Survivor: Nicaragua Winner

Aware of what everybody else has realized, Jeff Probst tried to interject some strategy into the group of dumb-dumbs in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 14, telling them that they could vote to a tie, which apparently nobody realized or considered. By that time, Jane had already torpedoed her chances of survival, in an over the top strategy of going out with a bang. However, she attempted to run with it, saying they should all vote for Holly. Then she voted for Sash, while everybody voted her out. Sadly, Sash is the only person remaining who has anything resembling a strategic mind, but don’t tell him that because he mistakenly believes himself to be the king of Survivor.

Jeff Probst’s recap is about improbable journies. Translation: how did five idiots make it so far? Sash was a dead man walking, but he offered himself up as the swing vote, which made him worth keeping around. Chase has voted out anybody who was stupid enough to align with him. Dan hasn’t done anything, but because he has not done anything, he has no enemies. I would certainly hope that’s not enough reason to vote for him, however. Fabio was a goofball, and still is, perhaps by design, but he has shown himself to be a threat in challenges, both physical and mental. Holly wanted to quit on day 5 but has since managed to warm up to the tribe following her childish display of destroying Dan’s personal property.

Notice they have a fire going already. Jane’s actions may have made her felt better, but they were moot. There’s no way to prevent people with torches from having fire.

Fabio realizes his neck’s on the chopping block. He never would have seen it coming if the three people on the other side weren’t so blatant as to flaunt their alliance.

Sash would like to go to the end with Chase. Or Fabio. Or any other person left on the island. He doesn’t care how he gets there, just as long as he gets there.

The challenge is to answer questions about Nicaragua. If they’re right, the bag will contain puzzle pieces. If they are wrong, the pieces will be black. Once they have answered all three questions and collected all three bags of pieces, they will use the pieces to solve the puzzle. We may as well count Dan out now. Last time, Fabio proved he could do puzzles blindfolded. Everybody gets the first question right. Honduras is north of Nicaragua. Fabio is incorrect on the second question. This gives Chase, Holly, and Sash the lead. Dan’s irrelevant as always. Fabio is correct on the second and third questions, but he’s allowed the leaders to open up a huge gap on him. Fabio’s just about caught up to Sash. Chase, who dropped a puzzle piece early on, still hasn’t noticed it on the ground. Fabio wins immunity. Then Chase realizes he’s missing a piece.

With Fabio having won immunity, the alliance can only remain intact in one way: vote out Dan. Do they really want to take out a guy who will never come in above last place in any challenge and who hasn’t done anything around camp?

Fabio’s plan is to get rid of Holly. He asks Chase if Dan is a bigger threat than Holly. Chase says yes. Realizing that talking to Chase is pointless, Fabio approaches Sash instead, who may be a bit more open to listening. His pitch is that, aside from the fact that Dan’s not a threat, Chase and Holly are too tight and need to be broken up. Holly knows something is up, but she will just keep faith that her alliance will save her.

Chase says that he thinks Brenda called him paranoid before. She agrees. He’s paranoid as hell.

Fabio warns the others. A lot of people on the jury think of Holly as a mother figure. That alone could score her some votes, whether it should or should not.

Votes
Dan
Dan
Chase
Dan

With 3 votes (4 counting Fabio, who realized it was futile), Dan, the least threatening person ever, has been voted out. Dan wishes everybody but Fabio the worst, but he ultimately voted for Chase in an effort to let him know how much he dislikes him, in spite of the fact that Holly is a crook.

Fabio still doesn’t get it. His plan remains the same: target Holly. Because that worked so well last time. I’m not sure that he really has much choice, though.

Holly’s already talking to Chase about what to do if Fabio wins again. Their plan is to take out Sash, which is exactly what Fabio warned him about. They’re afraid that Sash will get a lot of votes, but then again, so will Fabio. In either scenario, they’re worried they have screwed themselves.

Now it’s time for the walk. First, there was Wendy Jo. Yeah, apparently there was somebody named Wendy Jo this season. Shannon’s still bitter about his defeat, saying he didn’t want to babysit these people anyway. Marty was always thinking, but like Sash and Brenda, he got on my nerves by getting way too cocky before he earned it. NaOnka says that she was always smiling, friendly, and strategical, and that she was the smartest player in the game. Welcome to opposite world. Benry’s convinced he could have gone on an immunity run, unless there were some puzzles. Jane says she can go back to North Carolina with her head held high. Well, except for her tantrum on the final day.

