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?)
On tonight’s Below Deck last year’s charter guests Helen and Richard resurrect to work their black magic upon Thailand, but literally one of their friends is the unliving embodiment of a return from the dead gone wrong!
Charter 2 is starting out with plenty of drama with a wild group of charter guests who loooove to drink. Kate Chastain knows and loves the primaries but their friends… oh my! One gets so frisky Captain Lee Rosbach may have a sexual harassment suit on his hands. Do not let Lee’s wife Mary Anne see this episode!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chastain, unsurprisingly, 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?
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?