Tonight’s Discovery season premiere episode of “Alaskan Bush People” was titled “Block and Tackle.” The nine members of the Brown family live on remote Chichagof Island in Alaska and are determined to maintain their way of life; the life they love.
As the episode begins in the summer, their childishness comes out with a game of “It.” These people have so much energy; that running is just a way of life, and they incorporate it into a game. They have planted a garden and are hoping the crops will sustain them. Bear is working on his tree house that he hopes to have as his permanent residence. With all the building going on, they are running low on wood. As they hold a family meeting, they each tell of their wishes; all needing wood. Prioritizing is the number-one thing to do. When the garden is ready, they will need a root cellar and a smoker as they will have to prepare for winter. They have several trees that they will need to chop down and mill. They must get the tree to the beach for high tide, so they can get it to the mill. They started clearing the place where the tree will fall and lay down runners, so they can move it down to the beach. Billy elects Gabe to chop down the tree because mom and dad will not be around forever, and they want the kids to be able to work on their own.
With the tree down precisely where they want it, they use a block and tackle to bring it to the beach. However, as things usually go for the Brown family, nothing is easy. They missed high tide and will have to use the Integrity to pull the heavy trees. Once in the water, the trees float very well and are tied to the boat. Now they must travel sixty miles to Excursion Inlet. As their luck would have it, the boat will not cooperate. The throttle is stuck wide open and Billy needs help as the logs give too much resistance. The guys must unhook the logs and rather than put them like a raft, they must put them end to end to avoid the extra drag.
Once that was done, the logs were not a problem, and the Integrity was purring. At the mill, Billy made a deal and the boys took over making the boards for their projects. Billy went back to the Integrity to find Ami writhing in pain and a swelling on the back of her neck. Billy radioed the harbor master, and they got a boat ride to the doctor. They leave the Integrity at the dock so the guys start fishing for the plentiful salmon this inlet is known for. As Bam stays on the Integrity, the three boys in the skiff drop a net to grab some fish. The net got caught in the motor of the skiff causing more problems as Bam got more riled up. Noah and Bird wait outside the clinic hoping their mother will be alright.
The guys caught twenty salmon and filleted them because they will be going in the smoker, all the while; their mother is the only thing on their mind. They must remain on the boat to hear any news on the boat’s radio. Finally after the wood is all loaded, and fish are caught; the guys head home to the island. Billy calls while they are enroute and knew very little about how Ami is doing. But they have run tests and should know soon as they are very worried about their mother on this episode of “Alaskan Bush People.”