For the final time, immunity is back up for grabs. Each person will have a sword. With one hand, they will balance the sword on a shield. With their other hand, they will stack coins on the handle of the sword. Every coin is slightly uneven, making them not so easy to balance. Holly drops a single coin, which is enough to eliminate her first. Chase is the next one out as his stack falls. That brings us down to Sash and Fabio, and whoever fails first is probably going to get voted out. Sash’s coins drop. Fabio wins immunity, which I would argue is a million dollar win.

Now Fabio can just relax and watch the fun.

Holly and Chase immediately go off together, while Sash remains behind to try to weasel his way into Fabio’s good graces, telling him he’s his best friend in the game. I’d vote him out just on the basis of that ridiculous lie, although having a very bad liar with you in the finals is not a bad thing. Fabio tells this to Chase, who says Sash is a snake. Chase and Holly try a different approach, the truth: Fabio was the next to go.

Fabio has now decided that Sash and Chase are both liars, and Holly is the only decent person there, although she may be a threat as a result.

At tribal council, Sash continues to talk circles around himself, still unable to give a straight answer, except to acknowledge that he had an alliance with everybody.

Votes
Sash
Holly
Holly
Holly

That was an interesting turn of events. With 3 votes, Holly has been voted off the island, as the guys ended up sticking to their fake alliance.

Sash feels he’s played the best strategic game. Being the only person with a strategic game does not mean it was the best. Rather, it’s all blown up in his face. His inability to choose a side is not lost on the jury.

Chase’s plan is to tell Fabio he just won the money, in hopes of getting him overconfident.

Brenda feels that Sash was smart for making alliances. If only he didn’t break all of them. She is shocked that Chase so easily accepted her getting voted out. Chase says he tried, but NaOnka and Fabio backed out. With that said, Sash shakes his head. He thinks he could have stepped up more.

Marty would like Chase to give a dumber than a bag of hammers award to somebody other than Marty. Chase’s response: this is a BS question because I can’t pick you. Therefore, he will not answer. Marty thinks Sash has been a solid strategist, and he thinks Fabio has changed the most as a person and a player.

Holly asks Chase his best move he made on his own. In the beginning, he chose to go with the minority he did trust, and voted out Shannon. She asks Fabio whether winning the immunities was too little, too late. That was the only option he had. Whether it’s enough to warrant a vote is another story. Did Sash ever lie to her? Yes, he put her name down, although he told her he would not do that.

Next up is Jane. Here comes the bitterness. Sash is a New York City river rat, who can go crawl back into the black hole he came from. Chase made her time out here the funnest event in her life, even though she’s still pissed at him. What would he do with the money? His promise is that $100,000 will go to help cancer, and he will take care of his mom. Fabio interjects that he wants to take care of his mom and dad as well.

Benry has heard everything from Chase he needs to hear. Congrats to Fabio for his immunity wins. The target here is Sash, who he could see right through. Sash’s response is right on point, but perhaps not the smartest thing to say. If Benry could really see through him, he probably should have mounted a strike against him.

Dan hates everybody (can’t imagine why because, regardless of how they voted, he had no chance), so back to the bitterness we go. He thinks Sash is a liar, a phony, and spineless. Chase is the most paranoid player, who backstabbed everybody. Beauty fades; dumb is forever.

Purple Kelly (so that’s who that blonde sitting in the jury is) gives Sash 60 seconds to explain how he outwitted everybody. Sash thinks he should have been voted out at the merge, but he wasn’t, as a result of all the alliances he created with every single player.

Now we come to NaOnka the nutjob, who threw away a career as a reality star by quitting. Chase was her brother, Fabio was the hippy friend, and Sash was the strategic player. An emotional Fabio tells her that seeing his mom and dreaming what he could do for his family got him to the end. He’s got multiple members of the jury crying with this response.

Alina would rather give the money to a man than the ultimate surfer boy dude, so can Sash prove he deserves to win? Sash’s defense of himself is that Fabio was clueless a lot of the time (he was), while Chase was a bit wishy washy. Fabio says that, unlike Chase, who merely tried to get through the game without pissing anybody off, he actually did it. Nobody on the jury holds ill will toward him. Of course, Chase’s defense is that Fabio didn’t do this strategically. He just did this by not knowing what the hell was going on.

Pointing out that the young vs. old twist failed pretty miserably, Probst makes note of the final three all being from the young tribe.

