updated 04/17/2014 AT 2:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/17/2014 AT 12:20 PM ET
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.
“It just comes down to your gut. And that’s scary because if you put your trust in the wrong person, you’re going home.”
– Gervase Peterson, Survivor: Blood vs. Water
I’m completely heartbroken!
My season-long favorite met an ignominious end Wednesday night on Survivor. Horse trainer LJ thought he was holding the reins in a six-person alliance. But “construction worker” Tony sent him out to pasture.
It was a huge move, and cry as I might over LJ’s loss, the timing couldn’t have been better. This is the point on many Survivor seasons where the bigger group predictably picks off the smaller.
Last night, though, Tony upended the game in a paranoid frenzy. Just like Kass before him, Tony broke up a solid alliance of six to oust his biggest rival.
It was great television – but was it a great move?
Enter: The Opportunist
Tony’s decision to vote out LJ started when he got four votes at Tribal Council. “I probably pooped myself!” he exclaimed. Shaken, Tony went off on a rampage against the Aparri alliance.
Trish was concerned: “He spins. A lot.” But LJ brushed it off. “He was pissed. That was his way of dealing with it,” he said.