Survivor: Nicaragua Recap
Worst Case Scenario
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
October 20, 2010
For Tribal Reward, the match-up between Holly and Jill is very close. They both get two rings on the ring toss board fairly easily, and it just happens that Jill manages to get her third one before Holly can finish. La Flor will be dining on yummy stuff tonight as well as having the opportunity to observe their brethren from the other side of the island.
After the challenge, Sash and Brenda have a discussion wherein they decide they will throw three votes to Marty and three votes to Kelly B., thus insuring that one of the people they want gone will be eliminated whether or not the immunity idol is played. As we saw last season during Heroes vs. Villains, this is a foolproof strategy unless the fool in question is Tyson.
In case you’re wondering how Sash and Brenda plan this vote, they tell Kelly B. that they plan to vote for Jane since she’s in the old person’s alliance (even though they actually love Jane and would never vote her out). In actuality, they’ll have Jane vote with them and hopefully Jud/Fabio as well. As Brenda notes, Jud is such a weird dude that you never know what he’ll do.
Marty takes this opportunity to tell Fabio that he is a Grand Master, which he might want to be careful about in certain circles. Oh, wait. He’s not a Grand Wizard. Instead, he claims to be a chess master, having beaten such greats as Guillermo Vilas. This impresses Jud, who had only heard of Bobby Fischer as a chess player. Little does he realize that Marty’s beating Vilas is no better than beating Dr. J at Battleship. Vilas is a clay court tennis specialist who was always a dangerous draw at the French Open, but he’s not really known for his skills with knights and pawns. Marty is all too proud of pulling of this lie to Fabio, which is frankly akin to telling a tall tale to Ralph Wiggum and having him believe it.
The eviction choice for Espada comes down to Dan vs. Yve. Given the state of Dan’s knees, we know where NaOnka comes down on this issue. The temperature of the tribe seems to be that Dan has to go. In fact, Alina even tells Yve that the vote has to be Dan (though perhaps we can take it with a grain of salt).
But wait. Remember how people have been enjoying digging their own graves this season? Yve has a shovel and she’s found a spot in the dirt that she likes. As Yve tries to reinforce Alina and NaOnka’s decision by telling them that Dan is ready to quit, she then takes a moment to let them know that she has strong allies on the other tribe in Marty, Jill and Jane. Instantly, Alina changes her mind, saying, “That’s the perfect argument to get rid of [Yve]. Is Dan seriously going to survive again this week?
Sash and Brenda try to convince Marty that Jane is the person going home, but his alarm bells are going off and he seems to realize that his neck may be on the line tonight. Brenda comments that if they get the tie between Kelly B. and Marty, it will be a tough decision on which of the two of them to send home. Marty is dangerous, sure, but Kelly B. seems to be presumed to be able to get sympathy votes from the jury if she makes the final (yes, we’re a long way from the final vote). Marty’s saving grace seems to be that Fabio is impressed by his mad chess skillz. In all seriousness, though, Fabio does mention to Sash that he’s dubious as to whether Marty would actually play his idol at Tribal Council, but Sash dismisses him. Obviously, Marty is going to play the idol, as far as he and Brenda are concerned.