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Below Deck Med makes history with Season 8 bombshell moments

Kyle Viljoen and Tumi Mhlongo on Below Deck Med Season 8
The end of Season 8 is near and it was a doozy of a season. Pic credit: Bravo

Below Deck Med Season 8 has made history several times over – with bombshells on a rather toxic-filled season.

Captain Sandy Yawn and the rest of the Mustique crew have had Below Deck Med fans outraged over things going down on the luxury yacht.

The drama was at an all-time high, especially once Kyle Viljoen joined the yacht, returning for his second season on the show.

While Below Deck Med has served up several shocking, frustrating, and annoying moments, it also made history more than once.

Bosun Ruan Irving started the history-making moments with his forged yachting documents in the premiere episode.

It was clear then that this season would be like no other, and not in a good way.

Below Deck Med makes history with several Season 8 bombshells

Along with Ruan’s forged documents, Kyle and Tumi Mhlongo were stuck in customs dealing with their visas to get to Italy. Crew members arrived late to Below Deck Med in prior seasons, but this was the first time it was two people and a customs issue.

Meanwhile, Below Deck Med had four stews on the interior team, which was also a first for the show, which previously had only three stews. Below Deck Season 10 had four stews and may have started a new trend.

The Mustique crew was dropping like flies this season, with Kyle, Jessika Asai, Haleigh Gorman, and Lara Du Preez all missing charters due to illness. As Monsters and Critics previously reported, Below Deck Med fans sounded off on Kyle taking tip money even though he was MIA with a migraine.

More Below Deck Med Season 8 drama

All of the things mentioned above have made history for Below Deck Med. It’s worth noting that the non-history-making drama this season was off the charts.

Tumi and Natalya Scudder had explosive fights from the second the chief stew made it to the Mustiuqe yacht.

In true Kyle fashion, he fought with Natalya more than once. Jessika, Max Salvador, and Jack Luby also received Kyle’s wrath at some point. Natalya opted to leave after her fight with Kyle crossed a line.

Max had the deck team struggling a few times with the language barrier and his chill attitude. The deckhand also argued with Captain Sandy, even refusing to apologize when she called him out on a lie.

Those are just some things that made history for Below Deck Med and made the season a struggle for some to watch.

Only one episode remains before Below Deck Med says goodbye and Below Deck fans prepare for Season 11 of the OG show.

What did you think of Below Deck Med Season 8?

To see the Below Deck Med Season 8 finale spoilers, click here.

Below Deck Med airs Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo. Seasons 1-7 are streaming on Peacock.

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Gems
Gems
1 month ago

This has been the absolute worst season yet. Kyle is toxic and abusive to his coworkers yet they keep bringing him back. Loved Tumi on her first season but I do not like her on this one. Not sure she can manage a crew yet. Luka was my favorite previously but he has turned into your typical “F boy”. Laura is hands down the MVP and only saving grace this season.

Maria Louise Miller
Maria Louise Miller
1 month ago

Kyle should have never gotten the tip. Sandy did not handle her crew well. The show was a mess.Tumi was a terrible head stew.

Pamela Higgins
Pamela Higgins
1 month ago

No more Kyle, Sandy is clueless. I’m out.

Shishanna
Shishanna
1 month ago

I did not like this season. After 3 shows I stopped watching. I guess I need to see the last show from my vcr. Blah. Don’t like the crew. Live Captain Sandy. She’s the best. The crew were rude. No likie!

Walter
Walter
1 month ago

It was a terrible season. So many misfits. Kyle is a drama queen that doesn’t want to work and causes so much trouble on purpose. A despicable human being. Natalya has no respect for anyone of authority and is a nutcase , Luka is a player and a ‘Gary’ in training. Completely disruptive , Jessika is pathetic and has no self respect , Jack finally showed his true colours by keeping the secret that Natalya is going to join them for a drink even though she SUPPOSEDLY is no longer a part of the crew , Sandy who has micro-managed in the past hasn’t a friggin clue what is going on onboard and the yacht isn’t that big. Max is just a complainer. The only ones that actually do their jobs without any drama are Lily , Haleigh and the lead deck hand (I forget her name). If any of the misfits ever don another season i will never watch again.

Michele Hayter
Michele Hayter
1 month ago

I’m so glad it’s over. If Vyle is ever on the show again, Bravo needs to pay for my cable subscription to watch it…and value my opinion.