Season 18

Tocantins

Season #18: Tocantins

Premiered 2009 | Jalapao, Tocantins, Brazil

For 16 Americans, their adventure will play out in one of the most deserted and unforgiving sections of Brazil - Tocantins. Temperatures in this high desert are brutal, and can top 120 degrees; and sudden storms can ignite dangerous wildfires in an instant. This vast region covers over 100 thousand square miles and is one of the most isolated places on earth. The rivers, if you can find them, provide the only source of water, but you'll have to share it with every other wild animal trying to survive. In the end, only one will remain to claim the million dollar prize. 39 days, 16 people, 1 Survivor!

Contestants

Episodes

Number
Date Aired
Title
Description
1
2/12/2009
"Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start"
Prior to the tribes embarking on a grueling first challenge where they have the opportunity to impress their tribemates, the castaways are faced with a surprise vote based solely on first impressions.
2
2/19/2009
"The Poison Apple Needs to Go"
An Exile Island twist opens the door for the castaways to play the game like never before, meanwhile the quest for a hidden immunity idol goes terribly wrong leaving two castaways in a tight spot.
3
2/26/2009
"Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This"
One tribe struggles with a tough decision when they discover a weakness in their ranks.
4
3/5/2009
"The Strongest Man Alive"
An all-time Survivor strength record is threatened in a grueling endurance competition.
5
3/12/2009
"You're Going to Want that Tooth"
An overzealous castaway risks it all in the immunity challenge and pays with a tooth, while another castaway finds himself in hot water for not performing during the challenge.
6
3/26/2009
"The First Fifteen Days"
This special edition in a special time period for this week only, provides an intimate look behind-the-scenes at camp life including alliances that have formed, Taj revealing her emotional struggle with being away from her family and Tyson's playful side around the ladies in camp.
7
4/2/2009
""One of Those 'Coach Moments'""
Empty stomachs and one castaway's arrogance begin to eat away at the Timbira tribe and a fake immunity idol is introduced into the game.
8
4/9/2009
"The Dragon Slayer"
A power player decides to come into the merge fighting, but his plan may be thwarted before it can be carried out. Meanwhile, an exiled pair makes a shocking discovery.
9
4/16/2009
"The Biggest Fraud in the Game"
An unlikely trio find themselves enjoying an epic reward together. Meanwhile, allies are left behind and become concerned that the reward will result in unplanned bonding with a common enemy.
10
4/23/2009
"It's Funny When People Cry"
One castaway attempts to pull off a last minute upset with a devious strategic move, while another becomes an outcast and is forced to beg for a second chance.
11
4/30/2009
"They Both Went Bananas"
With her heart on her sleeve, one castaway takes an honest approach to the game but lands herself in hot water with everyone.
12
5/7/2009
"The Ultimate Sacrifice"
A tough decision gives one castaway the chance to sacrifice personal comfort to benefit the rest of the tribe, and a tricky immunity challenge puts brains and brawn to the test as the weary castaways fight for a guaranteed spot in the final five.
13
5/14/2009
"The Martyr Approach"
In the aftermath of Tribal Council, a shocking betrayal is revealed, leaving one castaway reeling. Meanwhile, another castaway takes a bizarre approach to Exile Island, which has a polarizing effect on the rest of the tribe.
14
5/17/2009
"I Trust You But I Trust Me More"
After one shocking vote, a seed of doubt is planted by a carefully constructed lie that, after the second vote, leaves the final two turning on each other at the final Tribal Council.
15
5/17/2009
"Reunion"
During a live reunion show the Survivors get together for the first time since being in Brazil to discuss the results of the game.

Results

James "J.T." Thomas, Jr.

Winner

Stephen Fishbach

Runner-up

Erinn Lobdell

3rd

Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George

4th

Benjamin "Coach" Wade

5th

Debra "Debbie" Beebe

6th

Sierra Reed

7th

Tyson Apostol

8th

Brendan Synnott

9th

Joe Dowdle

10th

Sydney Wheeler

11th

Spencer Duhm

12th

Sandy Burgin

13th

Jerry Sims

14th

Candace Smith

15th

Carolina Eastwood

16th