Survivor: Nicaragua Recap

Worst Case Scenario

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

October 20, 2010

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Tribal Council for La Flor starts with the most generic discussions possible. Then, out of nowhere, Brenda instigates a fight with Marty when she tells Jane that the two people who threaten her presence in the game are Marty and Jill. Jane already hates them anyway, so there’s not much reason to do this from her perspective; on the other hand, it sure sets Marty off. He’s not able to deny that he and Jill had planned to sacrifice Jane in order to protect themselves, and then he has the audacity to mouth to Jane that she should vote for Brenda.

How well does this work? Well, Jane immediately votes for Marty, saying, “Don’t ever fluff off a Southern woman. I ain’t no sittin’ duck, honey.” We are head over heels in love with Jane.

When Marty votes for Brenda, he says that he knows she’s not going home, but that the lines have been drawn. Yes, his vote means nothing and his comment means nothing. Have we mentioned this week that he would be a sucky boss?

Oh yes, he also refuses to play his hidden Immunity Idol. This feels like a very risky move, given what we know about the plans for tonight.

The votes make no sense. Marty and Jill vote for Brenda as indicated by the whispering during Tribal Council. Then, there are three votes for Marty and three votes for Kelly B. The Marty haters have to be dancing in their seats. They now get to choose between and Marty and Kelly B., which has set up exactly the situation they were hoping for, and they can get rid of a non-ally and supposed huge threat in Marty.


But no. Kelly B., who is part of their group and has shown no indication of voting with Marty and Jill, is voted off 5-1. We…don’t know what to say about this. All we know is that these people are playing way too far ahead in the game, something Marty himself has been guilty of previously. Kelly B. has just been eliminated because she has one leg. NaOnka will be so happy.

After La Flor dines on ribs in front of Espada and listens to the comedic stylings of Dan, the vote comes down to Dan being terrible at the game as opposed to Yve being competitive. The fact that Yve is really, really shrill during Tribal Council tells us that she’s confident that she will be going home. Dan is really loose, which usually makes us think that a Survivor thinks they’re safe, but in his case, he might be fine with it either way. He’s breezy. From his perspective, if he’s voted off, he can easily take his talents to South Beach. Dan has become Survivor’s answer to the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, making every other player on his tribe Virgil (it’s a wrestling joke. Go look it up on Wikipedia).

Yve is eliminated, receiving all votes except her own, causing Probst to say that the tribe appears to be unified but commenting that Tribal Council makes him believe otherwise. We have no idea what he saw that makes him think this. It was pretty much Yve talking about how much better she is than Dan, while Dan diffused the situation with humor.

So, Survivor loses an older person and a younger person, with Dan continuing his very, very slow strut towards the finish line. Maybe on next week’s show, Marty will brag about that time he beat Bjorn Borg at chess. We do know for sure that Fabio is going to get some "p" in someone's "ool."

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