The stove doesn’t have to be on for the galley to get hot on Below Deck Mediterranean. In the latest episode, Chef Tom Checketts unleashes on second stew Aesha Scott over…vegetables?
It all starts when Tom is trying to have a cuddle with his girlfriend, bosun Malia White, during what he intended to be a 15-minute break. But when guests request cucumber slices, and the two stews on duty are busy entertaining the guests, Captain Sandy goes to fetch Tom. And the chef is not pleased to have his break cut short at…18 minutes.
Let’s pause here to say that yes, Tom, like everyone else on this boat, deserves a break. And was he interrupted to get up, put a pause on the cuddles, and cut up a cucumber, a job that someone else could’ve handled? Yes. So sure, it makes sense that his frustration, sexual and otherwise, probably fueled his reaction. But that’s where the allowance ends.
So when he storms into the galley, Aesha’s arrived and told it’s already taken care of. She offers a sympathetic “I’m sorry” to Tom but that only makes him angrier. “There’s no point in apologizing,” he tells her, but she clarifies, “No, I’m just saying it wasn’t my fault.”
“Ugh, alright, whatever you’re saying, thank you,” he grumbles. “I promise you I had nothing to do with it,” she insists but he tells her, “Really, I’m not interested.”
“Why are you pissed at me?” she questions, but Tom tells her, “I’m not pissed at you, I’m really not, I’m pissed at the situation.”
It makes sense that this would irritate Tom as he’s not used to this behavior. Captain Sandy would much rather inconvenience anyone else on the boat than Tom and Malia, so the fact that they are getting the brunt of it is a whole new world for them.
But it’s not over for poor Aesha, who earlier in the episode experienced a hangover so harsh you could feel it through the screen. Because then, as she delivers the cut-up cucumbers, the guests ask for avocado. And you know something bad is about to happen because Below Deck Med drops any music in the background, giving the scene an ominous tone as the two meet again in the galley. Aesha does her best to avoid another interaction by going into the fridge and fetching it herself, but wouldn’t you know it, this leads to an even bigger blow-up.
“I can do it,” she insists, but Tom grumbles yet again, “Fuck off, just give me the fucking avocado. Don’t try and do it now.”
“What is the fucking problem?” she asks, her voice on the verge of breaking. “Alright, calm down with the waterworks,” he tells her. He starts to explain why her apology pissed him off, but she tells him, “When I say to someone ‘I’m sorry’ it’s ‘I’m sorry for you’. I’m not apologizing because I’ve done nothing.”
And if you were confused about how this all came crashing down so quickly, you’re not alone. Aesha describes how she “literally went from having the best time being in a jujitsu lesson” with the guests, “to having this Englishman be a right fucking asshole.” Can someone build at least a 20-minute cuddle into his schedule for the rest of the season?
Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo.