This week leaves Jeff Probst (and most Survivor fans) speechless. With 28 days in, 11 days to go, we actually have people talking about quitting Survivor Nicaragua. And it’s not Jane, the powerhouse AARP representative who wins immunity challenges like a little kid winning stuffed animals at a carnival. Nor is it Dan, whose lack of performance should shame a person into quitting.
So, this week, there wasn’t an immunity challenge.
Who went home: Purple Kelly and Naonka
The jury’s face is truly priceless after Jeff Probst reveals that Tribal Council is early because Naonka and Purple Kelly announced at today’s challenge they wanted to quit. Jane says she knew she had spunk but she’s hanging in there despite so many aches and pains. She wishes they would hang in there, but if they don’t have it they don’t have it.
Na shares that her joints hurt when it’s raining. (I have that problem, too, but I’m not going to Survivor.) She further states she’s proud to be from a family of strong black women and she is a strong black woman. Purple Kelly said it hit her this morning.
Benry says he was raised with a “winners never quit, quitters never win” attitude and it’s frustrated. Fabio is a year older than Purple Kelly, but says it’s nothing to do with age. He’s staying if it’s snowing or until he’s kicked off.
Na says the afternoon was a celebration and she knows she has a shot at winning the game, which seems to shock Jeff. He then moves on to the offer to give up reward for the good of others. Jeff singles out Na, that she wasn’t willing to take one for the team. She says she was going to go out with a bang. Chase says that if he was going home, he would have given everyone else the rice and tarp.
Jane says the youngsters are going to find out that life is not a piece of cake unless you’ve got an easy ride from your parent. Jobs are scarce so if you don’t have a drive and determination, you’re not going to be hired People are a lot worse off than these folks and they’re not on Survivor. Good point to Jane.
Then, Jeff calls out the quitters for a final decision. Na stays firm. She’s going to quit. Purple Kelly is also quitting. The jury is dumbfounded.
Na says their torch should get torched like those in the jury. Purple Kelly thinks they should be snuffed. Jeff says they’ll keep the torches for now, as a reminder to the two of them when they sit on the jury.
Jeff’s final words to the two: “You wanna go, go!”
I wondered if the two would be given a final statement. They are given a few short ones. Maybe it was my local CBS affiliate, but quite appropiately, Na was cut off mid-sentence.
The Reward Challenge
This challenge begins with the horrible schoolyard pick of teams. To no one’s surprise, Dan isn’t picked and decides to side with the blue team. The reward is nice – an evening of Survivor Cinema to see the yet-to-be-released “Gulliver’s Travels” (nice product placement) with, of course, treats. The two teams have to untie a heavy, 8′ stuffed Gulliver and the transverse an obstacle course with the dummy. The teams are neck-andneck through the first couple of challenges. This Gulliver dummy is huge, like the size of two people.The lead switches back-and-forth. Jeff Probst is very excited that everyone is fighting and seems to be giving it all. The reward comes down tot the final obstacle, a tunnel where Gulliver and tribe has to be pulled through a series of ropes…not much fun for anyone. The yellow team seems to be stuck. The Blue Team wins reward – includes Na, Holly, Chase, and Benry. Dan gets to come along for fun. The yellow team immediately starts talking eating the chicken.
Na says she’s given it everything and she’s ready to go on. Purple Kelly says she’s leaving.
Jeff says he’s not happy. He decides to give them the afternoon to think about it. And, if the two of them still want to walk away at day 28, so close to a $1 million.
Jeff then offers the winning members a deal. One person stays behind in exchange for the tarp and enough rice to last to the end of Survivor Nicaragua. Holly then tells the camera she misread Na. With her plans to quit, Holly expected her to jump up at the opportunity. Of course, since Dan hasn’t done anything since Survivor Nicaragua began, could have volunteered.
So, the other four go out to the movies, and boy, the concession stand is hoping. Dan is trying to get a little bit of everything. I’ve lost count of the hot dogs. Several people tell the camera what they’re thinking – Na should have went back with the rice and tarp.
Jack Flack stars in the movies and it seems to generate some laughter…but I don’t think movies associated with reality shows do so well at the box office. Does anybody remember “Up the Creek” or whatever from Big Brother.
Now, Na has a new burst of energy and realizes that, if she stays, she could win $1 million. Duh. (excuse the editorial comment.)
Back at camp, Holly gives Purple Kelly a pep talk. Purple Kelly says she’s an emotional wreck and her body can’t stand any more. She’s too cold. Holly replies that she’s got a tarp. Purple Kelly says she can’t be hungry anymore. Holly says you got rice. Does it work?
Holly also reminds the camera that Coach Jimmy Johnson talked her out of quitting in day five.
Later, though, Purple Kelly wonders if she’s going to be able to make it through the next 11 days on rice.
Survivor Nicaragua opens tonight to the worst weather of the season. (And this season’s contestants should admit that they’ve had it much easy as far as weather and food are concerned.) Na complains about her anemia and how the cold weather makes her joints hurt. Perhaps Survivor isn’t the best place for people with chronic health problems to be. Purple Kelly is also in pain, and the two are talking as though they might give up.
Chase approaches Na and reminds her that she mentioned quitting. She volunteers to give him the key to the game, the immunity idol. He confides in us that, whether Na stays or goes, she’s not getting the idol back.
On the other side, Jane and Holly are plotting their four-way alliance even if purple Kelly leaves. They’re counting on Sash, who is hoping Naonka and Purple Kelly stick it out as he trusts them more. Sash, did you really say that? Come again?