bite to them. When they try to broach the subjects of him not making the cut, not doing the work, slacking on the job, etc., those speaking always seem apologetic to be addressing him in such a manner. It’s no wonder he continues to take advantage of their willingness to help him.

Big Brother Josh Visits

At the end of the episode, when the boats were safely in the harbor, awaiting the clearing of the ice, and the fishermen were at home, a visit from big brother Josh was particularly telling of the road down which Jake Harris is heading. Josh visited him at his home and it seemed pretty obvious that he was not impressed with where his younger brother is at this time. He was watching Jake closely, and he even suggested that maybe Jake wanted to get his own boat. “You gotta remember this, too,” Josh warned a fidgety Jake when he said he only wanted to get a boat with Josh, “We always run a straight boat.”

Captain Johnathan recently warned Josh not to let his brother drag him down; looking at Josh’s face, both as he spoke to his brother at his home, and on After the Catch, it was easy to see that he is taking that warning seriously, and trying to make the hard decision about what he should do to move forward. Will Josh’s future include a captain’s chair? And, will he risk his future by including his entitled brother in his plans?

Stay tuned.

Deadliest Catch airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesdays, 9 p.m. E/P.

UPDATE: Captains Sig and Johnathan finally honest about Jake Harris

Image: Discovery Channel

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Can we vote Jake Harris off the island? This, honestly, is Phil's fault - or whomever raised this guy. You could always see Phil giving in to him and never making him tow the line, measure up or be responsible. Josh is always the responsible one, but Jake was the dad's favorite - you could see it. Jake hasn't earned anything and Josh would be better off keeping as far away as possible, brother or not! Jonathan was so right in what he told Josh, but with family its hard. Jake Anderson has grown up - he has had to and he's done it well. You can see the pain he's carrying around with him and you want to give him the sympathy and compassion he truly deserves, but the other Jake... this writer is right, "Not so much." Fans could see the guys on the Northwestern trying hard to accept him - he's oblivious. This princess is sleeping on the pea and he thinks everyone owes him the King's mattress. Wake up Jake. Learn a little something from Jake Anderson. I'm still for voting him out of the fleet and off the island!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You sir are a complete idiot. For you to bad mouth and blame Phil Harris for his sons addiction, you should be banned from tv and internet for life.

Submitted by DMV (not verified) on
How can I get banned from tv?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You should be locked in a cage for the rest of Ur meaningless life.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You should be locked in a cage for the rest of Ur meaningless life.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i agree. jake being an addict has nothing to do with his father.both of my parents were great and i still became an addict.i smoked crack for 20 yaers .i have been clean now for 10 years' and it made me sick to go to meetings and listen to everybody blame their addiction on there parents or childhood upbringing,grow up take blame for your own actions. i had a bad childhood (boo fuckin hoo)GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by DCfan (not verified) on
You say to look at Josh's face (true and concerned) but look at Jake's sores! Sadly, he appears to have graduated to meth.

Submitted by Andrew (not verified) on
Yup. I work with addicts. My first reaction to him when Josh visited was exactly like yours, although I can't say what he uses. I think everybody is enabling him.Not a good thing, on the long run. A Harris or not, the World does NOT owe him anything.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I would guess its opiates based on his actions and looks he was always taking his dads pain meds so either still on oxy or maybe gradutaed to heroin.... someone needs to get him on suboxone... its still a hard thing to kick but sub is a godsend.... it was the only way i could get through the pian when i stopped after being on pain meds for a long time after a bad accident..... anyway i hope he wakes up and turns his life around.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I would guess its opiates based on his actions and looks he was always taking his dads pain meds so either still on oxy or maybe gradutaed to heroin.... someone needs to get him on suboxone... its still a hard thing to kick but sub is a godsend.... it was the only way i could get through the pian when i stopped after being on pain meds for a long time after a bad accident..... anyway i hope he wakes up and turns his life around.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Suboxone? Give me a break. Suboxone is just as bad and can be abused just as much as other opiates. I was on a 100mcg. Fentanyl patch every 3 days with 20mg Oxycodone for breakthrough for 5 years due to many surgeries. I tapered down on the patches and then quit cold turkey when I got to 12.5 mcg WITHOUT suboxone and I was 53 when I did it. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and the most excruciating thing I have ever experienced, but I did it.. Anyone who says it can't be done without Methadone or Suboxone doesn't want to face actual detox and withdrawal. That alone will make it so you won't ever get back into that grind again. Someone needs to cut the apron strings on Jake and let him sink or swim on his own. It's so obvious he's a junkie and no one wants to confront the 2 ton elephant in the room! I'm a Nurse and a mom of 5.....what Jake needs is so obvious, yet no one wants to give him a reality check!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Get your facts strtaight. Suboxone is non opiate it does not make you high. It is also an opiate blocker so when you are on it and try to take pain meds you cant get high. If you are a nurse you need to get back to school or go back to the Daivs drug guide because you are wrong.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Get your facts strtaight. Suboxone is non opiate it does not make you high. It is also an opiate blocker so when you are on it and try to take pain meds you cant get high. If you are a nurse you need to get back to school or go back to the Daivs drug guide because you are wrong.

