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Below Deck Down Under recap: crew almost goes up in flames in finale

Tumi Mhlongo of the Below Deck Down Under cast season 1, Below Deck Down Under recap
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It's getting hot aboard the Thalassa superyacht: the Below Deck Down Under recap, the last of the series' first season, features a Mardi Gras-themed party, a lesbian vow renewal, yet another tantrum from bosun Jamie Sayed and, oh yeah, a full-on fire.

While there was a lot of hijinks in the Below Deck Down Under season 1 finale, it was that barbecue flare-up that had viewers talking, particularly about second stew Tumi Mhlongo's very relatable reaction. 

While setting up for the charter guests' "El Mardi Gay" themed night, the crew is tasked with helping out chef Nate Post prep for dinner by turning on the barbecue so he can grill up some octopus. When deckhands Brittini Burton and Benny Crawley switch the appliance on, however, it ignites a flame that rises higher than Jamie's annoyance at Taylor accidentally spilling her drink on him during the crew's finale night out. 

The pair are slightly singed, but thankfully not injured. "What the f*ck just happened?" Crawley yells. "Was the gas too on?" Burton asks. "My eyelashes are burned off, though." "It's all right, we're alive," Benny responds but is clearly shaken. 

He goes to the bridge to get the medical kit and alert Captain Jason Chambers about the incident. "Bottle gas on a boat is probably one of the most dangerous things. It could have been a lot worse than what it was," the captain says in a confessional. "Not only Benny dodged a bullet but everyone in the vicinity dodged a bullet."

One crew member who, in fact, dodged the fire was Tumi, who was near Benny taking photos of her party tablescape when the dangerous blaze occurred. The sheer speed at which she removed herself from the situation — not to mention that she didn't even pause to check on the folks behind her — had many Below Deck viewers cracking up, with several saying they would have done the exact same thing.

It's a fittingly fiery end to the first season of Below Deck Down Under, which spent many weeks circling the question of who would eventually get fired from the boat. We didn't realize they meant literally!

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Christina Izzo
Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York. 


When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.