The rain and cold got the best of Survivor Nicaragua contestants, and on December 1, 2010 fans saw not one, but two players walk away from the chance of winning a million dollars.
From the get go of the Survivor episode “You Started, You’re Finishing” Kelly Purple and NaOnka were talking about wanting to quit. NaOnka, who was holding a hidden immunity idol pulled Chase aside and gave him the ‘key to the game’. Chase then said the smartest thing I’ve heard come out of his mouth all season, “Even if she doesn’t leave, I am not giving her the immunity idol back.”
The entire Survivor Nicaragua episode “You Started, You’re Finishing” was centered around, would NaOnka and Kelly Purple quit. Looking at the numbers, both of them quitting seemed to have no disrupt on any players game.
Benry, Fabio, and Dan would only benefit from them quitting because now the tight 6 alliance was down to a core 4, which is much easier to try and sway if a member is wishy-washy. (*cough* Sash).
Holly, Jane, Sash, and Chase would be down to a core 4 alliance which means they still have numbers against Dan, Fabio, and Benry. That would also mean they did not have to back-stab Kelly Purple and NaOnka making it an even playing field come jury time.
The downside to both Kelly Purple and NaOnka quitting the game is that’s two easy people to beat at the final tribal council that just walked out of the game. Let’s face it, no one would ever give NaOnka a vote because she was downright nasty, and cruel. Few, if any would give Kelly Purple a vote because she did nothing, and frankly would be that third place finisher that people forget about over the years. (Who placed third in Cook Islands next to Yul and Ozzy again….What was that guys name that placed third next to Natalie and Russell in Samoa…)
At the reward challenge:
They were divided into two teams and were tethered together. Each team had to untie an eight foot doll and then carry him over obstacles. The reward was a viewing of the upcoming film Gulliver’s Travels, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, candy, and drinks.
It was a school yard pick for teams, and Dan was the one not chosen (shocker).
Yellow team: Fabio, Sash, Jane, and Purple Kelly.
Blue Team: Chase, Holly, NaOnka, and Benry. (Dan chose to back them, so if blue wins, so does he)
A really close competition, but in the end the blue team wins (Chase, Holly, NaOnka, Benry and Dan). Jeff gives them the option that if one person opts to not go on the reward, then he will give them a new tarp, and enough rice to get the Survivors through the last 11 days. Holly opted to stay behind.
What was confusing and somewhat disturbing was at the point NaOnka already told Jeff she wanted to quit, and she still opted to go on the reward. She knew she would be going home, which meant she could eat all she wanted that night, yet she went on the reward. Another puzzler was Dan who did not even participate in the competition, yet still took the reward. Holly played her heart out, and still took a bullet for the other Survivors by stepping down from taking the reward.
Jeff told NaOnka and Kelly Purple to take the day and think about if they really want to quit, and at tribal council that night they can say if they are going to quit.
No immunity challenge took place, and later that night they went to tribal council. In the end both Kelly Purple and NaOnka told Jeff they wanted to quit. Jeff asked what they think should happen to their torches and NaOnka said, “Mine should get smuffed.” Yes, smuffed, and not the correct word, snuffed. Jeff opted to ‘smuff’ their torches but leave them there to remind the players of what they gave up. Both Kelly Purple and NaOnka will still be part of the jury.
At the end NaOnka and Kelly Purple hurt jury members Brenda, Alina, and Marty who felt robbed of a spot in the game. I think that if NaOnka did not quit, Kelly Purple would not quit. I feel that Kelly Purple did not want to be the only quitter, and since NaOnka quit she felt more comfortable taking that dive as well.
Next week’s Survivor Nicaragua shows a scramble for who is actually aligned together. The game is still up in the air, which is great. There is no clear cut Survivor that is going to make it to the final three.
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