Last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean was a mess! Messier than Travis Michalzik after making out with his girlfriend, vodka!
First, there are the guests who are so distracted by bragging about who has the biggest menopausal sex drive they forget to eat their dinner until it gets cold, then the primary tattles to Captain Sandy Yawn. Instead of assessing the situation (‘ass’ being the operative prefix!) Captain Sandy hightails it down to the galley to complain to Ben Robinson, who promptly shoves his finger into the pan of risotto and proclaims it hot. PIPING. As hot as Ben’s rage and regret that he once again sold his soul to Bravo: the pirates of dignity.
I hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic and relaxing Labor Day and what better way to end a holiday than with a brand new episode of Below Deck Mediterranean!
The Med is heating waaaay up with a boat full of very fresh and flirtatious (re: sexually harassing) guests who cannot keep their hands off the male members of the Sirocco crew. In fact a few of the ladies get a bit too close to Jack Stirrup for their own good!
Captain Sandy Yawn has faced many challenges in her time as a Captain on Below Deck Mediterranean. Unruly guests. Unpredictable weather. A chef who considered canned food haute cuisine. Crew members who sometimes want to do anything but the job they were hired on to do. Being away from home for weeks at a time might be the most difficult part of her job, however.
Despite her hectic schedule, Sandy shared with her fans earlier this year that she had found love. Sandy met gospel singer Leah Shafer on Facebook and the two quickly became a couple. Since then, Sandy’s Instagram has been filled with photos of the two looking very happy together. Sandy even moved to Denver to be with Leah. Sadly, Sandy has announced that the couple is now facing a major challenge in their life–Leah has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Tears. So many tears on last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean. JuneJune, Sadness. JuneJuneGladness. Maybe JuneJune staying would not have been so bad, eh. We also saw the long awaited return of Ben Robinson. I have many thoughts about this. Many deep, snarkily pureed and hopefully beautifully executed thoughts.
So Colin Macy-O’Toole is about fall on his sword (anchor?) for June Foster. June has just been dismissed as Captain Sandy Yawn plays chess with inappropriately long hugs and meaningful glances followed up by Free Ice Cream Sunday coupons upon return to Florida. So June is out, Anastasia Surmava is down in the corner as third stew again, and Ben is approaching the boat to save everyone from poor tips.
And Colin, well, Colin is knight in shining armor dreaming of a home cooked pot of mommy’s Mac and cheese. If only he can get untangled from this daggone anchor known as Joao Franco‘s emotional neediness.
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.