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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Dangers of Trust, Yes 'We' Can and How the Jury's Still Playing the Game

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Dangers of Trust, Yes 'We' Can and How the Jury's Still Playing the Game

Originally posted 12/10/2015 11:45AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. This season, he will blog about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I came here not to be feeling bad for other people. I came here to win a million dollars." –Abi-Maria Gomes, Survivor: Philippines

One of the best parts of being on the jury is that you're watching Survivor happen from 10 ft. away.

We sit on the stone steps of Tribal Council and watch Jeff Probst grill the contestants. We analyze the way they evade his probing questions. We study their body language to determine who's on the top, who's the swing vote and who will soon be joining us for a late-night cheeseburger.

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Joe Anglim: 'My Blood Was Hot' After Being Voted Off Survivor

Originally posted 12/09/2015 05:15PM

Don't feel bad for Joe Anglim.

When Survivor returns on Wednesday night, he'll be noticeably absent during the challenges. The rest of the tribe correctly determined that he was a threat to win the whole game and voted him out on day 31.

But Anglim, 27, will be just fine.

"Joe is athletic," host Jeff Probst told PEOPLE earlier this season. "Joe is good-looking. Women want to date Joe; men wish they were Joe. He's got a lot of skills that make him good at life, but a threat at Survivor"

Case in point: Anglim competed so hard in an immunity challenge that he passed out. That type of commitment is dangerous in the game, and he was summarily voted off.

Anglim talks to PEOPLE about his game, his close family bonds and how Survivor has affected his love life.

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About Survivor's Most Moving Moment Ever and an 'Amazing' Ouster

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About Survivor's Most Moving Moment Ever and an 'Amazing' Ouster

Originally posted 12/03/2015 02:05PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. This season, he has been blogging about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Everyone has the knife and it's stab or get stabbed." –Joe Anglim, Survivor: Worlds Apart

Walking out of the game after the last Tribal Council, I had two major preoccupations.

First: I was coming to terms with the end of my own Survivor journey.

Second: I felt so guilty for Jeremy and my other allies that I had cost them their second chances.

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Stephen Fishbach on His Survivor Elimination: 'I Was Too Sentimental'

Originally posted 12/02/2015 06:10PM

Disclaimer: Stephen Fishbach has been PEOPLE's resident Survivor blogger for years. He's quite popular around here.

We were excited when he was named as a possible contestant. We were thrilled when he made the final cast of the show. We were ecstatic – and a little bit surprised, if we're being perfectly honest – when he made it through the first tribal council without getting voted off.

As it turned out, Fishbach did better than anyone expected, forming solid alliances and lasting 29 days before being voted out.

Survivor is unpredictable, and Fishbach was eliminated after playing his "steal the vote" advantage? Why? Because the season's other superfan/strategizer, Spencer Bledsoe, backstabbed him.

Obviously, Fishbach has written his own blog about his elimination, but we thought it would be fun to ask him some of the questions that he didn't already address.

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Survivor's Ciera Eastin: I Was an Underdog

Originally posted 12/02/2015 12:50PM

The last time Ciera Eastin played Survivor, she infamously voted off her own mother.

So when Eastin decided to play the game again, she knew she would be targeted early as a threat. After all, if she'll vote for her mom, she'll do just about anything.

But something funny happened on this season – everybody was a threat in some way. As a result, Eastin made it for 26 days despite being on the wrong side of the numbers after the merge.

As she scrambled to stay alive, she begged the other contestants to "just play the game." And they did: Eastin was only eliminated after PEOPLE's own Stephen Fishbach was protected by an immunity idol.

Eastin, 26, talks about her game that we didn't see – and whether she'd ever play the game again.

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Survivor Sneak Peek: A Contestant Gets Some Happy News from His Pregnant Wife

Originally posted 12/02/2015 10:35AM

We'll admit it: we're suckers for the the Survivor family visit.

Contestants are often reduced to tears when they see their family members. Survivor is a cutthroat game, and it's emotional to spend even a few minutes with someone who isn't actively plotting to stab you in the back.

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Survivor Winner Richard Hatch on Joining The Biggest Loser: People Who Say They Don't Want to Be Fat Are Lying

Originally posted 12/01/2015 12:30PM

Richard Hatch doesn't care what people think of his naked body.

"I'm not an exhibitionist, but I don't care either, so I'm often naked. It's just the way it is," the Survivor winner tells PEOPLE of why he walked around in the buff during the premiere season of the CBS reality competition in 2000. "I don't give a crap about how people feel about how I look. But personally, I know that I'm fat."

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Game of Mistakes

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Game of Mistakes

Originally posted 11/30/2015 11:00AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. This season, he has been blogging about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

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Kelly Wiglesworth: I Wasn't Going to Change Who I Am for Survivor

Originally posted 11/25/2015 11:10AM

For those who weren't watching Survivor in 2000, it's hard to understand Kelly Wiglesworth's importance to the franchise – and to reality TV in general.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: An Impressive (and Sneaky!) Idol Score and a Potentially Game-Changing Advantage

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: An Impressive (and Sneaky!) Idol Score and a Potentially Game-Changing Advantage

Originally posted 11/19/2015 12:30AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. This season, he will blog about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"An alliance is easier said than done." –Kelly Wiglesworth, Survivor: Borneo

Before I start this blog, I need to take a moment to apologize to humanity. Yes, if you were watching that episode last night, I misquoted one of the most famous lines in literature on national television.

It's double, double toil and trouble.
Not boil, boil, toil and trouble.

It's shameful. As excuse I can only say that my brain was literally shutting down.

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