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Survivor Tocantins Week 7 - Blindsided by Your Own Body

Survivor Tocantins Week 7 - "Blindsided by Your Own Body"



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Previouslies

Jeff's voiceover says Brendan was "saved from Coach and Tyson" by Timbira's immunity win. Do we believe this? Brendan has the hidden immunity idol, after all. Are the producers perhaps rewriting reality a little here?

Night 16

Taj is relieved it was Sydney voted out, not her. Joe says he's on the spot, but with no mention of his fake idol. Does he believe in it or not? Taj comforts JT, who's a bit depressed at the idea of going into the presumed merge down 6-4.

Day 17

Timbira: The tribe awakens to Coach down at the river's edge going though his version of yoga, striking poses that the camera juxtaposes with the rising sun. Coach's voice tells us this gets him centered and ready to face the day. Erinn approves, saying it produces a mellower, easier to live with Coach.

Jalapao: Joe's leg infection from his fall in the sling-and-catch challenge of week 5 is getting worse, swollen and warm to the touch, and spreading. Taj worries about this.

Tree mail arrives:

Head to head, face to face,
Here's another to get your head spinning,
Getting away from camp and a feast,
Is what you'll be winning.

Both tribe speculate as to what this means - a challenge with a feast reward, a merge?

REWARD CHALLENGE?

As the they arrive at the challenge area they find a shelter with a sumptuous feast laid out, and a note. The note tells them it's a feast and a merge. They receive new green buffs and instructions to choose a name and design a new flag. They dig in to the feast and begin talking. Sierra asks about the reasons for Jalapao's last two vote-offs, raising defensive hackles among some still clinging to their old tribes and reluctant to share information. The new tribes will live at the old Timbira camp, and former Jalapao members are told their personal and reward items will be there waiting for them when they arrive.

Discussing a new tribe name, some of the survivors have been studying a little Portuguese and have ideas. The name Dingus is briefly discussed (means something noble in Portuguese) but some object to hearing "here come the Dinguses". Ultimately they settle on "Forza", meaning "strength".

JT shares some more about his worries, and hopes there's some cracks in the Timbira power structure to exploit.

Forza - Day 17

Coming into the repurposed Timbira camp, JT is distinctly not impressed with the shelter, and immediately begins plans for reconstructing it. Brendan appears to be going along with these.

Coach invites JT to do a little fishin', to which JT readily agrees. Coach is ready to get right down to discussing the game, which is also all right with JT. They seem to hit it off, JT fitting Coach's "warrior" mold for a fitting tribe mate, and the two of them assuming they can build an alliance of themselves with Tyson and Stephen plus Debbie to exert their force. They feel each other out (not in a bad way) for a while. JT likes Coach, but is a little reserved about whether he can trust him or not.

JT shares that he's "90% sure" Brendan has an idol (news to Coach) and says he thinks Taj "may" have one as well (we know he's damn sure she does.) Coach shares being happy to have ties with JT, which whom he shares a love of the outdoors, but say's he'll be intolerant of any deceit. They agree to keep any information they share private.


Night 17

Coach and Tyson talk over the situation. Tyson broaches the idea of alliance with Stephen. Stephen is open to discussion but doesn't share that he bally well knows for sure that both Brendan and Taj have idols. Remember they consider him to be in an alliance with them. Stephen seems to be keeping his options open, ready to jump either way, though he does a lot of talking with JT and appears to have every intention of sticking with him.

Day 20

JT and Tyson go fishin' and plottin', but mostly fishin'. Tyson gets a little catfish that JT says have poison in their fin spines. He appears to get nipped by one - hope it doesn't infect him.

Tyson shares that he doesn't trust Brendan, and invites Debbie to 'go get firewood'. And a little plotting, no doubt.

Taj shares with Stephen that she's worried that Brendan hasn't made any 'secret alliance' overtures to them in the past two days since the merge, and wonders if the deal is still on.

Brendan shares that they have to whittle down the numbers a little for his four person alliance be effective, and he'd like to see JT and Joe go, in that order. He's keeping the alliance talk low-key on purpose to avoid anyone getting suspicious.

Tyson discusses his and Coach's alliance ideas with Debbie, and she's for it.

In private session, Tyson goes into 'creepy mode' again as he talks about how Brendan is 'putty in my hands'.

The last exiles (Joe and Erinn) go for a walk and discuss immunity idols. Erinn has not figured out where the clues point to, so Joe takes her to the tree mail figure. They find the cavity empty, so they know that somebody, presumably Brendan or Sierra has it and therefore (Erinn says) Brendan and Sierra should become priority vote targets. Joe does not (in our hearing) mention having found an idol (the fake one Taj made) in the Jalapao camp.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE

The tribe gathers and Jeff announces that the tribal immunity idol is retired and reveals the new individual immunity idol. It's a colorful feathered necklace.

