Watching Erika Owens and Stephanie Matto at the reunion clearly showed two people on totally different wavelengths. This is one 90 Day Fiance Before The 90 Days couple that does not have to deal with a language barrier yet couldn’t be having more difficulties with communication.
They spoke over each other. Stephanie resorted to deflection. Erika was frustrated that she wasn’t able to present her side of the story. There was so much hurt between them that they couldn’t even look at each other by the end of it. But they weren’t finished yet. Since the Tell-All aired, Erika and Stephanie have been making public statements regarding their relationship.
Captain Sandy Yawn got a lot of good news this week, both in her personal and professional life. First, long-time Below Deck Mediterranean nemesis and uninspired chief stew Hannah Ferrier announced that she would not be returning to the series. Then, the Season 5 premiere brought in the highest viewing numbers for a premiere in Below Deck history. Maybe the first piece of news had something to do with the other.
But the best development of this first week in June is that Sandy’s love Leah Shafer is still cancer-free. After announcing her health struggles in September, Leah had gotten a lumpectomy in October to remove a high-risk growth. At the time Leah explained that, “this is what I have: LCIS lobular carcinoma rapid cell growth. So I chose lumpectomy To remove the area of disease/concerned area so it didn’t even have a chance to develop into anything more. LCIS is not considered breast cancer. But it can!! And quickly. It’s early signs of breast cancer.”
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted life in very visible ways. Schools were closed, non-essential employees worked from home, and Netflix became a whole lot more popular. What was not apparent at first was how the lockdown would affect our guilty pleasure of watching reality TV. Specifically, of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Cutting filming and production will create a lag time between the most recent season and the next.
Back in March, filming for Season 11 was cut short amid fears for the health of cast and crew. At that point, RHONJ was only a few episodes in before production was shut down. The Garden State has seemingly gained control of the coronavirus. As a result, the network has released a tentative timeline to resume filming.
Baby Girl Lisa Hamme and Usman Omar were married on the latest episode of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. The crowd was skeptical and the mood solemn. It was not an auspicious start for any couple, especially these two. They fought everyday for the three weeks that they were together and it was surprising that the wedding happened at all.
Since filming wrapped, Lisa and Usman find themselves in a very different situation and they have no hesitations about sharing it on social media. Usman claimed that he furthered the relationship with Lisa because she threatened suicide on multiple occasions.
Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier doesn’t surprise Below Deck Mediterranean viewers anymore. She either complains about her interior crew not having enough experience or having too much experience. If the former is the issue, she will have more work training them. If she has a very competent team member, she will feel insecure about the stew calling out her unenthusiastic management style.
Hannah had the unusual fortune of working with Aesha Scott and Anastasia Surmava last season. They all worked well together and became friends, so there was no drama in the interior. The premiere showed viewers that this would not be case for Season 5 as Hannah and Second Stew Lara Flumiana immediately butted heads.
As the Below Deck series and spin-offs continue to multiply, it’s only natural to contrast the differing crew, boats, and captains. Turnover in yachting seems quite high among the crew, but the captains have been pretty consistent throughout the seasons.
Captain Lee Rosbach is our OG from the pilot episode, while Captain Sandy Yawn replaced Captain Mark Howard after one season and has been on Below Deck Mediterranean ever since. Captain Glenn Shephard is the newcomer at the helm of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. And while he seemed to have a firm and steady hand in terms of dealing with crew issues, his handling of a suspected charter guest with drugs did not go over so well in the season finale.
We’ve met a lot of chefs on Below Deck. The turnaround is not as high as the deck or interior crew positions, but most of them have left after one season. Sometimes, as in the case of Mila Kolomeitseva and Leon Walker, they don’t even the last the season. In both cases, Ben Robinson stepped in to finish the job.
Ben is the OG chef of the franchise. He was cast in season 1 of Below Deck, back in the days of Adrienne Gang. When Adrienne left, the glorious Kate Chastain filled the Chief Stew position and the rest was divine reality TV history. Kate and Ben had a fun, flirty rapport that also included a lot of dry wit and sarcasm. Ben also has my approval for turning down Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew Hannah Ferrier. Ben decided to leave yachting for a while after finding love on board with Emily Warburton-Adams. He has been quiet about his love life since they broke up in 2017. Now, Ben is sharing a new romance.
Ah, the perils of becoming a reality TV star. It’s easy in the beginning to think of the thrills, the ego boost, the money, and the increased social media presence. But what happens when fans turn on you. Just ask Below Deck Sailing Yacht Chief Stew Jenna MacGillivray.
Anyone following the season may not be surprised that Jenna has become the pariah of the crew. She was brusque with her team, and engaged in extremely unprofessional PDA with Chef Adam Glick. There was never a missed opportunity to tell subordinates that they had no right to an opinion, even on crew nights off the boat. With all the fan backlash, it’s worth questioning whether Jenna has done any retrospection since filming wrapped.