Submitted by DMV (not verified) on
Actually, suboxone is an opiate, even if it does not get one high. It does take up opiate receptors which makes it difficult to get high in the sense that opiate users are used to. But the nurse's comment that anybody who uses it is trying to avoid detox and withdrawal is rather inane. Why wouldn't you want to avoid it? From her further comment that going through withdrawal will make junkies not use junk again (utter nonsense), she seems to believe that people who find themselves hooked on opiates deserve to be punished. This is a common enough feeling - and a totally moronic one which makes it very hard for addicts to get treatment. Yes, such things can be abused. So what? These are tools to help people get better. They provide a controlled way for an addict to detox while they repair their lives - or at least find some stability. I am sure that there are those that will never take another opiate after withdrawal, but most addicts just find more drugs.

Submitted by Patrick (not verified) on
suboxone is an opioid, not an opiate. Also, it is only a partial agonist which prevents withdrawal while limiting abuse by not providing the same high levels of euphoria found with full agonist opiates and opioids.

Submitted by DMV (not verified) on
I know that the vernacular has been changed, opiates are natural while opioids are man made, but it is an invidious distinction for this discussion. It also creates the mistaken impression that one is worse than the other in regard to abuse. Kind of like saying you are not drinking liquor because THIS is liqueur. These are games played by people who market drugs.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Suboxone definitely does not have the same potential for abuse. It's a partial agonist rather than a full agonist which greatly limits the amount of euphoria one can get from it. You obviously haven't learned shit in your 53 years. Nobody gives a shit about you quitting cold turkey so please do not discourage people from taking life saving medication as you are obviously not a doctor and are completely ignorant on the subject. To think that you are actually a nurse is horrifying; I hope your stupidity hasn't gotten too many people killed. Please, find another profession before it does.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think suboxone works just fine. I have been on it for 3 years and don't plan on getting off of it anytime soon!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The first time I saw him on after the catch this season his weight loss made me wonder. The sores on his face with that made my first thought go to Meth too! It's just really sad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The first time I saw him on after the catch this season his weight loss made me wonder. The sores on his face with that made my first thought go to Meth too! It's just really sad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
that's exactly what i said when i saw him at the wedding scenes.. he's on meth.. he's definately not sober, and pot doesn't do that to someone's appearance, especially sores.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Jake is not on meth,, he is a opiate addict that is why he is always sleeping and those sores on his face are from being doped up on opiates; num and popping pimples,, but since he is on opiates (heroin an oxy) he can not feel what he's doing to his face..

Submitted by Cadee (not verified) on
Jake said he wanted to be in the wheelhouse, but he has done NOTHING to make himself be qualified in the wheelhouse. I don't know of anyone stupid enough to be on a boat that this kid is in charge of! He needs to grow up, stop feeling sorry for himself, go back to rehab and get straight, something he is not.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I couldn't imaging ANY insurance company backing any boat Jake Harris attempts to run. I can't imagine any invester being a part of Jake's operation. I hope to God Josh thinks twice about being a partner with his brother. Someone is going to get killed out at sea otherwise.

Submitted by BigDawgBeav (not verified) on
I'm thinking Jake H. is back on something. When you saw him at the house he was drinking god knows what from a jar. And as a former addict, should he really be drinking? On After the Catch he looked and sounded completely hammered.

Submitted by DCfan (not verified) on
As a former smoker I can tell you for certain, I never dropped a cigarette from my lips unless I was hammered. I'm surprised this has gone by without comment.

When we were watching that episode, we noticed that immediately, as well; excellent point, thanks for bringing to the table.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Totally agree with u.

