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Survivor: One of Those Coach Moments

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 3rd 2009 12:50AM
Joe from Survivor Tocantins

(S18E07) Phew! March Madness is over and we had a fresh episode of Survivor on its regularly scheduled night! Although the episode title mentions Coach, I didn't want to use him in the image above. I've decided he's not Little Lord Fauntleroy -- he's Willie Nelson's odd spawn. You know ... the one they don't mention in public.

Joe (above) played a rather pivotal role in tonight's episode. he showed he's thinking ahead and he could have just flipped the whole game. Or maybe he just tried to flip the game not realizing he was flipping at all. Have I confused you yet? Read on!

Just because I feel an obligation to mention him in passing as he's in the title -- Coach spoiled the rice and then acted like a jerk about it. I really don't like the man. He creeps me out and I keep thinking about how he lied to his job about going on the show and got fired.

Then there's Joe
Jalapao is down in numbers. Taj and Stephen have their secret cross-tribe alliance thing going on with Sierra and Brendan from Timbira. When Timbira won the Reward Challenge, Joe was the one to go from Jalapao. He chose to take Erinn from Timbira with him. His decision seemed two-fold. He thought she's a cute girl and he likes to flirt. Plus, much like Taj before him, he was interested in getting a cross-tribe alliance going.

Joe managed to get Erinn to spill the beans on the hidden idol clue she drew from the urn. He immediately figured out it was near the tree mail location. So, he thinks he's sitting pretty. He has a new thing going with Erinn from the other tribe and he has his strong allies (Stephen, JT, and Sydney) in his own tribe. Throw in a found hidden immunity idol and the man has no worries. Or does he?

Meanwhile back at camp
Taj is a more trusting woman than I would be in her position. Telling JT about the idol she found? Yikes! Don't any of these folks remember Survivor is a backstabbing and deceitful kind of game? I already think she was too trusting by letting Stephen hold onto it. No one owes her in the game. She could be blindsided just like anyone else.

Stephen was leery about telling JT of the idol. But JT himself solved any issues by finding it when he went for the fishing gear. Let's keep in mind that Stephen is someone with whom you might want to play poker. His face reveals it all. But JT didn't notice. Taj ended up telling him about the idol but not the secret alliance and a new alliance is born -- Stephen, JT, and Taj. All is hunky-dory. Or is it?

Nope! With Timbira winning immunity tonight, Joe and JT had originally wanted to vote off Taj. Joe wants to keep Sydney around because she's cute and he's a flirt. Oh, and he trusts her. What Joe doesn't know, beside the new alliance which doesn't include him, is that Taj made a fake hidden idol for him to find and it's totally worthless.

Oh, it's a nailbiter!
While the challenges tonight were nothing all that new (cute little pig throw, I'll say), it was leading up to Tribal Council and the voting itself which were the most exciting parts of the show. JT was between it all with Joe expecting him to vote out Taj. Stephen was just a lost soul looking scared throughout it all. Stephen and JT talked out ousting Taj and keeping her hidden idol. But, in the end, Stephen and JT voted with Taj to get rid of Sydney. Joe has lost his eye-candy and now probably wonders about his place in the tribe.

Would YOU trust someone else with your found hidden idol?
No way!329 (94.0%)
If I trusted them enough, sure21 (6.0%)

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First of all, Coach burned the beans not rice.
It's a good thing that Stephen and TJ did not vote out Taj. With Taj they have control over Joe. Had they voted out Taj, Stephen could easily be voted out plus once they merge he probably would have blown his chance with Brendan.
It's going to be interesting with merge how Brendan is going to manage to look like a team player without going after Stephen and Taj. There's going to have to be a split at some point.

April 03 2009 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How stupid is Joe? Did he really think the idol had not been found and the one he has might be a fake?

Did Stephen really tell Taj to put the idol in his "dress" pants?

How funny was Brendan clapping his hands like Coach and then realizing what he he was doing?

April 03 2009 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's amazing how Taj is making some pretty risky moves and pulling them off perfectly. I'm not sure if that's part of her master plan or just very good luck, but it's working. JT could have easily taken her out and stuck with Joe and Sydney, but I'm glad he formed a fairly tight alliance with Taj and Stephen instead. Things are getting interesting, I wonder how this cross-tribe alliance is going to work now that they're actually merged.

Oh, and who else loves when someone nabs a fake idol?

April 03 2009 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My God! I was on the edge of my seat watching that show. I would never let somone hold on to the immunity idol. Now, I might the share the news with someone to secure an alliance but that thing would be on me the whole time. It was said that "SURVIVOR" isnt as good or fresh as AMAZING RACE". Well, it might not be as fresh but its just as good...... you just have to stick it out a few weekends until you have a charactor to root for. Go Taj!

April 03 2009 at 6:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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