Nate's father, Howard (Howie) is a white-collar criminal and cocaine addict. His illegal business activities come to light after he attempts to finalize a deal with Eleanor Waldorf. Once the scandal breaks, the Captain decides to flee to Dominica to escape arrest; just before the elder Archibald gets into his limo to the airport, Nate punches him square in the face. The Captain eventually returns to Manhattan to collect Nate and his mother and bring them back to Dominica, but it comes out that he wants more than a family reunion—he plans to ransom his wife and son. A furious Nate gives his father a choice: either go back to the Caribbean and never speak to his wife and son again, or turn himself in to the police. The Captain turns himself in.