The show premiered this summer, causing a stir with its fourth episode, which features Ryan (John Krasinski) and his date Dr. Cathy Mueller (Abbie Cornish) congregating over locally brewed Heavy Seas beers and some robust crabs in a restaurant in the Washington area. But there were two glaring errors, according to Reddit and Twitter users — the crabs didn’t appear to be Maryland blue crab, the state’s signature crustacean, and Ryan, who has Baltimore roots, allowed his dinner date to attempt to open the shell of the crab with a mallet instead of using the homegrown technique which requires mostly, if not only, bare hands.
I'm watching Jack Ryan and he's supposed to be in MD on a date eating crabs. Honey. These aren't MD blue crabs. And why is there only two? There's no Old Bay spice on those crustaceans!! Lawd! 🦀🦀 pic.twitter.com/mQE7LMcNPX
“Don’t judge me. It’s my first crab,” Mueller said.
“I am judging you right now,” Krasinski retorted, before Mueller punctures the crab with the mallet, squirting crab juice into Ryan’s eye. It should have been a moment of comic relief, but Marylanders were not laughing. They were judging her, too.
@Jeffbezos it’s Annandale VIRGINA not MD. Also- those were not blue crabs in one scene- #JackRyan
“While @jackryanamazon is great, what were they doing in Ep. 4 attempting to eat crabs?!” said one Twitter user. “Krasinski used a knife and fork and Cornish banged the shell with her mallet... And all of Maryland wept. #ThatsNotHowYouDoIt.”