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"I Trust You but I Trust Me More"
S18e14
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Tocantins
Episode Number: 14/15 (273)
Original Release: May 17, 2009
Viewership (in millions): 12.94[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.2/11
CBS.com Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The Martyr Approach"
Next: "Reunion"
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I Trust You but I Trust Me More is the finale of Survivor: Tocantins.

Story

Night 36

The final four congratulated each other, having gone from outnumbered Jalapao, and in Erinn's case perennial Timbira outsider, to outlasting everyone else. However, the celebrations were shortlived as Stephen worried about his betrayal of Coach and potentially losing his and other jury votes. JT and Stephen contemplated the reasons they voted the way they did that night, and Erinn contemplate how to move forward past this seemingly solid Jalapao trio.

Day 37

JT takes an early lead in the Immunity Challenge but Stephen and Erinn catch up at the puzzle portion. Erinn gives JT a close finish but JT narrowly wins his second Immunity Challenge in a row. The tribe congratulates JT but Erinn is a bit crushed because she now knows she's likely the next to go. Taj is confident JT and Stephen will protect her and fulfill their final 3 deal. Erinn makes a pitch to the pair of former Jalapao men that Taj has played a strong game and is viewed very highly by the jury. JT and Stephen go back and forth between the two because the jury values loyalty a lot. JT is worried Taj might be tougher in the next challenge than Erinn, while Stephen is also worried that if Taj does win the next challenge she may take JT instead of Stephen. At Tribal Council, Taj remains faithful in her Jalapao alliance and Erinn says she wouldn't be shocked if she survived the vote, but rather surprised. The votes are read and the jury and Taj are stunned at the latter's blindside by a 3-1 vote. In her final words, Taj is processing the situation but vows to vote for Erinn if she finds her way to the end. Later that night, the final 3 congratulate their achievement but Erinn's constant talking annoys JT and Stephen who still feel bad about having to vote for Taj.

Day 38

Erinn and Stephen both agree that it would be suicide to go to the end with JT so they promise to take each other to the end if either of them wins immunity. Stephen then says the title phrase of the episode when confirming to Erinn that he still wants to win immunity for himself despite this deal, to which Erinn understands and agrees. JT knows for sure he will take Stephen to the end to fulfill his final 2 deal with his best friend in the game, but in the back of his mind he's not quite sure Stephen would do the same. Better to be safe than sorry, JT knows he's got to give it his all in this final challenge. The final 3 participate in the Rites of Passage in good, somewhat humorous spirits as Erinn says she's glad she's doing this with JT and Stephen, to which Stephen replies "I'm glad it's me and two other people". In confessional, Stephen stresses the importance of this ritual as showing respect to the other 13 castaways as players and as people, fitting in a reference to a certain "Dragon Slayer".

The Immunity Challenge, a slight departure from most endurance challenges at the end of the game, centered around concentration. Erinn, JT, and Stephen did not struggle until the challenge progressed and they were using three balls at once. Erinn was unable to make a save eliminating her from the challenge and creating a showdown between Stephen and JT. The difficulty ramped up by adding a fourth ball. Stephen made a series of great saves before finally losing the challenge, confirming JT's 3rd consecutive win and his spot at Final Tribal Council.

In confessional, Stephen says JT winning immunity was a weight off his shoulder because he didn't want to be the one to have to decide between Erinn and JT. Erinn tells JT that Stephen felt it would've been tough to go up against JT in Day 39 and would have taken Erinn had he won, which upsets JT who was certain to take Stephen to the end. That certainty diminishes a bit knowing that Stephen had doubts. Before letting JT talk to Stephen, Erinn also adds that she doesn't think any of the Timbira jury members would vote for her to win, possibly only getting Taj's vote. Stephen notices something is wrong and implores JT to talk to him about it, but JT reassures Stephen that Erinn is going home. JT has some time to think about his decision and it boils down to does he go with the easier option (Erinn) or does he stay loyal to his number one ally (Stephen). This dilemma is brought to the forefront of Tribal Council, and Erinn and Stephen continue to plead their case. Stephen does fumble a bit and Probst points out the hypocrisy in expecting JT to be blindly loyal when the final 3 have not shown the same loyalty to the rest of the jury. The camera pans to the jury where Debbie points at Taj, referring to JT and Stephen's decision to betray her last night. Stephen apologizes for his nervousness, thinking that everyone is nervous besides JT since he has immunity. JT replies, "I'm pretty damn nervous" and Erinn thinks JT may be the most nervous one of the three. It is time to vote, and JT votes Erinn out of the game sending her to the jury. Mission accomplished for this unlikely duo of tight allies and friends. Only that friendship will be put to Survivor's ultimate test.

