If you ask anyone about the current season of Below Deck Mediterranean, chances are they will lower their head in despair and talk about what we should have gotten versus what we received. It was a train wreck in every sense and Hannah Ferrier lost her job as a result. On the bright side, Hannah is moments away from giving birth to her first daughter and has the Below Deck Med drama in her rearview.
Captain Sandy Yawn plays favorites. This is more of a fact than an assumption. After labeling bosun Malia White as
gay her “pride and joy”, Sandy bent over backwards in an effort to accommodate Malia’s every whim. What Sandy did not do is accommodate Hannah’s anxiety medication. After failing to clear the meds with her captain, Hannah was relieved of her duties. Now Captain Lee Rosbach weighs in on Sandy’s decision and what he did when faced with a similar situation.
As I sat down for this week’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, I had one distinctly iconic Bravo-ism flash through my mind. “Please don’t let it be about Tom.” I just couldn’t handle the thought of having to sit through another week of Chef Tom Checketts‘ temper tantrums and histrionics taking center stage. I’ve ranted about them. I’ve railed against them. I’ve written about them ad naseum for what feels like the entire back half of the season now. And the Bravo gods seemed to hear my plaintive cries because, for the first time in Bravo history, it wasn’t about Tom.
Instead, we were treated to a full hour of Jessica More and Rob Westergaard‘s boatmance completely unraveling in the space of a single day. We’ve known since the pair’s first appearances on Watch What Happens Live that this was coming. But as the season inched toward its end, I was starting to wonder when we’d see the sinking of the ship rather than just the iceberg from 100 miles away. Err, kilometers? Knots? Whatever the unit of distance between ships and icebergs is to complete this apt metaphor for the couple’s doomed love affair.
This season of Below Deck Mediterranean should have been inspiring. We should have been watching females in lead positions, running a boat efficiently, and not taking any crap. What we received was a sneaky bosun, a micro-managing captain, and a racist deckhand. Captain Sandy Yawn made some executive decisions and as a result, fans made some decisions of their own.
Hannah Ferrier is currently living her best life. Pregnant with a baby girl, Hannah has somewhat retired from the world of yachting. But the way she went out felt, I don’t know, kind of underhanded. Hannah was fired for having undeclared meds onboard, in the form of a Valium Rx and CBD pen. Viewers had a lot of feelings regarding Hannah’s termination and Captain Sandy has not been on the receiving end of good press. Now Sandy shares her thoughts on Hannah’s untimely exit, and her one regret regarding the controversy.
Ah yes, the Stud of the Sea is once again floating on the waters of the Caribbean. Below Deck is back and Captain Lee Rosbach is bringing an old friend with him. I can’t be the only one happy to see Captain Lee at the helm of My Seanna. Especially after the messy and mildly traumatic season Captain Sandy Yawn brought us on Below Deck Mediterranean. Thank goodness the two captains lead with very different methods and we aren’t likely to see Lee saying someone is secretly gay on a Cameo.
There’s a new cast, but you might recognize one or two faces. Season 8 promises to bring crew dissention, wasted guests, and Captain Lee’s expertise as a wordsmith. How can you not reflect on some of his wiser quotes like, “We’ve gone through more deckhands than a condom salesman in a whorehouse.” Certainly didn’t get inspo like that from Sandy… Grab your life vests, the new Season 8 trailer has officially dropped.
Malia White has appeared on two seasons of Below Deck Mediterranean. During season 2, she was promoted to lead deck hand, and on season 5, Malia joined as bosun. Malia is undeniably successful, diligent, and competent at her job.
However,Malia’s love life on both seasons overshadowed her professional successes. First, Malia maneuvered a love triangle with chef Adam Glick and bosun Wes Walton. Now, Tom Checketts’ short temper is the main event. Since Tom joined the crew, Malia has spent most of her screen time coaxing him out of the bathroom and diffusing his temper.
Kate Chastain may be finished on Below Deck, but she is still full of opinions. She’s definitely not shy to give her brutally honest thoughts at all times. This will serve her well on her new series Bravo’s Chat Room. One thing in the Bravo universe that has everyone still buzzing is the sudden firing of Hannah Ferrier. The Below Deck Mediterranean star was let go after prescription medication and drug paraphernalia was found on board this season.
Many fans have taken issue with the way Captain Sandy Yawn handled the situation. It almost bordered on mockery of mental health. However, in Sandy’s eyes, she was just following the rules of yachting. It just happened to be the most convenient thing to ever happen to her. Was firing Hannah in the middle of the season the only way to handle this? Fellow former Chew Stew Kate is finally speaking out on the matter. Brace yourselves!
Bad news, yachties. If you thought Chef Tom Checketts‘ temper tantrum last week was the worst we’d see of him this season, would you believe me if I said it’s about to get worse? Or better, depending on your appreciation for drama in the Below Deck Mediterranean galley. Either way, you’re in for a disappointment. Or is it a treat?
Last week’s episode ended (once again) with Tom mid-fit. Remember? Quick refresher: the final charter of the season was about to start. The high-maintenance mom squad of guests decided to arrive an hour early. Now everyone’s frazzled and rushing. But no one more so than Tom. Because (also once again) there’s a problem with the provisions. Or, the quality of them, rather. Something about too-warm fish being replaced with frozen fish? Considering this recapper originally hails from the (landlocked) Mountain West with a strong aversion to seafood, I’m not the one to be asking about the qualifications of decent halibut.
At this point in the current season of Below Deck Mediterranean, it’s tough to find any super fans of Captain Sandy Yawn or Malia White. Captain Sandy’s blatant favoritism has always been an issue among the fans. Then she accused Hannah Ferrier of flushing “narcotics” down the toilet after Malia secretly took a photo of Hannah’s prescription medication and reported her.
Right before that, Captain Sandy had the crew change up their cabin arrangements just so Malia could sleep with her now-ex-boyfriend Tom Checketts (yes, they broke up after all that). Meanwhile, cabin arrangements are a part of Hannah’s job description as Chief Stew. Recently, Captain Sandy infuriated fans even more when she claimed that Malia is “secretly gay” in a video that she recorded for the Cameo app.