Funny 115 - The Third One
#49. The Day Benry Became King
Nicaragua - episode 5
Has there ever been a season as odd as Survivor: Nicaragua?
between storylines that abruptly start and stop and make no sense, and
characters who randomly appear then disappear just because it's
convenient for the story, and the fact that the major character of the
season (Na Onka) randomly quits on day 28 even though she has an idol
in her bag, and the fact that the ending of the season is largely
dependent on something mysterious that happened between Sash and Jane
that legally they weren't allowed to show it in the episode, there's a
reason that Nicaragua has historically been known as "the weirdest
Survivor season." And you'll note that's even WITHOUT getting
into the bizarrely vindictive edit the producers gave to Purple
Kelly, and the fact that the winner of the season basically only won
because everyone else in the game assumed as a child he must have been
kicked in the head by a horse. Even WITHOUT those
two aspects of Survivor: Nicaragua, it's already an incredibly odd
Likes the zoo
they had so many constraints they were required to work around, and
because they had a story that didn't really make any sense, editing a
season like Nicaragua must have been a nightmare for everyone involved.
Buuuuuuuuut at the same time, that doesn't mean they couldn't have a little fun with it too.
And this, of course, is where we come to the story of Benry.
you remember Benry? Of course you don't. He was about as
insignificant a Survivor character as you can get. Which is
impressive considering that Nicaragua is about as insignificant a
season as you are going to find. Combine an insignificant
Survivor character, with an insignificant Survivor season, with a
douchy ass nickname (Ben + Henry = Benry) that you basically just want
to slap in the face, and you wind up with a character that has always
been begging to have a Funny 115 entry written about him.
And ladies and gentlemen, that's what I'm here for. It's
time. It's time for us to finally delve into the legacy of
starters, let me get this part out of the way. Benry really only
has ONE big moment in Nicaragua. That's it. He does
nothing for four episodes, then he has THE BIG BENRY SCENE, then he
quickly goes back to doing nothing and being irrelevant to the season.
And then approximately twenty-six episodes later he is voted out.
Which to me is one of the greatest Survivor story arcs ever.
If you were to map out Benry's Survivor story arc on a graph it would basically look like this.
Benry's storyline is basically my grandfather having a stroke
that we've gotten that out of the way, let's dig a little deeper into
Benry's magnificent story arc. So you can see exactly what I am
I'm Benry. Who are you? Not Benry. Peace.
In episode one of Nicaragua, we're introduced to the latest in big new awesome over-the-top fun Survivor characters.
His name is Ben Henry. aka "Benry." Who you might recognize as the first guy to do duck lips during his intro shot
is a member of La Flor. And he wears yellow. And, he's....
well.... I don't really know what he is. Because we don't really
ever see him or hear from him all that much.
What we do know about him is that he's pretty good in challenges And that he prefers to stand behind Na Onka And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot And that he likes to stick out his tongue a lot
shit, that's enough. So yes, Benry is good in challenges, and he
likes to stick out his tongue a lot. And that's really his entire
story arc through the first four episodes of the season.
Oh, and he also likes to high five people Oh, and he also likes to high five people Oh, and he also likes to high five people Oh, and he also likes to high five people Oh, and he also likes to high five people
Damnit, STOP. Not again.
Benry is the guy who does well in the challenges, and who sticks his
tongue out a lot, and who we could legally refer to as a "high five
He also has one of the craziest happy grins I have ever seen in my life BITCH I WILL EAT YOUR BABIES
it say, Benry doesn't do a whole lot when it comes to the storyline.
He's really just this weird minor background character who has a
couple of fun quirks about him.
Like, say, this dance
Here he manages to hike up his pants And did I mention the duck lips?
competes in some challenges. He wins some challenges. But
for the most part, he doesn't actually do anything that is relevant to
the story. His major highlights in the first four episodes of
Nicaragua pretty much consist of this:
Standing behind the water tube Participating in the "La Flor" chant Pow-wowing Acknowledging that yes, Wendy was indeed voted out at the last Tribal Council Handing the Medallion of Power to Jimmy And agreeing that yes, there are two alliances on La Flor at the moment
And, of course, my favorite.
Standing way too close to Fabio while grabbing his own balls
Through four episodes, Benry is here. He's full of good cheer. And you better get used to it.
He also sticks out his tongue a lot
Oh yeah, and I guess I better mention the OTHER big elephant in the room when it comes to Benry.
He's even better at throwing things underhanded at a target than Coach
Et tu, Dragonslayer? Et tu? Hey guys, did you hear me say Barrelslayer?
anyway, that's Benry. He's not really a part of Nicaragua when it
comes to anything involving the storyline. But at least he's a
fun little background character. It's not saying much, but I mean
it's better than most people.
Benry has a sad sometimes just like you do
And then, we come to episode five.
THE BENRY EPISODE.
Where Benry loudly announces his presence, and lets us know just how dominant he is going to become for the rest of the season.
five is the twist episode. Where the two tribes are shuffled up,
and the old people are mixed in with the young people to create
two entirely new tribes.
And Benry likes it, because this means he might actually get a storyline for once I'M SO HAPPY THIS MAKES ME DO DUCK LIPS TO GOD
new tribe involves him, and a couple of young people. And then
Tyrone and a couple of old people. Frankly it doesn't really
matter because the only two people who are relevant here are Tyrone and
"Hi I'm Dan.""Hi I'm Benry, can I give you a high five?"
of course, gets a couple of good confessionals in his new tribe.
