On last night’s Below Deck hair-brained deckhand Abbi Murphy up and left to sail off into her future. Actually it was more like she got dropped off at a random dock somewhere outside of Phuket with a “good luck” from Captain Lee Rosbach. Don’t double-cross this guy!
Mid-Charter Abbi starts having some sort of breakdown over the slide. Which has destroyed the soul of many a deckhand. At that moment, as if her massive red hair parted to reveal a message of clarity: it was time to leave Valor.
Ashton Pienaar is shocked, but probably also relieved. Babysitting Abbi all day was interfering with his ability to manage the rest of his team, but alas, they’ll be down a deckhand on a massive boat. Captain Lee is about the only one who seems upset, mainly because he envisions himself some sort of high seas professional development coach who can whip anyone and everyone into a yachtie.
Last week it appeared that Abbi Murphy was poised to permanently leave Below Deck to marry her Greek sailboat captain boyfriend after an impromptu text proposal.
We know Abbi did in fact get married, but it also appears that she leaves the show over frustrations with the insane amount of work required to make pampered nouveau riche guests believe no demand is too outrageous!
Captain Lee Rosbach and Chief Stew Kate Chastain are the power duo of Below Deck. They’ve been working together since Season 2 and have a well-established rapport both personally and professionally. Their leadership onboard makes for the perfect balance of fun and personal responsibility. If you don’t pull your weight, you’re off the boat. Captain Lee is not one to give hugs and hang on to inefficient crew members.
We’ve seen it happen many times. Captain Lee will call someone to the bridge and a white envelope gets handed over. Then the newly unemployed crew member will share their hopes, dreams, and resentments in their exit interview. But what about Captain Lee? He makes some big decision and we don’t often know what his rationale is when he finally lets someone go.
In beautiful sunny Thailand there is no paradise aboard Valor as the crew of Below Deck fractures at the seams under the misguidance of Ashton Pienaar.
To be fair I don’t know if it’s Ashton being in over his head from a leadership perspective, or like many a bosun before him, culled by the crazy of a green deckhand. Or a redhead. In this case the double-whammy!
Abbi Murphy has essentially decided that leadership and pecking order be damned – she does what she wants! Like getting so wasted she spends the morning vomiting and misses her clock-in time on deck. Abbi thinks working on Valor, for Captain Lee Rosbach, is like being the tortilla chip flipper at Chipotle. You know – it’s totes fine to text your boss half an hour before your shift starts to let them know that you were like partying soooo hard the night before that your mascara is still smeared all over your morning after dress and mixing with tears from vomiting for 2 hours straight. Hotttt!
After finally ridding themselves of Below Deck‘s drunkest charter guest, the crew now has to tackle the problem of Kevin Dobson, the most arrogant and obnoxious chef the show has ever had!
Last week Kevin walked out in the middle of a meeting with Captain Lee Rosbach, then failed to serve him a main course during the guests final dinner. Knowing he’s in hot water Kevin decides to go overboard impressing
the newest crop of drunken buffoons guests with a ten-course tasting menu. Unfortunately Captain Lee still remains less than enamored with Kevin’s offerings.
Below Deck’s Kevin Dobson may be a fine chef, but has poor management of both his provisions, and his professional relationships. No one is safe from Kevin’s hostility and passive-aggressiveness. It’s not just Second Stew Simone Mashile that was under attack. Last week, Kevin threw Chief Stew Kate Chastain under the bus. Then he outdid himself yet again by turning his back, literally, on his superior Captain Lee Rosbach.
Captain Lee doesn’t like to babysit. Or micro-manage. He also will fire someone who is causing conflict to the level that Kevin has been. Factor in that the output from the galley is less than stellar, and Valor may have a new chef before the end of the season.
Captain Lee Rosbach’s blog is back y’all! Below Deck fans can rejoice because this blog is so much better than the usual dose of Captain Lee snark. The usual is one or two zingers per episode, now we have Captain Lee doing a rundown of each crew member’s performance.
Episode Three was all about Chef Kevin Dobson. Inexplicably, Kevin decided to be hostile to both Simone Mashile and Chief Stew Kate Chastain. He thought that rudely micro-managing another department was a good way to conduct himself. Naturally, Captain Lee had something to say about it.
Oh sheesh, last night’s Below Deck was A. MESS. From charter guest Brandy, a literal sea sponge soaked in champagne and leeching everywhere, to Kevin Dobson‘s inability to count, to Abbi Murphy‘s drunken disarray… I don’t know what is in the water over in Thailand, but remind me never to drink it!
So Helen + ‘friends’ are on a beach picnic, slurping down cocktails and fish sandwhiches, taking selfies, and Brandy is so trashed she’s speaking in tongues and seeing apparitions in the pattern of her beach towels. Too bad she didn’t have an epiphany about the evils of gluttony, like Helen advised.