The second episode finally starts to get to the meat of things with lying, thieving, shouting and fighting. So here we go…
The show starts with Espada’s Crazy Holly. She knows she’s on the outs with the tribe and is starting to have regrets about making (and breaking) her alliance with Little Wendy last week. Her new strategy is to show her teammates the she can “kick their ass on Survivor” (and not act loony? Fail.)
Marty and Jimmy Johnson commiserate that they haven’t been able to sleep because their shelter is so sucky.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
Each morning Espada starts their day with a team meeting (and orders from Jimmy Johnson). During the meeting, they decide to fix their rickety shelter once and for all. Jimmy T. figures that it’s the perfect time to pipe up about going fishing (he’s a fisherman by trade, coincidence?). Tyrone promptly shuts him down, reminding him they need to stay focused. Well, if you recall from last time, Jimmy T. is not a big J.J. fan and sees this rebuff as evidence of J.J.’s maniacal hold over the tribe.
Marty tells us that he would take control, of course, but letting J.J. do it is clearly to his advantage. So he’s just going to kick back.
Sash and NaOnka have a little confab on the beach. Sash’s dad is Jamaican. He would love it if he could form a minority alliance (his words) to include the two of them and Brenda. Sash tells NaOnka that Kelly B. has gotta go because her amputated leg might garner sympathy votes. NaOnka is more worried that Kelly B.’s leg might fall off in the middle of a challenge (Nice. Amputees are a minority too, folks).
The Afternoon Bird Gets the Snail
Jill finds some snails to eat. Crazy Holly is spying on her through the woods. Through her incredible ability to read facial expressions, C.H. determines the snails are gross. Holly barges through the woods toward Jill and Jimmy T. When Jill offers her a bite, C.H. throws a fit. She tells them they are stupid for eating the gross snails, dumps them out and storms to the beach. “Are you losing it? You having a meltdown?” yells Jimmy T. (oh, Jimmy T., she’s only just begun to go “off the deep end”). Jill adds that she thinks Holly’s “mental state is not good” (understatement of the day).
Jill finds Ex-NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson to tell him about Crazy Holly’s mental breakdown over a snail. J.J. agrees it is bizarre behavior and they go to tell the rest of the Elders. Team Espada is starting to realize that I don’t call Holly “Crazy” Holly for nothing. Dan starts to make fun of Crazy Holly in a move he will soon regret because…
Holly is in the woods spying again and overheard the whole thing! Well, she’s not one to lightly bear an indirect insult, so…she steals Dan’s shoes (to prove her sanity). She then proceeds to fill them with sand and meticulously ties them like a serial killer tying a noose. To kick it up a notch, she then gingerly places Dan’s $1600 alligator shoes in the ocean and waves bye-bye.
Meanwhile back at camp: Dan notices his expensive, alligator shoes (really, in the jungles of Nicaragua?) are missing. The entire team aids in the search to no avail. (Except Crazy Holly, who’s sitting in the corner looking crazy and guilty.)
Crazy Holly confides that she is struggling emotionally (umm…). She then goes up to Dan and leans creepily on his knees, looks in his eyes and confesses to stealing, stuffing and drowning his inappropriate-for-the-setting shoes. To which, Dan responds, “good thing you’re not a guy.”
Most of the team forgives her (not smart) except Dan (understood). Tyrone tells us it’s evident that Crazy Holly is indeed crazy: “I’m gonna keep one eye on her and one eye on my shoes!” (clever man).
Call 911! I Was Robbed!
Well, the footwear stealing fetish does not end today with the Olders, the Youngers have to get in on the action too! NaOnka discovers one of her socks is missing. Obviously, looking for it would be ridiculous and she immediately jumps to the conclusion that someone has stolen it, (Crazy Holly, what have you done this time?) NaOnka accuses the whole team of stealing her socks (loudly) and if they want to play dirty, then she can play dirty too!
Trying to prove the theory that one alleged wrong and one actual wrong do add up to a big RIGHT, NaOnka steals poor dumb Fabio’s socks. (It’s really like picking on a four year old, not cool.) The Great Sock Incident of 2010 becomes a huge blowup between NaOnka and Fabio/Jud. With NaOnka being immediately defensive (because she’s guilty) and Fabio trying to keep up (because he’s dumb).
During NaOnka’s voiceover explaining how much she hates Fabio, we see him try to either suck up or blow out a big fire (while wearing goggles for protection) and almost burning off his damn fool head…
Ex-NFL Super Bowl Champion Head Coach Jimmy Johnson’s Weekly Pep Talk
Ol’ Jimmy Johnson pulls Crazy Holly aside for a chat. He sees her as a wayward football player who is losing confidence (and plotting to kill you all in your sleep…) He wants her to buck up and stay, even if just one more day. Crazy Holly is worried about the “mental game”(insert joke here).
Jimmy J. is sure he can fix her decent into lunacy with a quote from Vince Lombardi:”Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” All better now right? Guess so because C.H. decides to stay after all.
I guess this is officially a “thing” now because stupid LaFlor comes marching up in unison to the Immunity Challenge, ugh.
Alina gives up the Immunity Idol LaFlor won last week and Jeff explains today’s challenge: Each team needs to crawl under a rope ladder, through the mud (natch) to get to a bale of hay. They then have to search through the hay (so it will stick on them and look good) to find four balls. The balls need to be passed from player to player by bouncing them off of shields, where they ultimately must be bounced into a barrel.
