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?
The thirst is real. If you missed the recent Watch What Happens Live episode where Andy Cohen hosts two of the Below Deck stews, I cannot recommend you go watch enough. Elizabeth Frankini did not let Ashling Lorger off the hook for her fake behavior this season. Actually, neither did Andy. And while Ashling continues to claim her behind-the-back shit talking and to-her-face kindness was “professionalism”, her off-camera commentary just doesn’t seem to end.
Watching the season-long tension build only to have Elizabeth fired in the final episode was chaos! I wanted to watch the 2-stew-crew decide whether or not she really was more work to keep around. Yet another hope dashed by the coronavirus. Either way, I’m feeling optimistic that we’ll have a reunion that is absolutely popping.
Well. This was certainly not the way the Below Deck crew expected this season to end. Particularly Elizabeth Frankini, whose firing at the end of last week’s episode became, well, flagrantly unnecessary in hindsight. But it still happened. To say she’s shell-shocked by the decision would be…a bit of an understatement. But it’s clear Francesca Rubi is taking a kind of pleasure in forcing her off the yacht. Downstairs, Elizabeth bursts into tears, and decides the best thing to do is beg Francesca for her job back. If only the chief stew would stop and reconsider what she’s doing.
The majority of the crew seems equally dumbfounded, and doesn’t seem to agree that Elizabeth should’ve been fired. Especially considering that, while Francesca is using the guest cabin debacle as her last-straw excuse, Eddie Lucas isn’t firing James Hough. For the exact same thing! They hooked up in the guest cabin together! Rachel Hargrove is particularly upset. Ashling Lorger, meanwhile, gives her fellow stew a sympathetic hug — all while side-eyeing the cameras and later celebrating with Chess.
Adrienne Gang may have been the chief stew for the first season of Below Deck, but it’s longtime cast member Kate Chastain that’s become synonymous with the show. Does anyone even register the name Francesca Rubi?
Kate’s pithy and direct commentary about her crew mates is greatly missed, but at least we have her on Galley Talk.