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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Ousts His Biggest Threat

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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.

"It just comes down to your gut. And that's scary because if you put your trust in the wrong person, you're going home."
– Gervase Peterson, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

I'm completely heartbroken!

My season-long favorite met an ignominious end Wednesday night on Survivor. Horse trainer LJ thought he was holding the reins in a six-person alliance. But "construction worker" Tony sent him out to pasture.

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Survivor's Morgan McLeod: 'I'm Not a Mean Girl'

Originally posted 04/15/2014 05:15 PM

Survivor's Morgan McLeod: 'I'm Not a Mean Girl'

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There's a contestant like Morgan McLeod on every season of Survivor. Young and pretty, they make snarky comments about the older – and less attractive – female contestants. (One of McLeod's gems: "If everyone could choose to be cute or ugly, most would pick cute.")

But McLeod, a 22-year-old student and former NFL cheerleader from San Jose, California, wants to stress that she's not as she appeared on Survivor: Cagayan.

"I'm not a mean girl," she says with a laugh. "I'm not who you think I am."

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Survivor: All About Spencer's Emotional Roller Coaster

Originally posted 04/10/2014 03:00 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: All About Spencer's Emotional Roller Coaster | Survivor, Stephen Fishbach

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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.

"Even when you're hungry as heck, hot as heck, emotions are high, you've gotta remember to keep that character cool. Like Cool Hand Luke. Just keep it cool."
– Brian Heidik, winner, Survivor: Thailand

Survivor has really been an emotional roller coaster for poor Spencer. One minute, he's exulting in the highest highs, contorting his body in jubilation like he's just won the Game of Thrones as he celebrates a challenge win or an idol clue. The next minute, he's stomping his feet like his brother was a guest at the Red Wedding.

Wednesday night on Survivor, we got to see Spencer at his best and his worst. On the one hand, he was subtle and calculating like the chess master he is. On the other, he was abrasive and angry like the young kid he also is.

The episode starts with the tribe coming back to camp and Spencer is pissed. Kass has just flipped on his alliance, and suddenly what seemed like a sure path to the final six now looks like a trail to the jury bench.

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Survivor's Sarah Lacina: I Trusted the Wrong People

Originally posted 04/04/2014 07:00 AM

Survivor's Sarah Lacina: I Trusted the Wrong People

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Before Survivor: Cagayan premiered in February, host Jeff Probst told PEOPLE about the show's two police officers, Tony Vlachos and Sarah Lacina. "It's a real cat and mouse situation," he said, without ever specifying which was which.

As it turned out, Vlachos emerged as the cat. With the help of Kass McQuillan, an attorney from California, Vlachos blindsided Lacina on Day 19. The result was one of the most entertaining and jaw-dropping tribal councils in the show's 28-season history. Contestants talked openly about their votes. Two immunity idols were played. Tears were shed. But in the end, a shocked Lacina watched as Jeff Probst snuffed her torch.

Lacina, 29, tells PEOPLE about her experience on the show – and whose betrayal hurt her the most.

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Survivor Blog: Of Bad Strategies and Switched Votes

Originally posted 04/03/2014 10:00 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Of Bad Strategies and Switched Votes

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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.

"Don't sink everybody else and yourself because you're pissed off at one person."
– Ken Stafford, Survivor: Thailand

Holy reversals, Batman! Wednesday night's tribal council was one of the twistiest, turniest eliminations ever on Survivor. Two surprise idols were revealed! Votes were switched! A flopper flipped! It was the most bad moves in a single episode since Big Tom did his chicken dance.

You could practically see Jeff salivating at the insanity. But whence came the madness? How did Sarah – who thought she was in a "Sarah sandwich" – somehow get eaten alive?

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Survivor: Is Honesty the Best Policy After Serial Lying?

Update 03/27/2014 03:00 PM Originally posted 03/27/2014 11:00 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Honesty the Best Policy After Serial Lying?

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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.

"This game is fun, and I like keeping it fun." – Todd Herzog, Winner, Survivor: China

Has anybody ever had more fun playing Survivor than Tony?

His big strategic moves may be harebrained. To prove his honesty, he confesses how much he lies. His tattoo makes him look like he's always wearing an Affliction shirt. But by God is he enjoying himself out there, whether he's plotting a scheme or putting his foot in his mouth.

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Survivor: Cliff Robinson Says the Show Is 'Without a Doubt' Harder than Playing in the NBA | Survivor, Survivor

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Cliff Robinson was not the first professional athlete to compete on Survivor. Major league baseball player Jeff Kent competed in the Philippines, and NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom strategized his way to the final seven in Guatemala. But few contestants were as recognizable as Robinson, a 6-ft., 10-inch basketball player who spent 18 seasons in the NBA.

After being blindsided on day 14, Robinson became the fifth contestant to leave Survivor: Cagayan. Following his elimination, Robinson spoke with PEOPLE about his tribe, his love of the game and why he should have made the finals.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Losing Early Challenges a Winning Strategy?

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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 never had numbers. I always make it to the end. I don't need no stinkin' numbers. All I need is trust. Loyalty."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Redemption Island

They were the best of tribes, they were the worst of tribes.

They were a tribe of wisdom, they were a tribe of foolishness. They had moments of strategy, and they had moments of idiocy.

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Survivor's J'Tia Taylor: I Would Have Voted Me Out Too

Originally posted 03/16/2014 07:00 PM

Survivor's J'Tia Taylor: I Would Have Voted Me Out Too

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In the 28 seasons of Survivor, there have been few contestants who have made as many missteps as J'Tia Taylor.

She was bossy to her other castaways as they built a shelter. She panicked under pressure, causing her tribe to lose challenge after challenge. And, most egregiously, she dumped out the tribe's rice supply in a fit of anger. "It was not my finest moment," she admits.

But Taylor, a 31-year-old nuclear engineer, was gracious in defeat. "I totally understand why they voted me out," she says. "I probably would have voted me out, too."

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Brains Team Lacks Smarts

Credit: Erik Reichenbach

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.

"The only thing I can predict about Brandon is that he's going to be unpredictable. That gives me very little solace in this game when predictability really is everything."
– John Cochran, winner, Survivor: Caramoan

How bad is the Brains tribe at challenges? It's like the setup to a "Yo momma" joke.

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