'Survivor: Nicaragua' Season 21, Episode 8 Recap
by Audrey Fine, posted Nov 4th 2010 9:20AM
['Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'Company Will be Arriving Soon']
Last night's episode of 'Survivor: Nicaragua' had its fair share of memorable scenes but, for me, it'll be remembered as the one where I had to watch (and listen) to Na'Onka pass salami gas. That's right. Pass. Salami. Gas.
But, I digress...
Following his cohort Jill's ouster last week (and the fact that he'd forked over the idol to that insipid-yet-dastardly Sash), Marty figured his goose was pretty much cooked. Then again, as he's fond of pointing out, this is 'Survivor' and you never know what's going to happen next. Bingo.
Whaddaya know? It was merge time and all of a sudden, the technical executive, who suggested the new tribe name of 'Libertad,' had a new "lease on life."
Alina wasn't as fortunate. For whatever reason she seemed to have rubbed many players the wrong way from the get go and many, including the typically stoic Benry, were incredibly vocal about wanting her 86'd. (It was later when he called her a dirt squirrel that the lack of love was set in stone. And, not to rattle cages, aren't they called ground squirrels?)
With the merge came a whole lot of strategizing and a whole bunch of food. The new tribemates gorged themselves on bread (!), cookies, and the aforementioned lunch meat. "That salami was yummy to my tummy," said Na. "It just melted in my mouth." Apparently, her digestive tract had a harder time with it. Now, after being starved for a couple of weeks your stomach's going to have problems processing actual food, but do we really need to watch/hear people toot on reality TV? Let's leave that to the Charlie Harpers of the world, okay?
It wasn't just Na'Onka's booty that had a problem with the food. Ingesting calories seemed to make her a little more wacko and, before we knew it, she was stealing stuff out of the treasure chest and creating her own personal pantry -- but not before roping innocent passerby Alina into her tangled web.
Now, we all know the brouhahas that have transpired over so much as eating an extra banana (don't we James Clement?) so why is it that Na's ginormous transgression -- which, thankfully, an observant Holly brought out in the open, was forgiven by everyone but (dreamy) Fabio? Forget Dan. Na is the "Teflon Don" of this season.
With no Reward Challenge to flesh out the hour, we got to see lots of plotting and even more interaction between the players. Na and Brenda caught each other up on every last detail that had transpired since last they plotted their evil domination, and North Carolinans Jane and Chase bonded over being rednecks (her phrase, not mine).
When the Challenge finally rolled around, the players were all too ready to vie for one of two Immunity necklaces -- one for each winning woman and man. The task? To keep enough tension on two metal handles to prevent a middle bar from slipping out. Do-nothing Dan and Kelly Purple were out within three seconds and Alina, who knew she really needed that necklace, was next.
Before we knew it, Jane was the winning woman. But the necklace wasn't enough for the tenacious dog trainer -- she wanted to beat Fabio, Chase and her nemesis Marty too. Sho 'nuff, Marty choked, followed by Chase (who may very well have thrown it for his tar heel compatriot) and Fab snagged the other necklace and a huge leg-wrap hug from Jane.
"My whole goal today was...to beat Marty," she said back at camp. "I may be little, I may be small but there ain't no way in hell that in an individual challenge that you will beat me." Okay, we (and Marty) get it. You don't like him. But you're not alone. Once again, Marty was on the defensive, scrambling for a way -- any way -- to stay in the game.
This week, his savior came in the surprising form of...wait for it...Dan. True enough, the guy who, if it weren't for Kelly Purple, could easily be the most forgettable player in years, actually made a move. "Listen," Dan said as he limped over to Marty. "I don't trust Chase. I think he's going to try and blindside you tonight." Well, that's all it took for mastermind Marty to get revved up. He went straight to Sash, who had, shockingly, made it clear that he had no intention of going back on his word not to blindside him, to try to find out what was going on. "Everyone I've spoken to," stammered Sash in an attempt to assuage fears, "Says it's Alina."
Alina, meanwhile, was pulling out all the stops in her campaign to remain on the island -- even trying her feminine wiles to get Fabio to vote Marty instead of her. "I would piss a lot of people off by doing that," he said as sweetly as possible. "You want me to kick [him] out now when I've been friends with Marty for a while and I get along with him and enjoy him around camp?" he asked. "Seems to me that we got along too, but..." she sniffed in perfect John Hughes fashion while walking away leaving a flummoxed Fab standing alone in the woods.
But, as with the midterm elections, the time for campaigning was up! Probst was waiting at Tribal to anoint the first member of the Jury.
Marty explained why the group shouldn't keep Jane in the game. But since she had immunity, it was sort of like a public service announcement for future reference were he to be sent packing in a few minutes. He then pointed out that if "You let little old lady from South Carolina..." (whoops, it's the other one) "...who catches fish and has the saddest story here of human, tragic loss and of needing the money desperately" stay, she's going to win. He also pledged that, should she make it to the final three, he'd vote for her because she'd deserve it.
When the votes were counted, not surprisingly, given Marty's impressive track record of eking his way out of incredibly dismal situations, Alina found herself on the receiving end of Probst's snuffer.
"Anybody with any smarts about this game would've kept me in instead of Marty," she said after the fact. "These people are stupid and eventually that's going to bite them in the butt."
She may not have been all that perceptive during the game, but something tells me that she hit the nail on the head with that prediction.
'Survivor: Nicaragua' airs Wednesdays at 8PM ET on CBS.