Sometimes, life is a matter of perspective. Instead of being “stuck” at home because of the pandemic, it might feel better to view the situation as being “safe” at home instead.
Of course, what’s going on the world right now should not be minimized, not by any means. Nevertheless, a lot of people with “non-essential” jobs are at home. Some are homeschooling their children. Others have turned their living rooms into an office. Most of the people who are reading this have been watching a lot of reality TV shows- in the background, while fulfilling responsibilities, of course. Well, Bravo knows that fans are looking for premium programming. And, no, I’m not trying to re-watch an episode of a show that I just watched last week.
One of the most important crew relationships on any Below Deck show is the dynamic between the captain and the chief stew. Everything that occurs on the boat, from charter guest parties to personnel issues flows from the camaraderie between the two positions.
Of all the Below Deck shows, the closest captain-chief stew relationship has been between Captain Lee Rosbach and Chief Stew Kate Chastain. Through six seasons of sailing the Caribbean and South Pacific together, the two have had each other’s backs through stormy seas, out-of-control guests and unhappy crew members. When Kate announced she was leaving the show, many people were surprised. Count Captain Lee among them.
Last night on Below Deck Sailing Yacht we lost one crew member and gained a new one. I stand by my stance that Parker McCown is appalling. He has no respect for authority, plus his over-confidence and arrogance is so typical white male privilege. He’s like Gordon Gekko of the high seas.
In a meeting with Captain Glenn Shephard and Paget Berry about whether or not he should be fired, Parker yells at the Captain, argues that he’s being stressed out, then decides to flip this whole firing thing into him resigning because that’s how positive people handle problems. Plus he doesn’t like to be around people who don’t love him. Parker does realize he was gonna be fired anyway, right?
Parker’s real problem is that he doesn’t want to work. He wants to blow all his tip money proposing to the ex-girlfriend, Kati, who dumped him a couple months ago because she wanted to sleep with other guys, then begged him back when she saw a free trip to Greece and the opportunity to be on TV.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht is back tonight for an all-new episode. This time, the cast has to cater to charter guests who are social media influencers. Oh, boy. Who isn’t a social media influencer these days? I’m already feeling my eyes start to roll.
Apparently, someone in this group upsets Jenna MacGillivray. Could that be the same person who has been flirting it up with Adam Glick? Meanwhile, this woman is on charter with her boyfriend, who feels angry and disrespected by his girlfriend openly lusting after Adam on a reality TV show.
Jack Stirrup as a deckhand on Below Deck Mediterranean left much to be desired. His work ethic was consistently low and he blamed Bosun Joao Franco for his lack of inspiration. Captain Sandy Yawn repeatedly had to ask Jack to tie his hair back. The risk of getting kicked off the boat was pretty high until Jack started to change his behaviors.
Finally, Jack found a reason to stay on the boat. Second Stew Aesha Scott caught Jack’s eye and the two started an endearing courtship. By the end of the charter season, the two were walking off the dock together. The boat-mance didn’t last, unfortunately, and Jack went back to his ex-girlfriend without giving Aesha any clarity that he was doing so. He later claimed that production coerced him into expressing deeper feelings than he had at the time.
Oh, the men on Below Deck strike again. This franchise is cursed by toxic, ridiculous men, isn’t it? And Below Deck Sailing Yacht proves to be no exception! Last night’s chief offenders where Adam Glick (duh) and Parker McCown who has the emotional reserves of a toddler and the coping skills of a drunk frat boy being told the keg is empty.
Well, at least the charter guests were lovely! Both to look at and interact with. Maisa, the primary, is a scout for Playboy Slovenia which sounds like the type of job one has as a glorified yacht girl turned trophy wife. Still Maisa was polite and charming. Most of the guests this season have been great – and even those who sucked as people were at least good tippers. Maybe sail boats put people in better moods than motor yachts?
Adam has his manties in a twist because it turns out that Jenna MacGillivray and Georgia Grobler have a shared ex-boyfriend named Johan. Jenna dated him for a couple months and finds this random connection hilarious. Her current boyfriend Adam — not so much. Adam literally rips Georgia a new one for making a joke about it. Georiga is visibly shaken as she tells Jenna about Adam’s reaction.
As we are all aware, we are living in some tough times these days. At least, we have some entertaining TV shows to watch while we are social distancing and staying safe in our homes.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Watch What Happens Live has been filming new episodes via video chat. Andy Cohen hosts from the safety of his New York City apartment. And different guests video chat in from wherever they are. Although it’s great to see the stars glammed up with pounds of hair extensions and self-tanner, this filming from home thing definitely has some advantages. For instance, there are no travel schedules to consider. This means that it is possible to have premium guests every single night.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht is back tonight with a brand new episode. Captain Glenn Shepard has been calm, cool, and collected this whole charter season. However, his frustration with Parker McCown has been growing by the second.
Tonight, Captain Glenn warns Parker to get it together. Otherwise, he’s off the boat. He tells Parker, “Whether you stay on this boat beyond tomorrow or not is completely up to you.” Parker isn’t the best at his job, but it’s so hard to like most of the people in this cast. They cannot get rid of one of the few likable cast members.