This season on Below Deck Mediterranean, the drama has been all about the food. As in, food that was not up to charter guest standards–or even high school cafeteria standards. At least until third stew Anastasia Surmava took over the galley and upgraded the charter dining experience to Applebee’s level. The original chef, Mila Kolomeitseva, served up grub that fell somewhere between Banquet frozen meals and Spam Casserole on the culinary scale–and that is being generous.
As fine cuisine is one of the most important parts of the charter guest experience, it was surprising to see Captain Sandy Yawn give Mila chance after chance before throwing her permanently overboard. Captain Sandy’s hesitation to fire Mila left many viewers scratching their heads, wondering, what was she thinking?
How are you enjoying Season 4 of Below Deck Mediterranean? For me, I can’t get enough. It is one of the few shows I watch live instead of on DVR. The French Riviera is gorgeous and the new cast is interesting. And for the most part, at least so far, the crew all seem to get along. I even picked up my new favorite term, “oxygen thief,” courtesy of lead deckhand Travis Michalzik!
The one downside during this charter season has been the appalling, dare I say–culinary skills–of oxygen thief Chef Mila Kolomeitseva. Last week, chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier found out Mila couldn’t even make pancakes! Strangely, normally outspoken Hannah has been a bit reserved in voicing her opinion about Mila’s culinary prowess– and she recently shared why.
Josiah Carter might be the perfect man. Trained butler, check. British accent, check. Loves his mama, check. The Below Deck yachtie also made quite an impression on our High Priestess of Snark, Kate Chastain as well. And that’s no easy challenge, right Caroline Bedol? During his season, fans watched as Josiah navigated through
horrible drunken guests. We saw him rise above petty crew members. Josiah also confronted bullying issues he had during his youth. And then there was… the Gold Speedo. Shhhh, I think I hear angels singing behind me.
Anygoldendaddy, after he toured Tahiti under silver fox, Captain Lee Rosbach, Josiah found himself watching, Below Deck Mediterranean. Josiah discovered something to like in Captain Sandy Yawn and the rest of the cast. Sounds like
my favorite the second stew might want to continue his journey, but with different scenery this time.
Fans have watched Captain Sandy Yawn navigate through the rough seas of boat flings with her crew on Below Deck Mediterranean. It was not the epitome of courtship when Hannah Ferrier whined about cigs to Conrad Empson. The same applies to Malia White and her non-Harlequin romance with
onion lover Chef Adam Glick and/or the deck crew. Being crammed together like sardines on a yacht often leads to the occasional dalliance, but is rarely a long-lasting event.
But what about the Captain? Extensive traveling and time away from her home base has proven to be a challenge in Sandy’s own personal life. She has previously discussed the difficulty of maintaining a relationship whilst being in a career where you aren’t just in separate time zones, you can be clear across the world. Well, you can start humming The Love Boat theme song along with me, because things have changed.
One of the great things about watching Below Deck Mediterranean is that for 60 minutes (OK-40 minutes on DVR!) is that you can imagine yourself as a guest on a luxury yacht. All without having to mortgage your home for a two day vacation. In three seasons of the show, we have watched charter guests–from the lovable to the loathsome–have their every whim catered to. And who wouldn’t love that?
No request is too big–or too small for the crew to fulfill. From water slides used for five minutes by bored millionaires to the crew-dreaded beach picnic setups, every wish of the guests is indulged. Surly Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier frequently grumbles about demanding guests, but usually does what she can to grant their requests. Only because she knows Captain Sandy Yawn is always watching! Recently, Hannah shared the oddest preference sheet request she has ever received from a guest–and it might surprise you in its simple strangeness.
Hannah Ferrier may or may not watch herself on Below Deck Mediterranean. Perhaps for the sake of optimism, let’s assume she did view herself last season, took stock of what the rest of us saw, and decided to do something about it.
Maybe Hannah took note of the endless smoke breaks, and the stress it put on her interior team. Certainly, working her way through a giant carton of cigarettes and owing Conrad Empson 50 Euros seemed to backfire on her. Hannah badgered Conrad to no end because he asked for that money back.
Last week, the Season 4 trailer for Below Deck Mediterranean was released. It looks like Bravo is again throwing in a casting curve-ball. And while it may be unexpected, it’s certainly the logical next step for mixing up the typical gender roles onboard.
First, it was the surprise of a female deck hand. Then Captain Sandy Yawn took the helm in Season 2 of the Mediterranean spinoff. Josiah Carter killed it as the very qualified and fabulous Second Stew last season on the original series, Below Deck. He was the first male to serve with the interior crew.
Below Deck Mediterranean will be back for Season 4. Bravo revealed the familiar faces in the cast lineup for the next season. Captain Sandy Yawn is back to navigate the picturesque waters of the Mediterranean. This time in South of France.
Hannah Ferrier returns as Chief Stew. That’s to be expected. She’s been with the show since the beginning. It doesn’t seem like any of her second or third stews ever have any longevity though. Brooke Laughton and Kasey Cohen will not be returning.