Anchors aweigh, JL saves the day! Who knew our boy Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux had it in him? And who knew Gary King would trust his junior deckhand with such a dangerous, potentially deadly task? (Especially one that could lead to a terrifying watery grave.) On second thought, maybe it makes sense that Gary would put JL in that position rather than risk himself. But either way, the deckhand came through in a crisis. But as always, I’m getting ahead of myself…
At the end of last week’s Below Deck Sailing Yacht, Jean-Luc was not exactly getting a heroic edit. Far from it, in fact. With the charter guests roasting atop an ancient Croatian castle, he couldn’t be bothered to stop eating dinner and bring them a few bottles of water. Instead, Gary had to rush down from the highest tower and do JL’s job for him. Before the deckhand could even find the cooler bag, Gary had made it to Parsifal and back, bragging to Daisy Kelliher that he knew he’d do the job quicker than JL.
Sydney Zaruba is a bit unhinged when it comes to love. That’s become a well-established fact in the universe of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. But it turns out that when you add alcohol, she gets even worse. This is something poor Alli Dore learned quickly at the end of last week’s episode. You know, the one where a drunk Sydney went on the attack and drove Alli to flee to her cabin with her constant passive-aggressive jabs. Last week, Colin Macrae chalked it up Sydney just being a scary drunk. But this week, he expounds on his theory that it all goes back to the love triangle that never ends. Sydney’s just jealous and picking a fight over Gary King.
Thankfully, we quickly skip ahead to the next morning. Which turns out to be a turnaround day on the boat, since the next charter doesn’t start until the following afternoon. Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux and Dani Soares emerge from their guest cabin in postcoital bliss. Or at least general giddiness. (They even used the master suite because it tuns out JL’s 6’9″ frame won’t even fit in the other guest beds, either.) And Alli‘s waking up to the realization that yes, she has a growing “attachment” to Gary. But she refuses to do anything about it on account of Sydney‘s, ahem, rather intense feelings for the shaggy-haired first mate.
Below Deck viewers have come to learn the trends of employment in the yachting industry. It’s a demanding job that requires months away from family and a stable life. People that stay in the industry long-term take that demand happily to pursue their dreams. Others enjoy the experience in their youth, then decide to change careers in favor of something else. For women especially, there is a shelf life.
Many Below Deck Mediterranean fans cheered Hannah Ferrier last season as she returned to land life, got engaged, and had a baby girl. It’s what she was hoping for, and now, there is another fan favorite who decided to pursue her dreams of motherhood.
Portions sizes. That’s the latest topic of contention between Daisy Kelliher and Natasha De Bourg on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. At the end of last week’s episode, the chief stew and the chef went head to head over rather large serving sizes. See, the guests all said the food was great. There was just one problem: they literally couldn’t finish their meal. Of course, when Daisy pointed this out as the boat’s intermediary between the guests and the galley, Natasha threw a fit and stormed off.
But in reality, the fight wasn’t about how much food is on each plate during service. Even though Daisy was technically correct on that point. It’s about Natasha‘s startling inability to take any kind of feedback. Constructive or otherwise. In Natasha’s world, she’s perfect. And she isn’t interested in hearing anything otherwise, thank you very much. Not even when she has yet to successfully cook an egg for breakfast this entire season.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his family ran the crew of Parsifal ragged. They were very vocal about food preferences and demanded plated meals for their brood. Chef Natasha De Bourg struggled under the time management. The beach picnic was a bust too and if it weren’t for Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux, Barrie wouldn’t have had anything to rave about. No one on Below Deck Sailing Yacht was sorry to see the family of nine leave.
This eccentric group were obviously accustomed to a high standard, one which should come with a certain level of discretion. But at one point during the charter, chief stew Daisy Kelliher was sharing tabloid fodder about them. When the episode aired, Barrie was none to pleased to see the crew gossiping about his family. Especially since he claimed the information Daisy found is not entirely accurate.
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan presented Below Deck fans to a new concept, that of long term relationship in the boating/yachting industry. They were introduced to us as bosun and first mate in the premier season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Their four year romance seemed to be an exception rather than the rule in an industry of seasonal boatmances.
Not that their love was without hiccups along the way. Paget was consistently flirting with costar Georgia Grobler, and by the end of the season she was professing deep feelings towards him. There was no physical indiscretion, and at the time filming wrapped, Paget and Ciara seemed unshaken by the incident. They bought a home in France, and moved in together as of October 2020. There was an engagement. So what really happened?
Last week’s Below Deck Sailing Yacht ended on a very naked cliffhanger. Surely you remember. With Gary King, Alli Dore and Sydney Zaruba taking their weird love triangle to an uncomfortable level with a 2 a.m. skinny dip? Well, I think it’s well past time that Bravo learns to tone down the incessant use of “To Be Continued” because it really couldn’t have been less necessary.
What happens after the trio jump into the Mediterranean? Why, they’re wet and cold and force Gary to run naked down the dock to get towels, of course. How else could this scenario have ended? Certainly not with the fake out of Captain Glenn Shephard being woken by the noise. Because Glenn rolls over and goes right back to sleep. And while Gary finally calls it a night, the girls stay up even longer for an emotional (and drunken) heart-to-heart on the bow.
Welcome back to Below Deck Sailing Yacht, where Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his family have permanently taken over Parsifal. At least that’s what it feels like, considering this is the third week in a row we’ve been subjected to them on our screens. This family is never leaving the boat. They’ve complained about hollandaise sauce. The kids have competed for Louis Vuitton shoes. Last week’s episode ended with the male crew members in drag. All caught up? Good. Because we have one more episode of the twisted Brady Bunch to get through…
Bright and early the morning after the drag dinner, it’s day three of the charter. Or four. Or six. Or sixteen. Honestly, don’t ask me, I’ve completely lost track. All I know is this is the charter that never ends and this family needs to get off the boat. It’s also Barrie’s ex-husband’s birthday, so a full afternoon of water sports are in order. But not until after a breakfast of beans on toast for everyone! That’s something Natasha De Bourg can do better than poaching an egg. What she still can’t do, it seems, is deliver what she promises to the guests. This time being a cotton candy machine for the birthday dinner. The chef takes all of ten minutes trying to make candy floss, as she calls it, before calling it quits and walking away. No cotton candy for you, Tony!