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"You Started, You're Finishing"
Episode Information
Season: Nicaragua
Episode Number: 12/15 (297)
Original Release: December 1, 2010
Viewership (in millions): 12.26[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 3.6/11 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "We Did It Guys"
Next: "Not Sure Where I Stand"

You Started, You're Finishing is the twelfth episode of Survivor: Nicaragua.

The episode is infamous for the double quit of NaOnka Mixon and Purple Kelly. The events of the episode have significantly impacted the game of Survivor by altering the rules about quitters.


Day 28



Challenge: Gulliver's Travels
The tribe would be divided into two teams by school yard pick. The teams would be tethered together and would untie an 8-foot (2.4 m) stuffed dummy from a table named "Gulliver" after the novel Gulliver's Travels. The teams would then carry the dummy through a series of obstacles. The first team to cross the finish line would win.
Reward: Movie (Gulliver's Travels) and snacks.
Winners:  Blue Team (Holly Hoffman gave up her reward in exchange for a tarp and a can of rice for the tribe)

Reward Challenge: Gulliver's Travels
Result Team Competitors Unpicked
Won Blue
S21 benry tS21 chase tS21 holly tS21 naonka t
Benry, Chase, Holly, & NaOnka
S21 dan t
Lost Yellow
S21 fabio tS21 jane tS21 kellys tS21 sash t
Fabio, Jane, Kelly S., & Sash

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 12:
No Vote
S21 naonka bwS21 kellys bw
NaOnka Mixon & Kelly Shinn

Final Words

I feel like I owe nobody an apology—not even myself, and I have no regrets whatsoever. I made it far, so to say that I did that is a hell of an accomplishment for me.

NaOnka Mixon

I am very sorry for Alina, Marty, and Brenda. It's hard to look at them and know that they could've possibly been in the top three. I feel bad.

Kelly Shinn

Still in the Running

Still in the Running

S21 wendy bw
S21 shannon bw
 Jimmy J.
S21 jimmyj bw
 Jimmy T.
S21 jimmyt bw
S21 tyrone bw
 Kelly B.
S21 kellyb bw
S21 yve bw
S21 jill bw
S21 alina bw
S21 marty bw
S21 brenda bw
S21 naonka bw
S21 kellys bw
S21 benry t
S21 chase t
S21 dan t
S21 fabio t
S21 holly t
S21 jane t
S21 sash t


Behind The Scenes


  • NaOnka Mixon and Kelly Shinn's quits marked the seventh and eighth time that a contestant eliminated themselves from the game, respectively.
    • The move also made this season tied with Survivor: All-Stars with the most number of quitters, with both seasons having two.
    • This episode also marked the third and fourth times that a player quit at Tribal Council, following Osten Taylor from Survivor: Pearl Islands and Janu Tornell from Survivor: Palau.
    • This also marked the first time that more than one contestant quit the game at one time.
    • Their voluntary expulsion resulted to a controversy among fans, because the incident made it seem that they had a "free pass" to Ponderosa. This issue has been remedied, when it was revealed during the Survivor: Nicaragua Reunion Show that, if a player quits the game during the jury phase of the game, the producers have the option to still include them or not in the jury, and withhold their prize money.
  • This episode also marked the first time that the players were instructed to go to Tribal Council without any twists or any preceding challenge. This was to give Kelly S. and NaOnka time to think over their decision about wanting to quit, and then if they still wanted to quit (which they did), they would be eliminated at that Tribal Council.
  • After this episode, there are no more remaining females from the original La Flor tribe.
  • Everyone on the yellow team was on the post tribe swap La Flor. Likewise, everyone on the blue team was on the post tribe switch Espada. Even more so, Dan Lembo backed the blue team, with he was a member of Espada.

Episode Title

  • The episode title comes from Holly Hoffman's conversation with Kelly Shinn as Holly told her what she said to her daughter when she wanted to quit the track team.


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