This season of Below Deck is so utterly disappointed I’m actually dreading watching it. The unchecked misogyny is out of control and it’s disgusting the way almost the entire male crew is actively attempting to gaslight most of the female crew. The exception in both these cases seem to be Brian de Saint Pern and Courtney Skippon, who maybe are protected by a bubble of love. Or at least like. Like, that in Courtney’s case, is probably al dente.
After being physically threatened and screamed at by Ashton Pienaar in his drunken “Smashton’ state Kate Chastain has disappeared from the boat. She literally walks off into the night, telling the producers and film crew to fuck off.
I like to imagine production tracked Kate down and put her up in a 5-star hotel, then gave her a bonus a spa treatment. Kate must have felt incredibly afraid and uncomfortable to walk off into the night in a foreign country where she doesn’t speak the language or know anyone outside of the Super Yacht. The only person who is at all concerned and tries to stop her is Rhylee Gerber. And the next morning Rhylee is the only person who actually remembers what happened.
I apologize for the delay in this recap, but I was suffused in a cookie-filled delirium that included nonstop holiday parties and preparations. With New Years Eve literally on the horizon, followed by our annual (MASSIVE) New Years Day brunch, I keep repeating to myself “Home Stretch!” Which is much like this season of Below Deck!
We are in the home stretch here and things are gonna get worse before they (hopefully) get better. In my case the thing that will get worse is my waistline! Please, please, please let some Good Samaritan break into my house and steal only the cookies, cakes, and other holiday treats before I turn into a marshmallow who roams around just absorbing other sweets until I am taking over the entirety of a grocery store in a mad quest for sugar.
Anyway, on with the show!
The drama between Kate Chastain and Ashton Pienaar on Below Deck is pretty tense. He’s jammed his tongue down her throat without permission. He called her out for taking her sweet time to get read for group outings. And the preview for next week’s episode looks even worse for the two of them. Kate and chef Kevin Dobson have been at odds since the very start. Even Tanner Sterback has thrown in some jabs at Kate, which isn’t surprising because he becomes less and less endearing each episode.
Kate also got into it with Brian de Saint Pern in the production van over the word “yachtie,” but that seemed very out of the norm for the typically respectful deckhand. However, he did cross a line (in many people’s eyes), when he called Kate “kind of a bitch.” So what does Captain Lee Rosbach have to say about this? He’s Team Kate, of course, but he didn’t hear about most of this stuff until he watched the episodes.
This season of Below Deck is a total and utter clusterf–k! The crew isn’t getting along, the guests continue to be disappointed by something each week, and now we can add equipment malfunctions to the lists. Good times!
After Kate Chastain sorted laundry on the crew mess floor in front of Captain Lee Rosbach, who seriously looked on as impassively as if he was an insomniac flicking through informercials at 3am, Ashton Pienaar blows a gasket about how Kate treating the crew so callously has created a culture where no one wants to work with her. Really?
Kate is so upset she bursts into tears and winds up falling asleep sobbing as Rhylee Gerber strokes her back and covers her. Which was sweet. Have we ever seen emotions other than anger for Kate? Have we entered a new dimension?
During last week’s episode of Below Deck, a drunk Kate Chastain jumped out of a moving van and threw laundry around the galley. In front of Captain Lee Rosbach. Ashton Pienaar, Brian de Saint Pern, Tanner Sterback, and Kevin Dobson were over Kate’s antics.
The guys are also over Rhylee Gerber. I’m sensing a pattern here.
Ashton Pienaar is finding his new management responsibilities challenging. As the Below Deck season progresses, it’s obvious that Ashton is having a hard time separating his role as bosun with his drunken alter-ego Smashton. Sure, he’s functioning quite well the next day physically. However, Ashton forgets that the time he spent bonding with his bros on a night out cannot cross into their professional life.
Since the return of Rhylee Gerber, it’s been a deck crew at odds. As in, the guys versus Rhylee. Ashton set the expectation from the beginning by warning Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern about her need for inclusivity and volatile personality. When Rhylee told Simone Mashile that Tanner was dishing on their hookup, Ashton treated it like a betrayal to the group. The tensions on these conflicts will come to a head during tonight’s week’s episode.
Captain Lee Rosbach would never admit it, but Kate Chastain was out of line during the last episode of Below Deck. Yes, Brian de Saint Pern said she was “kind of a bitch” and that isn’t OK. However, she was a diva all episode. She made the crew wait forever while she got ready for a day at the pool. Kate said this was acceptable since she has a “higher rank” than everyone else on the boat. But, how long does it take to put on a bikini and sunglasses? That was absurd. She kept calling Brian a “yachtie” when he asked her not to.
She threw the cast members’ clothes all over the crew mess in front of Captain Lee. She jumped out of the production van. It just really wasn’t a good look for Kate, all around. At least the captain has her back because it doesn’t seem like many other crew members do.