James "J.T." Thomas gets voted out of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/23/2010
"J.T." James Thomas thought he had all angles covered heading into the first Tribal Council after the game's tribal merge, however he was done in by an untrustworthy pseudo-ally in Russell Hantz and an even more underhanded Parvati Shallow.
The Survivor: Tocantins winner became the eleventh castaway voted out of from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality competition series.
"I feel like a total idiot right now," opined J.T. after his ouster.
"It's pretty terrible to be voted out by your own ally. I felt like Russell would have voted whatever we told him to vote. Those people are villains for a reason. Don't ever trust them. Worse than that, don't ever trust women. You can't always win. It was a big move -- do-or-die -- and I died tonight."
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' tenth episode began following the previous elimination of Courtney Yates from the Villains tribe.
The next morning at the Heroes camp, the tribe received a treasure chest and assumed that the Villains received the key. They were right -- as the Villains received the key and a map to the Heroes camp for the merge.
"We know for a fact that I have to go to J.T. and explain to him why Parvati's not going," explained Russell while talking to allies Parvati and Danielle DiLorenzo.
"You're going to go to J.T. and tell him you uses his idol to save yourself last night," added Danielle.
"He's going to say, 'Why didn't you vote Parvati out?'" said Russell, reiterating the reason why J.T. previously gave him the Hidden Immunity Idol he found at the Heroes camp.
"What I'm going to do is say we both played an idol at the same time..."
"Because I thought the girls were revolting," interjected Parvati.
"So then the next time we go to tribal, you're going to tell them that you're voting with them," said Danielle, "and they want Parvati off first."
"J.T. will go home," assured Russell.
With their plan in place, the three decided to speak more softly as Sandra Diaz-Twine -- the only Villain tribe member not in their alliance -- was walking near them.
"Right now I do think I do have the only Hidden Immunity Idol in pocket," said Russell in a confessional, unaware that Parvati also had an idol.
"The people that know about it are the people that have to know about it -- my whole tribe except from Sandra. We're not going to tell her anything. That idol is going to help the Villain tribe weed out one of the members of the Heroes tribe."
Parvati said she "likes to keep some secrets," which is why only Danielle knows she has it.
"The king will not know about my Hidden Immunity Idol until the time is right," she added in a confessional.
The two tribes then merged and enjoyed fruit, vegetables and a ham feast.
"The first thing I noticed when I looked down the beach and saw the Villains coming was Parvati," said J.T., who added he was relieved Russell was still there.
"I figured Russell played the idol, Parvati had to of played an idol, therefore there's no idols in the game, Parvati's got to be the first to go. It's a known fact."
As the tribes ate and talked, Parvati felt like an outcast as she sat on the sidelines sulking.
"None of the Heroes are happy that I'm here. They wanted to get rid of me before and they're probably all shocked that I'm still here," she said. "I definitely don't feel like I'm part of this tribe, so I'm thinking they're going to vote for me because they want me gone."
In the shelter, Russell told J.T. and Rupert Boneham his story as to why both he and Parvati made it to the merge.
"This is where I stand, this is it for me. So don't even have any doubts," Russell assured the two. "Don't even worry. I swear on my kids that I am on board with y'all."
After Russell left, J.T. told Rupert he felt Russell was "solid" because he's a "good ole country boy."
"Giving Russell the Hidden Immunity Idol could blow up in my face. He could have never been going home. He could be the leader of the girls over there,"" acknowledged J.T. in a confessional. "Do I believe it? Not a chance in the world. I trust him explicitly."
Russell was satisfied J.T. and Rupert fell for his story "hook, line and sinker."
On the beach, Sandra approached Rupert -- as the two previously played together on Survivor: Pearl Islands -- and explained things weren't as they seem.
"I'm the last of my alliance," she said.
"So what happened last night?" asked Rupert.
"Courtney's the last person from my alliance, they didn't want Courtney and me over here together," she answered. "That's why Courtney had to go. I'm the last one standing. If they catch me talking I'm gone next. Russell's the kingpin and Parvati's the second in command."
In addition, Sandra advised that "whatever Russell says, agree to it."
"But he's lying if he says the women are running the show," she said.
In a confessional, Rupert said he "has to believe Sandra" and began to believe the Heroes were being "played" by Russell.
"This is where the game gets crazy," he said.
The next morning, Parvati and Danielle caused some problems when they began to eat bananas after a big egg breakfast was served -- only widening the targets on their backs for the Heroes.
"You have faith in Russell!" responded Rupert. "Don't trust him! He's on the Villains' side for a reason!"
Rupert suggested the Heroes think about changing their five votes "just before" Tribal Council without letting Russell know.
"We will do whatever it takes that first vote," assured Amanda.
However J.T. thought Rupert was worrying too much.
"There's a reason that I've been doing Rupert's strategical play for him thus far. He needs to be told where to vote by somebody he can really trust," said J.T. in a confessional.
"I just keep reminding him of that. I said to him, 'Do you believe what Sandra told you? Or do you believe the obvious truth?' If Sandra's story turns out to be true and Russell did not play the idol, than that means I'm probably going home the next Tribal Council."
Amanda then proved that old allegiances die hard, as she snuck away into the woods with Parvati -- with whom she went all the way to the final Tribal Council with during Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites.
