“I haven’t even seen tonight’s episode and I’m already angry about it.” That was the tweet that popped up on my timeline before I sat down to watch the latest Below Deck Mediterranean. Or something like that. After having now sat through a grueling 75 minutes, I can confirm that viewer’s harbinger of things to come was accurate. Remember when this season was supposed to be about girl power? Women supporting women? How cool it is to have the first all-female leadership team in franchise history? Yeah, that’s officially a pipe dream.
Tonight was the episode every Below Deck Med fan has been waiting all season to see. We knew going into the premiere that Hannah Ferrier didn’t make it through the charter season. That she left sometime in the middle of filming. Did she quit? Was she fired? All fans knew was that the chief stew was now glowing and pregnant. And that she’d given up her career in yachting (and on Bravo) to give a life on land a try with her boyfriend and daughter-to-be.
Below Deck Mediterranean is on tonight! We’ll finally see the fallout of Malia White turning against Hannah Ferrier. But here’s the thing, did Malia report Hannah for prescription medication because it was “her job”? Or because Malia was petulant about Hannah and Bugsy Drake not immediately offering to switch cabins to accommodate her personal whims?
One might say the latter, but it isn’t Malia who runs the boat. That esteemed honor is held by Captain Sandy Yawn. Below Deck Med fans highly anticipated a season of female empowerment but we’ve sadly fallen into an abyss of tattling, playing favorites, and public humiliation. Now Hannah responds to fans calling Malia a “snake” and if this new label is accurate. Spoiler alert, it totally is.
The most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranean has been very triggering for the viewers. Instead of having a discussion with Hannah Ferrier about her anxiety or asking if there was anything she could do to make life easier on the boat, Malia White took the sneaky approach. She arranged Hannah’s prescription medication and sent a photo to Captain Sandy Yawn.
If she actually cared about Hannah or keeping peace on the boat, she could have handled that in many different ways. Why didn’t she just have a conversation with Hannah and Sandy in person if she actually cared about Hannah’s anxiety? Oh, right. Malia actually did not care. Instead, she wanted to stir up drama and rearrange all of the cabins just so she could sleep in the same room as her boyfriend Tom Checketts. Whether she was complying with maritime law or not, Malia showed zero empathy and zero compassion for Hannah.
There was a mutiny of sorts on Below Deck Mediterranean. It wasn’t Captain Sandy Yawn who was the target, but Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. Love her or hate her, Hannah has been with the show since the first season. While she comes off abrasive and petty, and puts median effort into her job, Hannah should not have been the victim of the conveniently-timed attempt to overthrow her. Though, without question, Bugsy Drake makes the better Chief Stew.
Fans called out bosun Malia White for her role in exposing Hannah’s reliance on prescription anxiety medication during the most recent episode. Captain Sandy’s judgment was also called into question. But what was their level of involvement? And did they act on their own initiative?
Below Deck Mediterranean had an incredible opportunity to showcase a groundbreaking season, with females holding the highest-ranking positions on the boat. This is what Helen Reddy prepared us for! Unfortunately, that premise has pretty much been decimated. Bosun Malia White decided to narc on fellow superior, and longtime Chief Stew, Hannah Ferrier. Hannah hasn’t been riding the white pony on the aft deck. She struggles with anxiety and takes meds for the condition.
Thank GOODNESS Malia was there to go through Hannah’s personal bag and set up a wonderful photo op for Captain Sandy Yawn. Thank GOODNESS Malia texted the photo without the courtesy of informing Hannah, in the interest of her hardcore professional virtue. Thank GOODNESS Malia is focused on the best interest of her career instead of being empathetic to her co-worker’s mental health. Social media has come for Malia and she’s being attacked from all sides, but fear not! Malia continues her defense of tattling on someone’s private medical matters. This is why we can’t have nice things.
The most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranean is the episode that just keeps on giving. Every day, there’s more to the story and more people from the Below Deck universe sharing their hot takes.
There is just so much to unpack from that episode, but, among other things, Malia White pushed everyone to switch up their cabin arrangements just so Malia could sleep in the same room as her boyfriend Tom Checketts for two weeks. She had the nerve to call Hannah Ferrier “unprofessional” when all she wanted to do was continue the level of peace she had with Bugsy Drake, which would never last if they had to live together.
Even Bugsy felt the same way, but Malia villainized Hannah and went to Captain Sandy Yawn. Sandy never ran the decision by Hannah or asked for her opinion. Instead, she just announced that the decision was made over the radio. As a result, the Below Deck Med fans were livid and Below Deck alums have opinions as well. Below Deck Sailing Yacht stars Ciara Duggan and Jenna MacGillivray have a lot to say and they are #TeamHannah.
Below Deck Mediterranean fans know that Captain Sandy Yawn and Hannah Ferrier have never got along… for more than a minute anyway. Those years of animosity in combination with Sandy’s tendency to micromanage the interior just equate to a disaster.
Then, throw in the fact that Sandy has an affinity for two crew members who do not get along with Hannah– Bugsy Drake and Malia White– Hannah really had no chance of enjoying this charter season. Without consulting Hannah, Captain Sandy just switched up the cabin arrangements to accommodate Malia and her boyfriend Tom Checketts. She automatically sides against Hannah no matter what the circumstance.
The Below Deck Mediterranean drama spilled over from the most recent episode onto social media. Fans are livid with Malia White for sneaking into the bathroom to take photos of Hannah Ferrier’s prescription medication. They’re also annoyed with Malia for demanding that everyone on the boat switches up their living situations for the final two weeks of the season because her boyfriend Tom Checketts stepped in as the chef after our beloved Kiko Lorran was fired. And Malia had the nerve to call Hannah “unprofessional” because she couldn’t sleep without her boyfriend for two weeks. Meanwhile, Bugsy Drake didn’t want to live with Hannah either.
However, Captain Sandy Yawn just sided with
teacher’s pet Malia and her man Tom, making an announcement on the radio that Malia will get her way with the cabin arrangements- even though it’s HANNAH’S JOB to assign cabins. Meanwhile, it got completely glossed over that Tom was “on his way to visit a sick family member,” just happened to have his knives with him, and Kiko just happened to be fired. Now, Tom is sticking around for the rest of the season.