‘Below Deck Med’: What Didn’t Cameras Catch from the Charter Guest Fight?

Below Deck Mediterranean can add “guest fight” to their list of “firsts” this season. Baseball great, Johnny Damon, his wife, and friends were enjoying a little post-dinner party when a yacht neighbor wanted to join the festivities.

Damon and his friends welcomed the man to Sirocco. Chief stew Hannah Ferrier actually knew the man because she once worked for him. Needless to say, Ferrier did not seem to be impressed with the yacht neighbor.

Joao Franco and Colin Macy-O'Toole
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“I didn’t particularly want to see him when I was working for him,” Ferrier said in a confessional. “I certainly don’t want to see him now.” But Ferrier was cordial until everything unraveled and the guests’ conversation became extremely heated. Cameras captured an intense exchange, but bosun João Franco reveals what viewers didn’t see.

The neighbor wasn’t happy about American policy

The guest identified himself as being from Norway as Damon and friends told him they were American. The conversation started out positive and went quickly downhill. The neighbor began by saying he loved Americans.

But then launched into what he saw to be the problem today. “America is f**king pulling out,” he said to Damon and friends who looked shocked. He continued by telling the charter guests that he loves Americans but was upset that feels abandoned.

One guest made the comment, “Fly on your own” to the neighbor. Then a dish suddenly broke and Ferrier started to get nervous. She called deckhand Colin Macy-O’Toole and Franco on the radio for backup. Macy-O’Toole tries to diffuse the situation by telling the neighbor they were closing up shop.

Never talk about money, religion, and politics

Franco and Macy-O’Toole dished about what happened on the Below Deck Mediterranean After Show. “I was up on deck, João was done for the night I believe,” Macy-O’Toole recounts. “I’m new to the industry. I don’t know the protocol. They invited the neighbor over.”

But this is where the conversation went south. “They started talking about politics and they started getting heated up again,” Macy-O’Toole continues. “You could tell something was about to happen.”

Ferrier then asks Franco to find out what is going on with the guests. Meanwhile, Franco realizes he walked outside in his pajamas. “Initially I’m like, ‘Do I get changed or do I put any clothes on?'” Franco laughs. “I get up to the stern and it seems like everyone is having a good time.” He asks Macy-O’Toole to keep watch while he changes into his uniform.

What did the neighbor tell Franco off-camera?

Franco returned to what he thought was a party situation, but the exchange got heated. “It was at that time they started talking about politics or whatever and things escalated a bit from there,” Macy-O’Toole remarks.

Cameras captured Damon’s wife, Michelle Mangan getting in the neighbor’s face as the interaction unraveled. While it didn’t come to blows, the neighbor put his finger near Mangan’s face and Franco said he needed to step in. “It was almost a Catch 22,” Franco said in the After Show. “His boat was next door to us and he’s a millionaire. As soon as he grabbed the mistress’s arm, instinct kicked in. I picked him up and carried him off.”

Franco tried to remain professional after he got off the yacht with the neighbor. “And then he was saying to me, ‘Do you know what you’ve just done? Do you know who you are?’ I’m thinking, ‘You’re a douche’ but I’m like, ‘Sorry sir, you can’t be here. Sorry.’ I could have got sued,” Franco adds.

Macy-O’Toole nods his head. “I’m used to America where if I touch somebody, they’re going to sue me,” he laughs.