Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Tocantins' (episode 3)

Jeffprobst2_l_2Jeff gets talking about last night’s ousted contestant right away, so click after the jump if you’re not worried about spoilers.

Ah, poor Jerry. We all had such high hopes for him. This is an example of just bad luck. Jerry was a trooper and I think would have probably done a pretty good job of just hanging out in the middle of the pack allowing him to get deep in the game. Not sure if Jerry had enough killer instinct to win but would have loved to have seen him last a bit longer ’cause he was a good one.

The only person happy that Jerry is gone…? Erinn. She was very close to going home. Erinn needs to continue to recover or her name will come up again and again.

What can you say about the reward challenge other than this…blindfolds always work. In the bedroom and on Survivor. They always come through. So long as it’s consensual, blindfolds typically equal good times. Show of hands, how many people have used blindfolds at some point in their life? And…? Good results? (Right about now is the time a third of you will begin to write your comments to me complaining that I am too provocative. Save the carpal tunnel, it only encourages me.)

The reward challenge was a blow out. Not sure why I enjoyed seeing Timbira lose, but I did. They were so cocky, and Jalapao just came in and got it done. They’re the underdogs at this point and I always secretly root for the underdogs. But as we Survivor fans know… underdogs can quickly become cocky and then they become villains and then you root against them!

As evidence of how bad the crew living conditions were in Brazil, even I got envious at the Jalapao reward. Umbrella, chairs, hammock! I would have loved to have a large umbrella outside my little four-walled tent. I often feel that way about the food rewards, too. When the Survivors win something like cheeseburgers, trust me the entire crew is salivating. We don’t get cheeseburgers on location. We don’t get big thick pizzas or large chocolate cakes either. We do get beer. Thank goodness our crew loves their beer. It’s the only thing that keeps most of us from ending up in an insane asylum. Most of us.

This week’s observation about Sierra: Sierra is like an annoying little sister that you constantly complain about but secretly love having around because there is just something about her you’d miss if she was gone. Timbira will miss Sierra if they get rid of her. She’s worth keeping even though she is annoying. Imagine living with Sierra. Oy vey.

Okay time for a moment:

Ext. Brazilian River – Day
Coach stares into the water…contemplating.
Tyson spits something, maybe a seed. It makes a small splash.
Coach mumbles something insightful. It’s not a question. It’s a command. He’s Coach after all.
Then…
Coach (to Tyson): You’re like my assistant coach.

“You’re like my assistant coach.” Ah, thank you, reality gods. Beautiful. One of my favorite moments of the season. Coach laid out the perfect spiral pass and Tyson gently cradled it into his arms. For very different reasons, both these guys are solid gold.

Coach is without question one of the greatest Survivor characters ever. What’s your take on Coach? Love him? Love to hate him? Or just plain hate him? For the record Serena’s advice to Coach, “Just relax. Stop trying so hard. Just be yourself.” To which I reply, “He IS being himself! That’s what makes him so brilliant!

And then as if that wasn’t enough, another moment so good it’s as though it was scripted:

Ext. Jalapao Camp – Day

Spencer, young and single, lies on his side trying to sleep. Sandy, considerably older and also single, snuggles up next to him. Uncomfortably close. Hands searching. Surprisingly Spencer doesn’t seem to mind. Sandy musses her hair with a sexy toss of the hand.

Sandy: I know I’m a sex kitten.

Whoa. That made me incredibly uncomfortable. I had to stop the TIVO and rewind it. No offense, Sandy, (although as my friend Lopez says, whenever you say that, you actually mean the opposite) but that was just plain uncomfortable and in some states probably illegal. Is Spencer even 18 years old?

J.T. and Steven fishing together. It’s a bit like A River Runs Through It. Nice. I like it. But is it just me or do you get the idea that J.T. is the kind of guy who if you so much as looked at his girlfriend in a bar, he’d break your nose and then finish your beer. He seems very pleasant but I’m guessing that he’s broken a few noses.

And finally,  the quote of the day:

Tyson: I love seeing people cry when you crush their dreams.

