Tonight, Below Deck and Real Housewives of Orange County will merge. Former Orange County Housewife Alexis Bellino is a charter guest on the new episode. She and her new man Andy Bohn decided to charter a boat to celebrate her divorce from Jim Bellino.
Let’s just hope they don’t talk too much trash about Jim. They don’t want to end up in a legal mess like Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador.
This season of Below Deck is toxic in the extreme. Every single episode is like Game Of Thrones — with shammies and champagne. I need Xanax to even get through an episode of trying to figure out who’s the double-agent villain or the actual heroine.
I love Kate Chastain, and I cannot imagine enduring what’s happening on that boat with such a stiff upper lip, let alone rising above it, but I think we can all agree it was out of line for Kate to repeat to Rhylee Gerber that Ashton Pienaar blamed her for the fishing episode. Should Kate have spoken to Captain Lee Rosbach to disavow Ashton’s claims? Absolutely, but sharing it with Rhylee directly, when the situation is already so irascible, smacked of Kate wanting to enact some revenge. Ashton deserved it, but the fall guy (or girl) here is now Rhylee.
Chef Kevin Dobson is bound to have a tough time on tonight’s episode of Below Deck. There’s a charter guest who happens to be a professional chef. She has a lot of criticism for Kevin’s work. Will this affect the crew’s tip at the end of the charter? Most likely. Apparently, Kevin spirals out of control in response to the criticism. Insert some cliche about getting out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat.
Meanwhile, Kevin isn’t the only one facing some tough feedback. Bosun Ashton Pienaar urges Captain Lee Rosbach to fire Rhylee Gerber. But, why? She actually wants to work. She knows what she’s doing. But, oh yeah, she’s just not a part of that boys club. Or maybe it’s just some residual hate from Rhylee rejecting Ashton’s sexual advances last season. Let’s not forget that, folks. Ashton has been screwing up left and right and we all know Captain Lee isn’t Rhylee’s biggest fan, so I’m curious about how that’s all gonna shake out. Will Captain Lee fire her? Or will she continue to battle Ashton for the rest of the season? Speaking of bothering Ashton, Kate Chastain is back. Watch out, Ashton. You bit off way more than you can chew with this feud.
The atmosphere on Valor this season on Below Deck has been playing out like Mad Men on water. The guys are all banding together to discredit any strong, independent female voices. Bosun Ashton Pienaar is a ringleader of sorts, though without the fitted suits and classy martinis. Instead, sloppy Smashton has been running campaigns against both Chief Stew Kate Chastain and his Third Deck Hand Rhylee Gerber. And seemingly under Ashton’s leadership, it’s been a bit of a “boys club” on board.
Ashton often voiced grievances against Rhylee with the rest of the deck crew, including Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern. Most concerns, stemmed from his experience working with Rhylee last season. Kate also became a target for her alleged elitist attitude and perceived favoritism from Captain Lee Rosbach. Chef Kevin Dobson had his own beef with both of these ladies, and was happy to share his opinions at any opportunity. But what of Captain Lee? He’s driving the boat. Are his actions contributing at all?
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!
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?