Votes
Fabio
Chase
Fabio
Chase
Chase
Chase
Fabio
Fabio
Fabio

With 5 votes, the Survivor: Nicaragua winner is Jud Birza (aka Fabio), the youngest winner ever at age 21. In a normal season I would have been irritated with Fabio winning because he really didn’t do much. In this rather lackluster season in which nobody really did much, however, I will say this was the right decision, certainly better than what the 4 idiots who voted for Chase intended. To Chase’s credit, he did make strong bonds with some of the people he ended up screwing over, but I’ll stop short of saying he did anything more. Meanwhile, Sash got no votes. While I would argue this is unfair because he was the most strategic, he made a key error. He set himself up to get to the end… without actually making sure he secured the votes along the way.

Jeff’s surprised that Sash even made it this far. He predicted Sash would be voted out at the first tribal council.

Jimmy Johnson has a story of his efforts at getting on the show. 6 or 7 years ago, he was rejected. So a couple years later, he tried again, and was told they’d love to have him, but he had two blocked arteries. He thanks Survivor for saving his life. So this season he got on as the most famous person ever to be on the show, only to be eliminated very early on, certainly not what the producers planned when they spent so much time hyping him.

As a peace offering for destroying his shoes, Holly gives Dan ostrich boots.

From this point forward, following the actions of quitters NaOnka and purple Kelly, the producers will reserve the right to remove people from the jury if they quit the show for reasons other than medical or other extenuating circumstances (I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean… hopefully they’re not just trying to cover themselves with that wording to allow people like Jenna Morasca and Sue Hawk to be excused for being quitters).

The winner of the Sprint award and $100,000 richer is Jane, who won by the largest margin and with the most votes ever. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Overrated.

Jeff had hoped to give Shannon a chance to redeem himself. Shannon wants no such chance, saying that Sash walks like a duck, so he called him a duck.

Rob and Amber have now had a second baby, Carina Rose Mariano, born on December 10.

Survivor will be back for season 22 with a new twist. When somebody is voted out, they will be forced to live alone, on Redemption Island. The next person to join them will duel with them. Whoever survives long enough will reenter the game.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 14

Being seen as a physical threat, Benry was voted out in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 13.

Sash’s head continues to get bigger by the minute. As obnoxious and inept as he may be, he’s sadly the only person in this game who seems to be playing.

Leading up to the reward challenge, we get a Sprint commercial, with videos from home on a phone. Reward will be sailing and a meal with their loved ones. Their family members will participate in the challenge. The Survivors will run up a plank and jump in the water and retrieve two bags of letter tiles, then their loved ones will use the letters to solve a phrase. Fabio (aka Jud the stud) is leading, followed by Chase. Dan’s being lapped by everybody, even just having to swim. Chase’s mom solves the puzzle first to win reward. They will be bringing Sash and his mother with them. Also, they will be going with Holly and her husband. The others take this news badly. I never will understand this concept of how spending two weeks away from family is this difficult.

Back at camp, it’s trash talking time. Fabio thinks he got played by somebody who he would have picked if given the choice. Jane says he just threw away a million dollars, but her concern is that she’s positioned herself at #4 on the totem pole. Chase keeps being foolish with these choices, failing to realize the concept of strategy, instead just choosing the people he likes.

The three who go on reward promise each other final three, although they feel that Jane is still on their side. They get a clue to the hidden immunity idol, or so it seems.

Immediately upon getting back from reward, Chase gets a hard time from Fabio, who after venting decides that holding a grudge doesn’t work on the island.

For the immunity challenge, they will be blindfolded, work their way over and under the hitching rails, memorize symbols using their hands, grab the symbols, and head back to use their symbols and create a matching shield. It’s not overly relevant who’s the first person back since they could in theory screw up and have to go back or just simply go too slowly. It’s all just about who gets this puzzle solved first. Fabio thinks he has it, but he does not. He tries again, and Fabio wins immunity.

There goes the plan of the alliance of the three, who wanted to get rid of Fabio next. They can either take out Dan, who is the weakest link, or they can drop their numbers down to three and take out Jane, who is a likeable person that they really don’t want to face at the end.

Chase says that Dan is about done, but Fabio tells him it’s such a no brainer that Jane has to go. Not such a no brainer for Chase, who thinks it’s a “big risk” to send Jane home. Big risk because…? I really don’t understand what the risk is. If the choice is her or a guy who won’t get any votes and can’t place higher than last place in a challenge, I don’t get the drama. When asked by Jane, Chase tells her they need to discuss whether they’re getting rid of her or not. May as well just tell her she’s going then because she’s not going to believe anything else after hearing that. Chase tries to toss the blame back on the other two, saying he doesn’t want to do it, but he will if they’re dead set on it. They acknowledge that she’s too big a threat to them. Jane is angry and surprised by people stabbing others in the backs. Apparently, that’s not supposed to happen in Survivor.

