Who would have thought that Rhylee Gerber would come back to Below Deck on season 7 of the show? On season 6, she made waves with the crew–and usually not in a good way. Rhylee’s headstrong ways and quick temper resulted in conflict with her fellow deck crew, including bosun Chandler Brooks, deckhand/bosun Ross Inia and deckhand Ashton Pienaar.
This season’s crew quickly learned that Rhylee has an opinion and is not afraid to share it. She wasted no time in calling out chef Kevin Dobson–who kind of deserved it. Now, she and bosun Ashton are at odds. One deckhand Rhylee had a good rapport–and a little more–with last season was Tyler Rowland. Rhylee recently gave an update on what happened to the casual for Tyler/not so casual for Rhylee relationship after the charter season ended.
This season of Below Deck started out so calm and cool in scorching hot Thailand. For a change, chief stew Kate Chastain was not letting anything ruffle her feathers for long. Kate’s inevitable ruffling initially came in the form of chef Kevin Dobson, who seemed to take an almost instant dislike to her. Kevin even called out her service in front of Captain Lee Rosbach during a tip meeting. Shockingly, Kate did not exact immediate revenge on Kevin.
Kate’s other source of consternation has been second stew Simone Mashile, who has expressed that she wants more responsibility. Kate has made it clear she doesn’t think Simone is a very good second stew, as she did not even know how to open a bottle of wine. Things went from bad to worse this week when a shady Kate gave second stew stripes to Courtney Skippon–in front of Simone! Kate said it was “both a reward for Courtney and a punishment for Simone.” So, where does all this leave Simone and Kate?
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.
Kate Chastain has been on Below Deck so long now, that she can comment on the ghosts of seasons past. It’s been a bumpy road for sure between some of the stews she’s had to deal with, not to mention chefs. Adrian Martin was a gem and though Ben Robinson flustered in the galley on a regular basis, he and Kate had a rapport for sure.
This season, Kevin Dobson has been making life hell for not only Kate, but her interior team as well as deck hand Rhylee Gerber. There’s plenty of snark to go around. And unlike the incident where he was a plate short and couldn’t serve Captain Lee Rosbach, there are enough helpings for everyone.
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.