|"Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This"|
|Episode Number:||3/15 (262)|
|Original Release:||February 26, 2009|
|Viewership (in millions):||12.05|
|Previous:||"The Poison Apple Needs to Go"|
|Next:||"The Strongest Man Alive"|
Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This is the third episode of Survivor: Tocantins.
Challenge: Blind Leading the Blind
Six castaways from each tribe would be blindfolded and tethered together in pairs. The remaining castaway would work as a caller to direct the paired tribemates through a maze. Each set of tribemates would have to locate a bucket in the maze, navigate the rest of the maze to a tower, fill the bucket with water from the tower, return to the beginning of the maze, and empty the bucket into a container which would raise a flag. Once the water container was filled enough to raise a flag, the process would have to be repeated again, this time filling the buckets with corn from a different tower. The first tribe to raise both flags would win.
Reward: A tarp, an umbrella, folding chairs, pillows, blankets, and a hammock.
Winner: Jalapao (exiled Brendan Synnott; Brendan chose Taj Johnson-George to accompany him.)
Challenge: A Crate Idea
In pairs, the castaways would race across a field to retrieve six large crates painted in their tribe's colors. Once all six crates were retrieved, the tribes would have to stack the crates into a staircase with the name of their tribe properly aligned along the sides. The first tribe to complete the staircase and get all of their members up the staircase to the top of a platform would win.
| Tribal Council 3:|
Jerry (6 votes)
Brendan, Coach, Debbie, Erinn, Sierra, Tyson
Erinn (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
|“||(votes for Jerry) Jerry, we had a plan; too bad you couldn't stay healthy enough to see it through, baby. See you on the other side.||”|
|“||(votes for Jerry) I hope you feel better.||”|
|“||(votes for Jerry) Your wish is my command, buddy.||”|
|“||(votes for Jerry) Get better.||”|
|“||(votes for Erinn) Love you, sweetheart, but we made a decision to send you home.||”|
|“||(votes for Jerry) Jerry, we're really gonna miss you. You're an incredible man, but you need to go home and get well. Take care.||”|
|“||(votes for Jerry) Sorry, Jerry. See you soon.||”|
|“||As far as my experiences in Afghanistan and my military career this by far was the toughest thing I've ever endured in my life. I don't know what happened to my stomach but in 130 degree heat and me not being able to eat anything it took a toll on my body. So I'm hoping that one of my tribe members will win that million dollars.||”|
Still in the Running
- The Immunity Challenge was later used in "It's Getting the Best of Me" and "Operation Thunder Dome".
- This is the only episode where Sierra Reed attends Tribal Council and doesn't have any votes cast against her.
- On the Survivor: Tocantins DVD, when one selects this episode and it goes to the menu of this particular episode, it mistakenly says "You're Going to Want That Tooth" (though it plays the right episode).
- The episode title is said by Jerry Sims, when he responded to Erinn Lobdell asking him how he was feeling.
|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" · "Reunion"