Below deck recap: the training day is over

So where were we boaters? Oh yes, the bomb Jacques Foulger dropped that he was engaged. The next morning, the whole Under the bridge the crew wakes up hungover as they all walk out, with Rayna Lindsey more than prepared to spread this little gossip all over the yacht. However, Jake quickly clarifies: yes, he is engaged. He’s not monogamous, my love. She’s his fiancée, not his girlfriend, okay? (He also claimed they were in a relationship for the fiancée to immigrate, but we don’t know if that was a joke…) Anyway, the point is that Senior Seaman is all about spread love, darling. And just you wait.

The crew may have all day to go around the boat, but there is still time to Captain Lee Rosbach to hold a preference sheet meeting. The next group of charter guests will be interesting. It’s two families vacationing together to celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the coprimaries. And their ages are everywhere. We have adults. We are in our twenties. And we have a child. Which means a lot of babysitting on board. But hey, that must be better than the rowdy bunch of real estate agents we just endured, right? Plus, their requests seem pretty straightforward: a casino night, an 80s-themed neon birthday party, and that’s about it.

The rest of the day passes in a bit of a blur, with bickering in both departments. Rayna and Wes O’Dell keep getting angry Jamesleadership style. Basically, they don’t appreciate being told to go faster when they have all day to clean the boat. And Jessica AlbertThe mopey attitude of finally begins to skin the rest of the interior. But when Heather Chase takes her aside for a pep talk, the third stew reveals that she is shaken because she woke up to learn that her beloved grandmother had undergone a surprise medical procedure on earth. The night ends with Jake and Fraser Olender link as the latter shares his coming out story. And all I can say is look at this space…

Pickup day, however, begins with a little chaos. First of all, fraser can’t find his radio. And what was the only thing Captain Lee said during his first meeting with all the crews of the season? Well, in addition to his cardinal rule of “Don’t embarrass yourself or the boat?” Oh that’s right. Never. Never. Under any circumstances. Lose your radio. Whoops. Cap has threatened that if you can’t find your radio he probably has it in the wheelhouse, but with the arrival of guests Fraser has no time to ask. So instead, heater tells him to go on without the radio and make the most of it. But as the crew scrambles, Captain Lee is magically the only one on deck when he makes the five-minute roll call.

Somehow everyone makes it to the queue in time for the guests to walk onto the dock. And we weren’t wrong, this new batch is sure to be eclectic. But in the right way! They seem lively and kind. One of the women, Jodi, is particularly nice to Captain Lee…She’s flirting with him the second they meet, and the kid even shows up with a mini-suitcase full of tips cuffed to his wrist. As if the crew no longer needed motivation to watch him closely on board. kinda hilarious, fraser reveals via confessional that he was actually a nanny, even though he hates children.

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After a fairly grueling takeoff in shallow water, charter number three set off for the races. But not before the deck crew loses a volleyball in the windy sea. Considering the complaints of the day before, James decides to try a different approach with Rayna. Instead of giving her orders, he will invest in her. He teaches her how to drop anchor once the yacht reaches Shitten Bay, and the green sailor seems to be much more accepting of this method of teaching. Here’s hoping anyway. And speaking of hope, while Chief Rachel Hargrove serves lunch in the main dining room due to the wind, a frenetic fraser finally finds his radio. Apparently he dropped it in one of the holds. Wow, that’s a relief.

The first night is the royal casino party requested by the guests, with Captain Lee join them for dinner. So while the interior transforms the dining room into a gaming extravaganza, Eddie Lucas steals a moment to apologize to his girlfriend for their argument last week. (If you remember he was in hot water for picking up a bikini heater in the hot tub.) Yeah… based on Eduardo’s track record over the seasons, I for one don’t have much hope for this last long-distance relationship…

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For dinner, chef rachel turns out an Italian feast that goes perfectly with all games of chance. But if Jodi is successful, the main course served could well be Captain Lee! The charter guest is clearly in love with the Stud of the Sea. She doesn’t even try very hard to hide it with her husband sitting at the table. Jodi, hilariously and rather shamelessly, spends the entire meal flirting with the captain. And by the time he retires for the evening, she’s practically trying to follow him to his cabin. And honestly, Captain Lee’s visibly uncomfortable reaction to all that attention was by far the best part.

During this time, jessicaAnother issue is the work ethic below deck. She essentially fails to make denials; cabins are messy, details not checked. The standard of basic housekeeping is so poor that it even has heater complain to fraser. And these two can hardly stand each other! While Jessica checks in with her grandmother on FaceTime, the rest of the crew start chatting behind her back. The group dynamic has been relatively peaceful and copacetic so far, but just about everyone bets the odds are that Jessica will be the first to start making things miserable on board.

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The next morning is the second day of the charter. And the wind hasn’t let up one bit. The storm is so strong that when the yacht leaves its mooring, the aft deck cushions fly into the ocean. But really, the wind isn’t to blame as the deck crew are the ones who didn’t secure the cushions in the first place. And now the off-screen chief officer has to hop into the dinghy to go save cushions in the middle of the open ocean. Naturally, Captain Lee is furious at this development. How many things have to fly overboard before the deck crew gets on it? He instructs Eddie it is time to lay down the law. Because if Eddie doesn’t get the bridge crew in shape, the captain’s wrath will fall on him.


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