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Espada and La Flor prepare for the switch.
|Episode Number:||5/15 (290)|
|Original Release:||October 13, 2010|
|Viewership (in millions):||12.32|
|Previous:||"Pulling the Trigger"|
|Next:||"Worst Case Scenario"|
Turf Wars is the fifth episode of Survivor: Nicaragua.
Shocked by Jimmy T.'s elimination, Holly was worried.
|“||I had no idea that Jimmy T. was going tonight at Tribal Council. I was shocked.||”|
Despite liking the guy, the Espada females felt remorse by eliminating a strong player like Jimmy T., and they thought Dan should have gone home instead.
|“||I'm on the outs and I know that something has to change.||”|
At Espada, Marty celebrated Jimmy T.'s ouster:
|“||So, you can't get cocky in this game, but I'm in control finally. I'm in control of this tribe.||”|
Assuring alliance partner Dan that Jane and Holly (who voted Dan last Tribal Council) will be going next, Marty bragged:
|“||It would take something extraordinary, off the charts, completely whacked out to disturb my plans now.||”|
Over at the younger La Flor tribe, NaOnka boasted her good position in the game. Having La Flor's Hidden Immunity Idol and aligned with the majority alliance with Sash, Brenda, Chase, and Purple Kelly, she felt in control.
|“||I have it all planned in my head. I already see the win. We got the tarp. I have the Hidden Immunity Idol. If I look good, I feel good, I'm going to do good.||”|
The tribes convened for what they thought was their next challenge, until host Jeff Probst surprised the castaways.
|“||Drop your buffs, you are switching tribes.||”|
The tribes were to draw rocks and the two people with colored rocks (yellow representing La Flor while blue is for Espada) will be "captains." Brenda and Holly picked their respective colored rocks, thus giving them power of which members of the opposing tribe will join them. Brenda picked Jane, Jill, and Marty to join the new La Flor tribe. Holly chose Benry, Alina, NaOnka and Chase to join the new Espada tribe, thus retaining the unmentioned castaways to their original tribes. After the tribe switch, Jeff then announced that the Medallion of Power would no longer be used for future challenges. After being shocked by the game-changing events, the new tribes were ready to compete for their next challenge. After a series of closely fought match-ups, Marty dropped La Flor's last ball, winning reward for the new Espada tribe, earning them three chickens and a rooster.
|The New La Flor Tribe|
|The New Espada Tribe|
Upon reaching camp, the new Espada tribe (consisted of Chase, Alina, NaOnka, Benry, Yve, Tyrone, Dan, and Holly) made their introductions. Disappointed of the tribe switch, Tyrone mumbled:
|“||If I had it my way, I would have loved to stay with the old tribe, because I think we had a good little machine going.||”|
Later, Tyrone laid down the tribes' camp rules, irking the new members.
|“||Tyrone is definitely the leader of this tribe and as soon as we came in here he started telling us. This goes here and this goes here and you got to do this and you got to do that. And it's very older tribe.||”|
NaOnka also commented that she doesn't like being told what to do.
Feared that she might be next had the original tribe affiliations were still intact, Holly was persistent of getting to know 'the kids.' During a conversation, Holly confessed that they remind her kids back home. A more jovial Holly revealed:
|“||This switch has been phenomenal for me. I feel like I relate to the kids well. I mean coming back, the kids were very receptive to me.||”|
Feeling closer to them than with her old tribe, Holly was encouraged to join forces with the new members should they go to Tribal Council.
|“||I think I have a better chance at this point with the kids than I do with Dan, Yve and TD. So strategically, if the kids come to me with an idea, one hundred percent I'm on board.||”|
Holly's flipping sides somewhat caused former La Flor rivals NaOnka and Alina to settle their differences, and the two somewhat reconciled.