Before they head off to tribal council, Jane dumps pots of water over the fire. I’m not sure what the heck that was supposed to achieve.

Aware she’s going and not wanting to give anyone a reason to either keep her around nor vote for her should she somehow survive this vote, Jane views tribal council as an opportunity to take shots at people.

Chase says that either Fabio or Dan is going next, whichever one doesn’t win immunity. Reluctantly, Sash and Holly agree. It seems to me that nobody realizes the concept of a tie, aside from Jeff Probst.

Jane has a suggestion: everybody else vote for Holly. Well, it’s nice to see her finally make an effort here, five minutes before they vote, rather than rolling over and throwing stones at people.

Chase and Sash both play their hidden immunity idols. Seems like a waste since the other three didn’t appear to have a clue how to vote, let alone being able to be unified enough for their votes to count.

Votes
Jane
Jane
Jane
Jane

Unable to make headway with her too little, too late plea, Jane has been voted off the island.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 15, where we will find out who the Survivor: Nicaragua winner is, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 13

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 12 was the battle of the pathetic quitters. Not content with merely watching NaOnka throw her game away, invisiKelly followed immediately in her footsteps.

Still not getting the hint, Sash thinks the odds are in his favor. At least he’s no longer talking like he’s the king of Survivor (he’s not). He tells the others that he will be playing the idol at the next tribal council, and he’s the swing vote who they must be willing to work with. I don’t know what this weird immunity idol stuff is about, but the rest of his pitch is sound. They can use him to their advantage, at least for now.

For the challenge, they will relive challenges of the past. They will race through a mud pit, dig through hay to find a ball, and bounce the ball off a shield into a barrel. First four move to the next round, where they will use a stick to get a key, unlock a chest with sandbags, and toss those sandbags on a barrel. The final two move to the final round, in which they will use a paddle to dig up three rope rings, which must be tossed on the target. The winner will go to a private resort for a meal, a shower, and sleep in a bed. Chase, Jane, Benry, and Holly move to the next round, with Fabio letting it slip due to his inability to land the shot. There’s never any question that it will be a battle of the two men in the finals. Chase runs away with the challenge in the final round to win reward. He can bring two people with him. He chooses Holly, who wanted to give up reward last time, and Jane, apparently because he considers her his closest ally (this in spite of the fact that he earlier told Sash that they would take each other).

Tripping over his words, Sash tries to convince the guys back at camp that he’s on their side. They give him a hard time about it, a really stupid move because they simply don’t have the numbers to do anything but work with him.

Sash is not alone in his belief that Chase made a mistake in his choices of who went with him. Holly, too, thought it was a mistake. It doesn’t take long before it dawns on Chase that he should not have chosen Jane.

While Jane’s away on the reward, the others decide to kill Kelly-Nay, so named because she’s a chicken. Following the commercial break, we find Jane crying. Who died? Oh, just the chicken. So now we have the funeral.

Chase knows that Sash has been talking with the others while he was away. His plan now is to tell him he and Holly will take him to the final three, dropping Jane when they get to that point. It seems he’s just playing him, though, which is sad because taking Jane to the end would be dumb because she’ll get a lot of sympathy votes, whether she actually makes any useful game moves or not (I’m still waiting for her to stop being overrated and actually earn the praise).

Nobody on either side trusts Sash even a little bit. With this in mind and not trusting that he’s really on their side, Benry wants to flip things. He’s perfectly willing to vote with Chase, Holly, and Sash to get rid of Fabio.

They are attached to a hitching rail for the challenge. They will jump over and under the rail to free up enough rope to allow them to grab a bag of coins. The first three go to the final round, a gold coin puzzle. Dan may as well just sit out the challenge. Fabio has enough rope to move on. Sash and Benry don’t have enough rope, nor does Jane. Benry’s next attempt is successful, and Sash just barely makes it. Benry’s about ready to give up on the puzzle. Sash is making progress, and Fabio sneaks a peek at his. Sash wins immunity.

Sash tells us he’s in complete control and can’t wait to win the million. Oh great. Didn’t take long for his ego to get back to its original overinflated size.

Fabio’s worried that Benry may turn on him, and he asks Sash to just give him the heads up if he’s on the chopping block. Sash has no such plan to comply with this request. Other than making this request, Fabio plans to just sit back and see what happens.

