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Below Deck Abbi Murphy

On last night’s Below Deck there was everlasting love, shitty tantrums, and Abbi Murphy‘s hair blowing in everyone’s faces. Most notably Ashton Pienaar‘s!

So we open on the toilet, where apparently chef Kevin Dobson dreams up all his best dishes. To contrast with footage of Kevin counseling himself through explosive diarrhea, chocolate pudding, and the selection of “very slower” progress anti-poop medication, we also see proof that Kevin is a very thorough hand washer. So diphtheria be damned! Good thing too, because some ‘I Do’ popping is the plan for the evening, and if there’s one dinner you can’t fuck up, it’s the one which will set the tone for the primary charter guest’s marriage.

Below Deck - Kate Chastain

As Below Deck glides into its second episode of season 7, everything seems to be going swimmingly: the charter guests are happy, the food is good, and the crew is all getting along well. We know from the previews this doesn’t last long, but for now it’s all coming up roses — and rings!

That’s right, I think we’re getting our first ever Below Deck proposal this season when the primary enlists Kate Chastain‘s help to pull off the ultimate surprise.

Anastasia defends her Attitude as Chef

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

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.

Kate & Captain Lee

So happy Kate Chastain is back in our lives. If nothing else, Chief Stew Kate is also Chief Stew of Snark. I applaud her continued efforts on behalf of snarkers everywhere. Thankfully Kate has returned for the new season of Below Deck, we’re in Thailand where it is hot and sticky, but the local food is worth multiple bug bites from questionable insects.

The show is making another voyage on the high seas and we are already one episode down. Thanks to #editingbybravo the foreshadowing is on the wall for future troubles the crew will face. When the highly anticipated trailer for the new season was released, viewers saw Kate storming off the vessel whilst advising abdmonimally challenged chef Kevin Dobson to find a new chief stew. Now Kate explains why she peaced out on the chef, and the disappointment she inflicted on Captain Lee Rosbach.

Below Deck Captain Lee Rosbach

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 Chastainunsurprisingly, 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 Leah Shafer Below Deck Mediterranean

Captain Sandy Yawn never knows what she might face each week on Below Deck Mediterranean–a questionable chef like Mila Kolomeitseva, rogue stews like June Foster, inclement weather or a fire when she is trying to dock. She has to demonstrate patience, strength, courage and optimism despite what is going on around her.

Those traits are characteristics I am sure Sandy has been calling on lately as she is supporting her girlfriend, gospel singer Leah Shafer, through a difficult health battle. Sandy announced via social media in late August that Leah had been diagnosed with what seemed to be breast cancer. At the time, Sandy revealed that Leah had chosen to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Recently, both of them shared health updates for Leah via social media.

Kate Chastain Dishes On Which Real Housewives Of New York Stars Would Make Great Crew Members

Isn’t it great to have Below Deck back? How beautiful is the exotic Thailand setting? I think this might be the most stunning place Below Deck has been yet. Back for more charter merriment on the high seas are Captain Lee Rosbach, prickly chief stew Kate Chastain and last year’s favorite deckhand, now promoted to bosun, Ashton Piennar.

The yacht drama has already started with a nauseatingly sick on the first charter chef Kevin Dobson. Handful deckhand Abbi Murphy and complaining third stew Courtney Skippon are sure to make for an eventful season. Such crew members make you wonder, what would Kate do if she could actually pick her own crew? Maybe from some other Bravo franchises?