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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: 'Brutal Challenge' and a Medical Emergency Test the Castaways in New Ways

Originally posted 03/09/2016 10:40PM

This week on Survivor, everybody almost died. After a brutal challenge in scorching 118 degree Cambodian heat, three contestants zonked out from heatstroke, and Caleb took a (Russell) Swan dive that ended with a medevac.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is This Just a Game or Is It War?

Originally posted 03/02/2016 09:00PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"You can't get cocky in this game, but I'm in control. It would take something extraordinary, off the charts, completely whacked out to disturb my plans now." –Marty Piombo, Survivor: Nicaragua, immediately before losing control

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Dangerous Game of 'Blind Leading the Blind' Brings an Unexpected Elimination

Originally posted 02/24/2016 09:15PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: New Castaways Navigate First Alliances, 'Intense Elements' and a Tribal Council Shocker

Originally posted 02/17/2016 10:30PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Somebody had to be the first one kicked off, and somebody's gotta win the million" –Clay Jordan, Survivor: Thailand

Survivor is back with an episode so intense that it could crawl into your brain and live there forever. Kaoh Rong introduces three tribes – Brains, Brawn and Beauty – who are battling for island supremacy in the brutal heat of Cambodia's dry season.

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About the Survivor Winner Who 'Brought the House Down'

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About the Survivor Winner Who 'Brought the House Down'

Originally posted 12/17/2015 03:30AM

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

"Everybody's on my side, and I'm the popular guy. Everybody wants to date the prom king, so this is perfect. This will work out." –Jeremy Collins, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

All you future contestants: get to humping. In the season finale of Survivor: Second Chance, Jeremy Collins debuted the greatest move the game has ever seen. His "I'm having a son" speech moved the jury to tears, and put a capstone on the craziest, fastest-moving season of Survivor ever.

Jeremy's win came off a dominant strategic game, in which the firefighter from Foxboro managed to position himself at the center of a Venn diagram of alliances – er, voting blocs. He was the season's central figure, to whom Abi referred as "the Big Apple," in her delightful cross-cultural mangle of "The Big Cheese." He was the hero who raced to Joe's side before even the CBS medics.

Somehow Jeremy made allies of people who were sworn enemies. While Savage and Joe and Spencer and Ciera and I targeted each other, Jeremy received no (valid) votes until the jury crowned a victor. Everybody knew Jeremy was the biggest threat to win. Somehow, nobody ever did anything about it.

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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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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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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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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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