Survivor: Nicaragua Recap

Pulling the Trigger

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

October 7, 2010

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Usually, we find one person (like Evil Loser Russell) to pick on during a season, but we’re really having trouble limiting it to that single contestant this year.

Marty gloats about how he’s manipulated Jimmy T. into being insecure about someone else being in a leadership position, and while it has obviously worked, we’re still not sure why Marty is so anxious to stir up bad feelings amongst his group and promote discord. At this point, you still want to work with your tribe so that you are strong if you ever make the merge – which we’re still frankly dubious Espada can do. It’s just a strange decision of gameplay to want to accelerate the eliminations from your own tribe, in our estimation.

Thankfully, we have a Probst sighting. Today’s Immunity/Reward challenge has each tribe broken into pairs, each of whom are blindfolded. A “caller” will have to guide them to ten different items out in a field. They will return those items and a treasure chest to their mat, along with keys to open it. First tribe with all ten items and the chest open wins.

Probst reminds the younger tribe that they can use their Medallion of Power, which would give them a head start with two items on their mat. They elect to use it, which may help them since as far as we know, they didn’t have a chance to practice.


Tyrone yells directions for his team, while Brenda calls for the younger tribe. We’re not going to waste time building false suspense, because La Flor whips Espada up and down the Immunity field. They win easily, getting all their items plus the chest onto the mat by the time their elders have four items (though editing might be misleading here). The kids have wasted the Medallion of Power, and Espada will send another member home. Surprise!

One item of note from the challenge is that Tyrone notes at one point that Jimmy T. just doesn’t listen, and it does seem to be true. Out on the course, he’s in his own little world. He’s drawn all kinds of attention to himself due to his insecurity and obnoxious personality, and he’s going to be perceived as a key reason they lost the challenge. He wants to be Kobe Bryant for his team, but in the world of Survivor, being Kobe Bryant just makes you conspicuous.

So…it’s time to play “It’s Time to Play It’s Anyone But Jimmy T.” When the Espada tribe gets back to camp, he digs his grave a little deeper by giving his tribemates his coaching resume (he’s led several teams, we guess) and comments on how they just having been using him enough. That’s right. After he completely sucked in the challenge, he talks about how they should use him more. And don’t think it goes unnoticed by the elder tribe. Tyrone specifically is annoyed. He did not sign up to be on the Three Stooges tribe.

Over at the La Flor tribe - or as we like to call them, The Super Winner Tribe – has returned to camp with the spoils of their victory. Chase finds yet another clue for the hidden Immunity Idol in a tackle box that is in the middle of their prizes, and immediately invites Brenda to go searching with him. Brenda lets the charade go on for a moment before telling Chase that NaOnka has already found it. She tells him that he totally doesn’t need to say anything about it to NaOnka…you see where this is headed, right? We do. NaOnka is about to flip her shit. Let’s see if we’re right.

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