Joe and Sydney are talking at the Jalapao campsite and Sydney voices here concern that she might be the next to go if all the boys stick together. But Joe assures her she'll be safe. Over on Timbira, the tribe argue with "Coach" about how to cook their beans and end up with a burnt meal. Back on Jalapao, Taj and Stephen wonder if they should include J.T. in their Exile Alliance. Timbira wins a reward to visit a waterfall and a meal. On Exile Island, Joe and Erinn figure out the clues to the hidden immunity idol. On Jalapao, Taj realizes that Joe will have all the clues and decides to make a fake idol. Before going fishing, J.T. finds Taj's idol and so she then decides to include J.T. in her alliance. After Jalapao loses the Immunity Challenge, Joe finds the fake idol thinking it's the real one. He then talks with the others and decides to vote for Taj. The newly formed alliance discuss things with Joe and tell him that Taj should stay. But then at the last second, J.T. may change his mind.
The rules of this game are simple: average Americans are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth. Divided into teams, they particiapte in challenges and every three days, the losing tribe must trek to Tribal Council to vote out one of their own. Halfway through the game, the game shifts to individual competitions when the tribes merge and become one, making the game every man for himself.
The game is simple: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast, by winning Immunity, thus not being eligible to have votes cast against yourself. However, the players must be careful about who they send packing - after the merge, a jury of seven begins to form, and each week they return to watch the Tribal Council ceremony. At the end of the game, they vote for one of the members of the final two to win One Million Dollars. Who will become the next Survivor?
Generally, each season begins with a twist - something different to surprise the new castaways. Survivor is a game of adaptation, and the final two of each season, listed below, were the players most able to adapt to their surroundings and to the people they are playing with. Survivor focuses on the people, and the social commentary that surrounds them. How can these players Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast is the question that the game revolves around.