Survivor: Tocantins ends in a battle of the bromancers

5.18.2009

By Noah Michelson

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In what may be the biggest bromance Survivor has ever seen, Country Mouse J.T. (above right) and City Mouse Stephen (above left) went head-to-head at final tribal council in the Survivor: Tocantins finale. But not before they betrayed the third member of their alliance, former Sister With a Voice/current Mrs. Eddie George, Taj. They came into the merge three people from Jalapao, snagged Erinn who had always been a floater with her tribe, and triumphed over the stronger-by-numbers Timbira -- and they never even had to play the hidden Immunity Idol!

All of the players in the Final Four played pretty impressive games and none of them were odious (which is surprising in some of these shows), so an argument could be made for any of them prevailing. But after booting Taj, J.T. then voted out Erinn so the boys could go the distance. And with both him and Stephen having played such strong mental, social and physical games -- in addition to having been such solid partners -- it was hard to separate them in terms of who was the better player. The two had a lovers’ quarrel at final tribal, but they remained best friends, which was apparent at the live reunion show where Emmy winner Jeff Probst announced J.T. the winner by unanimous vote. J.T. couldn’t say enough positive things about Stephen, sweetly proclaiming, “He has the best heart of anybody I know.” Awwwww. Straight boys are sweet! Unfortunately, actual gay boy Spencer got minimal time at the reunion, essentially blurting out that he’s doing fine. Didn’t even get to mention he’s romancing Todd Herzog, who won Survivor: China. J.T. may have won the million dollars, but it seems to me, Spencer was the biggest winner of all.

-- HARKER JONES

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