The era of Jezabob is over. Joao Franco’s drunken alter-ego that terrorized the crew of Below Deck Mediterranean will likely not be resurfacing anymore. Though main squeeze at the time, Brooke Laughton, slept through each and every Jezabob tirade, oblivious to the self-destructive nature of her crush’s drinking habits, anyone that did witness it would call it a major problem.
Of course the day of Brooke and Joao are long over. Now, Joao is happily engaged to Michelle Dicu and is the captain of his own ship, literally. He has come a long way from his deckhand days on the show, but still felt the need to address his old habits. On February 29th, shortly before his 30th birthday, Joao announced he would give up drinking.
When it comes to the coronavirus, few Bravolebrities have been as outspoken as Captain Sandy Yawn. In fact, over the past few weeks, the Below Deck Mediterranean star has found herself in hot water over her controversial opinions regarding the public health crisis.
In a new interview, Captain Sandy is speaking out once again about her thoughts on the pandemic and how the new virus will affect production on the show that made her famous.
The public at large is having a hard time processing Malia White’s return to Below Deck Mediterranean. Is the reason for the outcry to do with that messy love triangle from Season 2? Chef Adam Glick and bosun Wes Walton were vying for Malia’s affections. Meanwhile, this girl just did her at the end of the season. She walked off that boat like a boss and instead focused on her professional goals.
Surely Malia is more than qualified. Last season, the show introduced the first female chef who had clearly inflated her resume and was in way over her head. Is the reaction to Malia some kind of PTSD to the last time the Below Deck franchise pushed typical industry gender roles. An inept bosun could result in injury or damage to the boat and that’s a much bigger issue than canned shrimp and licking steaks. That’s a lawsuit in the making. So my money is on Malia rocking it in her new role.
Recently, the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 trailer dropped. As expected, Captain Sandy Yawn and Hannah Ferrier are back and so is another franchise alum. Deckhand Malia White has returned and she has been promoted to bosun. This means that she is the first female bosun on any Below Deck show. That’s a pretty big deal and a great thing for the franchise and for yachting in general.
Well, some people don’t see it that way. Some fans actually criticized the show for having a female bosun. In 2020. WOW. Well, don’t worry. Captain Sandy came through in Malia’s defense.
Below Deck Mediterranean is back for Season 5 this summer and fans can be sure of three things. One is that Captain Sandy Yawn will be at the helm, second is that Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier will be grossly mismanaging the interior, and finally, that the two will not get along.
Of course the views will also be amazing, and this year it looks like the location has moved to the Spanish coast. Another first is the size of the yacht. Captain Sandy will be managing the largest vessel in Below Deck history this season. “The Wellington” is an 184 foot mega yacht and that’s quite a bit of space to manage. The big surprise is which former crew member is returning as Bosun.
Sometimes, life is a matter of perspective. Instead of being “stuck” at home because of the pandemic, it might feel better to view the situation as being “safe” at home instead.
Of course, what’s going on the world right now should not be minimized, not by any means. Nevertheless, a lot of people with “non-essential” jobs are at home. Some are homeschooling their children. Others have turned their living rooms into an office. Most of the people who are reading this have been watching a lot of reality TV shows- in the background, while fulfilling responsibilities, of course. Well, Bravo knows that fans are looking for premium programming. And, no, I’m not trying to re-watch an episode of a show that I just watched last week.
Jack Stirrup as a deckhand on Below Deck Mediterranean left much to be desired. His work ethic was consistently low and he blamed Bosun Joao Franco for his lack of inspiration. Captain Sandy Yawn repeatedly had to ask Jack to tie his hair back. The risk of getting kicked off the boat was pretty high until Jack started to change his behaviors.
Finally, Jack found a reason to stay on the boat. Second Stew Aesha Scott caught Jack’s eye and the two started an endearing courtship. By the end of the charter season, the two were walking off the dock together. The boat-mance didn’t last, unfortunately, and Jack went back to his ex-girlfriend without giving Aesha any clarity that he was doing so. He later claimed that production coerced him into expressing deeper feelings than he had at the time.
Joao Franco’s first season on Below Deck Mediterranean did not inspire a lot of confidence in his ability for a respectful romantic relationship. His constant flirtations with Kasey Cohen while wooing a smitten Brooke Laughton was cringe-worthy at best. Their relationship chugged along for a bit after the season ended. Brooke went to visit Joao’s family in Zimbabwe, which seemed promising, but she ultimately broke up with him shortly thereafter.
Of course that all played out in the Bravolebrity spotlight. Since then, Joao has been keeping his relationship with girlfriend Michelle Dicu relatively private, except for a few Instagram posts. But on Friday, Joao did share some very exciting news with his followers.