‘Survivor: Tocantins’ Episode 9 Recap: Revenge of the Bride of Dragon!

Previously on ye olde ‘Survivor’: The Dragon Slayer, aided by the Wizard, defeated the Dragon to bring peace to the sleepy village of Forza…

This Week: The Dragon Slayer doesn’t have much time to bask in the glow of his mighty victory as both the Bride of the Dragon and the Wizard plot to get rid of the mighty Assistant Dragon Slayer.  Jealous that you don’t have a nickname? Leave a comment and I’ll hook you up.

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Here’s the tribe as it currently stands.

Forza (wearing green)

•    Coach (The Dragon Slayer) – 37 – Soccer Coach
•    Debra – 46 – Middle School Principal
•    Erinn – 26 – Hairstylist
•    Tyson (Assistant Coach) – 29 – Professional Cyclist
•    Sierra (Bride of the Dragon) – 23 – Model
•    JT – 24 – Cattle Rancher
•    Taj – 37 – Former Pop Star
•    Stephen (The Wizard) – 29 – Corporate Consultant

Back from Tribal Council, and Sierra is already trying to talk her way back into Coach’s good graces. However, he chooses to lecture her on the finer points of war. He may have even sent her to bed without her supper.

The following morning, Coach is in the water untying his knots (according to my interview with Brendan). Coach lets us know how much his victory over Brendan means to him. He even lets out a primal yell just in case we didn’t get the point.

Back at camp, Sierra’s still trying to dig herself out of her hole. She takes Tyson aside to try to explain herself to him, but he isn’t having any of it either. He tells her that he knows she wasn’t the mastermind because she wasn’t smart enough. Tyson tells us that she has no worth, except that maybe her parents love her.

Note to self: Stay on Tyson’s good side.

Reward Challenge Time: Oy…this is going to be a mess to explain. But, I’ll try. I do this for you…because I care. OK, the tribe will be split into two teams of four. Two members from each tribe will run across a field to get a board. The board has several holes in it. Once they return with the board, they’ll place it into a slot. When all four boards are retrieved, they’ll have to figure out what order to put the boards in so the holes line up. Once the holes are lined up, they’ll look through the holes to learn a series of vowels. They will take those vowels to a puzzle board that already has consonants and punctuation. They will then have to unscramble a four-word phrase.


The winning team will be taken for a picnic. They will also enjoy a performance of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form that combines dance and music. Coach squeals like a girl when he hears this. Maybe Coach should join “America’s Next Top Model,” they did a capoeria bit not too long ago.

And yes, capoeira can be Googled.

The teams are JT, Deb, Tyson, and Erinn on the red team and Coach, Stephen, Taj, and Sierra on the black team. JT did a great job retrieving boards, giving his team a sizeable lead that they never gave up. Deb also did a good job, knowing immediately that one of the words was “feast.” The black team never even figured out the vowels.

The red team sent Stephen to Exile. The logic behind this was JT thought that a new immunity idol may be put into play now that Brendan’s is out of the game.

At the feast, the winning team gorged themselves then participated in backflips, cartwheels, and awkward flips. Not their smartest move. Perhaps this was best illustrated by Erinn puking on her own feet. That sound you heard in the background was probably two “Survivor” producers giving each other a high five.

At Exile, Stephen learns that no new immunity idol has been put into the game. So, he was sent there for nothing. But on the bright side, he got to starve and nearly freeze to death.

Back at Forza, Sierra is trying her best to stay in the game, even playing the “A coach would make me work harder and knows what spirit I have in me,” card. Amazingly, he may actually be falling for it a bit.

Immunity Challenge Time: Nice…this will be easy to describe. The players will each have three discs. They’ll have to slide them across a board toward a target. The person with the disc closest to the target at the end of the game wins. Before the game starts though, Mr. Probst tells the players they can have pizza if they choose not to compete. JT, Stephen, and Coach take him up on this offer.

The only real drama here was Sierra having the closest disc with only one disc left to be thrown. Unfortunately for her, this disc belonged to Deb, who managed to knock Sierra far enough off the target to cost her immunity.

An interesting twist happens after the challenge, as Stephen decides that now might be the best time to boot Tyson out of the game. The logic here being that Tyson could go on a string of immunity wins and become unbeatable.

JT seems interested, but is worried about breaking the “Warrior Alliance.” Later, Coach says this gem, “It would be stupid if we made an alliance, gave it a name, talked about being warriors, then chickened out at the last second.”

For the record, I love that the fact that they took the time to give the alliance a name was so important to Coach.

That night at Tribal Council, Brendan becomes the first jury member in recent memory not to shave.

In a fun bit, Tyson and Sierra have an entertaining back and forth. The highlight being where Tyson names everyone he loves in the tribe and even includes Brendan and gives him a wink. Who didn’t he include? Sierra.

Afterwards, Coach talks about his goal of “Walking the path of the noble warrior.” He also explains how he only wants to go against the best competition. J-Pro calls him out on voting out Brendan. Coach explains that Brendan started it so “Nyeh nyeh.”

Voting Time: Coach votes for Sierra (and dubs her “The Dragon’s Bride”), Sierra votes for Tyson, and the rest are…well…you know.

One vote for Sierra, a vote for Tyson, a second vote for Sierra, a third vote for Sierra, a second vote for Tyson, a third vote for Tyson, a fourth vote for Tyson, and the second member of the jury is…Tyson.

Verdict: Wow! There hasn’t been an upset like that involving a guy named Tyson since James “Buster” Douglas! They weren’t kidding when they said this season was blindside city. And in other news, I think Charlie is cheating in our “Survivor” Power Rankings Challenge.

Who’s Going to Win? As always, Gordon = Team Taj. However, how soon until Stephen has to turn on JT? There’s no way he can beat him in front of a jury.

What Do You Think? Did Stephen and JT make the right choice? Can Coach come back? Who’s going to win?

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