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The Samoa Quake: Will It Impact 'Survivor'?

Posted By Lorelei LeFae on Sep 29, 2009 at 3:15PM

No - Apparently the current season finished taping months ago and the 20th all stars season which is also rumoured to be set in Samoa wrapped taping a month ago.

I had no idea they were so far ahead in the shooting schedule. I wonder if we will have back to back seasons?

WASHINGTON - A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake generated Pacific tsunami on Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people in the Samoa islands and sending others fleeing for higher ground, officials said.

An official of the U.S. National Park Service said there had been deaths in American Samoa, but there was no word on how many. Similarly, a local police spokeswoman in nearby Samoa said the tsunami had killed an unknown number of people there.

"I can confirm there is damage, I can confirm there are deaths and I can confirm there are casualties," the police spokeswoman said by phone. "I cannot say any more at the moment."

read more about the quake/tsunami here - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33075304/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Samoa': episode 1

Posted By Lorelei LeFae on Sep 17, 2009 at 11:10PM

Welcome back, Survivor fans. Okay, enough small talk, let’s get to it.

Back in the good ‘ole days of the movie business, stars and starlets were often discovered having a malt at the corner drug store.

Well, not many folks drink malts anymore and the corner drug stores are long gone, but stars and starlets are still being discovered every week…on reality shows.

If you’re an actor you hate me for even suggesting such an idea. Reality shows responsible for discovering stars? Hogwash. “Reality shows” and “stars” are mutually exclusive ideas, you protest.

Hang on, cause I’m gonna take it one irritating step further. The truly great reality stars of today… often write their own material as well!

Go ahead, writers, pelt me with tomatoes. Throw stones at my head. I get it. I understand the frustration, but it doesn’t deter my beliefs.

In fact, I am going to challenge you to be honest with yourself and with me if and when you respond to this blog.

A new star has most definitely been born. He stands about 5 feet tall and when he slips that buff on top of his head, he transforms into a pirate, missing tooth and all. He was discovered on Survivor, the greatest reality show of all time, his name is Russell Hantz and in addition to being absolutely captivating on television, he writes and delivers some of the greatest material ever heard in 20 seasons of Survivor.

As long as Russell is on the show you are going to be talking about him and I am going to be writing about him. Instead of protesting like you did last season about my infatuation with Coach, why not try “riding the horse in the direction it’s going.” ‘Cause trust me, that is the direction this blog is going.

But for now, a brief detour.

I love Shambo! Shambo is the prototype for what we look for when casting Survivor. The voice, the walk, the hair! I think Survivor fans are going to adore Shambo and root for her to win. Who knows… maybe she will.

She is clearly a bit of an outcast on her tribe and that is part of her appeal. She moves to her own beat but she respects her leader, I’ll refer to him as the “Dreadlocked” Russell, (who is off to a great start leading Galu) and that’s commendable. If I had to guess, I’d say Shambo is already one of the most popular people of this season. While I’m at it, you’re going to like Dreadlocked Russell as well.

Ben is a bully. I don’t really like bullies but I also don’t want Ben showing up at my front door looking for revenge, so I’m going to call Ben the “likable Bully” but the truth is I don’t know him well enough to know if he is likable, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t. Likable, that is. Could be very likable. Probably is.

Marisa doesn’t like bullies. She also doesn’t appreciate anybody telling her what to do. I really liked what I saw of Marisa, but her reluctance to take a step back and “count to 10″ did her in. I was bummed to see her go so early. Attractive women are not in short supply on Survivor, especially this season, but attractive women with a strong point of view are few and far between. Marisa left too soon.

Back to Russell Hantz, let’s just call him “Evil” Russell to make it easy.

I must admit, I am instantly intrigued by a villain who spouts as his philosophy: “The most important thing is honesty.” Then proceeds to make alliances with everyone on his tribe.

Russell: “I have an alliance with the dumb short-haired blonde. I have another alliance with the even dumber long-haired blonde. It’s my dumb-ass girl alliance.”

