Below Deck

10 Best Episodes of Below Deck

Below Deck is an American reality television series airing on Bravo that premiered on July 2, 2013. The show follows a crew of "yachties" who live, love and work together onboard a luxurious mega yacht. It has aired 11 seasons and has become a fan favorite. If you’re looking to get caught up with the show, here are some of the best episodes of Below Deck ranked.

These episodes are the best of the best, as ranked by fans. From the most shocking moments to the biggest meltdowns, these episodes showcase the best of what this show has to offer. From the hilarious pranks to the intense drama, these episodes have it all.

So, if you’re looking for the best of Below Deck, look no further. Here are the best episodes of Below Deck ranked.

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Below Deck - S8E10

#1 - Steamy Vibes (Season 8 - Episode 10)

On the latest episode of Below Deck, the crew is dealing with the consequences of steamy vibes among the crew members. Elizabeth is trying to keep her budding relationship under wraps, while James finds himself in the middle of the rumor mill. Izzy is feeling sick, but when a drunk charter guest crosses the line and defies Capt. Lee, he is forced to take action.

The charter guest's behavior causes a lot of tension on the ship, and the crew members are faced with the consequences of their actions. Elizabeth is trying to keep her relationship a secret, but the gossip is spreading. James is struggling to keep his head above water as the rumors swirl. Izzy is feeling ill and is trying to keep her composure in spite of the situation.

Capt. Lee is forced to lay down the law and take control of the situation. He must keep the charter guest in check and protect the safety of the crew. Despite the difficult situation, the crew is doing their best to remain professional and make the charter a success. With a strong captain at the helm and the crew's collective determination, the episode ends on a positive note.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 138 votes.

Below Deck - S10E12

#2 - The Fish Stinks From the Head (Season 10 - Episode 12)


Tension continues to mount between Capt. Sandy and Fraser; Alissa tempts Ross; crew gossip reaches an all-time high; Capt. Sandy takes the crew to the beach for team building; Fraser feels slighted by Capt. Sandy.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 95 votes.

Below Deck - S6E13

#3 - I Said I Got It! (Season 6 - Episode 13)

The episode "I Said I Got It!" of the show Below Deck is full of drama and romance. Kate is forced to deal with Laura's insubordination, which leads to tensions between the two. Ross is struggling to have patience with Rhylee's attitude. Meanwhile, a charter guest has been pursuing Adrian romantically, creating a complicated dynamic on the ship. To lighten the mood, Ashton leads the crew in a musical performance for the guests. Lastly, Rhylee's developing feelings for Tyler become stronger as the episode progresses.

The episode's title of "I Said I Got It!" is reflective of the individual struggles each crew member is facing. Kate is trying to maintain order and respect among the ranks, while Ross is trying to keep Rhylee in line. At the same time, Adrian is trying to navigate the advances of the charter guest. Ashton does his best to bring the crew together in a fun, lighthearted way. Finally, Rhylee is exploring her feelings for Tyler, but is unsure of how to proceed.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 175 votes.

Below Deck - S10E3

#4 - The Muff-Truff Experience (Season 10 - Episode 3)


In this episode of Below Deck, the crew is tasked with preparing a multicourse dinner for the guests. Rachel, the chef, is missing an essential ingredient and quickly realizes the meal is in jeopardy. As the pressure mounts, Fraser, the boat captain, notices a spat between two of his interior team members, and realizes he needs to step in and take a different approach to his management style.

The crew faces a difficult challenge as they attempt to create an exquisite meal without the necessary ingredient. Rachel must use her culinary creativity to come up with an alternative, as the stakes are high. Fraser must also step up and take control of the situation, as he watches his team struggle and argue. He must find a way to keep his team united and motivated to serve their guests.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 93 votes.

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#5 - The Champagne Campaign (Season 5 - Episode 14)

In this episode of Below Deck, the final night of the charter season has arrived and tensions between the crew are running high. Timothy Sykes has been micromanaging the crew, making them feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed. Jen is trying to be on her best behavior, but it's been a lot of work to keep up the façade. Nico finally summons the courage to end things with Brianna, while Jen attempts to mend things with Kate.

