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The Below Deck franchise has ballooned into three separate shows, each with it’s own flair and character. From the gorgeous locations, to the crew, to the incidents that happened onboard, the franchise has something for everyone. Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht all bring the drama. Viewers can expect crew hookups, galley disasters, and drunken fights.
Then there are the specific situations that defined each show. Former bosun Ashton Pienaar almost lost his life on Below Deck. Captain Sandy Yawn made a grown man cry after terrorizing Chef Kiko Lorran and fired Hannah Ferrier in a vindictive manner. After a charter guests supposedly brought drugs onboard, Captain Glenn Shephard made the decision to search their bags.
Though Kate Chastain left Below Deck after Season 7 wrapped, she is somewhat still the face of Below Deck. That honor arguably belongs to Captain Lee Rosbach. Of course Kate worked along side Captain Lee for five seasons, and her longevity in the industry makes her opinion about all things yachting a reliable one.
And the former Bravo Chat Room host certainly has a unique style when it comes to delivering her opinion. Her dry sense of humor became a staple with viewers. So of course when something of interest happens on any show in the franchise, Kate will give her opinion.
It’s no surprise that Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean was such a knockout, especially after Captain Sandy Yawn’s controversial firing of longtime chief stew Hannah Ferrier. While Sandy has doubled down on her decision, saying drugs of any kind are not allowed on the ship, it raised a lot of eyebrows on whether Sandy was really worried about her captain’s license or just wanted Hannah off the boat and show. Let’s not forget that Hannah had prescription Valium, which she claims to have never even taken, and a CBD pen, which is legal in Spain. But major snake Malia White couldn’t help but kiss Sandy’s ass and report Hannah (which she wouldn’t even fess up to) once she started having arguments with her cabin mate.
But Hannah is on to bigger and better things now that her Below Deck days are over. She opened her own yachting training academy. She’s engaged and a new mommy. While she was a staple on the show since the onset, it’s good to see her living her best life after such a nasty ending.
Captain Sandy Yawn has been the branded as the most intense of all micromanagers. The Below Deck Mediterranean captain has a habit of inserting herself into any crew drama, and therefore into more camera time as well.
Maybe Sandy does this because she thinks it makes her a good leader. Certainly it’s a management style, but Captain Lee Rosbach can run a tight ship without watching over each dinner service or assigning cabins. So it could just for her own benefit that Sandy waltzes on screen at any opportunity, especially to the galley.
It’s reunion time, yachties! And the Below Deck crew has gathered from (literally) the four corners of the globe for a virtual sit-down with Andy Cohen. Did this season of Below Deck really need a reunion? The answer is debatable depending on how much you think a phrase like “Eat my cooter” needs to be discussed ad nauseam. Though I suppose there were a number of strings left loose in a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. So here we are. Anchors aweigh!
Personally, I love how Andy always insists on going fully in on the nautical wardrobe when he hosts these Below Deck reunions. Captain Lee Rosbach always dresses up in his finest. But the rest of the crew’s looks are…wildly disparate. Francesca Rubi and her feathered shoulders are coming all the way from Sydney. James Hough decided to put on a basic green shirt at home in the U.K. Elizabeth Frankini, meanwhile, is wearing a full rainbow gown in Florida. Sadly, though, we can only see maybe two colors of the rainbow since she’s stuck in a tiny box on Zoom.
Most Below Deck viewers can agree that Elizabeth Frankini wasn’t the best stew in the world. Conversely, many Below Deck viewers think that Francesca Rubi was difficult to work with. Did Elizabeth deserve to get fired?
Well, she needed help learning how to iron. She made World War-style mustard gas. Yeah, she slept in the guest cabin, but so did James Hough, and he didn’t get in trouble. Was she nailing her job? No, but it was still so weird to see her get fired when there were only two charters left in the season. Then, coronavirus cut filming short, so she got fired after the last charter anyway. What a waste of a firing. But, if Captain Lee Rosbach made that move sooner, there could have been a very familiar face back in the mix, Josiah Carter, from Below Deck Season 6.
Was Elizabeth Frankini the best stew in Below Deck history? Nope. Not by a long shot, but neither was Francesca Rubi. These two couldn’t get on the same page professionally and personally during the most recent season. Ashling Lorger doesn’t think the firing was personal, but Elizabeth (and many Below Deck viewers) beg to differ.
The firing was definitely pretty strange though. Captain Lee Rosbach didn’t fire Elizabeth himself. Instead, he had Francesca do it. Not only that, but she got the boot right before the end of the charter season. What was even the point of that? Why not do it sooner?