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?
This season of Below Deck is a total and utter clusterf–k! The crew isn’t getting along, the guests continue to be disappointed by something each week, and now we can add equipment malfunctions to the lists. Good times!
After Kate Chastain sorted laundry on the crew mess floor in front of Captain Lee Rosbach, who seriously looked on as impassively as if he was an insomniac flicking through informercials at 3am, Ashton Pienaar blows a gasket about how Kate treating the crew so callously has created a culture where no one wants to work with her. Really?
Kate is so upset she bursts into tears and winds up falling asleep sobbing as Rhylee Gerber strokes her back and covers her. Which was sweet. Have we ever seen emotions other than anger for Kate? Have we entered a new dimension?
During last week’s episode of Below Deck, a drunk Kate Chastain jumped out of a moving van and threw laundry around the galley. In front of Captain Lee Rosbach. Ashton Pienaar, Brian de Saint Pern, Tanner Sterback, and Kevin Dobson were over Kate’s antics.
The guys are also over Rhylee Gerber. I’m sensing a pattern here.
Ashton Pienaar is finding his new management responsibilities challenging. As the Below Deck season progresses, it’s obvious that Ashton is having a hard time separating his role as bosun with his drunken alter-ego Smashton. Sure, he’s functioning quite well the next day physically. However, Ashton forgets that the time he spent bonding with his bros on a night out cannot cross into their professional life.
Since the return of Rhylee Gerber, it’s been a deck crew at odds. As in, the guys versus Rhylee. Ashton set the expectation from the beginning by warning Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern about her need for inclusivity and volatile personality. When Rhylee told Simone Mashile that Tanner was dishing on their hookup, Ashton treated it like a betrayal to the group. The tensions on these conflicts will come to a head during tonight’s week’s episode.
How sloppy could it get last episode on Below Deck? There was some sort of built up resentment towards Chief Stew Kate Chastain. Yes, she keeps the entire crew waiting for her on their off time. And, yes, Kate uses rank to explain her tardiness, but it’s not as if she lounged solo to be elitist. The girl just wanted some down time.
Brian de Saint Pern was out of step with the group for a while as he nursed an infected knee. He emerged healed and anxious to police the “relationship” of Simone Mashile and Tanner Sterback. Brian also picked up on the group’s tension towards Kate and Kevin Dobson was happy to encourage feelings of resentment towards Kate. This all led up to the explosive situation between Brian and Kate in the taxi. Then a stack of freshly laundered and pressed pants end up on the floor. How did we get here?
This season of Below Deck was great right from the jump, but the drama turned up a notch (or twenty) when Rhylee Gerber returned. She got into a fight with Kevin Dobson, over appetizers. Ashton Pienaar has less-than-thrilled to be reunited with her. Basically, none of the guys are really warming up to her.
On the bright side, she’s given us viewers a lot to talk about. However, her all of her fellow crew members don’t feel the same way.
Last night’s Below Deck was brought to you by booze and the patriarchy, which, as history has shown us time and time again, is a terrible combination. Luckily we had Rhylee Gerber to be a good counterbalance! Well, kinda.
After a short easy charter of moms wanting to relive their glory days chasing
Captain Lee The Grateful Dead, Captain Lee rewards the crew with a mid-season skip day. Usually this means binge drinking at a touristy resort, but Thailand’s added bonus means they get to spend an additional afternoon off at an elephant sanctuary.