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‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Power Rankings – Round 12

December 15, 2010

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” star Benjamin “Coach” Wade and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” recapper Gordon Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Fabio is voted out this week, Coach will receive two points and Gordon will receive four. At the end of the season, the person or team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Nicaragua” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Team Dragon Slayer called it. Coach had Benry in spot seven while had him in spot six. The current score is now Team Dragon Slayer 132, Team Truth Seeker 134.


Ode to Benry:
Should’ve goldbricked it in the challenges. But I was glad to see your character emerge as the season went on.


Current Score: 132


Current Score: 134

sash .. sash
#1: He’s got the idol, he’s playing both sides – although that’s a dangerous way to play as I found out in “Heroes vs. Villains.” He’s always thinking about the game. He’s not going to quit. #1: OK, Sash. It’s your time to shine. If you want to walk away with the million dollars you have to make your move this week. You need to get rid of Holly and Jane. And you need to do it in a way that makes them not hate you. It’s this week that’ll show if you’re Todd Herzog (a winner) or Russell Hantz (a runner-up).
fabio . chase
#2: His stupidity is becoming brilliant and he’s becoming smarter the more he is immersed in the game. #2: Chase has got to be a lock for the final three. Everybody likes him, but nobody respects his gameplay.
dan . dan
#3: I can’t say that he’s growing on me. But I see another Sandra (Diaz-Twine) and depending on who gets to the end he might win it because he hasn’t pissed anybody off. #3: Yeah Dan, you’re still safe. And you might be a good pick to take to the final three too. Why would anyone be threatened by you? You’re just a pleasant paper weight at this point.
chase . fabio
#4: He’s a scared little rabbit. I think people think they can manipulate him and he’s not a threat. He’s a paper tiger. He’s like James (Clement) in “Heroes vs. Villains.” #4: The only thing keeping Fabio safe at this point is the fact that Holly and Jane are more likely to get final votes. Which is good, cause I’m a member of Team Fabs.
holly . jane
#5: Her coaching personality is coming out. She’s one of my favorite characters this season going from wanting to quit and not being able to handle it to trying to help other people not to quit. Giving up her reward was very chivalrous, but unfortunately that’s going to come back to bite her. #5: This was a tough one between Jane and Holly. But in the end, I think Holly is better liked by the jury and Jane is more likely to win immunity. People like NaOnka and Alina have been looking at her as a Mom figure for a while. So, we’ll have fish dances until the finale.
jane . holly
#6: I just think Marty’s comment is going to resonate with everyone. “If she gets to the end, I’ll vote for her and you guys are the stupidest group ever.” So, if she doesn’t win immunity, I think she’s going home. #6: It’s been an interesting run for you, Holly. Not many people go from crazed villain to mother figure in one season. But, I think you’ll be able to look back at this season and be proud of how you’ve performed.

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

December 1, 2010

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…

39 Days, 20 People, 1 ‘Survivor‘ Blog

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

Note: Voting for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame ends Friday at 5 p.m. ET. If you’ve yet to vote, or if you’ve voted and feel strongly about voting again, swing over and let your voice be heard.

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?


‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Episode 10 Recap – A Campfire …Literally

November 17, 2010

Last Week: Chase sided with the ladies in a hurry, NaOnka unleashed some Tribal Council fury, while Marty was sent down to the jury.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Here is the tribe as it currently stands…

The Libertad Tribe (wearing red with lovely white highlights)
•    Benry – 24, Club Promoter
•    Brenda – 27, Paddleboard Company Owner
•    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

Quick Note: We’re working with Jeff Probst and the rest of the “Survivor” crew to elect the first class of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame. So, please swing over and vote for your favorite players of all time. Vote early, vote often!

We kick off the show with the Libertadians returning from Tribal Council. Brenda tells us that Benry, Fabio, and the InDanimate Object now know who runs the show. She claims that her and Sash are like the tribe’s king and queen. Except that she’s the king and Sash is the queen.

Somewhere Shannon just giggled.

Meanwhile, Holly’s trying to get Jane to get onboard with an alliance with her, Chase, and NaOnka. Wow…so much crazy in one group!

The next morning, the tribe decides to place their chests and other items around the fire to protect the fire from the rain. I can’t imagine how that could possibly go wrong.

Holly continues rallying the troops, making a play for Benry. They both agree that Sash totally stabbed Marty in the back.

Next we see Jane telling NaOnka Holly’s plan. Jane says that Brenda should go next because she doesn’t like to align with villains. The irony is apparently lost on Jane that she is saying this NaOnka.

Holly’s play for Chase isn’t as successful as Chase doesn’t trust Benry.

