"What do you know about respect? The way you talk to everyone around here, from your hard working crew to your esteemed uncle, shows you know nothing about respect. You don't care about anyone but yourself! Then again, what should I expect from a spoiled prince?"
— Jee talking to Zuko.
In late 99 ASC, after three years of searching, Zuko finally discovered AvatarAang. Jee, Zuko, Iroh, and the rest of Zuko's crew continued hunting for Aang until early 100 ASC.
That same year, Iroh became leery of an approaching storm and insisted that Zuko consider the safety of the entire crew by changing their course. Jee walked in on them just as Zuko was telling Iroh that the safety of the crew did not matter. When he saw Jee, he continued to insist that finding the Avatar was more important. This left Jee angry, with Iroh trying to reassure him that Zuko was just "worked up".
Later, Zuko's ship arrived at the edge of gathering storm clouds. As some members of the crew, including Jee, were looking over the side of the ship, Zuko walked on the deck. Jee made an angry comment about Iroh being right about the storm, which prompted Zuko to reprimand him. Overcome with anger, Jee yelled at Zuko for being disrespectful to his crew and uncle, calling the young royal a spoiled prince. The two of them squared off and were about to fight when Iroh broke them up. Jee went below deck, looking sullen.
Over dinner, Jee talked with some other members of the crew, stating he was sick of chasing the Avatar and taking Zuko's orders. Iroh appeared and asked to join them. He told Jee and the rest of the crew about Zuko's history and how he was burned and banished by his father. This left Jee, who had assumed Zuko's scar was due to a training accident, with a better understanding of the banished prince.
While traveling through the storm, Zuko's ship was hit by a bolt of lightning. Jee and the crew rushed out to survey the damage, and the prince joined them moments later. They saw that the bridge had been shattered, and the helmsman was in danger. Zuko and Jee climbed up a ladder and each risked his life to save the crewman. After this event, Jee was more loyal and responsive to Zuko, while the prince grew to listen to and care for his crew more. Some months later, while enjoying the ship's weekly music night, Jee and the rest of the crew were interrupted and pressed into service by Zhao for the admiral's invasion of the North Pole.