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Anastasia defends her Attitude as Chef

Despite the inexplicable decision to end Below Deck Mediterranean without a reunion, fans can still get some insider scoop from Season 4.  Cast members have been making the rounds on Watch What Happens Live in a bid to make up for it, and also extend their fifteen minutes of fame.

Most recently was the interior supporting team of Anastasia Surmava and Aesha Scott.  These gals were the most competent and least dysfunctional duo that Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier had to work with.  They also became good friends with their superior and never questioned her work ethic, unlike in previous seasons.  So their storylines had less to do with discussing Hannah’s inadequacies and more to do with the aftermath of Anastasia’s shortcomings in the galley.

Aesha Scott From Below Deck Mediterranean Said João Franco Bullied Her Every Single Day

Below Deck Mediterranean might be gone for now, but it isn’t forgotten. The crew made it through some difficult charters, considering they began with a chef on loan from Taco Bell. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier managed to do her best, despite losing one of her staff to the galley for the majority of charter season. Fortunately Hannah was #blessed with a competent associate this time around. Aesha Scott brought her lively spirit and ability to answer her radio on board.

Along with a positive attitude and respectable work ethic, Aesha also brought the funny. Many fans found her actions a bit over the top, and Aesha’s often bawdy expressions raised eyebrows, but Hannah lucked out. If nothing else, Aesha wasn’t Rocky Dakota. João Franco returned for round 2. Viewers remembered João’s previous season, where he leaned towards the idiot smarmy side, seemingly playing two young ladies off each other for attention. He wound up getting the girl, until she unceremoniously dumped him for calmer waters. We thought ‘ole boy João changed his smug ways, as he seemed more focused on his job than the women. Now we are finding out that might not be the case. According to Aesha, the guy didn’t change very much after all…

Captain Sandy Yawn Below Deck Meditattanean

Last night’s season finale of Below Deck Mediterranean was a tale of too little, too late backhanded compliments. I still think we need a reunion (and I’m super curious about the real reason that’s not happening, but unfortunately I’m not the one in charge over at Bravo) because one of the biggest questions I want answered is why Captain Sandy Yawn turned suddenly on Hannah Ferrier in the last gasps of the season.

Was it just an amalgamation of so many lazy moments that built up for Sandy? Was Sandy tired of feeling like Hannah wasn’t hearing her demands? Was Sandy influenced by Ben Robinson‘s opinion of Hannah?

But, seriously, why is Sandy – on the last day, of the last charter – upset that table is not set at 5am? Meanwhile the deck crew is just twiddling their thumbs. They put the slide up, they take the slide down, you do the jet ski pokey and you shake your whizz all around… Like what guest is going to wake up, and before they’ve had coffee, decide to take a brisk jet ski ride or slip down the slide?

Below Deck Mediterranean Joao Franco Captain Sandy Yawn

Tonight we say goodbye to Below Deck Mediterranean. Since there is no reunion for season 4 this is likely the last time we’ll ever see this crew on our TV!

I have my predictions about who will be returning next season (a Mila/June redemption tour, anyone?!) and whose ship has sailed off into the sunset (Colin Macy-O’Toole). But, overall I’ve enjoyed this season and have a real soft spot for this cast! 

Ben Robinson Below Deck Mediterranean

Hannah Ferrier was under Captain Sandy Yawn’s radar for most of the season.  With all the catastrophes to deal with in the galley, it was a hierarchy of needs situation.  It was all about supporting fledgling chef Anastasia Surmava after Mila Kolomeitseva left.  When Ben Robinson returned it not only finally gave Sirocco an experienced chef, it also elevated the expectation of professionalism and service.  If the food is amazing, the service and décor better match it.  Maybe that’s why Hannah was so uncomfortable upon Ben’s return.

It’s been a seasonal trend now on Below Deck Mediterranean.  At some point, Hannah would have to be roused from her complacent stupor.  Usually that task falls on Captain Sandy, but there have been several second stews that also voiced their concern about Hannah’s lack of initiative.  Her standard of, “the guests aren’t complaining,” just doesn’t cut it.  Now we can add Ben to the list of colleagues that Hannah will stubbornly refuse to learn from.

Hannah Ferrier Below Deck Mediterranean

It’s the final charter of the charter season which means we’re almost at the end of the rope for Below Deck Mediterranean. The last charter is a bunch of financial guys from New Jersey or Cali or someplace that breeds tools like it does venereal disease and inflation.

The primary is actually named Randy Madrid. Which is a name no one actually has. It’s a stripper name.  Or what somebody changes their name to when escaping their criminal past or trailer park childhood. Basically, I expect Season 2 of Dirty John to be about someone named “Randy Mardid” who has 6 fake passports and a couple of baby mamas down in Idaho and Louisiana, and drives a mysterious Lamborghini to his computer job in the McDonald’s lobby. Which coincidentally is also where Colin Macy-O’Toole takes his dates.

Hannah Ferrier Below Deck Mediterranean

On tonight’s Below Deck Mediterranean the final charter guests board the Sirocco for a lovely adventure of fun, sun, and relaxation. Well, that’s what’s supposed to happen anyway…

The last charter means that we’re almost at the end of this momentous season of Below Deck Med. And since there won’t be a reunion (WHY? Did Bravo ever offer a reason? I have my theories…) it looks like next week is actually the finale. 

Below Deck Mediterranean Recap: The White Gloves Are Off

Not a day goes by on Below Deck Mediterranean without kitchen issues, bad weather and Captain Sandy Yawn throwing a “Sandtrum” – aka, a Sandy tantrum – about something, then getting over it 2 seconds later to direct her wrath at someone else.

Sandy has 2 speeds: hugs and snugs – I love you like bananas, ice cream, and motor yacht docking –  or screams and yells. After a season of flying under the radar, Joao Franco and Hannah Ferrier both finally found themselves in Sandy’s crosshairs. Meanwhile, Travis Michalzik got all the love a Sandy can offer. You know it’s the end of the season when the chief stew and the bosun are in trouble!

High winds are rocking the Mediterranean as fall approaches, which is why it’s a bad idea to book your motor yacht vacation during discount season – especially if you’re prone to seasickness as guest Deana is. She’s literally crawling on the floor, moaning like her entrails are being ripped out. Hannah escorts her upstairs and gently rubs the inside of her wrists to help regain equilibrium. It’s not quite a taint, but Hannah jokes that she assumed her hand job days are over. Are they ever? Especially if one hopes to net a 65-year-old millionaire!