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| season = 18
 
| season = 18
 
| location = {{wp|Jalapão}}, {{wp|Tocantins}}, {{wp|Brazil}}
 
| location = {{wp|Jalapão}}, {{wp|Tocantins}}, {{wp|Brazil}}
| filmingdates = November 2, 2008 - December 10, 2008
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| filmingdates = November 1, 2008 - December 9, 2008
 
| seasonrun = February 12, 2009 - May 17, 2009
 
| seasonrun = February 12, 2009 - May 17, 2009
| episodes = 14
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| episodes = 15
 
| days = 39
 
| days = 39
 
| survivors = 16
 
| survivors = 16
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| runnerup = [[Stephen Fishbach]]
 
| runnerup = [[Stephen Fishbach]]
 
| tribes = {{tribeicon|jalapao}}<br />{{tribeicon|timbira}}<br />{{tribeicon|forza}}
 
| tribes = {{tribeicon|jalapao}}<br />{{tribeicon|timbira}}<br />{{tribeicon|forza}}
| viewership =
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| viewership = 12.86<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20090623063544/http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=051909_05</ref>
| cast = Tocantins Cast.PNG
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| cast = Tocantins Cast.jpg
 
| intro = Survivor 18 Tocantins opening credits High Quality
 
| intro = Survivor 18 Tocantins opening credits High Quality
 
| previous = {{S2|17}}
 
| previous = {{S2|17}}
 
| next = {{S2|19}}
 
| next = {{S2|19}}
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}}'''''Survivor: Tocantins''''', also known as '''''Survivor: Tocantins — The Brazilian Highlands''''', is the eighteenth installment in the U.S. reality show ''{{dab|Survivor|U.S.}}''. It was filmed in Tocantins, Brazil and premiered on February 12, 2009. Once production of {{S|17}} was underway, CBS began casting for this season. Shooting occurred between October and December 2008. The season saw one [[Evacuation|medical evacuation]] and has to date produced four [[Returning Players|returning players]] for subsequent seasons.
'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''', also known as '''''Survivor: Tocantins — The Brazilian Highlands''''', is the 18th installment in the U.S. reality show ''[[Survivor (U.S.)|Survivor]]''. It was filmed in Tocantins, Brazil and premiered on February 12, 2009. Once production of {{S|17}} was underway, CBS began casting for this season. Shooting occurred between October and December 2008.
 
   
 
[[J.T. Thomas]] became the [[Sole Survivor]] on the live finale broadcast May 17, 2009. He finished the first "[[Perfect Game|perfect game]]" in the history of the show, not having a single vote cast against him all season and earning all seven [[jury]] votes in a unanimous decision, beating out [[Stephen Fishbach]]. In addition, J.T. was named "[[Fan Favorite Award|Sprint Player of the Season]]", earning the fans' vote over [[Taj Johnson-George]] and [[Sierra Reed]].
 
[[J.T. Thomas]] became the [[Sole Survivor]] on the live finale broadcast May 17, 2009. He finished the first "[[Perfect Game|perfect game]]" in the history of the show, not having a single vote cast against him all season and earning all seven [[jury]] votes in a unanimous decision, beating out [[Stephen Fishbach]]. In addition, J.T. was named "[[Fan Favorite Award|Sprint Player of the Season]]", earning the fans' vote over [[Taj Johnson-George]] and [[Sierra Reed]].
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==Twists/Changes==
 