Day 39

JT and Stephen wake up in good spirits on Day 39 and are elated to see the treemail consisting of a huge Day 39 breakfast. They take time to reflect on their journey including their first impressions of each other, remembering how they did not think they would work well together. Despite their different personalities, strengths, and backgrounds, they ended up working well together and thinking the same way throughout the game. After a pleasant day, attention shifts to Final Tribal Council. JT is ready to put his friendship aside for tonight because he still plans on winning, while Stephen is not prepared to let the jury just give JT "a round of applause and the check" as he has a story to tell and he won't go down without a fight.

Stephen and JT have somewhat different jury statements in which Stephen feels he deserves credit for his growth and strategic play while JT thinks he would be a worthy winner because he played well despite being predictable and honest to everyone. Brendan is up first and he questions Stephen's opening words by saying there's no sport or game where you win for being most improved. Stephen feels that Survivor is different, while JT adds that learning to do something doesn't make you better than someone who already knew how to do it. Erinn asked JT why Stephen was the better player to take and Stephen about his multiple alliance. JT justified Stephen by saying he saw the strength in him early on, and Stephen felt that navigating through several alliances is a valid strategy and he hopes the jury can respect that. Debbie was hard on JT for claiming to be honest and using that facade to betray others. JT explains to Debbie that he went into this game prepared to play hard when it was necessary, just like Debbie did when she threw Coach under the bus. Debbie asks Stephen if he would've taken JT. Stephen initially waffles but Debbie demands for a solid answer. Stephen says he would've taken Erinn, which visibly shocks and disappoints JT.

Coach asks JT and Stephen, who he had dubbed "The Warrior" and "The Wizard" in the early days of Forza, for examples of honesty in the late stages of the game. JT said he kept his promises by voting for Erinn the night Coach went out as well as taking Stephen to the end over Erinn. Stephen said he felt he was being honest by writing every person's name down when he targeted them, taking on whatever burden that vote carried. Sierra said Stephen already answered the question she had for him with his earlier statements. She blasts JT for being at the final 3 with two of the weakest players in the game Erinn and Stephen. JT once again explains that Stephen is not a weak player. Not only did he perform well in tribal challenges for the most part but he won individual immunity and nearly won the Final Immunity Challenge. Tyson addresses how JT and Stephen felt they shared a brain and asks if they felt they were an asset to each other. Both agree to that, however JT feels that even if he did not have Stephen he could have made it to the final 2 without him. Stephen felt hurt by that statement given how well they worked together. An emotional Taj closes the jury statements expressing how hurt she was by JT and Stephen. Stephen rationalized the decision to vote out Taj thinking that voting her out gave him better odds of making it to the final 2. JT explained that it was not effortless to vote for Taj, even though he did not write Coach's name down, and said his relationship to Taj was like that of brother and sister. Stephen claimed that he protected Taj several times when JT wanted to vote her out earlier in the game (most likely referring to the decision to vote out Sydney over Taj before the merge), which JT denies. Taj says she has heard enough to make her mind up. JT and Stephen briefly argue over that last statement. Stephen says his friendship is more important than the game, but JT reminds Stephen that he would've taken Erinn. Stephen claims he never made that decision in his heart.

