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.
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.
Bravolebrities are a delightful microcosm of reality TV stars. Whether your distraction of choice is one of the Real Housewives series or a Below Deck spinoff, the Bravo channel is a self-sustaining entertainment community. Fan favorites from different shows get screen time on Watch What Happens Live, where they mix and mingle with Andy Cohen.
It’s a good environment for cross-cast friendships to develop. Maybe a little flirting as well. Take Alex Radcliffe and Heather Gay. The Real Housewife of Salt Lake City star was on WWHL with the Below Deck Mediterranean deck hand for the holiday episode. It was filmed virtually, but the two seem to have breached the screen barrier and hit it off. Maybe it was the sight of Alex in a Santa suit. More on that later.
It’s been quite a pleasure getting to know Izzy Wouters on Below Deck this season. From her listless days with the interior staff, to absolutely shining on deck, Izzy’s professionalism and banter with her co-workers gives the show a great balance of humor and entertainment.
Actually, it’s Izzy’s exchanges with bunk mate James Hough that are just top notch hilarity. He may have been testing the waters with all of the ladies on board, but Izzy teases James in the way a sibling might. Izzy could have just not been that into James, and we would have left it at that. But the amount of male attention Izzy gets on social media since appearing on the show has inspired her to reveal her sexual preference. In a witty delivery that only she could create.
She’s here! Below Deck Mediterranean alum Hannah Ferrier has confirmed the birth of her first child, a baby girl.
Hannah’s boyfriend Josh is a pretty private guy, whose last name she’s never mentioned, and whose picture Hannah has never shared on social media (per his request), but their baby girl has already made her Instagram debut.
I don’t know about you, but I really struggled to get through the Below Deck Season 7 reunion episodes. The misogyny and hypocrisy were just so frustrating to watch. As much as I love Below Deck, I am happy the season is over.
It got on my nerves up until its very last moment: Andy Cohen having the nerve to ask Courtney Skippon if she planned on hooking up with Brian de Saint Pern after the reunion taping. This was after she said he sent her aggressive texts and had to block him. Courtney also explicitly stated that she wants to be with someone who respects her. Courtney was very clear the whole reunion about how she felt about Brian. Why on earth did Andy think that was appropriate to ask? Especially given the unwanted sexual advances that dominated storylines this season. Tone-deaf much?
The crew of Below Deck Season 7 was a disharmonious bunch by the end of it all. The bickering within the deck crew caused strife on every single night out. Seriously, have we ever seen a season where the cast splits down gender lines to the point where boat-mances fizzle out and no one is trying to hook up? Everyone except Tanner Sterbeck, of course. He’s just so oblivious to the mood on board, he’ll keep approaching Chief Stew Kate Chastain for a sex date.
Miraculously, the toxic environment did not affect the quality of work on board too much. Though Kate was often at odds with Chef Kevin Dobson, and Bosun Ashton Pienaar, they maintained their professionalism and their departments rather well considering. Valor was not completely void of people who couldn’t push the drama aside during charter.
We have finally docked on this toxic season of Below Deck, and they could fill an ocean with champagne and it still wouldn’t be enough to celebrate coming to the end of this mess.
There’s really not much left to say about the stupidity, except that the guys have learned nothing. As Courtney Skippon so eloquently explained (how on earth did casting miss that she was smart and go on to hire her?) about misogyny it’s not simply hating women, it’s putting women down for behaving in ways you think are reserved for men. This manifested in Brian de Saint Pern deciding Courtney had no right to share her opinions and should stay out of ‘mens bidnezz.’ Or Ashton Pienaar deciding he could shove his tongue down Kate Chastain‘s throat, because all she’s worth is an item to satisfy him, not his equal rank in running an entity of a super yacht.