‘Below Deck’ Season 9 Premiere Recap: Where is Captain Lee?

The new season of Below Deck is here: the yacht is ready to go in St. Kitts, Eddie Lucas is back, Chef Rachel is back, the new yachties are ready to go…but wait a sec — where the heck is Captain Lee?! Because is it even really a season of Below Deck without him?

We learn in the very first episode of Season 9 that Captain Lee doesn’t make it aboard the yacht in time to kick off the season when Eddie reveals, “Lee called me at the beginning of the season to let me know he was gonna be a little late.” And in his own words, Captain Lee says, “I’ve got a little medical issue, I’m just waiting for the doctors to clear. In the meantime, Captain Sean, the delivery captain, he’ll be down there to start the charter off.”

So that means it kinda falls on Eddie’s shoulders to lead the new crew as they prepare for the first charter, though he can’t help but joke, “I swear to god if he slipped in the shower again, oh my god.” Plus, as we saw in this season’s trailer, Captain Lee says, “I might be a little late but I’m definitely back.” Phew! So in the meantime…

Who Is Captain Sean on Below Deck?

Captain Sean Meagher is the delivery captain of the yacht, which means he’s sailed the boat all over the globe, making sure it gets from one place to the next in safe hands. He even tells the crew, “Some of you were expecting Captain Lee, I was also expecting Captain Lee.” What we learn about him so far is that he got his captain’s license when he was just 18 years old and as he tells it, “So I’ve always been in the role of the captain. I haven’t always been good at it, but I’ve got a lot of experience doing it.”

When Will Captain Lee Be Back on Below Deck?

We don’t know yet, but we suspect it won’t be too long. Upon greeting each other, Eddie says to Captain Sean, “Guess I got you for a few days,” so it likely won’t be much longer than for the first charter (about 2-3 days in Below Deck land). Well, let’s hope so for everyone’s sake, as Eddie describes Captain Sean as, “Good intentions but…dude’s crazy.” He seems nice and capable! But, you know, there’s only one Captain Lee.

Below Deck airs Monday at 9 pm ET/PT on Bravo. 

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