"They want you gone," Amanda told Parvati. "That's why I don't know what to do, because it's weird. I have no power over here. Everyone's freaked out about you."
"So if I don't win [Immunity] today, they're voting for me?" asked Parvati.
"Probably," answered Amanda. "I'm working really hard to get rid of Sandra. Because the only option I have right now to keep you here is to get rid of somebody else."
Parvati said in a confessional she "probably got half" of Amanda's story.
"Will you tell me who everybody's voting for?" asked Parvati.
"Yeah, I will," answered Amanda.
"Do you swear you're going to be really honest with me?" asked Parvati.
"Yes," replied Amanda. "I have been."
Trusting her old ally, Parvati then revealed to Amanda that she has a Hidden Immunity Idol.
"I like Parvati and everything, but if she makes it to the end of this game she's going to win again," said Amanda in a confessional, however she told Parvati a different story.
"I'm going to do everything I can to keep you here," she told Parvati.
The two then shook hands on trusting each other.
The 10 remaining castaways then arrived for their first Individual Immunity challenge as a merged tribe -- called Yin Yang -- and host Jeff Prost explained the rules. Each castaway would hold onto a tall pole for a long as they can. When someone fell off, they would be out of the challenge. The last person left hanging on their pole would win Individual Immunity.
The challenge eventually came down to Parvati and Danielle -- with Parvati voluntarily stepping down after a brief conversation with her ally.
"I'll win, 'cause you have the idol," Danielle told Parvati.
"I'm out," said Parvati, handing Danielle Individual Immunity.
Parvati's move did raise some red flags with the Heroes.
"I think Parvati is going to come up with a Hidden Immunity Idol tonight or Parvati wouldn't have walked off that pole," said Rupert in a confessional. "But I don't know. That's all part of the plan tonight to see if I can oust Russell for the weasel that he is."
Back at camp, J.T. also commented how it was "kind of strange" that Parvati stepped down.
"So the plan is tonight, the Heroes are going to let Russell write Parvati's name down just to prove his loyalty to all of us," he explained. "Me and Candice and Rupert and Amanda and [Colby Donaldson] -- five strong -- write down Sandra or [Jerri Manthey's] name."
J.T. and Colby discussed whether to boot Sandra or Jerri, while Sandra and Jerri talked about how they didn't care who went home as long as it wasn't one of them.
"When I first got here, I tried to tell Rupert that Russell is running this whole show," said Sandra in a confessional. "But we talked really, really quick and that was it. I don't want my big mouth to get me in trouble. I still want Russell out bad, but right now I'm stuck with Russell."
Russell retrieved the Hidden Immunity Idol J.T. had previously given him and said his plan was to give it to Parvati so she could save herself and they could vote out J.T.. He then gave the idol to Parvati -- who now had two Hidden Immunity Idols in her possession.
Amanda and Parvati walked on the beach and discussed the upcoming Tribal Council.
"I honestly want to work with you," said Amanda. "I want to play with you but I don't see how we're going to play together."
In a confessional, Amanda said it would be "really crazy" if Parvati were to give her Hidden Immunity Idol to somebody.
"I hope she doesn't," she added. "I hope she plays it for herself."
Amanda told Parvati she "better play that thing just in case," however Parvati didn't look convinced.
"I knew Amanda was lying to me when she told me that they were voting for me," she said in a confessional. "I know you're trying to get rid of me, but I'll just play along right now."
Amanda again reiterated the importance of Parvati playing the idol for herself before explaining she was "so confused."
"It's going to get messy," Parvati told her. "I think the best thing you could do tonight is just let them vote for me and just vote with them. Then we'll take it from there."
Tribal Council then commenced, and Rupert's problem with the girls eating bananas was discussed.
"I think that nothing's going to change. There's two separate tribes, the game is on," said Russell.
"Tonight's vote will dictate the rest of the game. This is the most important vote that I've ever been a part of. If one of the Villains go home, than the Heroes are going to be in the Top 5. If one of the Heroes goes home, than the Villains are going to be in the Top 5. That's just how it's going to work tonight."
J.T. said he believed his name was going to be written down by the Villains since there wasn't much scrambling, and Sandra said talk about strategy between the two tribes was non-existent.
Parvati added that she also hadn't been approached and feels it's because everyone sees her as a "threat."
"So you believe the Heroes have you in their sights tonight?" asked Jeff
"Definitely," answered Parvati.
"Or maybe we haven't approached Parvati yet because we know she's going to be around for a few more days and we'll have the opportunity," suggested Colby. "So there's another angle."
Jeff then asked J.T. if there had been any talk amongst the Heroes about who might have a Hidden Immunity Idol.
"The idols are a big topic of conversation," he answered. "It's a mess, and I don't have any idea who doesn't have an idol or who's got one. I know I don't have one, so I'm pretty worried about it."
Parvati said it was also "definitely" a topic with the Villains.
The merged tribe then voted and before Jeff revealed the results, Parvati decided to gift both of the Hidden Immunity Idols in her possession -- giving one to Sandra and one to Jerri.
"Damn it," said J.T. under his breath.
Jeff then revealed that all five Heroes votes for Jerri would not count and J.T. was ousted by the five votes cast against him by the Villains.
"You have some explaining to do," whispered Russell to Parvati.
"Secret," she replied.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains next episode will air next Thursday at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.