The episode is an emotional rollercoaster as the crew navigates the last day of their charter season. Jen is struggling to keep her cool and stay professional, but the pressure of Timothy's micromanagement is getting to her. Nico musters up the courage to end things with Brianna, which is the right decision, but not an easy one. Meanwhile, Jen is trying to make amends with Kate, but it's unclear if they will be able to repair their friendship. The stakes are high, and it's an intense episode that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 210 votes.

Below Deck - S8E11

#6 - Blood in the Water (Season 8 - Episode 11)


In the episode "Blood in the Water" of the show Below Deck, Izzy must make the difficult decision of playing musical bunks, leaving Francesca and Eddie to deal with the professionalism of Elizabeth and James. Meanwhile, Izzy's condition gets worse and she is put into quarantine. Captain Lee rewards the crew for their hard work with a day off at a resort, but his good intentions backfire when Rachel's erratic behavior embarrasses everyone.

This episode of Below Deck puts Izzy in a tough spot, forcing her to make a difficult decision that affects the whole crew. Throughout the episode, Izzy's condition worsens and she is put into quarantine, adding to the tension of the episode. Although Captain Lee tries to reward the crew with a day off, Rachel's actions take away from the relaxation and put the crew in an awkward situation. This episode of Below Deck shows the struggles of a crew working together and the consequences when someone steps out of line.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 128 votes.

Below Deck - S7E7

#7 - Smashton (Season 7 - Episode 7)

In this episode of Below Deck, Smashton, the crew welcomes charter guests from Florida State University who are single and looking for a good time. Simone, one of the crew, is out of her depth when it comes to service and becomes distracted by her new crush. Kevin is not pleased with the service, so he takes matters into his own hands, undermining Kate. Courtney bonds with Brian over his wounded knee, and Lee announces Abbi's replacement, much to Ashton's displeasure.

The crew has the challenge of managing the charter guests, who are here to have a good time, while still providing the level of service they are expected to. Simone struggles with her new position and is not as focused as she should be. Kevin's attempt to take over service does not sit well with Kate, leaving her feeling undermined. Courtney and Brian grow closer as she helps him with his knee, and Lee introduces Abbi's replacement, which is not greeted well by Ashton. This episode of Below Deck is sure to be an interesting one as the crew navigate the needs of the guests and the dynamic between the crew.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 162 votes.

Below Deck - S8E13

#8 - James' Big Cannoli (Season 8 - Episode 13)


In the exciting episode of Below Deck, "James' Big Cannoli," James plays games at Elizabeth’s expense. He does this in a way that is both childish and immature, and Elizabeth isn't happy about it. At the same time, Eddie presents Izzy with an interesting opportunity. While Izzy is unsure how to handle it, she is excited by the prospect.

The team comes together for a beach cleanup, but the warm and fuzzy feelings quickly dissipate when Francesca finds out that subordinates have been sleeping in a guest cabin without her permission. This causes tension amongst the crew as Francesca is determined to put her foot down and make sure that the rules are followed. In the end, James’ actions have consequences, and Izzy has to make a tough decision.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 121 votes.

Below Deck - S8E7

#9 - Runaway Chef (Season 8 - Episode 7)

In this episode of Below Deck, the crew is dealing with the fallout of a conversation between Captain Lee and Shane. Rachel is struggling with her long-distance relationship, while James and Elizabeth’s feelings for each other become more apparent. The crew is in for a shock when Francesca begins to consider a stew replacement, and Rachel makes an unexpected decision.

Tensions are rising as the episode progresses, with the crew struggling to keep up with the demands of their job. Rachel’s relationship issues add to the stress, as do James and Elizabeth’s growing attraction. To make matters worse, Francesca’s critical mistake leads to her considering a stew replacement, throwing the whole crew into chaos. This is further compounded when Rachel makes an impulsive decision, which takes the crew by surprise.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 144 votes.