INSIGHT: Keep in mind that the interviews you see on the show are done in private, away from all other Survivors. So last night when Ashley and Natalie were watching Survivor at home and heard Russell’s comments about them it was for the first time. Imagine watching with your family or your boyfriend as Russell refers to you as part of his “dumb-ass girl alliance.” Ah, this is going to be a fun season.

Without question, the most jaw-dropping sequence in last nights premiere episode of Survivor: Samoa was this one:

Russell: “I lived in New Orleans, right by the levee. The storm (hurricane) was a category five. When it hit… it broke the levee…. I was in my house. Me and my German Shepard, his name was, uh, Rocky.

I tried to get out of the house and realized I wasn’t gonna make it. So I grabbed my axe.

Because as a fireman, one thing you learn that if you go in something you have to be able to get out… The water was rushing in… I looked at Rocky, I couldn’t see him.. It was muddy water. He’s gone, I couldn’t find him.”

Cut to: Russell: I never lived in New Orleans. I’m not a fireman. I never even had a German Shepard. It’s crazy how you can break their hearts by telling them a lie.

In a span of 10 minutes, he emptied everybody’s canteen (his own tribemates) and burned Jaison’s socks in the fire. Not since Denzel Washington in Training Day have you seen someone this evil.

Ah relax, I’m just pushing your buttons. But be honest, your jaw hit your knee when you heard the New Orleans story, right?

Talk about using and abusing a national tragedy for your own good. With that lie alone, Russell earns consideration into the Survivor Villain Hall Of Fame.

Okay, a few more thoughts.

SHOW INSIGHT: You may have noticed, this episode did not have our normal “Survivor Open,” where we show you really sexy shots of all the Survivors. Not to worry, it does exist, we just had so much good material that we decided to use the time to put more content into the show. Look for it next week.

PERSONAL INSIGHT: Voting out Marisa over Mike Borassi? I think it was a mistake. I like Borassi a lot. He’s a great character, but Marisa was strong. Foa Foa made their first mistake and I think it will cost them in challenges.

TOURIST DESTINATION: At the beginning of the show I always say “39 days, 20 people, 1 Survivor.” The spot we chose this time is called “The Blow Holes” located on the island of Savaii in Samoa. I gotta tell you it ranks right up there as one of the coolest places we’ve ever shot the tag line. Those blasts of water shoot nearly 100 feet high. If you watch it again it looks like I must have been drenched by the water, but the truth is, I never got so much as a drop on me.

Betsy is a wise woman. She’s on to Evil Russell. You gotta love and trust the insight and wisdom of a cop. A female cop, no less. It’s a two for one deal. You get a woman’s intuition and the experience of a cop. Betsy is right. 100%. Don’t trust Russell.

The question is, will anybody listen?

Until next week…


I will continue to post these each week, but in case I forget you can watch the blog here: http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/09/18/jeff-probst-blogs-survivor-samoa-episode-1/

Who will Make it to The Final Three? Survivor Tocantin

Posted By Grantz on May 5, 2009 at 10:35AM

Who do you think will make it to the Final Three?

Cheers~ Grantz

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Coach Wade Twitters!

Posted By Jinx on Apr 29, 2009 at 1:45PM

I'm pretty sure "SurvivorCoach" isn't really Ben Wade, but an imposter, but its kind of funny!

If you Twitter and like Survivor you may want to follow "SurvivorCoach" at:


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The Biggest Fraud in the Game

Posted By Lorelei LeFae on Apr 17, 2009 at 7:54PM

Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but I was completely shocked at the tribal council on Thursday! I was SURE Coach was going home.

As the first light as day twenty-two dawns, Coach performs his morning Tai Chi-like workout, which he clarifies with his tribe mates is actually called “Chong Ran.” “If you do a Google search on it, you won’t find it. It’s only passed down verbally. You have to go there to the monastery to study it,” Coach proudly reveals. Feeling on top of his game, Coach lays out his plan. “You know if you look at it, to defeat an army, you have to cut the head off the dragon, which is why I nicknamed Brendan “The Dragon”…hence my name, “The Dragon Slayer,” says Coach. “Sierra is the bowel movements that come out of the dragon. After Brendan, Sierra’s gotta go,” he concludes.

A little blog from Jeff Probst:

Okay, truth test…you’re starting to love Coach a little bit, right? If not, you are gonna hate this blog, because this blog is dedicated to Coach.