==Twists/Changes==
* '''[[First Impressions]]:''' On Day 1, [[Jeff Probst]] instructed the newly-marooned castaways to make their first vote-off. Relying only from first impressions, the tribes must select which of their tribemates will be the biggest liability to their team, and these two players will "not make it to the journey." The contestants assumed that the two would be eliminated, but the "journey" was revealed to be a four-hour trek to their camps. The two people who were singled out ([[Sierra Reed|Sierra]] from [[Timbira]] and [[Sandy Burgin|Sandy]] from [[Jalapao]]) will be airlifted to their camps, while their tribemates underwent a treacherous walk to their respective encampments.
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* '''[[First Impressions]]:''' On Day 1, [[Jeff Probst]] instructed the newly marooned castaways to make their first vote-off. Relying only from first impressions, the tribes must select which of their tribemates will be the biggest liability to their team, and these two players will "not make it to the journey." The contestants assumed that the two would be eliminated, but the "journey" was revealed to be a four-hour trek to their camps. The two people who were singled out ([[Sierra Reed|Sierra]] from [[Timbira]] and [[Sandy Burgin|Sandy]] from [[Jalapao]]) will be airlifted to their camps, while their tribemates underwent a treacherous walk to their respective encampments.
* '''One-Time Use [[Hidden Immunity Idol]]s:''' After being whisked away to their camps, the two left out players were given a choice between creating a shelter (to possibly change their perceptions of them) or search for a one-time use Hidden Immunity Idol that can only be good at their first visiting [[Tribal Council]]. Unfortunately, both idols were never found and wasted away in the process.
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* '''One-Time Use [[Hidden Immunity Idol]]:''' After being whisked away to their camps, the two left out players were given a choice between creating a shelter (to possibly change their perceptions of them) or search for a one-time use Hidden Immunity Idol that can only be good at their first visiting [[Tribal Council]]. Unfortunately, both idols were never found and wasted away in the process.
* '''{{dab-twist|Exile Island}}:''' Exile Island returns this season, with new twists. After a [[Reward Challenge]], the winning tribe must send one person from the losing tribe to Exile Island, and in return, the said person must pick one member from the winning tribe to join him/her on Exile Island. Another twist is that, upon reaching Exile Island, the two banished players will get to chose between two unmarked bottles; one bottle contained a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol, hidden somwhere at their camps. The player who gets the clue will also have the option to switch tribes at will (hypothetically, if an exiled player already found his/her tribe's idol, the player in question may switch tribes to potentially find the other tribe's idol). The person who gets the second bottle will get nothing.
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* '''Hidden Immunity Idol:''' Hidden Immunity Idols return this season, with one being hidden at each tribe and clues for the idol being found on Exile Island.
* '''Hidden Immunity Idols:''' Hidden Immunity Idols return this season.
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* '''{{dab|Exile Island|twist}}:''' Exile Island returns this season, with new twists. After a [[Reward Challenge]], the winning tribe must send one person from the losing tribe to Exile Island, and in return, the said person must pick one member from the winning tribe to join him/her on Exile Island. Another twist is that, upon reaching Exile Island, the two banished players will get to chose between two unmarked bottles; one bottle contained a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol, hidden somewhere at their camps. The player who gets the clue will also have the option to switch tribes at will (hypothetically, if an exiled player already found his/her tribe's idol, the player in question may switch tribes to potentially find the other tribe's idol). The person who gets the second bottle will get nothing.
   
 
==Castaways==
 
==Castaways==
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! Merged Tribe
 
! Merged Tribe
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 carolina t.jpg|70px|link=Carolina Eastwood]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 carolina t.png|70px|link=Carolina Eastwood]]
| align="left" |'''[[Carolina Eastwood]]'''<br /><small>26, West Hollywood, CA </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Carolina Eastwood]]'''<br /><small>27, West Hollywood, CA<br />Bartender</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 candace t.jpg|70px|link=Candace Smith]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 candace t.png|70px|link=Candace Smith]]
| align="left" |'''[[Candace Smith]]'''<br /><small>31, Dayton, OH </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Candace Smith]]'''<br /><small>31, Los Angeles, CA<br />Attorney</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|2nd Voted Out<br />Day 6}}
 
| {{nowrap|2nd Voted Out<br />Day 6}}
 
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| 7
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 jerry t.jpg|70px|link=Jerry Sims]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 jerry t.png|70px|link=Jerry Sims]]
| align="left" |'''[[Jerry Sims]]'''<br /><small>49, Rock Hill, SC </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Jerry Sims]]'''<br /><small>49, Rock Hill, SC<br />U.S. Army Sergeant</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|3rd Voted Out<br />Day 9}}
 
| {{nowrap|3rd Voted Out<br />Day 9}}
 
| 6
 
| 6
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 sandy t.jpg|70px|link=Sandy Burgin]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 sandy t.png|70px|link=Sandy Burgin]]
| align="left" |'''[[Sandy Burgin]]'''<br /><small>53, Louisville, KY </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Sandy Burgin]]'''<br /><small>53, Louisville, KY<br />Bus Driver</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{nowrap|4th Voted Out<br />Day 12}}
 
