'Survivor: Nicaragua' Season 21, Episode 9 Recap
by Audrey Fine, posted Nov 11th 2010 10:30AM
['Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'Running the Camp']
Last night's was a good old-fashioned episode of 'Survivor' that kept us guessing till Probst read the final, deciding vote. And, then, had us reaffirming the fact that in this game, you really, REALLY, never know what's going to happen 'til it happens.
But, let's start at the very beginning. (A very good place to start.)
Marty clearly ruffled a few feathers during last week's Tribal Council when he set out to derail Jane by pointing out that she, above the rest, was truly deserving of the million dollar purse and therefore a huge threat.
During the post-Tribal pow-wow, all sorts of folks had their [dirty] panties in a twist about it. "I think that tonight's Tribal really shook things up," began consummate shaker-upper NaOnka. "Marty was going a little too hard on [Jane]," she said.
Chase and Brenda(and a whole host of others) seemed to concur but, at the same time you could almost read their thought bubbles. "Bad Marty," the bubbles said. "He called out the sweet old lady. But wait ... maybe, just maybe now that I think about it, he has a point. She DOES have a sob story, etc. She could easily win the money, etc."
And, before we knew it Marty had apparently accomplished his mission -- he planted the seed that even though Jane brought in the daily catch, Libertad would be better off without its meal ticket. But, Marty's not stupid and he realized that by "clearing the air" he drew an even bigger target on his back -- one that he'd spend the entire episode trying to reduce by endeavoring to convince everyone to vote for NaOnka, flush out the idol and blindside Jane. That was the plan. But would it work?
Right off the bat, we were treated to a fun and physical (finally!) "get the three keys and unlock your flag" reward challenge which had the players randomly drawing for teams and "amazingly" end up with a Men vs. Women scenario -- with Chase sitting out. "This doesn't mean you're out of it," Probst told the trucker-cap wearing jackman. "You're going to choose one team to back. You choose the right team and you go on reward." And much to the macho brigade's utter disbelief, the good old boy "did something crazy" and sided with the chicks!
After huffing and puffing their way through piles of straw, sticks and bricks, the big bad men emerged triumphant by a pretty narrow margin despite an awesome showing by Jane (who, despite a feeble exterior, continues to amaze with her physical prowess) and they were off on their ziplining tour of the Nicaraguan jungle canopy and scarfing down a Survivor BBQ. Take that you turncoat Chase!
As could be expected, the dudes bonded over breathtaking views and brewskis, with Marty continuing his "vote NaOnka, blindside Jane" campaign while, back at camp, the girls (and Chase) bonded and kicked operation "Get Marty" into full gear. Or, at least they would have had the only man not been such a whine-o about every flipping detail. "Chase is always paranoid," said an exasperated Na' in her best "oh-no you dit' nt " voice after he went over and "irked" Brenda. "He's reaching a point where his alliance is sick of him. We might just have to swap you out for somebody else on the other side because your paranoia is getting to be too much."
After the physical Reward, the Immunity Challenge ended up being a memory game that saw players endeavor to memorize a pattern of "island" themed images as set forth by Probst. Marty was chomping at the bit and seemed convinced he'd walk away with the necklace. Jane? Not so much. And, sure enough she and Na were the first two out. It came down to Marty and Brenda with the latter pulling out the win in the end (and being typically none-too-modest about it).
Of course, Marty needed that necklace a heck of a lot more than did queen bee Brenda and he spent the remainder of the episode championing his flush/blindside plan and even seemed to win over one of his harshest critics. "What Marty said is absolutely true," admitted a big honking zit-plagued Brenda. "Jane is a huge threat and anyone who's thinking of going with her to the final is a fool because she would win. So, I agreed to it. We went along with the plan, but Marty's not running the camp. Sash and I are running the camp." So there. The omnipotent Brenda has spoken.
At Tribal, after interrogating Marty, Brenda and Jane about the goings-on around camp, Probst had the audacity to ask Na a question about her transgression with the food and unwittingly unleashed a stream-of-conciousness tirade. "I'm a humanitarian," she declared. "I'm human. I'm very far from stupid." Un-huh. An incredulous Marty and Fab had a field day with her non-sequiturs and giggled and rolled their eyes like school girls at everything that came out of her mouth.
But, guess who had the last laugh? Yup. Na, despite being a "liar and cheat and a steal," is still playing the game while Marty -- who, for the first time ever, seemed less than panicked about his fate in the vote -- is hanging on the Ponderosa, hopefully filling Coach's shoes of host extraordinaire. We'll talk to him later today and get his take on all this craziness.
'Survivor: Nicaragua' airs Wednesdays at 8PM ET on CBS.