Over at the new La Flor tribe, Marty felt appreciated for picking him to join their tribe. Fabio (an outsider to NaOnka's former alliance) revealed:
|“||I was dreading the switch because I felt comfortable in the original La Flor tribe, but the way it worked out was pretty right on. We picked up Marty, Jill, and Jane, who are all super cool. And numbers wise, the La Flor tribe we're five and three. Looks good.||”|
Though they used to have rules back at the old Espada, Marty, Jill, and Jane were informed by Brenda that La Flor's work ethic was more laid back with no real leader, yet still organized.
|“||I like these kids. I mean they're kind of think like me. They seem to be more relaxed, where as my tribe was more about schedule, schedule, schedule.||”|
Jane then approached Kelly S. and Brenda and told told them not to trust Jill and Marty and they must vote them out immediately.
Later that day, Marty interrogated the original La Flors about the Hidden Immunity Idol hidden at camp. Not much had been revealed, but Fabio revealed that NaOnka had tackled Kelly B. for the second clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. Marty then berated the younger members for letting NaOnka run away with the clue that easily and then proceeded on revealing his own Hidden Immunity Idol to the others. Irked by Marty's arrogance, Brenda complained:
|“||In our heads we're like, are you stupid? He's coming into our home and he's already setting up like he's the king.||”|
Despite being known for having swagger, NaOnka became emotional while shivering in the rain. Without the tarp they used to have back at La Flor to protect them, the new members of Espada suffered badly during the torrential downpour. NaOnka confessed to Alina that she was reaching her breaking point, even contemplating on voluntarily leaving the competition. Although she tried to comfort NaOnka, Alina realized that if NaOnka did quit, she will have lesser competition for the million dollars.
|“||NaOnka seems like a high school girl. She's irrational and crazy and she just seems like she's on her period all the time.||”|
The heavy rain went on until nighttime, which made NaOnka's condition even worse.
The two new tribes convened for their next Immunity Challenge. Kelly B., Purple Kelly, and Brenda are strapped on the wheel for La Flor, with Alina, Holly, and Yve for Espada. Sash, Jill, and Marty spun the wheel for La Flor, and Dan, NaOnka, and Chase spun for Espada.
At the challenge proper, both tribes approached the challenge differently. La Flor kept spinning their wheel faster, leaving the girls almost consistently missing the chute. Espada, on the other hand, spun theirs slowly to give leeway for the girls to collect more water and to accurately hit the chute. Espada was first to drop their ball, thus creating a small lead. La Flor managed to catch up, with Fabio breaking their last tile. After a closely-contested match, La Flor won Immunity, sending Espada to Tribal Council. As Espada left the challenge area, NaOnka confessed:
|“||I knew we were going to lose. I felt it. You know, I'm not a quitter and I don't want my students to think I'm a quitter, but I'm getting skinnier and I'm losing fat. I think I'm done.||”|
Back at Espada camp, NaOnka protested:
|“||I believe that Espada is cursed, because how are you going to get the pick of the litter and you still lose.||”|
Hungry after the challenge, the tribe had a group meeting about eating one chicken before Tribal Council. Self-proclaimed leader Tyrone was against the proposition, for it cuts the chances of the chickens producing eggs in the future. Holly was against it.
|“||Sometimes, it is hard to go against Tyrone. Tyrone is a little intimidating, but I think we need to start standing up to Tyrone.||”|
Though Tyrone was outvoted, the tribe was irked when Tyrone actually ate the brunt of the chicken.
|“||It was very blatantly obvious that he had gotten more chicken than the rest of the tribe. So, he is becoming more and more obnoxious by the day.||”|
Alina also got angry since she still felt hunger pangs. Benry, Alina, Holly and Chase started to weigh their options of which between the ailing NaOnka or the inconsiderate Tyrone should go home.
At Tribal Council, the new members revealed their disappointments about Tyrone's harsh leadership, which Tyrone felt he was misunderstood. NaOnka on the other hand expressed being doubtful about her desire to continue on the game. Yve and Tyrone voted for NaOnka, while the rest voted for Tyrone. Ultimately, Tyrone's iron fist leadership made him the fifth person to be eliminated from Survivor: Nicaragua.
