Swords: Life on the Line

Tuesday 9:00 PM on Discovery Channel Premiered Aug 11, 2009 Between Seasons


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Episode Guide

    • Finale: Pay Out
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      At the end of the season for fishing swords, the Sea Hawk sets sail for port with an embarrassingly small load. The Big Eye's Captain 'Chompers' Hanson risks his boat and his crew's lives on one last run. Ending the season with a record catch, the Eagle Eye II's Captain Scotty pushes his luck with his crew by contemplating taking one last run before going in.moreless
    • Voyage to Hell
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      The sword fishing season isn't off to a good start for the Sea Hawk due to engine failure. The Eagle Eye II comes to the Sea Hawk's aid while a small coastal boat makes a risky move.
    • Hostile Takeover
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      A patch of blue sharks foils the fishing efforts of the Eagle Eye II while Captain Chompers of the Big Eye pulls too close to the Sea Hawk while her lines are still out, causing a big mess for both boats as they vie for prime sword territory.
    • Man Overboard
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      After losing their greenhorn crew member, the Frances Anne must quickly find another man. Tempers get out of hand on the Eagle Eye II as she takes a severe pounding in stormy seas. A powerful rogue wave pummels the Sea Hawk, almost taking one of her crew overboard.
    • Making Waves
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      The Frances Anne is hit by a 30-foot rogue wave in the middle of the night, throwing her crew and gear to the floor. On board the Sea Hawk, a crew member goes to turn on work lights with bare, wet hands and takes 110 volts of electricity, momentarily stopping his heart and putting him down for the night. The Eagle Eye II is caught in rough seas with damaged equipment while the Big Eye challenges another boat for fishing territory.moreless
    • Blood On The Deck
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      The Frances Anne hits the seas with a greenhorn on the decks. The Eagle Eye II is hit with multiple accidents putting one man down. Captain 'Chompers' Hanson of the Big Eye keeps running into bad weather while chasing the swords.
    • Homesick
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Captain 'Chompers' Hanson's temper worsens, bringing up the possibility of mutiny among the crew of the Big Eye while on the Eagle Eye II, the crew is going stir crazy after five weeks at sea. When the Sea Hawk finally makes port, she loses half of her crew. The Frances Anne continues to be plagued with sharks, driving away the swords and destroying the gear.moreless
    • A Perfect Storm
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Crew members of the Sea Hawk pay homage to friends they knew that died aboard The Andrea Gail during the Perfect Storm of October 31, 1991. Captain 'Chompers' gambles on trying a risky plan, set sail one last time in the face of a big storm to bring in the final catch of the year at maximum price.moreless
    • So Close But So Far
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Capt. Linda rides out the storm in port, while Capt. Scotty debates high prices vs. hurricane-force winds to decide whether docking is just too dangerous. Out at sea, the storm is fouling gear and tempers.
    • Overloaded and Into the Storm
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Fish holds are filled or filling fast. The Big Eye survives the storm, but more than just fish leave Capt. Chomp's boat when they reach port. Capt. Slick forgives and forgets Lemy's mistake when their new problem becomes finding more space to stuff fish.
    • Needle and Thread to the Head
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Boat and crew member frustrations stymie the Bjorn 2. Greenhorn Don decides to take sewing up his head wound into his own hands, literally. Stress causes Capt. Slick to blow his stack. Later, he's demoted when the boat owner decides to take over the helm.
    • The Final Gamble
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      It's the homestretch of the 2010 swordfishing season and all four boats and their crews have suffered at Mother Nature's hand. Everyone keeps their fingers crossed for the results of the last offload and hopes for a paycheck.
    • The Storm of the Century
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      The biggest hurricane system since the "Perfect Storm" unleashes its fury across the North Atlantic and the four captains have to decide whether to ride it out or come back to shore. Chompers and Scotty head into dock but find the storm has followed them.
    • Trapped
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Capt. Scotty's gable doesn't pay off. His gear becomes tangled in traps, the line snapping and whipping deckhand Brian. Capt. Chomps' luck is looking up until a line fouls the Big Eye's propeller. It's dead in the water, and Hurricane Ida is approaching.