Reward Challenge: The teams will do a schoolyard pick to divide into two teams. (Guess they didn’t want to end up guys vs. girls again.) Using four barrels, two planks, and ten feet of rope, the teams will have to build a bridge to make their way across the beach without touching the ground. If one player touches the ground, the entire team has to go back. The first team to reach the platform wins a trip to an active volcano for some volcano boarding, pizza, and brownies.

Note: You know why I like this challenge? Cause they can pretend the sand is lava. I used to play that game all the time as a kid.

Another Note: Probst breaks away from his traditional color scheme and wears a green shirt.

The blue team is Chase, Purple Kelly, NaOnka, Jane, and Fabio while the yellow team is Sash, Holly, Brenda, Dan, and Benry.

The blue team decides to use only three of the four barrels. This strategy helps them get out to a big lead. The yellow team copies this strategy, but meets disaster when they all fall and have to head back to the beginning.

Unfortunately during the fall, Dan smashed his hand. Poor Dan, I’m convinced he had no idea what he was getting into.

The blue team kills this challenge, winning it easily. Benry does a flip off his barrel for fun. JPro calls this the “Loser dismount.”

JPro’s in rare form tonight. Must be his new green shirt.

A helicopter arrives to pick up our winners and give them a tour of a volcano. They enjoy a beautiful view before landing and partaking in some volcano surfing.

Yet Another Note: “Volcano Surfing” is somewhat of a misnomer. It was more like “Volcano Sledding.”

Back at camp, we get a lesson in what happens when you put wood really close to fire. Spoiler Alert: It burns.

The losing half of the reward challenge returns to the ashy aftermath. The chests are gone, the tarp on their shelter has melted away, and the machetes’ handles have burned off. Apparently one of the chests was holding what was left of their food.

Oh man, Colby’s gonna have to trade his Texas flag for a new container of rice.

Meanwhile…on a volcano…Fabio starts talking strategy. NaOnka, in a not-so-subtle move, (not that NaOnka’s known for her subtle moves) takes him aside and fills him in on the anti-Brenda alliance. As a peace offering, she hands him his socks.

Just kidding, she totally kept the socks.

When the winning side returns to camp, Chase makes a beeline to Brenda to give her the scoop. Brenda doesn’t seem very concerned.

NaOnka finds out that Chase talked to Brenda and quickly alerts Jane and Benry. Jane has a theory that Chase has a crush on Brenda.

Somewhere Shannon just giggled again.

Immunity Challenge: Each player will stand on a small platform that’s stationed over the pool that Fabio peed in. (I know, gross.) They’ll each hold onto a rope and lean back. After a while they’ll have to move further down the rope. When a person falls into the water, they’re eliminated. Last person standing (er…leaning) wins immunity.

Seriously? Another Note?: Jeff is back in a blue shirt. Classic Probst.

Not much to describe here except for leaning. Sash, Purple Kelly Purple, Holly, Brenda, Fabio, Dan, and NaOnka are all out before the first period is up. Benry, Jane, and Chase move down to the next knot. All three of them look miserable. Benry drops out first.

Looks like we’ve got Jane and Chase in the Battle of North Carolina.

Jane tells Chase that here fingers are hurting, Chase tells Jane that he’s doing well. Jane tells Probst that she’s going to quit. JPro talks her out of it.

Sweet talker.

The two go at it with Chase eventually falling. Jane wins immunity. Jane later tells us that clipping dog fingernails gives you strong hands. See, learn something new every day.

Politicking around Libertad is once again a case of Benry vs. Brenda.

NaOnka spills the Brenda plan to Sash. Sash tells us that this is the first time he’s felt worried in the game.

Chase tells Brenda that NaOnka is the one gunning for her. However, Brenda isn’t going to scramble because she’s worried her alliance mates will lose faith in her. She then makes a very smart move telling Sash that he will lose all of his numbers if they vote her out. She wants Sash to give her the idol so they can blindside NaOnka.

Sash contemplates giving his idol to Brenda, but NaOnka is convinced that he’ll keep it for himself.

The Mega Powers are exploding! (Sorry, that joke was just for the wrestling fans.)

That night at tribal council, Sash admits that he feels like he’s out of the loop.

Brenda tells Jeff that she regrets voting Marty out. Marty (complete with normal looking hair) nods his approval from the jury booth.

Brenda says she doesn’t have a problem trusting people, because she felt she had the strongest core alliance in the game. She then admits to being shocked that NaOnka would jump ship.

NaOnka could jump out of my TV right now, hide my cookware, smoosh my bananas, and steal my socks and I wouldn’t be shocked.

NaOnka denies that she was going to turn on Brenda. Chase disagrees.

JPro asks Kelly Purple to weigh in on these events with her “twenty years of wisdom.” Excited to speak, the purple one admits to feeling out of the loop for the first time.

