Jimmy Smith gets the sobering news from his doctor that he probably has only six months to live. His son James, now the de facto captain of S&S, brings in a new crew member to help him log the river bottom. You have to give the baby-faced James points for realizing that he’s going to need all the help he can get. But then he manages to lose his boat, which makes you think Jimmy wasn’t all wrong when he ridiculed his son’s intelligence.
Enter the big, bad Dreadknots, who look like they’re going to eat poor James’ lunch. While the crew of S&S are flopping around with no leadership, the Knots find a $2,000 sinker their first day out. Their secret? “Redneck sonar,” which involves firing shots into the river and listening for a zingy retort.
The term “bad ass” takes on new meaning with these guys: The Dreadknots have a diver with a habit of dropping his pants below the crack, and it isn’t pretty.
In the Louisiana swamp, Shelby is at his comic best. Recovering from having sprayed mosquito repellant down his shorts, he comes up with what could become the season’s most memorable line: “Don’t ever put no DEET on your begonias.” But his niece, the sweet and comely Stephanie, runs a close second. Faced with a swarm of angry wasps, she deadpans, “As long as you don’t look ‘em in the eyeball, they’re not gonna sting ya.”
In the Pacific Northwest, meanwhile, Craig Rygaard predictably gets into it with the no-account logger his son Gabe hired without consulting the old man. The hired hand, D.J. Jeremiah, responds to Craig’s insults by spitting his front teeth, which could be a first in cable television. But then D.J. proceeds to get clobbered by a falling log, leaving us to wonder if he’s going to survive the season.
I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.