Challenge: Don't Let Your Balls Drop
Two members of each tribe will throw a ball that will roll down a wall bouncing and changing direction along the way. Two members of the other tribe must work together to catch those balls as they come down the wall. If a ball hits the ground then the other tribe scores a point, that round is over and the next pairs compete. The first tribe to score three points wins reward.
Reward: Two hens and a rooster
Challenge: Spit It Out
Three members from each tribe would be strapped to a large wheel. Three other tribe members would spin the wheel, which would cause one strapped in castaway at a time to be dunked head first into water. While under water, the castaway would take water in the mouth, which they would then spit into a tube. Once the tube was filled, a ball would be released. The ball would be used by two other tribe members to break five tiles. The first tribe to break all five tiles would win.
Winner: La Flor
|Immunity Challenge: Spit It Out|
|Result||Tribe||Strapped To Wheel||Wheel Spinners||Ball Throwers|
|Won||La Flor|| |
Brenda, Kelly B., & Kelly S.
Jill, Marty, & Sash
Fabio & Jane
Alina, Holly, & Yve
Chase, Dan, & NaOnka
Benry & Tyrone
| Tribal Council 5:|
Tyrone (6 votes)
Alina, Benry, Chase, Dan, Holly, NaOnka
NaOnka (2 votes)
| VOTED OFF:|
During the aired episode, Benry's vote is not shown during his confessional. Complete confessionals retrieved from CBS' YouTube account.
|“||(voting for Tyrone) T.D., it would have been nice if you had spent more time trying to get to know me rather than make it feel like I'm not worth your time.||”|
|“||(voting for Tyrone) Big T.D., you're a cool-ass dude, but I'm here to play this game, and it's time to dethrone the king of Espada. Benry's here, baby.||”|
|“||(voting for Tyrone) Absolutely nothing personal, man. This is just what everybody decided was the best. I wish you the best, man. Nothing personal.||”|
|“||(voting for Tyrone) You shoulda let Benry throw the ball. The last time we had a challenge with throwing something, Jimmy Johnson pointed out that you threw 50 beanbags and we lost.||”|
|“||(voting for Tyrone) You never wanted me on the tribe from the beginning.||”|
|“||(voting for Tyrone) Firefighter, your fire has been put out.||”|
|“||(voting for NaOnka) We're not in South Central anymore. This is a grown folks' game. Work on your game. Get your game tight. As you say, you're keeping it 100. I'm keeping it 100. Peace out.||”|
|“||(voting for NaOnka) The mental aspect of this game I know is really hard. You just gotta stick with it. Sorry. You did it once. You're gonna break down again. I wish you the best.||”|
|“||My plan for this tribe by being the leader was, initially, to stay as strong as we could. We operated on a democratic basis, basically, where everybody had some input and what happened was when La Flor came over, things turned away from a tribe aspect and that could've been their strategy from the jump. So I'm not real surprised because it's a game that anything can happen. And guess what? Anything happened.||”|
Still in the Running
- This episode marked the first Tribe Shuffle since "Apple in the Garden of Eden".
- This is the first time that Dan made a voting confessional at Tribal Council.
- This was the first episode of the season to have separate Reward and Immunity Challenges.
- As Benry cast his vote, he accidentally knocked over the paper weight.
- This would be the last tribe shuffle until "A Bunch of Idiots".
- The episode title is said by Alina Wilson at Tribal Council when discussing getting used to the new dynamics at camp after the tribe swap between previous members of La Flor and Espada.
|Survivor: Nicaragua Episodes|
"Young at Heart" · "Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All" · "Glitter in Their Eyes" · "Pulling the Trigger" · "Turf Wars" · "Worst Case Scenario" · "What Goes Around, Comes Around" · "Company Will Be Arriving Soon" · "Running the Camp" · "Stuck in the Middle" · "We Did It Guys" · "You Started, You're Finishing" · "Not Sure Where I Stand" · "This Is Going to Hurt" · "What About Me?"