After it looked like fans of Below Deck Mediterranean were going to get a season of lady bosses taking over, the whole thing has turned into a big old mess #feminismbybravo. Hannah Ferrier has been tested by
producer plant permanently irritated Lara Flumaini. Lara’s parents must have repeatedly rewarded her for acting like a jackwagon, and it was obvious. Captain Sandy Yawn showed Lara the door, only to open it for Hannah’s nemesis, and frequent Claire’s Boutique shopper, Bugsy Drake.
The current season of Below Deck Med, previously lauded as “the one where women are in charge” has become a floating dumpster fire. A racist was discharged. A well-meaning chef has been axed. And Hannah is on the hook about taking a Valium for anxiety. Bugsy had a go with Hannah on previous seasons, but she is great buds with the yacht’s bosun, Malia White. THANK GOODNESS Malia’s boyfriend, whose visit coincides with Chef Kiko Lorran’s strange termination, has a vast amount of chef experience. Word on the street is Captain Sandy, Bugsy, Bugsy’s 14 hairclips, and Malia might be plotting against Hannah to defeat her legacy once and for all. Viewers also suspect Kiko’s firing was a set up to bring in Malia’s boyfriend. Bugsy attempts to address these rumors on social media, and Hannah shared her thoughts as well.
This season of Below Deck Mediterranean has had some really rough seas. And obviously, I’m not just talking about their charters.
First, we had to deal with Hannah Ferrier’s conflict with second stew, Lara Flumiani. Whether you love or hate Hannah, you have to admit that Laura had a crap attitude. So it’s no surprise Laura quickly gave up and left the boat, opening the way for Bugsy Drake to rejoin the crew. Despite Hannah and Bugsy’s past beef, both have seemed to work well together (so far). Next, we had the firing of Pete Hunziker for racist behavior. So good riddance! As if that wasn’t enough for you, now we have Bosun Malia White telling on Hannah for having valium on board. This season is a mess.
Hannah Ferrier took it heart when Captain Sandy Yawn fired Kiko Lorran. She did advise him on the underwhelming Vegas dinner menu, but the endearing Below Deck Mediterranean chef wavered between excellence and frantic scrambling in the kitchen, which ultimately lead to his termination. He had a unique talent, but his sensitive spirit couldn’t handle the hostility of Captain Sandy’s micromanaging.
Kiko’s firing led not only to his unraveling emotions, but Hannah’s as well. She experienced a panic attack. It was a very vulnerable and painful moment to watch. The footage resonated with one crew member in particular, who revealed that she too, struggles with anxiety.
The Below Deck Mediterranean fans are going to miss Kiko Lorran. It was so tough to watch him feeling so defeated after Captain Sandy Yawn fired him during the most recent episode. He even had to work through the rest of the charter, which was just so sad to watch.
Pretty much everyone on Twitter sympathized with Kiko. I, for one, wanted to give him a hug. It was so tough to see him crying in his bunk. After the episode, lots of viewers took issue with some of the other cast members. However, Kiko, as per usual, kept it classy after the episod.
The most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranan was absolutely heartbreaking. Captain Sandy Yawn fired fan favorite Kiko Lorran in the charter, without another chef on hand to cook for the guests (and the crew).
Then, she asked an absolutely crushed Kiko to be “professional” and “do the job” anyway, even though he had just been fired. All season long, it felt like she was just looking to cut Kiko down. Sure, it could have been the editing, but why did she check in with guests to ask if they really thought the food was good after they had already said it was. It just felt like a setup to bring you know who’s boyfriend on to take that chef spot.
Below Deck Mediterranean has turned into a hotbed of discourse. The season started off on a female-empowering note, with ladies in the lead positions, ready to tackle privileged guests and a crew of television hopefuls. Under the direction of Captain Sandy Yawn, it appears everyone might be micromanaged into despair. Everyone except Malia White. Malia returned with a new title under her belt and as you know, with great power there must also come great responsibility…
As the yacht’s resident bosun and the first woman to hold the title on camera, Malia has a lot on her plate. She takes her new role very seriously and appears to be following the rules, much to the delight of Captain Sandy. But is she dipping her toes into the refreshing micro-managing seas of her leader? Hannah Ferrier might have an opinion.
Wow, this week’s Below Deck Mediterranean was hard to watch. I can’t be the only one who felt that way, right? Watching a tearful Chef Kiko Lorran be chewed up and spit out was not only painful but frankly unfair and all kinds of unnecessary. I mean, last week ended with the Brazilian ray of sunshine being summarily fired by Captain Sandy Yawn. In front of the rest of the crew. In the middle of a charter. And then, he was expected to carry on and rise to the occasion for an entire day and a half after being told his food is terrible.
Tonight’s episode picks right back up in the middle of Sandy informing Kiko that he’ll be done once they reach the dock. And honestly, it isn’t any less frustrating to watch the second time around. In her confessional, the captain admits she likes Kiko. (If you don’t, you have a heart of stone.) But she insists that leading a crew isn’t about liking them, it’s about them doing their jobs correctly. But here’s the main issue with Sandy’s leadership style. Yes you have to find capable employees who can execute their responsibilities. But even more importantly, you have to create an environment as a leader where every person on your crew is primed to succeed and be their best selves. And that doesn’t equal micromanaging every single thing they do and constantly criticizing them as you look over their shoulder.
In case anyone was wondering why Pete Hunziker is barely on this season of Below Deck Mediterranean, he got fired from the show after posting some racist memes. Sure, it’s a little fruitless to be “fired” from a show that’s already been filmed with cast members that rarely last more than one season. Nevertheless, they’ve edited out his confessionals and he has very minimal appearances in the episodes, except for when he’s offending his female co-workers. He seems like a stand up guy, right?
After posting the horrific meme, he “defended” himself by saying he’s “VERY sexually active with women of all races.” Ugh. How cringe-worthy. Then, he deleted all of his social media pages. Now, he’s back on the gram to apologize… months later.