I know that the last season of Below Deck was just awful, but I have never been more excited for Captain Lee to come back on my TV screen. We all need Captain Lee during these difficult times. I am physically exhausted today but I am so ready to get this Below Deck recap started! Sadly, this season began filming in February of 2020. Then, things got shut down by the corona virus after just a few weeks so we will have a short season. I have had to edit this first paragraph several times because I used random wrong words that made no sense. I’m a bit under the weather today. The weather changed rapidly overnight and that always makes me a bit sick. I think I have a bit of a fever. So, apologies in advance for the incoherence to come.
Where Is Captain Lee?
This crew looks insane and perfect already. I like this fresh start. I already know I will be wanting more episodes than we get. Eddie is back as Bosun and the rest of Captain Lee’s crew are all new. Eddie arrives to find Captain Lee is missing. He calls him on the cell phone. Apparently, Captain Lee fell in the shower (something I worry about all the time) and broke a couple of ribs. And just like that we are off to a crazy start. He is worried he will need surgery and the whole season might not even happen! Wow. I feel so sad for him! I know he gets better. But still. I don’t like seeing him in pain.
Francescha the new head stew is the next to arrive. I think her relationship with Captain Lee gets off to a bumpy start. Captain Lee had Kate for six seasons and those two were perfectly in sync with each other. Francescha has big shoes to fill. She’s an Aussie so I like her already. Who is this Avery person? I didn’t see an Avery on the new cast list. He must not last long. I definitely have a fever and chills. I am already struggling to tell Elizabeth and Francesca apart. Oh and all the deckhands are inexperienced. Wow. The stews are more experienced. Shane seems like an idiot.
Preparing The Boat
I love that we have a great female chef this season and am so sad to her purse was stolen on the way there! She is still a bit freaked out the trauma of it all and is finding it hard to get her head in the game already. The provisions come with tons of food for the galley. And, and enormous amount of condoms. I have never seen so many provisions. Then Captain Lee shows it. He seems to be in pain and having trouble breathing. Eventually, he meets with the crew and makes it clear he is not going to have another season like the last one. Thank GOD. He really laid down the law.
Captain Lee meets with Francesca individually. He has really high expectations. Already his laundry has not been ironed properly. Next, he has a preference sheet meeting with Eddie and Francesca. The first primary is a jerk that has been on the show twice previously, named Charley. I don’t really remember him though. For some reason the sound keeps going out on this recording. So I am missing a lot.
Finally It’s The Day of The First Charter!
Francesca has already dropped the ball with Captain Lee. He had to request is coffee and breakfast. Katie would have already had it up there. Also, she delegate the task to one of her stews. Nope, she needs to be the one taking care of the Captain. Captain Lee laughs at Shane’s morning yoga and meditation rituals. Izzy can’t even seem to get coffee and cereal to Captain Lee. Eddie and Captain Lee are getting together like peas and carrots though. Shane wears ridiculously short shorts.
Finally, it’s time to welcome the guests. I miss the Caribbean. Izzy is incredibly slow with drinks. She’s like really slow. The guests are already whining about not getting their glasses filled quickly enough. One of the guests tries to bartend. Izzy is a trainwreck. Rachel is killing it in the kitchen. And she is helping with service and chatting with the guests. She’s a keeper. And, I should point out that Captain Lee has not even set foot in the the kitchen.
Avery Gets Bad News
It seems I was right about Avery not staying long. On the very first day of charter he gets the news than is grandma is dying. He’s very upset and I expect him to bail. This particularly sucks because he was the only one of the deckhands who knew what he was doing. The charter guests are acting like idiots with the water toys and being very dangerous. Avery does bail and go home to be with his grandmother.
Eddie and Francesca are on WWHL so I guess I’ll do a mini recap of the important parts. And in the previews it looks like Chef Rachel quits during the season! Francesca has not had any interaction with Kate. She’d like to though! It seems that Rachel caused the most drama this season. James is apparently the biggest flirt. Rachel and Elizabeth don’t seem to be well liked. Eddie says that Rachel was an amazing chef, but not fun to work with. We can see her temper in the previews.