Voting Time: Holly votes for Brenda, Brenda votes for NaOnka (and drew a sweet picture of the immunity idol she helped NaOnka find), and the rest of the votes will have to wait for the official reading.

Probsty tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play their idol…and nobody does.

One vote for Brenda, one vote NaOnka, one vote Benry, three votes for Brenda, and the eleventh person voted out of “Survivor: Nicaragua” and the third member of the jury is…Brenda.

Chase and Sash voted for Brenda. Kelly Purple Kelly voted for Benry…guess she was right about being out of the loop.

Verdict: OK, who had Week 10 for the meltdown of the Minority Majority Alliance in the pool? We’ve lost two of our smartest players in back-to-back weeks. Not sure what that means for strategy the rest of the way. I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed that Fabio stays safe.

Who’s Going to Win? Did Sash jump ship early enough to make a difference? Maybe. If NaOnka’s next to go and then they start gunning for physical threats he could make a move.

Power Rankings Results: Team Dragon Slayer and Team Truth Seeker were both way off. Coach had Brenda in spot two, while I had her in spot three. The current score is now Team Dragon Slayer 109, Team Truth Seeker 114.

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What Do You Think? What did NaOnka do in the preview that has everyone so upset? Who’s the best strategic player left? Is Dan going to waddle his way to the million?


‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Power Rankings – Round 9

November 17, 2010

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” star Benjamin “Coach” Wade and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” recapper Gordon Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Sash is voted out this week, Coach will receive 9 points and Gordon will receive 1 point. At the end of the season, the person or team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Nicaragua” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Team Dragon Slayer and Team Truth Seeker tied again! They both had Marty in spot eleven. The current score is now Team Dragon Slayer 107, Team Truth Seeker 111.

Before we get into the battle, let’s check in with our two combatants.

Gordon Holmes: So, as I’m sure you’ve heard…we’re electing the first-ever class into the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame. I was interested in your top five. Although, you should know in my role as Senior Chairman of the Executive Voting Committee I can’t let any of your picks sway my vote.
Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade:
Top 5 Survivors of all time…without question…no debates…Hatch, Hantz, Boston Rob, Rupert, Coach.
Gordon: Interesting.
Coach: Poetry gave me such a sweetness resonating from my senses last week I thought I would do some more, albeit not in Haiku form.
Gordon: Excellent.
Coach: Next week we will compare and give Arthurian Legend nicknames to the remaining members.
Gordon: Then I have some reading to do…


Ode to Marty:
Too smart,
But now we must part,
The game was better for you at the start.


Current Score: 107


Current Score: 111

fabio .. sash
#1: Ladies man, funny pan, no plan is the best plan. #1: While others are arguing over stolen fruit and fish dances, Sash was busy securing Marty’s jury vote. Well done, Sash.
brenda . naonka
#2: Backs might start to turn, as the money in the mind starts to burn, played well so far but lots to learn. #2: I’m done predicting NaOnka’s demise. It’s obvious this woman is bulletproof and everyone wants to go to the final three with her. Should we call this strategy “Hantzing” from now on?
naonka . brenda
#3: Keep giving sound bites, to the producers delights, you never get a vote because everyone of you is in fright. #3: What’s going on here? Are people around Libertad worried about upsetting Brenda? Careful, that kind of stuff can tear alliances apart when there are still swing votes lying around.
dan . kellys
#4: I’ve given up voting against you, your injuries were turning me blue, now I see just how tough you are to stick it through. #4: Kelly Kelly Kelly…I don’t even know what to say about you anymore. Are you going to coast into the finals Natalie White-style, then walk out with the million when nobody wants to vote for Brenda and NaOnka?
kellys . fabio
#5: Week by week you improve your game, silent at first now you are more a name, hope you make it all the way fly low and sane. #5: Fabio, you’re the king. You vote anyway you want, you do whatever you want, you say whatever you want, and everyone still loves you. Now, learn a fake British accent in time for the finale so you can pretend it was all an act.
holly . holly
#6: You wanted to quit once but now you are tough, don’t bail however once it gets rough, keep making friends all around and you have the right stuff. #6: Look at Holly go. She should’ve been outta here on week three. She’s playing the kind of game now that can coast into the finals.
jane . benry
#7: With eyes like Gollum and catching a lot of fish, Marty is out you got your wish, but hopefully in the future you won’t turn out to be the main dish. #7: Oh, Benry. If your plan is to play stupid, you’re in big trouble. Fabio does that way better than you do.
benry . chase
#8: Strength will make you a target, for weak players up the market, and don’t let others get a start up. #8: Chase’s defining moment may very well be how he bet in last week’s reward challenge. A vote for the guys says, “I want to eat.” A vote for the girls says, “I’m playing the game, and I’m siding with them.” The last thing anyone wants is a fit guy who’s playing the game.
sash . dan
#9: Sasha but I’m second from the bottom. Sasha pasha posh. About ready to enter the mosh pit of pride induced slosh. #9: Teflon Dan? Not anymore. By siding with Marty you’ve put a target on your head. And as the InDanimate Object, you’ll probably be very easy to hit.
chase . jane
#10: Insecurities are starting to show, hope this doesn’t mean you will start to blow, but show weakness now and you will be the next to go. #10: You got your way. Marty is long gone. But now what? All of those things Marty said about you being a threat are still out there. Sorry, Jane. Save the last fish dance for me.

