Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.
“This game is fun, and I like keeping it fun.” – Todd Herzog, Winner, Survivor: China
Has anybody ever had more fun playing Survivor than Tony?
His big strategic moves may be harebrained. To prove his honesty, he confesses how much he lies. His tattoo makes him look like he’s always wearing an Affliction shirt. But by God is he enjoying himself out there, whether he’s plotting a scheme or putting his foot in his mouth.
Give Tony a wrapped piece of parchment, he’ll turn it into a fake idol clue to put a target on Jeremiah. Sure, you ask – couldn’t the obvious duplicity come back to bite him in the butt? Won’t Jeremiah immediately know that Tony tried to target him?
Who cares! Tony is a force of chaos and he’s having fun! As soon as he gets back to camp, he can’t wait to tell his new tribe all about how devious he is.
Hold on: Do you really want to tell people in a game of deception about how much you lie?
Tony does! Heck, he doesn’t just share the ways he tricked Jeremiah. He tells the Solana tribe all about how he’s been lying to them throughout the game, too.
“So to solidify that he is trustworthy, Tony exposed that he lied,” LJ noted with a roll of his eyes.
All game long, Tony’s been skirting the line between strategy and lunacy. So far, by virtue of his infectious energy, he’s managed to recruit people to his side and be part of every alliance.
Last night, however, his nonstop scheming may have caught up with him. After Solana won the immunity challenge, Tony started exclaiming “Top five, baby!” Never mind that Aparri actually still has the numbers.
Tony’s jubilation does not go unnoticed by Sarah, his former partner in Cops ‘R Us. “I guess I’m moving on,” she says.
Sarah’s a dangerous one. Somehow she’s become completely invisible on Aparri. At the tribe swap, she was nervous about being the odd brawn out. Last night, however, as Aparri was deciding whom to eliminate, nobody seemed to even know she was there.
Instead, the former Brains chose between Jeremiah and Alexis. Spencer worried that Alexis was too schemy. On the other hand, thanks to Tony, everybody worried that Jeremiah had a hidden secret in his pocket.
The Brains collectively win the Fishy Award for deciding that the crafty super-fan is more dangerous than the marble-mouthed Southerner.
Alexis could have been dangerous at the merge. She knew the game, and wouldn’t be an obvious target. Her overjoyed expression at the Reward Challenge when she saw LJ and Jefra showed her heart was still with Beauty. Jeremiah’s less devious, and an obvious merge target.
“The brain needed a body. We found our zombies, now we’re in,” says Kass. But (as Survivor alum Brian Corridan remarked to me) don’t zombies eat brains?
There’s not much to say about Lindsey’s sullen quit. After Cliff got booted, Lindsey and Trish started scrapping about who cares about the other less.
Trish said she didn’t care what Lindsey thinks. Lindsey said she didn’t care that Trish didn’t care. Trish didn’t care that Lindsey didn’t care that she didn’t care.
Thoroughly bested in this I-don’t-care-off, Lindsey left camp. By the time Probst showed up, you knew it was a done deal.
“I’m gonna flip out on her,” Lindsey told Jeff. “That’s why I separated myself from the situation.” Jeff didn’t even try to convince her to stay.
Lindsey may be able to convince herself that she committed some noble act of self-restraint, but viewers at home know that she gave up when things didn’t go her way.
Whose quit was worse: Lindsey’s or Na Onka’s?