The immunity challenge is very simple - hold on to a pole. The polls are about ten feet high, painted, about six inches square with inch-deep bands about every 18 inches for foot and finger holds, and the edges of the square poles planed off, to produce an 8-sided irregular cross section.

The Survivors are positioned on top of their poles and the "go" is given. It's a challenge that favors the lightest and most compact competitors. The order of dropping off is no great surprise:

1. Stephen
2. Joe (bad leg)
3. Brendan (a little surprising here - maybe gamesmanship?)
4. Taj
5. Erinn
6. JT

(Coach notes that all the people remaining are old Timbira. Jeff asks if that means the tribes haven't fully merged yet and everyone's still thinking along tribal lines. Coach says 'not really'.)

7. Coach (probably his best individual showing yet)
8. Sierra (she's light, but very thin arms)

(Debbie and Tyson last to the thirty minute point)

9. Debbie
10. Tyson wins!

Jeff presents the necklace to Tyson and asks Joe to stay behind and have his leg looked at by medical.

Everyone else goes back to camp, where JT again worries about his fate being in the hands of members of the other tribe, but says if he survives the night he'll stop worrying about that.

Tyson exults in his victory and his new necklace - very pretty even if it's a not a 'man tiara'. He allows Debbie to try it on. Most every body worries a little about Joe.

The old Timbiras get together and discuss the vote, saying that JT should go first. The camera angles don't let us see any fingers crossed behind backs.

Tyson has another little creep-mode sharing, wondering why Sierra's there at all, and concluding that it's "to give hope to the stupid people of the world." He says Brendan's the next one off.

[You know, I'm kind of amazed at how little old-tribal loyalty is in evidence across the board everybody seems to have the knives out for tribe-mates all over.]

Stephen and JT discuss the coming vote and worry some more.

Stephen broaches the idea of blindsiding Brendan to Taj, and she's sort of down with it, wondering why he still hasn't contacted her.

Coach fantasizes being the "orchestrator" or "dragon slayer" for getting Brendan out. No more talk of 'removing cancer' this week. Is Erinn back in his good graces? All this editing seems to foreshadow a Coach blindside.

You know, for the "arid Tocantins" region, the tribe(s) sure seem to do a lot of sitting in their shelters in the rain, and they're doing it again when:


COUNCILITUS INTERRUPTUS

Up walks a rain-soaked Jeff Probst to tell them that Joe's leg injury has been deemed too serious by the medics to allow him to continue in the game.

It's interesting watching all the faces at this point, as the gears start turning and new calculations are being made, Half the players are relieved they've gotten a reprieve for another three days, and the other half are wondering what this does to their careful scheming. Will things fall apart - will secrets leak - will alliances crumble?

Tyson is disappointed Brendan will live to see another day. (He thinks.)

Coach is upset his dragon-slaying will be postponed.

We see a helicopter arrive, Joe limping to it, and hear a few words from him about how you can be "blindsided by your own body", and "this game is hard", and "it sucks".


