Early in Azula's search, the captain informed the Crown Princess that the ship could not enter the port due to the tides. Azula coldly asked if the tides commanded the ship, to which he replied he did not understand. Azula made it quite clear that she was the one in charge, despite the fact that he was the formal commander of the ship. Under the threat of being thrown overboard, the captain agreed to enter the vessel at the port, despite the difficulties.
When Azula successfully tricked Zuko and Iroh into the charade that her father wanted them to return to the Fire Nation, the captain accidentally revealed that it was a sham. He mistakenly called the banished members of the Fire Nation Royal Family "prisoners", although he quickly realized his mistake. Upon hearing themselves referred to as prisoners, Zuko and Iroh immediately discovered the ruse and Azula shot the captain a deadly glare. Zuko easily pushed him out of his way and off the ship so he could reach and fight Azula.