Thursday, February 26, 2009

Survivor: Tocantis Episode 3 Live Blog

Quick Episode 2 Thoughts: Candice was dumb. Someday, when I write the guidelines on how to play Survivor, one of the main ones will be "Avoid conflict in the early going of the game. Another will be to never pick a fight with somebody who is seen as more valuable than you, and a final one will be "First strike is much more powerful than waiting." Candice managed to break all of those guidelines. Don't rock the boat unless you have to.

Onto the liveblog:

- Erinn is digging a huge hole for herself. Combine that with hergeneral weakness in physical challenges and she's definitely in trouble.

- Coach refers to "my alliance". I give him credit for playing completely from the Brian Hedick playbook, but Brian was much more of a physical threat.

- Uh-oh. Jerry is not feeling well. It's like the storylines write themselves.

- Jalapeno can't figure out how to use the fishing net to catch fish. Luckily, they catch a copule of minnows to use as bait, and then use the fishing line to catch actual fish.

- Oooh, maze. Throw in blindfolds and it's comedy time!

- Yes! Blindfold and guiding and corn hitting somebody in the head!

- That each team is on the course makes this even better.

- Debbie isn't doing that bad of a job as a spotter. But Timbira is awful as a team.

- Jeff stirring the pot by asking if there's any concern about Brendan and Taj going back to Exile Island. Taj needs to worry about her spot (if her revelation of being Eddie George's wife wasn't enough reason.)

- Text from Matty P: "Coach has to go. He sucks."

- Coach is surprisingly calm in his tribe, and is entirely reasonable.

- Tyson wanting to be called Coach if he's on another tribe is amusing. But it will probably come off as obnoxious.

- Nice Jalapeno/Tibmira contrast with the rain.

- I have to imagine that Mark Burnett salivated when he found out that his latest wrinkle in Exile Island is working just as he hoped: creating a secret alliance between tribes.

- Jalapao is very confident, which normally means that they are headed for a loss.

- Did Jerry just call Brendan BJ?

- Sydney's "See you soon" was just the icing on the cake - Jalapao is losing.

- Pairings are very important. Steven and Sydney was not the choice.

- Then again, neither was Tyson and Coach.

- Timbira starting building wrong. And not working well together. It's like they want to make me look bad.

- It's the end of Jerry. Too bad for him.

- Jerry says "he isn't going to quit". But, uh, he just said he's through.

- Sierra isn't falling for the "Vote for Erinn movement. Good idea.

- Tyson lying to Jerry that "nobody" was talking about voting him out is interesting. And probably a good psychological move.

- But it's pretty obvious that Jerry is likely to go.

- Jerry suggesting Brendan as the leader instead of Coach is probably my favourite moment in Survivor since at least the Randy fake idol blindside.

- COACH~! "I don't want to say I was the leader, but from the moment we were on the truck, I looked into everybody's eyes and I communicated through that eye contact that they needed to get whatever they cool off the truck."

- Erinn shoots down Coach, and then Jeff identifies it as Passive/Agressive.

- Don't worry, Coach doesn't want to be leader because of ego.

- Jerry's "We'll be getting rid of the weakest" statement is one of those statements that's supposed to be prophetic or something.

- And look at that. Jerry gets voted out. Thank goodness this played out as it should have.

- The Matty P texts: "?" then "I'm fine with that" (likely because Jerry isn't an attractive woman.)

Final thoughts: As soon as Jerry complained about being sick, you knew it had to be him getting the boot. But Erinn needs to be worried about her spot in Timbira (assuming we don't get a switch next week.)

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