Dog's Most Wanted Premiere Shows Beth Chapman as Strong-Willed as Ever

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Though beloved Dog's Most Wanted star Beth Chapman passed away this summer, she still appears on TV alongside her husband.

As viewers saw in the season premiere, Beth's strong personality had not waned in the slightest even in her final weeks and months.

Even when she and Duane came into conflict, they quickly and affectionately found a resolution. In that way, Beth lives on.

Beth Chapman posthumous Dog's Most Wanted

On the season premiere of Dog's Most Wanted, the group had a run of bad luck while tracking down a fugitive in Hawaii.

"Let's call it off," Duane told the crew. "It's getting dark so here's the deal"

"The son comes once in a while, well, once in a while was today," he acknowledged.

"So, if we catch the dad," he reasoned. "We may trade the dad for the son."

Beth made it clear that she did not think much of that plan, uttering a very disapproving "Wow!"

Duane Chapman With Beth's Box of Ashes

Duane did not initially seem to register how strongly Beth felt about this.

"Yeah," he told his wife. "I'll let you go. You find your kid."

Beth did not agree to that plan.

"What do you mean? He's got five warrants," she exclaimed. "I don't think you can do that."

Trade-offs are rarely a good idea, even if they look dramatic in movies.

"OK, well I'll lie to him all right?" Duane said, then jokingly adding: "Like you do to me."

Beth Chapman Remembered

You may have guessed this already, but that did not sooth Beth's mood.

Kind of the opposite.

Duane realized what he had said and went about apologizing to his beloved wife.

He gave her a tender kiss and opted for the entire group to call it a night.

As always, Beth was his first priority. Viewers are going to see a lot of that this season -- Beth's final season.

Beth Chapman and Duane Chapman for Dog's Most Wanted

Back in July, just weeks after Beth's tragic passing, Duane spoke about how vital her role was on the show.

"My wife is, was, and always will be the heart and soul of Dog’s Most Wanted," he affirmed in a statement.

This was when the new season's premiere date was first announced.

"Beth wanted nothing more than for the show to go on," he stated. "And I am so proud of the legacy that she left behind."

"She lived and died for this show," Duane noted. "And she would be so proud of how hard we worked bringing these criminals to justice."

Dog's Most Wanted car dog pile

The premiere featured a heated moment at a gas station as multiple members of Duane's crew jumped on a car

Beth described the move as a rookie mistake, because jumping on a car will get you injured while doing little but panicking the driver.

She was grateful that there were no apparent serious injuries.

Beth explained that, had they not jumped on the car in a vain effort to restrain it, Beth herself could have rammed the vehicle with her own.

That, she explained, would have had much more impact upon the fugitive's ability to flee.

Beth Chapman Tribute

The argument that ensued among the crew was a natural result of high tensions, adrenaline, and a lot of strong personalities in one place.

Beth's personality continues to shine through in these episodes, and one imagines that she will do so all season.

And while the show sometimes appears to be a PSA about how 1800s bounty hunting laws should be repealed or at least updated, it's fun to keep up with the chapmans.

Viewers hope that they will receive closure from seeing more of Beth.

Others simply cannot handle watching the woman whose death they have been grieving for months.

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