In Survivor Nicaragua Episode 5, the two tribes were asked to drop their buffs; it was time to mix up the tribes. The game would be old versus young no more. Some Survivors were thrilled with the change. Others had a hard time adjusting, or were not thought of well by their new tribemates.
At the Tribes
The episode opened with the Espada tribe right after tribal council. Holly was upset because the rest of Espada told her that they were going to vote out the weakest link, Dan, when they actually voted out Jimmy T. She felt as if she was the next to go. Her perception was right. The next morning, Marty remarked that was happy that Jimmy T. was voted out; he felt like he was in control of the game. He and the rest of his alliance were going to vote out Holly, then Jane.
At La Flor, Naonka figured that everything was going to go her way, and that she was going to win the game. She was in control of the tribe, or so she thought. She was in the alpha alliance, and she looked good. She even seemed to drop some of that angry demeanor that tends to hang around her like a cloud on a foggy day.
The Survivor Switch
When the Survivors met for the reward challenge, Jeff told them to drop their buffs. They all drew rocks to draw the captains. Holly and Brenda were the captains, and could choose people from the opposite tribe to join them. Brenda was to choose three older members, Holly had to choose four younger members. Brenda chose Jill, Jane, and Marty, while Holly picked Benry, Naonka, Chase, and Alina. In addition to the tribal changes, the Medallion of Power would no longer be in play.
Now that the new teams were drawn, it was time for the first challenge with their new tribemates. The teams were playing a game like Plinko. Two members would toss a ball up to the top of the board. When the ball wound its way through the pegs to the bottom, a member of the other tribe would have to catch it before it fell on the ground. If the ball fell on the ground, the tribe who threw the ball scored a point. The first tribe to three points would win. The winning team would get two chickens and a rooster.
The tribes were tied after the first two rounds. Espada then took a 2-1 lead. La Flor scored again, tying the tribes again. Espada won the final point for the win and the chickens.
First Impressions at Camp
When Espada returned to camp, Tyrone explained some of the rules. He didn’t ask for input from his new tribemates; he told them how it was going to be. The younger people weren’t very happy about that. Holly told a couple of them that they reminded them of her kids; playing a much smarter social game, Holly tried to ally with the younger members.
Over at La Flor, the Survivors swapped stories and compared notes. Fabio liked his new tribmates; he thought that they were cool. Jane told some of her new tribemates not to trust Marty and Jill, while Fabio told Marty about how Naonka pushed Alina to the ground in order to get the clue to the hidden immunity idol. Marty announced that he had the idol, and hung it up on a tree for all to see. Brenda thought that his move was arrogant. While Marty may have been the top dog on the old Espada tribe, things were not going to be the same around here.
A storm blew in. Espada’s shelter left a lot to be desired, and didn’t keep all the water out. Naonka spent the day under the shelter. She was miserable, and contemplated quitting. Alina and Benry comforted her. Although she was nice on the outside, secretly Alina was happy that Naonka was not doing well, because if Naonka left, there would be one less Survivor to compete against. The rain was even worse later that night, and Naonka was even more miserable.
Survivor Immunity Challenge
For the immunity challenge, three tribe members would be strapped to a giant wheel that was positioned over the water. Another three tribemates would spin the wheel. As the wheel spun, it would dunk the Survivors strapped to the wheel under the water. As the tribemates were underwater, they would grab a mouthful of water. When they arrived at the top of the wheel, they would spit the water into a bowl, which would fill up a tube. When the tube filled up with water, a ball would float up to the top and tip over. The remaining two players would use the ball to break five tiles for immunity.
Espada started in the lead. Their strategy of turning the wheel slowly so that the players on the wheel would be able to get a better aim into the bowl worked. Although Espada had a lead going into the tile breaking phase, La Flor caught up as Fabio and Jane broke tiles faster. La Flor won, sending Espada to tribal council once again.
After the Immunity Challenge
The Espada tribe was hungry. Most of the tribe wanted to kill a chicken for dinner, but Tyrone opposed the idea. They had a vote over whether to kill a chicken or not, and chose to kill the chicken. Why they grabbed an egg-laying hen and not the rooster is beyond me. Tyrone pouted while they were cooking it; he didn’t mind eating it though. When they ate, he appeared to take more than his fair share of chicken. Several people noticed.
At tribal council, the new Espada members seemed to be unhappy with the new tribe rules. Alina mentioned how she didn’t like how Tyrone had given them a speech when they arrived, laying down the tribe rules. Seemingly oblivious to this, Tyrone said that he was comfortable with his leadership role; he added that his leadership style involved listening to his tribemates to hear what they wanted. Naonka admitted that the nights of the storm were some of the worst nights of her life; worse than even the time when she got a divorce. She seemed to have recovered now that the rain had subsided though.
Although Naonka was miserable and contemplated quitting on the night of the storm, more people disapproved of Tyrone’s actions. Most of Espada voted for Tyrone, with the exception of him and Yve. Tyrone became the fifth member of Survivor Nicaragua to be voted out.