‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Episode 11 Recap: Most Shocking Tribal Council Ever?

Last Episode: NaOnka made a gamble and turned on her friend, while Brenda refused to scramble and her game met its end.

Tonight: Jeff Probst has promised us a great episode and the previews hinted at the most shocking Tribal Council ever. Oh, we shall see…

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Here is the tribe as it currently stands…

The Libertad Tribe (wearing red with vibrant white highlights)
•    Benry – 24, Club Promoter
•    Chase – 24, Race Car Jackman/Country Singer
•    Dan – 63, Real Estate Executive
•    Fabio – 21, Student
•    Holly – 44, Swim Coach
•    Jane – 56, Dog Trainer
•    Kelly S. – 20, Nursing Student
•    NaOnka – 27, P.E. Teacher
•    Sash – 30, Real Estate Broker

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A rough sky greets the Libertonians after Tribal Council. Purple Kelly discovers the ability to talk and lets us know that she was completely left in the dark about the Brenda vote.

Holly explains ‘Survivor’ 101 to NaOnka, telling her that the moves she had made could be construed as stabbing Brenda in the back. Ya know, cause she totally did.

Chase lets us know that his new alliance consists of him, Jane (fish hoarder), Holly (shoe sinker), and NaOnka (sock/flour/cookware stealer, one-legged-woman assaulter). Good luck with that, Chase.

The next morning the Libertatians are understandably freaked out as the rain has turned their pond into a mudslide.

NaOnka is having a rough time dealing with the weather as it is apparently very rough on her joints. Kelly Purple is having trouble with the rain too.

Sing it with me folks… “Purple Rain…Purple Rain…”

Later that day NaOnka and Chase discuss her quitting again. NaOnka shows how serious she is about tapping out by handing her hidden immunity idol over to Chase. Chase lets us know that even if she stays in the game, he’s holding onto the idol.

Jane goes over the numbers, apparently Sash will be the fourth member of their alliance if NaOnka quits. However, Sash trusts Purple Kelly and NaOnka more than he trusts Team Holly. (Seriously? After NaOnka went after Brenda?)

Reward Challenge: The tribe will be split into two teams. They’ll also be tethered to each other. Each team will have to untie an eight-foot dummy named Gulliver (that looks suspiciously like Jack Black). They’ll then have to carry the dummy over a series of obstacles. The first team to cross the finish line wins a trip to ‘Survivor’ Cinema where they’ll watch a preview of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and enjoy popcorn and other theater snacks.

Gulliver’s Travels‘ coming to a theater near you December 22, 2010.

J-Pro then gives an inspiring speech about how they’ve come this far, and Goonies never say die, and a couple of other clichés. Sweep the leg, Johnny.

After a school-yard pick, the yellow team will be Fabio, Sash, Jane, and Purple Kelly while the blue team will be Holly, NaOnka, Chase, and Benry. Dan wasn’t selected (SHOCKER!) so he’ll sit in a comically large chair and root for the blue team. If the blue team wins, he gets to tag along for movie night.

The yellow team frees their Jack Black first, but the blue team is only slightly behind them.

Note: Is this the first time Jack Black has been on TV without singing?

The blue team falls behind for a bit, but Benry powers them into the lead.

A rope wall proves troublesome for the blue folks as team yellow sneaks back ahead (while dragging Jane).

Another Note: Probst says “Don’t give up” like a dozen times during this challenge. It’s like he’s trying to subliminally get into NaOnka and Kelly’s heads.

The blue team manages to regain the lead during the final obstacle and wins the challenge and the reward.

During the wrap-up, NaOnka tells Jeff that she’s going to call it quits.  Purple Kelly tells him she’ll be throwing in the towel too.

J-Pro doesn’t let them off the hook that easily. He tells them they’ll have to wait until Tribal Council to quit.

Probst also gives the winning team the chance to forgo their reward in exchange for a new tarp and more rice for the tribe. All it takes is one person to sacrifice their reward to earn the items.

