Rebecca Stokes

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I'm a writer all over the web! I've contributed news, rants, funny lists, and entertaining academic fakery at XOJane, The Hairpin, The Barnes and Noble Book Blog, and The Toast, to name but a few. When not writing for the Internet, I spend my time writing plays and taunting my cat with bits of pretzel that I will ultimately not let him have. 


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    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think Kate got a totally raw deal from her co-workers on tonight's episode of Below Deck. For those who missed last week's episode (shame upon you, naturally), Kate, after being called a bitchy kill-joy by a charter guest, left a towel on his bed in the shape of a penis. This week was alllll about the fall-out of her decision to make her feelings about the charter guest known through the lost art of linen-folding. 

    Her charter guest noticed it immediately and brought it to the attention of the other crew members who got in a giant kerfuffle about it. They all took Kate to task. Here's the thing that turned me off about this -- the charter member OBVIOUSLY thought it was a hilarious stunt. He was SMILING and taking photos of the blanket! He knew he was in the wrong calling Kate a bitch, and he was definitely one of those guys who respects it when people call him out and up the ante. The crew had no right to go after Kate to apologize. 

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    This week on 19 Kids & Counting, things got 10 kinds of romantical. Or at least, you know, two kinds of romantical. Engaged couple Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard went on a romantic hike and ate some hummus. That's good and sweet and what have you, but Jessa Duggar's date with Ben Seewald kicked courtship into overdrive when they went to visit a gun range and put their skills to the test. Turns out, Jessa Duggar is borderline assassin-level good with a shotgun! 

    Long-time fans of the show might remember that for her 18th birthday, Jessa celebrated with her family at the gun range. I had completely forgotten this and was beyond impressed when she all nonchalantly annihilated her target. She put her boy-toy to shame but remained, in classic Duggar fashion, totally humble and brushed off her success when it came to hitting the target. 

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    Andrew Sturby may be gone, but that doesn't mean the gasp-worthy moments on Below Deck are over. Oh no, far from it! In fact, today we saw the last crew member imaginable totally lose it when the charter guests got way, way out of line.

    Look, I get it, working in customer service is no easy task and sometimes you've got to just suck it up. But no matter how much money you have, the people who are "serving" you? Yeah, they are still people

    Chief Stew Kate Chastain totally blew her stack. Here's the thing though -- I don't blame her, and I don't think anyone else watching would either. It was actually really sad to see the whole incident play out. That's because Kate began the charter with such high hopes! Coming off the last rude bunch, Kate was convinced that this group was being helmed by her "charter soul mate." Pretty quickly, however, she realized this was not the case. 

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    19 Kids & Counting is back, better, and busier than ever before! Clearly, family is somewhat important to Jim Bob Duggar (gee, ya think, Rebecca?). With his daughter Jill Duggar engaged to marry Derick Dillard in just three short months (excuse me as I breathe into this paper bag at the very idea of planning a party for 1,000 people in less than a year), Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have marriage on the mind.

    To that end, Jim Bob proposed something super savvy. He asked Jessa Duggar's boyfriend Ben Seewald if he'd be interested in coming to live in the guest house so he could move things forward with his beloved.

    I was floored by this gesture! Not just because it was exceptionally generous (Jim Bob will also be employing the dude), but in part because it was such ingenious parenting. Jessa and Ben's courtship has been stymied by the four hours keeping them apart. This is something that might please other parents -- but not the Duggars! 

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    You know who looked totally stunning on the second installment of The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion? Shannon Beador. She's got every reason to be glowing, which she revealed to both Andy Cohen and all of us at home watching this episode while using the cheap stair-stepper they force themselves to employ during reality television binges ... no, just me? Moving on. Vicki Gunvalson may have been the voice of wisdom this season, but it was Shannon whose life was actually changed for the better by the show. I know! Reality television saved a marriage! Say it with me now -- Jigga what?

    Shannon was as open and honest during the reunion as she was this season on the show. She'd previously mentioned that David Beador's early to bed, early to rise sleep schedule really kept them from connecting. Some of the women thought she was actually TOO open, to which I say this: Tamra Judge, you bought a robot baby. *Drops mic, bows, leaves stage.*

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