Welcome back to Below Deck Mediterranean. You know, home of spoiled British brats throwing tantrums over cucumbers. Last I spent the majority of my recap railing about Tom Checketts‘ ego-centric histrionics and vile treatment of Aesha Scott. And if you think that won’t continue into this recap…well, you don’t know Tom.
This week’s episode picks up right back in the middle of the cucumber confrontation, where Aesha is tasked with explaining the basic principle called empathy to the furious chef. Tom literally doesn’t understand the concept. By saying “I’m sorry,” Aesha was simply trying to validate his feelings in the moment. She wasn’t personally apologizing for anything she did. Because guess what? She didn’t do anything wrong! It’s honestly infuriating watching Tom berate the poor girl to the point of tears. Infuriating and sad.
As if Below Deck Mediterranean viewers needed another reason to be bothered by Captain Sandy Yawn, she decided to claim that Malia White is “secretly gay” during a Cameo video. Of course, whoever received that video re-posted it and it went viral.
Malia has responded to the video, denying Captain Sandy’s claims. She said that she would be out and proud if that were the case.
Next to no one is a Malia White fan if they’re watching the current Below Deck Mediterranean season. Well, now, people are actually coming to Malia’s defense for the first time. This is because Captain Sandy Yawn took it upon herself to claim that Malia is “secretly gay” in a Cameo video.
She also said that Below Deck Mediterranean producers felt the same way. Who does she think it is? It is NEVER OK to out anyone’s sexuality ever. As a gay woman herself, I assumed Captain Sandy would know a thing or two about that, but apparently, that’s not the case. Now, Malia is responding.
To say this season of Below Deck Mediterranean has been a bit of a dumpster fire is putting it mildly. The series said good-bye to former Chief Stew, Hannah Ferrier when she was terminated for having “drugs” on board the yacht. Hannah wasn’t crushing Adderall and listening to EDM in the bathroom, she had an undisclosed prescription for Valium and a CBD vape pen. Thankfully bosun, Malia White was there to keep everyone’s moral compass in check and reported Hannah’s violation to Captain Sandy Yawn.
Viewers aren’t getting the “ladies in charge” vibe they were hoping for, but Captain Sandy has definitely taken Malia under her wing. She even went so far as to hire Malia’s
psycho boyfriend to replace the much-maligned Chef Kiko Lorran. Viewers have been pretty furious at both Sandy and Malia for how Hannah’s dismissal was handled, but now Malia might have her own bone to pick with Sandy. Recently the captain took part in a Cameo video, and what Sandy said could be the catalyst to sink her ship.
When it comes to my sh*t list, there are few people who are higher than Below Deck Mediterranean’s Malia White. Maybe Lisa Rinna or Teddi Mellencamp. But that’s definitely it.
I never really cared for Malia from the get go but after her snitching on Hannah Ferrier, I was done. Her defense of getting someone fired over a mental health issue was BS. With a capital B. So forgive me if I spend this story griping about Malia and the karma that has seemingly come her way.
As the Below Deck Mediterranean season comes to a close, we can now reflect on it all. I have to admit – the last few episodes after Hannah Ferrier’s firing have been snooze-worthy. And after what Bosun Malia White and Captain Sandy Yawn pulled in getting rid of Hannah, there isn’t anyone likable left either.
Enter fan favorite Aesha Scott. She came back on board again once Hannah was gone and Bugsy Drake took over as Chief Stew. Aesha may be the only likable cast member left. Too bad that won’t save the sinking ship that is The Wellington. Pun intended.
It seems that former Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier was not the only Below Deck Mediterranean cast member ready to leave yachting. While Hannah made it clear on many occasions that she, “hates this f–king job,” Aesha Scott excelled in yachting and exhibited a unique ability to serve and mingle with the guests in just the right combination. She also has an unusually positive attitude in any situation. The only hint that Aesha was missing land life was her admission about desperately wanting to visit her family.
But the last six months have been nothing if not a time to reassess priorities. Why not take a chance to rekindle and old flame? And Aesha revealed a need for self-reflection as she approaches her 30th birthday.
There’s a fundamental principle to being a rookie cast member on any long-running reality show. I wouldn’t call it a hard and fast rule, but it’s basic common sense for any newbie. And especially for one who joined a given show as the boyfriend of a cast member almost universally reviled by fans. And it’s this: if you’re brand new to the show, try not to make the fan favorite cry. Simple, right?
Well somehow Tom Checketts managed to do just the exact opposite to Aesha Scott on this week’s Below Deck Mediterranean. Over, of all things, a cucumber. And an avocado. It was bizarre. It was unnerving. And it was a confrontation so out of left field that it bears being addressed right at the top. Plenty of viewers had reservations about Tom when he magically popped on board as Malia White‘s boyfriend. The timing felt suspiciously perfect for him to take over the galley, and helped fuel rumors that Malia had somehow managed to basically cast the show in the wake of several firings by Captain Sandy Yawn.