Tonight Below Deck Mediterranean undergoes yet another cast shift this season when June Foster departs after Ben Robinson finally appears to take over the role of chef and Anastasia Surmava resumes her position as Third Stew.
Before June officially leaves, Colin Macy-O’Toole offers up his position in exchange for June keeping her job on the Sirocco. Unfortunately, Captain Sandy Yawn faces a tough realization about whether or not letting June go was the right decision when she realizes that Anastasia’s issues may not have been limited to stress over being the chef!
Chef Ben Robinson is returning to Below Deck Mediterranean. It remains to be seen if he is to finish the remainder of charter season, but fans are awaiting with great anticipation to see the OG of the galley back onscreen. Ben left at the end of Below Deck Med Season 4 after establishing a romance with former second stew Emily Warburton-Adams.
The galley on Sirocco has been in shambles since day one. Anastasia Surmava was able to hold it together for awhile, but the stress of the job caught up with her and she decided to return to Third Stew position. And since Ben is stepping in to save this mess, it only makes sense that he share his thoughts about the real ghost of galleys past, Mila Kolomeitseva. She came into the situation woefully unprepared rattling pots, pans, and cans of slimy Vietnamese shrimp. Mila took preference sheets too literally and was unable to envision or finesse quality meals. Her reign of abject horror may have been short, but it will live in infamy.
It has been an interesting season of Below Deck Mediterranean. Most of the charter guests have been well-behaved, so much of the focus has been on the crew. Jack Stirrup and Aesha Scott have given us a taste of romance. Joao Franco has stepped up as bosun and has kind-of-sort-of changed his behavior for the better. Travis Michalzik has offered up a free PSA on the dangers of drinking too much. And true to her word at the beginning of the season, Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier has actually become a…competent employee!
The galley has been the scene of much of the drama this season. Chef Mila Kolomeitseva was fired for her epic failure as a chef. Anastasia Surmava stepped into her shoes, but has admittedly struggled as an untrained chef in a demanding job. All season long, there have been rumors of a return of Ben Robinson to the show. Now, we know that the rumors are true and Ben is back to replace Anastasia in the galley.
We’ve been getting to know Jack Stirrup . The new deckhand showed up on Below Deck Mediterranean under a mop of curly hair. Jack appeared relatively innocuous. What he lacked in work ethic, he attempted to make up for in charm. On the bright side, Jack wasn’t trying to fool anyone with his job dedication. He got on relatively well with the crew, though Joao Franco wasn’t impressed with his charm, his hair, or his attitude.
After mild flirtation seemed turned to full infatuation with Aesha Scott , the two were basically inseparable. Viewers were treated to their public displays of… affection. But hey, these are two young, attractive people working on a yacht in the South of France. Many of Jack and Aesha’s moments of “quality time” are held under minimal lighting of a club, double fisting cocktails. One night, after imbibing probably more liquor than medically necessary, Jack made a very big mistake. Now he responds to his thoughtless action and in a reality television twist, feels incredibly horrible about it.
Last night’s supersized 90 minute Below Deck Mediterranean was so full of drama amongst the cast that after a while they didn’t even bother showing the guests. Like oh, yeah – those guys. I don’t think we even saw their final dinner, unless I was so distracted by all the cast issues that I blocked it out?
Lord Jesus I have the worst case of concentrationitis right now. I believe that’s called “procrastination” in actual English. Maybe Jack Stirrup is rubbing off on me when he should be rubbing the railings of Sirocco? We’ve all lost our will to carry on here. With three charters left to go, everyone has reached the point in the charter season where they’re in a haze of exhaustion. Most notably, Anastasia Surmava. Anastasia resembles a worn out sponge. Crumpled, and no amount of shoving Spongstasia in the dishwasher can bring her back to her former glory.
On tonight’s Below Deck Mediterranean, the crew begins to crack under the pressure of being over-worked and under-prepared while hitting the mid-charter season slump. Things get so bad someone either quits or is fired!
My money is on Anastasia Surmava either leaving because she realizes that she can’t handle the pressure of being a yacht chef, or getting fired because her ego won’t let her admit that she’s ill-prepared causing her to f–k up left and right until Captain Sandy Yawn has no other choice but to let Anastasia go and bring on Ben Robinson.
Something fishy is going on with Below Deck Mediterranean and with each episode we see the further unraveling of Anastasia Surmava and Travis Michalzik. Anastasia is reminding me of one of those Tudor princesses forced upon a throne she is woefully unprepared to reign; the pawn of warring factions seeking the easiest and most disposable means of domination. Anastasia is a sitting duck … and if she doesn’t watch out she might find herself served (undercooked) for dinner!
I do not understand where these sudden temperature issues have arrived from? Anastasia was doing OK the first couple charters. She assumed the mantle of chef, but now the girl needs to acquaint herself with Mila’s microwave! Or possibly have Captain Sandy Yawn invest in plate domes? Anastasia believes the problem is not with her cooking (No! Never her fault!), but in the 130 feet it takes to migrate food from the sweatshop galley – a literal hovel of doom where chefs go in like lions and out like sobbing mental patients – to the table. Um, how does 130 feet freeze rice?
When June Foster joined the cast of Below Deck Mediterranean this season, the only person who was at-all excited about it was Colin Macy-O’Toole. He was elated to have another American on the Sirocco and he hoped she wasn’t into the dirty sex talk like his coworkers.
Who was the least excited about June joining the crew? It has to be a tie between Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and June herself. Hannah was miffed to lose Anastasia Surmava, who was the only competent Third Stew Hannah ever worked with on this show. June just didn’t seem enthusiastic in general. About anything. What was going on there? Was she high during charter?