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.
Last night’s supersized 90 minute Below Deck Mediterranean was so full of drama amongst the cast that after a while they didn’t even bother showing the guests. Like oh, yeah – those guys. I don’t think we even saw their final dinner, unless I was so distracted by all the cast issues that I blocked it out?
Lord Jesus I have the worst case of concentrationitis right now. I believe that’s called “procrastination” in actual English. Maybe Jack Stirrup is rubbing off on me when he should be rubbing the railings of Sirocco? We’ve all lost our will to carry on here. With three charters left to go, everyone has reached the point in the charter season where they’re in a haze of exhaustion. Most notably, Anastasia Surmava. Anastasia resembles a worn out sponge. Crumpled, and no amount of shoving Spongstasia in the dishwasher can bring her back to her former glory.
On tonight’s Below Deck Mediterranean, the crew begins to crack under the pressure of being over-worked and under-prepared while hitting the mid-charter season slump. Things get so bad someone either quits or is fired!
My money is on Anastasia Surmava either leaving because she realizes that she can’t handle the pressure of being a yacht chef, or getting fired because her ego won’t let her admit that she’s ill-prepared causing her to f–k up left and right until Captain Sandy Yawn has no other choice but to let Anastasia go and bring on Ben Robinson.
The Below Deck Mediterranean season thus-far has given us unprecedented reality TV moments. Mila Kolomeitseva served Taco Bell-style food on a luxury Jack Stirrup spit into Aesha Scott’s belly button. He’ll soon be sucking her toes too, as evidenced by the footage in the mid-season trailer.
Whatever your thoughts about the quirky courtship of Jack and Aesha, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The trailer is a great teaser of hookups, tears, and drunken antics. But the most exciting moment comes at the very end when a very familiar voice is says, “hello lovelies.”
This season on Below Deck Mediterranean, the drama has been all about the food. As in, food that was not up to charter guest standards–or even high school cafeteria standards. At least until third stew Anastasia Surmava took over the galley and upgraded the charter dining experience to Applebee’s level. The original chef, Mila Kolomeitseva, served up grub that fell somewhere between Banquet frozen meals and Spam Casserole on the culinary scale–and that is being generous.
As fine cuisine is one of the most important parts of the charter guest experience, it was surprising to see Captain Sandy Yawn give Mila chance after chance before throwing her permanently overboard. Captain Sandy’s hesitation to fire Mila left many viewers scratching their heads, wondering, what was she thinking?
Fans of Below Deck Mediterranean finally learned the fate of Chef Mila Kolomeitseva. Captain Sandy Yawn, rightly so, fired her and put Anastasia Surmava in the galley instead. This firing was a surprise to no one. Mila’s reliance on food that was canned, boxed, bagged, sealed, jarred, or persevered was anxiety-inducing.
It also put a huge strain on the interior staff. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and Second Stew Aesha Scott had to serve the food. They also had to be a buffer between the charter guests and Mila. On the first charter, they decided not to serve an underwhelming plate of nachos. Hannah alerted Captain Sandy to that blunder as well as the baking-soda birthday cake. Finally, there was the confrontation in the galley over boxed pancakes. Hannah tried to hold a proverbial mirror to Mila and her incompetence but it was unsuccessful.
How are you enjoying Season 4 of Below Deck Mediterranean? For me, I can’t get enough. It is one of the few shows I watch live instead of on DVR. The French Riviera is gorgeous and the new cast is interesting. And for the most part, at least so far, the crew all seem to get along. I even picked up my new favorite term, “oxygen thief,” courtesy of lead deckhand Travis Michalzik!
The one downside during this charter season has been the appalling, dare I say–culinary skills–of oxygen thief Chef Mila Kolomeitseva. Last week, chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier found out Mila couldn’t even make pancakes! Strangely, normally outspoken Hannah has been a bit reserved in voicing her opinion about Mila’s culinary prowess– and she recently shared why.
One of the great things about watching Below Deck Mediterranean is that for 60 minutes (OK-40 minutes on DVR!) is that you can imagine yourself as a guest on a luxury yacht. All without having to mortgage your home for a two day vacation. In three seasons of the show, we have watched charter guests–from the lovable to the loathsome–have their every whim catered to. And who wouldn’t love that?
No request is too big–or too small for the crew to fulfill. From water slides used for five minutes by bored millionaires to the crew-dreaded beach picnic setups, every wish of the guests is indulged. Surly Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier frequently grumbles about demanding guests, but usually does what she can to grant their requests. Only because she knows Captain Sandy Yawn is always watching! Recently, Hannah shared the oddest preference sheet request she has ever received from a guest–and it might surprise you in its simple strangeness.