One of the biggest questions surrounding the crew of the luxury yacht Thalassa is: who gets fired on Below Deck Down Under?
The two main suspects have been text-happy stewardess Magda Ziomek and snippy chef Ryan McKeown, but episode 11 of Below Deck Down Under season 1 throws another challenger into the ring: deckhand Ben 'Benny' Crawley.
The 34-year-old Australian native hasn't been a star employee for bosun Jamie Sayed so far this season, taking criticisms defensively, pushing back when asked to work the anchor chain and almost crashing a tender into the yacht in a previous episode. And things only get worse between Benny and his boss this week.
Jason switches up the deckhand schedule so he can keep a closer eye on Benny, putting him on mornings, deckie Culver Bradbury on mid-afternoons and Brittini Burton on nights. "And that's gonna stay for the rest of the season," he tells his crew.
"You'll be on nights for the next four. There's a reason for it. I feel like you'll be doing a better job at nights than certain other people," Jamie explains to Brittini, alluding to Crawley.
"Does he know that though?" Brittini asks the bosun. "No, and he doesn't need to."
"But he doesn't realize the weight he's not carrying, so then I have to carry it for him," Brittini responds, later revealing to Jamie the resentment that she feels towards Benny because she's been forced to pick up his slack. "If you and Culver want to have a chat with Ben about it, feel free," Jamie tells her.
"I've spoken to Benny many times," Jamie says in a confessional. "Talking to him doesn't matter, it goes nowhere. So am I gonna talk to Ben about it? No, he just needs to do his job."
From his end, Benny says in a talking head: "No one is looking at Culver. It's just me, me, me. Hold Culver accountable, Jamie. He just doesn't like me, you know, and it's, like, I can't make someone like me."
Later, the two get into another tiff when Sayed spots Crawley taking photos with his phone when he's supposed to be manning the moving tender. "If Captain saw half the stuff this guy does," Jamie says to Culver, admonishing Benny when he returns: "Did you get enough selfies out there? Always stay behind the steering wheel, Jesus!"
A dangerous snafu with one of the jet skis, while Benny is supposed to be on watch, is the final draw for Jamie. "You don't want to listen to me, you chat with the captain. That's it for me, I'm finished," Jamie says in a confessional. "You're a liability and we cannot have a liability on deck, like, it's a ticking time bomb waiting to blow up themselves and everyone around them."
At the end of the episode, we see Jamie go to Captain Jason Chambers to make a formal complaint about his crewmate. Will Ben Crawley still be a Below Deck Down Under cast member next episode?
Fans weigh in on Benny, Below Deck Down Under deckhand:
Benny mate. You need a reality check. You shouldn't be on this boat #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
I hate that benny is making me side with Jamie... dude... shut up and listen and do better... you're not that great.... #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
Benny are you kidding me ?? Intimidation no way you are lazy you never listen 2 your supervisor & u don't know what your doing grow up grow some balls & get to work if u did the work you'll learn how 2 do things properly this crew is something else @BravoTV #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
Benny cannot take any constructive criticism at ALL.#BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
I’m waiting with baited breath for Bennie & Ryan to get fired #BelowDeckDownUnder pic.twitter.com/fQGTohOoHlMay 13, 2022
Jason doesn’t know how to properly communicate…Benny is a baby not the best combination #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
Benny, I hate Jamie but he’s right. Why are you not behind the wheel. #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
I felt bad for Benny at first cuz Jamie never really gave him a chance. But it annoying how defensive he gets when he's clearly in the wrong. Dude just listen & do better. #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 13, 2022
Benny you can't always have positive reinforcement. Do ur job. That was really unsafe leaving the steering to take pictures. #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 12, 2022
Benny stop arguing with your boss! Omg #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 12, 2022
Wow Benny.....walking away from the controls of the boat to take pictures.....and then not listening to Culver when he was on the jet ski....#BelowDeckDownUnderMay 12, 2022
#BelowDeckDownUnder does anyone feel bad for Jamie? He has tried several times to talk to Benny but he always gets an attitude from him. Maybe he can go about it a different way, but this is his 1st time as a Bosun. In time he will learn. Benny gets defensive & doesn't listen.May 12, 2022
Benny, you do nothing that would merit positive reinforcement.. you suck #BelowDeckDownUnderMay 12, 2022
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Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.