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Below Deck - Kate Chastain

As Below Deck glides into its second episode of season 7, everything seems to be going swimmingly: the charter guests are happy, the food is good, and the crew is all getting along well. We know from the previews this doesn’t last long, but for now it’s all coming up roses — and rings!

That’s right, I think we’re getting our first ever Below Deck proposal this season when the primary enlists Kate Chastain‘s help to pull off the ultimate surprise.

Captain Lee

Captain Lee Rosbach has become an integral part of the Below Deck series.  He is the embodiment of a tough boss.  Captain Lee has high expectations and leaves little room for error or coddling of his crew.  He is respectful but tough on his team, and we’ve only seen him emotional when Ashton Pienaar narrowly avoided certain death last season.

Maybe it’s easy to forget that Captain Lee is also a family man who has vulnerabilities and tragedies as well.  In July, Captain Lee shared the heartbreaking news that his son Josh, 42, passed away from a drug overdose.  At the time, Captain Lee posted a moving statement on behalf of himself and wife Mary Anne.  It was poignant message of love for their son.  Now, nearly three months later, Captain Lee is ready to share Josh’s story.

Kate & Captain Lee

So happy Kate Chastain is back in our lives. If nothing else, Chief Stew Kate is also Chief Stew of Snark. I applaud her continued efforts on behalf of snarkers everywhere. Thankfully Kate has returned for the new season of Below Deck, we’re in Thailand where it is hot and sticky, but the local food is worth multiple bug bites from questionable insects.

The show is making another voyage on the high seas and we are already one episode down. Thanks to #editingbybravo the foreshadowing is on the wall for future troubles the crew will face. When the highly anticipated trailer for the new season was released, viewers saw Kate storming off the vessel whilst advising abdmonimally challenged chef Kevin Dobson to find a new chief stew. Now Kate explains why she peaced out on the chef, and the disappointment she inflicted on Captain Lee Rosbach.

Below Deck Captain Lee Rosbach

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s back already!  Below Deck fans can rejoice and get their next guilty pleasure fix because Season 7 premiered just a week after it’s spinoff, Below Deck Mediterranean, ended.  And despite being only one episode in, it’s never to early to start speculating about the crew.  The holy trinity of reality TV questions that we can ask ourselves are- who will cause drama?, who will hook up?, and who will go home?  Because on this show, there is always the threat of an envelope with a plane ticket home.

Captain Lee Rosbach is back in fine form, navigating Valor through the immaculate waters of Thailand.  Kate Chastainunsurprisingly, returns as Chief Stew.  The only other familiar face is Ashton Pienaar who has been promoted to Bosun.  Fans may know what to expect from these three already, but what about the rest of the crew?

Kate Chastain Dishes On Which Real Housewives Of New York Stars Would Make Great Crew Members

Isn’t it great to have Below Deck back? How beautiful is the exotic Thailand setting? I think this might be the most stunning place Below Deck has been yet. Back for more charter merriment on the high seas are Captain Lee Rosbach, prickly chief stew Kate Chastain and last year’s favorite deckhand, now promoted to bosun, Ashton Piennar.

The yacht drama has already started with a nauseatingly sick on the first charter chef Kevin Dobson. Handful deckhand Abbi Murphy and complaining third stew Courtney Skippon are sure to make for an eventful season. Such crew members make you wonder, what would Kate do if she could actually pick her own crew? Maybe from some other Bravo franchises?

Below Deck Kate Chastain Chef Kevin

Regular old Below Deck is back, they’re terrorizing beautiful Thailand, and Kate Chastain continues to be the best motivational speaker the reality TV world has ever seen. She’s really missed her calling not doing infomercials or pioneering a QVC collection selling stain-proof table linens and clothing that is both practical for scrubbing floors and fish, while remaining reasonably cute, yet wrinkle-proof!

Captain Lee Rosbach has returned to steer Valor into battle, but the battle will inevitably, only, wage on board. Joining Kate and Captain Lee is Ashton Pieneaar, who has been promoted to bosun as a reward for almost dying on Captain Lee’s watch last season.

Below Deck Returns For Season 7 Tonight!

Sadly, Below Deck Mediterranean wrapped up Season 4 last week. But, here we are: ready for a whole new Below Deck season tonight! Captain Lee Rosbach, Chief Stew Kate Chastain, and Ashton Pienaar are back on board (pun intended). Ashton even got promoted to bosun, which was the least this show could do after he almost died last season.

Other than those three, there’s a whole new cast of characters for fans to meet.

Below Deck - Rhylee Gerber

The casting agents (usually) do such a great job selecting the crew members for Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean. It’s just tough getting to know these people throughout a whole season only to have most of them disappear from TV immediately after. The only cast member who has been on every season of Below Deck is Captain Lee Rosbach. The employee turnover rate is unbelievable on this show.

Still, that doesn’t stop the alums from dishing on the drama and sharing their opinions. Below Deck Season 6 deckhand Rhylee Gerber had no problem talking back speaking her mind last season. Even though she’s not on the show anymore, she’s still keeping up with the drama and has a lot to say.