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Ahoy! Below Deck Mediterranean is back! And with it comes Bravo’s first ever female captain, Sandy Yawn. Previews suggest that Captain Sandy is just the sort of no-nonsense leader we like to see, bringing plenty of experience and gravitas to the job. She’ll need it to rein in the typical gang of hooligans Bravo rounds up to destroy property and embarrass themselves run Below Deck’s charter season.

Maintaining that she’s not “bossy or b*tchy,” Sandy does argue that she keeps her crew in line. “I will like slap them across the head and go, ‘How old are you? You’re 24? Okay, well you’re acting like you’re 12.'” Speaking of 12-year olds, at least Sandy doesn’t have to contend with the likes of Danny Zureikat, as he’s busy “making moments” elsewhere these days. Although, former deckhand Bobby Giancola and chief stew Hannah Ferrier from season one may keep her busy enough!

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BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN -- Season:2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Malia White, Hannah Ferrier, Bobby Giancola, Adam Glick, Sandy Yawn, Wes Walton, Lauren Cohen, Max Hagley, Bugsy Drake -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/Bravo)

They’re baaack! Below Deck Mediterranean season 2 kicks off May 2nd with an almost brand new cast and our first female captain!

The only season 1 crew members coming back for another go are Bobby Giancola and Hannah Ferrier. Ben Robinson had announced last month that he would no longer appear on EITHER of the Below Deck shows and we pretty much knew that Danny Zureikat was a no-go! So who do we have this season? Newcomers Malia White, Adam Glick, Captain Sandy Yawn, Wes Walton, Lauren Cohen, Max Hagley, and Bugsy Drake. Keep reading for their profiles.

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Kyle Dixon arrested

Legal troubles continue to haunt the cast of Below Deck, with sources reporting that season four deckhand Kyle Dixon was arrested last week for robbing a UK bar. Oh, dear. First, they got Kate Chastain – and now Kyle? There must be something in the water!

After allegedly stealing 8,000 Euro from a pub last year, Kyle was finally arrested after arriving at Gatwick Airport on a flight from L.A. last week. Kyle says he was “marched off the plane in handcuffs” upon landing, then released on bail until further investigation is completed.

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Below Deck Season 4

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you: Ben Robinson, cheeky chef and low-key Lothario of the high seas, will not be returning to Below Deck next season. Oh the humanity! One season of crankiness and now he’s OUT?! The Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean star reportedly had contract negotiation issues with Bravo, though details are vague.

With Kate Chastain facing legal fallout from the domestic battery charge brought against her last year, and now Ben’s abrupt departure from the franchise, one has to wonder: Will there be a whole cast shakeup? I’ve just got one request for Bravo – people, we beg you, no more Chef Beefcheeks! Leon Walker is no beuno, no matter how hard up casting might be.

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Below Deck recap

Chef Ben Robinson and steward Emily Warburton-Adams had Below Deck viewers wondering all season: Will they or won’t they? (Stay together after filming, that is.) Well, we still don’t have a confirmed answer on that, but Ben and Emily appear to be very cozy as they launch their very own cooking show!

Airing their cooking show on Facebook and YouTube, the pair of seafaring lovers who drove chief stew Kate Chastain crazy with their puppy dog eyes and enormous funeral bouquets of undying affection now stand side by side offering viewers healthy recipes and followed by talk show-like segments.

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With her court date upon her today, Kate Chastain will face the charges brought about in early June of domestic battery of then-girlfriend, Rocio (Ro) Hernandez. Charges against Kate detailed in a Melbourne, Florida police report claimed Kate bit, held down, and choked Hernandez after the two women came home from a bar late at night on June 11. But the Below Deck star has maintained her innocence all along, even issuing a statement through her lawyer, Gary Frese, in August that said, “The version of the incident told to the police by Ms. Hernandez is completely fictitious.”

Now, video footage of Kate from the day of the charges reveals her telling police that she was actually the victim of domestic battery – not Hernandez.

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Since we were royally shafted out of a Below Deck reunion this year, Bravo is throwing us a (very tiny) bone by way of a catch-up blog, highlighting what the crew has been up to since cameras stopped rolling and regrets they have from their days aboard Valor.

A few juicy details are revealed, but maddeningly, Kyle Dixon spills absolutely no beans about his shady shenanigans of late. Thus, we must continue to stalk him on social media for answers. Sigh. #TheTruthIsOutThere

Kate Chastain left the season on a low note with former friend and sometime-lover, Ben Robinson. Since then, though, she admits that she’s seen Ben from time to time – and that he’s had more than one lady friend by his side over the past months! What? Bemily is OVER? Say it ain’t so!

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Below Deck First Impressions

Season four of Below Deck sailed into the sunset this week; thus we are left with Captain Lee Rosbach’s final searing blog in its wake. Though a fair amount of drama happened throughout filming, Lee reflects that his crew didn’t seem to learn a whole lot from it. But he sure did.

“From a captain’s point of view, I learned a lot,” writes Lee. “For instance, I found out that no matter how well you feel you know your crew and how they will behave in a given set of circumstances, you really don’t know them as well as you thought you did. People I thought were loyal weren’t and some who I thought weren’t turned out to surprise me. I’m not going to get into names or specifics here, but I really was not all that pleased with our overall performance this season. And for that I must bear responsibility.”

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