We have finally docked on this toxic season of Below Deck, and they could fill an ocean with champagne and it still wouldn’t be enough to celebrate coming to the end of this mess.
There’s really not much left to say about the stupidity, except that the guys have learned nothing. As Courtney Skippon so eloquently explained (how on earth did casting miss that she was smart and go on to hire her?) about misogyny it’s not simply hating women, it’s putting women down for behaving in ways you think are reserved for men. This manifested in Brian de Saint Pern deciding Courtney had no right to share her opinions and should stay out of ‘mens bidnezz.’ Or Ashton Pienaar deciding he could shove his tongue down Kate Chastain‘s throat, because all she’s worth is an item to satisfy him, not his equal rank in running an entity of a super yacht.
After all the drama of this season’s Below Deck I expected the reunion to be somewhere on the crazy-level of your average Real Housewives reunion, but it was clear that everyone came with a plan to redeem themselves by being on their best behavior. Sure, there were disagreements, but polite and quiet ones. Even Kevin Dobson apologized and managed to find nice things to say about Kate Chastain. Not that we forgive him.
Andy Cohen was pretty direct this reunion. Possibly even skewing towards combative. He directly questioned Kate and Captain Lee, and even argued against some of Captain Lee’s points. Basically, Andy seems tired of Captain Lee blindly defending Kate at all costs possible. To err is human and last I checked Kate is a human, not the saint of the sea.
After a drama-filled charter season, the Below Deck Season 7 cast gathered in New York City to hash out their problems during an Andy Cohen-hosted reunion, which airs tonight.
As expected, it’s gonna be a battle of the sexes, for the most part. But, there’s also some lingering tension between Chief Stew Kate Chastain and Simone Mashile, who is still questioning Kate’s management style even though she can’t open a bottle of wine.
Below Deck is sailing into its final charter of the season. Where did everything go so wrong? There was drama from the get-go, with mutual animosity between Kate Chastain and Kevin Dobson. Deckhand Abbi Murphy left mid- charter season, to be replaced by take no prisoners Rhylee Gerber.
A flirtation between Courtney Skippon and Brian de Saint Pern satisfied the boat romance quota, while the hookups between Tanner Sterback and Simone Mashile showed us why it is a bad idea to pair up with co-workers. Slowly, things have taken a darker turn, with the male deck crew and chef Kevin engaging in some blatantly misogynistic behavior. Part of their actions have been aimed at Rhylee. How does Ashton Pienaar feel he and his crew treated Rhylee? His answers may–or may not–surprise you.
Falling under the category of “No One Asked You,” comes Below Deck’s Tanner Sterback. Who has decided to weigh in on resident bad girl Rhylee Gerber’s interest in Brian de Saint Pern. And like the
ass class act he is, he takes it to a juvenile level.
I would expect nothing less from a man who brags about his conquests with Simone Mashile to the other guys. Who knew high fiving after a hook up was something guys did in real life? I thought it was just made for TV douchery.
Rhylee Gerber showed up when the Below Deck crew needed her. Abbi Murphy split after her text message engagement. Tanner Sterback was coming off of an illness. Brian de Saint Pern was in bed resting after his leg injury and subsequent infection.
They needed Rhylee on deck, even though Ashton Pienaar, Captain Lee Rosbach, and Kevin Dobson didn’t care for her presence. Yes, Rhylee rubs them the wrong way, but she actually does her job, unlike Simone Mashile, for instance. Simone can’t even make an iced coffee. The crew had to be so grateful that Rhylee showed up when the team was crumbling, right? Apparently not, according to Rhylee, Captain Lee did not give Rhylee a portion of the tip from that charter.
The charter guests from the last episode of Below Deck were out of hand. One of the female guests wore a mesh bathing suit as she made a play for an admittedly tempted Ashton Pienaar. Meanwhile, one of the guys continually sexually harassed Simone Mashile. He talked about “bending her over” in the bathroom and made additional comments about a garter she had on her thigh for a pirate-themed day.
It was so uncomfortable to watch as an outsider. I can’t even imagine how Simone felt on the receiving end of such lewd behavior. Captain Lee Rosbach chimed in on Twitter and I have to. be honest: he really put his foot in his mouth. He tried to backtrack and explain himself, but Twitter wasn’t having it. And neither was Simone, Rhylee Gerber, or Abbi Murphy.
Ugh – I’m already tied of Rhylee Gerber and she hasn’t even been in one episode of this season’s Below Deck, but sadly for us all that is about to change! Literally even the preview has me drained of her drama.
As Brian de Saint Pern is dealing with his knee injury Captain Lee Rosbach calls Rhylee in just in time. Instead of rescuing the deckhands Rhylee proves to be an immediately toxic presence that pushes Ashton Pienaar almost to his breaking point.