Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and so is the Season 11 holiday special Hells Bells, which ranks as one of the highest rated episodes of Deadliest Catch on IMDb. This time, the threats come not only from the deadly fishing environment, but also from the crew themselves, as a “lost” sailor is out to terrorize the rest of the Time Bandit. It’s an interesting direction for the show, considering the crews vary from thick as thieves to noticeable feuds. Drama takes on a new dimension when Jake’s plans for the birth of his daughter go awry.
Usually the fishermen keep their cool, but it’s entertaining to see how they gradually lose their nerve as the boats become more and more troubled. Fans have speculated if the episode suggests Matt is in trouble as he previously struggled to stay clean. There is also a gruesome injury that interrupts the greenhorn season and adds to the problems that continue to pile up. As far as quality drama goes, we don’t know where to look first, which makes for an especially delicious episode.