Survivor: Tocantins Finale Recap
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
May 18, 2009
From discussions that take place at camp, here is how the final appears to be shaking out. Stephen is in the final no matter what. If he wins immunity, he's obviously going. Erinn tells him that she would take him to the final, and so does J.T. (obviously). We think that J.T. has a two in three chance of going, but there's the question of whether Stephen will hold true to his schoolboy crush or whether he gets more enamored of strategy and thinking through the jury vote. And clearly, Erinn has to win immunity to be certain of going, and she's going to have to make a compelling argument to Stephen to have him take her along with him to the final. From the way the editing is playing out, it's looking like Stephen is going to have to make that choice.
Treemail tells us that it's time to fast forward through a whole bunch of the show, because it's time to honor the contestants who have fallen before the Final Three. We looooooooooove having a TiVo remote.
The second Immunity Challenge of the evening is one of the coolest ever. Imagine you're playing pinball, but the object of the game is to catch the balls as the exit the machine at velocity. The contestants are told that they must insert their balls (huh huh, huh huh) into a contraption that spins them around and ejects them in one of two spots. As the game goes on, they must add more and more balls, meaning that keeping them spaced properly is crucial. Oh, and they have to do all this with one hand tied behind their back.
It doesn't take long before Erinn is ejected from the challenge. She has a near miss as she almost drops a ball, and that seems to permanently throw off her rhythm to the point that she cannot concentrate. This leave us with a showdown between the Bromantics, and we're thinking this particular game favors Stephen. However, he has four close calls, and he seems to have a mental letdown, resulting in him dropping a ball. J.T. has won immunity yet again, insuring himself a one in two chance at a million dollars.
And so, it's time once again to play It's Anyone But Erinn. Will J.T. betray his other ally from Day One? We understand how it would be tempting, but believe it would be a game-losing move if he did this. That doesn't mean that Erinn doesn't try to convince him to take her to the final instead of his friend. She tells J.T. that Stephen's really good with words and stuff, and that his eloquence will serve him well on the jury. For Stephen's part, he says that he's relieved that he doesn't have to make the decision between Erinn and J.T., and we believe him. We think he would have felt that the strategic move would be to take Erinn, but that his heart would have told him to take J.T., and that's a tough battle to play out, particularly in the diminished mental state that a lot of people are in at this point in the game.