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Below Deck Mediterranean

Hannah Ferrier

You can take Hannah Ferrier off the yacht, but you can’t take the snark out of the girl.  The former Below Deck Mediterranean Chief Stew was terminated after five seasons on the show for alleged valium and CBD use during charter.  While fans were divided on whether the termination was warranted or not, most agree that Bosun Malia White manipulated the situation by reporting Hannah’s prescriptions only when she wanted to change bunk arrangements.

But Malia was not the only one with whom Hannah had unresolved issues.  Bugsy Drake was reinstated as second stew shortly before Hannah’s departure.  The two did not get along after working together on a prior season, and Hannah’s guard was up the whole time.  And finally there’s Captain Sandy Yawn.  Sandy not only fired Hannah and promoted Bugsy, but terrorized her tablescaping and management style for years.  Some fans speculated that the three colluded to depose Hannah’s reign as OG Chief Stew.  During the Season Five Reunion, Hannah sipped from a “I Need A Valium” mug.  Nothing was resolved from that confrontation, and based on her new business venture, it’s clear that Hannah is not over it yet.

Alex Radcliffe Malia White Below Deck Mediterranean

There are certain Bravolebrities that annoy me and I don’t care for. Kyle Richards. Melissa Gorga. Lisa Rinna. But then there are some who have just committed the unforgivable over the years. Jax Taylor. LeeAnne Locken. Malia White. I cannot tell you how much I loathe these people. And ever since Malia narc’d out Hannah Ferrier for having meds that helped her combat mental illness, Malia is at the top of my list. So for all you Malia fans, you might want to skip this one!

When Malia did Hannah dirty, it resulted in Hannah’s firing. And the backlash against Malia was pretty swift. So I thought for sure she wouldn’t be back for another season. And I was wrong.

Captain Sandy Yawn Below Deck Mediterranean

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 DeckCaptain 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.

Below Deck Mediterranean Captain Sandy Yawn

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.

Below Deck Mediterranean Alex Radcliffe Bugsy Drake

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.

Hannah Ferrier

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 Bugsy Drake Captain Sandy Yawn Malia White

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

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.