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Below Deck - Season 6 Reunion Cast

Last night we officially sent the cast of Below Deck on their final charter and we waved farewell with Tahitian flower crowns in our hair. Don’t I wish! Actually far from sunsets, the entire affair took place in the dark, sordid Watch What Happens Live clubhouse, with the disco’d up cast perched on uncomfortable stools which are clearly the castoffs from one of Lisa Vanderpump‘s collaborations with Nick Alain gone wrong!

First off Andy Cohen clears the suspense by stating that Caroline Bedol and Chandler Brooks won’t be joining them. That statement made it pretty much apparent that the reunion would be boring as everyone else was BFF by the time the season ended. Several of them are still close friends today!

Seriously, though, I had forgotten Caroline and Chandler were even on the show this season was so busy. Other than Rhylee Gerber they were the sole sources of drama in the first half of the season. 

Below Deck - Kate Chastain & Laura Betancourt in Tahiti

Captain Lee Rosbach described season 6 of Below Deck as the “best of a lifetime with the “best charter crew ever. “And he doesn’t mince words.

Of course, our points of comparison are the previous deck crew letting the yacht slam into the dock.  Or a chef with a fondness for beef-cheeks.  We don’t even have to go back that far in time.  Who could forget Chandler Brooks inept reign as bosun?

Laura Betancourt Below Deck

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 MartinRhylee Gerber’s cabin previously witnessed the breakdown of Caroline Bedol.  Now it’s all about night-vision hookups between herself and Tyler Rowland.

Reality TV Listings - Below Deck Captain Lee

With the crew of Below Deck operating at about the least amount of dysfunction that we’ve seen yet this season. Captain Lee Rosbach devoted more of his blog to relationship and life advice.  So he had less to say to Kate Chastain, Josiah Carter, and Ross Inia this week.  This trio keeps it professional on the boat for sure.

Captain Lee praised Kate for managing her crew so well.  He wrote, “Your interior team seems to be running on all cylinders so kudos to you. Everyone seems to be getting on well and pulling together. I’m loving it.”

Reality TV Listings - Below Deck Captain Lee

Captain Lee Rosbach structures his blogs as a critique of each Below Deck crew member.  He addresses each person directly and gives them a paragraph worth of wisdom.  The length depends on how off that person is from Captain Lee’s expectations of an ideal employee.

On this week’s blog, Captain Lee FORGOT TO INCLUDE JOSIAH CARTER!!!  All that sweet boy got was a passing mention in Kate Chastain’s paragraph.  It’s as if he is just becoming an extension of Kate. Perhaps in reality TV land Josiah has done everything wrong. He’s perfectly trained, refined, focused, and non-combative. He only gossips in with Kate in her lair.  I say Josiah deserves his OWN paragraph!

Captain Lee reacts to Ashton going overboard

On last night’s Below Deck the crew dealt with a shocking realization. Ashton Pienaar’s fall overboard wasn’t just a dramatic television moment, but that he could’ve lost his life!

Ashton went off the back of the swim platform after stepping into a tow line which wrapped around his ankle. It was exactly like a movie, but this was actual reality and Bravo editing magic had nothing to do with the events! As Captain Lee Rosbach explained while choking up, Ashton was “within 30 seconds” of losing his life, or at the very least his foot!

The most surprising revelation, however, was that Ashton owes his life (and the continuation of his defined tricep muscles) to the rapid reaction of a Below Deck cameraman named Brent. He literally threw down his camera, raced to the side of the boat, and untangled the lines to give Ashton more time, which set him free to swim to the tender to wait until they were in safer water to bring him in! Maybe Brent should be bosun. Something tells me Rhylee Gerber wouldn’t be talking to him with a nasty attitude! 

Below Deck Aftershow:

On this week’s Below Deck, it seems as if the arrival of the new third stew Laura Betancourt started a sexual awaking of sorts onboard My Seanna.  As if she brought a Canadian jet stream with her down to Tahiti.

The kind of cool and crisp air that makes a person look up from their work and say, “Hey, you’re attractive.” That, or if you give a group of people enough time to drink heavily, something is bound to take root.  A far more likely scenario, but less poetic.

Reality TV Listings - Below Deck Captain Lee

Captain Lee Rosbach’s blog was brief this week, but as always, packed a punch.  The Below Deck Captain was in New York earlier this week to appear on Watch What Happens Live.  So he had less time to prepare, but still made his critiques very clear.  We wouldn’t expect any less of him!