Reality TV cast members are used to social media criticism. Even pregnancy doesn’t make them exempt from the wrath of “fans.” Cue, the parent shamers…. and the pregnancy shamers. Yes, shaming starts before someone even becomes a parent.
OG Below Deck Mediterranean cast member Hannah Ferrier faced some critics when she posted a photo of herself cooking, rocking a sports bra and showcasing her baby bump. The commenters took issue with Hannah’s beverage, which just looks like water. However, some haters took issue with her using a wine glass and wondered if she was drinking alcohol during her pregnancy.
Well…that charter certainly didn’t go well, did it? If last week’s Below Deck Mediterranean ended on a down note, this week it was all hands on deck…for total disaster. And frankly, the root of the problems start in the galley. Two weeks ago, Chef Kiko Lorran conquered an unimaginable feat with his 72-plate, six-course meal. But just one charter later, he’s been sent spiraling by single vegan charter guest. Or maybe it’s just the lack of moqueca?
This Below Deck Mediterranean episode picks up in the aftermath of last week’s raw fish debacle. Kiko is shaken up by his poor performance, even going as far as declaring that it was the “worst day of his life.” With some encouragement from Bugsy Drake, the chef calls it a night by reminding himself that tomorrow will be a new day. But will it be better? Spoiler alert: not necessarily. Meanwhile, Pete Hunziker is relegated to the latest possible anchor watch for three reasons. 1. To keep him away from all-female crew members. 2. To give him plenty of time to think about his bad behavior. And 3. To thankfully keep him off of our screens during the day as much as possible. Fired by Bravo and officially demoted, this week finally felt like the beginning of Creepy Pete being edited out of the rest of the season.
There’s a new episode of Below Deck Mediterranean on tonight and it seems like everyone is getting a bit of cabin fever at this point in the charter season.
Chef Kiko Lorran struggles through the first day of the charter. At one point, a charter guest tells Captain Sandy Yawn that both the food and the service were “average.” Ouch. As a result, Captain Sandy gives Kiko an ultimatum. He needs to “wow” the charter guest, otherwise, she’s going to find another chef for the yacht. Ouch (again).
Wow, what an episode! Lat night on Below Deck Mediterranean, we finally got the answer as to why Pete Hunziker has stuck around long past his firing from the show. And the answer is a tried-and-true reality TV staple, yachties: so we, the viewers, could witness his downfall.
That’s right, it looks like Creepy Pete is on his way out. Or at the very least, this is the beginning of the end for the disgraced deckhand, who was unceremoniously booted by Bravo after he posted a vilely racist/sexist/downright disgusting meme on social media. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and back up to the top of the hour, shall we?
During last week’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, Chef Kiko Lorran was put under a lot of pressure when he had to cook a 72-plate dinner for some demanding charter guests. But, that doesn’t mean this week’s charter is going to be any easier for him. Kiko is faced with another challenge tonight.
Meanwhile, Third Stew Jessica More struggles to fulfill her duties following an injury. Will she be able to keep her spot on the boat? But she’s not the only stewardess in a struggle this week. Even though they kind of/sort of made peace, the tension between Hannah Ferrier and Bugsy Drake is still there. And we all know that Captain Sandy Yawn is going to side with
anyone who is not Hannah Bugsy if the two of them get into an argument.
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan were the first Below Deck couple that we got to see live and work together. Most often, a coupled crew member had someone on land that they either stay faithful to or pulled the “open relationship card” like Rob Westergaard.
But Paget and Ciara were together on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. All. The. Time. They gave off an old married couple vibe with tons of bickering and squabbling, but they were also really in tune with each other and had tender moments as well. Ciara was so confident in Paget’s feelings for her that she endured an entire season of Georgia Grobler flirting with her man without batting an eyelash, confident that Paget would never stray.
Jessica More has a lot to “puzzle” over. The latest episode of Below Deck Mediterranean had her questioning whether to trust deckhand Rob Westergaard with her burgeoinng feelings for him. Rob claimed to be in an open, casual relationship and free of obligation to explore his feelings for Jessica. But shortly before wooing Jessica into his bunk for the night, Rob shared a picture of himself with his girl back home. The post indicate anything but casual feelings. Of course, Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier saw it and told her stew. Hannah also confronted Rob about the situation. His reply was that he had broken things off with his lady on land to pursue things with Jessica.
It’s the tale as old as time. Yachties and Below Deck fans have seen how this will play out. It’s easy to forget your life on land as you traverse the wide, endless ocean. Accountability is minimal and it’s just too easy to claim open relationship status. Even if you are rooting for Rob and Jessica, the odds of things working out long-term just don’t seem to be in their favor.
Casting for Below Deck Mediterranean functions like any other reality TV show. It’s all about aesthetics and the drama factor. How will these set of characters mesh so that there’s the right amount of hookups, fights, and good times?
Production erred big time when casting Pete Hunziker this season, but the rest of the cast has been very refreshing especially with the return of Bugsy Drake and Malia White. Of course Bravolebrities also have to make the rounds on Watch What Happens Live, so a charismatic or funny personality is always in order.