The series premiere ofÂ Dogâs Most Wanted begins withÂ Dog the Bounty Hunter andÂ Beth Chapman in Colorado at the beginning of 2019. Beth has recently relapsed in her battle with cancer, and her doctor calls to explain that her tumor âis not improving.â Of course, this news is upsetting for Beth, who starts quietly tearing up. âIâm thinking that I need to advise you to start with some chemotherapy,â the doctor says. âI need to schedule a time to get you in as soon as possible.â However, Beth is not ready to make that appointment. âNo no,â she responds. âI need to process it first and then call you back, okay?â
Beth was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to fight the disease. She eventually found herself in remission, but was not happy with the side effects of chemo, which is why she was so hesitant this time around. In general, the news that her disease has progressed so far is unsettling for Beth. âItâs a little hard to believe,â she admits. âYou go fromâŚI have this little cough toâŚoh my God. Once you find out that itâs incurable lung cancerâŚwhere is there to go from there? Thereâs no stage five. You need to prioritize your life in a very quick matter. We have to start making real life-changing decisions right away.â
The episode then flashes forward a few days to January 4, when Beth undergoes her first chemo treatment. â[She] decides to supplement it with an innovative program using CBD oil,â the showâs narrator explains. âWithin two weeks, sheâs showing remarkable improvements, but she needs something to take her mind off the process.â
Thatâs when her husband, Dog, steps in to make a suggestion. âI rememberÂ Tony Robbins once said to me â go back to work. Do what you do best,â he tells Beth. âIâve seen with my eyes that you are starting to eat. I see every morning when you wake upâŚI look at your color, and you have color back in the last three to four days. Iâm thinking with the chemo and thisâŚthis is working. I want to test to see if youâre up to this, because if youâre not, I gotta go make us some money.â
Dog decides to take Beth on a manhunt in Hawaii to see if she can still handle it. âBeth needs something right now to get her excited,â he says. âI love her and Iâll do anything for her.â Beth takes part in a high-energy chase for one of the stateâs Most Wanted men and his son. Although she has to take one night off to rest, she plays a big part in tracking down the guys. Eventually, they capture the dad, but Beth isnât satisfied â she wants to get the son, too, and Dog is thrilled by her enthusiasm.
âBeth has not been on a hunt since the diagnosis of the cancer,â he concludes. âWorking, I can see, is doing wonders. Itâs like a miracle drug, working with her. I always worry about her and itâs keeping her alive. So come on baby, letâs get âem!â