I’ve hosted Survivor for 18 seasons, and up until now there has only been one person I thought might be worthy of their own show and that was Boston Rob. That is, up until now.

I am seriously considering a show called The Dragon Slayer. It’s about a guy who lives in a world that exists solely in his own mind, and thus is invisible to the outside world. While it is the year 2009, the Dragon Slayer dresses like he’s just returned from one of those Renaissance fairs where he’s just finished eating a turkey leg the size of a small dog. We’ll simply follow his daily life, where every time he leaves his home offers the potential for a life changing, near-death, journey.
Every episode concludes with his signature line:

Coach: “Hence my name, the dragon slayer.”

Most shows suffer from running out of ideas. That will never happen on The Dragon Slayer, not with comments like this:

Coach: “I want you guys to know there are three people in the world that know this story.”

Okay, that is a total lie. Coach told all of us producers this same story during casting and I’ve probably told three or four other people cause come on, it’s a good story. They’ve told people, who’ve told other people, cause again, it really is a good story. I’d argue that after tonight’s episode, seen in over a hundred countries, that Coach’s story of being beaten by indigenous people in the Amazon will soon surpass Susan Boyle in popularity. Don’t know who Susan Boyle is? Stop reading this blog and go to YouTube.

Back to my new show, The Dragon Slayer. Another reason Coach deserves his own show is because he has principles. For instance, in one episode, National Geographic wants to come along with Coach as he kayaks down the Amazon, but he says no.

Coach: “I’m doing this alone.”

That is a true Dragon Slayer. You do it not for the glory, but because it is there.

Say no to Nat Geo, but a resounding YES to Survivor. The man knows his demographic.

More here: http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/04/jeff-probst-b-2.html

I was sad to see Brendan go. I am not sure what to expect and I have really lost track of the alliances. I think it's a safe bet though that Sierra will go next. Will Coach win the game? I think everyone had a chance to get rid of a really big threat and they let it pass, so it will be really interesting to see how the rest of the game plays out.

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Survivor Chat, April 2nd Episode

Posted By Grantz on Apr 6, 2009 at 8:40AM

Hi. Please feel free to share any thoughts about Thursday Night's Episode of "Survivor" Tocantins, April 2nd.

Cheers- Grantz

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Survivor Chat for March 12 episode.

Posted By Grantz on Mar 13, 2009 at 11:46AM

Just some quick comments about the episode last night 3/12/09.
I really like Taj a lot, but I couldnt believe the way she got moody with all her tribe mates. Chastising them, when she herself underachieved in the challenge. And then letting someone else hold the Idol for her. That could turn out to be a colossal mistake.

You would think by now, after watching all the other seasons. The players would realize the Idol has to be burried., otherwise, its been found out, every single time.

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Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

Posted By Lorelei LeFae on Feb 27, 2009 at 8:59AM

Well... I am glad I hadn't gotten attached to Jerry. Poor guy - he seemed like a really nice person and I can see why some of you picked him as a favorite. But, perhaps this wasn't his time to play the game of Survivor.

I really wanted to like Coach from the beginning, but I just can't warm up to him. After the reward challenge...

"The defeated Timbira Tribe returns to camp humiliated and angry at their performance in the challenge. Coach tries to live up to his nickname by giving his team a pep talk. He points out where things could’ve been better and begs everyone to not go off and bad-mouth each other because that would be, “one of the worst things we can do.” Contradictory to his own advice, Coach meets Tyson by the water alone and bashes Sierra for panicking during the challenge. “Who’s worse? Is it Erinn or Sierra? Obviously I want to get Erinn out immediately,” Coach confides. “One word to describe Coach…I guess that’s it, Coach,” Tyson chuckles. “He’s not always the best at what he’s coaching, but he thinks he knows the most.” Coach then bestows the title of “Assistant Coach” to Tyson, who wisely accepts the nickname. “If I just keep plugging away, I’ll eventually make coach. He may promote me. I don’t know if I will have my own team or will be co-coach,” Tyson sarcastically remarks."

I am thrilled about the new Exile alliance. This is brilliant gameplay!

