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|"Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start"|
|Sierra and Sandy are chosen as the weakest members by their tribes.|
|Episode Number:||1/14 (243)|
|Original Release:||February 12, 2009|
|Viewership (in millions):||13.63|
|Previous:|| "Say Goodbye to Gabon"|
|Next:||"The Poison Apple Needs to Go"|
Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start is the premier episode of Survivor: Tocantins.
Sixteen castaways already split into two tribes, Timbira and Jalapao, were dropped off by truck in a clearing. The game started immediately with Jeff Probst announcing that the tribes will only have 60 seconds to gather as many supplies from the back of the truck as they could. Timbira hoarded all of the water and food supplies, leaving Jalapao with only some melons and few supplies. Jeff then announced that the tribe's campsites were about a 4-hour trek by foot away, that one person from each tribe "would not be making the journey" and a vote would take place immediately. Jalapao voted for Sandy and Timbira voted for Sierra. Sandy and Sierra thought they were being voted out the game, but Jeff announced that they would only not be making the trek to camp, and instead, they would be flown to their respective campsites by helicopter. When Sandy and Sierra arrived at their respective campsites, they were given the option to start setting up camp or follow clues to a disposable Hidden Immunity Idol that can only be used during their tribe's first Tribal Council. Sandy opted to follow the clues, but did not find the idol before her tribe arrived. Sierra opted to start setting up the camp in order to improve her impression with her tribe. Carolina was upset that Sandy did not work on the campsite. Timbira's trek did not end until dark, by which time Sierra had built a shelter big enough to house the entire tribe. Despite her hard work, Coach's view on Sierra did not change and he still wanted to vote her out first.
Sandy resumed her search for the Hidden Immunity Idol, but was stumped by the second clue. At the Reward/Immunity Challenge, Sandy gave Jalapao a big lead by building the staircase quickly. However, Brendan and Erinn quickly solved the table maze for a comeback victory for Timbira. Back at Jalapao's camp, Carolina's bossy personality irritated the others, while Sandy's effort at the challenge impressed her tribemates. Still concerned about being voted out, Sandy went searching for the Hidden Immunity Idol before Tribal Council, but was again unsuccessful. At Tribal Council, Jalapao decided that Carolina should leave and she was unanimously voted out 7–1. Before sending the tribe back to camp, Jeff gave them flint.
Challenge: A River, Run Though It
Six members of each tribe would race across a series of sand hills and into a river to retrieve a raft with puzzle planks tied to it. When all six members of the tribe returned to shore with the raft, the puzzle planks could be untied and taken back to the start line. The two remaining tribe members would assemble the planks into a staircase. Once all of the tribe was at the top of the staircase, two tribe members would work together to navigate a peg through a table maze, which would release the tribe's flag, giving that tribe victory in the challenge.
Reward: Tribal Immunity and flint
| Tribal Council 1:|
Carolina (7 votes)
J.T., Joe, Sandy, Spencer, Stephen, Sydney, & Taj
Sandy (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
Retrieved from Survivor Shrine J.T. did not say anything when he voted.
|“||(votes for Sandy) Sorry Sandy.||”|
|“||(votes for Carolina) Beautiful inside and out, but I'm voting with the tribe, and everyone thinks you're bossy. I'm sorry.||”|
|“||(votes for Carolina) Carolina, if all of my tribemates have been honest with me, and you'll be the first voted out of Survivor 18 and not me; I hope this is true.||”|
|“||(votes for Carolina) Tonight, you talk about being demanding, you think? That's why you're getting my vote tonight. You surpassed my irritation threshold and everyone else's.||”|
|“||(votes for Carolina) If you want to play a social game, you have to be subtle. You've made about 50 moves in 3 days. For the sake of the tribe and my own sake, you've got to go.||”|
|“||(votes for Carolina) This is a vote of respect, you're very capable of getting what you want.||”|
|“||(votes for Carolina) We love you, girl, we just can't live with you.||”|
Still in the Running
- This episode marks the first time the First Impressions twist is used. It would later be used again in the first episodes of Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: Cagayan.
- The title of the episode was said by Coach Wade about the First Impressions twist.
- ↑ http://www.spottedratings.com/2011/12/spotvault-survivor-cbs-spring-2009.html
- ↑ "Tribal Council Voting History". Survivor Shrine. http://www.survivorshrine.com/tocantins/tribal-council.shtml. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
|Survivor: Tocantins Episodes|
"Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start" · "The Poison Apple Needs to Go" · "Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This" · "The Strongest Man Alive" · "You're Going to Want That Tooth" · "The First 15 Days" · "One of Those 'Coach Moments'" · "The Dragon Slayer" · "The Biggest Fraud in the Game" · "It's Funny When People Cry" · "They Both Went Bananas" · "The Ultimate Sacrifice" · "The Martyr Approach" · "I Trust You but I Trust Me More"