Survivor Insights 73: Survivor Nicaragua- “I Got Hood, Not Ghetto.” (Episode 3)

1) The Tribe Has Spoken: The Former NFL Coach, Jimmy Johnson, was voted out. What does this mean for Espada? Who’ll replace his coaching position? To me, Jimmy J is irreplaceable. He was a big name in the show. The editing loves him too. He’s one of the castaways since Season 1 who has the power to bag the biggest scenes in three episodes, and to calculate it right, that’s three whole hours of SURVIVOR: The Jimmy Johnson Show.

For now, Farewell Jimmy J. and hopefully, another superstar will attempt the toughest and roughest test in seasons  22, 23, 24… …. … Just to satisfy the cravings of tennis fans all around the world, how about Pistol Pete or his fellow rivalry (Agassi) in the wild? That will be intriguing eh? Tennis stars without their fitness coaches and they are playing a game that requires them to outwit, outplay and outlast without the use of their deep groundstokes.

2) Arrogance & Ego: By revealing  the hidden idol to his tribe mates, Marty claimed himself as the season’s puppet master. The puppet master rules, he dictates and all in all, Marty accomplished it. This man was in his zone. He got Jill on his side and successfully played the “negotiating game” with Tyrone, Jimmy T and Dan.

Though there might some serious dangers ahead. If Marty continued to play aggressively, someone could overthrow his throne easily. It’s already written in history and only one puppet master has won SURVIVOR and that’s Richard Hatch. Boston Rob came a little bit short in All-Stars, Rob Cesternino has failed to win the most important immunity challenge in Amazon while Russel Hantz wasted all his chances in Samoa and Heroes vs Villains.

A huge part of Marty’s success was Jill. A strong and intelligent woman like Jill chose to be loyal with Marty and that’s kinda rare. Without frills, she just allowed Marty to decide who to get rid of without plans of backstabbing him. Folks, have you noticed some patterns here?

3) NaOnka versus Kelly B: La Flor became a stand-out tribe consisting of nine people because of NaOnka. If you’ll take her personally, you’ll surely get annoyed. But, once you have remembered what this game is all about and I’m sure Kelly B knew it too before booking a ticket to Nicaragua, Nay’s confessionals were pure entertainment to watch. She was just playing her game the way she wanted it and what can you do if she chose to be “in the hood and not in the ghetto,” which has to be the coolest line during the episode.

Kelly B would be fine. She knew the risks of playing this game and even NaOnka outbalanced her for a piece of clue, Kelly B could still whirl this game on her side by snaking inside the Minority Alliance of Five (Brenda, Chase, Purple Kelly, Sash and Nay).

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By the way, NaOnka and I had a short chat in Facebook and she explained to me these hood-and-ghetto-thing.

SurvivorDean: Hey Nay. I have one question, just a quick one. what does “i got hood not in the ghetto” mean?

NaOnka: Ghetto is where there are crack houses. Hoes walking the street, kids doing drugs & all that really craziness. Hood is when everybody is streeet, lots of street smarts. Hood people are fighters and strong head.

SurvivorDean: Hood people are fighters and strong head… just like me.

NaOnka: Then you have a little hood in you.

SurvivorDean: Yeah. Thanks Nay.

NaOnka: U R welcome.

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4) Ben’s Biggest Win: The editing has ignored Ben during the pilot episode but two episodes after, he has found  a way to redeem himself by winning the third immunity and reward challenge  for his tribe.

He superbly dominated. Tossing the sandbags onto the top of ten barrels was tough, especially when you’re 3-6 down against your opponents. This challenge requires a lot of precision and the timing of toss should also be accurate. What’s a lot more impressive was, Ben stayed 100% focus and patient, just keep tossing until he gets to the last barrel and won.

Without a doubt, this was certainly Ben’s biggest moment in SURVIVOR. His mighty way of saying “I ALSO DESERVE THE AIRTIME!”

MY OVERALL EPISODE RATING: 7 of 10 stars

Photos courtesy of: Survivor.com, CBS.com