- "Never forget that old fishermen never die, we just smell that way."
- —R.J. MacReady
After Max Caulfield arrives in town, she decides to speak with the locals. Approaching a fisherman, she greets him good morning and assumes he’s prepared to catch fish. Forlorn, MacReady remarked that Arcadia Bay wasn’t same fishing town that he grew up in. When Max asks if the town has changed much, MacReady recounts on a time where he was “king of the harbor”.
He captains a ship, named the Bali Hai, he’s maintained even as fishing opportunities have grown scarce. Confused, Max states that Arcadia Bay’s main exports was fishing. The fisherman affirms her statement, but clarifies that things changed when the Prescott Family—using their financiers—gained a hold of harbor rights.
Max notes that the Prescott family owns her school and wields a lot of power. Angry, MacReady remarks that crooks were always awarded with libraries and schools named after them. Additionally, he tells Max that there is consideration to rename Arcadia Bay “Prescott Bay”. Max asked if the fisherman knew the Prescott family, MacReady told her that they were “too good” to mingle with a working class man like him, but he knew of them through their bad deeds.
Max wishes the fisherman luck before heading off into the Two Whales Diner.
- “By Neptune’s Beard” is MacReady’s catchphrase.
- The name of the fisherman’s boat, “Bali Hai”, is a reference to the Rodgers and Hammerstein song “Bali Ha'i”, featured in the 1949 musical South Pacific based on the 1947 novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener.
- On a name plate on fisherman's table table is "R.J. MacReady". R.J. MacReady is the name of the protagonist in John Carpenter's 1982 science-fiction horror film, The Thing.
- When approaching MacReady, the prompt next to him gives him the name "Fisherman", but his name plate on the table says "R.J. MacReady".
- In Fallout 4, there is a character who shares the same name as this fisherman, however his name is spelled R. J. MacCready, both characters are named after The Thing's protagonist.