"On Exile Island, Taj and Brendan find another clue to the hidden immunity idol, which further clarifies that the idol is back at camp in a place “surrounded by wood.” “When I get back to camp I’m going to look for the idol immediately, and the first place I am going to look is something that is surrounded by wood,” says Brendan. “When I hear surrounded by wood I think of my shelter, I think of the treemail area. So that’s probably where I’ll take a peek.”

That night, as the rumble of thunder grows nearer, Brendan and Taj devise a plan to bring Stephen and Sierra into their secret alliance so that they can send them to Exile Island next. “Going into the merge, we could have a four-way alliance that nobody knows about,” says Taj."

And finally a recap of Tribal Council:

"At Tribal Council, Erinn announces her frustration when her tribe members ignored her leadership during the immunity challenge, which caused them to lose. Jerry agrees that his tribe needs a leader in order to progress, and chooses Brendan. Coach immediately steps up and suggests that he would love to be the leader of the tribe because that is what he does for a living. Erinn cringes at Coach’s arrogant remarks, saying that she feels that although Coach is used to being a leader, Brendan fills that role better. Coach snaps at Erinn’s remark, citing that their personalities clash. “It sounds like what you’re struggling with a little bit is ego,” Jeff Probst replies. “It’s not about ego because I would rather tow the line and be a good assistant coach than be a head coach and stroke my ego,” Coach smugly responds. With this, the tribe members cast their votes. Ultimately, Erinn escaped the vote, and Jerry was voted out with six out of the seven votes cast against him. Jerry Sims, the 49 year-old U.S. Army Sergeant from Rock Hill, South Carolina, becomes the third person voted out of SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS: THE BRAZILIAN HIGHLANDS."

To read the CBS recap in full or watch the full eppy online, click here: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/recaps/1803/recaps.php?season=

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The Poison Apple Needs to Go

Posted By Lorelei LeFae on Feb 20, 2009 at 9:39AM

First of all - termites? blech!

It may very well have been editing, but Candace, who I didn't even notice in episode one, seriously rubbed me the wrong way in this episode. First her whole attitude with Coach - :oy: then the fire pit bit:

"After following the clues, Brendan and Sierra set about digging a large hole at the beach. To their surprise, Debbie catches them and asks what they are doing. Sierra quickly fabricates a plausible answer that will keep her and Brendan out of hot water. “We’re building a…massive fire pit,” she says. “Oh cool!” exclaims Debbie. “We can pretend we’re at the beach somewhere.” The three return to camp where Debbie boasts about the so-called “fire pit” that Brendan and Sierra have worked so hard on. Candace, however, isn’t buying it. “I just don’t think it makes that much sense,” she complains. I probably won’t go.” Sierra shrugs off the comment, but is thankful that she and Brendan narrowly escaped getting caught. "

I can't believe Taj told everyone about her former NFL husband. This is going to make it very hard for her to win the game, but might likely make it an easy ride to the end. It is very possible everyone will want to sit next to her at the final tribal council, banking on the fact that no one will reward her the money. Time will tell.

"At Tribal Council, Sierra admits that the first vote against her was valid due to her physical condition at the time. Candace complains that she resented Sierra for getting the opportunity to take a helicopter to camp while the rest of the tribe hiked for four hours. When Brendan’s stay on Exile is brought up in the discussion, Coach declares that he trusts Brendan one hundred percent. Erinn snaps that trusting people this early in the game is impossible. With this, the Timbira members cast their votes. In the end, Coach’s plan worked, and Candace was voted out with seven of the eight votes cast against her. Candace Smith, the 31 year-old attorney from Dayton, Ohio, became the second person voted out of SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS: THE BRAZILIAN HIGHLANDS. "

To read the full recap or watch the full eppy online, click here: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/recaps/1802/recaps.php?season=18

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Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start

