'Survivor: Nicaragua' Season 21, Episode 7 Recap
by Audrey Fine, posted Oct 28th 2010 9:00AM
['Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'What Goes Around, Comes Around']
Forget the challenges and who went home -- last night's seventh episode of 'Survivor: Nicaragua' was memorable for two resounding reasons. Number one: Kelly Purple actually spoke on camera (she didn't say anything of any import, in fact, she came across pretty dumb, but, still, she spoke!) and number two: Sash joined Tyson "I"m still pretty awesome" Apostol in the ranks of the most unabashedly arrogant, self-important players in the game's history.
"For me who stays in this game isn't a matter of how hard you work around camp, it's about how loyal you are to me." Pretty grandiose words coming from a guy who, 'til now, had been best known as the dude whose sexual orientation was challenged by that sexist homophobe Shannon. (Remember him?)
But, I digress. The episode got off to a -- what else? -- rainy start (is it ever dry on Nicaragua? No wonder the Sandinistas were so cranky!) with Marty yapping nonstop to La Flor about his "cojones" at not having played the Immunity Idol at the last Tribal Council and wondering how they could have presumed to try and vote him off.
Over at Espada, Columbo, I mean Dan, was delighted to still be in the game and celebrated by promptly taking a nap. No sleep for the weary though as the Reward Challenge got right underway and the tribes found themselves playing a "jump off a ramp and try to throw a ball into a giant net and then land in a pool" game with Fabio and Chase serving as goalies. (I have to say, even though she bugs me, NaOnka rocked. She looked like Michael Jordan out there.)
Want to know what they were playing for? Breakfast. A big old traditional spread served up in a gen-u-ine local village.
The best part of the challenge though, as we saw in last week's previews, was Fab peeing in the pool without batting an eye. "Fabio, what're you doing right now?" Probst pressed. "I can't concentrate when I gotta pee," he rationalized. Ok then.
Turns out he couldn't concentrate much with an empty bladder either and Espada racked up the win and headed out the next morning on horseback, 'City Slickers' style, to milk a cow and chow on tortillas and huevos.
La Flor, meanwhile, lazed around camp doing nothing -- all except Jane, who took off at 5:30AM to go fishing. "I'm not going to tell them to get off their lazy little asses," she said. "Let 'em sleep. As long as we win challenges that's all I care about."
If only everyone in the tribe felt that way. "The older people," began Sash, King of the La Flor Lazies, in his play for 'most despicable,' "who came over from Espada can work their butts off and feed me all day long and they'll help me get stronger. I love it. I get to stay home all day, relax and eat the fruits of their labor." So punchable. At least there was one fruit he wouldn't be eating ... A big old catfish that Jane caught, cooked and scarfed down all alone in the woods. "I earned it," she said. Yes, M'am. Yes, you did.
Sustenance didn't really come in to play in the Immunity Challenge -- there was no running involved in a ball down a chute aiming game that saw Benry and Alina lead their Espada tribe to victory over the Brenda- and Purple Kelly-led La Flor. That's two in a row for Espada, and someone from La Flor was going home -- but not before a helluva lot of maneuvering took place.
For whatever reason, Brenda and Sash were still the ones calling the shots on La Fleur -- much to Marty's dismay. Then again, Marty's pretty much a dead man walking which is why he, for the second time in as many weeks, decided to make an extremely risky play. He, at Sash's prompting, forked over his Immunity Idol in exchange for a handshake and a "look in the eye" that would guarantee that he'd not be voted out. Foolhardy? From where we sit, yes. Then again, this is 'Survivor' we're talking about. As Marty told Jeff at Tribal, "It's a crazy game. You never know what could happen."
Yeah, like against all odds, for the second time in a row actually surviving for another three days? Which is precisely what happened when, shock, Sash honored his word and voted off Jill in Marty's place.
But, despite having followed through, Sash the Great has a chink in his armor that may prove to be his Achilles heel.
"Now that you have [the idol] in your possession for the group," Probst proposed, "do you want to give it to Brenda to hold on to?" Pause. "At this moment I don't think it serves a purpose but if there's a time when I lose trust in them, er, I'm sorry ..." Whoops. Foot in mouth. And, yes, Probst and Brenda jumped all over him about that Freudian slip. Even Fabio chimed in. "I'm actually a little bit familiar with Freudian psychology," he said. "It might have been the whole 90 percent of the subconscious coming up above and coming out." Score one for the "dumb blonde."