As more and more Below Deck cast members progress through different stages of land-life, us fans will be able to reconnect with some familiar faces. And isn’t it nice to see some happy, ecstatic brides-to-be or pregnancy bumps on social media? But most alums slip from our minds, like Below Deck Mediterranean Season One deck hand Danny Zureikat, being hauled off on a donkey after a disastrous performance onboard. Of course, production likely prefers casting fresh faces each season. Especially with lower ranking staff, it’s one season and done with most of them.
Such was Brooke Laughton’s tenure on Below Deck Mediterranean. She joined the crew as a very capable second stew in Season 3. Brooke and Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got along rather well until she started crushing on Joao Franco and Hannah ducked out of work responsibilities to smoke ciggies with Bosun Conrad Empson. Third Stew Kasey Cohen also had her eye on Joao and a rather sloppy love triangle resulted. Happier days were waiting for Brooke after she left the show, and just this week, she shared some very special news.
Robyn Dixon and Juan Dixon are the poster couple for non-marital commitment. The Real Housewives of Potomac couple married in July 2005 and divorced in March 2012. After cohabiting for awhile, they reunited as a couple.
They’ve made their situation a prime story line on the the show. It’s been dragged out for many a season now. They were toying with the idea of remarrying and/or having another child for at least three seasons. It’s on rotation. Juan and Robyn finally got engaged at the end of Season 5. So now it’s back to teasing the idea of another baby.
Bravo recently changed the direction of the Real Housewives franchise. What started as mindless entertainment about luxury lifestyles shifted towards addressing societal ills in America. Of course, producers won’t give up on the irresistible formula that turned Real Housewives into the success story that it is. There’s still plenty of bickering, fights, drunken antics, and the lifestyle in general. But taking a cue from the Black Lives Matter movement, these ladies are now discussing race relations and white privilege. It’s ruffling some feathers within the cast and viewers.
It started with the addition of Tiffany Moon to the Real Housewives of Dallas cast. Tiffany shared her culture and experience of being Asian in America. Then Crystal Kung Minkoff joined Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with the same premise in mind. Real Housewives of New York was an all white group until Eboni K. Williams and Bershan Shaw were added for Season 13. Even Southern Charm took on race relations. Leva Bonaparte confronted Charleston’s dark history, and Kathryn Dennis’ ancestry.
Another reason for Sutton Stracke to be jealous of Crystal Kung Minkoff? The ladies of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are known to compare everything in their lives. And whether its shoes, purses, clothes, or plastic surgery, these Real Housewives always look their best. How do they do it? Well of course, it’s having access to the best money can buy. But sometimes a little luck in the genetic department can go a long way.
Crystal is the newbie on RHOBH, so she will be asked to fess up to any nip tucks. Then, of course, there’s fillers and botox. There’s no shame in getting work done in Beverly Hills dahling, but if you look fabulous by your own merit that’s the ultimate accomplishment.
Anyone watching the new season of Below Deck Mediterranean knows that a boat romance is on the horizon. Take that from experience watching the Below Deck franchise, and the powers of hiring a certain mix of attractive people and its inevitable that crew members will be hooking up. It’s just a matter of who, when, and whether it will be a hookup or something more.
Boat romances are just messy, season after season. Gary King and Sydney Zaruba didn’t wait past the first episode of Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 2. This rather unfortunate decision prevented Gary from getting the girl he really wanted in the end. Of course, Alli Dore moved on to greener pastures and is happily awaiting the birth of her first child with boyfriend. Jessica More and Robert Westergaard got in over their heads with emotions, but there was nothing to keep them together in the end. Even after a dream vacation in Bali together. Former chief stew Hannah Ferrier and Bosun Conrad Empson bonded over cigarettes and a mutual distaste for Captain Sandy Yawn before things went sour over an argument about fifty euros. This small sample of broken hearts is, of course, one reason we keep watching.
As sure as Below Deck viewers can expect crew hookups and boat romances, there’s interior crew drama. The chief stew sets the tone for each season. Kate Chastain was a natural at antagonizing her staff and Hannah Ferrier always bemoaned a green stewardess. Better to be passive aggressive than train your team. Madison Stalker was subjected to massive PDA by her chief stew Jenna MacGillivray and Chef Adam Glick.
And now that Katie Flood has taken over as chief stew on Below Deck Mediterranean, it’s just inevitable that she will have some push back from one, if not two of her stewardesses. Usually a subordinate has an issue with authority, doesn’t get her job done, or just wants to gaze at the stars with her sweetheart in the style of Elizabeth Frankini.
Ramona Singer is a gem of a housewife. Bravo couldn’t have anticipated just how good their casting was when she was hired for the premiere of Real Housewives of New York. Ramona has entertained us for thirteen seasons with her quirkiness and complete lack of self-awareness. Longtime friends Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Dorinda Medley just accept Ramona for who she is, and side-step the Singer stinger moments. Season 13 newbie Eboni K. Williams has managed to wrangle Ramona in on several occasions in a most magnificent way. But Ramona will always be….Ramona.
Her crazy moments are many. How about that Season 3 catwalk? Or her “Wow Bethenny [Frankel]” confrontation? Then there was a disastrous speech for the New York Loves Kids event when she couldn’t pronounce her host’s name. So we know that Ramona often puts her foot in her mouth. But dog food?
As the news of Erika Jayne’s divorce is only now breaking on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the fallout from her decision is playing out in real time July 2021. She left Tom Girardi’s mansion and downsized her life in many ways. The reason for Erika’s secrecy and haste is now clear, and lawyers are dissecting her every word on RHOBH for indication that she knew about Tom’s alleged involvement embezzling from crash victims.
Erika is suffering another setback in a challenging year. If it wasn’t bad enough to be seen out and about without the benefits of a glam squad, and for being under legal scrutiny for the alleged wrong-doings of your former spouse, Erika was also dumped as a model for Rihanna’s Fenty brand.