| {{nowrap|4th Voted Out<br />Day 12}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 spencer t.jpg|70px|link=Spencer Duhm]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 spencer t.png|70px|link=Spencer Duhm]]
| align="left" |'''[[Spencer Duhm]]'''<br /><small>18, Lakeland, FL </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Spencer Duhm]]'''<br /><small>18, Gainesville, FL<br />Student</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{nowrap|5th Voted Out<br />Day 15}}
 
| {{nowrap|5th Voted Out<br />Day 15}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 sydney t.jpg|70px|link=Sydney Wheeler]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 sydney t.png|70px|link=Sydney Wheeler]]
| align="left" |'''[[Sydney Wheeler]]'''<br /><small>24, Raleigh, NC </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Sydney Wheeler]]'''<br /><small>24, San Diego, CA<br />Model</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{nowrap|6th Voted Out<br />Day 18}}
 
| {{nowrap|6th Voted Out<br />Day 18}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 joe t.jpg|70px|link=Joe Dowdle]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 joe t.png|70px|link=Joe Dowdle]]
| align="left" |'''[[Joe Dowdle]]'''<br /><small>26, Austin, TX </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Joe Dowdle]]'''<br /><small>26, Austin, TX<br />Real Estate Salesman</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| rowspan="10" {{tribebox|forza}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 brendan t.jpg|70px|link=Brendan Synnott]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 brendan t.png|70px|link=Brendan Synnott]]
| align="left" |'''[[Brendan Synnott]]'''<br /><small>30, New York City, NY </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Brendan Synnott]]'''<br /><small>30, Vail, CO<br />Entrepreneur</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|7th Voted Out<br />1st Jury Member<br />Day 24}}
 
| {{nowrap|7th Voted Out<br />1st Jury Member<br />Day 24}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 tyson t.jpg|70px|link=Tyson Apostol]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 tyson t.png|70px|link=Tyson Apostol]]
| align="left" |'''[[Tyson Apostol]]'''<br /><small>29, Lindon, UT </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Tyson Apostol]]'''<br /><small>29, Heber City, UT<br />Professional Cyclist</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|8th Voted Out<br />2nd Jury Member<br />Day 27}}
 
| {{nowrap|8th Voted Out<br />2nd Jury Member<br />Day 27}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 sierra t.jpg|70px|link=Sierra Reed]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 sierra t.png|70px|link=Sierra Reed]]
| align="left" |'''[[Sierra Reed]]'''<br /><small>23, Los Angeles, CA </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Sierra Reed]]'''<br /><small>23, Los Angeles, CA<br />Model</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|9th Voted Out<br />3rd Jury Member<br />Day 30}}
 
| {{nowrap|9th Voted Out<br />3rd Jury Member<br />Day 30}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 debbie t.jpg|70px|link=Debbie Beebe]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 debbie t.png|70px|link=Debbie Beebe]]
| align="left" |'''[[Debbie Beebe]]'''<br /><small>46, Auburn, AL </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Debbie Beebe]]'''<br /><small>46, Auburn, AL<br />School Principal</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|10th Voted Out<br />4th Jury Member<br />Day 33}}
 
| {{nowrap|10th Voted Out<br />4th Jury Member<br />Day 33}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 coach t.jpg|70px|link=Coach Wade]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 coach t.png|70px|link=Coach Wade]]
| align="left" |'''[[Coach Wade]]'''<br /><small>37, Bolivar, MO </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Coach Wade]]'''<br /><small>37, Bolivar, MO<br />Soccer Coach</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|11th Voted Out<br />5th Jury Member<br />Day 36}}
 
| {{nowrap|11th Voted Out<br />5th Jury Member<br />Day 36}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 taj t.jpg|70px|link=Taj Johnson-George]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 taj t.png|70px|link=Taj Johnson-George]]
| align="left" |'''[[Taj Johnson-George]]'''<br /><small>37, Nashville, TN </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Taj Johnson-George]]'''<br /><small>37, Nashville, TN<br />Former Pop Star</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{nowrap|12th Voted Out<br />6th Jury Member<br />Day 37}}
 
