Ahoy, a new stew is on the way! On the latest episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, we learned that the crew would be adding a new stew to the team, and here’s what we know about her so far.
It all happened when Captain Sandy casually asked chief stew Katie Flood, “Need some help in the interior?” going on to explain, “I got this girl in quarantine, we’ve got an extra bed. Because you know the deck team are getting their 12 hours of rest.”
“I mean, that’s not happening on my team. Can I think about it?” Katie asked.
“When the first thing happened with the chef, I got backup,” Captain Sandy told her. “She’s already getting paid, she’s just sitting in a hotel. We can put her to work, we have an extra bunk, and it helps you.”
In one of the defining moments of her time on the show already, Katie responds, “Let me run it past the girls to get their thoughts on it,” proving that she is a super thoughtful leader, putting her stews’ feelings and needs ahead of her own.
“I don’t know how I feel about this,” Katie explains in her interview. “Lexi is not really pulling her weight so we can use the extra hands for sure, but I don’t want to say anything to her to hurt her.” She also worried out loud, “I don’t want her to rebel, I just want us to get through this charter,” which, she noted, has already been one of the hardest of the whole season. Ultimately, she said, “I feel like it’s gonna be a messy road,” but she continued to think about it. And not only that: it wasn’t just the interior team she spoke with, she also ran it by the deck team as they would be impacted as well. The new stew would move in with Chef Mathew and deckhand David Pascoe would move into the room with the empty bed where fellow deckhands Mzi Dempers and Lloyd Spencer were bunking.
So as the guests participated in their epic Octoberfest celebration, Katie filled Lexi in on the latest developments who responded…surprisingly well! “Well I appreciate it, I’m not offended at all,” she told her boss, adding in her interview, “If she’s nice, that’s extra hands.” She did however worry that the new stew might pull rank and say “I’m not taking orders from you.”
It was fellow stew Courtney Veale that proved to be a bit more outspoken, saying that the new stew “Should be coming on to replace Lexi,” as she hadn’t been pulling her weight lately.
It’s when the primary charter guest singles out the interior department upon leaving the boat that really sets Katie off and proves she could use the help. “Captain Sandy’s gonna think I’m a fucking idiot if I don’t accept the extra help,” she states in her interview.
When she speaks to Captain Sandy, Katie tells her, “My gut is telling me no, but she’s here, we’ve been paying her, I can use the help. I don’t want another complaint like I had last charter. We might as well try and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.”
Captain Sandy explains that “Allowing Katie to make that decision is about her seeing that I believe in her,” and even adds, “She’s got this,” which is a nice moment between the two. In the tip meeting, Sandy tells the whole crew, “I’m adding someone, she is a deck/stew but she’s coming to help interior. This is not a person to replace anybody, this is someone to support us.”
Katie reinforces this point to Lexi, while also expressing her frustration about the last charter, and ultimately tells her, “I don’t want to have ranks anymore,” meaning, there could be a bit of a shakeup once the new stew gets onboard.
So who is she? Well, according to the brief glimpse we got of her in the mid-season trailer, if you ask David, he’s sure her name starts with an A, maybe Andrea? It’s only when Captain Sandy calls her on the radio that he learns, nope, it’s actually Delaney.
Delaney Evans is the new stew aboard Lady Michelle, and David seems to learn her name pretty quickly (well, one can only hope) because it’s not long before we see him giving her a lap dance and lifting her out of the hot tub. Malia who?!
And what we’ve learned about Delaney so far, simply from the clip of her talking to herself in the laundry room, is that she’s got very pretty, long red hair and that she “Went to Berkley and then I got my captain’s license and now I’m doing laundry — whatever!” she says in a go-with-the-flow tone.
If you want to learn more about Delaney now, you can follow her on Instagram here:
And to see how Delaney fits in with the crew, stay tuned to Below Deck Mediterranean, Monday at 9 pm ET/PT on Bravo, with new episodes streaming one week early on Peacock.
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