Tonight’s Discovery episode of “Alaskan Bush People” was titled “Dead in the Water.” All nine members of the Brown family live on remote Chichagof Island in Alaska. As the episode begins, the four oldest boys are doing a hauling job without their parents there for reassurance. As they are delayed in the town of Gustavus, they found a medieval catapult, called a trebuchet that they could have a lot of fun with. When they found the owner, he said he would happily barter for it.
Back at home, Noah and the girls are made aware that this is a tough time for them, as bears are about and hungry. Their mother and dad are not well, so Snowbird is building a more secure chicken coop when Rain brings her a baby chick she found with the eggs. Once this new bear-proof chicken coop is completed, they will have one less thing to worry about.
Billy and Ami are concerned that the boys did not return as quickly as expected. They had no idea that they would have to wait for the sculpture an extra day. Finally, they are out on the water when suddenly the Integrity begins to make noise and is running on half-power, when the throttle dies and they are at the mercy of the wind. Bam calls for help on the radio that they need a tow.
The Donna Ann arrives to take them to the harbor in Hoonah. Gabe does a temporary fix of the throttle, but before they can give it a try, Matt notices that there may be water in the engine. A thorough test proves it is fine and on the way home they go. When they arrive, the family is now together again.
When the boys relay the happenings on the trip, with the breakdown, delays, the ramming the boat into a few different docks, Billy tells them it is just another day in the bush. However, to be on the safe side, he inspects the Integrity to make sure. When he sees the damage, he knows it will be a tough lesson when the boys have to make the repairs.
As the brothers are bringing a piece of the trebuchet back home, the bickering begins, but they make it to shore and bring it back without tipping the skiff. It is time to go on a family fishing trip, as all members of the family have secured Browntown against the bear population. Billy knows that the huge halibut come closer to the top of the water during this time of year and hopes to catch one that weighs about five hundred pounds. They set buoys hopefully to catch a few big ones. Billy wants to use this trip as a lesson in working together cohesively. Gabe is trying to pull in the line all by himself and soon finds out that they must work together when a giant is on the line. The entire family stays on the boat for the night, but Browntown is far from unoccupied as a bear breaks in on this episode of “Alaskan Bush People.”