Votes
Holly
Fabio
Fabio
Benry
Benry
Benry
Benry

For all the talk of a Fabio elimination, the actual decision was to go for Benry instead. I see no problem with this, seeing he threw his alliance away because he saw Sash talking to the other side.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 14, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 12

Sash and Brenda were still under the impression they were in charge in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 10. That impression proved to be quite wrong, as Brenda was voted out.

It’s still raining back at camp. NaOnka and the strangely now visible purple Kelly are taking it the hardest. Benry’s perfectly happy for one or both of them to quit. Deciding her head’s not in the game, NaOnka gives her idol to Chase, with the hopes that he will put it to good use (I’m not sure what he’s done so far that would indicate he is capable of that).

The person most worried about a possible departure of NaOnka and Kelly is Sash. If they go, he’s going to have to take the side of one of the two groups that remain, neither of which is something he wishes to be part of.

For the reward challenge, they will be divided into two teams. They will be tethered together and untie and carry their 8 foot stuffed dummy through a series of obstacles. The prize, brought to you by the creative minds who produce Big Brother no doubt, is a sneak peek at the new movie Gulliver’s Travels, complete with movie food. The schoolyard pick gives us the teams. Fabio, Sash, Jane, and Kelly are yellow; Holly, NaOnka, Chase, and Benry are blue. Dan was not selected, but he opts to back the blue team. The yellow team is the first to release their dummy. Both teams get over the first obstacle at the same time. Yellow takes the lead after the next obstacle, dragging Jane along for the ride. Blue takes over on the final obstacle, and they win reward. Having backed the right team, Dan will also be receiving the reward.

Sash poses a question immediately following the challenge: should they ask if they can eat the chicken? Jane doesn’t seem to believe that asking is a requirement. Bad Survivor move.

Making the decision that she’s gone out with a bang, NaOnka informs Jeff that today is her last day. Anybody else here want to quit? Yes, this is purple Kelly’s last day, too. At least we got to know her for like 12 seconds this season. Jeff does not understand their decision, so he will give them the afternoon to think about it. They can reveal their decision of whether they want to give up their shot at $1 million, on day 28 of 39, tonight at tribal council.

Jeff proposes a deal: if one person from the winning team is willing to give up their spot on the reward, they can take back to camp a tarp and enough rice to get them through the last 11 days. Does anybody want to be the hero/sucker? Holly says okay. Benry proposes NaOnka should sacrifice instead, and Holly is equally disappointed in NaOnka not stepping up, seeing as after tonight she will be able to eat whatever she wants.

When they get back to camp, Holly asks Kelly about her plans to quit. Holly knows what it’s like wanting to quit, having been talked into staying by Jimmy Johnson, and she’s glad she did. The worst thing is when Kelly is cold from the rain. Now she’s got a tarp. Yeah, but she’s hungry, too. Now they have more rice. Nonetheless, she’s been sucking it up for 28 days. She can’t suck any more.

On the other hand, while watching this movie that looks less than funny, Benry finds himself thinking that he wants NaOnka to just go home.

Considering what time it is and the fact that they have not had an immunity challenge, I’m going to assume that at least one person will be quitting tonight.

Benry’s frustrated sitting there listening to these people talk about quitting. Fabio doesn’t care if it starts snowing… he’s going to stay.

Jeff asks NaOnka if she had any shot to win. Marty finds this quite amusing. Jeff is thoroughly thrilled by NaOnka’s delusion that she thinks she can win. Furthermore, she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her selfishness of not forgoing reward.

After their discussion, it all comes down to one simple question. Are they going to stay?

NaOnka quits. I half expected her to stick around, but I can’t say I will miss her.

That gives purple Kelly a 1 in 8 shot at the million dollars. She, too, quits. There goes the most invisible person in the history of Survivor.

Everybody else just moved up two notches without having to get any blood on their hands. Sitting there in disgust, the jury members wish they had the chance these other two are throwing away.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 13, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 10

Losing his last life, Marty was voted out in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 9.

In a move of sheer stupidity, they have decided to move everything around the fire. There’s a thin line between protecting the fire and creating an environment for an inferno.

Holly is aggressively pushing for the elimination of Brenda, who believes she’s the king of the hill (with Sash being her queen). Jane’s running with this as well. Benry, Fabio, and Dan have to know they need to shake things up. NaOnka’s willing to do whatever she has to do, whatever that may mean. Chase would rather get rid of Benry. I don’t know what purple Kelly thinks because I’m not entirely sure whether she even talks.

