Elizabeth Frankini was far from the best stew in Below Deck history. But, why fire her when the charter season is practically done? The timing just seemed a little bit off. Not to mention that Francesca Rubi clearly just didn’t like Elizabeth.
Was the firing due to personal reasons? Or was it solely professional? Most likely, it was a little bit of both, but Ashling Lorger had Francesca’s back during a recent Watch What Happens Live appearance.
That last episode of Below Deck was so awkward for Elizabeth Frankini. She had no idea that Captain Lee Rosbach was gonna let Francesca Rubi fire her. Before that, she had no idea that James Hough had zero interest in actually dating her and was trash talking her. And, most critically, she seemingly had no idea how to do the basic tasks required for her job.
The awkwardness continued after the episode when Elizabeth and Ashling Lorger appeared on Watch What Happens Live together. They called each other out and argued the whole time.
Will lying to a charter guest come back to haunt you? That’s the question on Ashling Lorger‘s mind as we set sail on another week of Below Deck. At the end of last week’s episode, the stew cut off the alcohol for the primary’s two sons. And now she’s worried she’s going to pay for it. In the form of putting the entire crew’s tip in jeopardy. One one hand, they tried to jump into the tender and almost went for a swim. On the other, one of the boys threw an alcohol-fueled tantrum at two in the morning. But what are the chances he’ll even remember the night before after half a bottle of Hennessy?
Turns out, chances are high. The next morning, the first thing he does is complain to anyone who will listen about the mean stew who lied about the hot tub and sent him to bed. Including Francesca Rubi, who’s baffled that Ashling would do anything to anger a rich, spoiled charter guest. However, when she hears Ashling’s side of the story, she naturally sides with her bestie. The teenager conveniently failed to mention trying to drunkenly board the tender. Or going out on the swim platform. Over breakfast, his parents also laugh off his complaining, and the issue is essentially dead in the water. Phew. Tip crisis averted.
The stud of the sea is just about the only consistent energy we have on this season of Below Deck. I get that Eddie Lucas isn’t totally new, but he has such corny dad energy now. This is his redemption year. It seems to be going pretty well, I guess. It’s also largely unremarkable. So back to the man of the hour, Captain Lee Rosbach.
Lee has been a fan favorite for years. This season has been an extra treat getting to see the softer side of captain. While he’s always been integrous, this charter season has been next level. He’s been extremely vulnerable with charter guests and crew about the tragic loss of his son.
Is it even a show-mance when one of the parties couldn’t be less interested? Watching James Hough completely snub Elizabeth Frankini on this season of Below Deck has been so painful. Say what you will about Rachel Hargrove, but her instincts on this one were dead on. Not only has she called out the fact that James is the worst, but she stood up for Elizabeth when it came to chief stew Francesca Rubi as well.
Rachel isn’t the only one who’s been less than impressed with James. In last week’s episode it became clear Captain Lee Rosbach is equally unimpressed. Despite Francesa trying to rat on Elizabeth for sleeping in the guest cabin, it was quickly made apparent that Lee wanted James’ ass for taking part in the sleepover too.
Unfortunately, the sexism is rampant throughout the Below Deck franchise. Yes, that statement isn’t applicable to every single person on the boat. However, it’s an issue that the cast encounters practically every season.
Bosun Eddie Lucas promoted Izzy Wouters to the lead deckhand position with Captain Lee Rosbach’s blessing. Instead of congratulating Izzy on the promotion, acknowledging her hard work/aptitude, or just giving her any modicum of respect on deck, James Hough and Rob Phillips joked at her expense, making it clear that they didn’t take her seriously as leader.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fan favorite Heather Gay is many things. She is an entrepreneur who owns Beauty Lab & Laser, a successful med spa. She is divorced from “Mormon royalty,” Billy Gay III. RHOSLC co-star Lisa Barlow accused Heather of marrying for the lifestyle and money. Not cool, Lisa.
Divorce is frowned upon in the Mormon Church, however, Heather has been trying to navigate her own way. In an emotional episode of RHOSLC, Heather talked about her feelings of shame and guilt with her three daughters. She feels judged, and not able to live her life the way that she would like to. Heather may not be interested in love, but she’s still interested in sex.
Rachel Hargrove knows that she can cook. She also knows that the Below Deck crew of My Seanna need her more than she needs them, especially given the unraveling of the coronavirus at the time of filming. One could guess that she would have been welcomed back onto the boat, given that no alternative chef was available.
Of course, Rachel had to get the ok from Captain Lee Rosbach first. To Captain Lee, expendable crew are just that, and he’s not one to indulge people with their emotional issues. But desperate times, and Rachel’s undeniable talent as a chef forced Captain Lee to bring her back. The question is, would he choose to work with her again?