Quick Note: Follow Gordon on Twitter for breaking “Survivor” news and updates.


What Do You Think: Who’s going to win this round; Team Dragon Slayer or Team Truth Seeker? Will people take NaOnka to the end because she can’t win? Will Fabio spend the million on magic beans?

‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Power Rankings – Merge Edition

November 3, 2010

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” star Benjamin “Coach” Wade and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” recapper Gordon Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Sash is voted out this week, Coach will receive 3 points and Gordon will receive 6 points. At the end of the season, the person or team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Nicaragua” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: The La Flor youngsters decided to keep Marty around again. Good for him, not so good for his buddy Jill. Team Dragon Slayer had Jill in spot thirteen while I had her in spot eleven. The current score is now Team Dragon Slayer 85, Team Truth Seeker 89.

Special Announcement: The gauntlet has been thrown down; next week the Power Rankings will be done in haiku form. Be prepared.

And before we start this week’s rankings, let’s pay tribute to the recent booted castaway with…


Note: This week I am still on my own, with The King still MIA. APB on Randy Bailey. Someone either give him a job or contact me asap with his whereabouts!

Ode to Jill: You made all the right moves, getting a strong, smart player like Marty in the beginning on your side. You could have been one-two with Marty but alas the “Survivor” Gods would not deem it. The merge sealed your fate and the lines had been drawn. You didn’t get enough airtime to be missed, nor were you a personality that they will bring back, so parting this time is not such sweet sorrow.

Team Dragon Slayer’s Picks:

brenda . chase
#1: In total control. The girls are leaning on you for strength and the guys are eating out of the palm of your hand. Which way can you go? NaOnka, Chase, Sash, your options are unlimited! You go, girl. #2: See Brenda’s entry, except that you are NOT the one in control.
sash . fabio
#3: See Brenda’s line but perhaps you are the one in control? Could be a future battle of backstabbing with the two of you, or an alliance that could make it to the end. #4: This guy is the one to watch. Non threatening, funny, not making enemies. I am picking him to go to the finals.
benry . jane
#5: Very competitive in last week’s challenge. This bodes ill because although you are not making enemies people will start seeing you as a threat. #6: You are starting to get cocky, but not much of a threat. Keep working hard, keep ingratiating yourself with the young’uns and ADAPT at the merge. Do that and you will go far.
kellys . naonka
#7: Your good looks and subtle charms are going to take you to the finals, unless you cross someone. Keep saying “yes” to everyone that comes up to you and asks for an alliance. Play dumb if your cover is blown. #8: Still golden. Still obnoxious. Still class-less. DON’T QUIT ON US.
holly . alina
#9: You have turned your game around completely. You actually look happy out there. Adaptation to the elements is the key in coaching, life, and “Survivor.” See Jane’s comments above, you could be going all the way. #10: You think you’re on the ins but you are really on the outs. Your bitchy, indifferent, placid side will get you ousted sooner than you think.
dan . marty
#11: Your throw in the challenge was pathetic. Seriously? “Survivor” training hint: Stop lifting weights and start doing stretches and running and pilates. Jeez, that was embarrassing. Ever hear the saying “You throw like a girl?” #12: Giving the idol away was brilliant and stupid, all at the same time. My advice to you is to steal it from Sash when he is sleeping. I hope to hell you do some fancy alliance making once the merge comes this week. I’m pulling for ya, Marty! Stay strong.


