As this week Below Deck opens, Eddie Lucas is still on the warpath. If not on the warpath, exactly, then in the middle of a strict dressing down of the deck crew. Things have been gone overboard no, literally again and again. And it’s time for the mistakes to stop. Because every time Eduardo has to step back into his role leading the deckhands, it’s time taken away from learning how to be a chief officer. So from now on, the deck team has to have everything secured and ready to go before he’ll give Captain Lee Rorschach the thumbs up to take off. Got it?
Meanwhile, it’s still day two of the charter. And there are guests to please and simmering crew drama to sit back and watch. So while the deckhands put together a morning of water sports, Heather Chase is busy planning the evening’s ’80s-themed birthday party for the 75 year old primary. She also reporting the status of the interior team to Captain Lee, who specifically asks after Jessica Albert. Nothings changed if anything, the third stew seems to be floundering more and more in the depths of Debbie Downer ism. And Fraser Olender is just ready for some male attention, okay? Careful what you wish for, Fraser. You might be getting exactly what you want sooner than you think.
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For lunch, Chef Rachel Overcharge serves up a Mexican feast that once again blows the guests away. Several even say its the best lunch they ve had in their lives. Of course, the beautiful surroundings and fact that you’re eating it on a yacht in the middle of St. Kitts certainly helps but I don’t doubt that Rachels food is as good as everyone raves. However, the wind won’t stop howling. It hasn’t let up for basically the entire charter. And in the middle of the scrumptious meal, the wind gets so bad that the giant, inflatable trampoline takes flight, ripping the cord that has tethered it safely to the yacht.
For the primary birthday, Rachel turns out a dinner fit for a 1980s steakhouse. There bone in ribeye lobster, king crab, snow crab, and more. But first, a gust of wind sends the number five balloon in 75 out to sea, never to be seen again. Oh and it also topples a glass, leaving shards all over the deck. But when Fraser asks Jessica to call for help on the radio, she much more concerned about the missing balloon than the shattered glass she nearly steps in. Just another frustration for the rest of the interior to complain about.
However, the actual dinner service fails to match up to all the over the top food Rachels prepared. The problems start when Heather asks the deck team to help serve and gets saddled with Rayna Lindsey. Not only does the green deckhand have a short, snippy attitude with the chief stew she also has no idea what she doing. Courses continually get brought to the table without anything to serve them with. What Heather supposed to do, use her bare hands? And when she asks Fraser to go find a pair of tongs, the only thing he comes back with are a pair used for ice.
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To close out the night the crew don their brightest neon 80s costumes to sing happy birthday to the primary. And it all a hilarious mess. Eddie looks like some sort of Hulk Hogan wannabe. Fraser channeling Freddie Mercury. Jake Foulger is showing as much skin as humanly possible without being naked. And Jessica finally puts a little pep in her step once she wearing a fuchsia wig. But the night ends with more issues between the crew. Rayna goes to bed complaining about Heather‘s control freak tendencies over dinner service. All the while, Fraser complaining to Heather about Jessica inability to do much of anything helpful. Needless to say, it a much less hilarious mess than the costumes.
The next morning is departure day. And the deck team is ready for a docking re do after how disastrously the last one went. Thankfully, this time its pretty seamless. They don’t even lose any fender covers Less seamless is what going on in the interior with Jessica stripping beds that haven’t even been slept in. Which only creates more work for Fraser. As the guests depart they gift the crew with the little box handcuffed to the mini primarys wrist. And we all know what s in there cold, hard cash baby.
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Captain Lee gathers everyone in the crew mess for a tip meeting, where he compliments the deck team for how they handled the docking. It s like they actually knew what they were doing Jessica also gets a special shout-out from Cap. It probably meant to be motivational, considering Heather told him she was down in the dumps. But it only stokes the competitive fire within the interior. Because now Fraser s feeling like he doing all the work with none of the praise. But don’t worry, there still the money hiding in the miniature lock box. Which Captain Lee opens to reveal a massive tip of $25,000. With the biggest tip of the season in their hands it’s time for the crew to party.
The gang heads ashore for dinner where a tipsy Jake rather randomly turns his flirting on Heather. Too bad the chief stew is in a relationship, because that mustache is looking pretty tempting right about now. And somehow by coincidence? Jessica and Wes O Dell find themselves alone at the table for dessert, with the rest of the crew not so subtly pushing for the start of a boatman. They re also getting sloshed at the bar, where Jake decides to strip for a late night skinny dip with Fraser in the restaurant’s pool. And boy oh boy is there some sexual tension starting to happen between these two.
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That sexual tension only escalates as the crew rides back to the boat. On a dare from Rayna, Jake more than happy to make out with Fraser. He not bisexual, he explains and also still engaged . He just sexually comfortable. And the second stew is his boy! Boys sometimes kiss their boys! In fact, to prove his point, he initiates another kiss with Fraser, sticking his tongue down his boat bestie throat. By the time they get back to the yacht, Eddie also setting his hair on fire trying to light a cigar with a blowtorch. Everyone jumps in the hot tub. It’s a wild night y all.
The next morning the entire crew is suffering from a massive and massively self induced hangover. Well, except for Jake who might still be drunk. So drunk, in fact, that he doesn’t even remember making out with Fraser on the car ride home. He barely remembers his impromptu skinny dip, to be honest. Fraser doesn’t remember any of this either and is mortified when he realizes that A. not only did it happen, but B. Heather has video evidence. Watching the kiss sends him into a full spiral of gay panic. Sadly falling for a straight guy is an all too common for us gay boys, but rarely do we ever make out with said straight guy. Fraser worried Jake will think he s into him. What if it ruins his closest friendship on the boat?
TELL US WERE YOU SURPRISED TO SEE JAKE AND FRASER MAKE OUT? IS JESSICA BEING A DEBBIE DOWNER? WAS RAYNAS BAD ATTITUDE TOWARD HEATHER DURING SERVICE JUSTIFIED? WILL WES AND JESSICA EVER GET TOGETHER?