Ashley Martson and Jay Smith are the supremely dysfunctional couple on 90 Day Fiance that extended their fifteen minutes of fame by exploiting their behavior. During their time on the show, Ashley filed for divorce not once, but twice. She withdrew the petition after two weeks, only to reapply a few months later. Those papers, filed in April, have yet to be signed by Jay.
Any subsequent news about the couple had more to do with Jay’s time in ICE custody and his new relationship. Ashley attended some events, but relatively speaking, kept a low profile. However, fans of the show know that, in terms of tabloid fodder and fans’ guilty pleasure in reading it, aren’t these two just better together?
Darcey Silva is on her third season of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. She has pained viewers with her histrionics, her incessant need for affirmations, and an absolutely outrageous wardrobe. There is a reference to love and/or engagements in every sentence she utters.
This gal doesn’t seem concerned with getting to know the man she intends to marry, just so long as he pops the question. Prior to appearing on the show with Brit Tom Brooks this season, Darcey was dating Netherlands native Jesse Meester. That courtship ended in disaster. And maybe Jesse had a couple of good points about Darcey because she is clearly displaying some behavioral patterns in her new relationship. As Season 3 progresses, we see the same needy, irrational Darcey fixating on extracting a proposal from Tom. And of course fans are dying to find out if their relationship is still going strong or has Tom made a break for it?
The 90 Day Fiance franchise is a highly entertaining guilty pleasure that fans can’t seem to get enough of. The series expanded to include Happily Ever After, Before the 90 Days, and 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way. Watching each batch of outrageous couples making questionable decisions never gets old. Seriously, where do they find these people? Some are so deluded that they ignore all reason and red flags to continue with the partner they’ve chosen.
Maybe part of the appeal is watching people that should know better self-implode. Some are clearly confusing physical attraction with “love.” Others seem to court dysfunction time and again. Let’s face it, some are just looking for their 15 minutes of fame. So far, the couples are varying in age. We have young lovebirds like Omar Albakour and Avery Mills, but also Angela Deem who is hanging on to her fertility by one lonesome little egg. So the question is, where do we go from here in terms of a new angle?
Despite the inexplicable decision to end Below Deck Mediterranean without a reunion, fans can still get some insider scoop from Season 4. Cast members have been making the rounds on Watch What Happens Live in a bid to make up for it, and also extend their fifteen minutes of fame.
Most recently was the interior supporting team of Anastasia Surmava and Aesha Scott. These gals were the most competent and least dysfunctional duo that Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier had to work with. They also became good friends with their superior and never questioned her work ethic, unlike in previous seasons. So their storylines had less to do with discussing Hannah’s inadequacies and more to do with the aftermath of Anastasia’s shortcomings in the galley.
Captain Lee Rosbach has become an integral part of the Below Deck series. He is the embodiment of a tough boss. Captain Lee has high expectations and leaves little room for error or coddling of his crew. He is respectful but tough on his team, and we’ve only seen him emotional when Ashton Pienaar narrowly avoided certain death last season.
Maybe it’s easy to forget that Captain Lee is also a family man who has vulnerabilities and tragedies as well. In July, Captain Lee shared the heartbreaking news that his son Josh, 42, passed away from a drug overdose. At the time, Captain Lee posted a moving statement on behalf of himself and wife Mary Anne. It was poignant message of love for their son. Now, nearly three months later, Captain Lee is ready to share Josh’s story.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s back already! Below Deck fans can rejoice and get their next guilty pleasure fix because Season 7 premiered just a week after it’s spinoff, Below Deck Mediterranean, ended. And despite being only one episode in, it’s never to early to start speculating about the crew. The holy trinity of reality TV questions that we can ask ourselves are- who will cause drama?, who will hook up?, and who will go home? Because on this show, there is always the threat of an envelope with a plane ticket home.
Captain Lee Rosbach is back in fine form, navigating Valor through the immaculate waters of Thailand. Kate Chastain, unsurprisingly, returns as Chief Stew. The only other familiar face is Ashton Pienaar who has been promoted to Bosun. Fans may know what to expect from these three already, but what about the rest of the crew?
Captain Sandy Yawn had her hands full this season keeping her crew in line on Below Deck Mediterranean. First, it was debacle after debacle in the galley with incompetent chef Mila Kolomeitseva. Anastasia Surmava had difficulties with the burners and often sent out undercooked or cold food. Travis Michalzik rocked it professionally, but was reprimanded for reeking of alcohol after a particularly hectic night out. Jack Stirrup only found motivation to
stay on board work in the form of Aesha Scott. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got the brunt of Sandy’s wrath and was often questioned about her choices in team management and table settings. But that’s nothing new.
But one person always had Captain Sandy’s good opinion. Bosun Joao Franco was promoted from deck hand last season and did a stellar job, according to the Captain. During the season finale, Joao gave an interview to Sandy’s colleague and received a job offer. So did anything come of it or was it a producer’s stunt to further a narrative. The deck crew versus the interior vying for Sandy’s praises perhaps?
Ben Robinson may have only been on Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 for the final two charters, but he certainly made his mark on the season. Ben’s return indicated the first moment the Sirocco crew had a trained and experienced chef. His output was hailed as the epitome of five star dining and the guests loved each meal.
The atmosphere in the galley was another story. Ben was at odds with the entire setup of his workspace and let his crewmates know it. At every possible moment. He went on an anxiety-induced rampages at each and every dinner service. Ben’s complaints about Hannah Ferrier’s team management seemed to cause a rift between her and Captain Sandy Yawn. To be fair, this kind of behavior isn’t entirely unusual for Ben though it certainly seemed amplified this season. So, was something else going on with Ben?