On last night’s Below Deck things got really really, REALLY deep. Like penetrating each other in the bunk beds deep and delving into people’s inner psychological matter deep. All the shenanigans make it hard to remember that just 3 days earlier Ashton Pienaarnearly died. He is still wearing the ankle brace to prove it!
With just 36 hours before the new charter arrives the crew heads out for a much-needed break from the close confines of My Stupida. Ashton is especially ready to let loose and be grateful for this amazing life he still gets to lead. Ashton and RossInia have evolved from crewmates to soulmates. They have a sweet moment where they discuss survival and friendship. The most detrimental thing they now have to face is Rhylee Gerber!
Captain Lee Rosbach structures his blogs as a critique of each Below Deck crew member. He addresses each person directly and gives them a paragraph worth of wisdom. The length depends on how off that person is from Captain Lee’s expectations of an ideal employee.
On this week’s blog, Captain Lee FORGOT TO INCLUDE JOSIAH CARTER!!! All that sweet boy got was a passing mention in Kate Chastain’sparagraph. It’s as if he is just becoming an extension of Kate. Perhaps in reality TV land Josiah has done everything wrong. He’s perfectly trained, refined, focused, and non-combative. He only gossips in with Kate in her lair. I say Josiah deserves his OWN paragraph!
The Below Deck After Show had a rightfully somber tone this week. Since viewers finally saw the conclusion to the man overboard rescue, Ashton Pienaarwas given the platform to share his harrowing experience. He detailed his mental struggle to survive, his acceptance when he believed the worst would happen, and the emotions he cycled through once he was saved.
It felt like there were Real Housewives meetups happening all over the country this week. Or at least that’s what it seemed like when I scroll through my Instagram feed. Kandi Burruss supported Beverly Hills Housewife Erika Jayne at her Atlanta concert. Potomac Housewives Gizelle Bryant hung out with Real Housewives of Atlanta OG NeNe Leakes. Warning: they applied way too much airbrush to their IG photo. Cynthia Bailey left the ATL to hang out with Dorinda Medley in New York City.
Real Housewives of Dallas stars Stephanie Hollman and Brandi Redmond shared photos hanging with their kids. Meanwhile, their costar Cary Deuber shared a photo of her face all marked up and ready for a cosmetic procedure. Orange County Housewife Shannon Beadorfollowed her lead. Shannon posted a photo of herself getting some cosmetic enhancements. This is a social media trend that I just don’t understand.
This season of Below Deck is overflowing with drama. That’s definitely a good thing, at least for the viewers. However, it has to be tough on the crew members to be away from their friends and family for these extended periods of time.
Recently, Below Deck cast member Josiah Carter shared a sweet photo with his mother Kairen Carter on social media.
Ashton went off the back of the swim platform after stepping into a tow line which wrapped around his ankle. It was exactly like a movie, but this was actual reality and Bravo editing magic had nothing to do with the events! As Captain Lee Rosbach explained while choking up, Ashton was “within 30 seconds” of losing his life, or at the very least his foot!
The most surprising revelation, however, was that Ashton owes his life (and the continuation of his defined tricep muscles) to the rapid reaction of a Below Deck cameraman named Brent. He literally threw down his camera, raced to the side of the boat, and untangled the lines to give Ashton more time, which set him free to swim to the tender to wait until they were in safer water to bring him in! Maybe Brent should be bosun. Something tells me Rhylee Gerber wouldn’t be talking to him with a nasty attitude!