| {{nowrap|12th Voted Out<br />6th Jury Member<br />Day 37}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 erinn t.jpg|70px|link=Erinn Lobdell]]
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| {{tribebox2|timbira}}[[image:S18 erinn t.png|70px|link=Erinn Lobdell]]
| align="left" |'''[[Erinn Lobdell]]'''<br /><small>26, Waukesha, WI </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Erinn Lobdell]]'''<br /><small>26, Milwaukee, WI<br />Hairstylist</small>
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{tribebox|timbira}}
 
| {{nowrap|13th Voted Out<br />7th Jury Member<br />Day 38}}
 
| {{nowrap|13th Voted Out<br />7th Jury Member<br />Day 38}}
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 stephen t.jpg|70px|link=Stephen Fishbach]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 stephen t.png|70px|link=Stephen Fishbach]]
| align="left" |'''[[Stephen Fishbach]]'''<br /><small>29, New York City, NY </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[Stephen Fishbach]]'''<br /><small>29, New York City, NY<br />Corporate Consultant</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
| Runner-Up
 
| Runner-Up
 
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 jt t.jpg|70px|link=J.T. Thomas]]
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| {{tribebox2|jalapao}}[[image:S18 jt t.png|70px|link=J.T. Thomas]]
| align="left" |'''[[J.T. Thomas]]'''<br /><small>24, Samson, AL </small>
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| align="left" |'''[[J.T. Thomas]]'''<br /><small>24, Mobile, AL<br />Cattle Rancher</small>
 
| {{tribebox|jalapao}}
 
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| Sole Survivor
 
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==Season Summary==
 
==Season Summary==
The players were split into two tribes, [[Timbira]] and [[Jalapao]], prior to the game. However, before the game started, Jeff stated that each tribe was to vote for one of their own to not make the trek to camp. The selected members, [[Sierra Reed]] from Timbira and [[Sandy Burgin]] from Jalapao, assumed they had been eliminated, but it was then revealed that these two would be flown to their respective campsites while the rest had to trek for four hours while carrying supplies. Nevertheless, this would impact their game; both Sierra and Sandy became distant from their tribes. Sandy was eliminated, but Sierra was spared due to Timbira's repeated [[Immunity Challenge]] wins.
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The players were split into two tribes, [[Timbira]] and [[Jalapao]], prior to the game. Timbira won the majority of the Immunity Challenges, and was dominated by an alliance led by [[Coach Wade]] and [[Tyson Apostol]]. Both the [[Hidden Immunity Idol]] and {{dab|Exile Island|twist}} twists were in play, with the clues to the Hidden Idols available at Exile. The winning tribe of each [[Reward Challenge]] would be able to select one member of the losing tribe to be exiled, while the exiled player would be able to choose a member of the winning tribe to join them. On one of these occasions, [[Brendan Synnott]] from Timbira and [[Taj Johnson-George]] from Jalapao formed a secret cross-tribe alliance for the [[merge]], bringing in [[Sierra Reed]] and [[Stephen Fishbach]], respectively. The alliance members saw several repeat visits to Exile, securing both Immunity Idols by sharing the clues. After [[J.T. Thomas]] accidentally stumbled upon the Hidden Immunity Idol in Stephen's pocket, Taj and Stephen agreed to bring J.T. into their own alliance, and the three decided to share the use of the Idol. Timbira was able to win the last three Immunity Challenges before the [[merge]].
   