Below Deck - S6E16

#10 - Au Revoir! (Season 6 - Episode 16)


In the "Au Revoir!" episode of Below Deck, viewers are presented with an interesting plot arc involving the crew members. The primary of the yacht is due to have her birthday and the crew must scramble to make up for the oversight. Meanwhile, Adrian attempts to create a centerpiece filled with living sea creatures, but the plan is nixed by Kate. This leaves Adrian frustrated, while Rhylee feels uncomfortable around Tyler. Laura and Ashton make plans for the future and Ross hopes to reconnect with his son's mother. Finally, Laura confronts Adrian over his inappropriate comments.

This episode of Below Deck is filled with drama and excitement. Adventuresome viewers will be thrilled as the crew scrambles to make up for Kate’s mistake and Ross attempts to make amends with his son’s mother. Meanwhile, viewers will be left to wonder what Adrian’s inappropriate comments were and what the outcome of Laura’s confrontation will be. Ultimately, this episode of Below Deck is sure to leave viewers wanting more.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 179 votes.

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    Below Deck - S10E5

    #11 - His Watch Has Ended (Season 10 - Episode 5)

    Captain Lee's injury forces him to leave St David, and the hands on deck try to put their best foot forward for the new captain; Ross and Fraser struggle with Camille's attitude; an official promotion is given within the deck team.

    The episode was rated 7.57 from 72 votes.

    Below Deck - S7E16

    #12 - The Scorpion Queen (Season 7 - Episode 16)


    Tanner and Kate’s flirtations become more obvious to the crew which leads Simone to lose all respect for the two when she finds out they’ve already kissed. Pulling up to the marina, Kate sees the first yacht she ever worked on as a stewardess, causing her to question her future in yachting. Rhylee continues to feel ostracized by the deck crew that tried to get her fired and her fuse becomes shorter and shorter. After a short-lived reconciliation, Brian and Courtney are on the outs again following a major argument at the Chillva Night Market that causes a giant rift in the crew. With arguments continuing back at Valor, Captain Lee promises there will be hell to pay in the morning.

    The episode was rated 7.56 from 158 votes.

    Below Deck - S8E16

    #13 - Premature Evacuation (Season 8 - Episode 16)

    Carl kicks off the first weekend and hosts a reception for his mom’s virtual wedding. Danielle throws a roller-skating party, but Lindsay is too bothered by Stephen’s hectic work schedule to enjoy herself. Afterward, the housemates get to work to throw Kyle an unforgettable birthday, which devolves into chaos when Hannah and Ciara’s budding friendship threatens Luke’s chances with either girl.

    The episode was rated 7.56 from 138 votes.

    Below Deck - S8E12

    #14 - Blue Skies and UTI’s (Season 8 - Episode 12)


    In the episode "Blue Skies and UTI's" of the show Below Deck, Rachel's behavior continues to cause problems for the crew and Elizabeth finds herself in trouble. In a more emotional moment, Captain Lee shares a personal tragedy with Francesca, showing his more vulnerable side. Unfortunately, Izzy's health still seems to be a problem and Eddie sends her off for medical care. However, more crew members fall ill and Francesca is concerned if they'll make it through the next charter.

    The episode is full of frustration and vulnerability as the crew tries to keep afloat. Rachel's antics are still causing tension and Elizabeth finds herself on the receiving end of the repercussions. Captain Lee opens up to Francesca about a personal tragedy and reveals a softer side. With the crew's health in jeopardy, Eddie sends Izzy off for medical care, but more crew members become ill and Francesca worries if they'll make it through the next charter.

    The episode was rated 7.55 from 131 votes.

    Below Deck - S6E8

    #15 - Flesh Wounds Are Not Five-Star (Season 6 - Episode 8)

    The episode "Flesh Wounds Are Not Five-Star" from the show Below Deck focuses on the miscommunication between Chandler and the rest of the Deck Team. After an oversight, the charter guests are left stranded at an off-boat excursion without basic amenities, leaving Chandler in an uncomfortable situation with Capt. Lee and the rest of the Deck Team.