For the challenge, they will be divided into two teams of 5. Using 4 barrels, 2 planks, and 10 feet of rope, they must make their way across the beach to the finish platform without touching the ground. Reward will be a trip to the Cerro Negro, one of the most active volcanoes, for some pizza and brownies, complete with volcano surfing, a concept that seems entirely made up. Chase, Kelly, Jane, NaOnka and Fabio are on the blue team following the school yard picking, and they are going against Sash, Holly, Brenda, Dan, and Benry on the yellow team. Blue team’s leading, and as the yellow team is failing to get it together, they all fall anyway. Unless the blue team screws up, which it doesn’t appear is going to happen, they’re going to run away with this challenge. Blue team wins reward.

When they return to camp, the losing team is greeted by the same scene we saw in Survivor: Amazon when Butch became obsessed with firewood and started piling it everywhere… their camp has burned down, and along with it will go all their belongings. Although their shelter is fine (the tarp notwithstanding), they surrounded the fire with every chest they had, and every chest they had is now ash. One of the chests had all of their food in it. To add insult to injury, the fire that they were so worried about keeping going is now out.

Chase tells Kelly she never really talks. Yeah, I noticed her being the most invisible player in the history of the game.

Now it’s time for some strategy. As Fabio starts talking, NaOnka says he needs to go off to the side with her. I wouldn’t go anywhere with her if I were you, dude. She may well throw you off the volcano. Her actual motivation is to tell him that everybody wants to get rid of Brenda. That works for him.

Chase warns Brenda that Holly and Ben are working to get rid of her. His basis for this is solely about trusting her, whether it’s the smart move or not. Unless he’s got the votes lined up, he’s backing the wrong horse. He goes to NaOnka to say that Benry needs to go next. In turn, she tells Benry that Chase cannot be trusted, and then she says the same to Jane and Holly.

For the immunity challenge, they will stand on a platform over the water while holding on to a rope. Every 5 minutes, they will move their hands further down the rope. Sash is first out, followed by Kelly. Holly falls next. Then Brenda, and from there it doesn’t matter too much because the stars have aligned against her. Dan drops next, with Fabio behind him. NaOnka falls. This leaves three people left standing when they move to the second knot. Benry falls. At this point, Jane’s starting to struggle, while Chase looks like he’s doing just fine. However, it’s Chase that loses his grip, and Jane wins immunity. Although the editing would lead us to believe otherwise (because the story of Chase falling before Jane is more interesting), Chase says he did not fall but rather was disqualified for some unknown reason.

Sash, who also believes he’s in complete control of the game, has finally found out about the plan to get rid of Brenda. He can either join the majority, or he can be an idiot like Chase has been. Chase’s concern is that Brenda’s departure means he would be playing with people he doesn’t trust. That’s Survivor. He has a warning for Brenda that it’s a done deal, with NaOnka having flipped.

Brenda’s last hope is to get Sash’s idol, so they can blindside NaOnka. That would address the immediate concern of her going home right now, but it also puts a huge target on Sash, without doing anything to secure the numbers.

At tribal council, NaOnka is called out as the one to jump ship. NaOnka denies responsibility, which is fair because it’s not like she’s the only one flipping. The whole tribe has flipped, well, aside from a couple of idiots.

Brenda says that scrambling is not worthwhile, and she really doesn’t have an interest in doing so. She’ll just let the cards fall as they may.

Votes
Brenda
NaOnka
Benry
Brenda
Brenda
Brenda
Brenda

Comeuppance. I was growing tired of Sash and Brenda acting like they were Survivor gods. With 5 votes, Brenda has been voted off the island. As for that lone Benry vote? That was purple Kelly, who’s apparently the most clueless person in the tribe.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 11, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 9

Alina was voted off the island in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 8 because, uh, I’m not really sure why.

People try to convince Jane that Marty doesn’t have a point, when in reality he does. Although she really hasn’t done anything to earn votes, they have no reason to take her to the end because people like her. Instead, they’d rather keep around people like NaOnka, who just keeps digging her own grave.

Marty’s new plan: get rid of Jane. Oh wait, that’s still his same plan. The twist is to spread the rumor that NaOnka’s going home instead, flushing out her idol in the process.

The reward challenge involves working their way through a series of obstacles collecting keys. Reward is a canopy tour and BBQ. The two teams, drawn at random, are men vs. women, with Chase sitting out. Chase picks the girls to win. Whatever happens to them, he will share in their fate. It’s a neck and neck start through the first key. Running through a bunch of sticks, however, slows down the women, and they’re pretty well out of it. Their only ray of hope is Dan’s inability to do anything involving physical activity, but regardless it’s not happening. As Jane drags behind and collapses, the men bust through the brick walls and win reward. Whatever the heck Chase was thinking, he was incorrect and will miss out on the reward.

