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!
It’s been interesting to watch newly-promoted Bosun Ashton Pienaar on Season 7 of Below Deck. Maybe he really deserved the job. Or perhaps Ashton’s advancement had something to do with him nearly dying on camera last season. It remains to be seen how Ashton will fare as bosun, but he has already made some questionable management decisions, such as trying to hook up with deckhand Abbi Murphy.
Then there are the more subtle things. Ashton seems to be straddling the fence between boss and friend. It’s certainly a harder situation when you live in close quarters with your co-workers.
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.
Below Deck viewers and the crew members were shocked by the Abbi Murphy’s engagement via text message during last night’s episode. Yes, that’s right. In case you missed it, Patrik, the captain that Abbi referred to as her “f*ck buddy” popped the question via text message. He said he loved her, suggested that they get married, and it was just simple.
Abbi’s crew members were confused by her revelation, especially Ashton Pienaar who acknowledged that he had been trying to hook up with her this whole time. Spoiler alert, everyone: Abbi and Patrik did tie the knot.
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!
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.