Notes: This episode marked the first vote at which the eventual final four alliance took control of the game (technically, they all piggy-backed on Coach's crusade against Brendan in the previous episode, and here, they were able to blindside Tyson because they knew Sierra would be gunning for him). But surprisingly on rewatch, it wasn't the alleged ringleaders who seized the reins at this critical juncture in the game. Instead, it was one of the supposed also-rans.
At least as edited, the Tyson boot was actually Erinn's idea, with nominal mastermind Stephen (who had just returned from Exile) merely agreeing. And eventual winner J.T. had to be lobbied to join in, setting aside his emotional objections to keeping Sierra (whom he described as a "lying bitch") over Tyson, whom he liked. It's a complete inversion of the power structure that the jury later recognized with their unanimous 7-0 vote for J.T.
In retrospect, it's also interesting to see the parallels between the events of the first three merge episodes and those of San Juan del Sur. Both featured a surprise departure at the merge (Joe's medevac, Julie's quit), delaying a looming showdown, which would take out a power player in the next episode (Brendan, Josh). Then everything flips again in the next episode, with a physical/strategic leader of the opposing alliance leaving thanks to their not winning immunity (Tyson, Jeremy). Weird.
- Tyson received 5 votes, from JT, Stephen, Erinn, Taj, and Sierra (voted out, 5-3).
- Sierra received 3 votes, from Tyson, Coach, and Debbie.