Posted By Lorelei LeFae on Feb 14, 2009 at 1:05PM

Recap courtesy of CBS.com

Sixteen Americans from different walks of life sit on the back of a flatbed truck, unaware of the adventure that lies ahead, as it roars through an arid and unfamiliar land. They are in one of the most desolate and unforgiving places in Brazil: Tocantins. Located deep within the central highlands of the country, Tocantins has one of the harshest climates with temperatures topping one-hundred twenty degrees. Sudden storms are known to ignite dangerous wildfires in an instant, and wildlife such as vipers, crocodiles, and pumas lurk in the shadows of this vast region. The only sources of water in this high desert are rivers, such as the Rio Novo, which are hidden throughout the land. The new castaways have already been divided into two tribes: Jalapao, in red, and Timbira, in black. The Timbira Tribe consists of Coach, Candace, Tyson, Brendan, Debbie, Sierra, Jerry and Erinn. The Jalapao Tribe consists of Sandy, Carolina, JT, Joe, Taj, Sydney, Stephen and Spencer.

Although none of the castaways have exchanged a single word yet, first impressions are already forming. "The younger brunette…she comes off to me as kinda being the bitch," admits Tyson Apostol, the 29 year-old professional cyclist from Lindon, Utah. "We have the strung-out old lady, and it is sort of encouraging to have her because you know you're not going to be the first to go," says Stephen Fishbach, the 29 year-old corporate consultant from New York, New York. On the other hand, the so-called "strung-out old lady" has a few things to say about Stephen. "The real tall boy…I think he's like a geek! I think I should be able to lead him around real easy," shouts Sandy Burgin, the 53 year-old bus driver from Louisville, Kentucky.

As the truck comes to a halt in the middle of nowhere, host Jeff Probst greets the new castaways and presents them with an opportunity to gather supplies that have been loaded on the truck to aid in their survival. Jeff Probst explains to the tribes that they will have sixty seconds to unload as many supplies as they can. Without hesitation, Probst tells them their time starts now. Both tribes frantically begin throwing watermelons, water jugs, bananas, beans, and wooden crates off the truck. Jeff stops them after sixty seconds and then asks the castaways what their first impressions are. Benjamin "Coach" Wade, the 37 year-old soccer coach from Bolivar, Missouri, smugly states, "It seemed like we all knew what we were gonna get. We got all the water, we got all the beans. We've got everything we need." Spencer Duhm, the 19-year old student from Lakeland, Florida, speaks for the Jalapao Tribe when Jeff Probst puts his tribe on the spot about not collecting any water or beans. "We'll be alright," he confidently states.

Jeff Probst tosses a map and a compass to each tribe to aid in their four hour trek to camp. Before the shock of this settles in, the castaways are thrown a surprising twist: they will now have their first vote, and one person from each tribe will not be making this journey. Based solely on first impressions, the tribes cast their votes. Jalapao almost unanimously votes for Sandy, which sets her off. "I am pissed. I am so pissed," she fumes. Meanwhile, Timbira unanimously votes for Sierra Reed, the 23 year-old model from Los Angles, California. Sierra sniffles and chokes up after the votes have been read and reveals that she has strep throat, which explains why she appears to be so miserable. Jeff Probst catches the new castaways off guard again when he reveals that the two people who they thought were "voted off" were only being excused from the four hour trek to camp. They will instead be flown by helicopter to their respective camps while the rest of their tribemates make their way on foot. "Thank you God!" Sandy exclaims. Jeff reminds Sandy that this is a game of social integration and since she was already singled out as the weakest of her tribe, she and Sierra must now use this head start to camp to figure out a way to change their standings with their respective tribemates. Jeff sends Sandy and Sierra off in a helicopter as the rest of their tribes begin the difficult four hour trek to their camps.

As the Jalapao Tribe sets off on their hike, they begin to quickly regret their decision to bring heavy watermelons instead of beans and water. Spencer Duhm, the youngest Survivor castaway ever at 19 years old, reflects on the difficulties he faced: "The trek was treacherous. It was hot. The sun was high. It was not easy by any means." Jalapao soon questions the direction they are headed, and Taj asks, "Are we going the right way, Joe?" Joe and the rest of the tribe stop to check their compass as Carolina annoyingly states the obvious: "Remember the compass always faces north." In the end, it is JT who wins the confidence of his tribe as he leads them on the pathway to their camp. JT, the 24 year-old cattle rancher from Samson, Alabama, feels confident that he will go far in the game. "I know I'm gonna be good at catching fish, and I know I'm gonna be good at providing, but that also will put me out in the front of everybody else as a threat eventually," he proclaims.

