Below Deck returns tonight, bringing some insane charter guests, and a deeper glimpse into what will become of the relationships on this show once the charter season ends. Uh-oh!
The drama of Below Deck tends to manifest in different areas of the boat as a season progresses. The interactions of this crew, both good and bad, have migrated from the crew mess, to the swim platform, back to the staff quarters. On this week’s After Show, the cast dish on their experiences rooming with a member of the opposite sex.
And this season seems to have more co-ed cabins than usual. Chief Stew Kate Chastain and her bestie Josiah Carter share a room. Laura Betancourt is fending off unwanted suggestive comments from her roommate Adrian Martin. Rhylee Gerber’s cabin previously witnessed the breakdown of Caroline Bedol. Now it’s all about night-vision hookups between herself and Tyler Rowland.
After an entire season of Josiah flying under the radar, it was kinda nice to learn more about him.
Morning Afters on this show are always a shammy of shame. Except if you’re Rhylee and Tyler! I don’t know how anyone who spends like 2 hours a day cleaning and 8 hours a day screaming about how she’s being rejected from manual labor has any energy leftover to be sexing down Tyler, but Rhylee does. She has fought flounder with her barehands so clearly she is superhuman. After 3 solid days of hooking up, Rhylee and Tyler are basically levitating on the after-sex glow as they flirt through their chores.
Tonight the person having the crisis on Below Deck is Josiah Carter. I mean it’s about time he did something besides simmer and sulk behind the scenes, snipe under his breath, and slither about under the protective glare of Kate Chastain! (I kid – I find Josiah hilarious).
After a crazy crew night out Tyler Rowland and Rhylee Gerber went through the five stages of lust, dating, fighting, breaking up, and rekindling. In contrast, Ashton Pienaar and Laura Betancourt have found themselves officially flung out.
A lot of people forget that Below Deck is more than just a reality TV show. The cast members are real people, just like anyone else. They’re not actors playing characters. With that said, there is a lot of pressure and scrutiny on Caroline Bedol.
She used to be the Third Stew on Below Deck. However, she got fired in the middle of the season after several charters full of drama. Even though she’s not on the show anymore, she’s still very much in the spotlight, at least among the fandom. Now she’s dealing with some very serious drama, especially in comparison to foot injuries and broken champagne flutes.
Lord – this is the craziest season of Below Deck ever! It is literally Wham, Bam, Thank you ma’am, next drama! Laura Betancourt and Kate Chastain went from screaming at each other to peaceably getting along as co-workers. In contrast, Laura and Ashton Pineaar transitioned from friends with benefits to, well, I don’t know what. In less than one episode!
Laura is “sore-ry, not sore-ry” that she told Kate to check herself over some towels not being hung up. This is the myopic world of luxury yachting where the placement of a pond frond can make the difference between a $17,000 tip and a $20,000 tip. Basically what I’m saying is that all the escalated drama over towels and toilet paper matters! The little things become the big things, you guys. And Kate’s refusal to see Laura as the top-notch CHIEF STEW wannabe she is, is a big thing, guys.
When we left off, before the Christmas holiday, Laura was fighting with Kate Chastain over turndowns. Tonight we see the conclusion of that argument, and the fallout naturally! After Laura told Kate to check herself, Kate checkmated Laura by going directly to Captain Lee Rosbach to report her insubordination.