Captain Lee Rosbach and Chief Stew Kate Chastain are the power duo of Below Deck. They’ve been working together since Season 2 and have a well-established rapport both personally and professionally. Their leadership onboard makes for the perfect balance of fun and personal responsibility. If you don’t pull your weight, you’re off the boat. Captain Lee is not one to give hugs and hang on to inefficient crew members.
We’ve seen it happen many times. Captain Lee will call someone to the bridge and a white envelope gets handed over. Then the newly unemployed crew member will share their hopes, dreams, and resentments in their exit interview. But what about Captain Lee? He makes some big decision and we don’t often know what his rationale is when he finally lets someone go.
Below Deck viewers and the crew members were shocked by the Abbi Murphy’s engagement via text message during last night’s episode. Yes, that’s right. In case you missed it, Patrik, the captain that Abbi referred to as her “f*ck buddy” popped the question via text message. He said he loved her, suggested that they get married, and it was just simple.
Abbi’s crew members were confused by her revelation, especially Ashton Pienaar who acknowledged that he had been trying to hook up with her this whole time. Spoiler alert, everyone: Abbi and Patrik did tie the knot.
In beautiful sunny Thailand there is no paradise aboard Valor as the crew of Below Deck fractures at the seams under the misguidance of Ashton Pienaar.
To be fair I don’t know if it’s Ashton being in over his head from a leadership perspective, or like many a bosun before him, culled by the crazy of a green deckhand. Or a redhead. In this case the double-whammy!
Abbi Murphy has essentially decided that leadership and pecking order be damned – she does what she wants! Like getting so wasted she spends the morning vomiting and misses her clock-in time on deck. Abbi thinks working on Valor, for Captain Lee Rosbach, is like being the tortilla chip flipper at Chipotle. You know – it’s totes fine to text your boss half an hour before your shift starts to let them know that you were like partying soooo hard the night before that your mascara is still smeared all over your morning after dress and mixing with tears from vomiting for 2 hours straight. Hotttt!
After finally ridding themselves of Below Deck‘s drunkest charter guest, the crew now has to tackle the problem of Kevin Dobson, the most arrogant and obnoxious chef the show has ever had!
Last week Kevin walked out in the middle of a meeting with Captain Lee Rosbach, then failed to serve him a main course during the guests final dinner. Knowing he’s in hot water Kevin decides to go overboard impressing
the newest crop of drunken buffoons guests with a ten-course tasting menu. Unfortunately Captain Lee still remains less than enamored with Kevin’s offerings.
Abbi Murphy is this Below Deck’s season token bohemian spirit that just wants to sail. She is accustomed to spending her time on the water metaphorically drifting from port to port and making love her with sexy boyfriend/captain. Wearing multiple uniforms and synchronizing fender drops doesn’t suit this fair siren. Neither does showing up on time and working through a hangover.
If there is any symbolism to be taken from what we’ve seen so far, it’s that Abbi and her hair won’t be tied down. We can all see where this will lead, but on the off-chance that Abbi does decide to conform to the yachting world, Captain Lee Rosbach offered his opinion and words of advice on his blog this week.
Oh sheesh, last night’s Below Deck was A. MESS. From charter guest Brandy, a literal sea sponge soaked in champagne and leeching everywhere, to Kevin Dobson‘s inability to count, to Abbi Murphy‘s drunken disarray… I don’t know what is in the water over in Thailand, but remind me never to drink it!
So Helen + ‘friends’ are on a beach picnic, slurping down cocktails and fish sandwhiches, taking selfies, and Brandy is so trashed she’s speaking in tongues and seeing apparitions in the pattern of her beach towels. Too bad she didn’t have an epiphany about the evils of gluttony, like Helen advised.
Tonight Below Deck meets Survivor when a challenging (re: drunk) charter guest causes extreme chaos and issues arise down below with a power struggle for control of service! Who will win: Kate Chastain or chef Kevin Dobson?!
After extremely drunk (Let’s be honest that woman was on something!) charter guest Brandy is evacuated back to the boat during a beach picnic she continues to stress out the crew with wasted antics that have Captain Lee Rosbach deciding to call for medical attention.
Oh my Below Deck where on earth do you find these people? I think it’s safe to say that Helen Hoey‘s friend Brandy is not just sipping on the al-al-al-alcohol, but adding in a little something extra. So that’s where chef Kevin Dobson‘s “extra” went!
Helen and Richard are back, pretending to be foodies who are rich and fabulous. They have brought with them a literal motley crew of cougars. Actually, I think these women were Motley Crue groupies back in the 80s. (Psssst… I think even Tommy Lee quit partying… Maybe?)