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Who Went Home on SURVIVOR?

December 1, 2010 by  

I’m the first one to admit it. I wouldn’t last one night on SURVIVOR. Hell, I can’t sleep if there is a fly or a spider in my house.  But then again, I wouldn’t try out for the show in the first place. But thousands upon thousands do try out. Very few make it every season. Of those who do, each week someone who would rather be in the game than at home or on the jury is voted off the island. Needless to say, what went down tonight was kind of infuriating.

The promos for this week’s SURVIVOR weren’t lying. Two people in fact did leave the game tonight, and yet not one single vote was cast. NaOnka and Purple Kelly both quit the game while Alina, Marty and Brenda – the last three players voted out of the game – looked on in shame.

Twenty-eight days in the game, with only eleven to go and these two young women couldn’t suck it up? No doubt the conditions were horrific. From the comfy spot at the end of my couch the physical circumstances looked horrible, so I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be on the island. Limited food. Freezing rain. But hello, this is SURVIVOR.

While Purple Kelly seemed to be wavering on her decision early in the episode, Na’s mind was made up. So much so that she handed her Idol to Chase. The same Chase that last week she threw under the bus to everyone. Interesting.

As much as Na and Kelly’s quitting bothered me, something else that went down during tonight’s episode actually pissed me off even more. It happened at the rewards challenge.

During the challenge, the tribe was split into two teams. The blue team consisted of Holly, Benry, Na and Chase.  The yellow team was Kelly, Jane, Fabio and Sash. Dan sat out this challenge but backed the blue team and would share in their reward if they won. Each team had to work together to carry a very heavy, 8 foot dummy across an obstacle course. Both teams really put in some impressive effort and stayed neck and neck up until the very end of the grueling challenge. Crossing the finish line first and receiving their reward of a movie screening and the food and perks that come with a visit to the theater was the blue team.

It was right after the challenge that Na voiced her desire to quit the game.  Probst feigned shock (he had to know what was going on, right?) and asked if anyone else wanted to quit. That’s when Purple Kelly raised her hand, too. Well Jeff’s eyes damn near popped out of his head. He scolded and belittled them before allowing them the day to think about their decision. An emergency Tribal Council was called for that evening to get their final decisions.

Before releasing Libertad, Jeff posed an offer to the blue team. If just one of the players on the winning team decided to forgo their reward then they would be presented with a brand new tarp and a full container of rice.  As Libertad’s camp was damaged by the fire, the tarp would be extremely useful. And as scarce as food is on the island, the rice would not go to waste.  But would someone give up such a delicious and satisfying reward?

Yup.That person? Holly.

Yes, I said Holly.  No, not NaOnka who had already declared that she was leaving the game that night. Despite the fact that she would have food readily available to her in just hours, NaOnka, being the immature and selfish bitch that she has been all season, let Holly sacrifice food for the betterment of the camp. I shouldn’t be surprised by Na’s behavior, she has shown me nothing all season that would make me think that she would act otherwise, but I was still awed that she could be so unbelievably selfish. Holly was staying on the island. She needed to eat. NaOnka didn’t. I’m not one for violence, but that girl needs a bitch slap something fierce.

A bit less so, but I was also annoyed that Dan didn’t sacrifice the reward in favor of the camp essentials.  He did absolutely nothing to earn the reward. He literally sat on his ass while the other members of the blue team handled the challenge.  At least NaOnka gave it her all to win. Dan did nothing.  So again, the fact that he would let Holly suffer told me a little something more about Dan.

Whether it was a strategic move or martyrdom it really doesn’t matter. Holly helped her fellow castaways tonight in a big way. Good for her.

At Tribal Council Probst gave NaOnka and Purple Kelly one last chance to stay in the game. Both declined and gave weak ass excuses for leaving.  Unfortunately, given the numbers needed, both are allowed to serve on the jury. Screw that, if they quit, they quit. Don’t let them then continue to play the game in any capacity. Yeah, I know…the precedent has already been set by those who have quit before, but it still pisses me off.

So that’s that.  Two people walked away from $1 million dollars.  I don’t think NaOnka or Purple Kelly had a shot in hell at taking home the money, so at the end of the day I guess it’s kind of a wash.  I can’t say that I’ll miss either of them. In my limited SURVIVOR watching, I’ve never loathed a contestant more than I have NaOnka.  As for Kelly…it’s not I ever noticed she was there to begin with.

Talk to me. Thoughts on the two quitters tonight? Glad they are gone? Should they have stayed given their position in the game and the proximity to the end? Were you as fired up about what went down as the reward challenge as I was?

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4 Responses to “Who Went Home on SURVIVOR?”

  1. Martha on December 1st, 2010 11:14 pm

    I share all your thoughts on the quitters and on NaOnka’s failure to get the tarp.

    I would like to add that Probst was the absolute man tonight!

  2. luke on December 1st, 2010 11:49 pm

    This is what happens when you cast people for the show who are not fans of the show. It’s good in theory because then you have people who will come up with new strategies on how to play the game, but the drawback is those people don’t respect the game so they’re willing to quit at anytime. I am thrilled Naoka quit because that mean she won’t be back if they have another all star season. Regarding the reward challenge, I was more fired up that Chase didn’t volunteer. I expected Na and Dan to be selfish, but chase keeps telling us he wants to play the game with honesty and integrity but he has yet to show it. I don’t care if you’re selfish in this game but you need to own it. This season to me has been a lot like Glee this season. We are so close to the end yet I have no clue where the show is going. For some reason the fall season of survivor has always been a dud so I have high hopes for next season.

  3. Tim on December 2nd, 2010 8:45 am

    FYI. Just re-watched the part where Holly gave up the reward. Jeff specifically leaves Dan’s name off the list of people that could give up the reward.

  4. Rachael on December 3rd, 2010 1:26 am

    Agree with all of the above! Especially with the girls not being allowed to join the jury if they decide to quit. The only plus side of this situation is no more Na on my tv!!! Well, except for tribal where I can only imagine what snotty facial expressions we’ll get from her each week.

    If you haven’t before, you should google Survivor “ponderosa”. It shows mini-videos of where the jury hangs out after they’ve been ousted off the island. Gives a little inside look into the reaction of the 3 jurors when Na and Purple Kelly arrived. It’s kinda fun for a Survivor fan to see what happens outside of the game.