Both the [[Hidden Immunity Idol]] and {{dab-twist|Exile Island}} twists were in play, with the clues to the Hidden Idols available at Exile. The winning tribe of each [[Reward Challenge]] would be able to select one member of the losing tribe to be exiled, while the exiled player would be able to choose a member of the winning tribe to join them. On one of these occasions, [[Brendan Synnott]] from Timbira and [[Taj Johnson-George]] from Jalapao formed a secret cross-tribe alliance for the [[merge]], bringing in Sierra and [[Stephen Fishbach]], respectively. The alliance members saw several repeat visits to Exile, securing both Immunity Idols by sharing the clues. After [[J.T. Thomas]] accidentally stumbled upon the Hidden Immunity Idol in Stephen's pocket, Taj and Stephen agreed to bring J.T. into their own alliance, and the three decided to share the use of the Idol. Timbira was able to win the last three tribal Immunity Challenges, leaving Taj, J.T., Stephen, and [[Joe Dowdle]] as the only Jalapao members remaining. Shortly after the merge, Joe was evacuated from the game due to an infection in his knee.
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While Timbira had the numerical advantage entering the merge, they were fractured due to lack of trust. Coach and Tyson brought JT and Stephen into their alliance to over throw Brendan and Sierra. Taj and Stephen decided to betray their Exile alliance; Brendan neglected to play his Idol and was voted out. With the dissent among Timbira exposed and through recruiting [[Erinn Lobdell]], J.T., Stephen, and Taj managed to navigate between the two Timbira factions to eliminate them all. At the final 4, JT and Stephen opted to blindside Taj for being a jury threat. When JT won the [[Final Immunity Challenge]], he brought Stephen to the [[Final Two]].
   
After Joe's evacuation, Timbira had a major numerical advantage on Jalapao, up six players to three. However, Timbira had divided into several factions: [[Coach Wade]], [[Tyson Apostol]], and [[Debbie Beebe]], Brendan and Sierra, and [[Erinn Lobdell]] on the outside. Coach's faction decided to align with J.T. and Stephen in an attempt to overthrow Brendan and Sierra. With Brendan and Sierra acting distant, Taj and Stephen decided to betray their Exile alliance; Brendan neglected to play his Idol and was voted out. With the dissent among Timbira exposed, J.T., Stephen and Taj aligned with Erinn, navigating between the two Timbira factions to eliminate them all, becoming the final four.
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At the [[Final Tribal Council]], the jury unanimously voted for J.T. to be named the [[Sole Survivor]], believing he played a stronger and more strategic game compared to Stephen.
   
After knocking Taj out of the game due to her likelihood of winning the [[jury]]'s vote, J.T. eliminated Erinn after he won his third consecutive Immunity Challenge, bringing Stephen the [[Final Two]]. At the [[Final Tribal Council]], the jury unanimously voted for J.T. to be named the [[Sole Survivor]], believing he played a stronger and more strategic game compared to Stephen.
 
==Episode Guide==
 
 
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==Voting History==
 
==Voting History==
 
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==Reception==
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* This season marks the third country (Brazil) to be revisited as a location of filming, following Panama and Palau, though it became the first country to host two seasons in two separate locations. While {{S|6}} was filmed in the Rio Negro river, this season was shot in an entirely different province of Brazil, at the Rio Novo river.
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* This season marks the third country (Brazil) to be revisited as a location of filming, following Panama and Palau, though it became the first country to host two seasons in two separate locations. While {{S|6}} was filmed in the [[wikipedia:Rio Negro (Amazon)|Rio Negro]] river, this season was shot in an entirely different province of Brazil, at the Rio Novo river.
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** The Philippines would later follow suit - with {{S|25}} and {{S|26}} being filmed in {{wp|Caramoan}}, and {{S|27}} and {{S|28}} on {{wp|Palaui Island}}.{{Update|Fiji}}
 
* It is the first season since {{S|5}} to feature two male players in the final two.
 
* It is the first season since {{S|5}} to feature two male players in the final two.
*This is the first season since {{S|12}} to follow the original format that was used during the first six seasons (a pool of sixteen contestants, with six players, voted out before the merge, one made the merge but did not make the jury, a seven-person [[jury]] and two players at the Final Tribal Council).
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* This is the first season since {{S|12}} to follow the original format that was used during the first four seasons (a pool of sixteen contestants, with ten making the merge, a [[Final Two]], and a seven person [[jury]]).
*Thus far, it is the only season to feature black as the color for a starting tribe. Black has been mostly used as the color of the merged tribe.
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** This is currently the latest season with 16 contestants.
*[[Abi-Maria Gomes]] from {{S|25}} was originally recruited for this season. However, she was cut because she might gain an advantage due to her being Brazilian. Gomes is originally from Goiás, a neighboring state of Tocantins.
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* Thus far, it is the only season to feature black as the color for a starting tribe. Black has otherwise only been used as the color of the merged tribe.
*JT and Brendan tied the ''Survivor'' record for the most carried weight in the [[Shoulder the Load]] challenge, a record previously held by [[Rupert Boneham]], with 220 lbs. The record had since been surpassed by both [[Brandon Hantz]] and [[Jim Rice]] of {{S|23}} who both carried 240 lbs.
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* [[Abi-Maria Gomes]] from ''Survivor: Philippines'' was originally recruited for this season. However, she was cut because she might gain an advantage due to her being Brazilian. Gomes is originally from Goiás, a neighboring state of Tocantins.
*This is the only ''Survivor'' logo, that says "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" on the top.
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* [[J.T. Thomas|All]] [[Stephen Fishbach|four]] [[Coach Wade|returning]] [[Tyson Apostol|players]] from this season have reached the [[Final Tribal Council]] at some point in their ''Survivor'' careers.
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* This is the only ''Survivor'' season with "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" entirely on the top of its logo.
   
