As more and more Below Deck cast members progress through different stages of land-life, us fans will be able to reconnect with some familiar faces. And isn’t it nice to see some happy, ecstatic brides-to-be or pregnancy bumps on social media? But most alums slip from our minds, like Below Deck Mediterranean Season One deck hand Danny Zureikat, being hauled off on a donkey after a disastrous performance onboard. Of course, production likely prefers casting fresh faces each season. Especially with lower ranking staff, it’s one season and done with most of them.
Such was Brooke Laughton’s tenure on Below Deck Mediterranean. She joined the crew as a very capable second stew in Season 3. Brooke and Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got along rather well until she started crushing on Joao Franco and Hannah ducked out of work responsibilities to smoke ciggies with Bosun Conrad Empson. Third Stew Kasey Cohen also had her eye on Joao and a rather sloppy love triangle resulted. Happier days were waiting for Brooke after she left the show, and just this week, she shared some very special news.
Below Deck Mediterranean fans may not always like the drama that Captain Sandy Yawn brings to the show. She can be abrasive and has a particular management style that doesn’t always inspire confidence within her crew, but what Sandy has accomplished in her professional life is undeniably admirable.
Sandy is at the top of her field in a male dominated industry. She’s the captain of a super yacht cruising the Mediterranean year after year. And when Sandy sees potential in a member of her crew, she is ready to nurture their career advancement. She took Joao Franco under her wing in Season 4, followed by Malia White who is on her second season as Bosun. Sandy is definitely enthusiastic for the advancement of women in all ways, and that includes spreading knowledge about health issues.
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?
The era of Jezabob is over. Joao Franco’s drunken alter-ego that terrorized the crew of Below Deck Mediterranean will likely not be resurfacing anymore. Though main squeeze at the time, Brooke Laughton, slept through each and every Jezabob tirade, oblivious to the self-destructive nature of her crush’s drinking habits, anyone that did witness it would call it a major problem.
Of course the day of Brooke and Joao are long over. Now, Joao is happily engaged to Michelle Dicu and is the captain of his own ship, literally. He has come a long way from his deckhand days on the show, but still felt the need to address his old habits. On February 29th, shortly before his 30th birthday, Joao announced he would give up drinking.
Recently, the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 trailer dropped. As expected, Captain Sandy Yawn and Hannah Ferrier are back and so is another franchise alum. Deckhand Malia White has returned and she has been promoted to bosun. This means that she is the first female bosun on any Below Deck show. That’s a pretty big deal and a great thing for the franchise and for yachting in general.
Well, some people don’t see it that way. Some fans actually criticized the show for having a female bosun. In 2020. WOW. Well, don’t worry. Captain Sandy came through in Malia’s defense.
Sometimes, life is a matter of perspective. Instead of being “stuck” at home because of the pandemic, it might feel better to view the situation as being “safe” at home instead.
Of course, what’s going on the world right now should not be minimized, not by any means. Nevertheless, a lot of people with “non-essential” jobs are at home. Some are homeschooling their children. Others have turned their living rooms into an office. Most of the people who are reading this have been watching a lot of reality TV shows- in the background, while fulfilling responsibilities, of course. Well, Bravo knows that fans are looking for premium programming. And, no, I’m not trying to re-watch an episode of a show that I just watched last week.
Jack Stirrup as a deckhand on Below Deck Mediterranean left much to be desired. His work ethic was consistently low and he blamed Bosun Joao Franco for his lack of inspiration. Captain Sandy Yawn repeatedly had to ask Jack to tie his hair back. The risk of getting kicked off the boat was pretty high until Jack started to change his behaviors.
Finally, Jack found a reason to stay on the boat. Second Stew Aesha Scott caught Jack’s eye and the two started an endearing courtship. By the end of the charter season, the two were walking off the dock together. The boat-mance didn’t last, unfortunately, and Jack went back to his ex-girlfriend without giving Aesha any clarity that he was doing so. He later claimed that production coerced him into expressing deeper feelings than he had at the time.
Joao Franco’s first season on Below Deck Mediterranean did not inspire a lot of confidence in his ability for a respectful romantic relationship. His constant flirtations with Kasey Cohen while wooing a smitten Brooke Laughton was cringe-worthy at best. Their relationship chugged along for a bit after the season ended. Brooke went to visit Joao’s family in Zimbabwe, which seemed promising, but she ultimately broke up with him shortly thereafter.
Of course that all played out in the Bravolebrity spotlight. Since then, Joao has been keeping his relationship with girlfriend Michelle Dicu relatively private, except for a few Instagram posts. But on Friday, Joao did share some very exciting news with his followers.