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Chef Ben Robinson Will Not Return To Below Deck

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.

Below Deck Mediterranean Star Jack Stirrup Shares Remorse Over Insensitive Rape Comment

We’ve been getting to know Jack Stirrup . The new deckhand showed up on Below Deck Mediterranean under a mop of curly hair. Jack appeared relatively innocuous. What he lacked in work ethic, he attempted to make up for in charm. On the bright side, Jack wasn’t trying to fool anyone with his job dedication. He got on relatively well with the crew, though Joao Franco  wasn’t impressed with his charm, his hair, or his attitude.

After mild flirtation seemed turned to full infatuation with Aesha Scott , the two were basically inseparable. Viewers were treated to their public displays of… affection. But hey, these are two young, attractive people working on a yacht in the South of France. Many of Jack and Aesha’s moments of “quality time” are held under minimal lighting of a club, double fisting cocktails. One night, after imbibing probably more liquor than medically necessary, Jack made a very big mistake. Now he responds to his thoughtless action and in a reality television twist, feels incredibly horrible about it.

Below Deck Mediterranean Colin Macy-O'Toole

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. 

Below Deck Mediterranean Anastasia Surmava

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

Aesha Scott

Aesha Scott may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at least she’s a nice person. Sure, there are a ton of dirty jokes and way too many TMI-filled stories, but she at least seems pleasant to work with, unlike some other Below Deck Mediterranean crew members.

Joao Franco claimed that he was changed person after all of his Season 3 drama, but that change was very short-lived. Drunk Joao had the nerve to slut shame Aesha for dancing with Jack Stirrup in the club. Meanwhile, he was probably just left out because none of the female cast members showed an interest in dancing with him.

Hannah Ferrier Travis Michalzik Below Deck Mediterranean

Love is brewing on Below Deck Mediterranean.  There were high hopes for two couples hooking up.  Aesha Scott and Jack Stirrup have an undeniable connection.  Hannah Ferrier and Travis Michalzik had potential but then the Chief Stew backed out of their date.

This romance definitely fizzled out last episode.  After canceling their date due to Travis‘ afternoon alcohol consumption, Hannah asked that Travis pace himself on their crew day off.  He ended passing out at some swanky Monte Carlo restaurant.  Which does prove Hannah’s point.  Travis, however, is questioning her reason for cancelling last minute.

Hannah Ferrier Travis Michalzik Below Deck Mediterranean

Something fishy is going on with Below Deck Mediterranean and with each episode we see the further unraveling of Anastasia Surmava and Travis Michalzik. Anastasia is reminding me of one of those Tudor princesses forced upon a throne she is woefully unprepared to reign; the pawn of warring factions seeking the easiest and most disposable means of domination. Anastasia is a sitting duck … and if she doesn’t watch out she might find herself served (undercooked) for dinner!

I do not understand where these sudden temperature issues have arrived from? Anastasia was doing OK the first couple charters. She assumed the mantle of chef, but now the girl needs to acquaint herself with Mila’s microwave! Or possibly have Captain Sandy Yawn invest in plate domes? Anastasia believes the problem is not with her cooking (No! Never her fault!), but in the 130 feet it takes to migrate food from the sweatshop galley – a literal hovel of doom where chefs go in like lions and out like sobbing mental patients – to the table. Um, how does 130 feet freeze rice?

Below Deck Mediterranean Johnny Damon

Oh Below Deck Mediterranean – sailing through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world with some of the most hideous peopleJohnny Damon‘s wife needs to literally take several seats. Preferably on a yacht she actually owns.

I don’t know what is going on with this boat, but the constantly twisted up anchor seems to be a metaphor for the crew as well. Anastasia Surmava is now officially WAAAAY too big for her britches, but her britches are probably a thong bikini bottoms, so…  Last week Anastasia was panicking over a unicorn cake. Now, she’s marching into the Michelin Star Service Station – without her chef’s coat! – to announce that she’s here to pick up her stars. Everything Anastasia served last night was a disappointment and the guests – bless their grimy, probably sexually unsatisfied hearts – were right to complain to Captain Sandy Yawn.

Chefs of the Below Deck: If we can make it at home using a Pinterest recipe we do not want to eat it on a yacht!!