‘Below Deck Med’ Showrunner Reveals Her Favorite Moment And Why She Doesn’t Like Cast Fights
Below Deck Mediterranean showrunner Nadine Rajabi shared why she hates to see the cast fight. Although some viewers come for the fights, Rajabi said she’d rather bask in the moments of triumph instead.
Rajabi likens the series to a sociology experiment, sharing that content on this level is almost impossible to be scripted. She dished on the Bleav No Script No Problem podcast about how the show is shot. Also, she revealed that the new season will likely debut sometime in June.
When asked about her favorite moments, she said she is more of an empath and doesn’t love fights between cast members. “I’m very protective of all of them,” she admits. “I have a lot of empathy for them. So my favorite moments are not the conflict moments, but rather the triumph moments.”
Captain Sandy’s ‘Disneyland’ moment
Rajabi’s favorite moment was the jaw-dropping scene when Captain Sandy Yawn managed to effortlessly slide the multi-million dollar yacht into a tiny slip. Gawkers gathered to see if she could accomplish the feat as she cooly guided the massive yacht into what seemed to be an impossible space.
“It’s like seeing Captain Sandy this past season, dock a boat in Saint-Tropez,” she says. “I have never seen a docking like this in my life like this! I was so scared. Not for Sandy. I know Sandy is the biggest pro, but seeing how she can fit a boat in this tiny space, not even sweat it. And then get off the boat and go, ‘I’m gonna get some get ice cream when we’re docked.’ It was unbelievable.”
She laughs, “You know like football players who win the Superbowl and are like, ‘I’m going to Disneyland!’ That was Sandy’s Disneyland. Captain Sandy’s Disneyland, ‘I’m gonna go get ice cream.’ I was like, ‘Sandy were you not sh**tting your pants!?’ She’s like, ‘No, it’s fine.’ I was like, ‘Oh, my God. She’s amazing.'” Rajabi adds those are the moments that are a little scary because you are a little fearful for your own life.
But she also lives for these moments too
“But I also live for the moments where after you drop off the guests and [the crew] has their nights out. And they come back to the boat and they’ve all been drinking. I mean talk about watching funny drunk people.” Rajabi says. Adding, “I wish people could watch the raw footage because the stuff you see in people’s bunks or what they’re doing. I literally just cry laughing. I’m laughing with them. I’m crying with them. The parts that hurt me are when I watch them fight.”
She adds, “I, personally as a human being, wanna go like, ‘You guys please just stop fighting!’ But I can’t! I have to let it all unfold and it kills me.”
Another memorable moment, which was pretty shocking, was during season two. Deckhand Malia White had a secret hookup with chef Adam Glick before they started the show. They agreed to keep the relationship a secret. But they were busted when White turned her attention to bosun Wesley Walton and Glick became angry.
“Season two when there was a love triangle with Malia and our chef and our bosun Wes. It wasn’t my favorite but it was my favorite as far as watching people in a natural habitat and what they do in a small space. And they’re dating two people and seeing how people react. It was just so interesting.”