 
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Survivor: Tocantins, also known as Survivor: Tocantins — The Brazilian Highlands, is the eighteenth installment in the U.S. reality show Survivor. It was filmed in Tocantins, Brazil and premiered on February 12, 2009. Once production of Survivor: Gabon was underway, CBS began casting for this season. Shooting occurred between October and December 2008. The season saw one medical evacuation and has to date produced four returning players for subsequent seasons.

J.T. Thomas became the Sole Survivor on the live finale broadcast May 17, 2009. He finished the first "perfect game" in the history of the show, not having a single vote cast against him all season and earning all seven jury votes in a unanimous decision, beating out Stephen Fishbach. In addition, J.T. was named "Sprint Player of the Season", earning the fans' vote over Taj Johnson-George and Sierra Reed.

ProductionEdit

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Twists/ChangesEdit

  • First Impressions: On Day 1, Jeff Probst instructed the newly marooned castaways to make their first vote-off. Relying only from first impressions, the tribes must select which of their tribemates will be the biggest liability to their team, and these two players will "not make it to the journey." The contestants assumed that the two would be eliminated, but the "journey" was revealed to be a four-hour trek to their camps. The two people who were singled out (Sierra from Timbira and Sandy from Jalapao) will be airlifted to their camps, while their tribemates underwent a treacherous walk to their respective encampments.
  • One-Time Use Hidden Immunity Idol: After being whisked away to their camps, the two left out players were given a choice between creating a shelter (to possibly change their perceptions of them) or search for a one-time use Hidden Immunity Idol that can only be good at their first visiting Tribal Council. Unfortunately, both idols were never found and wasted away in the process.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Hidden Immunity Idols return this season, with one being hidden at each tribe and clues for the idol being found on Exile Island.
  • Exile Island: Exile Island returns this season, with new twists. After a Reward Challenge, the winning tribe must send one person from the losing tribe to Exile Island, and in return, the said person must pick one member from the winning tribe to join him/her on Exile Island. Another twist is that, upon reaching Exile Island, the two banished players will get to chose between two unmarked bottles; one bottle contained a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol, hidden somewhere at their camps. The player who gets the clue will also have the option to switch tribes at will (hypothetically, if an exiled player already found his/her tribe's idol, the player in question may switch tribes to potentially find the other tribe's idol). The person who gets the second bottle will get nothing.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S18 carolina t Carolina Eastwood
27, West Hollywood, CA
Bartender
Jalapao 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
S18 candace t Candace Smith
31, Los Angeles, CA
Attorney
Timbira 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
S18 jerry t Jerry Sims
49, Rock Hill, SC
U.S. Army Sergeant
Timbira 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
6
S18 sandy t Sandy Burgin
53, Louisville, KY
Bus Driver
Jalapao 4th Voted Out
Day 12
6
S18 spencer t Spencer Duhm
18, Gainesville, FL
Student
Jalapao 5th Voted Out
Day 15
5
S18 sydney t Sydney Wheeler
24, San Diego, CA
Model
Jalapao 6th Voted Out
Day 18
4
S18 joe t Joe Dowdle
26, Austin, TX
Real Estate Salesman
Jalapao Forza Evacuated
Day 20
1
S18 brendan t Brendan Synnott
30, Vail, CO
Entrepreneur
Timbira 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
4
S18 tyson t Tyson Apostol
29, Heber City, UT
Professional Cyclist
Timbira 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
5
S18 sierra t Sierra Reed
23, Los Angeles, CA
Model
Timbira 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
11
S18 debbie t Debbie Beebe
46, Auburn, AL
School Principal
Timbira 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
6
S18 coach t Coach Wade
37, Bolivar, MO
Soccer Coach
Timbira 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
6
S18 taj t Taj Johnson-George
37, Nashville, TN
Former Pop Star
Jalapao 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
7
S18 erinn t Erinn Lobdell
26, Milwaukee, WI
Hairstylist
Timbira 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
5
S18 stephen t Stephen Fishbach
29, New York City, NY
Corporate Consultant
Jalapao Runner-Up 1
S18 jt t J.T. Thomas
24, Mobile, AL
Cattle Rancher
Jalapao Sole Survivor 0

