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Twenty players -- 10 young, 10 old -- venture to Nicaragua to outwit, outplay, and outlast in the classic game of survival for a million dollars.
Twenty castaways, 39 days... only ONE Survivor!

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Chris Wolvie, GSNN

Host Jeff Probst
Creator Charlie Parsons
EP Mark Burnett
Charlie Parsons
David Burris
Jeff Probst
Packager Mark Burnett Productions
Survivor Productions
Castaway TV Productions
Origins San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Pulling the Trigger (Espada)
September 29



Rainy days and tribals always get folks down. Jimmy T. doesn't miss Jimmy J. and starts singing...much to the others' annoyance. Marty thinks Jimmy T. (who I'll call just "Jimmy" since he's the only one) will hang himself inevitably as EVERYBODY's patience for him is getting thin.


Jane and Dan are freaked that the previous night's rain caused a mudslide that made debris show up on the beach and their fishing hole had been wiped out. Marty and Dan TRY to fish using the net...but they're stuck with just their rice rations...and nothing else for munching on. SO not good. Jan feels a little lost without Coach...and is waiting for one of the men to step up and take over the "leader" role.


The tribe feels that they're doing rather well without much food. Marty calls for a tribe meeting. He thinks "one voice" is needed for challenges and nominates Tyrone as tribe strategist, as it were. Of course, Jimmy objects a little...but not much. He wants his opportunity to shine but he says he can wait. Marty tells Jimmy to essentially man-up and say when and where he feels needed...which tells the fisherman that the techie is "not a Jimmy T. fan". Secretly, he wants to shake Marty and tell him to "get a clue".


Life, home and family,
Tribal togetherness and trust,
Only teamwork can win warmth and comfort.
Or your efforts will be a bust.

Blindfolds are also included...so, obviously, we're playing another loud-leading-the-blind challenge (which my tribe's ALWAYS good at). We practice on the beach with Tyrone as the caller. It seems to work out well...but Jimmy seems to want to make it more difficult. We GET what his directions mean, J.T.; shut yer yap. Marty thinks Jimmy's delusional if he thinks he can be leader of Espada.


La Flor is a LITTLE shocked about us being Coach-less...but it's all good for them. As expected, one guide will shout instructions to three-pairs of gatherers who are, of course, blindfolded. Ten objects are scattered throughout the woods clearing (maybe Challenge Beach was also polluted). The guides direct the pairs to the objects, get them to gather them and drop them on the mat. The LAST item is a Sears(TM) treasure box locked to a chain...which the tribe has to get the keys to unlock. First with all ten items AND the chest on their mat gets the conquistador bust, stays home from Tribal...AND gets three nice items of their choice courtesy of Sears(TM).

Hey, "Younger Tribe", care to use the Medallion of Power to have two items on the mat already? THIS time, they accept. The Medallion comes to us. We sit out Dan, they sit out the Kellys. We have Tyrone as a guide, they have Brenda as a guide.

Survivors ready...GO!!

Uh,...though Ty is vocal, the blindfolds must be blocking Espada's ears as well because...they're not taking to directions well. La Flor gets three items back by Brenda's calm directions before we even GRAB an item. We get our rythym going, though and slowly start to trickle in goods. Still WAY behind, though; 8-3, to be precise.

It turns into 10-5 as we run into each other a few times. La Flor goes for the keys...and Ty TRIES to get Jimmy and Holly to just STOP! "Damn, that boy don't listen," mutters Ty as Sasha and Chase haul the chest back...and win Immunity AND Reward for the Younger Tribe for the third out of four times!

(Oh, for the record, Jimmy claims he couldn't hear Ty with everyone else screaming. Uh huh...)

The Idol goes back to La Flor...as does a fishing bait kit (with 3I clue inside), a tarp set and a cooking set with knives. And all Espada gets for giving Tyrone laryngitis? A trip to Tribal Council and the booting of a third member.


Well,...good game, everybody. Not good enough to WIN...but La Flor needed to use the Medalian to win this one. That's what Marty and Tyrone say back at camp, anyway. Dan says he's "no good on mud" with his bum knee. And, again, Jimmy says he wants more playtime! He's tired of being the Chris Bosh to Tyrone and Marty's apparant LeBron and Dwayne. Ty thinks he's just digging his own grave.

Sea urchins are on the menu today. Marty doesn't contribute to the tribe's collection, saying he's already eaten a few of them and they can have the rest. Jimmy tries to call Marty out as not being a team player. Yve backs Marty up...and the de facto ruler thinks Jimmy's playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded pistol

Holly and Jane decide that Dan is the weaker player and should be kicked out...mainly due to Coach being the only one who voted for him last time. Marty has had it with Jimmy and talks Jill into going his way (as he always does). Tyrone, again, is a toss-up...though, when Jill speaks to him, he says he's leaning towards Dan. This is NOT what Marty wants and he talks to Ty about changing his vote, saying Jimmy is a "cancer". Jimmy is talking to Yve and Holly about wanting "his one chance" to show how good he is. Yve doesn't want to coddle Jimmy.


The Missionary of Doom and Uncle Jeff welcomes us once again. Tyrone thinks things went well, even though they lost BIG time. Marty agrees. Dan talks about his bad knee and how he didn't want to hurt the tribe's chances. Jill ain't used to losing so much. Jimmy gets vocal again about being a "squeaky wheel not getting oil". Marty doesn't think giving Jimmy a leader role is a good idea...and all but calls out Jimmy's delusions and paranoia. Holly backs-up Jimmy, saying he SHOULD get his "one chance" before being frowned upon.

Uncle Jeff asks the so-called leader Tyrone if Jimmy could be a better asset IF he changed his "let me lead" attitude. Ty says Jimmy'd have MORE value for certain. When asked if he was willing to do what the tribe asks,...Jimmy chokes down tears and says he's man enough. He's a man of honor...and he's willing to be a "worker bee".

A lot's been said...and it's time to vote. Into the confessional goes Espada again, one by one - Holly ("Sorry about your shoes, Dan"), Jill, Dan ("Jimmy T"), Yve, Jimmy ("Dan"), Marty ("See ya, 'pal'" [Jimmy]) Jane and Tyrone - put their votes on parchment and place them in the cistern. Uncle Jeff tallies, arranges and reads the votes:




Jimmy T...

Jimmy T...

Jimmy T...

Jimmy T...



He vowed to change...but Jimmy will never get that chance. By a 5-3 vote, he's out...and Marty is smiling ear-to-ear.

Uncle Jeff sees this is a vote for the chemistry of the tribe...and notes that something "has gotta change" for us to get back in the winning stride.

To view this episode in its entirety, along with extras and blogs, as well as information on how to become a contestant, go to cbs.com/survivor.