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Kate Chastain Below Deck

During last week’s episode of Below Deck, a drunk Kate Chastain jumped out of a moving van and threw laundry around the galley. In front of Captain Lee Rosbach. Ashton Pienaar, Brian de Saint Pern, Tanner Sterback, and Kevin Dobson were over Kate’s antics.

The guys are also over Rhylee Gerber. I’m sensing a pattern here.

Captain Lee Rosbach Below Deck

Ashton Pienaar is finding his new management responsibilities challenging.  As the Below Deck season progresses, it’s obvious that Ashton is having a hard time separating his role as bosun with his drunken alter-ego Smashton.  Sure, he’s functioning quite well the next day physically. However, Ashton forgets that the time he spent bonding with his bros on a night out cannot cross into their professional life.

Since the return of Rhylee Gerber, it’s been a deck crew at odds.  As in, the guys versus Rhylee.  Ashton set the expectation from the beginning by warning Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern about her need for inclusivity and volatile personality.  When Rhylee told Simone Mashile that Tanner was dishing on their hookup, Ashton treated it like a betrayal to the group.  The tensions on these conflicts will come to a head during tonight’s week’s episode.

Tanner Sterback Below Deck

Captain Lee Rosbach would never admit it, but Kate Chastain was out of line during the last episode of Below Deck. Yes, Brian de Saint Pern said she was “kind of a bitch” and that isn’t OK. However, she was a diva all episode. She made the crew wait forever while she got ready for a day at the pool. Kate said this was acceptable since she has a “higher rank” than everyone else on the boat. But, how long does it take to put on a bikini and sunglasses? That was absurd. She kept calling Brian a “yachtie” when he asked her not to.

She threw the cast members’ clothes all over the crew mess in front of Captain Lee. She jumped out of the production van. It just really wasn’t a good look for Kate, all around. At least the captain has her back because it doesn’t seem like many other crew members do.

Captain Lee Rosbach Below Deck

How sloppy could it get last episode on Below Deck?  There was some sort of built up resentment towards Chief Stew Kate Chastain.  Yes, she keeps the entire crew waiting for her on their off time. And, yes, Kate uses rank to explain her tardiness, but it’s not as if she lounged solo to be elitist.  The girl just wanted some down time.

Brian de Saint Pern was out of step with the group for a while as he nursed an infected knee.  He emerged healed and anxious to police the “relationship” of Simone Mashile and Tanner Sterback.  Brian also picked up on the group’s tension towards Kate and Kevin Dobson was happy to encourage feelings of resentment towards Kate.  This all led up to the explosive situation between Brian and Kate in the taxi.  Then a stack of freshly laundered and pressed pants end up on the floor.  How did we get here?

Kate Chastain Below Deck

Last night’s Below Deck was brought to you by booze and the patriarchy, which, as history has shown us time and time again, is a terrible combination. Luckily we had Rhylee Gerber to be a good counterbalance! Well, kinda.

After a short easy charter of moms wanting to relive their glory days chasing Captain Lee The Grateful Dead, Captain Lee rewards the crew with a mid-season skip day. Usually this means binge drinking at a touristy resort, but Thailand’s added bonus means they get to spend an additional afternoon off at an elephant sanctuary. 

Kate Chastain Below Deck

Who would have ever thought that Kate Chastain was actually capable of upsetting Captain Lee Rosbach? Hell has frozen over on tonight’s Below Deck episode. Kate irks almost every crew member and the captain himself. She takes forever to get ready for a pool day during the cast’s day off. Who takes that long to put on a bikini and sunglasses? At least Kate has Rhylee Gerber on her side, even though she’s loathed by most of the crew members and probably isn’t the best ally.

After a crew night out, Brian de Saint Pern tells Kate that he feels the term “yachtie” is disrespectful. He nicely asks her not to describe him with that word, but Kate didn’t seem to care and kept saying it anyway. This prompted Brian to tell Kate that she’s “kind of a bitch.”

Below Deck Captain Lee Rosbach 

How did Simone Mashile get hired for Season 8 of Below Deck? She doesn’t bring much in terms of storyline and she’s incapable of doing her job as Second Stew. She can’t make iced coffee, open a wine bottle, cut a fruit, or carry dishes to the table. For some reason, her “service” abilities are completely lacking. And, no, I’m not referencing her (alleged) lack of reciprocity during that post-vomit hookup with Tanner Sterback.

Obviously, Simone isn’t qualified for the Second Stew role. To be honest, I don’t even think she should be Third Stew. It’s so funny how so many viewers misjudged Third Stew Courtney Skippon’s love for luxury and just assumed she would have zero work ethic. Meanwhile, Courtney is actually good at her job. Who would have thought?

Below Deck Captain Lee Rosbach

The Simone Mashile and Tanner Sterback hookup on Below Deck last week brings to mind lowered expectations and the smell of stale vomit.  It was out of left field that Tanner would pursue Simone since previously said that he was wary of crushes.  Perhaps after Chief Stew Kate Chastain turned him down, Tanner chose to act on the only willing participant in close proximity.

Interestingly, this hookup completely overshadowed the fact that Courtney Skippon and Brian de Saint Pern’s relationship has progressed to sharing a bunk for the night. But, Brian is not one to kiss and tell so it’s a complete non-story.  In contrast, Tanner has no bones about sharing the details of his physical encounter with Simone.