Season SummaryEdit

The players were split into two tribes, Timbira and Jalapao, prior to the game. Timbira won the majority of the Immunity Challenges, and was dominated by an alliance led by Coach Wade and Tyson Apostol. Both the Hidden Immunity Idol and Exile Island twists were in play, with the clues to the Hidden Idols available at Exile. The winning tribe of each Reward Challenge would be able to select one member of the losing tribe to be exiled, while the exiled player would be able to choose a member of the winning tribe to join them. On one of these occasions, Brendan Synnott from Timbira and Taj Johnson-George from Jalapao formed a secret cross-tribe alliance for the merge, bringing in Sierra Reed and Stephen Fishbach, respectively. The alliance members saw several repeat visits to Exile, securing both Immunity Idols by sharing the clues. After J.T. Thomas accidentally stumbled upon the Hidden Immunity Idol in Stephen's pocket, Taj and Stephen agreed to bring J.T. into their own alliance, and the three decided to share the use of the Idol. Timbira was able to win the last three Immunity Challenges before the merge.

While Timbira had the numerical advantage entering the merge, they were fractured due to lack of trust. Coach and Tyson brought JT and Stephen into their alliance to over throw Brendan and Sierra. Taj and Stephen decided to betray their Exile alliance; Brendan neglected to play his Idol and was voted out. With the dissent among Timbira exposed and through recruiting Erinn Lobdell, J.T., Stephen, and Taj managed to navigate between the two Timbira factions to eliminate them all. At the final 4, JT and Stephen opted to blindside Taj for being a jury threat. When JT won the Final Immunity Challenge, he brought Stephen to the Final Two.

At the Final Tribal Council, the jury unanimously voted for J.T. to be named the Sole Survivor, believing he played a stronger and more strategic game compared to Stephen.