Team Truth Seeker’s Picks:

brenda . chase
#1: The merge reunites Brenda with her BFFs NaOnka and Chase. She’s in a great slot and should really start thinking about getting on future jurors’ good sides. #2: You’re safe for now, Chasington. But you’re going to be in a world of trouble when your alliance realizes you’re built like Triple H. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see you go before Dan does.
benry . dan
#3: A lot of people are against Benry, but he’s starting to grow on me. With Marty on his way out, Benry could become my new pick to take the whole thing.
#4: Dan made a huge jump this week. Now that all the challenges are for individual immunity, I look for him to start racking up the wins. Oh wait, sarcasm doesn’t show up in text. OK, let’s just say there’s no reason to ever vote out Dan because he has the challenge prowess of a topiary plant.
kellys . sash
#5: “Milk your own milk!” I love this girl. Who do I talk to about getting her and Fabio a daytime talk show? #6: I don’t think Sash’s slip at last week’s Tribal Council is going to hurt him as much as JPro seems to think it will. But I’m dropping him in the rankings because it shows he’s capable of slipping up.
fabio . jane
#7: He voted for Brenda in the first Tribal Council and they blamed it on Kelly B. He urinated in the pool (when there were trees everywhere!) and everyone was cool with it. Forget Teflon Dan, we’re looking at Teflon Fabs.
#8: I like Jane a bunch, but that fish thing last week was just stupid. If she was caught, she’d be a goner.
holly . alina
#9: I think the merge will be fine for Holly. If I were her I’d start intentionally being terrible at immunity challenges. Then she can encourage the younger ladies to start taking out the physical threats.
#10: I never felt comfortable with the Alina/NaOnka alliance, and last week proved I was right. I think dear Alina might be in some trouble.
naonka . marty
#11: The previews show NaOnka gettin’ all Russell Hantz on the camp. In a post-Hantz world that’s a gutsy move. You think Fabio won’t suspect her immediately after sock-gate?
#12: You were my pick, Marty. I hope the idol play buys you some leverage with Team Sash, but I doubt it will.

Quick Note: Follow Gordon on Twitter for breaking “Survivor” news and updates.

What Do You Think: Who has the edge heading into the merge? Was Marty’s idol move smart or stupid? Why is NaOnka ripping up the camp?

‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Episode 7 Recap: A Strategic Leap of Faith

October 27, 2010

Last Week: Dan said he wanted to leave, but stayed. Marty claimed to be a chess grand master, but wasn’t. And I wanted cuties Yve and Kelly B. to stay in the game longer, but they didn’t.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Here are the tribes as they currently stand…

The La Flor Tribe (wearing yellow)

  • Brenda – 27, Paddleboard Company Owner
  • Fabio – 21, Student
  • Kelly S. – 20, Nursing Student
  • Jane – 56, Dog Trainer
  • Jill – 43, E.R. Doctor
  • Marty – 48, Technology Executive
  • Sash – 30, Real Estate Broker

The Espada Tribe (wearing blue)

  • Alina – 23, Art Student
  • Benry – 24, Club Promoter
  • Chase – 24, Race Car Jackman/Country Singer
  • Dan – 63, Real Estate Executive
  • Holly – 44, Swim Coach
  • NaOnka – 27, P.E. Teacher

We start off with our friends back at Espada, and Dan is comparing himself to Jon Gotti. Apparently Gotti was known as the Teflon Don. Dan wants to be known as Teflon Dan. That’s not very catchy, but it’s better than Barely Mobile Dan.

Chase lets us know that Alina will be next to go if Espada loses immunity. I’m betting it’s because they remember how close she was to that evil one-legged girl. One legged folk can’t be trusted!

Over at La Florida, Sash does a terrible job explaining to Marty why they voted for him. Marty uses his fake chess grand master skills to deduct that he might be in some trouble. He also deducts that Jane must’ve voted for him. Well, that’s what he gets for fluffing off a southern girl. (Still not sure what that means…anyone?)

The following morning, Marty tries to make peace with the fluffed-off southern girl. He accuses her of voting for him. She doesn’t deny it or explain it, she just laughs and walks off.

Wow, we’re five minutes into this episode and Sash and Jane are making some questionable moves.

Reward Challenge:
One member from each tribe will act as a goalie and stand on a perch in the middle of a pool. Members of the other tribe will then run, jump off of a wall, and try to throw a ball into the opposing team’s goal. First tribe to score five times wins a Nicaraguan farm experience that includes horseback riding and breakfast.

Jane will sit out for La Flor.

Fabio will defend for La Flor while Chase will defend for Espada.

NaOnka goes first and scores for Espada. Jill goes next and hits one for La Flor. Benry fakes out Fabio and scores for Espada. Marty throws the ball low and hits Chase directly between the legs in the pole position. (Sorry, one of the few NASCAR terms I know.) No score for La Flor.

Current Score: Espada 2, La Flor 1.

Holly goes next and Fabio bats her shot away. Purple Kelly Purple hits her shot for La Flor. (And for those of you scoring at home, she didn’t say a word).

Next up is Dan. Pull up a chair cause this is going to take a while. Dan hobbles down the ramp, gingerly throws the ball, and falls into the pool. Fabio bats Dan’s throw away. Sash goes next and bounces one off the crossbar, no score. Alina puts her next shot over Fabio’s head and into the goal. Brenda goes next and misses her shot.