    The episode follows the Deck Team as they try to figure out the best solution to the problem. Chandler is at odds with the team, and must make the difficult decision of how to get the charter guests back safely. With tension in the air, the team must work together to resolve the issue and make sure the charter guests are taken care of.

    The episode was rated 7.55 from 164 votes.

    Below Deck - S10E6

    #16 - There's No Crying in Yachting, Part 2 (Season 10 - Episode 6)


    Capt. Sandy plays referee in Alissa and Camille's mounting tension; Camille complains to Capt. Sandy about being pulled in too many directions; Fraser confronts Camille about going over his head; Ross' flirtatious behavior leaves Katie upset.

    The episode was rated 7.54 from 89 votes.

    Below Deck - S4E14

    #17 - 50 Shades of Ben (Season 4 - Episode 14)

    In the episode 50 Shades of Ben from Below Deck, Sierra spirals out of control as Emily questions if Ben is really "just friends" with Kate. Kyle makes Ashley an offer that she can't refuse, and Kate has to sit Nico and Lauren down for a one-on-one chat. The episode culminates with Ben crossing a line with Kate that changes the dynamic of their friendship forever.

    The episode is set in motion with Sierra spinning out of control, causing Emily to question Ben and Kate's true relationship. While they may claim to be "just friends," Emily is not convinced. Meanwhile, Kyle makes Ashley an attractive offer that she can't turn down, making her future uncertain. The tension is ramped up further when Kate has to sit Nico and Lauren down for a one-on-one chat. Finally, Ben crosses a line with Kate that alters the dynamic of their relationship irrevocably, setting the stage for the rest of the season.

    The episode was rated 7.54 from 264 votes.

    Below Deck - S7E11

    #18 - I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (Season 7 - Episode 11)


    In the episode "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way" of Below Deck, Tanner gives Simone mixed signals by telling her that he just wants to keep things casual, while Ashton tries to squash his beef with Kate after their heated argument the night before. Kate promotes Courtney to second stew after being called out by Simone last charter. The crew rallies to redeem themselves for returning charter guests Master Pearson and Lady Tiernan, but a broken extractor fan in the galley and rough seas threaten to ruin the trip for everyone.

    The guests of this episode, Master Pearson and Lady Tiernan, are not very well liked by viewers. They are seen as arrogant and entitled, which makes it difficult for the crew to provide them with good service. Despite the trying situation, the crew is determined to make the charter a success and prove to the guests that they are capable of delivering great service. It's an uphill battle, as the broken extractor fan and rough seas prove to be an obstacle for them. Will the crew be able to redeem themselves and make the charter a success?

    The episode was rated 7.54 from 164 votes.

    Below Deck - S6E1

    #19 - We're Not In The Caribbean Anymore! (Season 6 - Episode 1)

    Captain Lee and chief stew Kate welcome seven new crewmembers aboard luxury M/Y Seanna as they travel outside the Caribbean for the first time ever to explore the tropical waters of Tahiti. Kate has high hopes for her experienced interior crew, however, bosun Chandler finds his hands full training a fisherwoman turned-third deckhand. Neither department is prepared for the return of legendary charter guest, Foam Party Steve.

    The episode was rated 7.53 from 203 votes.

    Below Deck - S4E8

    #20 - One Less Fish in the Sea (Season 4 - Episode 8)


    Kelley is furious with Sierra in this episode of Below Deck when he discovers how she treated a member of the deck team. Emily takes advantage of her night out with Ben while things get tense between Kate and the exterior crew. Kyle finds out that his wish is granted when he gets to take Sierra out on a date, but things don’t turn out as expected.

    Kelley’s anger is palpable as he confronts Sierra about her mistreatment of the deck team. Emily’s night out with Ben is a bright spot that contrasts with the tension building between Kate and the exterior crew. Kyle gets his wish to take Sierra out on a date, but the night doesn’t unfold as he had hoped. In the end, it’s clear that there is one less fish in the sea.

    The episode was rated 7.53 from 251 votes.


    Last updated: feb 28, 2023

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