From the get-go of season 7, TV viewers and other crew members knew it was obvious there was a romantic relationship going on between the chief stew and chef on superyacht HOME. Co-stars Stew Kyle Viljoen and Deckhand Jason Gaskell both made comments early on that they suspected the two appeared to be in a relationship. Despite most of the crew suspecting they were hooking up, Captain Sandy had no idea Natasha and Dave were dating.
However, for some reason, Natasha insisted Dave keep their ongoing relationship from their previous charter superyacht a secret. The two ogling at each other and incessantly flirting made it the worst kept secret. Once everyone went out drinking for the first time, Dave let the cat out of the bag after crew badgering. Once Natasha found out Dave told the crew about their relationship, she began to be extremely flirty with Jason.
Later that evening back at the superyacht, Natasha continued to be cold to Dave. In drunken jealousy with a bruised ego, Dave got aggressive towards Jason, only making matters worse. Natasha ended up sleeping in a guest cabin. The next day after Dave apologized, Natasha asked to speak to him downstairs. She proceeded to invite Dave to “shower” with her for 30 minutes. The second charter seemed to suggest there was smooth sailing for their relationship again, but the preview for episode 4 shows things going off the rails again.
Below Deck Med Fans Blast Natasha For Giving ‘Mixed’ Signals & ‘Gaslighting’ Chef Dave
Twitter and Reddit erupted with Below Deck fans’ anger at Natasha’s emotional manipulation of Dave.
OG Below Deck Chief Stew Adrienne Gang also chimed in on Natasha and Dave’s ill-fated clandestine relationship.
Besides the Twitterverse’s peanut gallery, Below Deck Reddit critics also gave their two cents on Natasha’s sketchy behavior.
“Natasha did Dave so dirty on the night out. She was really cold to him. Like, sure, don’t flirt with him but to act the way she did was hard to watch. Dave taking it out on Jason was so wrong though. Misdirected anger,” wrote Reddit user Loose-Test.
Meanwhile, others thought Dave was partly to blame for Natasha losing interest after he came on too strong.
“Dave needs to man up and play a little hard to get. He is throwing himself at Natasha and in her eyes has become not quite as interesting. No more challenge. No more sneaking around. Seems that is the part that was fun,” said Reddit user wolfitalk.
“He’s very anxiously attached and she is very much not ready for a relationship after coming out of a four year one. Horrible combo, but much worse for him mentally,” said Responsible-Front-18.
Below Deck Med season 7 fans can find out the latest news on Dave and Natasha’s relationship status, and if it lasts this toxic phase on the show. Meanwhile, Dave hid in a bomb shelter this week while volunteer cooking for Ukrainian refugees.