Current Score: Espada 3, La Flor 2.

Fabio hops into the pool and announces that he has to pee. He then does just that.


He assumes everyone pees in the pool. Probst takes a quick survey and nobody else was peeing in the pool.

NaOnka is up next and fires a shot past Fabio. Jokes on her though, she just jumped into a pool of Fabio’s urine. That’s what you get for swiping a man’s socks.

Jill then nails her shot for a La Flor point. Benry takes his turn and fakes Fabio out again, winning the reward for Espada.

Stop the presses! Purple Kelly gets to say something…

“Reward was for a horseback ride and breakfast and you get to milk…your own milk, I guess. I don’t know if that makes sense. You get to milk your own milk and that sounds amazing.”

Ahem…”Milk your own milk.” Maybe the “Survivor” editors have been doing us a favor with the lack of Purple Kelly coverage.

We meet up with Espada during their reward and they’re having a good old time riding horses. Chase gets a little emotional as horseback riding reminds him of his deceased father.

When they arrive at the farm, the first thing they have to do is milk their own milk. NaOnka gives it her best shot, but doesn’t have a lot of luck. She assures us afterward that she isn’t a farmer and she’s not used to touching an animal’s nipple.

Ready to move on? Excellent, let’s continue.

Back at La Flor, Jane has some success catching fish. However, instead of taking the fish back to camp, she sneaks off into the woods to cook one for herself.

“Survivor” Rule #1:
Hoarding food will get you kicked out.
During Espada’s reward breakfast, the emotion of getting to sit down and eat a meal has clearly gotten to the tribe as Holly and Alina start crying. NaOnka reads Alina’s emotional display as a reason to take her out. Is that NaOnka’s thing? Anything she perceives as a weakness is cause for scorn?

Immunity Challenge:
Two members from each tribe will stand on top of a tower and roll cannonballs down a chute. The other four tribe members will use ropes to try to aim the chutes toward the other tribe’s five tiles. First tribe to smash all five of the opposing tribe’s tiles wins immunity.

Fun Fact: They seem to be using the same set from the premiere episode’s gutter challenge.

Sash will sit out for La Flor.

Benry and Alina are on top of the tower for Espada, Brenda and Purple Kelly are on top for La Flor.

Not much to describe here, Benry misses the first shot for Espada while Purple Kelly hits hers. Alina hits the second shot while Brenda misses. Benry hits the third shot while Kelly Purple misses. Benry also accidentally pops Alina in the mouth.

Current Score: Espada 2, La Flor 1.

Alina hits her next shot while Brenda misses. Benry sings a little song about Espada only having little balls. I’m pretty sure he was referring to the cannonballs.

Quick Aside: For anyone who thinks there’s nobody left to root for, may I introduce Mr. Benry and Mr. Fabio. Those two are hilarious.

Benry hits his next, Purple Kelly misses hers. Fabio is worried that Purple Kelly and Brenda aren’t communicating. When Fabio’s giving you advice, you’re in bad shape.

Purple Kelly brushes it off, hitting her next shot, while Alina misses her.

Current Score: La Flor 2, Espada 4.

Espada switches to the larger cannonball and hits their final shot. Espada wins immunity.

Politicking around La Flor seems to center around a rerun of last week’s original plan – splitting the votes between Marty and Jill to flush out the idol.

Sash hatches a plan where he will try to get the idol away from Marty. It goes like this; Sash will guarantee Marty’s safety at Tribal Council if he hands over the idol. And if La Flor loses the immunity challenge after that, he’ll give Marty the idol back.

I give them credit for trying, but that’s a pretty stupid plan. Why would Marty want to make the leftover La Flors more powerful? Why give it to them in the first place if they’re going to give it back at the next immunity challenge?

And…Marty hands it over. What the hey?! He hands it over saying giving the idol to Sash will earn him one more cycle. Yeah, SO WILL PLAYING THE IDOL!

That night at Tribal Council, Marty calls Jane out for flip-flopping over to the younger side.

Jane doesn’t consider it flip-flopping, she considers it being true to her new tribe. Brenda agrees, saying that Jane is a very genuine person.

Sash admits that he has the idol, Marty says that it could go down as one of the stupidest moves ever. Fabio agrees that they could just vote him right out.

The youngins keep saying “we” have the idol. Probst reads this to mean that they have a lot of faith in Sash. He puts Sash on the spot and asks if he’d give the idol to Brenda. Sash looks like he’s seen a ghost. He says, “If that’s what we decide as a group, then maybe back at camp I might do that.” He then slips up and says, “If there comes a time where I lose trust in them…” Probst calls him out on it.

JPro asks Fabio if he’s familiar with Freudian psychology. Fabio lies and says he is.