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on
Josh needs to worry about himself right now. I have 2 brothers that are alcoholics and drug abusers. There came a point where they were dragging me down with then and I had to make the choice to either go down with then or get out of the situation. Fortunately I chose the right path and got away from them. It sucked at the time, but you have to realize that you can't change someone of they don't want to change. Maybe once Jake hits rock bottom he will decide to do the right thing. If Josh partners with Jake and gets the CM back, Jake will take even longer to figure things out, if he ever does. I also agree that Jake looked strung out on deadliest catch (when josh visited him at home), and when he was on after the catch. Totally looks like he is doing Meth from the gave scabs andhow twitchy he was. Also looked like he didn't give a crap about what people were saying to him. He should never be a captain as peoples lives are in his hands. I wish him the best, but personal experience tells me it isn't likely going to end well.

Submitted by Karma (not verified) on
When Edgar was giving his spiel to Jake the comment was made by Josh that for Josh to get the CM going Jake wasn't going to be allowed to be part of it. The entire scene simply played out as though without coming out and saying it on camera, everyone at the table (minus Mike) KNEW Josh wasn't clean anymore. You don't get a reputation by doing nothing. It's heartbreaking really.

Submitted by neejay (not verified) on
there must be other things going on or mabey he tired of being put on the spot!he isnt stupid and knows what he is doing or he wouldnt be there .he is still young and dealing with his dads death...you dont get over that fast.life is hard and even harder for those brothers being put on the spot like that.we dont know what happens behind the scens or when they are home who are we to judge,i love the show and miss phil luv andy and his brothers i hope the harris bro keep it together ..bless you all..kick some ass and show everyone their wrong...

Submitted by DCfan (not verified) on
neejay - I truly hope that when your parents told you that your dog or cat went to go live on a farm, the day you realized that they were gone, they really are on a farm. As for the rest of the world, sometimes we have to look at what is presented to us and decide what we think based on that. Look at Josh pre-Phil's death. Look at Jake. One stepped up, one stepped down. I don't think any normal person would doubt Jake is hurting. I don't think any normal person can ignore, the self-professed "I'm an addict," or the scenes between Josh (trying to make it through) and Jake (trying to explain why it's okay to be high) and then think, well, Jake is tired. No. Jake is on drugs. Jake is in trouble. The show is edited to make it not as harsh as it really is. As it stands, no boat would allow Jake on the deck. As it stands, Jake is in trouble. As it stands he needs to want help. As it stands, this is not judging, this is observation. Everyone, quote, everyone (think about it, everyone) is not wrong. What Jake can do is prove he can fix himself. As for everyone (me included) it is more likely that, when the band ahead of you is out of step...maybe it's not the band ahead of you, it's you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am an ex drug user. Clean many years now. Jake Harris is still using. Sad but the show's favorable edits do not hide his problem.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I swear he was high on "After the Catch" Tuesday night. Slurring words and just acting, for lack of a better word, high.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Agree that he's being enabled and he's tweaking hard. I feel bad for the poor kid. Jake please get back into rehab. As many times as it takes bro.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Jake was addicted to pain killers before Captain Phil passed but his death coming on the heels of that confrontation between Phil and Jake...Has it occured to anyone that Jake may well be feeling responsible for Phil's collapse shortly after their fight and his subsequent death? If that's the case, it's a horrible burden to carry. Phil loved those boys, good parents love their kids but as the mother of two, I know we can't live their lives or make their decisions for them. Two kids can be raised by the same parents and grow up to be entirely different types of people. No parent is perfect but in the end, whatever baggage we inherit growing up, becomes OURS to deal with when we're old enough to make our own decisions. Phil didn't cause this problem, Jake did. No one can change Jake but Jake, I only pray that he does before we see a headline about his passing from a drug overdose. That would devastate everyone that loves and has tried to be their for him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
He is such a liar and a drug addict. Bounce him.

Submitted by Sandy (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by Miss Dynamite (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Some common sense! As if the guy who MUST be using can be allowed to be in charge of people. Don't blain his Dad or anyone, or his circumstances, all just a petty excuse for a druggy. Get better I hoe, but grow the xxxk up you knxb.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Making an effort to be high. He basically is unemployed. Anyone can make money when they hire you and you don't do squat. He was frickin sleeping while the were all working. People have obviously acted towards him the way you are and he takes advantage of it. He is damn lucky he was Phil's son or he would be a bum on the icing streets rather than a bum on the boat like he is now. I don't pitty anyone that puts themselves in this position. I've never heard anyone say drugs are a good and acceptable way to deal with tough times in life like a death in the family. If that was the case, we would all be f'd up. He is just like those many other pieces of garbage you referred to. He also thinks he has some right to run the CM. He would never get his Captains license to do so. Jake Anderson already acomplished that. I admire Josh. He deserves better from a brother. A brother who hid in the glass pipe while he dealt with his father by himself.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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!!!!

