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Survivor: Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 27th 2009 3:30AM
Tribes vie for reward on Survivor Tocantins
(S18E03) Yep, yep ... that's maize in the maze on Survivor. It looks like it's totally missing the bucket, doesn't it? Well, maybe, just maybe they weren't supposed to get it in the bucket. Perhaps it's something new and totally different. It could be they're filling their tops and holding a bucket just to make things a bit more challenging. Did you ever think of that? Or, it could be that I don't want to put any real spoilers before the jump.

First, I just have to talk about the Bromance Coachy Boys. What is with Tyson and Coach? Is it feelings? Is there something we should know? You have Coach with his mullet and high ponytail topped off by dorky knee socks, shorts, and quasi-bowling shirts. Sheesh, he makes me think that Little Lord Fauntleroy has turned to the dark side or something. Throw in Tyson who wants to emulate his hero Jonny Fairplay, and you have more than odd bedfellows. "Oh, I'm going to make them call ME Coach after the merge!"

Okay, so we have Coach and Assistant Coach (who wants to be Coach). That's just plain odd. Coach likes to be the leader of it all, and I find it surprising that people seem to listen to him! Now, I'm not saying they should pull a Candace and snark back at him in public. But, geez, at least knock him down a peg now and then. Don't be lemmings, you silly castaways! Tonight Coach talked about Erinn being evil and trying to capitalize on Jerry being ill. But he was as bad about her as she was about Jerry. If he wants to talk the talk, he shouldn't live in glass houses and throw stones ... or something like that.

Tonight's challenges
Ah, we finally got separate Reward and Immunity Challenges. It's too bad that Timbira did absolutely horribly in the Rewards Challenge. I didn't get their strategy in staying together as a group when pairs being directed by the callers seemed to do better. Well, maybe not Brendan and Jerry. Lemmings, I say. At the end, they were lemmings all leading each other into oblivion I'm sure Jeff Probst's running commentary about how poorly they were doing didn't help any.

At least the Immunity Challenge was a teensy bit better matched up. Timbira mainly fell apart there because they didn't work together as a team. I don't blame Erinn for trying to direct the stair puzzle -- someone has to step back and try to figure out which puzzle part goes where. But, did they listen to her? Nope.

Exile Island and a new alliance
This is where the new twist (sending one from each tribe to the island) is getting juicy. When Timbira lost the Rewards Challenge, Jalapao decided to send Brendan there once again. And he chose Taj to go with him again. Not only did Taj and Brendan get a second clue which helped Brendan later find the hidden idol at his camp, but the bond is getting stronger. Taj plans to bring in Stephen while Brendan is going to get Sierra -- a cross-tribe alliance of four for after the merge. Now, if these four last into the merge, this is a most unexpected alliance. It could just work!

The tribe has spoken
Although Little Lord Fauntleroy was still pushing for an Erinn ouster, Jerry's illness made him the weakest player on the team. I couldn't read his card, but I could tell it didn't say "Erinn." So, while the editing tried to make it seem like they'd try to keep Jerry, I think it was another unanimous vote except for Jerry's own vote. He went out with class.

Is the Timbira tribe the new Pagong (always losing)?
Yes, they're goners!117 (44.7%)
No, it's only three challenges100 (38.2%)
They'll bounce back45 (17.2%)



Survivor' Photos
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Joyce N.

LOVED your comments about Coach's attire, Jackie. I really believe the jerk is a woman hater. Hope he's gone very soon.

February 27 2009 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
daver402

Tyson was clearly being sarcastic and I loved it. He has quickly recognized how to get the better of "Coach" and it will be funny once Tyson conducts Coach's ouster! Maybe as soon as next week. Coach might make it longer if he was a strong player in the challenges but he looks like the weakest of the bunch physically and mentally. Also, the secret alliance of Brendan and Taj... not so secret. There was clearly a few who recognized that potential as soon as he picked her to go with him.

February 27 2009 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Timbiria will never be the new Pagong. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst will mix up the teams soon if losing continues. Remember what happened in the last season. It never pays to be on a winning team.

February 27 2009 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

I'm a little bummed that they've reverted to two challenges - they're the most boring part of the show (I might like them a little better if they didn't blur out the ladies fun parts all the time). Give me the intrigue, the back-stabbing and ... hey, where's the romance:o)

February 27 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Vote that ridiculous "Coach" guy off. Can't stand him. Can't stand him. Can't stand him.

February 27 2009 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Evan

I really thought Tyson was being sarcastic with all of his "Assistant Coach" comments...

February 27 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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deebopalula

That was my thought too, and assuming it was sarcasm, it was hilarious! I get the sense that he's just messing with Coach's enormous head/ego until it comes time to blindside him. Coach is just RIDICULOUS!!!

February 27 2009 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

Coach is a fool.

I think this quote from his CBS bio says it all "If Benjamin was asked to wear just one hat, it would be that of "Renaissance Man." "

February 27 2009 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ricky19

told you they would go back t separate in the third episode. and i really liked last nights episode but coach needs to go, i just dont like him lika at all.

February 27 2009 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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