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Below Deck Mediterranean

Joao Franco Becomes A Captain

Captain Sandy Yawn had her hands full this season keeping her crew in line on Below Deck Mediterranean.  First, it was debacle after debacle in the galley with incompetent chef Mila Kolomeitseva.  Anastasia Surmava had difficulties with the burners and often sent out undercooked or cold food.  Travis Michalzik rocked it professionally, but was reprimanded for reeking of alcohol after a particularly hectic night out.  Jack Stirrup only found motivation to stay on board work in the form of Aesha Scott.  Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got the brunt of Sandy’s wrath and was often questioned about her choices in team management and table settings.  But that’s nothing new.

But one person always had Captain Sandy’s good opinion.  Bosun Joao Franco was promoted from deck hand last season and did a stellar job, according to the Captain.  During the season finale, Joao gave an interview to Sandy’s colleague and received a job offer.  So did anything come of it or was it a producer’s stunt to further a narrative.  The deck crew versus the interior vying for Sandy’s praises perhaps?

Ben Robinson Below Deck Mediterranean

Ben Robinson may have only been on Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 for the final two charters, but he certainly made his mark on the season.  Ben’s return indicated the first moment the Sirocco crew had a trained and experienced chef.  His output was hailed as the epitome of five star dining and the guests loved each meal.

The atmosphere in the galley was another story.  Ben was at odds with the entire setup of his workspace and let his crewmates know it.  At every possible moment.  He went on an anxiety-induced rampages at each and every dinner service.  Ben’s complaints about Hannah Ferrier’s team management seemed to cause a rift between her and Captain Sandy Yawn.  To be fair, this kind of behavior isn’t entirely unusual for Ben though it certainly seemed amplified this season.  So, was something else going on with Ben?

Below Deck Star Kate Chastain Shares Why She’s Not Friends With Hannah Ferrier Anymore

Aside from their job titles and reality TV experience, Below Deck Chief Stews Kate Chastain and Hannah Ferrier have something else in common: they’re difficult to get along with. And they both make great TV, of course. Sure, Captain Sandy Yawn and Ben Robinson gave Hannah flack for putting her friendship with the stews as a priority over actually working, but this is the first season Hannah actually got along with the interior. Oh, wait, I almost forgot about the June, June Hannah of it all.

Nevertheless, the Bravo stars have formed a nice relationship with each other even though they’ve never worked on a yacht together. Who would be in charge of the interior if they did though? My money is on Kate. Well, it turns out that friendship between Kate and Hannah is long gone. Or at least that’s what Kate recently said.

Below Deck - Rhylee Gerber

The casting agents (usually) do such a great job selecting the crew members for Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean. It’s just tough getting to know these people throughout a whole season only to have most of them disappear from TV immediately after. The only cast member who has been on every season of Below Deck is Captain Lee Rosbach. The employee turnover rate is unbelievable on this show.

Still, that doesn’t stop the alums from dishing on the drama and sharing their opinions. Below Deck Season 6 deckhand Rhylee Gerber had no problem talking back speaking her mind last season. Even though she’s not on the show anymore, she’s still keeping up with the drama and has a lot to say.

Jack Stirrup Aesha Scott Below Deck Mediterranean

It did seem like Below Deck Mediterranean stars Aesha Scott and Jack Stirrup were a perfect match when Season 4 concluded. It was cute while it lasted! And a little bit gross.

However, they are no longer together and Jack did some super shady stuff while they were still dating.

Below Deck Mediterranean Joao Franco Captain Sandy Yawn

Tonight we say goodbye to Below Deck Mediterranean. Since there is no reunion for season 4 this is likely the last time we’ll ever see this crew on our TV!

I have my predictions about who will be returning next season (a Mila/June redemption tour, anyone?!) and whose ship has sailed off into the sunset (Colin Macy-O’Toole). But, overall I’ve enjoyed this season and have a real soft spot for this cast! 

Ben Robinson Below Deck Mediterranean

Hannah Ferrier was under Captain Sandy Yawn’s radar for most of the season.  With all the catastrophes to deal with in the galley, it was a hierarchy of needs situation.  It was all about supporting fledgling chef Anastasia Surmava after Mila Kolomeitseva left.  When Ben Robinson returned it not only finally gave Sirocco an experienced chef, it also elevated the expectation of professionalism and service.  If the food is amazing, the service and décor better match it.  Maybe that’s why Hannah was so uncomfortable upon Ben’s return.

It’s been a seasonal trend now on Below Deck Mediterranean.  At some point, Hannah would have to be roused from her complacent stupor.  Usually that task falls on Captain Sandy, but there have been several second stews that also voiced their concern about Hannah’s lack of initiative.  Her standard of, “the guests aren’t complaining,” just doesn’t cut it.  Now we can add Ben to the list of colleagues that Hannah will stubbornly refuse to learn from.

Hannah Ferrier Below Deck Mediterranean

It’s the final charter of the charter season which means we’re almost at the end of the rope for Below Deck Mediterranean. The last charter is a bunch of financial guys from New Jersey or Cali or someplace that breeds tools like it does venereal disease and inflation.

The primary is actually named Randy Madrid. Which is a name no one actually has. It’s a stripper name.  Or what somebody changes their name to when escaping their criminal past or trailer park childhood. Basically, I expect Season 2 of Dirty John to be about someone named “Randy Mardid” who has 6 fake passports and a couple of baby mamas down in Idaho and Louisiana, and drives a mysterious Lamborghini to his computer job in the McDonald’s lobby. Which coincidentally is also where Colin Macy-O’Toole takes his dates.