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Below Deck Dani Soares

Below Deck viewers have come to learn the trends of employment in the yachting industry.  It’s a demanding job that requires months away from family and a stable life.  People that stay in the industry long-term take that demand happily to pursue their dreams.  Others enjoy the experience in their youth, then decide to change careers in favor of something else.  For women especially, there is a shelf life.

Many Below Deck Mediterranean fans cheered Hannah Ferrier last season as she returned to land life, got engaged, and had a baby girl.  It’s what she was hoping for, and now, there is another fan favorite who decided to pursue her dreams of motherhood.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht

Below Deck is overdue for another spin off.  The franchise is hugely popular, and why not?  What’s more fun than untethered youth working together, partying, clashing, and hooking up.  Then there are the views.  At least we can all live vicariously through Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht while worldwide travel restrictions continue.

The second season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht is missing something though.  The coronavirus keep the crew on the boat most nights off, so we are missing out on some shenanigans for sure.  The Parsifal crew got one night on land so far.  Perhaps it’s because of the ongoing pandemic that two spinoffs were announced.  Their locations are both exotic and covid-free.

Hannah Ferrier

Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn are STILL TALKING about Hannah’s premature departure from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5.  Then they have to RESPOND to the others’ comments to whichever interviewer has them rehashing the past.  The problem is, neither will budge on their position.  So we get the same defensive statements over and over.

This time though, Sandy’s snarky responses managed to turn another Below Deck alum against her.  Perhaps all the interior crew of coastal Europe should take offense to what Sandy really thinks of their work, because it’s hardly a comment that uplifts other women.

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.

Heather Gay Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fan favorite Heather Gay is many things. She is an entrepreneur who owns Beauty Lab & Laser, a successful med spa. She is divorced from “Mormon royalty,” Billy Gay III. RHOSLC co-star Lisa Barlow accused Heather of marrying for the lifestyle and money. Not cool, Lisa.

Divorce is frowned upon in the Mormon Church, however, Heather has been trying to navigate her own way. In an emotional episode of RHOSLC, Heather talked about her feelings of shame and guilt with her three daughters. She feels judged, and not able to live her life the way that she would like to. Heather may not be interested in love, but she’s still interested in sex.

Alex Radcliffe

Bravolebrities are a delightful microcosm of reality TV stars.  Whether your distraction of choice is one of the Real Housewives series or a Below Deck spinoff, the Bravo channel is a self-sustaining entertainment community.  Fan favorites from different shows get screen time on Watch What Happens Live, where they mix and mingle with Andy Cohen.

It’s a good environment for cross-cast friendships to develop.  Maybe a little flirting as well.  Take Alex Radcliffe and Heather Gay.  The Real Housewife of Salt Lake City star was on WWHL with the Below Deck Mediterranean deck hand for the holiday episode.  It was filmed virtually, but the two seem to have breached the screen barrier and hit it off.  Maybe it was the sight of Alex in a Santa suit.  More on that later.

Below Deck James Hough Elizabeth Frankini

What do you do when you hate your second stew? There’s no denying the tension in the interior has been building for several charters now. And this week, all of that drama finally starts coming to a head. So if you’re Francesca Rubi, that means making a blatant power play to reassert your control over Elizabeth Frankini. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last eight seasons of Below Deck, it’s that the chief stew always demands respect and deference. And she’ll get it by laying down an iron fist. (Miss you, Kate Chastain!)

Last week’s episode ended with Francesca complaining once again to Captain Lee Rosbach about her underling. Because at this point, there’s nothing Elizabeth could do that Chess won’t find some issue with. I say that recognizing that Elizabeth has certainly made mistakes this season. But I can’t help but root for the underdog in this feud, and Francesca hasn’t exactly been a supportive boss. Last week, Captain Lee warned her that finding a new stew could bring a whole other rash of problems. So instead, she decides she’d rather keep Elizabeth on the boat and punish her another way.