    • Turf War
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      The Frances Anne's gear is all "sharked up", and a deckhand's mistake almost costs them the fish they already have in the hold. Eagle Eye 2 is defending its turf when deckhand Fox is knocked to the deck. Capt. Chomps clashes with another captain.
    • What Happened On the Back Deck?
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Supplies are low, fish few, and luck bad. The Bjorn 2 must fish short-handed when Deckhand Dave goes overboard and Capt. Linda is forced from the deck when her hand accidentally gets caught in the hauling block.
    • What it Takes to Be a Fisherman
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      The crews hope for big fish and big money on their final haulbacks of the season. Back in port, the Bjorn 2 deals with their medical emergencies; Chomps deals with crew jumping ship; and a demoted Slick wonders if he will return to the captain's chair.
    • Man Overboard!
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      On the second trip, fishing is poorer and weather is no better. The Big Eye heads south to safer waters, but the job is still as dangerous -- as greenhorn Don finds out when he goes overboard into sharky waters.
    • Lost Hopes and Last Chances
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Near the end of the season, the Hannah Boden finally reaches George's Bank where Linda looks to Scotty for help in finding the fish. The Frances Anne hides in a remote fishing area away from the rest of the fleet, and Chompers has his worst season ever.
    • Long Lines and Short Tempers
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      With a storm barreling toward the fishing grounds, every captain is racing to put fish on the boat before they're forced to shore. On the Frances Anne, deck boss Lemmy makes an epic mistake that inspires Captain Slick's first meltdown of the season.
    • Bested, Battered, and Broke
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      The Eagle Eye 2 offloads enough to cover their expenses and heads south to George's Bank and Linda's decision to stay on the Grand Banks comes back to haunt her. And, plagued with auto pilot issues, the Frances Anne is forced to steam back to port.
    • Charlie Foxtrot
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Halfway through one of the worst fishing seasons in memory, every crew is put to the test. The Frances Anne offloads a decent trip but deck boss Lemmy suffers a season ending injury and tempers flare on the Hannah Boden between slacking crew members.
    • Dead in the Water
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Linda's crew questions her ability after their bad luck on the Grand Banks. Scotty's decision to head for George's Bank starts to payoff bigtime. Captain Slick is on the fish but a greenhorn makes a mistake that costs them time and fish.
    • Deckhands Down
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Capt. "Slick" and his young guns join the fishing grounds. Capt. Linda's crew is dropping like flies after bad luck and injuries. Blue sharks are Capt. Scotty's bane but sharktagger Lisa's boon. Chomps questions his decision to come to the Grand Banks.
    • Foreign Relations
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      A Japanese boat enters the Grand Banks and nabs the top fishing spot from the fleet. Captain Greenlaw helps out Scotty and the Eagle Eye 2 calls it quits on the Grand Banks and heads south. Then Slick's autopilot breaks and Butters takes the wheel.
    • Gamblers and Legends
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Linda Greenlaw and Captain Scotty renew their friendly rivalry and Captain Slick suffers with a clumsy greenhorn crew while Chomps takes whatever crew he can get at the last minute. All four captains and ships set out for the Grand Banks to catch swords.
    • Grand Banks or Bust
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Season 2 begins with Capt. Scotty crowded out of his favorite fishing spot and legendary Capt. Linda vowing to find fish this year or retire for good. His deckhand brother's medical bills puts Capt. Chomps in the red before they can even leave the dock.
    • Life on the Line: Blood on the Deck
      An accident plagues the Eagle Eye II and leaves the crew a man down while the Sea Hawk and Big Eye battle big seas to get the swords on deck. Also, the Frances Anne sets out with a young greenhorn surfer that has never been on a fishing boat before.
    • 9/25/09
      The Eagle Eye II hits a patch of deadly blue sharks and the Sea Hawk and the Big Eye get their lines crossed as they battle for territory. Then, an injury aboard the Frances Anne could cost the crew thousands of dollars in lost wages.
    • With Friends Like These
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Linda's decision to ride out Hurricane Igor on the fishing grounds has left her in a prime spot, alone on the Grand Banks. Now, Captains Scotty and Chompers will have to come up with a new plan to make up for lost time while they braved the storm inland.