Larissa Dos Santos Lima tops the list of charismatic 90 Day Fiance alums. She appeared on season 6 of the hit reality show with now ex-husband Colt Johnson, and his mother Debbie Johnson. After that season, Larissa and Colt were cast for spinoff 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After.
Interest in Larissa grew as she amassed a huge social media following. So despite being done with reality TV, fans can follow Larissa on tabloid news and social media. But being a charismatic woman in the public eye has proved, unfortunately, alarming at times.
Avery Mills and husband Omar Albakour were featured on last season’s 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Day. They were filmed meeting for the first time in Lebanon, and marrying there before Avery had to return to the US. Omar and Avery quickly became fan favorites with their youthful and eager love for each other.
Part of Avery’s storyline was her recent conversion to Islam before meeting Omar online. Avery was raised as a Christian but decided to convert at the age of 18. Navigating the relationship with Omar was also a test of Avery’s resolve for her new religion. One challenge fans got to witness was their marriage in Islamic court, where Avery was completely unaware of the procedures. But despite a few hitches, Omar and Avery are very much committed to each other and their faith.
The atmosphere on Valor this season on Below Deck has been playing out like Mad Men on water. The guys are all banding together to discredit any strong, independent female voices. Bosun Ashton Pienaar is a ringleader of sorts, though without the fitted suits and classy martinis. Instead, sloppy Smashton has been running campaigns against both Chief Stew Kate Chastain and his Third Deck Hand Rhylee Gerber. And seemingly under Ashton’s leadership, it’s been a bit of a “boys club” on board.
Ashton often voiced grievances against Rhylee with the rest of the deck crew, including Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern. Most concerns, stemmed from his experience working with Rhylee last season. Kate also became a target for her alleged elitist attitude and perceived favoritism from Captain Lee Rosbach. Chef Kevin Dobson had his own beef with both of these ladies, and was happy to share his opinions at any opportunity. But what of Captain Lee? He’s driving the boat. Are his actions contributing at all?
Kate Chastain has been on Below Deck so long now, that she can comment on the ghosts of seasons past. It’s been a bumpy road for sure between some of the stews she’s had to deal with, not to mention chefs. Adrian Martin was a gem and though Ben Robinson flustered in the galley on a regular basis, he and Kate had a rapport for sure.
This season, Kevin Dobson has been making life hell for not only Kate, but her interior team as well as deck hand Rhylee Gerber. There’s plenty of snark to go around. And unlike the incident where he was a plate short and couldn’t serve Captain Lee Rosbach, there are enough helpings for everyone.
Ashton Pienaar is finding his new management responsibilities challenging. As the Below Deck season progresses, it’s obvious that Ashton is having a hard time separating his role as bosun with his drunken alter-ego Smashton. Sure, he’s functioning quite well the next day physically. However, Ashton forgets that the time he spent bonding with his bros on a night out cannot cross into their professional life.
Since the return of Rhylee Gerber, it’s been a deck crew at odds. As in, the guys versus Rhylee. Ashton set the expectation from the beginning by warning Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern about her need for inclusivity and volatile personality. When Rhylee told Simone Mashile that Tanner was dishing on their hookup, Ashton treated it like a betrayal to the group. The tensions on these conflicts will come to a head during tonight’s week’s episode.
How sloppy could it get last episode on Below Deck? There was some sort of built up resentment towards Chief Stew Kate Chastain. Yes, she keeps the entire crew waiting for her on their off time. And, yes, Kate uses rank to explain her tardiness, but it’s not as if she lounged solo to be elitist. The girl just wanted some down time.
Brian de Saint Pern was out of step with the group for a while as he nursed an infected knee. He emerged healed and anxious to police the “relationship” of Simone Mashile and Tanner Sterback. Brian also picked up on the group’s tension towards Kate and Kevin Dobson was happy to encourage feelings of resentment towards Kate. This all led up to the explosive situation between Brian and Kate in the taxi. Then a stack of freshly laundered and pressed pants end up on the floor. How did we get here?
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.