See ya next week!

Now check out our exclusive deleted scene below and then read Dalton’s recap.

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  • Guest

    Jeff, congrats on Survivor’s renewal for S19 and 20! Hope the show never ends!! :)

  • Goober

    Coach is a tool, but Ty is an even bigger one! What a nasty SOB! So glad Timbara is losing, they are very unlikeable (except Sierra).

  • Allie Beth

    Hey Jeff! Coach cracks me up. When he was doing his impression of Erinn and her *maniacal* smile, I couldn’t help but laugh. And I think I’m gonna lock up my boyfriend-don’t want that sex kitten Sandy getting to him!

  • XSE Drake

    I use a blindfold when reading your blog. Excellent results. *duck*

  • survivorfan99

    Thanks for the comments, Jeff.
    This week’s episode was brilliant; loved it from the get-go. Thank you Coach and thank you Tyson for entertaining us so well. “Do they make man tiaras?” Very good. And Taj’s laugh at exile island… well, it’s nice to have characters on the show again. Last season was a little blah at first, so this is a nice change.
    Jeff, why isn’t there more diversity in the casting? I mean, Cook Islands was one of the best seasons and as I recall the most diverse racially. I mean, “16 Americans” should be able to represent a broader scope of who Americans really are. The answer would be intriguing.
    Coach: love him, but would poke my eyes out (in a metaphoric sense) if he won or placed 2nd (but I hope he makes it to the jury… his final comments would be entertaining to watch… painful, but entertaining).
    Again, thanks for the insight, Jeff.

  • Jenna

    Yet another great blog, Jeff! Tell us more behind the scenes/crew stuff! J.

  • T.T

    I hate coach SERIOUSLY!
    and so far tysons a disappointment cause in his interviews pre-season he seemed like he’d be (and i quote him) “the next johnny fairplay, only better looking”
    he hasn’t done much yet. I am loving brandon you should talk about him more! love his allaince with Taj lets hope they both make it to the merge and turn everything upside down

  • carrie

    Jerry – my fav is gone. I turely thought he’d go to the end. I loved his demeanor. Coach – he’s interesting and if was my coach, I’d kick ass just for him. But living with him – I’d take rat poison first. He’d drive me nuts.
    What’s interesting though, is that leadership among tribes for several seasons has been lacking – folks are too afraid to stick their necks out. And he’s a guy who’s begging to lay his head upon the chopping block and folks are hesistant to give him the leadership role. He may drive people nuts but if they’d let him lead, I believe he’d keep them winning.

  • jenn b

    ok, so now i think i know who would make the most entertaining final tribal EVER! brendan and taj.who would you give the money too? eddie georges wife or the self proclaimed euntaprineur(sp?) who claims not to be playing survivor for the money…omg can you imagine the questions?i am windering at this point, does brendan know who taj is?

  • Tiger

    I thought this was a good episode. But I liked Jerry better than Erin. :(
    But I was still glad when Jalapao won…..I like them better than Timbira.

  • Lucy

    LOL at the blindfold commentary! Also loved the 411 about the crew. Not sure about Coach yet.

  • beelkay

    If you describe your own scream as a “primal yell”, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you pattern your hairstyle after Steven Seagal’s, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you tell people your name is “Coach”, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you talk a big game, but suck at challenges, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you’re “so…true” (whatever that means), you might be a dooshbag.
    If you talk with your eyes, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you’re a 40-year-old with a little braid in your Steven Seagal hair, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you’re a women’s soccer coach and act like a misogynistic lecher, you might be a dooshbag.
    If you describe yourself as a “Renaissance Man,” you…aw, you know.

  • karlsson taket

    stop loving coach damnit

  • Dragon

    Hate Coach and his assistant. Can’t handle narcissists on a good day. I was sorry Jerry went, but glad Coach and Tyson got it in the teeth.

  • malevu

    At least Jerry getting voted out put an end to the exit of eye candy. Two weeks in and we had lost four of the best if you get my drift.

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