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Brooke Laughton From Below Deck Mediterranean Is Engaged

As more and more Below Deck cast members progress through different stages of land-life, us fans will be able to reconnect with some familiar faces.  And isn’t it nice to see some happy, ecstatic brides-to-be or pregnancy bumps on social media?  But most alums slip from our minds, like Below Deck Mediterranean Season One deck hand Danny Zureikat, being hauled off on a donkey after a disastrous performance onboard.  Of course, production likely prefers casting fresh faces each season.  Especially with lower ranking staff, it’s one season and done with most of them.

Such was Brooke Laughton’s tenure on Below Deck Mediterranean.  She joined the crew as a very capable second stew in Season 3.  Brooke and Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got along rather well until she started crushing on Joao Franco and Hannah ducked out of work responsibilities to smoke ciggies with Bosun Conrad Empson.  Third Stew Kasey Cohen also had her eye on Joao and a rather sloppy love triangle resulted.  Happier days were waiting for Brooke after she left the show, and just this week, she shared some very special news.

Hannah Ferrier

You can take Hannah Ferrier off the yacht, but you can’t take the snark out of the girl.  The former Below Deck Mediterranean Chief Stew was terminated after five seasons on the show for alleged valium and CBD use during charter.  While fans were divided on whether the termination was warranted or not, most agree that Bosun Malia White manipulated the situation by reporting Hannah’s prescriptions only when she wanted to change bunk arrangements.

But Malia was not the only one with whom Hannah had unresolved issues.  Bugsy Drake was reinstated as second stew shortly before Hannah’s departure.  The two did not get along after working together on a prior season, and Hannah’s guard was up the whole time.  And finally there’s Captain Sandy Yawn.  Sandy not only fired Hannah and promoted Bugsy, but terrorized her tablescaping and management style for years.  Some fans speculated that the three colluded to depose Hannah’s reign as OG Chief Stew.  During the Season Five Reunion, Hannah sipped from a “I Need A Valium” mug.  Nothing was resolved from that confrontation, and based on her new business venture, it’s clear that Hannah is not over it yet.

Below Deck Mediterranean Captain Sandy Yawn Kiko Lorran

Captain Sandy Yawn has been the branded as the most intense of all micromanagers.  The Below Deck Mediterranean captain has a habit of inserting herself into any crew drama, and therefore into more camera time as well.

Maybe Sandy does this because she thinks it makes her a good leader.  Certainly it’s a management style, but Captain Lee Rosbach can run a tight ship without watching over each dinner service or assigning cabins.  So it could just for her own benefit that Sandy waltzes on screen at any opportunity, especially to the galley.  

Below Deck Sailing Yacht Captain Glenn Shephard

Ahoy yachties! Welcome to Season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht! Just one week after closing out Season 8 of the flagship franchise, we’re headed to Croatia aboard Parsifal III with Captain Glenn Shephard. Who is just nothing but a Canadian sweetheart and probably my favorite of the three Below Deck captains. And I promise that’s not just because of my obvious bias because we share the same name. He really is the best. Croatia, as a location, is also the best. And if the last time we were here is any indication (for Below Deck Mediterranean‘s iconic second season), we’re in for quite a ride.

Personally I’m thrilled to be covering Season 2 because I know a lot of people may have slept on Season 1, or didn’t it a chance. I didn’t watch it at first either. In fact, it was actually my very first binge of quarantine. Which is insane to think about now that it’s officially March and we’ve been doing this for a year now. But needless to say, I fell in love with the show. And it opened the door to me spending more time than I’d like to admit during the last year revisiting past seasons of both Below Deck and Below Deck Med as a way to escape and self-soothe during the pandemic.

Izzy Wouters Below Deck Charley

It’s been quite a pleasure getting to know Izzy Wouters on Below Deck this season.  From her listless days with the interior staff, to absolutely shining on deck, Izzy’s professionalism and banter with her co-workers gives the show a great balance of humor and entertainment.

Actually, it’s Izzy’s exchanges with bunk mate James Hough that are just top notch hilarity.  He may have been testing the waters with all of the ladies on board, but Izzy teases James in the way a sibling might.  Izzy could have just not been that into James, and we would have left it at that.  But the amount of male attention Izzy gets on social media since appearing on the show has inspired her to reveal her sexual preference.  In a witty delivery that only she could create.

Below Deck Mediterranean Star Hannah Ferrier

It was clear to Below Deck Mediterranean viewers that it was time for Hannah Ferrier to move on.  She was chief stew since the series premiered, but seemed less and less enamored with her job.  Hannah often butted heads with her superior Captain Sandy Yawn, who described her as, “checked-out.”  Hannah was asked to leave the boat when valium was discovered in her possession.

Bugsy Drake took over like a breath of fresh air, and Hannah went home.  It could have been a low point for Hannah, but she seemed ready for life back on land.  Since filming for the show, Hannah hit many life milestones.  She and boyfriend Josh welcomed daughter Ava, their first child together, in October.  Hannah also celebrated her birthday on Sunday with her family, and got a very special surprise this year.

Below Deck Mediterranean Star Hannah Ferrier

She’s here! Below Deck Mediterranean alum Hannah Ferrier has confirmed the birth of her first child, a baby girl.

Hannah’s boyfriend Josh is a pretty private guy, whose last name she’s never mentioned, and whose picture Hannah has never shared on social media (per his request), but their baby girl has already made her Instagram debut.

Hannah Ferrier Below Deck Mediterranean

“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.