Episode Air Date Challenges Exiled Eliminated
(Vote)
Finish Viewership (in millions)[2] Rating/Share (18-49)[2]
Reward Immunity
1 "Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start" February 12, 2009 Timbira1 None Carolina
(7-1)
1st Voted Out
Day 3
13.63 4.4/13
2 "The Poison Apple Needs to Go" February 19, 2009 Jalapao1 Brendan Candace
(7-1)
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
13.59 4.5/12
Taj
3 "Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This" February 26, 2009 Jalapao Jalapao Brendan Jerry
(6-1)
3rd Voted Out
Day 9
12.05 3.9/11
Taj
4 "The Strongest Man Alive" March 5, 2009 Jalapao Timbira Sierra Sandy
(5-1-1)
4th Voted Out
Day 12
11.85 3.8/10
Taj
5 "You're Going to Want That Tooth" March 12, 2009 Jalapao Timbira Brendan Spencer
(5-1)
5th Voted Out
Day 15
12.82 4.1/12
Stephen
6 "The First 15 Days" March 25, 2009 Recap Episode N/A N/A
7 "One of Those 'Coach Moments'" April 2, 2009 Timbira Timbira Joe Sydney
(3-2)
6th Voted Out
Day 18
11.27 3.6/11
Erinn
8 "The Dragon Slayer" April 9, 2009 None Tyson None Joe
(No Vote)
Evacuated
Day 20
11.24 3.5/11
9 "The Biggest Fraud in the Game" April 16, 2009 Brendan,
Debbie,
J.T.
Tyson Stephen Brendan
(4-3-2)
7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
11.64 3.6/11
10 "It's Funny When People Cry" April 23, 2009 Debbie,
Erinn, J.T.,
Tyson
Debbie Stephen Tyson
(5-3)
8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
11.30 3.5/11
11 "They Both Went Bananas" April 30, 2009 Stephen
[J.T.,
Taj]
Coach Erinn Sierra
(4-2-1)
9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
11.73 3.6/11
12 "The Ultimate Sacrifice" May 7, 2009 Survivor
Auction
Stephen Taj Debbie
(4-1-1)
10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
11.99 3.8/12
13 "The Martyr Approach" May 14, 2009 J.T.
[Stephen]
J.T. Coach Coach
(3-2)
11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
12.18 3.8/12
14 "I Trust You but I Trust Me More" May 17, 2009 None J.T. None Taj
(3-1)
12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
12.94 4.2/11
J.T. Erinn
(1-0)
13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Stephen
(7-0)
Runner-Up
J.T.
(7-0)
Sole Survivor
1 "Reunion" 11.59 4.1/10
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Tocantins Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S18 carolina t
Carolina
S18 candace t
Candace
S18 jerry t
Jerry
S18 sandy t
Sandy
S18 spencer t
Spencer
S18 sydney t
Sydney
S18 joe t
Joe
S18 brendan t
Brendan
S18 tyson t
Tyson
S18 sierra t
Sierra
S18 debbie t
Debbie
S18 coach t
Coach
S18 taj t
Taj
S18 erinn t
Erinn
S18 stephen t
Stephen
S18 jt t
J.T.
Vote: 7-1 7-1 6-1 5-1-1 5-1 3-2 No Vote1 4-3-2 5-3 4-2-1 4-1-1 3-2 3-1 1-02 7-0
J.T. Carolina Sandy Spencer Sydney Sierra Tyson Sierra Debbie Erinn Taj Erinn Jury Vote
Stephen Carolina Sandy Spencer Sydney Brendan Tyson Sierra Debbie Coach Taj None
Erinn Candace Jerry Sierra Tyson Stephen Debbie Coach Taj None J.T.
Taj Carolina Joe Spencer Sydney Brendan Tyson Debbie Debbie Coach Erinn J.T.
Coach Candace Jerry Brendan Sierra Sierra Taj Erinn J.T.
Debbie Candace Jerry Brendan Sierra Sierra Coach J.T.
Sierra Candace Jerry Coach Tyson Debbie J.T.
Tyson Candace Jerry Sierra Sierra J.T.
Brendan Candace Jerry Coach J.T.
Joe Carolina Sandy Spencer Taj Evacuated
Sydney Carolina Sandy Spencer Taj
Spencer Carolina Sandy Taj
Sandy Carolina Sydney
Jerry Candace Erinn
Candace Sierra
Carolina Sandy
Notes:

^1 Joe was evacuated from the game due to a severely infected wound. The Tribal Council that night was cancelled.
^2 Erinn and Stephen did not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only J.T. voted.

TriviaEdit

  • This season marks the third country (Brazil) to be revisited as a location of filming, following Panama and Palau, though it became the first country to host two seasons in two separate locations. While Survivor: The Amazon was filmed in the Rio Negro river, this season was shot in an entirely different province of Brazil, at the Rio Novo river.
  • It is the first season since Survivor: Thailand to feature two male players in the final two.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Panama to follow the original format that was used during the first four seasons (a pool of sixteen contestants, with ten making the merge, a Final Two, and a seven person jury).
    • This is currently the latest season with 16 contestants.
  • Thus far, it is the only season to feature black as the color for a starting tribe. Black has otherwise only been used as the color of the merged tribe.
  • Abi-Maria Gomes from Survivor: Philippines was originally recruited for this season. However, she was cut because she might gain an advantage due to her being Brazilian. Gomes is originally from Goiás, a neighboring state of Tocantins.
  • All four returning players from this season have reached the Final Tribal Council at some point in their Survivor careers.
  • This is the only Survivor season with "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" entirely on the top of its logo.

ReferencesEdit

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