It’s that time of the week again! The great anticipation of watching the next episode of Below Deck is upon us! And we have the opportunity to rehash all the recent crew drama thanks to Captain Lee Rosbach and his insightful blogs.
It seems like Captain Lee is trying to redeem himself for skipping over Josiah Carter last week. He’s up first this time. And though Josiah did for once, stir up a bit of drama involving Third Stew Laura Betancourt, he also nipped any resentment in the bud by owning his faults.
On last night’s Below Deck things got really really, REALLY deep. Like penetrating each other in the bunk beds deep and delving into people’s inner psychological matter deep. All the shenanigans make it hard to remember that just 3 days earlier Ashton Pienaar nearly died. He is still wearing the ankle brace to prove it!
With just 36 hours before the new charter arrives the crew heads out for a much-needed break from the close confines of My Stupida. Ashton is especially ready to let loose and be grateful for this amazing life he still gets to lead. Ashton and Ross Inia have evolved from crewmates to soulmates. They have a sweet moment where they discuss survival and friendship. The most detrimental thing they now have to face is Rhylee Gerber!
Captain Lee Rosbach structures his blogs as a critique of each Below Deck crew member. He addresses each person directly and gives them a paragraph worth of wisdom. The length depends on how off that person is from Captain Lee’s expectations of an ideal employee.
On this week’s blog, Captain Lee FORGOT TO INCLUDE JOSIAH CARTER!!! All that sweet boy got was a passing mention in Kate Chastain’s paragraph. It’s as if he is just becoming an extension of Kate. Perhaps in reality TV land Josiah has done everything wrong. He’s perfectly trained, refined, focused, and non-combative. He only gossips in with Kate in her lair. I say Josiah deserves his OWN paragraph!
On last night’s Below Deck the crew dealt with a shocking realization. Ashton Pienaar’s fall overboard wasn’t just a dramatic television moment, but that he could’ve lost his life!
Ashton went off the back of the swim platform after stepping into a tow line which wrapped around his ankle. It was exactly like a movie, but this was actual reality and Bravo editing magic had nothing to do with the events! As Captain Lee Rosbach explained while choking up, Ashton was “within 30 seconds” of losing his life, or at the very least his foot!
The most surprising revelation, however, was that Ashton owes his life (and the continuation of his defined tricep muscles) to the rapid reaction of a Below Deck cameraman named Brent. He literally threw down his camera, raced to the side of the boat, and untangled the lines to give Ashton more time, which set him free to swim to the tender to wait until they were in safer water to bring him in! Maybe Brent should be bosun. Something tells me Rhylee Gerber wouldn’t be talking to him with a nasty attitude!
Though the man overboard incident only took place during the last few minutes of the most recent Below Deck episode, Ashton Pienaar being dragged into the water has been the main focus for all the cast interviews this past week. The entire crew is still coming to grips with the severity of what happened, and what was narrowly avoided.
Tyler Rowland was a witness at the back of the boat with Rhylee Gerber. As the junior deckhand of the group, Tyler was getting a lot of instruction from Ashton. Apparently, Ashton himself had warned him about the lines. Tyler said, “Ashton told us they’re super dangerous. Don’t step over those lines because they go out.”
Captain Lee Rosbach’s blog was brief this week, but as always, packed a punch. The Below Deck Captain was in New York earlier this week to appear on Watch What Happens Live. So he had less time to prepare, but still made his critiques very clear. We wouldn’t expect any less of him!
On last night’s Below Deck, we met the replacements. Aka, the new third stew Laura Betancourt, and new deckhand Tyler Rowland. Laura and Kate Chastain are like oil and water from the very second of interaction. So that should go about as well as still having Caroline Bedol on board.
Finally, we saw the moment when Ashton Pienaar went overboard. But, in true Bravo fashion, after so much hype, it was tacked onto the very itty bitty end of the episode. We won’t really get to see it until next week. However, it looks like it’s partially Rhylee Gerber‘s fault! As you may know Rhylee does not follow the rules! Instead, she actually makes the rules, then changes the rules, and sometimes then breaks those rules too, but everyone will all bend to her will because her red hair is a magical whip of crazy what the f–k. Truly.