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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Season 21, Episode 13 Recap

by Audrey Fine, posted Dec 9th 2010 10:10AM


Sash, Survivor['Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'Not Sure Where I Stand']

I'll get to the recap in a minute, but first, I need to vent. I can't stand that Sash. The guy is (with apologies to the late, great John Hughes) an oily bohunk. He's a shifty, slimy snake oil salesman and even in a game where those kinds of traits serve you well, he makes my skin crawl.

There. I feel much better. Now back to our regularly scheduled recap.

So, yeah, wah-wah, poor bohunk, his two partners in crime -- NaOnka and Purple Kelly -- threw in the towel last week and now he's left to fend for himself against the big bad redneck and the rocket scientist club promoter

What's a two-faced, backstabbing realtor to do? Why continue along in his nefarious ways of course and endeavor to convince both alliances that he's the sought-after "free agent" they require to seal the deal. Blech. Pass the Purel.

As Sash sashayed along trying to impress his importance to everyone, a pesky Reward Challenge presented itself. Only it's a deja vu. A rejiggering of previous obstacles and games that we saw just a couple weeks back. What happened? Did the "challenge boat" not clear customs? That's lame, Burnett. Boo.

But, as with several other challenge this season, the best part was when the two "old" ladies held their own against the young bucks to vie for the big prize -- a trip to a private resort and an honest-to-goodness (albeit outdoor) shower. Yep, Jane and Holly gave Benry and Chase a damn good run for their money before being beaten. Chase pulled out the victory and chose the women to go on the reward with him. Nice? Sure. Dumb? Certainly. That guy is a serious yutz. Or maybe he's a master manipulator. There's no other way to account for his egregious missteps at every turn. And the fact that he says "I'm not stupid" at every opportunity doesn't help matters. Me thinks he doth protest too much.

At this point in the game, the plotting and scheming become almost unbearable -- to the viewers anyway. It's not like the editors are going to intimate what actually may happen, so we at home are held captive by flaccid pontifications and feeble rationales until the actual truth is made known at Tribal. It's painful.

And that's precisely what happened last night after sneaky Sash stopped "sandbagging" and mustered a win in the Immunity challenge against Fab and Benry. With the necklace around his (wringable) neck, everyone scrambled to the nth degree. Well, everyone but Fab who, as usual, decided to play it cool.That kid doesn't seem to have a stress button. I'm jealous.

With the other six running around like chickens with their heads cut off (a recurrent theme in the episode that saw Jane's beloved feathered friend become a delectable dinner), the situation became downright laughable and I simply couldn't wait for Tribal and to be finished with all the histrionics. (And, yes, to see NaOnka in street clothes.)

Heading in to Tribal it was made to appear that it was all but a done deal that clueless Fab would be blindsided by the majority (including his pal Benry) and sent to the Ponderosa. But as is often the case with 'Survivor,' whaddaya know, there was a last minute reprieve for the babelicious surfer dude and slick Benry was offed in his stead.

And, while that's OK -- particularly because Ben seemed to morph into a weasel before our very eyes last night -- it's frustrating too. I say let us think what we want and keep the misleading music and editing to a minimum next go 'round.

'k?

'Survivor: Nicaragua' airs Wednesdays at 8PM ET on CBS.

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Cyn

I can't stand Sash- he is a legend is his own mind.
Even if he makes it to the top 3, the jury will crucify him. He has a lot of haters sitting on that jury. Benry was a strong player and did not deserve to go home. Fabio is likeable like a lab puppy but has used zero strategy in this game.
Dan sickens me as he is so useless and they allow him to stay when he does and produces NOTHING. What, is he out their for a vaction?

December 10 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Audrey Fine

I'm jealous of Fab's seeming inability to get stressed - not the fact that he didn't scramble. But thanks for paying such close attention. ;)

December 09 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I think it's funny how you slammed Brenda for not scrambling, but you are jealous of Fabio's ability to do that... interesting. Jealous of Brenda or what?

What gets to me are the attachments people make in such a short time. Firstly, they freak out over not having contact with their family for a month and a week. Big deal! Then they act like they've made lifelong friendships within a couple days... All leading to the most ridiculous thing I may have ever seen with Jane crying over her lost friend... a chicken she'd "known" for a week, maybe 2. These people need to get a grip.

December 09 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex

There wasn't any last minute changes, I think Chase always wanted Benry out first and they were just lying to him. They lied to Dan because it would appear Dan was closer to Ben then he was to Fabio and Fabio was just left in the dark.

Also I'm not a huge fan of Sash either but he plays the game. I like Fabio but unless he runs off a couple of immunity wins, where is he going? These guys need to start strategizing more, or at least to a level where the editors are forced to show us their abilities.

December 09 2010 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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