Stuck in the Middle is the tenth episode of Survivor: Nicaragua.

Story

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26

Day 27

Before tribal Holly Hoffman decides to pull a plan to blindside Brenda, seeing her as a huge threat, the majority of the tribe joins in. Brenda believes that Sash would play his idol on her but he doesn't, sending Brenda home.

Challenges

Challenge: Barrel Bridge
The tribe would be split into two teams by school yard pick. The teams would be given four barrels, two wood planks, and 10 feet (3.0 m) of rope that they would use to cross the beach without stepping on the sand. If any team member steps onto the sand, the entire team would have to restart from the beginning. The first team to reach the finish line would win.
Reward: A helicopter trip to the Cerro Negro volcano with volcano surfing and pizza, brownies, and soft drinks.
Winners: Blue Team (Chase Rice, Fabio Birza, Jane Bright, Kelly Shinn, and NaOnka Mixon)

Challenge: Splash Back
The castaways would stand on small platforms and hang on to a rope while leaning backwards over a pool of water. The rope would have knots tied along its length. In five-minute intervals, the castaways would have to move further down the rope to the next knot, increasing the angle at which they were hanging over the water. The last castaway to hang on to the rope would win.
Winner: Jane Bright

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 11:
Libertad
Voted
Against
Voter
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Brenda (8 votes)
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Benry, Chase, Dan, Fabio, Holly, Jane, NaOnka, Sash
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Benry (1 vote)
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Kelly S.
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NaOnka (1 vote)
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Brenda
VOTED OUT:
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Brenda Lowe

Voting Confessionals

Dan and Kelly S. did not say anything when they voted.

(voting against Brenda) Love you B, but I've gotta get rid of you before you can get rid of me.

Benry


(voting against NaOnka) I was going to vote for Benry, but why if you are my real, true enemy? I thought you were my friend.

Brenda


(voting against Brenda) You know this isn't what I wanted at all. Believe me, you'll see that NaOnka's the one that screwed the whole damn thing up.

Chase


(voting against Brenda) Super-cool girl, Brenda, but this game is not as easy as you think.

Fabio


(voting against Brenda) You just thought things were gonna come easy to you. You should have scrambled.

Holly


(voting against Brenda) Brenda, you and I would have made a great team, but when you start trying to bust up original alliances between my Carolina homeboy Chase - he and I are both die-hard Earnhardt fans; that ain't gonna work - then you try to bust up my original Espada alliance, my only friend I had at Espada. That ain't gonna work. I tell you I ain't gonna write your name down, I mean it. I'm holding true to the people I made a solid alliance with.

Jane


(voting against Brenda) It's amazing the things people will say when they know they're about to go home. I talk too much? Maybe you just talked yourself home.

NaOnka


(voting against Brenda) I really wanted to go to the end with you, but your plan is to backstab me, so I have to strike first.

Sash



Final Words

I'm still in disbelief, really, at how outplayed I was by the person that I trusted the most, NaOnka. It's just funny how the game changed so fast for me. One day I was at the top, and now, I'm out. It was a crazy game that I didn't expect would end so soon for me, but I am kind of sad that it's over.

Brenda Lowe



Still in the Running

 Wendy
20th
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 Shannon
19th
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 Jimmy J.
18th
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 Jimmy T.
17th
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 Tyrone
16th
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 Kelly B.
15th
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 Yve
14th
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 Jill
13th
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 Alina
12th
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 Marty
11th
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 Brenda
10th
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 Benry
Libertad
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 Chase
Libertad
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 Dan
Libertad
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 Fabio
Libertad
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 Holly
Libertad
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 Jane
Libertad
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 Kelly S.
Libertad
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 NaOnka
Libertad
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 Sash
Libertad
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Trivia

  • At the live reunion show, Brenda explained that her abrupt elimination was caused by her scheming to vote Sash. She told the plan to NaOnka, who then relayed the message to Sash.
  • The key that Brenda drew on her vote for NaOnka was intended to be a sketch of the Hidden Immunity Idol (the idol is shaped like a key). In an interview, Brenda revealed that the purpose for that was to let everyone know that NaOnka had the idol.
  • Fabio is the only person who cast a vote against Brenda in a previous episode to successfully vote her off in this episode.
  • The episode title is said by Chase, describing his predicament of being torn between two alliances.

References

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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