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Below Deck Season 8 Reunion

It’s reunion time, yachties! And the Below Deck crew has gathered from (literally) the four corners of the globe for a virtual sit-down with Andy Cohen. Did this season of Below Deck really need a reunion? The answer is debatable depending on how much you think a phrase like “Eat my cooter” needs to be discussed ad nauseam. Though I suppose there were a number of strings left loose in a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. So here we are. Anchors aweigh!

Personally, I love how Andy always insists on going fully in on the nautical wardrobe when he hosts these Below Deck reunions. Captain Lee Rosbach always dresses up in his finest. But the rest of the crew’s looks are…wildly disparate. Francesca Rubi and her feathered shoulders are coming all the way from Sydney. James Hough decided to put on a basic green shirt at home in the U.K. Elizabeth Frankini, meanwhile, is wearing a full rainbow gown in Florida. Sadly, though, we can only see maybe two colors of the rainbow since she’s stuck in a tiny box on Zoom.

Josiah Carter

Most Below Deck viewers can agree that Elizabeth Frankini wasn’t the best stew in the world. Conversely, many Below Deck viewers think that Francesca Rubi was difficult to work with. Did Elizabeth deserve to get fired?

Well, she needed help learning how to iron. She made World War-style mustard gas. Yeah, she slept in the guest cabin, but so did James Hough, and he didn’t get in trouble. Was she nailing her job? No, but it was still so weird to see her get fired when there were only two charters left in the season. Then, coronavirus cut filming short, so she got fired after the last charter anyway. What a waste of a firing. But, if Captain Lee Rosbach made that move sooner, there could have been a very familiar face back in the mix, Josiah Carter, from Below Deck Season 6.

Captain Lee Rosbach Below Deck

Was Elizabeth Frankini the best stew in Below Deck history? Nope. Not by a long shot, but neither was Francesca Rubi. These two couldn’t get on the same page professionally and personally during the most recent season. Ashling Lorger doesn’t think the firing was personal, but Elizabeth (and many Below Deck viewers) beg to differ.

The firing was definitely pretty strange though. Captain Lee Rosbach didn’t fire Elizabeth himself. Instead, he had Francesca do it. Not only that, but she got the boot right before the end of the charter season. What was even the point of that? Why not do it sooner?

Below Deck Ashling Lorger

The thirst is real. If you missed the recent Watch What Happens Live episode where Andy Cohen hosts two of the Below Deck stews, I cannot recommend you go watch enough. Elizabeth Frankini did not let Ashling Lorger off the hook for her fake behavior this season. Actually, neither did Andy. And while Ashling continues to claim her behind-the-back shit talking and to-her-face kindness was “professionalism”, her off-camera commentary just doesn’t seem to end.

Watching the season-long tension build only to have Elizabeth fired in the final episode was chaos! I wanted to watch the 2-stew-crew decide whether or not she really was more work to keep around. Yet another hope dashed by the coronavirus. Either way, I’m feeling optimistic that we’ll have a reunion that is absolutely popping.

Captain Lee Rosbach Below Deck

Well. This was certainly not the way the Below Deck crew expected this season to end. Particularly Elizabeth Frankini, whose firing at the end of last week’s episode became, well, flagrantly unnecessary in hindsight. But it still happened. To say she’s shell-shocked by the decision would be…a bit of an understatement. But it’s clear Francesca Rubi is taking a kind of pleasure in forcing her off the yacht. Downstairs, Elizabeth bursts into tears, and decides the best thing to do is beg Francesca for her job back. If only the chief stew would stop and reconsider what she’s doing.

The majority of the crew seems equally dumbfounded, and doesn’t seem to agree that Elizabeth should’ve been fired. Especially considering that, while Francesca is using the guest cabin debacle as her last-straw excuse, Eddie Lucas isn’t firing James Hough. For the exact same thing! They hooked up in the guest cabin together! Rachel Hargrove is particularly upset. Ashling Lorger, meanwhile, gives her fellow stew a sympathetic hug — all while side-eyeing the cameras and later celebrating with Chess.

Kate Chastain Below Deck

Adrienne Gang may have been the chief stew for the first season of Below Deck, but it’s longtime cast member Kate Chastain that’s become synonymous with the show.  Does anyone even register the name Francesca Rubi?

Kate’s pithy and direct commentary about her crew mates is greatly missed, but at least we have her on Galley Talk.

Below Deck Elizabeth Frankini Ashling Lorger

Elizabeth Frankini was far from the best stew in Below Deck history. But, why fire her when the charter season is practically done? The timing just seemed a little bit off. Not to mention that Francesca Rubi clearly just didn’t like Elizabeth.

Was the firing due to personal reasons? Or was it solely professional? Most likely, it was a little bit of both, but Ashling Lorger had Francesca’s back during a recent Watch What Happens Live appearance.

Below Deck star Ashling Lorger And Elizabeth Frankini

That last episode of Below Deck was so awkward for Elizabeth Frankini. She had no idea that Captain Lee Rosbach was gonna let Francesca Rubi fire her. Before that, she had no idea that James Hough had zero interest in actually dating her and was trash talking her. And, most critically, she seemingly had no idea how to do the basic tasks required for her job.

The awkwardness continued after the episode when Elizabeth and Ashling Lorger appeared on Watch What Happens Live together. They called each other out and argued the whole time.