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Survivor: A Shocking Twist Turns the Season Upside Down

Originally posted 11/20/2014 10:25 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Shocking Twist Turns the Season Upside Down

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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.

"Someone flips over that quickly to our side, it's just as easy to flip-flop back."
– Jerri Manthey, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Wednesday night's episode of Survivor presented us with two shocking possibilities.

Could San Juan del Sur turn out to be a good season? And could Jon Misch actually be a good strategist?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Things Get Vulgar, and an Alliance Falls Apart

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"My biggest strategy going in will just be kill them with kindness. I'll be so nice to them that they're not gonna want to kick me off."
– Taj George, Survivor: Tocantins

The golden rule of Survivor is the same as the golden rule for life.

Just freaking be polite to people.

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Survivor Recap: New Tribe Members Turn on One Another

Originally posted 10/23/2014 07:30 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: New Tribe Members Turn on One Another

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"I call it 'being cool.' Just not ticking people off."
– Judson "Fabio" Birza, winner, Survivor: Nicaragua

The hunger gets pretty bad on Survivor. But even worse than the starvation is the people.

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Survivor Recap: Drew Escalates His Bad Gameplay

Originally posted 10/16/2014 09:30 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Drew Escalates His Bad Gameplay

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"How about you go talk to someone and you form a bond and you establish some trust. That's strategy."
– Mike Chiesl, Survivor: Redemption Island

Drew exhibits all the classic symptoms of the Egotisticus Malus, a common species of Survivor best known for delusional proclamations of grandeur and falling flat on one's face.

Does he dictate strategy to his tribe without listening? Check. Does he think he's awesome, but is actually really lazy? Check. Is he paranoid that the women are out to get him? Check, check and check.

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Survivor's John Rocker: I'm Not a Bad Guy

Originally posted 10/13/2014 07:30 PM

Survivor's John Rocker: I'm Not a Bad Guy

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At its core, Survivor is a social game. During the first days of the competition, contestants should strive not to get into verbal altercations with anyone else.

John Rocker clearly didn't get the memo.

But it may not have been entirely Rocker's fault. Some of the other contestants were all too aware of his history: In 1998, Rocker made controversial statements about minorities in an interview, causing a scandal that has followed him ever since.

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Survivor: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

Originally posted 10/09/2014 10:45 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"One of my main objectives in this game was to create interpersonal relationships as soon as possible."
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

Is it a good thing that John Rocker was voted off Survivor?

Oh sure, we were all rooting against him. The hotheaded pitcher was a larger-than-life villain, with his history of bigotry and his neolithic machismo. He told Natalie she looked like a man and threatened to punch her. When his girlfriend, Julie, beat him in a duel, he griped that he lost to a girl.

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Is This the Worst Lie in Survivor History?

Originally posted 10/02/2014 02:45 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: One Bad Lie Destroys a Castaway's Game

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You can lie to me, you can fool me, you can deceive me. Don't insult my intelligence."
– James Clement, Survivor: Micronesia

Lying on Survivor is a fine art. You drop a hint here and a tease there and let people's imaginations run wild. The greats of the game fib their way to victory. In Heroes vs. Villains, Sandra dropped a "Sandra bug" into Russell's ear, convincing him that Coach was plotting his ouster. On Survivor: Cagayan, Tony pretended he had an idol for every occasion.

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Survivor Returns with a Shocker

Originally posted 09/25/2014 10:50 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Surprise Exit on the Very First Night

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"Your ability to connect with idiots who can't process things properly is a large part of what this comes down to."
– John Fincher, Survivor: Samoa

On Wednesday's season premiere of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, a long-standing debate was settled once and for all. Which reality show is harder, The Amazing Race or Survivor? When Jeff Probst snuffed the torch of Nadiya, you could see the entire story on her face: This game of strategy, endurance, and social skill had bested a former all-star player from the Race – aka, Who Can Find the Best Cab?

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Jeff Probst: I'd Vote My Wife Off Survivor

Originally posted 09/24/2014 01:30 PM

Jeff Probst: I'd Vote My Wife Off Survivor | Jeff Probst

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Although Survivor is entering its 29th season, Jeff Probst clearly remembers every one of the 442 contestants, and can pull obscure trivia out of the air.

His excitement about the reality show is unwavering – impressive, considering that it debuted during the Clinton administration. "Every single season is a different show," he tells PEOPLE. "We're constantly reinventing ourselves."

But sometimes, ideas are recycled. 2013's Survivor: Blood vs. Water was such a compelling season that producers are doing it again, casting pairs of contestants with some sort of existing relationship – married couples, siblings, dating pairs, parent-child. The result, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

What would Probst, 52, do if he were competing against his wife? The longtime host weighed in on that and more.

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Survivor's Erik Reichenbach Is Married!

Originally posted 08/26/2014 06:40 PM

Survivor's Erik Reichenbach Is Married!

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Two-time Survivor contestant Erik Reichenbach is married!

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