If you ask anyone about the current season of Below Deck Mediterranean, chances are they will lower their head in despair and talk about what we should have gotten versus what we received. It was a train wreck in every sense and Hannah Ferrier lost her job as a result. On the bright side, Hannah is moments away from giving birth to her first daughter and has the Below Deck Med drama in her rearview.
Captain Sandy Yawn plays favorites. This is more of a fact than an assumption. After labeling bosun Malia White as
gay her “pride and joy”, Sandy bent over backwards in an effort to accommodate Malia’s every whim. What Sandy did not do is accommodate Hannah’s anxiety medication. After failing to clear the meds with her captain, Hannah was relieved of her duties. Now Captain Lee Rosbach weighs in on Sandy’s decision and what he did when faced with a similar situation.
Ah yes, the Stud of the Sea is once again floating on the waters of the Caribbean. Below Deck is back and Captain Lee Rosbach is bringing an old friend with him. I can’t be the only one happy to see Captain Lee at the helm of My Seanna. Especially after the messy and mildly traumatic season Captain Sandy Yawn brought us on Below Deck Mediterranean. Thank goodness the two captains lead with very different methods and we aren’t likely to see Lee saying someone is secretly gay on a Cameo.
There’s a new cast, but you might recognize one or two faces. Season 8 promises to bring crew dissention, wasted guests, and Captain Lee’s expertise as a wordsmith. How can you not reflect on some of his wiser quotes like, “We’ve gone through more deckhands than a condom salesman in a whorehouse.” Certainly didn’t get inspo like that from Sandy… Grab your life vests, the new Season 8 trailer has officially dropped.
“I haven’t even seen tonight’s episode and I’m already angry about it.” That was the tweet that popped up on my timeline before I sat down to watch the latest Below Deck Mediterranean. Or something like that. After having now sat through a grueling 75 minutes, I can confirm that viewer’s harbinger of things to come was accurate. Remember when this season was supposed to be about girl power? Women supporting women? How cool it is to have the first all-female leadership team in franchise history? Yeah, that’s officially a pipe dream.
Tonight was the episode every Below Deck Med fan has been waiting all season to see. We knew going into the premiere that Hannah Ferrier didn’t make it through the charter season. That she left sometime in the middle of filming. Did she quit? Was she fired? All fans knew was that the chief stew was now glowing and pregnant. And that she’d given up her career in yachting (and on Bravo) to give a life on land a try with her boyfriend and daughter-to-be.
There was a mutiny of sorts on Below Deck Mediterranean. It wasn’t Captain Sandy Yawn who was the target, but Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. Love her or hate her, Hannah has been with the show since the first season. While she comes off abrasive and petty, and puts median effort into her job, Hannah should not have been the victim of the conveniently-timed attempt to overthrow her. Though, without question, Bugsy Drake makes the better Chief Stew.
Fans called out bosun Malia White for her role in exposing Hannah’s reliance on prescription anxiety medication during the most recent episode. Captain Sandy’s judgment was also called into question. But what was their level of involvement? And did they act on their own initiative?
Below Deck Mediterranean fans know that Captain Sandy Yawn and Hannah Ferrier have never got along… for more than a minute anyway. Those years of animosity in combination with Sandy’s tendency to micromanage the interior just equate to a disaster.
Then, throw in the fact that Sandy has an affinity for two crew members who do not get along with Hannah– Bugsy Drake and Malia White– Hannah really had no chance of enjoying this charter season. Without consulting Hannah, Captain Sandy just switched up the cabin arrangements to accommodate Malia and her boyfriend Tom Checketts. She automatically sides against Hannah no matter what the circumstance.
The Below Deck Mediterranean drama spilled over from the most recent episode onto social media. Fans are livid with Malia White for sneaking into the bathroom to take photos of Hannah Ferrier’s prescription medication. They’re also annoyed with Malia for demanding that everyone on the boat switches up their living situations for the final two weeks of the season because her boyfriend Tom Checketts stepped in as the chef after our beloved Kiko Lorran was fired. And Malia had the nerve to call Hannah “unprofessional” because she couldn’t sleep without her boyfriend for two weeks. Meanwhile, Bugsy Drake didn’t want to live with Hannah either.
However, Captain Sandy Yawn just sided with
teacher’s pet Malia and her man Tom, making an announcement on the radio that Malia will get her way with the cabin arrangements- even though it’s HANNAH’S JOB to assign cabins. Meanwhile, it got completely glossed over that Tom was “on his way to visit a sick family member,” just happened to have his knives with him, and Kiko just happened to be fired. Now, Tom is sticking around for the rest of the season.
Below Deck’s Captain Lee Rosbach has had a hard year. Last year around this time he lost his son, Joshua, way too soon, to a battle with addiction. He recently shared some sweet reflections on Instagram about Joshua’s passing a year later. On top of this painful tragedy, the captain’s identity was recently stolen. Apparently, scammers were attempting to extort money from people applying for cruise liner positions and used his name.
Days after this scam was exposed, another a**hole (Captain Lee’s words) assumed his identity to exploit the death of his son. Who does that? The captain excoriated the impersonator on social media, ending his outcry with, “sleep well tonight.” Seriously, why do something so disgusting? And to this man, who would no doubt crush you if he ever saw you? Needless to say, Captain Lee is going through it and fans will be happy to see him doing something meaningful for himself.
Below Deck star Captain Lee Rosbach recently commemorated the one-year anniversary of his son Joshua’s death. That alone must be incredibly difficult, but some awful person has decided to exploit the reality star’s pain for personal gain.
Someone claiming to be Captain Lee posted a tribute to Josh along with a fake email address. It’s unclear if the man asked people for money or if he was pretending to be Captain Lee for some other reason, but, regardless, it’s an awful thing to do. Poor, Captain Lee. The man can’t catch a break. Super recently, someone assumed his identity, pretended to be recruiting for a cruise ship job, and asked applicants for money (which made no sense).