NEXT WEEK

The rumble is on again. Coach plots more dragon slaying. Brendan appears to be making the alliance communication that Taj felt was lacking this week. I can't help believe Stephen and Erinn may hold the key to the rest of the game, at least briefly, as how they jump may determine the makeup of the final five or four.

~~~~~

Over the closing credits, Joe says a fond farewell, and it's still the "nice guys" season.

And we never did learn what happened to Joe's [fake] immunity idol.



b>Status at End: as of week 7

Tribes merged - Forza (9)

Brendan has a hidden immunity idol and an alliance with Sierra, Taj, and Stephen (maybe).
Taj has a hidden immunity idol, and an alliance with Stephen (maybe) Brendan and Sierra.
Taj has revealed her idol to JT as well.
Joe had a fake immunity idol (made by Taj) and we don't know what happened to it.
Coach, Tyson, JT, Debra, and Stephen(maybe) seem to have an alliance

Benjamin "Coach" Wade__37_Bolivar MO
Brendan Synnott________30_New York City NY
Debra "Debbie" Beebe___46_Auburn AL
Erinn Lobdell_(1)________26_Waukesha WI
James "JT" Thomas, Jr___24_Samson AL
Sierra Reed,_(1)________23_Los Angeles CA
Stephen Fishbach_______29_New York City NY
Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George_(3)_37_Nashville TN
Tyson Apostol__________29_Lindon UT
(#) = votes against

x-Joe Dowdle 26 Austin TX, left for medical reasons week 7
x-Sydney Wheeler 24 Raleigh NC, voted out week 6
x-Spencer Duhm 19 Lakeland FL voted out week 5
x-Sandy Burgin 53 Louisville KY voted out week 4
x-Jerry Sims_49_Rock Hill SC voted out week 3
x-Candace Smith_31_Dayton OH voted out week 2
x-Carolina Eastwood 26..West Hollywood CA voted out week 1


See you next Thursday!

= Cecil =


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Posted by Cecil on April 6, 2009 1:09 AM
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New policy eh? I notice there is no Lost preview post...

1. Posted by: FenwayBen at April 6, 2009 6:08 PM

Well, technically, the preview post is only required to be made by show time - I made mine four days in advance because I was planning to be out of town - then that fell through and here I am commenting on my own preview.

Besides, Mac owns the network, and can bally well make his own rules.

Plus - slight technicallity on top of technicallity - The Lost Blog is on FilmFodder whereas all the other TV blogs are on TVFodder - that may exempt it from the rules...

One good result of pre-posting is that it may reduce the tendency of folks who can't wait from commenting about THIS week's show at the tail end of LAST week's post - this spoiing anybody who hadn't seen the new episode yet, as happened just last week on the "Lost" blog.

And I wonder if I may even have started this trend when I posted a place-holder on my fill-in "Jughead" review knowing that folks would be dying to comment and I couldn't get it out as fast as mac does.

2. Posted by: Cecil at April 7, 2009 4:09 AM

Oh, and I guess it was a real need, since I got two comments on last night's House ep before I had managed to fill my review into it.

3. Posted by: Cecil at April 7, 2009 4:11 AM

Loved when Coach got voted out. He never saw it coming!

4. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at April 8, 2009 10:20 AM

I know I know this episode ain't been on yet and this won't happen anyway. Just wishful thinking.
Craig T. Nelson will always be the real Coach.

5. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at April 8, 2009 10:29 AM

This is fun--what effect will this preview posting have on the MIF contest on the Lost site?

6. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at April 8, 2009 10:30 AM

Well, if we're gonna fantasize - Wasn't it nice that the merged tribe got to vote back in one previously voted off survivor for a second chance and Sydney's back in the game.

7. Posted by: Cecil at April 8, 2009 3:00 PM

Seriously? You;d bring Sydney back? You can have her, I'm holding out for Spencer...

8. Posted by: FenwayBen at April 8, 2009 10:48 PM

Well, we Raleighians have to stick together. Different stokes, but Sydney's a lot easier omn *my* eyes...

9. Posted by: Cecil at April 9, 2009 6:09 PM

Snore. I hate the episode(s) where a medical issue precludes a tribal council. I can't watch Coach anymore. Or Erinn. Or Tyson. Maybe I need to skip a few weeks and hope they're not around when I return.

10. Posted by: Clementine at April 9, 2009 9:05 PM

Well as much as I hate to lose a Tribal Council, Joe was dead weight (not in anyone's alliance), so I'd rather see him go than Coach's plan play out. I am hoping the Exile island alliance makes a come back, but who knows where Stephen's loyalty really lies!

11. Posted by: FenwayBen at April 9, 2009 10:07 PM

Well there seem to be two five person alliances in a nine member tribe - both counting Stephen.

And that's assuming thet Brendan-Taj-Siera-Stephen can count on Errin. That seemed like a given up to last week, considereing the apparent enmity between Coach and Errin.

However, this week that enmity seemed to have diminished, if not vabished, If Errin goes with Coach-Tyson-Debbie-JT - and maybe Stephen, Brendan could find himself down 5-4 or even 6-3.

12. Posted by: Cecil at April 10, 2009 12:34 AM

What about the Exile 4 and JT? I think Stephen will want JT on his side whichever way he goes. Taj would be okay with it, and if Brendan and Siera find out the rest of Timbira are plotting against them, they might not have much choice than to welcome JT into their foursome.

13. Posted by: FenwayBen at April 11, 2009 1:07 PM

Entirely possible.

14. Posted by: Cecil at April 12, 2009 4:16 PM

I think people better watch out for Tyson this season. The dude is likeable and funny. Last week when he volunteered to hit a few targets for JT in the slingshot challenge was vicious. But it seems like with his koiking around and running around naked no one takes him very seriously as a threat. But meanwhile he keeps kicking butt in the challenges--like the slingshot and then winning the hang onto the pole thingy handily.
He's good at challenges and seems to be smarter than people realize.

15. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at April 14, 2009 8:38 AM

Wonder how Tyson felt about all that suffering to win immunity and then not needing it?

16. Posted by: Cecil at April 14, 2009 10:20 AM

Totally!
The whole ending of this week's edition seemed anticlimactic after the immunity challenge and all of the strategizing of who to vote out and then all of it ended up being moot.
I think I'd almost like it better if they went ahead and had tribal. They'd eliminate an extra person but they'd open the door to more funky surprises like possibly bringing back someone previously voted off. Maybe with the merge just happening and getting close to the point where those voted off end up in the jury, maybe they felt that would muck up the works too much.
It was fun to see Coach and some of the others acting disappointed that their machinations would have to wait another three days.

17. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at April 14, 2009 10:52 AM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

18. Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 7:10 PM

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