Submitted by SR (not verified) on
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 themiddle 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. Josh Harris is using his time on the Time Bandit to learn, to prepare, I'd hire him in a New York minute. Jake Anderson has grown into quite a man, I'd take him also. Jake Harris, I've got no use for, until he cleans up and takes responsibility for himself, I wouldn't want him around.

Submitted by SR (not verified) on
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 themiddle 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. Josh Harris is using his time on the Time Bandit to learn, to prepare, I'd hire him in a New York minute. Jake Anderson has grown into quite a man, I'd take him also. Jake Harris, I've got no use for, until he cleans up and takes responsibility for himself, I wouldn't want him around.

Submitted by SR (not verified) on
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 themiddle 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. Josh Harris is using his time on the Time Bandit to learn, to prepare, I'd hire him in a New York minute. Jake Anderson has grown into quite a man, I'd take him also. Jake Harris, I've got no use for, until he cleans up and takes responsibility for himself, I wouldn't want him around.

Submitted by DMV (not verified) on
Yikes, only 45 minutes into watching..... So it seems that the producers have not been to kind in editing Jake after all. It seems they were just saving it for the final episode. Yeah, it is pretty clear now that Jake is snorting something of the opiate variety. Nodded out with a whitefish residue in his nose Jake, if you read this. You need to face facts. You're a junky my friend. It will be very very hard but if you don't pull it together - for real - your life will be nothing but pain. I feel for you buddy. Good luck

Submitted by DMV (not verified) on
Yikes, only 45 minutes into watching..... So it seems that the producers have not been to kind in editing Jake after all. It seems they were just saving it for the final episode. Yeah, it is pretty clear now that Jake is snorting something of the opiate variety. Nodded out with a whitefish residue in his nose Jake, if you read this. You need to face facts. You're a junky my friend. It will be very very hard but if you don't pull it together - for real - your life will be nothing but pain. I feel for you buddy. Good luck

Submitted by Prof.Booty (not verified) on
Holy mackerel, did I just watch Deadliest Catch or was I flipping through pics on FacesOfMeth.com? Good luck to Jake Harris.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
At Jake Anderson's Wedding, Jake Harris was obviously a Meth Head. He needs to be helped, by having to do it on his own. The enabling will not help him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
OK, I agree with assessment that Jake is way down the road with serious drug addiction, and that "loving him" means holding him accoutable. It is a matter of his choice: life or sure death, bud. No one owes you a ship, heck, you haven't been sober long enough to prove yourself even capable of doing full shifts on the deck. And I sure hope Josh doesn't try to bail you out by taking you aboard his ship plans. That would be disasterous in your condition. Where's your love for him? It's time, Jake. Clean up your act. Get sober and healthy so you have a life ahead. We're all pulling for the sober Jake, but the drugged Jake is a loser, most significantly to yourself. Get the professional help you need to save your life.

Submitted by Chad (not verified) on
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!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I know Jake Harris is on drugs, he has has his short stents of being sober, but seems to dive head first back into the drug scene. I do agree the sores look like Meth Face, but Meth would not be making him nod off and sleep, it in fact would do the opposite, he is on some heavy shit, and if i had to guess, he has graduated from Opiates and Oxy's to something more along the lines of Herion...he is deteriorating right in front of everyone, and although all the sources are available to him, HE has to be the one who wnats change, no amount of anyones concern about him will matter. We all are VERY aware josh loves him, but in some cases TOUGH LOVE is the only love that works, and Josh is a great guy, smart, and looking to do the right thing, I hope he doesnt allow Jake to crab with him, Jake is trying to get into the wheel house becasue he doesnt want to work, but still get paid, so support his habit. Best of luck Josh, and I hope Jake finds rock bottom soon, but it wont happen if people continue to sugar coat him....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Meth would do the opposite if you were using it, but if you are withheld from it than the effects are excessive sleeping and depression. he was having withdrawal symptoms on the northwestern cause obviously hes not gonna be smoking meth on sigs crab boat.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
When Jonathan said that what Jake H. was doing to his body this year was much worse than what the Bearing Sea did do the fishing grounds it was very telling. Jonathan has always been in Jake's corner and doesn't seem to be covering for him anymore. Edgar and Sig seem to be fairly straight shooters and they seem to be done with the Jake H. experiment.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Ok, we all know Jake is sick. This is an additive disease, yes, a disease, like cancer, MS ....... No one wants to get cancer or any other sickness.. Lets hope someone helps him, instead of standing back and judging. We are rooting for you Jake. Get hold of yourself and fight this.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Unfortunately, only Jake can get Jake out of the hole he himself dug. He access toall the available help if he so chooses. He is a 21st century addict, there s info available everywhere, so he knows where he stands. 3 problems: enablers, financial resources and attitude: “that wont happen to me, I can control this“. Good luck dude, u r in deep.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Unfortunately, only Jake can get Jake out of the hole he himself dug. He access toall the available help if he so chooses. He is a 21st century addict, there s info available everywhere, so he knows where he stands. 3 problems: enablers, financial resources and attitude: “that wont happen to me, I can control this“. Good luck dude, u r in deep.

