Until now, I’ve thought of Jula d’Albert Pusey as the most normal, level-headed crew member on Below Deck Med. My opinion is slowly changing, however, as her behavior has been a bit odd these last few episodes.
In d’Albert Pusey’s defense, stress can break even the best in the business, and the crew’s last charter was epitome of stressful. That being said, a stressful charter does not excuse d’Albert Pusey for taking her frustrations out on Chef Ben Robinson, who, although a bit insensitive at times, is not nearly as horrible as d’Albert Pusey seems to think.
According to d’Albert Pusey, Robinson is a condescending jerk who doesn’t have a sensitive bone in his body. He might come across that way, but he’s actually very, very sensitive about his background and about what others think. He wants to prove his own merit as a chef, because, in his opinion, the worst thing would be for others to assume he merely piggybacked off of his father’s fame. Normally, however, he hides these feelings behind a facade of silliness.
Interestingly enough, I believe Tiffany Copeland gets Chef Ben better than anybody. She recognizes that, while he’s not always the best at dealing with women, he really doesn’t mean to come off as a jerk. He’s just a lighthearted, goofy guy. Everybody deals with stress differently, and clearly, Robinson’s style of stress management isn’t compatible with d’Albert Pusey’s.
That being said, I think it’s unfair to completely discount d’Albert Pusey’s concerns. Yes, she was stressed when she freaked out at Robinson, but she did make a good point: Chef Ben can be a bit of a jerk at times. He’s not as bad as Bryan Kattenburg, but it would be nice if he’d stop talking over people or trying to have the last word. I don’t think those tendencies have anything to do with classism, however. He’s just a stressed chef doing the best he can, just like everybody (well, almost everybody) on this crazy yacht.
I’m hoping for a heart-to-heart between Robinson and d’Albert Pusey. I still like to think that they’re reasonable people, so I believe they have the ability to leave this little spat in the past and move forward in good faith.