Pulling the Trigger is the fourth episode of Survivor: Nicaragua.


Night 8

After losing former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, the older Espada tribe struggles to stay dry amid another terrible storm. Jimmy Tarantino expresses his feelings on Jimmy J.'s elimination.

He definitely wasn't a Jimmy T. fan, and I wasn't going to get a lot of playing time with him calling the shots, and if he was a player, he wouldn't have been on my alliance, that's for sure. So I'm not going to miss him too much.

Jimmy Tarantino

He went on by singing as the tribe huddled for warmth, annoying his tribemates.

Jimmy T. is just putting on "The Jimmy T. Show", annoying, singing, trying to do his best, but it is Jimmy T., man. It's just obnoxious. So all you got to do with Jimmy T. is give him just a little bit of rope, that's all he needs and he'll hang himself from the nearest branch.

Marty Piombo

Day 9

After the previous night's miserable weather, Espada witnesses what the rain left: a shore filled with tons of driftwood, mud and other debris. The fish in their fishing area are already gone.

This place is Godforsaken.

–Dan Lembo

Adding insult to injury, their rice supply has reached an all-time low.

So we're down to two cups of rice a day and our rations are probably going to put us down more than that. So we're starving and we're pretty sick about it.

–Jill Behm

Seeing Jimmy T. failing to catch fish after seeing a pelican preying on one, Jane Bright admits that she misses Jimmy J.'s leadership.

Every team I've ever been on had a captain and a co-captain, and they made decisions based upon the ability of the tribe. And I'm hoping somebody's going to step up and say 'I want that role'.

–Jane Bright

At the younger La Flor tribe, Brenda Lowe and NaOnka Mixon review the second clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol, where they successfully find the idol (a large wooden key similar to what Marty Piombo had previously found).

This is the key to OUR life in the game. The Immunity Idol is mine. It's mine. It's mine. It doesn't belong to anyone else. Brenda helped me find it, but ultimately, I figured it out and it's mine.

–NaOnka Mixon

After hiding the idol in her sock, NaOnka regroups with her tribemates. Sensing that they are still in danger after siding with now-voted out tribemate Shannon Elkins, Alina Wilson and Kelly Bruno try to search for the idol, not knowing that NaOnka has already found it. Seeing them attempting to find the already found idol, NaOnka follows them and gloats about her good position in the game, even outright telling them that she does not like nor trust them. In a confessional, Alina complains about NaOnka's rude behavior toward Kelly B..

NaOnka's psycho. Kelly B. never did anything to Nay. Never. Except for going for the same clue.

–Alina Wilson

Nay is a bully. She wanted a reaction out of me and I wasn't going to give it to her, but at the same time, it's really hard to contain yourself.

–Kelly Bruno

Day 10

In the evening, at Espada, the older tribe decides to strategize for the next challenge. Marty insists to have a "one voice" system at challenges, where he nominates Tyrone Davis. Everyone agrees, except Jimmy T., by rebutting that he is a good leader in his hometown and nominates himself in the process. Marty completely ignores Jimmy T.

Marty is definitely not a big Jimmy T. fan. It has to stem from insecurities because I'm an easy going guy.

–Jimmy Tarantino

While Marty continues to monopolize the discussion, Jimmy T. makes a side comment:

A couple times, I'd like to tell Marty, 'Will you shut up?!' You preppy little bitch, you wouldn't last a minute in my world.

–Jimmy Tarantino

Day 11

Upon receiving Tree Mail with a blindfold, Espada thinks that the blindfold will be an integral part of the next challenge, so they decide to practice with their 'one voice,' with Tyrone leading. While the rest of the tribe is overall receptive to Tyrone's direction, Jimmy T. interrupts him and gives advice on how it should be done.

I nominated Tyrone last night as the leader of the challenge and by the way, I knew it would rile Jimmy T. J.T. is delusional. He suffers both paranoia and delusions of grandeur.

–Marty Piombo

The two competing tribes then convene for their next challenge, where once again they will vie for both reward and immunity. After host Jeff Probst explains the mechanics and the Medallion of Power advantage, La Flor decides to use the Medallion of Power, thus transferring it to Espada's possession after the challenge. With the challenge only requiring seven participants for both tribes, Dan Lembo's leg pain makes him sit out again for Espada, while La Flor chooses Kelly B. and Kelly Shinn. The callers are Brenda for La Flor and Tyrone for Espada.

With La Flor using the Medallion of Power, their first actual collected item became their third. With Brenda's leadership, La Flor pulls further ahead. On the other hand, Espada quickly struggles when their tribe members find themselves tripping over each other and stumbling through the course. To make matters worse, Jimmy T. completely ignores Tyrone's orders by walking his own way. In the end, La Flor takes a lopsided 10-5 win, thus sending Espada back to Tribal Council. La Flor then chooses the extra fishing gear, cookware, and tarps for their reward. Right after the loss, Jimmy T. complains that he could not hear Tyrone's orders.

After losing yet another challenge, Dan points out that they would have fared well at the challenge, had La Flor not used the Medallion of Power; Tyrone agrees. Meanwhile, Jimmy T. is still furious about not being given a chance to prove his leadership.

Jimmy T., he's digging his own hole. Bottom line is he's very much about himself and it's becoming more and more clear. And the comments today, I didn't dig at all.