Submitted by DMV (not verified) on
I have friends with cancer and MS - and quite a few who are addicts. Myself, I have had both types. They're different.

Submitted by a huge fan (not verified) on
I really don't know why I "cut" for this guy so much. I guess I see myself in him some 3+ years ago. If there is one thing that I hope he does is take the warmth and loving advice of your fellow crew and family and try to the best of your ability to change. This is not suggestive, nor is it out of sync. Perhaps, maybe some day (I hope sooner rather than later) you will finally be able to hold your head high with the upmost respect for yourself and the rest of the "Deadliest Catch family". I'm pulling for you Jake. You can do it. Prove us all wrong.

Submitted by a huge fan (not verified) on
I really don't know why I "cut" for this guy so much. I guess I see myself in him some 3+ years ago. If there is one thing that I hope he does is take the warmth and loving advice of your fellow crew and family and try to the best of your ability to change. This is not suggestive, nor is it out of sync. Perhaps, maybe some day (I hope sooner rather than later) you will finally be able to hold your head high with the upmost respect for yourself and the rest of the "Deadliest Catch family". I'm pulling for you Jake. You can do it. Prove us all wrong.

Submitted by nunyanunyabiness (not verified) on
Yes, Jake Harris is on something. I was heart broken watching the finale and seeing how he looked at Jake Anderson's wedding. I would be pissed if I was Jake Anderson at the fact that Jake Harris would even show up to my weddig looking and acting like that. I think that the other captains and crew should have an intervetion for Jake because he is obviously spiraling ou of control. His sores on his face, his weight loss (which isn't too bad, keep in mind he was always a small kid) and the glassed over look in his eyes are all too familiar to me in my years of dealing with addicts, and being a former addict myself. I wish he had some people around him that woul just say "no more" and actually mean it! I wish him the best, and if I could help him, I would. Poor kid... :(

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
In Jake's head, he already knows more than those around him, and what they're doing isn't really helping him, it's just getting in the way of his being Captain Jake. I took Josh's comment that Jake could buy his own boat to indicate that the boys came into some money after Captain Phil died. Josh will likely put his share to good use, but giving money to an addict just delays the need to face the music. As to what he is on, he's just not "up" often enough for calling it meth, despite the sores on his face. There's something deeply down in the mix. I, too, am guessing that he's graduated to heroin, his buddy Matt's old drug of choice. The sores, I attribute to long nights when the reality hits home, just before he drugs it all away again. He can run through his money without needing a job for a while, all the while getting sicker and sicker, with the Deadliest Catch filming and editing a decline he thinks he's skillfully hiding (hey, the viewers want to know how he's doing), and paying him more money to enable him to do whatever he's going to do. Three guesses what this enabling will pay for. Sad to say, cuz I'd like to see him get better, too, but I think Jake will only get better if he gets some privacy and a more accurate mirror as to just what his actual strengths and skills are, and how shockingly far away from even those abilities he now is.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
By allowing him to fish they are allowing him to make the money to support his habit,ban him from fishing until clean don't mean a season of clean I mean a few seasons,as for being a captain 5 years ago I would have said that Jake would be the captain and josh a deck boss!now I think josh will become a captain and run his own boat has the smarter for it and realized play time is over it is time to man up and takes it seriously not as a joke,it takes a person with there head screwed on tight to run a boat," a leader" and someone who is clean when the boat pulls anchor in the "most dangerous body of water in the world".I can only hope Jake can turn it around before it kills him,I am doubtful though that it will have a good ending," can only hope"" godbless both of them,fairwinds and following seas.

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