Will lying to a charter guest come back to haunt you? That’s the question on Ashling Lorger‘s mind as we set sail on another week of Below Deck. At the end of last week’s episode, the stew cut off the alcohol for the primary’s two sons. And now she’s worried she’s going to pay for it. In the form of putting the entire crew’s tip in jeopardy. One one hand, they tried to jump into the tender and almost went for a swim. On the other, one of the boys threw an alcohol-fueled tantrum at two in the morning. But what are the chances he’ll even remember the night before after half a bottle of Hennessy?
Turns out, chances are high. The next morning, the first thing he does is complain to anyone who will listen about the mean stew who lied about the hot tub and sent him to bed. Including Francesca Rubi, who’s baffled that Ashling would do anything to anger a rich, spoiled charter guest. However, when she hears Ashling’s side of the story, she naturally sides with her bestie. The teenager conveniently failed to mention trying to drunkenly board the tender. Or going out on the swim platform. Over breakfast, his parents also laugh off his complaining, and the issue is essentially dead in the water. Phew. Tip crisis averted.
The stud of the sea is just about the only consistent energy we have on this season of Below Deck. I get that Eddie Lucas isn’t totally new, but he has such corny dad energy now. This is his redemption year. It seems to be going pretty well, I guess. It’s also largely unremarkable. So back to the man of the hour, Captain Lee Rosbach.
Lee has been a fan favorite for years. This season has been an extra treat getting to see the softer side of captain. While he’s always been integrous, this charter season has been next level. He’s been extremely vulnerable with charter guests and crew about the tragic loss of his son.
Is it even a show-mance when one of the parties couldn’t be less interested? Watching James Hough completely snub Elizabeth Frankini on this season of Below Deck has been so painful. Say what you will about Rachel Hargrove, but her instincts on this one were dead on. Not only has she called out the fact that James is the worst, but she stood up for Elizabeth when it came to chief stew Francesca Rubi as well.
Rachel isn’t the only one who’s been less than impressed with James. In last week’s episode it became clear Captain Lee Rosbach is equally unimpressed. Despite Francesa trying to rat on Elizabeth for sleeping in the guest cabin, it was quickly made apparent that Lee wanted James’ ass for taking part in the sleepover too.
Unfortunately, the sexism is rampant throughout the Below Deck franchise. Yes, that statement isn’t applicable to every single person on the boat. However, it’s an issue that the cast encounters practically every season.
Bosun Eddie Lucas promoted Izzy Wouters to the lead deckhand position with Captain Lee Rosbach’s blessing. Instead of congratulating Izzy on the promotion, acknowledging her hard work/aptitude, or just giving her any modicum of respect on deck, James Hough and Rob Phillips joked at her expense, making it clear that they didn’t take her seriously as leader.
Rachel Hargrove knows that she can cook. She also knows that the Below Deck crew of My Seanna need her more than she needs them, especially given the unraveling of the coronavirus at the time of filming. One could guess that she would have been welcomed back onto the boat, given that no alternative chef was available.
Of course, Rachel had to get the ok from Captain Lee Rosbach first. To Captain Lee, expendable crew are just that, and he’s not one to indulge people with their emotional issues. But desperate times, and Rachel’s undeniable talent as a chef forced Captain Lee to bring her back. The question is, would he choose to work with her again?
Never sleep in a guest cabin. That was the takeaway from last week’s episode of Below Deck. Though if you think Francesca Rubi is done berating Elizabeth Frankini over it, you thought wrong. In fact, this week’s Below Deck picks up smack dab in the middle of their cliffhanger argument. In the crew mess. In front of all their other co-workers. Now, call me crazy, but that’s not the most professional way of handling workplace conflict. Right?
Yes, Elizabeth was wrong. But she’s also the one who has to extract herself from the situation and go cry in her room. She also finds a solution by calling her energy healer Godfrey for support. And a major cleansing. Which apparently involves virtually lifting away her “first, second, third and fourth dimensional gray, black, dark matter.” This is the perfect time for Captain Lee Rosbach to walk in on the conversation. He has no idea what’s going on, but shrugs it off with a “different strokes for different folks” mentality. C’est la vie, energy healing!
Not everyone is into the cast shake-up of Below Deck this year. On top of that, there’s been non-stop turnover or talk of turnover this season. It still feels like we’re just getting into the good stuff at long last.
Either way, one of the most iconic moments of Below Deck or even Below Deck Mediterranean took place this season. The hilarious and enraging moment where charter-guest Delores jumped overboard at night. While Drunk. After Captain Lee Rosbach specifically demanded she didn’t. It was….a lot. Unlike other overboard moments we’ve seen, this was semi-hilarious. Delores just DILLIGAFed away while Lee absolutely spiraled.
Eddie Lucas returned to Below Deck after doing enough penance for hooking up with kooky stew Rocky Dakota. He is highly skilled as a Bosun and knows how to be on a reality show without totally embarrassing himself, except for the previously mentioned incident.
Eddie is back on the show, but acts like he is over it already. He hangs out in the wheelhouse with Captain Lee Rosbach to gossip about the rest of the crew. Some of it is warranted attention, mainly anything to do with the erratic Chef Rachel Hargrove. But now, almost a year since filming, Rachel is questioning why Eddie discussed his issues with everyone except her.