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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Season 21, Episode 14 Recap

by Audrey Fine, posted Dec 16th 2010 10:30AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua'['Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'This is Going to Hurt']

Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Nice slogan, but if Chase wins this 21st season of 'Survivor,' they may just have to change it to "DIMWIT Outplayed and Outlasted." That boy has made more egregious errors in judgment than anyone in recent memory yet somehow continues to stumble upwards. In fact, he's such a bumbler that I was impressed he could figure out how to find the videos on the INSERT BRAND NAME HERE phone they got last night.

Watching each contestant view the taped messages from home is always a teary event and this time was no exception. It's oddly moving to see each Survivor's reactions to his or her loved ones' words of encouragement. (Though I have to admit that I was prejudiced against Sash's mom before she opened her mouth. She raised him after all.) It was sweet though; Fabio cried like a little boy at the site of his mother, Jane's daughter said she was "skinnier than sh*t" and Holly's jovial hubby seemed genuinely happy to see her. Sniff.

As is typically par for the course, the family members were on the island and a whole lot of hugging went on before they got to join in on the reward challenge. Dan actually ran to see his son - the first time we've seen him exert that much energy since, well, ever.

The challenge - a swim to get some bags of letters that your family member has to use to form a phrase -- saw Chase and his mom win (argh) and despite having promised Fab only moments before that he'd take him along on the reward, he chose Sash and Holly. Fabio (or "Jud the stud" as his mom told Jeff he used to be called) was pissed. Evidently he only gets to see his mother twice a year and he was downright heartbroken by the breach, though his mom tried to get him back on track by reassuring him that they'd see each other soon and telling him to "get his head back in the game."

So, while the reward crew sailed around the island and gorged themselves (funny, because the loved ones didn't seem to be eating nearly as much - even Holly's less-than-svelte better half), Jane, Dan and Fabio went back to camp and talked some turkey about Chase. Funny that they can spell the word "douchebag" out when it's in subtitles but have to blur/bleep it when spoken. Like me, Dan is not a fan, and Jane appeared to have suddenly aged about 10 years - the sleepless, eatless days apparently finally taking their toll on the scrappy farmer.

The next morning was the immunity challenge and I found myself cheering for Fabio to win. Not on the inside. I was yelling at my TV screen -- something which hasn't happened since SuperBowl XLII. And, whaddaya know? He did! Take that you smarmy little Sash and Chase. Oh, wait, you guys have immunity idols. Crap.

Of course, Fabio winning the necklace effectively screwed up the "alliance's" next move and they decided to vote out Jane instead - something that did NOT sit well with her. She confronted them about it, they copped to it and she gave them the finger, read them the riot act then extinguished the fire on the way to Tribal. "By God, I started it, I put it out."

Bummer for the rest of them that she DID end up getting voted out - though, they could probably use their torches to get it relit once back from Tribal. Now, with Sash and Douche, er, Chase having had to play their idols, the game gets really interesting. Especially if Fabio can win immunity again on Sunday. Wouldn't suck to be a 20 year-old millionaire. Especially one who's nowhere near as dumb as he seems. (Yes, I'm kinda sweet on the guy. Sue me.)

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Joyce N.

Jane voted for Sash,

December 18 2010 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Orangecrush

If I remember correctly, Jane didn't even follow her own advice. Didn't she vote for Dan?

Wtf?

December 17 2010 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Binx

Iloved the way Jeff got the tribe to think at the tribal council,but why oh why did they not think and go with Jane's suggestion. Was Jane such a hugh threat. This could have really mixed up the alliance and Fabio maybe taken him further. What is Sash still doing in the game is it because the others think they can win the million dollars against him.

December 17 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AngryManSteve

I was beside myself watching Jeff suggest strategy at Tribal Council. Sure, he's there to ask questions, and yes, this season of contestants does seem a bit more spaced out than past years, but the advice he gave could have changed the outcome of the vote.

December 16 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

This group of survivors have done some stupid things! Keeping Dan around, Sending Benry and Alina home,and now, Jane. She was scrappy and loveable but the game is to outwit,outlast, and outplay. She thought an alliance was a lifelong event, when in fact, it shifts like the wind. She will always be a fan fav.

December 16 2010 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike

Not sure why she's anyone's favorites. Sure, she was impressive physically. And? And she was also a really small and petty individual the entire season. She stole from the tribe when she ate her own fish, she said horrible things about Marty in her confessionals, all while suggesting that she was in the good people's alliance. Yeah... real good people. One wonders whether Brenda feels bad for Jane, since Jane was with her, but at the drop of a hat, the first opportunity to rid herself of Brenda, she did... And that's the game.

I really hope Fabio wins.

Audrey, you need to have a talk with the folks at TV Squad. They must stop putting up those stupid clips prior to reviews of the same episode. Those posters are never concerned with spoilers. The clip was up last night with a title and first paragraph that totally gave away the results of the episode... and then 20+ people responded. They should be responding to your recap, not an AOL/TV Squad clip, which we both know is filler for the site. Your recap needs to be up first, and they need to stop posting spoilers in the titles and first paragraphs within 8 to 12 hours of the show. It's a dvr world folks, get onboard or lose people... up to you.

December 16 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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