You're Going to Want That Tooth
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
March 13, 2009
Spencer does go so far as to reveal the person who he is most concerned about. He seems to think that JT would be a huge threat to him if Spencer's homosexuality were revealed. This seems a little odd, given the bromance that has been taking place between JT and Stephen. Perhaps there's some context there that we're missing.
Probst Returns! And today's game has teams playing a game where they will launch a ball out over the water for their teammates to catch. Opposing players can block net holders from making any catches. JT makes some amazing, acrobatic catches to put Jalapao ahead 2-0. Then, Brendan shows some skills of his own to snag two of his own and tie the match. As Taj wears down and she battles with Brendan, JT makes another skillful catch, but there is a cost. The ball hits him in the mouth and he loses a tooth. He throws it in the water, but Probst says, "Let's find that tooth. You're gonna want that tooth." JT properly points out that it's just half a tooth. Kim can speak as someone who has had a tooth break in the past. You don't need the half that breaks off. It's just going to need a crown and possibly a root canal anyway.
The tooth loss doesn't impair JT any, because he gets yet another ball, but Tyson keeps Timbira alive by catching a ball in the next round, and then ties the game. This means that whichever team scores next wins immunity. And it's Tyson who catches the ball, which thoroughly pisses JT off. Spencer barely guarded Tyson, and in fact his effort looks quite wimpy. Instead of winning immunity, JT is handed his lost tooth. Going into the break, JT says that Spencer has to go.
Back at Jalapao camp, Taj is pissed. She's angry that they lost and she shows some hostility to Joe, whom she also voted for in the previous Tribal Council. After her outburst, Spencer approaches JT, Stephen and Joe and tries to plead his case, but it all seems extremely half-hearted and unconvincing. Basically, we know that JT lost a tooth in his efforts to secure a win for his team. Spencer...well, Spencer stood around a lot. Given that JT has a leadership role in the tribe, Spencer seems to be in serious trouble.
Of course, Survivor tries to throw a curve ball in the mix by showing Stephen display some serious "Preciousssssss...my preciousssss" behavior as he turns into Gollum over the Immunity Idol. He starts pondering how he could better his position by voting out Taj and keeping the idol for his own use in the future. Given that we're awfully close to the point that a merge could actually happen, this would be extremely poor strategy. Brendan and Sierra would immediately see him as an enemy and might even potentially out him as a traitor to the cause to the rest of the group. Since he's not in any danger of being voted out tonight, he needs to do what he can to insure that Spencer - a player with usually solid social skills - goes home.
The big discussion at Tribal Council does not involve the vote. Joe makes sure to accuse Taj of having the Immunity Idol and claims she's being duplicitous about it. For her part, Taj point blank says she doesn't have it, which is technically true. Still, Joe either seems to have a really good read on the situation or he just doesn't like her, because he is not trusting her a bit at this point.
None of that matters much, though, because Spencer had a terrible performance in a challenge where Spencer lost a tooth. Spencer votes for Taj, but everyone else votes for him. He seemed to be playing a solid game up until this week, but all of a sudden, he's out. Assuming there's a merge at ten players, the four people in the Exile Island alliance only need to dodge one more bullet before they take complete control of the game.