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.
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.
Listen, if you are trying to return to Below Deck after making yourself look like an idiot, come get your moment. Last time we saw Eddie Lucas, he was being a complete tool in the laundromat of motor yacht Eros. Much to Eddie’s delight, after the ridiculous season viewers had with Below Deck Mediterranean, his previous discrepancies might be easier to handle.
Fans are thrilled to have Captain Lee Rosbach return at the helm, but the majority of his crew are new to us. The only familiar face is Eddie. The bosun’s previous dalliances with a crew member left him wallowing in shame and begging for his girlfriend’s forgiveness (we were ON A BREAK!). After departing the show on a pretty bad note, Eddie is back with
his tail between his legs for that redemption edit.
Ah yes, the Stud of the Sea is once again floating on the waters of the Caribbean. Below Deck is back and Captain Lee Rosbach is bringing an old friend with him. I can’t be the only one happy to see Captain Lee at the helm of My Seanna. Especially after the messy and mildly traumatic season Captain Sandy Yawn brought us on Below Deck Mediterranean. Thank goodness the two captains lead with very different methods and we aren’t likely to see Lee saying someone is secretly gay on a Cameo.
There’s a new cast, but you might recognize one or two faces. Season 8 promises to bring crew dissention, wasted guests, and Captain Lee’s expertise as a wordsmith. How can you not reflect on some of his wiser quotes like, “We’ve gone through more deckhands than a condom salesman in a whorehouse.” Certainly didn’t get inspo like that from Sandy… Grab your life vests, the new Season 8 trailer has officially dropped.
This season of Below Deck started out so calm and cool in scorching hot Thailand. For a change, chief stew Kate Chastain was not letting anything ruffle her feathers for long. Kate’s inevitable ruffling initially came in the form of chef Kevin Dobson, who seemed to take an almost instant dislike to her. Kevin even called out her service in front of Captain Lee Rosbach during a tip meeting. Shockingly, Kate did not exact immediate revenge on Kevin.
Kate’s other source of consternation has been second stew Simone Mashile, who has expressed that she wants more responsibility. Kate has made it clear she doesn’t think Simone is a very good second stew, as she did not even know how to open a bottle of wine. Things went from bad to worse this week when a shady Kate gave second stew stripes to Courtney Skippon–in front of Simone! Kate said it was “both a reward for Courtney and a punishment for Simone.” So, where does all this leave Simone and Kate?
Kate Chastain has been on Below Deck so long now, that she can comment on the ghosts of seasons past. It’s been a bumpy road for sure between some of the stews she’s had to deal with, not to mention chefs. Adrian Martin was a gem and though Ben Robinson flustered in the galley on a regular basis, he and Kate had a rapport for sure.
This season, Kevin Dobson has been making life hell for not only Kate, but her interior team as well as deck hand Rhylee Gerber. There’s plenty of snark to go around. And unlike the incident where he was a plate short and couldn’t serve Captain Lee Rosbach, there are enough helpings for everyone.
Below Deck Mediterranean might be gone for now, but it isn’t forgotten. The crew made it through some difficult charters, considering they began with a chef on loan from Taco Bell. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier managed to do her best, despite losing one of her staff to the galley for the majority of charter season. Fortunately Hannah was #blessed with a competent associate this time around. Aesha Scott brought her lively spirit and ability to answer her radio on board.
Along with a positive attitude and respectable work ethic, Aesha also brought the funny. Many fans found her actions a bit over the top, and Aesha’s often bawdy expressions raised eyebrows, but Hannah lucked out. If nothing else, Aesha wasn’t Rocky Dakota. João Franco returned for round 2. Viewers remembered João’s previous season, where he leaned towards the
idiot smarmy side, seemingly playing two young ladies off each other for attention. He wound up getting the girl, until she unceremoniously dumped him for calmer waters. We thought ‘ole boy João changed his smug ways, as he seemed more focused on his job than the women. Now we are finding out that might not be the case. According to Aesha, the guy didn’t change very much after all…
Unfortunately for Kate Chastain and Nico Scholly they have to deal with difficult crew members in addition to high maintenance charter guests this season on Below Deck. Aside from Captain Lee Rosbach, everyone on the show this season is new to reality TV and most of them are new to the yachting industry.
As frustrating as that must have been for Kate and Nico, it does give them a lot of interesting things to talk about while they do press to promote Below Deck’s latest season.