Not only are they playing for immunity, but this is also a Reward Challenge. The reward is their choice of either tarp/rope for their shelter or fishing gear. (You can just see Jimmy T.’s mouth water).
The Medallion of Power advantage today is: One of the four balls already in the barrel.
The Olders still have the MOP. Having learned their lesson last time, Espada wisely chooses to use the MOP and start with an advantage. Because they have one less ball, they don’t need to use all of their people and Dan sits out. LaFlor has too many people (by far IMHO…) and NaOnka sits out.
The Young’uns start out strong by tying the Elderly despite the Elderly’s MOP advantage. Amputee, Kelly B. dominates Crazy Holly head to head, thus easing some LaFlor member’s fears about her not being able to compete.
Espada takes back the lead and when Benry (LaFlor) keeps missing the barrel. Tyrone takes it home and Espada wins the challenge. Thereby ensuring that Crazy Holly will live to fight another day. Espada decides to take the fishing gear (Yay for Jimmy T.!)
LaFlor sulks their way back to their camp (oh, you’re not marching and singing now, are you?)
You Can Catch More Than Fish With That Gear…
Espada gets back to camp and start whooping and hollering. Crazy Holly realizes, in a moment of clarity, that she was saved from the block today. Jimmy Johnson thinks that Vince Lombardi was just the thing to get Holly back on track, but worries she might have a setback (hope you have a bucketful of inspirational quotes handy.)
They want to check out their fancy fishing gear as a team and what do they find shoved inside? The clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol! They tack the clue on a tree and try to decipher it.
Jill secretly figures out the last clue and shares it’s meaning with Dan and Marty. She figures this gesture of goodwill will give her an advantage by gaining their trust. They go to the spot where the idol’s supposed to be and start digging. Well, Marty starts digging; Dan just kind of lightly paws at the ground. Somehow, Marty and Jill get away from Dan and they find the idol together. A new alliance is born.
Back at LaFlor Camp, the boys argue that the girls did dominate even if they lost the challenge and shouldn’t be voted out based on the losing challenge alone.
NaOnka confides to us (I wish she would stop doing that) that the reason she sat out of the challenge was just to see if Kelly B. could do it.
Brenda and Chase make goo-goo eyes at each other. Well, really, Chase just ogles Brenda (sucka!).
Alina wants Brenda to get voted off because of her alliance with Chase. Fabio and Shannon want NaOnka voted off because she’s mean. Alina and Kelly B. tell the boys that Brenda’s gotta go. Shannon tells Chase that Brenda’s gotta go. (Silly Shannon, still thinks the He-Man-Woman-Haters Club exists…cute…)
Chase is an “emotional mess”. What to do, what to do? Does he betray Shannon and their pact they made two minutes into the game or does he betray Brenda and forgo forever any promise of sexy time with her. Hmmmmm….
NaOnka and Brenda decide that Shannon is the ringleader of almost everyone else, so he’s gotta go. NaOnka still wants to gun Fabio, but can wait because he’s not a threat, just annoying.
Chase has made up his mind and tells Brenda about Shannon’s plot against her. Brenda pulls the are-you-a-man-or-not card and questions Chase about blindly following Shannon. While she’s at it, she triple-dog-dares Chase to take Shannon out. Which…
Alina totally overhears. She runs back to Shannon and crew to let them know that Chase is really chasing tail and has turned against them.
No clear outcome is evident when LaFlor heads to tribal council.
Jeff reminds us that fire=life here on Survivor in case we forgot.
From the gate, Shannon spills that this team (Chase in particular) has no loyalty. He calls Chase out and tells him that he better hope Brenda doesn’t get voted out or Chase’s next to go.
Chase admits he was in two alliances from the get-go, which further enrages Shannon.
Fabio timidly raises his hand and Jeff calls on him. “Don’t make enemies, dude,” Fabio advises Shannon (which might be the smartest thing he has said so far…)
The conversation continues to get more heated and just when I am starting to suspect Shannon of having homo-erotic feelings for Chase…
He busts out with, “I just gotta ask it… Are you gay?” angrily to Sash. (Thus confirming my suspicions of his emotional repression).
Sash denies any gaiety. Shannon explains that “New York is full of gay people”, so I guess he used geography to make this assumption.
Fabio tells him to shut up. (I’m starting to like this kid.) Fabio just wants everyone to get along.
“Fabio, get your head out of the trees, this tribe is divided,” says Jeff.
Alina defends Shannon and reminds everyone that Chase is really the bad guy (although maybe not the potential homo-phobe). NaOnka admits she thought she would be on the chopping block. She also tells Jeff that in her opinion, they were tight during the challenge and would have won if not for that meddling MOP.
To which Jeff replies,”You were not tight today and if you still think so, you need to get your head out of Fabio’s tree.”
Of course, NaOnka and Fabio fight about socks. NaOnka is clearly the aggressor in the argument and Jeff asks, “Are you complicated?”
NaOnka’s response is a basically the repetition of “huh?” and “who me?”
Kelly B. tries to give a team unity speech, but she’s no Jimmy Johnson and it’s lost on these yahoos anyway. Voting begins.
Shocker: Shannon gets the boot. Basically, Shannon completely lost it at Tribal Council and was doomed from the moment he couldn’t keep his hillbilly mouth shut.
Jeff’s parting advice:”The biggest threat to the tribe is the tribe itself.” (Put that in your pipe and smoke it, LaFlor!)
Next week: Jimmy Johnson and some monkeys!
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