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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Season 21, Episode 5 Recap

by Audrey Fine, posted Oct 14th 2010 5:15AM
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"It would take something extraordinary, off the charts, completely whacked-out, to disturb my plans now." - "Old Guy" tribe member Marty following the ouster of Jimmy T. last week.

Note to future 'Survivor' contestants: Don't tempt the game gods with such proclamations. Thankfully for us viewers though, a big old shake up is precisely what happened -- and exactly the jump start the Nicaragua season needed -- and, in week five, this 21st season of "outwitting, outlasting and outplaying" finally got under way.

Re-jiggered tribes. Young and old mixed together (and the banishment of that pesky Medallion of Power) and, bam, whaddaya know -- all of a sudden we have a real game here.

Jane, Jill and a Gizmo-Gremlin-looking-Marty headed to the formerly young La Flor tribe while Benry, Chase, Alina and the country's most-notorious P.E. teacher, NaOnka, joined up with Espada and we finally got an honest to goodness reward challenge, too!

What was worth playing a life-sized Pachinko board for? A couple of chickens and a rooster, which, thanks to a bobble-on-the-buzzer by Marty, Espada snagged. But even the win, coupled with the fantasy of Eggs Benedict wafting through their minds, couldn't keep the tribe's spirits high. Here's the thing folks: When you welcome new members to your camp, don't go all parental on them. Inflicting rules on others really doesn't go over well. Especially when it's a bunch of elder statesmen telling a couple of kids the way things "should" be done. Recipe for disaster -- with or without essence de poulet.

And, while he wasn't necessarily preaching the 'Survivor' gospel to his new band of brothers, Marty managed to alienate most of them by pompously parading his Immunity Idol for all to see. He was going for a shock and awe approach, and it backfired. Big time. "I thought it was important to show that I had the idol, I knew Jane would probably tell them I had it so why not play it upfront and try to get something out of it?" he said in true reptilian form. But, despite being a couple of decades younger, his new tribemates weren't born yesterday.

"I think Marty is so arrogant," said cheerleader Brenda (proving again that she is more than just a pretty face) "he just whipped out the [idol] and we're like 'Are you stupid?' He's coming in to our home and setting up like he's the king. He has a lot of balls. That is the dumbest thing he could have done." Precisely.

Of course, I don't wish ill on anyone, regardless of the circumstances, but I have to admit that it was hard to feel sympathetic when NaOnka, amidst a wicked rain storm, got into a bad mindset and began to freak out. Here's a woman who had done nothing (that we've seen) to be kind to anyone in over two weeks, yet the minute her defenses were down and she got to a scary place, Alina -- the very one she'd been torturing for days on end -- came to her rescue and tried to buoy her spirits. Kudos to Alina for being so much the better person.

But, there's no use crying in 'Survivor': The sun is back out and there's a human-carnival game of an immunity challenge to get to. And, despite valiant get-dunked-and-spit-out-water efforts by Brenda and Purple Kelly, the La Flor tribe emerged triumphant (because, yeah, it's easier to land a stream of water into a cup when your team's not whizzing you by it) and Espada was sent back to camp to contemplate the ouster -- and the allure of a chicken dinner.

"I knew that we were going to lose," NaOnka said following the challenge. "I felt it. And, I'm not a quitter. I don't want my students to think I'm a quitter but, I'm getting skinnier and I'm losing fat and I think I'm done." Now there was a glimmer of hope to cling to.

Unfortunately, Tyrone's fatherly ways, articulate explanations, and rational "Gee, let's save this chicken for a rainy day" approach (but watch me dig in when you kill it anyway), rubbed his new -- and old -- tribemates the wrong way, and so Nay lived on to see another day at his expense.

"Maybe that's the generation gap," Tyrone said. "Anything can happen [in this game] and, guess what? Anything happened."

True enough. Suddenly Dan and Holly, who were ripe for the picking, have gotten a second chance at this game while hot shot Marty and big mouth NaOnka seemed to be heading right for the chopping block. Then again, it can all change on a dime again next week. That's what keeps us coming back, right?

'Survivor: Nicaragua' airs Weds., 8PM ET on CBS.

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Jan Crump

Like the shake up - but you could not have paid me enough to be strapped to a contraption, and then dunk me in water that not only has had my open mouth, sweat and debris from my hair, and whatever other germs, but 2 other peoples open mouths, sweat and debris from their hair, etc.!!! Who came up with that! The idea of sucking in water and holding it in my mouth, that is that disgustingly dirtied is NOT worth even a million bucks to me.

October 15 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Loblaw

Audrey, great writeup, but your breakdown of the immunity challenge is incorrect. The "water spit" part of the challenge had no relation to the end outcome, as the team that completed part one first lost part 2. Even though La Flor had troubles because they spun the wheel too fast, "Fabio" redeemed them by breaking the tiles before the other team. "And, despite valiant get-dunked-and-spit-out-water efforts by Brenda, Purple Kelly and swim coach Holly, the La Flor tribe emerged triumphant" (Brenda, and Purple Kelly are on La Flor, Holly is on Espada, and nothing about that sentence makes any sense whatsoever)

October 14 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Couchtime With Jill

People keep digging their own graves this season by talking too much and not paying attention to how they're being perceived by their tribemates. I'm glad they dumped the Medallion of Power and shook up the teams though, maybe now the season will get a bit more exciting. Check out my full review here: http://www.couchtimewithjill.com/

October 14 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The dopes killed a hen. they had 2 hens and 1 rooster. You don't need a rooster for eggs. They could have eaten the rooster and still had 2 hens laying eggs. Dopes.

October 14 2010 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to John's comment

You'd be surprised to find out how many people think you need a rooster for hens to lay eggs... common misconception.

October 14 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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