In another remote area of Tocantins, the Timbira Tribe struggles to make their way to camp. Erinn Lobdell, the 26 year-old hairstylist from Waukesha, Wisconsin, complains, "What the hell am I doing out here? I'm a hairstylist. The last time I went camping I was maybe in the seventh grade." The Timbira Tribe drops their supplies to take a breather. Brendan Synnott, the 30 year-old entrepreneur from New York, New York, questions whether Jerry Sims, the 49 year-old U.S. Army sergeant from Rock Hill, South Carolina, is in the proper shape to play the game. "Dude, what else do you do to stay in shape?" asks Brendan. "Eat potato chips and watch TV!" laughs Jerry. Benjamin Wade, or "Coach" as everyone calls him, shares his high opinion of himself. "I consider myself a Renaissance Man adventurer. I'm a university head soccer coach and the polar opposite of that is that I am the conductor and artistic director of a symphony in Northern California. I'm always used to being a leader by inspiring and pulling out the best in everybody because, as we all know, a team is as good as its weakest player." Coach continues to preach about his own honor and nobility to his tribemates as they continue their journey to camp.

Sierra and Sandy sit quietly in the helicopter as it drops Sandy off at the Jalapao camp. She breaks down immediately upon arrival, expressing shock that her tribemates, whom she barely knows, have already singled her out as the outcast. Sandy huffs and puffs, "It scared me so bad, but now I'm gonna make it to thirty-nine days. I'm gonna show 'em because maybe I'm the older woman, but I'm older and I'm wiser…and this game is mine. That's what I believe with all my heart. So let the games begin."

At the Jalapao camp, Sandy finds a note which gives her the option to set up camp, thus improving her position with her tribemates, or to search for clues to a hidden immunity idol. Sandy excitedly stands up and shouts, "I'm gonna go find my idol!" Sandy rejects the option of building a shelter with the supplies that were lying at her camp simply because, "It still ain't gonna keep my name off that piece of paper, so I'm gonna look for the idol and that's the bottom line because you have to look out for number one and that's me."

Sierra is dropped off at the Timbira camp, and also finds a note giving her the choice to build her camp with materials provided to her, or search for clues to a hidden immunity idol. For Sierra, the smart choice is to win her tribemates over by building a shelter. "Yeah I could go and try to look for an immunity idol and try to protect my butt, but my prerogative is looking good in the eyes of my crew," Sierra explains.

With dusk approaching, the Jalapao Tribe makes it to camp and is greeted by Sandy. Taj immediately asks Sandy why their shelter has not been built. Carolina shares the same frustrations as the rest of her tribe: "We have just trekked four hours carrying pots and watermelons and then we get here and it's like Sandy didn't do anything." Sandy has a viewpoint of her own on her passive decision: "The bottom line is this: when we go to Tribal Council, you're gonna write down my name again. Now why the hell do I even want to waste my energy on tryin' to get in your good graces when [it] wasn't even an option."

At nightfall, the Timbira Tribe finally makes it to their camp where Sierra has been working tirelessly building a shelter. Jerry and the others notice the amount of work she put in to building the camp and praise her for her hard work. Sierra then explains that she is sorry that she tried to hide the fact that she was sick with strep throat, and her tribe reassures her that she would not have made it on the trek due to her illness. Although it would appear that she has won her tribe over by building a shelter, Coach has a different opinion. "Obviously I'm pushing for the strong to survive, so I think that Sierra, even though she's awesome, she's got to go."

The next morning, the Jalapao Tribe has erected a shelter and is putting the finishing touches on it. As JT patiently leads his tribe through this, Carolina feels that she should put in her two cents, which irks her tribemates. "Let's just try to get everything done as soon as possible and relax," she whines. In the meantime, having read her first clue, Sandy sneaks away from camp to dig at the river bank in search of the next clue that will lead her to the hidden immunity idol. Sandy proceeds to dig up half the beach and finds the clue, which tells her to walk ten paces toward a lone palm tree and dig in the sand. "What's a pace?" Sandy asks herself.

