Is anyone else exhausted from this season of Below Deck? From chef drama with Kevin Dobson to the toxic “Bru Crew” trio of Ashton Pienaar, Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern, I feel like I have been working a long charter season myself. When loose-cannon Rhylee Gerber is the most likeable person on the deck crew, you know you have personnel problems.
This week, Real Housewives of Orange County alum Alexis Bellino showed up on Below Deck with her boyfriend Andy Bohn in a Bravo crossover move. Admittedly, I was expecting Alexis to be up to her old diva ways. Surprisingly, that hasn’t happened (yet!) as Alexis has been too busy engaging in some serious affection with her man. Kate Chastain and Courtney Skippon made it clear that they were not fans of Alexis’ excessive PDA. Not surprisingly, Alexis had something to say about it on social media.
Southern Charm’s Shep Rose is someone who lives life on his own terms. Shep generally does and says whatever he pleases, which sometimes can get him into trouble. Last year, he made fun of a homeless woman in an Instagram post, resulting in him apologizing and shutting down his Twitter account for a time. Shep has also had dust-ups with co-stars, including Craig Conover and Madison LeCroy, and even got into a Twitter feud with The Rock.
Vanderpump Rules stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright called out Shep on Watch What Happens Live last week for his behavior at their wedding. When asked which one of their guests’ behavior was the most annoying at their summer nuptials, the couple bestowed the honor on Shep. He had posted pictures of their wedding online, including Brittany walking down the aisle. Understandably, neither Jax nor Brittany were happy about it. As usual, Shep had something to say about the matter and took to social media to defend himself.
Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke made a thirsty splash last season as a freshman housewife. Seven children. Claims of occasional swinging with her statement necklace wearing hubby Sean Burke. Making out with Tamra Judge. And having an odd mother, Dr. Deb, whom Braunwyn revealed she was taking a break from at the reunion. Although Braunwyn was not always understandable or relatable, she was often memorable.
Braunwyn tried to fit in with the other OC ladies, but struggled to bond with some of her co-stars. Vicki Gunvalson found her behavior scandalous. Braunwyn even annoyed annoying Gina Kirschenheiter. Recently, Braunwyn revealed she will have a special something in common with many of her co-stars if she returns for a second season. Braunwyn has joined the exclusive OC Housewife Plastic Surgery Club.
Brandi Redmond is definitely one of those Real Housewives who isn’t afraid of letting it all hang out. During the first seasons of the Real Housewives of Dallas, she and BFF Stephanie Hollman often engaged in goofy escapades, sometimes amusing, sometimes not. This season, for the most part, Brandi was a little more reserved and her behavior was not as overtly attention-seeking.
Somehow, Brandi even managed to maintain a cordial relationship with messy LeeAnne Locken. Considering their track record, this was nothing short of miraculous. By Part 1 of the cast reunion, their relationship had soured and in upcoming previews, Brandi appears to call out LeeAnne for her racially-tinged comments directed towards Kary Brittingham in Thailand. Recently, however, a video surfaced of Brandi engaging in some inappropriate behavior of a similarly questionable nature.
Naomie Olindo has been on Southern Charm for four seasons, first as a recurring cast member who was introduced as the girlfriend of Craig Conover. After their split, Naomie continued on the show and became a full-time cast member last season. Although Southern Charm fans initially got to know Naomie through her relationship and difficult breakup with Craig, she has taken on more of a role in the show over time.
We have seen Naomie complete her education and eventually open up her own clothing business. Last season, she shared her new romance with boyfriend Metul Shah. Another thing we have learned about Naomie is the strong connection she has with her parents. Her mother and father appeared on Southern Charm several times, including when they were opening up a restaurant in the Charleston area, which Naomie was involved in. Sadly, Naomie just shared some heartbreaking news about her father.
Who would have thought that Rhylee Gerber would come back to Below Deck on season 7 of the show? On season 6, she made waves with the crew–and usually not in a good way. Rhylee’s headstrong ways and quick temper resulted in conflict with her fellow deck crew, including bosun Chandler Brooks, deckhand/bosun Ross Inia and deckhand Ashton Pienaar.
This season’s crew quickly learned that Rhylee has an opinion and is not afraid to share it. She wasted no time in calling out chef Kevin Dobson–who kind of deserved it. Now, she and bosun Ashton are at odds. One deckhand Rhylee had a good rapport–and a little more–with last season was Tyler Rowland. Rhylee recently gave an update on what happened to the casual for Tyler/not so casual for Rhylee relationship after the charter season ended.
90 Day Fiance episodes should be shown in premarital counseling sessions–as examples of what not to do when getting married. Although some couples go on to have happy marriages, many others do not. Case in point–Colt Johnson and Larissa Dos Santos Lima. Anyone could have seen the couple were ill-suited for each other, with different temperaments, personalities–and views of what role mother-in-law Debbie Johnson would play in their marriage.
The tempestuous lovebirds weathered Larissa’s domestic violence arrests, jealousy and Colt’s online flirting. Inevitably, the couple called it quits. After their split, Colt and Larissa flaunted new relationships and tried to extend their 15 minutes of fame. Both seemed to enjoy taking post-split digs at each other, but they eventually came to an amicable divorce. And what does one do after a divorce? If you are Colt Johnson, you get rid of the evidence.
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of season 14 of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Some highlights of the season for me were getting to know Emily Simpson a little better and Gina Kirschenheiter chasing after a dramatic Tamra Judge in the finale. Plus Kelly Dodd taking no prisoners on the cast trip to Key West–and on Part 1 of the reunion. And dare I say, Vicki Gunvalson’s demotion?
Lowlights include Tamra and Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s make out session, Dr. Deb’s tough love maternal instincts and some of the Tres Amigas’ escapades. Kelly and the Amigas were at odds most of the season over everything from Shannon Beador’s Miraval retreat gonging to the ugly rumors spread about Kelly. Over-the-top retaliation by Kelly, including inserting herself in the Jim Bellino lawsuit fueled the feud. Will the Amigas and Kelly ever find their way back to each other? Shannon recently made it clear that she and Kelly are still on the outs.