Well, the biggest news is that Jimmy Johnson is still on the old folks team, despite the predictions by most Survivor and reality t.v. pundits. And his hair still looks pretty good. So who was the second person voted out of Survivor Nicaragua?
Losing Team: LeFlor (the young guys)
Voted Off: Shannon (the guy who was in the until-we-die alliance with Chase)
The moral of this week’s Survivor Nicaragua? Don’t expect your buddy to go without a girlfriend for the next three months. Let’s start at the beginning.
As the show opens, Espana (over 40) is worried about the lack of sleep. Being over 40 myself, I can understand how this would be a big concern. Coach gets everything lined up, giving assignments. Jimmy T. doesn’t want to take orders…some friction emerging. Jimmy T. wants to go fishing. A few of the older guys (Alpha males aren’t just limited to the younger folks) tell the camera Jimmy J. is being set up to take the fall for a camp in chaos. And then Coach is confronted with something he hasn’t dealt with before: a good old-fashioned cat fat between Jill and Holly. Jill decides the ultimate revenge is to fill Dan’s shoes with sand and let them sink. Wow. So, Dan’s shoes are at the bottom of the lagoon or lake or cove, the body of water at the Espana camp. Did she not think for a moment how this could impact the competitiveness of the tribe? How will Dan do in the races and climbing challenges without his shoes? Needless to say…Dan’s missing shoes cause a tribe meeting. Holly confesses. And, in the roads of Tyrone, “Everything she says just proves that she’s crazy. So, I’m going to keep one eye on her and one eye on my shoes.”
Now, the younger folks seem to have an unusual alliance forming: the minority alliance. Unfortunately, amputee Kelly is not considered a minority but instead a “charity case” who needs to be voted off. But they have their own shoe problems. Naonka has her socks were stuffed into her shoes when her socks disappear. This I guess is a pet peeve of hers and she decides to play some games. Naonka then steals Fabio’s socks. The change is pretty obvious as Naonka is suddenly wearing ugly guy tube socks. Did she really think that was a discreet move or is she just after drama? Naonka proclaims she can’t wait to send Fabio home while other tribe members think she’s next.
OK, Coach Jimmy Johnson is quoting Vince Lombardi…”Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” The team member in question? Holly. Being isolated is taking its toll. Coach seems to convince her that the team needs her for at least one more game. She whimpers a little then says she can make it.
The Immunity Challenge
Yeah…mud! You go through mud and hay looking for four mini-footballs. Then, you have to bounce these into balls. The winning team not only gets immunity but reward. Espana decides to use the new medal, which gives them their first ball in the barrel. Wow…Coach is pretty smooth in the mud. Some of the younger tribe members have problems with their bathing suits, as though that wasn’t scripted. The younger tribe is really making up for the lead and it’s going to be close. Holly gets hung up on finding the ball. But she eventually gets it. It comes down to the getting the ball through a maze of catchers. Now, it’s very close again. Jimmy T and Tyrone for the older tribe seem to have a rhythm going. Tyrone scores and the older tribe wins!!!!
The reward is tarp and rope or fishing gear. The older tribe doesn’t hesitate before grabbing the fishing gear. Back at the camp, Espana tries to find the immunity idol. Jill and Marty are successful. Coach may be giving the orders, but I think Jill is running the show.
We then move to the young guys, where there’s lots of buzz about who’s going home. Naonka and Brenda seem to be in the lead. Kelly isn’t even mentioned, and she did just dive in on the immunity challenge as though she was one of the stronger athletes. The girls meanwhile, say it’s Shannon’s turn to go. Interesting. Chase is honest to Brenda. She just looked completely heartbroken. Brenda makes a good case for taking out Shannon.
The Tribal Council
While, why didn’t we just bring out the guns and mark 20 paces. Chase and Shannon basically at each others’ words. Brenda slams Shannon with a “no one trusts you.” Several people do chime in that they trust. Jeff cautions that he may not have made the wisest move showing it out on council. Somehow, the conversation turns to who has more girlfriend and Shannon then throws out the weirdest comment…”there are a lot more gay people in New York, more gay people than in Louisiana.”
This has to be the best tribal council later!! Jeff then moves on to Fabio and Naonka, which turns into a basic hate fest. Meanwhile, some tribe members are begging for the chance to go ahead and vote before it gets much worse.
For me, this is complicated because so many people have the same names and a few weird name thrown in. As far as tonight’s tribal meeting, I think it’s anyone’s guess. Here’s the votes as they are read
Jeff basically sums it up with “It’s clear that the biggest challenge to the tribe is the tribe.”