Survivor: Tocantins boxscores
Survivor: Tocantins boxscores - Episode 9
"It's Funny When People Cry"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: July 9, 2015

Filmed: November 26-28, 2008 |  Aired: April 23, 2009 | Re-watched: July 9, 2015
  • Ep9 Reward challenge: "Swiss Cheese Please" - Red team (JT, Tyson, Erinn, Debbie) wins a village trip for a feast and a capoeira demonstration. At JT's urging, they exile Stephen (in case there's a new idol... there isn't)..
  • Ep9 Immunity challenge: "Tocantins Shuffle" - Debbie wins (and JT, Stephen, & Coach sit out to eat).
  • Ep9 voted out: Tyson, 5-3 over Sierra.


Red team wins
Debbie wins IC
Tyson out, 5-3
Episode 9 scoring notes

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.


Vote count:

- Tyson received 5 votes, from JT, Stephen, Erinn, Taj, and Sierra (voted out, 5-3).

- Sierra received 3 votes, from Tyson, Coach, and Debbie.

Episode 9 boxscore
Reward Challenge Immunity Challenge Tribal council stats
Contestant ChW ChA ChW ChA VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Coach 0.00 0.25 0 1 1 - 8 1 0.90 4.36
Debbie 0.25 0.25 1 1 1 - 8 1 1.18 7.49
Erinn 0.25 0.25 0 1 0 - 8 1 0.92 5.11
Sierra 0.00 0.25 0 1 0 3 8 1 0.86 2.77
Tyson 0.25 0.25 0 1 0 5 8 1 1.05 4.66
J.T. 0.25 0.25 0 1 0 - 8 1 1.10 7.21
Stephen 0.00 0.25 0 1 1 - 8 1 1.11 7.60
Taj 0.00 0.25 0 1 1 - 8 1 0.97 4.13
Brendan - - - - - - - - 0.91 3.53
Joe* - - - - - - - - 0.84 1.92
Sydney - - - - - - - - 1.19 3.42
Spencer - - - - - - - - 1.06 2.67
Sandy - - - - - - - - 0.98 2.03
Jerry - - - - - - - - 0.53 1.53
Candace - - - - - - - - -0.41 0.13
Carolina - - - - - - - - -0.88 0.00
Glossary of terms
  • Challenge stats
    • ChW: Challenge Wins. For tribal challenges, a contestant earns a fraction of 1 win, depending on if they participated (no points for sitting out). So in a five-person tribe's win, each participant gets (1/5) of a point, or 0.2 points. Duels (or individual RCs as in Ep1) at Redemption Island count as half a challenge (and half a win). Individual challenge wins count as a full point.
    • ChA: Challenge Appearances. Used to calculate ChW%. Fractional for tribal challenges (same as ChW), except sit-outs get charged for an appearance, because they could have participated.
    • ChW%: Challenge Win%. Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
    • SO: The number of times a contestant sat out of a challenge.
    • Plc: Place finished in an individual challenge
    • %Fin: Percent finish - roughly, percent of a win achieved, with 1 being 100%.
    • MPF: Mean % finish - mean of all % finishes in individual challenges.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • VFB: Votes For Bootee. The number of times the contestant has voted for the person who was ultimately voted out. Applies only to initial votes (no points for revotes in case of a tie). Special case: In a final three TC, where only one vote is cast (by the F3 IC winner), only that vote counts.
    • VAP: Votes Against the Player. The total number of tribal council votes cast against the contestant. Again, only initial votes count (no penalty for revotes), and here a hidden immunity idol (if played) erases the votes. In the special case of a final three tribal council above, only the F3 bootee receives a vote against.
    • TotV: Total votes cast during the tribal councils the player has attended (again, only initial votes count). Used to adjust for different vote totals as tribes shrink.
    • TCA: Tribal council appearances. The number of times a contestant has attended tribal council (at which they voted).
    • TC%: Tribal Council percent. Attempts to reward voting for the bootee (which players controlling the vote almost always do), while punishing receiving votes yourself. The formula is: TC% = [VFB - (VAP/TotV)] / TCA.
    • wTCR: weighted Tribal Council Ratio. Very similar in intent to TC%, but calculated as a ratio of VFB to VAP, while also scaling to a uniform number of TC appearances. The formula is as follows: wTCR =2* [VFB / (4+VAP)] x (14/TCA). I originally tried (1+VAP) to avoid dividing by zero, but this overly rewarded getting zero votes against relative to just one vote against, which seemed silly. (4+VAP) scaled that effect back comfortably. 14 was used as the scaling factor for TC appearances because there are usually 14 episodes, then a final scaling factor of 2 to bring maximal scores up to roughly even with ChW and JV% high scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • JV%: The percent of total jury votes cast for the contestant, or Jur% = JVF/ TotJ. This number is used, raw, in SurvSc, and is scaled in SurvAv (multiplied by six) to make it similar in size to ChW and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • Survival Score (SurvSc). It's simply the sum of Challenge Win% (ChW%) + Tribal Council% (TC%) + Jury Vote%, for a maximum possible score of 2 (3 after the finale).
    • Survival Average (SurvAv). It's a simple sum of fractional Challenge Wins (ChW), weighted TC Ratio (wTCR), and (eventually) a weighted Jury%. The latter two max out at six points total, for a theoretical maximum score of around 18 or so.