Notes: This episode featured unnecessary sit-outs in the reward challenge, which makes you wonder whether production had to move up a challenge originally intended for a later episode because the one intended for six people wasn't ready? Either that, or they just didn't plan one for some reason. Whatever the case, a bit odd, and it costs Stephen and Spencer 0.20 ChW for sitting out. Importantly, however, there is an...
Official scoring change: For reasons unknown, we originally scored the RC as a 3-person challenge, with only JT, Taj, and Joe winning. Clearly, though, the loaders participated (not the least in deciding how to allocate the weight on the opposing tribe), and the challenge was obviously for five people. So Sandy and Sydney get a 0.20 ChW they previously didn't have, and JT, Joe, and Taj all drop from a 0.33 ChW to a 0.20 ChW. This is why we re-watch these things.
And in retrospect, the scene of Taj and Sierra discussing their cross-tribal alliance while building a fire on Exile, then walking out of frame and celebrating the success of their alliance... while leaving their fire there, completely unlit? Perfection. Hilarious in its symbolic irony, but definitely not something you would catch on the first watch.
With respect to Sandy, one of the disappointing aspects of Tocantins is the near-complete lack of age diversity in the cast. Timbira started out with only three people over 31, Jalapao with two! In both cases, two of those people were in their mid-30s (Coach and Taj, both 37), and the oldest person on each tribe (Jerry, Sandy) was pretty clearly cast as cannon fodder. That means beyond this episode, there are as many people older than 37 left on the show (Debbie, 46) as there are people who are under 21 (Spencer, 18). And all but one of the people left are white. Luckily, there are some standout characters in that group, because otherwise this season might as well have been Nicaragua, with just the La Flor tribe.
- Sandy received 5 votes, from JT, Stephen, Joe, Sydney, and Spencer (voted out, 5-1-1).
- Sydney received 1 vote, from Sandy.
- Joe received 1 vote, from Taj (completely unexplained).