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Below Deck Mediterranean

Anastasia defends her Attitude as Chef

Despite the inexplicable decision to end Below Deck Mediterranean without a reunion, fans can still get some insider scoop from Season 4.  Cast members have been making the rounds on Watch What Happens Live in a bid to make up for it, and also extend their fifteen minutes of fame.

Most recently was the interior supporting team of Anastasia Surmava and Aesha Scott.  These gals were the most competent and least dysfunctional duo that Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier had to work with.  They also became good friends with their superior and never questioned her work ethic, unlike in previous seasons.  So their storylines had less to do with discussing Hannah’s inadequacies and more to do with the aftermath of Anastasia’s shortcomings in the galley.

Below Deck Captain Lee Rosbach

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s back already!  Below Deck fans can rejoice and get their next guilty pleasure fix because Season 7 premiered just a week after it’s spinoff, Below Deck Mediterranean, ended.  And despite being only one episode in, it’s never to early to start speculating about the crew.  The holy trinity of reality TV questions that we can ask ourselves are- who will cause drama?, who will hook up?, and who will go home?  Because on this show, there is always the threat of an envelope with a plane ticket home.

Captain Lee Rosbach is back in fine form, navigating Valor through the immaculate waters of Thailand.  Kate Chastainunsurprisingly, returns as Chief Stew.  The only other familiar face is Ashton Pienaar who has been promoted to Bosun.  Fans may know what to expect from these three already, but what about the rest of the crew?

Captain Sandy Yawn Leah Shafer Below Deck Mediterranean

Captain Sandy Yawn never knows what she might face each week on Below Deck Mediterranean–a questionable chef like Mila Kolomeitseva, rogue stews like June Foster, inclement weather or a fire when she is trying to dock. She has to demonstrate patience, strength, courage and optimism despite what is going on around her.

Those traits are characteristics I am sure Sandy has been calling on lately as she is supporting her girlfriend, gospel singer Leah Shafer, through a difficult health battle. Sandy announced via social media in late August that Leah had been diagnosed with what seemed to be breast cancer. At the time, Sandy revealed that Leah had chosen to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Recently, both of them shared health updates for Leah via social media.

Aesha Scott From Below Deck Mediterranean Said João Franco Bullied Her Every Single Day

Below Deck Mediterranean might be gone for now, but it isn’t forgotten. The crew made it through some difficult charters, considering they began with a chef on loan from Taco Bell. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier managed to do her best, despite losing one of her staff to the galley for the majority of charter season. Fortunately Hannah was #blessed with a competent associate this time around. Aesha Scott brought her lively spirit and ability to answer her radio on board.

Along with a positive attitude and respectable work ethic, Aesha also brought the funny. Many fans found her actions a bit over the top, and Aesha’s often bawdy expressions raised eyebrows, but Hannah lucked out. If nothing else, Aesha wasn’t Rocky Dakota. João Franco returned for round 2. Viewers remembered João’s previous season, where he leaned towards the idiot smarmy side, seemingly playing two young ladies off each other for attention. He wound up getting the girl, until she unceremoniously dumped him for calmer waters. We thought ‘ole boy João changed his smug ways, as he seemed more focused on his job than the women. Now we are finding out that might not be the case. According to Aesha, the guy didn’t change very much after all…

Joao Franco Becomes A Captain

Captain Sandy Yawn had her hands full this season keeping her crew in line on Below Deck Mediterranean.  First, it was debacle after debacle in the galley with incompetent chef Mila Kolomeitseva.  Anastasia Surmava had difficulties with the burners and often sent out undercooked or cold food.  Travis Michalzik rocked it professionally, but was reprimanded for reeking of alcohol after a particularly hectic night out.  Jack Stirrup only found motivation to stay on board work in the form of Aesha Scott.  Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got the brunt of Sandy’s wrath and was often questioned about her choices in team management and table settings.  But that’s nothing new.

But one person always had Captain Sandy’s good opinion.  Bosun Joao Franco was promoted from deck hand last season and did a stellar job, according to the Captain.  During the season finale, Joao gave an interview to Sandy’s colleague and received a job offer.  So did anything come of it or was it a producer’s stunt to further a narrative.  The deck crew versus the interior vying for Sandy’s praises perhaps?

Ben Robinson Below Deck Mediterranean

Ben Robinson may have only been on Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 for the final two charters, but he certainly made his mark on the season.  Ben’s return indicated the first moment the Sirocco crew had a trained and experienced chef.  His output was hailed as the epitome of five star dining and the guests loved each meal.

The atmosphere in the galley was another story.  Ben was at odds with the entire setup of his workspace and let his crewmates know it.  At every possible moment.  He went on an anxiety-induced rampages at each and every dinner service.  Ben’s complaints about Hannah Ferrier’s team management seemed to cause a rift between her and Captain Sandy Yawn.  To be fair, this kind of behavior isn’t entirely unusual for Ben though it certainly seemed amplified this season.  So, was something else going on with Ben?

Below Deck Star Kate Chastain Shares Why She’s Not Friends With Hannah Ferrier Anymore

Aside from their job titles and reality TV experience, Below Deck Chief Stews Kate Chastain and Hannah Ferrier have something else in common: they’re difficult to get along with. And they both make great TV, of course. Sure, Captain Sandy Yawn and Ben Robinson gave Hannah flack for putting her friendship with the stews as a priority over actually working, but this is the first season Hannah actually got along with the interior. Oh, wait, I almost forgot about the June, June Hannah of it all.

Nevertheless, the Bravo stars have formed a nice relationship with each other even though they’ve never worked on a yacht together. Who would be in charge of the interior if they did though? My money is on Kate. Well, it turns out that friendship between Kate and Hannah is long gone. Or at least that’s what Kate recently said.

Below Deck - Rhylee Gerber

The casting agents (usually) do such a great job selecting the crew members for Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean. It’s just tough getting to know these people throughout a whole season only to have most of them disappear from TV immediately after. The only cast member who has been on every season of Below Deck is Captain Lee Rosbach. The employee turnover rate is unbelievable on this show.

Still, that doesn’t stop the alums from dishing on the drama and sharing their opinions. Below Deck Season 6 deckhand Rhylee Gerber had no problem talking back speaking her mind last season. Even though she’s not on the show anymore, she’s still keeping up with the drama and has a lot to say.