Voting Time: Jane votes for Marty, Marty votes for Jane, Fabio votes for Marty, Jill votes for Jane, and the rest we’ll see in a minute.

A minute later Probst returns and reads some votes…two votes for Jane, one vote for Jill, one vote for Marty, one vote for Jill, one vote for Marty, and the eighth person voted out of “Survivor: Nicaragua” is…Jill.

Verdict: Wow, that was an impressive display of terrible strategy from the folks at La Flor. Kudos to the kids’ table for getting the idol off of Marty, but it wasn’t because of any sound logic. Marty may look at is as another episode on the show, but don’t go out handing an idol to the people who called you out last week.

I have a feeling a Parvati Shallow or a Rob Cesternino would carve this cast up.

Who’s Going to Win? Yikes. How’s this for a fearless prediction: Marty isn’t going to win “Survivor: Nicaragua.”

Power Rankings Results: Team Dragon Slayer had Jill in spot thirteen while I had her in spot eleven. The current score is now Team Dragon Slayer 85, Team Truth Seeker 89.

Follow me on Twitter for breaking “Survivor” news and because I’m sick of Kim Kardashian having more followers than me: @gordonholmes

What Do You Think? What did you think of Marty’s move? Will Jane’s fish dinner come back to haunt her? Is peeing in the pool grounds for voting someone out of the game?

‘Survivor’ Castaway Interview – Shannon Elkins

September 23, 2010

There have been some jaw-dropping Tribal Council moments over the years. My favorite? When Dreamz broke his deal with Yau-Man after accepting his truck in “Survivor: Fiji.”

But “Survivor: Nicaragua” nearly topped that last night thanks to Shannon Elkins’s decision to question Matthew “Sash” Lenahan’s sexuality.  Unfortunately for Shannon, his unorthodox line of questioning didn’t do much to keep him in the game. I had a chance to chat with Shannon the following morning to discuss why he isn’t a homophobe, what he thinks of New Yorkers, and what really happened to NaOnka’s socks.

Gordon Holmes: Now, in the first episode you managed to offend women, and this last episode you offended homosexuals. Was there a group you’re sorry you didn’t get a chance to offend while you were out there?
Shannon Elkins:
I really wanted to piss off the white people.
Gordon: Some would say you’ve already…
Shannon: Hey man, are you gay?
Gordon: Am I gay? No.
Shannon: I’m joking with you, man.
Gordon: But if I were gay, I’d be cool admitting it.
Shannon: Exactly! Thank you, my brother. Thank you! Dude, I’m not a homophobe and I’m not a sexist. I’ve been married for eleven years, my brother. I give women props, they rule the world. I said nothing bad about women. But when people watch TV you’d swear they still believe in Santa Claus. It’s called an edit. All I wanted was for after 39 days for the men to sack up and bring home a victory for the guys, you know what I’m saying? I said women beat us in marriage. Are you married?
Gordon: (Laughs) I’m not, but I do have a long-time alliance partner.
Shannon: There you go. If your girlfriend is pissed off with you, your life is going to be miserable until she’s happy again. Am I correct?
Gordon: That is true.
Shannon: There you go, women rule it, my brother. And when Sarah Palin runs for president I’ll be wearing a Sarah Palin t-shirt.
Gordon: You said you’re owned in marriage, how does your wife feel when you say that?
Shannon: She laughs cause she knows she owns me.

