Watching Ashton Pienaar partying and flirting last season on Below Deck was significantly more entertaining than it is on Season 7. Mainly because he had some willing participants to his answer his mating call. But, also, Ashton was not in a management position. So if a crew member turned him down, it was still a level playing field.
As Bosun, Ashton made the inappropriate decision to try and hook up with deckhand Abbi Murphy initially. Then Abbi left to marry her, “Greek f–k buddy,” Ashton has moved on to unwilling Second Stew Courtney Skippon mere hours after she went on a date with Brian de Saint Pern. And the result could be described as sloppy at best.
Abbi Murphy didn’t fancy herself to be cut out for yachting life on Below Deck. Maybe it was the amount of work required of the job. Clearly, the uniform changes were an issue. She seemed to be doing ok except for a few hiccups, but Abbi really psyched herself out and quit before things deteriorated further within the deck crew.
The truly amusing aspect of her departure, though, was Abbi’s anxiety about being asked to leave the boat. Was she expecting to stay? Where should she go? What should she do? Chief Stew Kate Chastain suggested getting to the airport, which seemed reasonable. But Abbi continued feeling insecure about her literal next moves after Captain Lee Rosbach asked her to leave.
On last night’s Below Deck hair-brained deckhand Abbi Murphy up and left to sail off into her future. Actually it was more like she got dropped off at a random dock somewhere outside of Phuket with a “good luck” from Captain Lee Rosbach. Don’t double-cross this guy!
Mid-Charter Abbi starts having some sort of breakdown over the slide. Which has destroyed the soul of many a deckhand. At that moment, as if her massive red hair parted to reveal a message of clarity: it was time to leave Valor.
Ashton Pienaar is shocked, but probably also relieved. Babysitting Abbi all day was interfering with his ability to manage the rest of his team, but alas, they’ll be down a deckhand on a massive boat. Captain Lee is about the only one who seems upset, mainly because he envisions himself some sort of high seas professional development coach who can whip anyone and everyone into a yachtie.
It wasn’t exactly shocking when Abbi Murphy left Below Deck. She just got engaged via text message. She wasn’t exactly a quick study when it came to the deckhand tasks. And she probably started to run out of hair ties.
It was rough timing when she quit though. Tanner Sterback was in bed with a stomach bug for days and it was just Ashton Pienaar and Brian de Saint Pern on deck. Abbi offered to stick it out until Tanner was feeling better, but Captain Lee Rosbach wasn’t having it. He gave Abbi her passport and she left the boat. That wasn’t the end of it though. Thank you, Twitter.
Last week it appeared that Abbi Murphy was poised to permanently leave Below Deck to marry her Greek sailboat captain boyfriend after an impromptu text proposal.
We know Abbi did in fact get married, but it also appears that she leaves the show over frustrations with the insane amount of work required to make pampered nouveau riche guests believe no demand is too outrageous!
It’s been interesting to watch newly-promoted Bosun Ashton Pienaar on Season 7 of Below Deck. Maybe he really deserved the job. Or perhaps Ashton’s advancement had something to do with him nearly dying on camera last season. It remains to be seen how Ashton will fare as bosun, but he has already made some questionable management decisions, such as trying to hook up with deckhand Abbi Murphy.
Then there are the more subtle things. Ashton seems to be straddling the fence between boss and friend. It’s certainly a harder situation when you live in close quarters with your co-workers.
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.