Judson "Jud" Birza
By Damian Holbrook
Burn, baby, burn!
Last night, Survivor's Libertad tribe faced something worse than NaOnka's attitude after their camp burnt down while they were off on a reward challenge. Their crates. Their machetes. Their morale. All gone. And all thanks to Fabio's brilliant suggestion to ...
This week's Survivor: Nicaragua had it all: a raging inferno, intense strategizing, backstabbing — and even a backflip! In this season's best episode to date, the Libertad tribe finally wakes up and realizes they're being played by the self-described power players: Brenda (dubbing herself "the king") and Sash ("the queen"... wonder what Shannon would have to say about that!). Holly, once the crazy Espada member who threatened to quit on Day 5, starts chatting with Marty's old alliance of Benry, Dan and Fabio to get them to team up with her alliance of NaOnka, Jane and Chase. Together, they realize that ...
The 10 remaining castaways have endured a lot thus far on their quest to win $1 million. They've put up with NaOnka's annoying rants and her food thefts, contentious bickering between Marty and Jane, and existing on little food and less sleep. But all of that pales in comparison with what the players discover tonight and must figure out how to endure. They return to the Libertad camp and find it in ashes following a devastating fire. Benry sums it all up well: "This is a day from hell." — Tim Holland
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Even as the former La Flor and Espada tribes merge into one, two distinct factions are illuminated this week as Marty continues his attack against Jane while power-players Sash and Brenda ponder their next move. Upon returning to camp from Tribal Council, Marty stands by everything he said about Jane: If she makes the final three, she's a guaranteed million-dollar winner. The Marty camp — including Fabio, Dan and Benry — have a plan to blindside Jane by telling the camp they're voting for NaOnka, thereby flushing out her hidden immunity idol and sending Jane packing. Jane, however, has a team of her own in Chase, Purple Kelly, NaOnka and Holly, with Sash and Brenda as the swing votes. Brenda admits that her relationship with Chase has drifted over the past few weeks, and because he's such a worrywart, she's unsure if she can trust him in an alliance...
Chris Colfer and Conan O'Brien
Our top TV moments of the week:
13. Worst Parents: Jen Clark isn't going to win any Parent of the Year awards, and neither is Ryan after this week's baby-drop fiasco on 90210. When Jen turns her back on baby Jack while changing him, the poor little guy rolls off the table and lands flat on his back. Jen is hysterical naturally, and while Ryan is sweet for trying to console her, we wondered: Um, did we forget that a newborn baby just fell three feet to the floor and could very well be injured?
12. Blunt Truth Award: Outgoing California Gov...
After his attack on her during last week's Tribal Council, it was only a matter of time before Jane Bright got back at Marty Piombo on Survivor: Nicaragua — saying "you are a disgrace to any man who calls himself a father." She only said it to the camera, though, and just as Marty was on his way out of the game. The 48-year-old castaway tells TVGuide.com how "appalled" he was by Jane's final remarks, her surprising plea to him on the game's first day and why he doesn't regret calling her out...
NaOnka Mixon has quickly become the Survivor castaway everyone loves to hate. Her decision to steal food from the big post-merge feast on Wednesday was just the latest in a long line of offenses. But thanks to her strong alliance with Brenda Lowe, it was NaOnka's accomplice, Alina Wilson, who got the boot instead. "It just expanded...
The merge is here, and it could not come at a better time for both the viewers and Marty, who feels like he has new life in the game. After narrowly avoiding elimination last week, Marty is able to start anew with his old buddies — including "Uncle Dan" — and hopes to start picking off some original bickering La Flor tribe members.
Yes, it's that time of year again. No, we're not talking about the holiday season — we're talking about the big merge on Survivor. After originally splitting the teams by age, castaways were divided again after the elder competitors failed to match their youthful counterparts. Now, with just four individuals left on the Espada tribe, the two sides merge on Wednesday's episode and it's every competitor for themselves. Who's on their way out to Ponderosa and who has a shot at making it to the final Tribal Council? With 12 castaways left in Nicaragua, we pick six to watch...
Kadee Strickland and Kate Walsh
The guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the first week of November sweeps:
Monday, Nov. 1
World Series Game 5: San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers (Fox)
Ryan encourages Naomi to press charges against Mr. Cannon, which she should do, if only to help out Silver, who totally took a bullet for her, so to speak.