–Tyrone Davis

Over at La Flor, Chase Rice finds a third clue leading to the Hidden Immunity Idol that NaOnka already found. But torn between keeping NaOnka's secret of having the idol and Chase's seemingly unwavering trust for her, Brenda confesses to Chase that NaOnka already found it. Brenda then begs Chase to not to ask NaOnka about anything to do with the Idol. Chase is troubled by Brenda's revelation.

You really cannot trust anyone in this game, but sometimes you have to. NaOnka and I don't have a great trust, but we do have Brenda between us, so as long as Nay is not coming after me, then that's fine.

–Chase Rice

Back at Espada, while the tribe scours sea urchins for lunch, Jimmy T. argues with Marty about being a 'tribe player'. Angered by Jimmy T.'s move, Marty fumes:

Jimmy T. is trying to tell me that I'm not a team player and calling it out in front of the whole tribe. That's the equivalent of putting a gun to your mouth, pulling the trigger, and blowing your brains out, as far as I'm concerned.

–Marty Piombo

During the afternoon, the tribe is torn between Dan's continuing leg problem and Jimmy T.'s assertive personality. Marty tells Jill Behm to vote Jimmy T., though Jill has reservations. Marty explains that though Dan's injury might hinder them to win future challenges, he is part of Marty's numbers and stresses that Jimmy T.'s assertiveness will be more of a problem in the long run. Jill then approaches Tyrone about their plan, though he has almost decided that Dan should be eliminated. Unconvinced by Jill, Marty comes up to Tyrone and tells him that Jimmy T. is too volatile to keep around. Meanwhile, Jimmy T. is begging to the other females to keep him longer to prove his worth. Yve Rojas, already fed up with his voice, responds:

I'm a mother, and I don't coddle my kids that much.

–Yve Rojas

At Tribal Council, Jimmy T. argues to the tribe that he needs to prove himself as an effective leader, with Holly Hoffman defending him, saying that all he wanted was a chance. Marty outright rebuts that his 'leadership' is not needed and that he suffers from 'delusions of grandeur'. Despite eventually apologizing for his misdeeds, a 5-3 vote sends Jimmy Tarantino home, making him Espada's third casualty and fourth contestant eliminated castaway from Survivor: Nicaragua.


Reward/Immunity Challenge: Seers and Doers
One person from each tribe will be the caller. The rest of the tribe will be blindfolded and paired up. Using only verbal commands, the caller will direct their tribe mates to collect ten items scattered in the field. Once all ten items have been collected, the caller will direct one pair out to find a set of keys. Those keys will unlock a chest. The first tribe to get their chest and all ten items back to the start wins immunity and the reward.
Medallion Advantage: Two items will already be placed onto their tribe mat, thus reducing their required number of items to eight.
Reward: The right to pick from three selected items used in the challenge: a toolkit, a tarp, a rope and a knife, fishing gear, a collapsible chair, and a grill.
Winner: La Flor (Medallion of Power used)

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 4:
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Jimmy T. (5 votes)
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Dan, Jill, Marty, Tyrone, Yve
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Dan (3 votes)
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Holly, Jane, Jimmy T.
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Jimmy Tarantino

Voting Confessionals

In the aired episode, Dan showed his vote to the camera, but he did not give a confessional. Also in the aired episode, Jimmy T. was shown writing Dan's name down on the parchment. Complete confessionals retrieved from CBS' YouTube account.[2]

(voting for Dan) Dan, I'm sorry about your shoes, I really am. but you sat out two challenges, you're the weak one on the team, you need to go.

Holly Hoffman

(voting for Dan) Danny, Danny, I love you to death, and I can't wait to party with you. But right now, I do believe Jimmy T is a little more athletic, so I think he'll be stronger for the tribe. His little antics don't bother me at all. That's just the way I am. I try to take everything with a grain of salt and I try to take humor in anything anybody does, whether it's good or bad.

Jane Bright

(voting for Jimmy T.) You're a good guy, and I'm sorry about tonight.

Jill Behm

(voting for Dan) You need it the least and you've contributed the least. It's not my fault you don't know how to make fire. I'm just trying to help you out, brother.

Jimmy Tarantino

(voting for Jimmy T.) See 'ya, pal. You made your first mistake within one hour of playing the game. You made your big mistake when you crossed me yesterday.

Marty Piombo

(voting for Jimmy T.) Alright, big homey. "The Jimmy T. Show" is over. I encourage you to swallow your pride, become more vulnerable, accept your faults, and try to move forward and learn from them so you can be a better human being.

Tyrone Davis

(voting for Jimmy T.) Jimmy T., you've just gotta trust you're enough, and have some more confidence. I'm sorry. You really are a wonderful man.

Yve Rojas

Final Words

Yeah, I totally blew my game. It's my own fault. I planned on keeping my mouth shut and that went right out the window. I think Marty's the puppet master and he's pulling all the strings right and he's playing with his head. I played with my heart. He definitely outwitted me and, uh, that's what you gotta do in this game. I just really feel like I blew a tremendous opportunity and I really feel like I let people down.

Jimmy Tarantino

Still in the Running

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 Jimmy J.
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 Jimmy T.
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La Flor
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La Flor
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La Flor
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La Flor
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La Flor
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 Kelly B.
La Flor
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 Kelly S.
La Flor
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La Flor
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La Flor
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Episode Title


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?" · "Reunion"

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