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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Player Crosses the Line, a Potential Winner Emerges

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Player Crosses the Line, a Potential Winner Emerges

Originally posted 04/22/2015 09:05PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"You've gotta be careful about being an over-the-top leader, because typically that puts a target on your back right away. I think there's different ways to lead." –Marty Piombo, Survivor: Nicaragua

It's been a rough week for Survivor: Worlds Apart's leading man, Mike Holloway.

Last week, he managed to knock out his biggest threat, Gorgeous Joe. This week, with Joe gone, he found himself to be the new Biggest Threat.

In just a few short days, he fell from leading the majority alliance to being ostracized with the tribe's two other outcasts, Shirin and Jenn.

Blame it on the Rod.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Outcast Who Upended the Game

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Outcast Who Upended the Game

Originally posted 04/16/2015 12:00PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"My whole goal coming into this game was to play the underdog, be underestimated and just kind of slide through, which is what I've done, and it's gotten me this far." –Natalie White, winner of Survivor: Samoa

What do you do on Survivor when nobody seems to like you?

What kind of moves can you make when you're an outcast from your tribe?

Every season it seems to happen to somebody. For whatever reason, the groupthink that sets in with any tribe dynamic leads one person to be unfairly pilloried and excluded.

Eliza on Vanuatu. Erinn in Tocantins. Cochran in South Pacific.

All outcasts. All excluded. All ended up completely flipping the game on its head.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Ninja Stealth Mode Maneuvers

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Ninja Stealth Mode Maneuvers

Originally posted 04/08/2015 09:20PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I'm paying attention to everything that's going around me. I'm like on surveillance. I'm just sitting there, and I'm listening. Because then I know what moves to make." –Pete Yurkowski, Survivor: Philippines

Gorgeous Joe is just too perfect for Survivor.

He out-charmed Vince for Jenn's affections. He wins every challenge, whether it's holding on to a pole, finishing a puzzle or determining who has the most luxurious hair. And he's managed to build a solid alliance with Jenn and Hali that is so devoted to him, they don't even blink when he leaves them for the reward.

Joe can't seem to lose. That's exactly why Joe can't win.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Power Couple Witch Hunt and the Ascent of a Swinger Alliance?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Power Couple Witch Hunt and the Ascent of a Swinger Alliance?

Originally posted 04/02/2015 12:20AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"There's no point in going into a merge if you have somebody who can't be trusted." –Bill Posley, Survivor: One World

What an episode, what a merge and what a season!

Wednesday on Survivor, the season's merge left all 12 players scrambling. Alliances shifted and reformed as each of the variously collared contestants worked to solidify old agreements and form new bonds.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Bromance Is Prematurely Snuffed Out

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Bromance Is Prematurely Snuffed Out

Originally posted 03/26/2015 10:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"In Survivor, a pair is extremely important, and if you have someone, just one person that you know you can trust 100 percent, that you can go really far in the game." – Chelsea Meisner, Survivor: One World

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blindsides and Double-Crosses

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blindsides and Double-Crosses

Originally posted 03/19/2015 08:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Most of the time you kinda need that social component. So when you don't win, someone's got your back – and they can take you to the end." –Brett Clouser, Survivor: Samoa

Survivor is truly a social game.

You can have all the great strategic ideas in the world. But none of it matters if you whistle out of tune or don't know how to apologize.

Wednesday night's Survivor was a testament to the importance of self-awareness and self-control. It turns out you can't curse, insult people's religion or walk around with your junk out and still win a game of influence and social politics.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A 'Gimme' Elimination and ... Monkey Sex Stories?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A 'Gimme' Elimination and ... Monkey Sex Stories?

Originally posted 03/12/2015 01:45PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"When people have the same problem, it's easy to bring them together." –Malcolm Freberg, Survivor: Caramoan

It's a rare gift on Survivor when a vote is a gimme.

When you're competing on the show, every vote seems punctuated by a question mark. Do you keep the challenge beast who's in the other alliance? Do you hold on to your loyal ally who's annoying everybody around you?

Thank the blogging gods for that confusion. That ambiguity is what gives me something to analyze and critique every week.

But, as a contestant, it's frustrating to know that your shot at a million dollars could be riding on one arbitrary decision.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Good Naked, Bad Naked and a 'Classic Overplay'

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Good Naked, Bad Naked and a 'Classic Overplay'

Originally posted 03/04/2015 10:00PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I will do what everybody feels most comfortable doing. I don't care what that is." –Todd Herzog, Survivor: China winner

People on Survivor just want to feel safe.

Before you ever hit the beach, you've suffered months of preparation.

You've passed the grueling gauntlet of casting, where you are assessed against a dozen people who look vaguely like you.

You have trained – swum, sprinted and Crossfit WOD-ed until you had nothing left to snatch.

You have bid adieu to your work and said au revoir to your family.

So when contestants enter the game, they really want to stay there. They want safety and security.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Treacherous Alliance and a White Collar Crime

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Treacherous Alliance and a White Collar Crime

Originally posted 02/26/2015 11:00AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"This game is about who you are. Your character is your strategy." –Rafe Judkins, Survivor: Guatemala

Survivor is back for another season of terrible liars, over-attached creeps, self-aggrandizing loudmouths – and a couple of smart gamers.

The big twist this season is that contestants are divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar. White Collars make the rules; Blue Collars follow the rules; and No Collars break the rules and give uncomfortably long hugs.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: How the Sole Survivor Won the Game

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: How the Sole Survivor Won the Game

Originally posted 12/18/2014 10:20AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"So I did what I had to, I made huge moves, I dug around for the idols to make sure nobody else had them, and I won challenges when I absolutely had to. Everything I did was strategic, nothing was out of malice, and I'm here – day 39 – because Rachel made that sacrifice." – Tyson Apostol, Winner of Survivor: Blood vs. Water

In a humdrum season, we actually have a great winner.

On Survivor's season finale Wednesday, Natalie Anderson plotted and finessed her way to a million dollars and the title of sole survivor.

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