Tonight’s Below Deck recap is going to be wacky and sad as Jackie and David Siegel appear as the primaries. Click here to find out what happened when they were on Below Deck Med. Jackie refers to herself as The Queen of Versailles because she has been building a sort of replica in Florida for over a decade. The 90,000 square foot monstrosity still has about 18 months to go before completion with an expected completion date in 2022. Maybe. This is an extremely whacky family. And sad because their daughter died of an overdose at age 18. This will clearly stir emotions in Captain Lee as his son also died of an overdose in July of 2019. The Siegel’s love reality TV. In addition to their own show, and Below Deck Med, they have appeared on Flipping Out, and Million Dollar Listing LA.
WTF Is An Energy Healer?
But before the new guests arrive Francesca needs to deal with Elizabeth and her sexcapade in the guest cabin. Elizabeth is just horrible. I don’t know why some of you are on her side. She’s incompetent and entitled. That said Rachel and Izzy have said that there are things that Francesca did that were not shown with regard to her treatment of Elizabeth. Yeah, and? Neither of them tried to claim that Elizabeth was in any way competent. Just that Francesca wasn’t nice to her. Elizabeth would not have lasted two charters with Kate. I think Francesca gave her too many chances. Elizabeth goes to call her “energy healer”. It’s not surprisingly ridiculously stupid. If she had the common sense to be embarrassed she should have been when Captain Lee caught the phone.
It’s Elizabeth’s 30th birthday. She is sure there will be no repercussions for her tryst in the guest cabin and has very high expectations for James to do something very romantic for her birthday. The delusion is strong in this one. Francesca calls a meeting with Elizabeth. I’m trying to listen to Elizabeth’s prostests over her job review but I just want to reach through the screen and give her a hairbrush. She literally looks like she had another roll in the hay. Meanwhile, Rachel is challenged by Jackie and David Siegel because their food requests are polar opposites. She wants fancy shit and he has the taste of a fourth grader. She’s going to just focus on pleasing Jackie. Smart girl.
Elizabeth’s Job Is On The Line
Francesca is at the end of her rope with Elizabeth. She is going to Captain Lee about this. Ashling is very supportive of Francesca. When Francesca tells Captain Lee about James and Elizabeth he calls up Eddie and says if they want to play hide the salami in their cabin that’s fine, but not on the guest beds. He calls James up and tells him if he sleeps in a guest cabin again, he can pack his shit and leave. Francesca tells Captain Lee she wants Elizabeth gone. This is not the first time she has asked for him to send her home.[ Sidenote: I love the tropical flowers. I am totally a flower person.] Ashling and Francesca agree that it would be easier to send Elizabeth home than have to deal with her anymore.
Because the Siegel’s are the next guests and very, very rich (allegedly) with many requests, Francesca and Ashling decide it is best to keep her. At least for this charter. Rachel has all sorts of cool, elaborate things planned. So she lives to fuckup another charter. But they want to keep Elizabeth away from the guests as much as possible. The Siegel boys already seem like fucking idiots. They asked Captain Lee what is job was. Basically, it’s to keep fucktards like them alive. Which could prove difficult. My Asian/YANKEE dog keeps insisting on going out in the frigid, damp weather. After all these years I still haven’t turned him into a southern dog or even a damn carpetbagger. He loves the cold. There are only four guests and 3,000 pieces of luggage.
A Club No One Wants To Be In
Oh it looks like Jackie brought a girlfriend, Nita. And David points out that he has 14 children total across three wives. But these two boys are the oldest of “this generation.” He’s eighty something. Let’s hope he lives to she the House of Versailles completed! And fourteen kids plus a wife is a whole lot of splitting of the inheritance. That will be a contested will and a complete shitshow eventually. Everyone leaves the bridge but Captain Lee, Jackie and David and the sad stories about losing a child to drug overdose begins already. It’s only been about a year at this time since Captain Lee’s son, Josh, died. It’s been five years since Victoria died. The Siegels tell him it will get easier. I’ve seen no evidence of that with my friend, Captain Lee. Not yet. And it breaks my heart.
Somehow cough Francesca? cough the Queen of Versailles had to wait on her mahi. And Rachel is pissed. Rachel wants to talk to the captain about service. There is a discrepancy about whose fault this is. Rachel clearly hates Francesca still to this day. But to be fair, it looks like it was just a misinterpretation of the ticket. The crew becomes increasingly concerned about Covid. Elizabeth whines to her friend about her 30th birthday being depressing and uneventful. Gurl, you are on a yacht in the Caribbean and on a TV show. SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Captain Lee Is Apprehensive About Dinner
I realize James is an ass, but what the heck happened to Ro? He seemed like such a nice guy. Then he tells Izzy that her promotion to lead deckhand is not a big deal. She just got promoted to “lead shammy.” Wow. Way to be a dick, Rob. You are last shammy. Go fuck yourself. James is just as bad saying that Eddie only promoted her because now if something goes wrong it is on her instead of Eddie. Go fuck yourself twice, James. And don’t do it in the guest rooms.
I’m really worried about Captain Lee even rewatching this episode. It’s just going to make his grieving more difficult. But he goes off to dinner anyway. At dinner they find out that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson both have Coronavirus. David Siegel is clearly a Trumpster because his response to the news was, “Coronavirus is no worse than the flu.” Two months later he had aquired PPP loans and offered to temporarily hire travel bloggers to promote his resorts according to an email obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. The email, promising the recipient “THIS IS NOT A JOKE OR A SCAM,” said, “We have federal money available to us at our company, to hire temporary employees.” WOW. It’s just like the flu until no one visits your timeshares.
White Privilege At 18 and 19
I can’t with Captain Lee crying. I’m crying. We are all crying. 🙁 Captain Lee comes back to the table. I admire him for that. He hugs the whole family. Jackie and David and the boys were so kind.
Francesca gets a shitty “cake ” and no birthday sex. James did nothing and didn’t even hide the salami! Hardly a tragedy in the overall scheme of this episode. The Siegel boys drink a shit ton of Hennessey. Then they raid the bar. They threaten to jump off the boat. The consider stealing the tinder. They want to go in the hot tub. The staff tries everything to get them to bed. Eventually, after a temper tantrum or two they both go to bed.
That was heavy.