The Below Deck franchise has ballooned into three separate shows, each with it’s own flair and character. From the gorgeous locations, to the crew, to the incidents that happened onboard, the franchise has something for everyone. Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht all bring the drama. Viewers can expect crew hookups, galley disasters, and drunken fights.
Then there are the specific situations that defined each show. Former bosun Ashton Pienaar almost lost his life on Below Deck. Captain Sandy Yawn made a grown man cry after terrorizing Chef Kiko Lorran and fired Hannah Ferrier in a vindictive manner. After a charter guests supposedly brought drugs onboard, Captain Glenn Shephard made the decision to search their bags.
The crew that lasted until the end of Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 seemed a bit hastily put together. Captain Sandy Yawn was grasping at straws at one point in the season to fill the chief stew and chef positions. Bugsy Drake took over for Hannah Ferrier, but it was unclear whether she was coming back for another season. Chef Tom Checketts was not suited for yacht life, as evidenced by his ego-driven rages. And now that he is no longer dating Malia White, he has no reason to be slumming it without a sous-chef on the high seas.
Then there is always a re-shuffle when it comes to deck hands and the interior staff, so it was inevitable that viewers would be introduced a whole lineup of new people. Why have anyone on screen past their shelf-life when you can bring in new characters and new dramas? But does anyone that’s not in a management position even want to come back for more? Based on the turnover each season, it doesn’t seem so.
Last season on Below Deck Mediterranean, viewers were inundated with dysfunctional boat romances. Bosun Malia White had to placate her then boyfriend Tom Checketts whenever things didn’t work out in the galley. Their relationship dynamic was all about Malia managing his ego and poor problem solving abilities. Then there was Jessica More and Robert Westergaard. They met on board and were an item for a hot minute before arguments and jealousy took hold.
But there was one coupling that fans were rooting for. It never really took off during the season, but watching deck hand Alex Radcliffe trying to woo Bugsy Drake was endearing to say the least. He adored her, but ultimately got friend-zoned. They are still friends and communicate often on social media, which raised hopes that some feelings could be rekindled. So now that Bugsy is promoting her new book, The Art of Tablescaping: Deck Out Your Table with the Queen of Theme, she also offered an update on where she and Alex stand currently.
It’s no surprise that Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean was such a knockout, especially after Captain Sandy Yawn’s controversial firing of longtime chief stew Hannah Ferrier. While Sandy has doubled down on her decision, saying drugs of any kind are not allowed on the ship, it raised a lot of eyebrows on whether Sandy was really worried about her captain’s license or just wanted Hannah off the boat and show. Let’s not forget that Hannah had prescription Valium, which she claims to have never even taken, and a CBD pen, which is legal in Spain. But major snake Malia White couldn’t help but kiss Sandy’s ass and report Hannah (which she wouldn’t even fess up to) once she started having arguments with her cabin mate.
But Hannah is on to bigger and better things now that her Below Deck days are over. She opened her own yachting training academy. She’s engaged and a new mommy. While she was a staple on the show since the onset, it’s good to see her living her best life after such a nasty ending.
Below Deck Mediterranean introduced our first look at a female yacht captain, Sandy Yawn. She was a leader in a predominantly male industry and provided an optimistic look towards putting a crack in the glass ceiling. When Season 5 announced a crew with women in the high-ranking positions, many viewers saw this as a potentially groundbreaking effort and a nod towards, for lack of a better term, female empowerment. Then filming began and it all went to shit.
What transpired was nothing less than an infantile display of public humiliation and accusations, helmed by Captain Sandy. She seemed to almost compete with returning Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier while Bosun Malia White was able to whine her way out of situations that didn’t benefit her career. Hannah left the series after a disturbing sequence of events, but it’s apparently not over. Recently the Captain took a rather unnecessary shot at Hannah, but this time former co-worker and barrette aficionado Bugsy Drake is stepping in.
Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn are STILL TALKING about Hannah’s premature departure from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5. Then they have to RESPOND to the others’ comments to whichever interviewer has them rehashing the past. The problem is, neither will budge on their position. So we get the same defensive statements over and over.
This time though, Sandy’s snarky responses managed to turn another Below Deck alum against her. Perhaps all the interior crew of coastal Europe should take offense to what Sandy really thinks of their work, because it’s hardly a comment that uplifts other women.
Captain Sandy Yawn has been the branded as the most intense of all micromanagers. The Below Deck Mediterranean captain has a habit of inserting herself into any crew drama, and therefore into more camera time as well.
Maybe Sandy does this because she thinks it makes her a good leader. Certainly it’s a management style, but Captain Lee Rosbach can run a tight ship without watching over each dinner service or assigning cabins. So it could just for her own benefit that Sandy waltzes on screen at any opportunity, especially to the galley.
Both Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean have undergone some haywire transformations in their most recent seasons. Among the highest ranking changes was Bugsy Drake coming on as a second strew mid-season and ending in the role of chief! Who saw that coming? And what was the new interior leader’s point of order? Tablescapes of course!!
Have you ever seen so much tablescape drama in your life? Captain Sandy Yawn shamed Hannah Ferrier for her lack of gusto for table design. It is such a weird microcosm of existence to get hung up on. Like how much emotion can one person have around napkins, those weird flat marble stone things from your grandma’s house, and forks? I guess the answer is, a lot.