Probst has a question. Is anybody willing to give up a spot for one of the women? No.

Brenda states the obvious: Chase’s choice was dumb. He voted for his alliance to win, rather than the choice that was logical.

After NaOnka tells Chase to not get on Brenda’s nerves, he goes up to Brenda and tells her again and again and again that she seems really unsure.

The immunity challenge is a memory challenge, remembering symbols in the order in which Jeff shows them. Everybody gets the first symbol right. Everybody is right the second time. Jane and NaOnka are out on the third symbol. Dan is out on the fourth. Holly, Kelly, and Sash are out on the fifth symbol. Everybody gets the sixth symbol right. Round two will have 7 symbols. Everybody gets the first one right. Fabio is out on the second symbol. Chase is out on the third. Benry is out on the fourth, bringing us down to Marty against Brenda. Both are correct on the next symbol. Marty is incorrect on the next symbol, and Brenda wins immunity.

Benry and Fabio wants to follow Marty’s plan, and Benry tells Fabio to just play stupid, which he tells us he’s been doing a lot.

NaOnka don’t want to talk about the food stealing any more, Jeff. Oh, and she doesn’t like Marty… either. Or Fabio. Or whoever doesn’t like her. Considering her attitude and yet the fact that she’s still here, Jeff believes he will see this lunatic at the finals.

No hidden idols are played. NaOnka doesn’t care.

Votes
Jane
Marty
Jane
Jane
Jane
Marty
Marty
Marty
Marty
Marty

Great. Now we gotta deal with Sash and Brenda and their egos expanding. With 6 votes, Marty has been voted off the island.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 8

After Marty handed over his idol to less than smooth talker Sash in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 7, his tribe got rid of his ally Jill.

They receive treemail telling them to pack up and follow a map to their new home. Merge already? Espada is given a box, which they cannot open until they have the key.

Benry wants to get rid of Alina already, before they even get to their new home. Alina proposes that the six of them stick together to wipe out the others, but nobody cares.

Inside the chest is a feast and a paper telling them they have merged. Back to trying to take control, Marty names the tribe, Libertad.

Both being from North Carolina, Jane and Chase are bonding already.

NaOnka tells us she woke up this morning very irritable. Just this morning? Feeling she was short changed on her share of the breakfast, she takes the flour, puts it in her bag, and leaves… all in full view of Holly. She decides to bury it in the ground. Crazy psycho bitch. Not content with that, she takes a bunch of fruit, cooking supplies, and eating supplies.

Alina realizes that the people who pretended to be on her side are all liars. Speaking of liars, she’s talking with NaOnka. Here, have a whole orange and calm your nerves down. You can cut it with the knives I stole in the pot I also stole.

When everybody starts looking for all the missing stuff, Holly confronts NaOnka, who claims she put it all back. Alina keeps her mouth shut, later telling Alina along with Chase that she should come clean. So she does admit she’s a liar, claiming she was doing it for the tribe by rationing for them. If she’s going down, she’s not going down alone, saying Alina was with her. NaOnka’s allies don’t care and plan to stick by her anyway.

Marty’s target is Jane. May as well get rid of her since she ain’t gonna be on his side regardless of what happens.

There are two individual immunity necklaces up for grabs. Each person will have two metal handles they will use to keep tension on a steel bar. Last man and woman standing win immunity. Purple Kelly and Dan are out within about 3 seconds. Alina’s not far behind. Brenda is next. Then Benry. Sash follows, with NaOnka close behind. I thought this was an endurance challenge, but it seems pretty damn quick. Holly is eliminated, and Jane wins immunity for the women. She can drop, but what if she wants to beat the men? Go for it. What a stupid way to draw attention to yourself. Marty is out. Chase is eliminated, and Fabio wins immunity for the men. Fabio agrees to drop his rather than participate in Jane’s silliness.

The original plan may have been to get rid of Alina, but Jane’s not going to vote with them because she will vote Marty no matter what, even if that means giving up the numbers. Sash has a problem with this. He doesn’t want to go back on his word to Marty. Wait. Wasn’t your word to give him the idol?

Dan has a warning for Marty that Chase is going to try to blindside him. Marty takes this information to everybody else, saying that Dan told him what was said.