Back at Timbira, Tyson asks the tribe if he should shed his underwear as he helps Candace, Debbie and Sierra collect water from the river. Candace, Debbie and Sierra scream and giggle as Tyson disrobes. "I'm probably not the stereotypical Mormon," Tyson confesses. "Having somebody that can make you laugh in an environment like this where everybody is dirty and tired…I think people appreciate that," he continues.

Jalapao and Timbira arrive on their respective colored mats as host Jeff Probst explains the rules of the first immunity challenge. Six members of each tribe will race across a series of sand mounds and into the river where they must retrieve a raft loaded with puzzle planks. Once they have the raft back to shore, they will release the puzzle planks by untying the ropes that secure them to the raft. They will then race those puzzle planks back to the start where the two remaining tribe members will use those puzzle planks to build a staircase. Each puzzle plank is different and will only fit into the staircase one way. Once all tribe members make it to the top of the staircase, any two tribe members must work together to navigate a peg through a table maze allowing them to release their tribe flag. The first tribe to raise their flag wins fire, in the form of flint, and immunity.

Building the staircase for Jalapao are Taj and Sandy and, for Timbira, Sierra and Erinn. Everybody else is running to retrieve puzzle planks from the river. The castaways are off to a fast start, with JT ahead of the pack. Jalapao has a mild head start as both tribes carry their rafts with puzzle planks through the water and to the shore. The tribes untie their puzzle planks and struggle to carry the heavy pieces across steep sand mounds. Jeff reminds the tribes that the current temperature is one hundred and twenty degrees. Sandy and Sierra, the two outcasts, take control of the challenge as they lead their respective tribes through their efforts to complete the staircase puzzle. Sandy and Taj prove to be an effective team as they give Jalapao a huge lead over Timbira, completing their staircase with a comfortable lead over the opposing tribe. The lead quickly fades as Sydney and Spencer set to work slowly on the table maze for Jalapao. In no time, Timbira's staircase is complete and Erinn and Brendan move quickly through the table maze as Sydney and Spencer continue to struggle. With the utmost confidence, Erinn and Brendan race through the maze and are ultimately successful. Timbira wins immunity and fire, in the form of flint, sending Jalapao to their first Tribal Council.

The Jalapao Tribe returns to camp and, with Tribal Council looming, the obvious person on the chopping block is Sandy. Taj, Stephen and Carolina take a dip in the river and Carolina once again decides to voice her opinion about the shelter. "Our little projects, we never finish them," she pouts. She continues to bicker about her tribe's lack of progress, which irritates Taj. "When we first came back [from the challenge] the first thing you're gonna tell somebody is to clean up? Clean up the outdoors?" Taj snaps. Carolina admits that she is very opinionated and regularly speaks her mind, but Taj advises Carolina to calm down because she tends to panic. As the tribe members discuss who to vote out, they are torn between Carolina and Sandy. JT expresses that he is tired of Carolina's "do-nothing" attitude considering that she constantly bosses everyone around. Meanwhile, Sandy is determined to stay in the game. "I'm glad I'm here today and I'm hoping that I'm gonna be here tomorrow," says Sandy. "I'm definitely gonna figure out what ten paces are and I'm gonna dig this time under anything and everything I guess."

At Tribal Council, Sandy is singled out as the tribe outcast based on the first vote, and it is the general consensus that she did nothing to redeem herself at camp. Sandy defends herself by stating that, although she acknowledges this, she was simply trying to regroup on her own. Sandy demonstrates her various eccentricities while attempting to plead her case. "The old lady can also fit into this tribe of all these kids that could be mine," she exclaims. Jeff Probst bluntly asks her, "Sandy…you a little crazy?" "Oh I'm a lot crazy," she humbly replies to the amusement of her tribe. The spotlight then turns to Carolina, who openly admits to voicing her opinion when it may or may not be needed. With this, the tribe members cast their votes. In the end, Carolina is blindsided. With seven out of the eight votes cast against her, Carolina Eastwood, the 26 year-old bartender from West Hollywood, California becomes the first person voted out of SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS: THE BRAZILIAN HIGHLANDS.


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