Gordon: Now regarding your Tribal Council exchange last night with Sash, you say you’re not homophobic but it could easily be taken that way.
As far as the gay bashing, I didn’t bash any gays. I didn’t say, “I hate gays.” I didn’t say, “Gays are stupid.” I stereotype, my brother. It’s like the show “Waterboy,” people think we ride airboats to work, we have no teeth, and we wrestle alligators for a living. Well people from Louisiana think people from New York are either in the mob or gay. I stereotype like everybody else stereotypes.
Gordon: Were you at all concerned that Sash was in the mob?
Shannon: No, I was concerned that he was gay and I was protecting my (expletive deleted).
Gordon: So, why even ask that question? How would that help your game?
Shannon: Well first of all, you know how an edit works, you’ve been around “Survivor” a long time. That’s not how it went down. I don’t have to ask Sash if he’s gay. Look at the kid, he’s gay. He kept on and on telling me I was a liar. He should have kept his mouth shut and he wouldn’t have been called out in front of America. I said, “Did I lie to anybody in here?” Alina is the perfect example, she told them she was voting for me, then she came to me and told me what they were saying. So, she knew I was straight shooting. But when Sash kept calling me a liar, I’d finally had enough, like I’d been interrogated by the police. I said, “I lied to you because you lied to me.” He said, “When’d I lie to you?” I said, “When you told me you weren’t gay.” That’s how it really went down. As far as me coming out and asking if he’s gay? C’mon man, nobody needs to ask that dude if he’s gay.
Gordon: You mentioned the edit, are you concerned with how the show might affect your everyday life?
Shannon: No, not at all.
Gordon: There was a pre-game interview where you referred to homosexuals using a derogatory term.
Shannon: Whoa, when did I use a derogatory term against homosexuals?
Gordon: It was in a pre-game interview with a different outlet.
Shannon: What’d I say?
Gordon: You used the f-word to describe a homosexual.
Shannon: You must’ve lost your damn mind, I’ve never used that word.
Gordon: Fair enough, I wasn’t there for that interview. What was your relationship with Sash like before Tribal Council?
Shannon: Sash loves everybody. He’s really soft spoken, a little sweetheart. Our relationship was nothing. He was going and telling Kelly B. I was voting her out. I say, “You say you’re going to be in this alliance with us guys and then you’re stirring up all this crap. What’s wrong with you?” There was one point where I called him out and he obviously didn’t like me. He had his minority alliance; he didn’t want anyone white involved.
Gordon: What did you think of the minority alliance?
Shannon: (Laughs) Hmm…I’ll answer like this, if I said that, they’d be going crazy on me right now. But because I stereotype I’m a homophobe. So whatever, it’s OK for him to have his minority alliance, I guess.
Gordon: Just to make sure that you’re getting an opportunity to get your side across, you’re saying you’re not a sexist and not a homophobe.
Shannon: Correct.

Gordon: What were things like between you and Chase before Tribal Council started?
I knew from after Day 1 that Chase had a thing for Brenda, everybody knew it. In the game of “Survivor” you have to break up couples. I think we were strong at first, but then she had him. She knew she couldn’t play me like that so she went with Chase. Brenda is a great player, I hope Brenda wins. I hope she goes all the way.

Gordon: Last night you mentioned that you might have done better on the older tribe. Why is that?
Cause I’m a grown-up, man. I’ve been married since I’m nineteen. I’m thirty years old. That’s a long time to be married. I think it’s five times the rate of people in California to be married. It kind of adds some years to your life. I had to grow up really fast. I was never a twenty year old.

Gordon: Last night NaOnka and Fabio went at it over NaOnka swiping Fabio’s socks. Can you tell us exactly what happened with sock-gate?
NaOnka went out there and she caught her socks on fire. I had a long pair of socks like those Hooters socks that come up really high, you know like the girls at Hooters wear?
Gordon: Umm…I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Shannon: Aw…you’re lying. Don’t worry, your girlfriend won’t read this.
Gordon: We’re fine, she never reads my stuff.
Shannon: I gave her those socks. And Fabio had two pairs of long socks. He had a pair he’d use in the games and a pair he’d sleep in. I gave her my socks, then I found out she was talking smack on me and trying to get me out. I helped prevent her from getting blisters on her ugly feet and she wants me out? So, I got my socks from her. I went and buried them. She went into Fabio’s bag, took his socks and put them on. He finds out that she put his socks on and she says, “He’s too scared to take his socks off of a girl, that’s what kind of people you’ve put me on an island with.” And he’d just stare at her, and she went off on him. She basically sat him down. When you see him there he’s basically crying. She thought someone was sabotaging her or someone misplaced her sock. No, she misplaced her sock cause she found it later.
Gordon: Man, poor Fabio.
Shannon: Fabio is hilarious, he’s one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. I know they show me bashing him in episode one, but I came back and apologized. There’s footage of me somewhere saying, “I love this kid, I hope he never goes home.” He was the life of the camp, we all laughed at his expense.

Gordon: Alright, word association time. Let’s start this off with NaOnka.
Gordon: Brenda?
Shannon: Sneaky.
Gordon: Alina?
Shannon: Kick ass.
Gordon: Purple Kelly?
Shannon: Who?
Gordon: Purple Kelly?
Shannon: Who?
Gordon: I see what you’re doing there. Kelly B.?
Shannon: Awesome.
Gordon: Fabio?
Shannon: Dude.
Gordon: Chase?
Shannon: Played.
Gordon: Benry?
Shannon: Obsolete.
Gordon: Sash?
Shannon: “Narnia.” Like the movie.
Gordon: “Narnia”?
Shannon: That’s how deep in the closet he is.

Gordon: Let’s finish this on a lighter note. As a New Orleans Saints fan, did it bother you that Jimmy Johnson went deeper into the game than you did?
No man, we’re playing “Survivor.” He can beat me in “Survivor.” But on the football field the Cowboys are stinking it up right now. Jimmy’s a cool guy, he’s a cool dude. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I’m not mad at anyone beating me. No bitterness here.

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