Because if we know anything about the editors this season, we
know they are going to make his storyline relevant and compelling.
Here Benry acknowledges that it's raining out Here he explains that Tyrone likes chicken Here he points out that he's hungry
Annnnd then, we get the moment. THE BENRY MOMENT.
It happens at the end of episode five. When the new Espada tribe heads to Tribal Council for the first time.
This is where Benry walks up to the podium for the first time And he casts a vote for the big challenge beast on Espada - basically the older black version of Benry And as the young buck knocks off his elder, he has a message to deliver
Benry's big moment, ladies and gentlemen.
The new sheriff has officially arrived.
"It's time to dethrone the King of Espada." "Benry's here, baby."
his message delivered, and his moment of badassery officially
documented on film, Benry only has one last step to cement his new role
as the King of Nicaragua. All he has to do at this point is stuff
his vote down into the ballot box. In the same way that Tyrone
stuffed his face with way too much chicken today. After all,
that's the reason we're here.
So Benry reaches over to shove his ballot into the urn And as he does, he accidentally smacks a bronze paperweight that is sitting on the table with his other hand Oops It goes clattering to the ground with a loud THUD Thus sort of ruining his big BADASS BENRY MOMENT
And here's my favorite part of this little moment.
"My bad." All fixed
the entire gif of Benry fucking up his little BENRY'S HERE speech, in
case you missed it in the episode. It happens very quick.
anyway, that's Benry's one and only big character moment in Survivor:
Nicaragua. He's this minor little background character for four
episodes. Then he LOUDLY ANNOUNCES TO THE WORLD THAT HE HAS
ARRIVED AND THAT HE'S GOING TO BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AND THAT
EVERYONE BETTER FEAR HIM. Then he bumps into the paperweight.
Then we never hear from him again. And that's his entire
You think I'm kidding?
How about we run down Benry's highlight reel AFTER he has announced to the world that "Benry's here, baby!"
Let's see what "here" actually means when it comes to his actual story presence.
In the second half of the season, he is mostly known for...
Tugging on an invisible rope, with beginner duck lips Chewing this food Holding up this boat Being pointed at by Holly Smooshing his face
And my personal favorite moment after Benry has arrived.
Reflecting by the cow
it to say, Benry's story doesn't actually change after BENRY IS HERE
and BENRY HAS ARRIVED. It's really just more of the same.
He does refer to Alina as a "dirt squirrel" in a vote, and that's kinda fun Fffffffffffffffff
yeah, if you're looking for some amazing fun Benry action after episode
five, you're going to be sorely disappointed. He just doesn't
really do all that much. Even after he has been introduced to
society at his big debutante ball.
Here he is back to wooing again Here he is wearing a hat Guys, I like hot dogs, they are tender and warm
And, of course, as always...
Reflecting by the cow
The legend that is Benry Henry is voted out at the end of day 32.
Having arrived. Having been announced. Having thrown things underhand at a tile even better than Coach.
And really... unfortunately... that's about it.
Peace out, Benryland
FOR THE TILES!
may not have ever done much. He may not have ever been all that
significant to the storyline. But at the end of the day, we will
always have that moment. That one big BENRY MOMENT. Where
he announced his presence. Where he announced he was a force to
be reckoned with. And then he knocked over a paperweight.
And then the editors left it in the episode and laughed at
him, and then they went right back to just making him irrelevant
"Oops. My bad."
Like I said, it must have been a chore to try to edit a season like Nicaragua.
But at least the editors had fun with it.
P.S. Oh and he also sticks out his tongue a lot.
P.P.S. Here's a great picture caption from a reader of mine named Vic Shuttee.
Bradley Cooper's most unhinged performance
Speaking of fun stuff, this string of comments about Benry from
my Facebook group Zoe's Lobster Shack makes me laugh every time.
P.P.P.P.S. Love this email from a reader named Matthew Divoli:
of my favorite Benry moments (I can't believe I'm actually writing
that) is in episode 7. After he leads his tribe to victory in the
immunity challenge, the very last thing you hear before it cuts to
commercial is "I should be a pirate!" It's one of the most bizarre
reactions ever to winning a challenge and still makes me laugh
every time I hear it.
I've always been amused by the name "Benry" and how goofy it
really is. So here's an attempt to make some similarly goofy
nicknames using the same naming convention (first syllable + end of
last name) for other famous Survivor players. A few of my friends
put our heads together and we came up with our favorites. Enjoy.
Jeff Probst's first Survivor girlfriend, Gews Two-time Survivor winner, Swine Sock If Boberts come back, I will fall out Samoa's beloved funnyman, Danger Doll Mmmm hmmm, it's Cranklin Let me introduce you to my butler, Rudkins Legendary Cook Islands firecracker, Bee Coodcock Feast on the souls of the damned with Hellis The unfortunately named chicken nugget enthusiast, Wale Gargamel hates this guy. It's Pmurf
Forrest Gump's true love, Jenny And finally, enjoy the dance stylings of Ringham
** Thank you to Cory Gage for the Boston Rob/Fafaru FUBC **