1-01 Death On The Coq
The winter season is already off to a hellish start when a major blizzard slams the Coquihalla Highway. Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue's "A" team, Adam and Kevin, spends a busy morning clearing spun out semis off the road when word comes that a multi vehicle pile-up has closed down both northbound lanes. While Adam scrambles to get the highway open, Jamie tries to free a semi from a steep, icy off-ramp. By sundown the crew is exhausted, but the Coq isn't done with them yet. At 3 AM, a five semi wreck at the top of the mountain sends Jamie and his 16-year-old son Brandon fighting their way through the traffic back-up. This is Brandon's first night wreck - and the hard reality of heavy rescue towing is driven home when he discovers a driver under one of the trucks, dead.
1-02 Where's My Rotator?
A double-trailer load of lumber had flipped and spilled across a quarter mile of highway. Even with three heavy rescue trucks, Jamie's crew doesn't have enough equipment to do the job right. Adam is angry about the lack of equipment and the poor condition of his truck. Last year, Jamie ordered a state of the art heavy rescue truck called a Rotator. But the busy winter season is here and the custom-built wrecker still hasn't been delivered. Just days before Christmas, Jamie heads to the factory in Tennessee to bring it home himself. While he's gone, Adam has his hands full with the B team when a semi filled with expensive wine goes off a cliff.
1-03 It's Stormy Everywhere
Jamie's having second thoughts about bringing his son Brandon onboard when the teenager spends his paycheck on ear piercings. Then his right hand man Kevin shows up to a wreck without the gear he needs to control traffic. When Jamie confronts him, Kevin storms off the job. Jamie's one bright spot is his brand new truck, the Rotator. But even that lets him down when he's called out to save a trailer stuck in a ditch, and only ends up destroying it. That night, as he heads up the Coq for a simple pull out job, he arrives to witness a snow plow skidding on black ice and slamming into two semis. It turns into a deep freeze all-nighter where Brandon finally redeems himself.
1-04 Roughing up the Rookie
To keep up with a busy season, Jamie hires on a new guy, greenhorn driver Rob. When Rob turns out to be a slow learner - and then goes AWOL during a major blizzard - Jamie's patience is pushed to the breaking point. When a reefer truck crashes over a bank, killing the driver, Jamie is forced to bring in a pick-up crew just to do the recovery. Before firing Rob, he decides to give him one last chance when a call comes in for a repo job.
1-05 No Tears in Towing
Jamie isn't the only tow guy on the Coq. Lone wolf Al Quiring is a tough as nails wrecker and Jamie's main rival. Their dads' did battle a generation ago, now Jamie and Al are fighting it out for the title -"King of the Coq". When the Rotator lands in the shop during an especially busy week, Al uses it as a chance to scoop a job off Jamie. Things get more complicated when one of Jamie's new drivers, from the city, learns a close buddy has nearly died in a towing accident during a snowstorm. Ken Monkhouse, heads to the hospital and comes face to face with the reality of the career he has chosen, and a buddy who has lost his leg.
1-06 The Avalanche Zone
Heavy snowfall has created avalanche conditions on the Coq. Plow crews are barely able to keep up. When traffic starts backing up in high-risk avalanche zones, highway authorities decide to close the road in both directions. A team of avalanche techs flies up the mountain in helicopters to drop concussion bombs and release the build-up, but bad weather hampers their first attempt. With the Coq closed overnight, trucks are using the back roads to get through. Jamie's team is called out to recover a semi that went over the cliff on rural Highway 3. The next day is a battle on all fronts to get the Coq open - with helicopter teams dropping more bombs, highway crews faced with two feet of accumulation, and Jamie's team forced to call in a second rotator.
1-07 Yin & Yang
Why is one guy always happy, while another is always pissed off? Kevin considers yard man Samy, a 40-year-old immigrant from Fiji, to be his assistant. When Kevin buys a video camera to film wrecks, his new hobby starts to get in the way of his current job. A head-on collision between two semis has the entire crew battling to clear the charred wreckage and get the road open. While Kevin captures the action on tape, Samy does most of the heavy lifting, earning him a bottle of scotch and Jamie's praise. That night, Samy, who sleeps in Jamie's office during the week, reveals that his hard work is all for his beloved wife and three kids. Meanwhile, Kevin, reviewing his footage at home, reveals that his video hobby started with his father, who worked in TV. When Kevin announced as a teen that he wanted to be a truck driver, his dad cut him off and hasn't seen him in over 20 years. He considers Jamie to be his adopted father. The next day, a harrowing drive up the Coq in dangerous avalanche conditions leaves both Kevin and Samy questioning why they do this for a living.
1-08 I Can't Take It Anymore!
With spring coming, Jamie is facing a backlog of bills and heavy pressure to cut costs by laying off some of his staff. When a semi full of mail goes off a cliff, Adam and the weary crew are sent out to unload and recover it. But a long season has everyone's tempers on edge. When a winter-worn cable snaps, narrowly missing Adams head, Jamie's most senior driver threatens to go on strike. Jamie's teenage son Brandon isn't any help on the big wrecks, and seems distracted by a new girlfriend. Jamie offers the irritable teen his own truck for next season. But Brandon's first towing lesson makes it obvious to Jamie that this kid is no heir apparent. The season comes to a bitter end when Jamie finally bites the bullet and sends two of his guys packing to the unemployment line.