Alina approaches Fabio for his support to get rid of Marty. Who should go first? NaOnka. Tell me about it. Alina’s fine with this random vote because it would mean one more vote not for her.

Marty calls Jane out at tribal council, warning the others that they can’t beat her in the final three. If she makes it to the final three, he will vote for her, which she takes surprisingly poorly.

Dan has another issue to raise. NaOnka and Alina stole food. Interesting how Alina is getting blame for this when she just ate some of the fruit. NaOnka denies that Alina took anything, but she says she’s been punished because nobody talked to her following her theft.

Sash will not be playing the hidden idol he didn’t give back to Marty.

Votes
Marty
Marty
Alina
Alina
Alina
Alina
Alina
Alina
Alina

For all the talk of a Marty vote, it’s not even close. With 7 votes, Alina has been voted off the island.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 9, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 7

Two people were sent home in Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 6, Kelly B and Yve.

Dan feels like teflon. Nobody’s ever going to target him, even though they should. Not convinced by their losing streak, they plan to get rid of Alina next.

Marty’s theory is that he has big cajones for not playing the immunity idol. No, he’s just stupid. He’s mostly angry at Jane for turning on him, not that he wouldn’t have done the same to her.

At the reward challenge, one member of each tribe will be a defender, standing on the perch in the water and trying to block balls from getting past them. The winning tribe will get a Nicaraguan farm experience, with horseback riding and fresh breakfast. Jane sits out for La Flor. Fabio and Chase are the defenders. NaOnka scores against Fabio to take the lead 1-0. Jill scores against Chase for a 1-1 tie. This is starting to look easy. Benry scores to take the lead 2-1. Marty throws the ball right directly at Chase, so somebody finally misses. Holly also misses. Purple Kelly scores against Chase to tie it 2-2. Dan makes the most pitiful throw yet, unable to perform the challenge correctly because he can’t jump. Remind me again why they haven’t voted him out. Sash doesn’t get blocked, but he doesn’t score either. Alina scores against Fabio to take the 3-2 lead for Espada. Brenda misses. Before we continue with the challenge, Fabio has to use the restroom in the pool. NaOnka scores to pull ahead 4-2. Jill scores to make it 4-3. Benry scores, and Espada wins reward.

Jane couldn’t care less if everybody else on her tribe is lazy, so long as they feel she’s important. They’re more than happy to take advantage of her.

After catching her fish, Jane has weirdly decided to hide in the woods and cook one of them for herself.

During their meal, Alina and Holly get all emotional and start crying. NaOnka views this as an opportunity talk about Alina behind her back, as if she needs an excuse.

Two members of each tribe will stand at the top of a tower and roll cannon balls down a chute, while four other tribe members use ropes to aim the chute at the other tribe’s tiles. First tribe to break all five of the other tribe’s tiles wins immunity. Sash sits out for La Flor. Benry and Alina are up top for Espada; Brenda and purple Kelly are up top for La Flor. Benry’s first toss misses. Kelly S takes the early lead for La Flor 1-0. Alina connects on Espada’s second attempt, while Brenda misses to tie it 1-1. Benry scores to take the 2-1 lead, as Kelly misses after listening to the people on the ground who think they know what they’re talking about but don’t, although she and Brenda are equally clueless. Alina connectes again to take the 3-1 lead for Espada. Brenda misses. Benry connects again for a 4-1 lead. Brenda then misses again. Alina just misses. Kelly scores to make it 4-2. Finally getting a challenge where their deliberate attempts to make themselves weaker don’t matter, Espada wins immunity.

Since it worked so well last time, La Flor again plans to split the votes to try to flush out the idol. Then Brenda and Sash come up with an alternate plan of having Marty give them the idol. Really?

Sash’s oh so brilliant pitch: you give me the idol, and I’ll look you in the eye and tell you you’re not going home tonight. So he’ll just go home next time then? This idiocy is not lost on Marty. Seeing that he’s an idiot, Sash makes another promise. If they lose immunity again next week, he’ll give him back the idol. Okay, what if they don’t lose then?

In spite of Sash’s efforts to botch this, Marty agrees to hand over the idol. What has he got to lose?

Pot stirrer Probst poses a question. If the idol is really a group idol, does Sash want to give it to Brenda to hold on to? No. Perhaps if there comes a time when he loses trust in them, er, when they lose trust in him.

Votes
Jane
Jane
Jill
Marty
Jill
Marty
Jill

Is there a logical reason why they still split the votes in spite of having the idol? Probably not, but the eighth person voted out of Survivor: Nicaragua is Jill.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Nicaragua Episode 8, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.