Raise the anchor because it’s reunion time, yachties! The entire Below Deck Mediterranean crew is back and dressed in their best whites to hash out a season’s worth of drama on the high seas. Well, most of them, anyway. And just like most Bravo reunions these days, this year’s proceedings will be entirely virtual. Though this time around, the decision is just as likely to be about logistics, what with the entire cast spread out around the world.
Captain Sandy Yawn seems to be only one landlocked, stuck at her apartment in Colorado with the protective foam corners still stuck on the frame of the artwork behind her head. Meanwhile, Hannah Ferrier is eight months pregnant in Australia, where she filmed the reunion at four a.m. The rest of the crew is scattered everywhere from London (Malia White) and Long Island (Alex Radcliffe, who’s blessedly shirtless in the opening montage) to the islands of the Bahamas (Bugsy Drake) and Martinique (Kiko Lorran). Meanwhile Rob Westergaard and Jessica More are both in Florida, but definitely not together.
Below Deck Mediterranean has had one hell of a season. Never before have we seen the crew try so hard to keep their jobs. First came the exit of second stew, Lara Flumiani. Then deckhand Pete Hunziker was (rightfully) let go after the season was done due to racist behavior. While it didn’t happen on the show, producers made sure to highlight what a scumbag he was. Chef Kiko Lorran was next after one bad night. And finally, the worst firing of them all was Chief Stew and longtime castmate, Hannah Ferrier.
Hannah’s firing caused a lot of controversy online and opened up a bigger conversation surrounding mental health. Captain Sandy Yawn, who did the firing and Bosun Malia White, came out looking pretty bad. In the wake of letting Hannah go, they promoted Bugsy Drake to Chief Stew. That left room for one more stew in the mix. Enter past cast member and fan favorite Aesha Scott.
After it looked like fans of Below Deck Mediterranean were going to get a season of lady bosses taking over, the whole thing has turned into a big old mess #feminismbybravo. Hannah Ferrier has been tested by
producer plant permanently irritated Lara Flumaini. Lara’s parents must have repeatedly rewarded her for acting like a jackwagon, and it was obvious. Captain Sandy Yawn showed Lara the door, only to open it for Hannah’s nemesis, and frequent Claire’s Boutique shopper, Bugsy Drake.
The current season of Below Deck Med, previously lauded as “the one where women are in charge” has become a floating dumpster fire. A racist was discharged. A well-meaning chef has been axed. And Hannah is on the hook about taking a Valium for anxiety. Bugsy had a go with Hannah on previous seasons, but she is great buds with the yacht’s bosun, Malia White. THANK GOODNESS Malia’s boyfriend, whose visit coincides with Chef Kiko Lorran’s strange termination, has a vast amount of chef experience. Word on the street is Captain Sandy, Bugsy, Bugsy’s 14 hairclips, and Malia might be plotting against Hannah to defeat her legacy once and for all. Viewers also suspect Kiko’s firing was a set up to bring in Malia’s boyfriend. Bugsy attempts to address these rumors on social media, and Hannah shared her thoughts as well.
Wow, what an episode! Lat night on Below Deck Mediterranean, we finally got the answer as to why Pete Hunziker has stuck around long past his firing from the show. And the answer is a tried-and-true reality TV staple, yachties: so we, the viewers, could witness his downfall.
That’s right, it looks like Creepy Pete is on his way out. Or at the very least, this is the beginning of the end for the disgraced deckhand, who was unceremoniously booted by Bravo after he posted a vilely racist/sexist/downright disgusting meme on social media. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and back up to the top of the hour, shall we?
Welcome back to another week of Below Deck Mediterranean: Docked Edition. That’s right yachties, we are still stuck on the dock. Which is basically every charter guest, captain and real yachtie’s worst nightmare.
This week, the crew’s third charter remains all tied up with nowhere to go. However, that doesn’t stop the charter season — or the drama — from creating waves aboard The Wellington. From Chef Kiko Lorran being tasked with a nearly insurmountable challenge to Hannah Ferrier and Bugsy Drake finally confronting their lingering tension from charter seasons past, the episode does a decent job of serving up the smoke and mirrors to distract us all from the fact that this boat’s not leaving the harbor.
What’s a crew to do when The Wellington has to stay docked for an entire charter? Looks like we’re about to find out on this week’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean! In the closing moments of last week, Bugsy Drake brought a (literal) storm along for her return to Below Deck Med, and the torrential downpour isn’t letting up any time soon. Could this be a bad omen for the veteran second stew’s return?
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s handle some housekeeping, shall we? Did anyone clock that Pete Hunziker has officially been removed from the show’s opening credits? It’s worth nothing, considering the lead deckhand was brusquely fired from the show after posting a perversely racist image on social media. In the aftermath of his firing, Bravo and 51 Minds vowed to “minimize” the yachtie’s appearances throughout the remainder of the season. This seems like an obvious first step. However, we can still expect to see less of Pete as the charter season goes on. (Well, and Bravo’s editing catches up with his ouster).
Wow, so much has happened in just one week in the Below Deck universe! Last week, Pete Hunziker was gearing up to be the lead deckhand we all love to hate because of his condescending, misogynistic attitude on board The Wellington. This week, Pete’s been terminated from Below Deck Mediterranean altogether because of a vilely racist social media post.
For the remainder of the season, Bravo and 51 Minds, the show’s production company, will be editing around Pete to remove him from as much footage as possible. Of course, there’s wasn’t enough turnaround time to re-edit this week’s episode, so it will be interesting to see when the lead deckhand starts disappearing from the charter season. However, for the time being, we’ll still include Pete in our recaps. That is, with the context that we’ll soon be seeing the last of him.
Another week, another Bravo star bites the dust for being a complete racist.
On Wednesday (June 17), Bravo announced that Below Deck Mediterranean star Pete Hunziker had been fired from the show and the network for an abhorrently racist post on social media.