The Below Deck feud between Rhylee Gerber and her bosun Ashton Pienaar has been quelled for now. Of course, the only man who could possibly undertake such a feat is our favorite Stud of the Sea Captain Lee Rosbach. He basically shut down Ashton’s attempt to rid himself of Rhylee. A move meant to save face at his inability to manage her.
After weeks of Rhylee and Ashton butting heads, Ashton was ready to finish out the season a man down. Chief Stew Kate Chastain rightly suggested that the real solution is Ashton bettering his management skills. Captain Lee agreed and, in a surprise move, told him to make it work with his team.
Captain Lee revealed his take on the deck crew anarchy in his episode blog this week. Ashton got the brunt of it. He sowed the seeds of discord from the very beginning by warning Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern about their new deckhand.
Captain Lee said, “Ashton, you told all of the crew to prep themselves for Rhylee and demeaned her from jump street and then can’t understand why she isn’t responding to you as you think she should. I’m not defending her issues, but you didn’t manage her, you ostracized her and totally alienated her so you could prove your point which proved to be wrong.”
Rhylee did try to speak with Ashton in a professional manner. But he let his frustrations get the best of him. It was an opportunity to work things out, but neither party could concede any ground.
Captain Lee opined on the incident. “She tried to have a conversation with you and you never listened to a word she said to you,” he wrote, “you were busy formulating your response without ever hearing what she had to say. Very dismissive of you. You, sir, have a long way to go. I hope you get there.”
Of course, Rhylee is not blameless. Her temper and defensive tendencies have created and escalated many a situation. Captain Lee sympathized with Rhylee but also called her out on her behavior, “Rhylee, you didn’t think I forgot about you, did you? I realize what you have been through, and I empathize with you. You didn’t get a fair shot, but I do stand by my former comments, it’s not what is thrown at you it’s how you react to it, is what you will be remembered for and what you will learn from that experience. You got dealt bad cards but could have played the hand better. Confrontation doesn’t always get you where you need or want to be.”
Captain Lee felt that Rhylee deserved praise for putting up with Ashton, Smashton, and whatever angry variation has been coming to the surface recently. He wrote, “I’m glad you sucked it up and so far, have stuck it out. That’s admirable. Hang in there and let’s see where we end up.”
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ASHTON’S ATTEMPT TO GET RID OF RHYLEE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CAPTAIN LEE’S DECISION TO KEEP RHYLEE? WAS ASHTON DISMISSIVE WHEN DEALING WITH RHYLEE? SHOULD SHE HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENT?
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