This week’s Survivor Nicaragua featured one of the most lopsided immunity/reward challenges in my memory (and I’ve only missed two episodes in 21 years). And in a somewhat unusual move, the previews of next week show that the teams will actually merge next week! (If you’ve tivo’d the show, you may stop reading now!)
The losing tribe – Espada (again)
Who was voted off? – Jimmy T in a close one
Gee…what a difficult choice for Espada, and no, you shouldn’t detect any sarcasm in that sentence. Basically, Espada has turned into a team of losers. Jill and Tyrone are the only strong player.
So, basically because of Marty and Jimmy T’s jealousy, the old folks are without Jimmy Johnson, legendary NFL coach and, as Jeff pointed out, a proven leader. Tribal council was depressing enough and then they come back to the camp in the pouring rain. I know they don’t have alcohol, but I swear a few of these guys are drunk. Jimmy T is doing some very bad karaoke. Marty says if Jimmy T is given enough rope, he’ll hang himself from the highest tree. Hmm…could this be a bit of foreshadowing.
(on a different note, I did not know until the commercial that Beauty and the Beast was available on blu-ray. Niece may get a nice surprise this weekend.)
Anyway, the old folks are eager to use the fishing gear won two weeks ago. A heavy rain has flooded their beach. Half the tribe thinks that it’s a bad day for fishing; the other half think it’s a good day. Several people comment that Jimmy Johnson, in addition to being a leader, was the only person on the team that knew how to fish.
On LaFlor, NaOnka and Brenda can barely contain their excitement over finding the immunity idol and NaOnka announces her claim…even though Brenda helped her find it, there’s no way she’s sharing it. And to quote “the one-legged princess will not get in my way.” Let’s hope Nay (her new nickname) doesn’t ever have to work with an amputee in the future.
Kelly and her buddy go off to look for the immunity idol, not knowing that Nay already has it. Nay follows them and basically announces that she doesn’t like Kelly or anyone else. Kelly can keep looking but she’s going to lose. Yada, yada, yada. Nay may have a problem getting a job anywhere once this game is over.
Back on the old folks team (which, just for the record) I would be part of, the team thinks Tyrone is the new defacto leader. The camera then cuts to an interview where he talks about who is a Jimmy T. fan and who is not a Jimmy T. Fan. People who refer to themselves in the third person have a serious problem, just as a general rule.
The tribes have e-mail and the old folks figure out that it’s a blindfolded directional challenge, so the team practices. Tyrone seems to do a good job. Jimmy T., though, has lots of suggestions and coaching strategies of his own.
The old folks have it right. One person will be a caller directing team members to collect ten items and unlock a chest. Teams have their choice of three key rewards. (complete fishing set with rod, toll box, lots of stuff from Sears.)
The young team does use the advantage and they have two items already collected, so they only have to collect eight. Wow…this turns out to be one of the most lopsided challenges in the 21 years of Survivor. And who’s to blame? One of the most annoying Survivor contestants ever….and I’m usually not this mean. But when you put yourself out on national t.v. and say that your leadership skills are intimidating to an NFL Superbowl-winning coach, you deserve it!
Jimmy T just basically makes himself look like a fool. He’s all over the place, everywhere but the places Tyrone tries to send him. He says he just couldn’t hear Tyrone over everyone. By the time LaFlor wins, the old folks only have one items.
The young team immediately grabs their reward: fishing sets, the tarp and the cooking tools. Wise choices!
Back at Camp….Jimmy T starts his “put me in coach” routine. Tyrone calls it right, basically saying that Jimmy T starts reading off his resume of all the little league coaches he has seen and how he wants to contribute to help the team win and on and on and on. But as usual, when he’s given the chance to contribute, he flops. He does try very hard to get some fish, but food of any kind is hard to find. Marty grabs a couple of little tiny urchins and then Jimmy T accuses Marty of not being a team player. Reminds me of the times my sister and I would pick blueberries. She always ate more than ended up in the bucket…but I would never have ratted her out when mom came up short for her cobbler. But I digress.
At LaFlor, Chase sneaks out the clue and then shares it with Brenda. He finds where the immunity idol should be, but Brenda lets him know that Nay has the immunity idol. Brenda may have made a mistake, because Chase seems to be wanting to let Nay know he realizes he has the immunity idol.
Back at Espada, Marty is campaigning to keep Danny…a difficult proposition because Danny will have to sit out the next challenge. I think Marty is right tonight as I cannot imagine spending an hour or two with Jimmy T. Jill is trying to help Marty but finds it a hard sale. Most of the girls are reluctantly voting for Danny. Tyrone seems to be a rough time. He feels that Danny should go because he’s weak. Tyrone is showing himself to be very intelligent and reserved. He may be the old guy to watch in the end.
The tribe is fairly subdued by the time they get to Tribal Council. Tyrone missteps by saying if their plan would work if they had used the medallion of power instead. In the meantime, Jeff is on his mark tonight…sharp and witty. Not embarrassed to call people out one-on-one. Jill is very frank…”we’re losing, we’ve gone through a NFL coach and we’re still losing”
So…Jimmy T says he again wants to lead the tribe. Marty says the tribe wanted Tyrone. He starts going off with Jimmy T’s list of perceived problems like paranoia, etc. Jimmy T says espada has no success, so what have they got to lose. Surprisingly, one of the girls steps up to his defense. And then Tyrone offers him some advice in just be willing to follow. He says he can take the advice and Jimmy T breaks down. He agrees to try being a good worker bee. Time to vote!
Dan, Dan, Dan….then three straight Jimmy T votes to tie it all. And the fourth person is Jimmy T. So, what happens next week. Maybe the tribe can pull together now. Tune in next week….or better yet….read my recap next Wednesday night!