It’s a slow time for Bravo exclusive news as everyone seems to have disappeared for the winter break. But, amazingly, we still have recaps to do this week! Tonight we have a Below Deck recap of a new episode! I’m not sure how many episodes we have left. We seem to be getting into the thick of COVID and I remember that they got through about 75% of the season. I do think COVID probably kept Elizabeth on the boat with a demotion and not a ticket home. With each passing charter, travel gets less and less safe. So take your demotion, Elizabeth and ramp up your boatmance with James and you should be good to go.
Vive La France!
So let’s get back to my favorite charter guests of all time. It’s French night for dinner and Rachel is making fois gras. I’m pretty sure I am never eating that again as I believe that this what made me sick on Christmas. And I literally just stuffed a bit under the skin of my hen. I think Izzy just told Elizabeth that she only had a couple weeks left to deal with Francesca. The new deckhand Tom is a bit odd in that Dungeons and Dragons sort of way.
Eddie is still salty with Rachel and is unwilling to share his crew with her at this point. She needs to make him some French toast. But first, she has to get through ten course meal. Or as Captain Lee says “sixty plates of fucking food.” And she better get it right because he would still like to fire her because of her tendency to flee the boat and tell everyone to eat her cooter. Elizabeth has to be asked to help serve the ten course meal. Really? Rachel is the best cook ever on Below Deck. She nailed the dinner. Then there was an after dinner orgry for the guests in the jacuzzi! Francesca is up flirting with James when she should be sleeping.
It’s On Like Donkey Kong!
The next morning, Captain Lee is back on Cheerios and bananas. The guests get some sort of smoked chipotle crepe with avocado and fresh croissants. The Captain has a really hard docking to negotiate. I foresee a lot of bleeping. But first it is time for Elizabeth to cry and feel sorry for herself. What a tough life she has. I’m sad that these guests are leaving. The tip was $25K! The crew has an optional trip to the donkey sanctuary in Antigua. Even Captain Lee goes to check it out. Eddie, Rachel and Francesca opt to stay on the boat.
Francesca chats with Elizabeth about her poor work ethic. She demotes her. Francesa is pissed. She literally had to be asked to help with service! Izzy and Elizabeth immediately start trash talking Francesca. Wow. Ashling smartly runs off to do her job. Izzy tells Elizabeth to go to Captain Lee about her. Izzy is really trashing Francesca. And it’s a boat. So, Francesca hears the whole sordid conversation. Izzy is a bitch to Francesca’s face.
While waiting for the others to get ready for a night out, Izzy tells the deck crew that she was sexually assaulted the year before. This seems like something she should have shared with the females if she wanted to share at all. The guys aren’t sure how to react. But they make it over to the lovely outdoor bistro and things are going well. Until Rachel starts drinking like a fish. She is trying to “get wasted.” We’ve seen this before and it isn’t pretty. She starts talking about flying scorpions vaginas coming toward your face. It’s bizarre.
The Rachel starts bothering the other diners. And Eddie. And Eddie has not gotten over her quitting the last time. Rachel is also breaking Captain Lee’s rule about not embarrassing the boat. Francesca is trying to hit on Rob. Rob is socially awkward and claims he has never danced before. They call it an early night and everyone wants to get some sleep except for Elizabeth and James who apparently want to do it in the hot tub. This is something only seems like a good idea on TV, by the way. Rachel is also up talking to a toaster. Because, Rachel. The episode ends at like 2 am with Elizabeth and James still going at it. And Rachel talking to a bagel.
It must be midseason because we are getting a midseason preview of the rest of the season. It looks like everything goes to hell. In other news Kate Chastain has another new show. It’s Pillow Talk/PeoplesCouch for Below Deck and I believe it starts on Friday at 7pm.