The Simone Mashile and Tanner Sterback hookup on Below Deck last week brings to mind lowered expectations and the smell of stale vomit. It was out of left field that Tanner would pursue Simone since previously said that he was wary of crushes. Perhaps after Chief Stew Kate Chastain turned him down, Tanner chose to act on the only willing participant in close proximity.
Interestingly, this hookup completely overshadowed the fact that Courtney Skippon and Brian de Saint Pern’s relationship has progressed to sharing a bunk for the night. But, Brian is not one to kiss and tell so it’s a complete non-story. In contrast, Tanner has no bones about sharing the details of his physical encounter with Simone.
Ashley Darby had a long journey to motherhood. It became one of her main storylines on the Real Housewives of Potomac. Ashley took great care to prepare her body for pregnancy. She followed a holistic diet, meditated, and even tried to reconnect with her estranged father.
This mind body approach seemed to work for Ashley because she finally conceived. She and husband Michael Darby welcomed son Dean in July of this year.
Paul Staehle and his wife Karine Staehle are the couple that dropped the word divorce many times in their tenure on 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way. It diluted the sting of it. And if they didn’t split up after Karine watched Paul climb into a doghouse and start talking to himself, what could possibly tear these two apart?
Maybe it was living together long-term that did it. After being apart off and on for many years, Paul was finally able to move his wife and their 7-month-old son Pierre Martins Staehle to the United States in June of this year. But the supposed happiness of reuniting the family didn’t last long.
Simone Mashile lurked in the laundry room for most of the season on Below Deck. Clearly, her service experience leaves much to be desired and Third Stew Courtney Skippon picked up the slack. Since expressing a desire to better her skills, Chief Stew Kate Chastain gave Simone more services opportunities.
It’s not clear what inspired Simone to metaphorically leave the laundry room. Perhaps it was the sexual allure of a certain deckhand named Tanner Sterback. Maybe Simone is really thinking big picture about her career, though it’s clear that she is not ready to put in the work.
Eric Nichols was blind-sided, as were all 90-Day Fiance fans, when Larissa Dos Santos Lima broke up with him on Instagram. These two were hot and heavy for eight months already when Larissa decided it was time to end things. Everything about their relationship screamed for social media attention. Larissa even pulled Eric into the 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After Reunion to successfully badger Colt Johnson into a meltdown.
After Larissa dumped him, Eric decided to get even by having dinner with Colt and his mother, Debbie Johnson. In an obvious slight to Larissa, Eric posted pictures of the dinner on social media, including one of himself playing Deb’s infamous slot machine. Since Eric and Larissa made a point to share every aspect of their relationship with followers, it seems only logical that they would update fans on their reconciliation. But strictly as friends.
Captain Sandy Yawn knows how to keep her cool in stressful nautical situations. Below Deck Mediterranean fans have seen her docking the yacht with inches to spare and deal with multiple anchor disasters. She had an incompetent chef in her galley, and had to mentor deck crew members in past seasons.
Despite all these issue and more, Captain Sandy keeps returning to the series and has become the face of the show, along with Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. These two ladies are often in conflict regarding management of the interior, but the paycheck must be too good to part ways over table settings.
Watching Ashton Pienaar partying and flirting last season on Below Deck was significantly more entertaining than it is on Season 7. Mainly because he had some willing participants to his answer his mating call. But, also, Ashton was not in a management position. So if a crew member turned him down, it was still a level playing field.
As Bosun, Ashton made the inappropriate decision to try and hook up with deckhand Abbi Murphy initially. Then Abbi left to marry her, “Greek f–k buddy,” Ashton has moved on to unwilling Second Stew Courtney Skippon mere hours after she went on a date with Brian de Saint Pern. And the result could be described as sloppy at best.