Last night’s Discovery episode of “Alaskan Bush People” was titled “Rock, Paper, Skipper.” The nine members of the Brown family live on remote Chichagof Island in Alaska. As the episode begins, the small hunting party of Bear, Bird and Gabe hears the sound of three shots, they respond with one shot. If they hear three more shots, it means trouble. So they hustle down the mountain with Bear leading the way.
All activity in Browntown came to a complete stop due to a medical emergency. While working in the woods, Noah found Billy struggling to remain conscious. In 2006, Billy fell into a coma for over a week. Ever since he has suffered from seizures, and recently they have grown worse. With Ami requiring bed rest, Billy did not want to leave her and go to a hospital. The children are worried, and the production team was prepared to take Billy to a hospital in Seattle, but Billy would not leave. Matt knows that they have been dealing with his seizures as a family matter, but now that they are more frequent, he gathers the rest of the kids to work harder and give both parents time to rest and get better.
They all agree to pick up the slack and even put the finishing touches on the root cellar. Four days after the seizure, Billy decides to send the boys on the latest hauling job to Gustavus. Ami is not happy with his decision because she enjoys being a mother hen and finally agrees with Billy to let them go. But during the night, Mr. Cupcake was barking, warning the family that a bear was nearby. Noah fired a warning shot to scare him away, but the bear ignored it. However, the second shot scared him, and he left.
The next morning, Matt did a perimeter check of the area and discovered a sight that gave the family a sight. It was a small bear that was torn apart and eaten by another bear. As the scarcity of food becomes worse, these predators descend on each other as they guard their territory. Unfortunately for the family, their territory is on the perimeter of Browntown.
As another problem with a leaky roof and now bears in the area is not enough, the family has been forced to all sleep on the first floor of the cabin. All nine of them like sardines and Rain got the worst of it when Gabe’s feet were in her face.
The next day they took the boat to Hoonah to find a large supply of tin to repair the leaky roof. Keeping an eye out for bears, the two girls went to pick blueberries for jam that will sustain them during the winter. When the guys were done finding the tin, the owner of the junkyard drove them to the dock to make it easier for them to load it on the boat. When they started installing the tin on the roof, they had to do it as quickly as possible because it rains in Alaska all the time. Sure enough, it started raining making the tin roof a slip and slide that was dangerous for all. They had ropes tied around their waists, but the situation was getting worse as the wind picked up, and they needed to complete the job as Billy smiled his approval at their accomplishment.
Billy’s decision to send the boys to Gustavus did not sit well with Bam. They do need the work, and had to step up and do the job. They all realized that Billy will not always be there for them, and they must be prepared. Ami checked out the root cellar and loved the job they did. She knows that the vegetables they have grown will make it through the winter and so will the family.
With the trip beginning early in the morning, the four oldest boys will take the trip. The decision between as to who would be skipper of the boat between Matt and Bam came to rock, paper, and scissors. Matt won and in the morning Matt, Bam, Gabe and Bear took off on this episode of “Alaskan Bush People.”