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Ashley Brinton Below Deck

When Ashley Brinton and her family arrived in the French Riviera to film her music video, the Below Deck Mediterranean crew and viewers thought they knew how the story would play out. There have been plenty of “spoiled” rich people on these yachts. The expected lack of awareness coupled with rudeness makes for good TV.

However, that was not the case with Ashley. Sure, she has a leg up on most teens looking to break into the music industry, but she had such a great attitude about everything, and, yes, believe it or not, pristine manners as well. She was so vocal about how grateful she was for every single thing the crew did. They didn’t even mind being in the background of the video or helping with production. Confused deckhand Colin Macy-O’Toole even thought he was a “fluffer” on set, which was so not the accurate description. In an exclusive interview with Reality Tea, Ashley dished on her time with the Below Deck Mediterranean crew, including the behind-the-scenes drama in the kitchen.

Joao Franco

Below Deck Mediterranean star, Joao Franco is no stranger to perilous situations. As he became close with Brooke Laughton last season, Joao opened up about his difficult childhood in Zimbabwe. He described having a gun held to his head during a robbery in which his mother was also attacked.

Joao lives in Florida now, as many yachties do in between charter seasons.  Life there has not been free of drama.  Last year, Joao was out partying with Below Deck bosun Ross Inia when the latter was arrested.  Joao managed to avoid trouble since Ross’s arrest in December 2018, but that all changed recently.

Captain Sandy Yawn - Below Deck Mediterranean

This season on Below Deck Mediterranean, the drama has been all about the food. As in, food that was not up to charter guest standards–or even high school cafeteria standards. At least until third stew Anastasia Surmava took over the galley and upgraded the charter dining experience to Applebee’s level. The original chef, Mila Kolomeitseva, served up grub that fell somewhere between Banquet frozen meals and Spam Casserole on the culinary scale–and that is being generous.

As fine cuisine is one of the most important parts of the charter guest experience, it was surprising to see Captain Sandy Yawn give Mila chance after chance before throwing her permanently overboard. Captain Sandy’s hesitation to fire Mila left many viewers scratching their heads, wondering, what was she thinking?

Joao Franco Below Deck Mediterranean

On last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean the topsy-turvy crew continued to churn out amazing results, but the cracks started showing in the most delightful way when an overworked Joao Franco let his facade slip.

Even Captain Sandy Yawn is starting to crack. And in her exhaustion Sandy starts making ridiculous demands like moving the boat 15 inches to provide better scenery for the background of guest Ashley Brinton‘s music video.

Curled up on the deck of the Sirocco, like the guts of a sea monster, is the anchor chain. Colin Macy-O’Toole was distracted trying to do the work of 2 deckhands, after being woken up in the middle of the night, and somehow the anchor got twisted and knotted up. Just like a third stew became a chef, and the lead deckhand became basically a lunch lady doling out fruit cups and crispy chicken sandwiches to the crew.

Jack Stirrup - Below Deck Mediterranean

The crew continues to be strained on tonight’s Below Deck Mediterranean and that means tempers are flaring as everyone juggles extra duties to make up their shortage of chef!

Luckily Anastasia Surmava, with the help of Travis Michalzik, is killing it in the kitchen! The guests are thrilled, and Captain Sandy Yawn is ready to relax. Now if only the pesky anchors and the deck crews controlling them would cooperate!

Chef Mila is fired on Below Deck Mediterranean

It’s all happening on, Below Deck Mediterranean! It’s all happening! By that I mean all the foods are shedding their processed confines, their cellophane packaging, and their cringing horror at letting Mila Kolomeitseva be the death of them, because she was fired. Oh, sorry, not to sound like Aesha Scott, but I blew my wad too soon by releasing this spoiler in the very first sentence. Cause premature information!

Anyway, after flunking another charter and serving the guests barely edible food (even with Anastasia Surmava taking over half of dinner) Mila begs Captain Sandy Yawn for another chance to redeem herself. Mila promises to stay up all night watching cooking vids on YouTube, for things like, um, searing salmon, or dicing onions, or the delicate art of Betty Crocker cake mix, but Sandy can’t risk another charter going down in flames over microwaved steaks. 

Captain Sandy Yawn - Below Deck Mediterranean

Tonight on Below Deck Mediterranean there’s a crew shakeup that will leave everyone reeling (I don’t think I need to bother with a spoiler alert since this is so obvious!)

After another disastrous charter from chef Mila Kolomeitseva, the time has come for Captain Sandy Yawn to do something drastic. With less than 24 hours before the new guests come on board Anastasia Surmava is thrown into the frying pan. Literally. Can she hack it? Or is it Mila 2.0?

Below Deck Mediterranean - Anastasia Surmava

On last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean things in the kitchen boiled over and Captain Sandy Yawn proved, once again, that her bleeding heart for pretty young things lost at sea clouds her ability to lead.

Captain Sandy‘s friend Dr. Jen Berman, raunchy urologist with a penchant for crop tops, is still on board with her crew of New Jersians (another form of alien, unless you live in the Bravo-universe). Their first lunch was a flop, leaving them crabby; their first dinner was rubbery steak that looked like it came from a Fisher Price kitchen play set, and most of it ends up in the trash. The whole thing has been such a mess that Sandy and Hannah Ferrier decide to just permanently install Anastasia Surmava in the galley, and not only that – she’s in charge of dinner.  The time has come, Sandy, to FIRE Mila Kolomeitseva.