|"The Martyr Approach"|
|Episode Number:||13/14 (255)|
|Original Release:||May 14, 2009|
|Viewership (in millions):||12.18|
|Previous:||“The Ultimate Sacrifice”|
|Next:||“I Trust You but I Trust Me More”|
The Martyr Approach is the thirteenth and penultimate episode of Survivor: Tocantins.
Challenge: Blind To Reason
The castaways would race through a maze in the shape of the Survivor logo with their feet shackled together. At the end of the maze, they would build a pole from sticks and rope that was long enough to retrieve a sandbag tied to the end of a rope. They would then swing the sandbag at three targets, with the first person to knock all three over winning the challenge.
Reward: An overnight trip to the Governor's Retreat where the castaway would have a bed to sleep in, take a shower, and eat at a traditional Brazilian barbecue.
Winner: J.T. Thomas (shared with Stephen Fishbach) (exiled Coach Wade)
|Reward Challenge: Blind To Reason|
Coach, Erinn, Stephen, & Taj
Challenge: Chimney Sweep
The castaways would brace themselves with their arms between two walls while standing barefoot on two foot pegs. Every 15 minutes, the castaways would move down to smaller foot pegs. When the castaways reached the third set of foot pegs, they would try to remain on them as long as they could. The last castaway to remain on their pegs would win.
Winner: J.T. Thomas
|Immunity Challenge: Chimney Sweep|
|Time Mark||50 min||30 min|
| Tribal Council 11:|
Coach (3 votes)
Erinn, Stephen, & Taj
Erinn (2 votes)
Coach & J.T.
| VOTED OFF:|
|“||(votes for Erinn) Sorry. Just a security vote. Sorry.||”|
|“||(votes for Coach) Go heal.||”|
|“||(votes for Coach) The White Wizard, overcome with ambition and greed, turns to the Dark Arts and becomes the Black Wizard who zaps the weakened dragon slayer back home. Ka-pow!||”|
|“||(votes for Coach) Dragon slayed.||”|
|“||(votes for Erinn) You've been like the cat that had nine lives in this game. You were supposed to go out on Day 6. It's now eleven Tribals later. Good job staying in the game this long, kid.||”|
|“||There was some sadness tonight as I left. I cannot imagine why someone would want to keep Erinn over me in the Warrior Alliance, but obviously somebody turned judging by their reaction. With Stephen the wizard was definitely not the white wizard but the evil wizard in the end, it's a travesty. In the end it's about honor and I did not dishonor myself. I feel good about how I played the game.||”|
Still in the Running
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Behind the Scenes
Life at Ponderosa
- This episode was voted the 15th best Survivor episode of all time in the "Top 25 Greatest Episodes of all time" poll by Survivor Oz in 2015.
- A rendition of the Immunity Challenge later appeared in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains where J.T. Thomas competed again, and Survivor: Redemption Island.
- With Coach Wade's elimination, Erinn Lobdell is the last remaining member of the Timbira tribe.
- The title of the episode was said by Erinn Lobdell when talking about what would be Coach Wade's attitude after coming back from Exile Island.
|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”