The jury votes, and Probst thanks the final 9 for their contributions to the season. The scene shifts to the United States for the reading of the votes. 4 votes for JT confirms his victory in Survivor: Tocantins, becoming the second person after Earl Cole to receive a unanimous jury vote.

Challenges

Challenge: Tarantula
The castaways would have to race through a series of rope tunnels in the shape of a tarantula to three different stations to retrieve three bags of puzzle pieces. The puzzle pieces would then be assembled into a web-shaped puzzle. The first castaway to finish their puzzle would win.
Winner: J.T. Thomas

Challenge: Simmotion
The castaways would drop a ball into a metal chute. The ball would travel down a spiraling metal track and exit out of one of two points. The castaway would have to catch the ball and drop the ball back into the chute at the top. Every few minutes, an additional ball would be added to the track until eight balls were simultaneously going around the track. A turnstile gate in the middle of the track would rotate, causing the balls to alternate exiting out of the two exits. If a ball exits the track and is not caught, the castaway would be eliminated from the challenge. To make the challenge more difficult, each castaway would have one hand tied behind their backs.
Winner: J.T. Thomas

Tribal Council

Day 37

Tribal Council 12:
Forza
Voted
Against
Voter
S18 taj t
Taj (3 votes)
S18 erinn tS18 jt tS18 stephen t
Erinn, J.T., Stephen
S18 erinn t
Erinn (1 vote)
S18 taj t
Taj
VOTED OFF:
S18 taj bw
Taj Johnson-George

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Taj) You've played a great game. Hope to see you on the other side.

Erinn


(votes for Taj) You're a great friend and a great ally, but, ultimately, I think eliminating you gives me safer passage to the final.

Stephen


(votes for Taj) Sorry, Taj. Love you, but, uh, Erinn would be a lot easier to beat, babe.

J.T.


(votes for Erinn) It had to be you or me.

Taj



Final Words

It's Day 37. I've got blindsided by my Jalapao members that have been looking out for me from Day 1, and for them to blindside me it blew my mind, so it's gonna be really hard to choose who's worthy of a million dollars. But either way, if Erinn finds a way to win for herself into the end, she got my vote.

Taj Johnson-George



Day 38

Tribal Council 13:
Forza
Voted
Against
Voter
S18 erinn t
Erinn (1 vote)
S18 jt t
J.T.
VOTED OFF:
S18 erinn bw
Erinn Lobdell

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Erinn) This may cost me a million dollars, but it won't cost me for what I stand for.

J.T.



Final Words

I was a little bit surprised but I think like deep down I definitely knew that that was the decision that J.T. was gonna make. I'm really proud of myself for as far as I've come. It's really been lifechanging and I'm glad I was able to stick around as long as I did.

Erinn Lobdell



Final Tribal Council

Tribal Council 14:
Jury Vote
Voted for
Winner
Voter
S18 jt t
J.T. (7 votes)
S18 brendan tS18 coach tS18 debbie t
S18 erinn tS18 sierra tS18 taj tS18 tyson t
Brendan, Coach, Debbie, Erinn, Sierra, Taj, Tyson
S18 stephen t
Stephen (0 votes)
None
RUNNER-UP:
S18 stephen bw
Stephen Fishbach
SOLE SURVIVOR:
S18 jt t
J.T. Thomas

Voting Confessionals

(voting for J.T.) I am a woman of my word; you should try to be a man the same way.

Taj



Final Results

 Carolina
16th
S18 carolina bw
 Candace
15th
S18 candace bw
 Jerry
14th
S18 jerry bw
 Sandy
13th
S18 sandy bw
 Spencer
12th
S18 spencer bw
 Sydney
11th
S18 sydney bw
 Joe
10th
S18 joe bw
 Brendan
9th
S18 brendan bw
 Tyson
8th
S18 tyson bw
 Sierra
7th
S18 sierra bw
 Debbie
6th
S18 debbie bw
 Coach
5th
S18 coach bw
 Taj
4th
S18 taj bw
 Erinn
3rd
S18 erinn bw
 Stephen
2nd
S18 stephen bw
 J.T.
Winner
S18 jt t

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