Below Deck

Captain Lee sounds off on this week's Below Deck

There really is no pulling the wool over Captain Lee’s eyes on Below Deck, now is there? I mean, one can certainly try, which is exactly what Leon did on this week’s episode, when he tried to lie and place the blame on Kate, and her drinking.  Of course, what else would expect when we’ve been watching his immaturity play out all season. Heck, the guy even went as far as to fill Kate’s bed with honey right before he left (thanks to Kate for sharing that tidbit with us on social media).

But the moral of the story is that nothing gets past Captain Lee…ever. As smart as Leon may have thought he was, Captain Lee knew exactly what happened while he was being lied to. And now, the head honcho is opening up about it and blasting Leon in his blog, but you’ll have to come inside to find out what he said.


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In the event you didn’t already think Leon Walker was an asshat with overly manicured eyebrows and Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow was a few sandwiches short of a picnic, allow me to remind you of the always wonderful Internet…where nothing ever truly goes away. Ever. Even when you delete it. Remember that, teenagers!

Many of you have been buzzing after last night’s Below Deck, Leon’s brooding exit and Rocky’s dramatic exodus (and subsequent return). However, thanks to the Twitterverse a lot gossip is swirling about the part of Leon’s departure we didn’t see on camera.


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“Somethin’ ’bout a boat, sittin’ on the sea; Out there in the wind, floatin’ on the free; Take you ’round the world, bring you back home; Gives a man hope, somethin’ ’bout a boat…Ain’t it crazy how somethin’ seems like nothin’ at all; Take a big old room, make it seem so small; Seein’ windows where there are walls, makes a whole lot of something out of nothin’ at all.” I admit it, these lyrics are in no way indicative of what we witnessed last night, but I love Jimmy Buffett, and he does use the word “crazy” which is applicable!

For the .07% of Bravo’s viewing population that wasn’t convinced that Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow is five-star crazy, last night’s Below Deck episode was just for you! It begins with Eddie Lucas putting out the kitchen fire and blaming the issue on Kate Chastain not taking the dirty pans out of the oven. Captain Lee Rosbach oversees the debacle as chef Leon Walker sleeps through the entire event. Kate tries to calm the guests who were awakened in the middle of the night by a fire alarm. The following morning, Amy Johnson can’t believe that Leon isn’t the least bit phased that his galley was up in flames the night before, and Connie Arias is shocked that Emile Kotze didn’t hear the ruckus. Rocky is quick dish to Leon that it was all Kate’s fault as Amy delivers breakfast in bed to the primary charter guest to start off his birthday celebration.


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“And if I had a boat, I’d go out on the ocean; And if I had a pony I’d ride him on my boat; And we could all together go out on the ocean, me upon my pony on my boat…And if I were like lightning, I wouldn’t need no sneakers, I’d come and go wherever I would please; And I’d scare ’em by the shade tree; And I’d scare ’em by the light pole; But I would not”…set fire to the mircowave in the Eros galley. We know you wouldn’t, Lyle. We know you wouldn’t. You’re all welcome for my all-time favorite song that references a boat! 

As last night’s Below Deck begins, poor Amy Johnson decides to try on the last guest’s deserted hairpiece until she remembers it was sharing underwear space with Connie Arias’ Britney. Yikes. Speaking of hair, Eddie Lucas flirtatiously comments on Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow’s straightened locks, as Captain Lee Rosbach listens on in horror. What has kind of web of crazy has his innocent, hard-working bosun found himself trapped? Captain Lee expected better of you, Eddie. Frankly, so did I. Rocky brags about her Eddie hook-up to the ceiling, and the ceiling makes a crack about her being a loose cannon….the remark goes right over Rocky’s head. (I’m so sorry, yet so proud, of that sentence.)


Kat Held Talks Life After Below Deck

Kat Held was quite the party animal during her two seasons on Below Deck, but since leaving the show, her life is completely different. These days, instead of yachting and partying, Held is busy working and going to school. But many fans have been wondering whether or not Kat keeps in touch with anyone from the show and what she thinks of the new crew.

Luckily for us, Held took some time recently to answer those questions and dish about her life after the show. “I realized it was time to go down a different path and try something new. I decided to quit the yachting industry and move home to Rhode Island,” Held said about leaving after season 2. You don’t want to miss the rest of her interview, so come on inside.


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“Close the laundry door, tiptoe across the floor. Keep your pancho clothes on, I got all that I can take…” I try to start each of these recaps with an epic ode to the sea, but I think I’d be doing all of us (and The Avett Brothers!) a disservice if I didn’t steal the lyrics from one of their sexy times songs. The laundry room was certainly a prevalent setting on last night’s show! 

Oh Below Deck! What an episode! I can’t even. Grainy night vision and text message imagery sure to make The Mindy Project proud? Check. Inebriated antics and a firing? Yes please. Hook-ups I’m still trying to block out of my mind? Yup, and then some! Bless y’all. Last night did not disappoint! The group arrives for twenty-four hours of relaxation at Lubber’s Landing. Once the drinks are served, Kate Chastain enjoys some much needed time away from Leon Walker, as Connie Arias rehashes Dane’s obnoxious behavior from the night before to Eddie Lucas. Connie and Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow take to the surf, and both are phenomenal. Connie shares that she used to travel the globe surfing competitively, and it’s evident. Also evident? The fact that Rocky doesn’t own one bathing suit that doesn’t give her a major wedgie. 


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“The weather started getting rough,the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew, The Eros would be lost.” Speaking of horrific storms, I can’t begin my Below Deck recap without acknowledging the devastation faced by the people of South Carolina. While Charleston faced lots of flooding (a guy paddle boarded down my street at one point!), residents of the midlands suffered unimaginable losses. Several of my friends were evacuated from their homes, many assisted in rescues (navigating boats through their neighborhood streets), and countless folks lost their homes. Everyone jokes that South Carolina is such a small state–there is only one degree of separation between you and whoever you meet regardless of where they live in the state. Sadly, that means, that everyone knows someone affected by this tragedy. Please continue to lift them up in your thoughts as we pull together to help those who lost everything. 

On last night’s episode, Emile Kotze is befuddled after receiving Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow’s middle school note, and he confronts Rocky about her immature means of communication. She retorts that she had to write him a letter because he hasn’t been picking up what she’s throwing down…which is massive amounts of teasing that she isn’t interested. Poor Emile retires to his cabin where he’s forced to listen to Dane’s late night phone conversation. Poor Emile just can’t catch a break! The crew is awaiting the charter guests as Captain Lee Rosbach calls Eddie Lucas, Leon Walker, and Kate Chastain to the bridge to discuss their next outing. The main guests are foodie siblings who own a business together. Leon is excited about getting to experiment with new dishes, but Lee is worried about the stormy forecast. In the galley, Rocky is distressed to learn from Connie Arias (via a frustrated and sleep-deprived Emile) that Dane has a girlfriend. Couldn’t he have shared that information with her before he massaged her feet? The guests arrive on board and are treated to a tour, who isn’t quite sure of the romantic dynamics of the newcomers.


Kate Chastain bashed Leon Walker

If you tuned in to Below Deck this week, then like us, you witnessed a clear lack of communication among the crew. And while the crew may have been a bit taken back by Captain Lee’s choice of words for them, one thing became very clear – Leon Walker has a tougher time communicating than the rest. At least, that is how Kate Chastain saw things.

In her blog this week, Chastain dished all about the drama, and especially how things went down with Leon. Let’s just say she compared him to an animal of some sort, ha! Wait, what? Yeah, you’re not going to want to miss what Kate had to say about this week’s episode.


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