Holly takes one for the team and gives up her reward. Benry tries to get NaOnka to give up her reward since she’ll be going home that night anyway. But, that would involve being unselfish which isn’t quite NaOnka’s gimmick.

Back at camp, Holly does her best Jimmy Johnson impersonation and tries to talk Purple Kelly out of quitting. Kelly says that she can’t deal with the rain and the lack of food. Holly counters by saying she just got them more food and a tarp. Touché.

We meet up with the winning team at the ‘Survivor’ Cinema. Chase, Benry, NaOnka, and Dan dive into the food. NaOnka tells us that she didn’t give up the reward because she gave 110% in the challenge.

New Footage Sheds Light on ‘Survivor: Nicaragua’

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Quick Aside: OK, I’m a big believer in all’s fair in love and ‘Survivor,’ but NaOnka might be the devil. You’re leaving the game, why don’t you leave these poor, freezing, starving people with a tarp and rice. Hopefully if she does quit, Probst will stick to the ruling that quitters aren’t invited back. I’d hate to see her return for “Survivor 25: Press vs. Awful Human Beings.”

We’re then treated to some apparently hilarious scenes from ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’

NaOnka claims that the movie put everything in perspective, and that if she stays she can win a million dollars.

No NaOnka, you can’t. You can’t possibly win a million dollars. If you went up in a final three with the 2004 Boston Red Sox and whoever greenlit the Geico ‘Cavemen’ sitcom, you still wouldn’t get my vote.

Tribal Council gets off to an odd start as the winning team comes right from their reward. What if nobody quits? Do they still vote? Although, I do like the idea of an emergency Tribal Council. Nobody puts J-Pro in the corner.

Jeff asks Holly why she didn’t quit. She gives credit to Jimmy Johnson for talking her out of it. I miss me some Jimmy. Damn you, Marty.

NaOnka explains how the weather is wreaking havoc with her joints. Dan isn’t amused. The man has no joints, he’s like a Ken doll!

Kelly Purple Kelly tells Jeff that the weather has been getting the best of her too.

Benry dips into the cliché bin and says “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

Fabio tells Jeff that he doesn’t care if it starts snowing; he’s going to stay in the game. Go Fabio. I love that kid. (Also, he’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan.)

NaOnka then proves how deluded she is by saying that she thinks she had a shot at winning the game. J-Pro nearly falls over with glee.

Jeff then asks everyone for their thoughts on ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’


NaOnka really seemed to like it, although I can’t see them quoting her in the movie trailers.

Jane then gives the speech of the evening saying how times are tough with the recession and if you don’t have some kind of drive and perseverance, you’re going to be in trouble.

Jeff finally puts the question to NaOnka asking if she’s going to stay or quit. She quits.

Jeff then asks the same question to Purple Kelly, telling her she now has a one-in-eight shot with NaOnka gone. And…she quits.

Probsty asks NaOnka what should happen to her torch now that she’s out. She assumes it will be snuffed (or “smuffed” as she said) like everyone else. Osten from Pearl Islands disagrees.

Probst says he’ll snuff them, but they’ll leave the torches at Tribal as a reminder of their failure. Probst snuffs the torches and sends them on their way. He then leans the torches against a wall and gives the remaining players a pep talk to finish off the show.

What?! They’re not going to lay the torches down?!

Verdict: That was rough to watch. Brenda and Marty looked livid. Poor Alina was in tears.

Good, interesting episode though. But, I have no love for quitters. Of course, that may be easy to say from the comfort of my couch.

And NaOnka may have just replaced Dre “Dreamz” Herd as my least favorite player ever.

Who’s Going to Win? How about Holly? Heroic gestures usually backfire, but she probably won Kelly Purple’s jury vote.

Power Rankings Results: Team Dragon Slayer had NaOnka in spot nine and Purple Kelly in spot seven. I had NaOnka in spot five and Purple Kelly in spot nine. The current score is now Team Dragon Slayer 125, Team Truth Seeker 128.

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What Do You Think? Who’s your least favorite Survivor of all time? Should NaOnka and Kelly Purple be allowed to join the jury? Who’s your favorite as we head into the home stretch?


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