Chief stew Francesca Rubi broke down in tears in front of Captain Lee while sharing how exhausted she felt during the first charter of the season in the November 9 episode of Below Deck. Chef Rachel Hargrove also got emotional as she expressed feeling overwhelmed with the charter guests' breakfast orders later that episode.
However, the tears didn't stop even after that first group of charter guests disembarked My Seanna in the November 16 episode of Below Deck. After jumping right into work following a 30-plus-hour flight from Australia, new stew Ashling Lorger started crying just out of sheer exhaustion while helping out with service for the group of twentysomething charter guests and their naked sushi dinner.
Captain Lee reacted to all the tears on Twitter, sharing that he has never seen this much crying in all of his seasons of Below Deck. "OK, now I have officially had more crying this season than all previous combined," Captain Lee tweeted on November 16, assuring the stressed-out crew that everything "will work out."
Captain Lee previously told one fan on Twitter to "give it some time" when it came to Francesca and her teary moment. "[It's] way early and we didn't exactly get started off on the right foot," he said.
Stew-turned-deckhand Izzy Wouters also came to Francesca's defense during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on November 9, sharing in the above clip that she "wasn't surprised" to see the chief stew break down in tears. "I think we were all kind of on the verge of breakdowns. I think with Captain Lee being gone, that whole first charter was just a clusterf--k, to be honest. We were all just running around [like] headless chickens kind of not knowing what was going on," Izzy explained. "So I have so much respect for her because she handled it, I think, a lot better than other people would."
Captain Lee later commended Ashling on Twitter for trying to overcome her exhaustion during her first day on the yacht. "[Francesca] did send her down early, being the hard worker she is she couldn't just leave the laundry room in the shape it was in so she took it on her own to fix it," Captain Lee said of Ashling in a tweet on November 17. "Great work ethic, but she did need some rest."
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