ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: In the second episode of her TLC reality show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the former governor showed viewers the value of hard work while catching, clubbing and cleaning halibut during a mother-daughter bonding trip with Bristol.
Sarah and Bristol spent some quality time in Homer, the “Halibut Capital of the World,” on “a mother-daughter day of commercial fishing.” Sarah said the experience would help Bristol, a teen mother, “get back to some of that sweat-of-the-brow, blue collar, tough work that she is really used to doing.”
Sarah and her husband Todd hoped the trip to Homer would help Bristol, and their other daughters, get in touch with their Alaskan roots and away from, what they described as, a media frenzy over their personal lives.
“The last couple of years have been pretty challenging for Bristol because so often, what it is that she does ends up in the tabloids, because of someone that she had been associated with,” Sarah said, taking a jab at Levi Johnston, the father of her grandson Tripp. “So Todd and I really wanted to get her away from all of that and to refocus on what truly matters in her life.”
So, “just for the halibut!” Sarah and Bristol headed out on a commercial halibut boat, where they helped reel in the fish, club them on the head, and gut them before they went to be processed.
Bristol said she enjoyed seeing her mother get her hands dirty because “work ethic is like the biggest life lesson, and it’ll outline your kids’ future.”
Sarah also proved she is a sharp shooter during a family outing to shoot clay-pigeons with Todd and Bristol. Viewers got a peak at some Palin family dynamics as Todd and Bristol teased Sarah as she honed on every target. Bristol also got a little testing with her mother, who was coaching her shooting. “Mom, take your prom hair back home!” Bristol said, asking her mother to back off.
But with mom’s encouragement, “don’t retreat, just reload,” Bristol ultimately shot her mark.
Sarah also took great pride in the fact that she had her first baby shower at the range. “I love to share that story,” Sarah said. “’cause it gets the liberals all wee-wee’d up.”
Throughout the episode we also saw Sarah and Todd’s competitive nature, from shooting to sea kayaking to cooking at the campfire, the couple turned all of their outdoor adventures into competitions. “How come we can't ever just be satisfied with tranquility?" Sarah asked as she paddled to the finish line.
Todd ultimately won the competitions, but Sarah was no sore loser. She was proud and amused when a man asked her to take his photo with Todd, the Iron Dog champ.