Backstabbing ran rampant in Brazil on the latest episode of Survivor: Tocantins. Entrepreneur Brendan Synnott tried everything he could to convince his tribe to vote out Coach. And it seemed like everyone was on the same page. "Basically everyone said they were going to go along with my plan," Brendan tells In Touch. But he soon learned that on Survivor, nothing is ever as it seems. "As soon as people start agreeing with your plan, you should know you're going home." When Brendan neglected to play his hidden Immunity Idol, he became the latest member of the Forza tribe to have his torch extinguished.
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What was your first impression of Brazil?
Brendan: I thought it was stunning. It was a really pretty place. We were there starting in the dry season and it moved over into the rainy season. So to see the whole landscape transform from a tan/orange color to a beautiful green landscape was pretty cool.
Did tribe life change after the merge?
Brendan: I had so much fun until we got to the merge. As soon as we became Forza, I got a big knot in my stomach because the environment got so toxic. Everyone was just out for themselves and manipulating everybody and lying to everybody. It just wasn't as fun.
Were you surprised that your former Timbira tribe mates turned on you?
Brendan: I never trusted Tyson and I didn't really trust Coach, but I guess I should have been more aware of it. But they really wanted to come after me immediately. The fact that I was on Exile Island so much and potentially had the Immunity Idol, gave them a reason to talk to the rest of the tribe about why I should be gone.
Why didn't you play your Immunity Idol?
Brendan: I don't know. I'm still trying to figure that out. I actually just wanted to keep it as a necklace. No! I'm totally joking.
I was going to say, that's an expensive necklace!
Brendan: No, I thought I was okay with the exile folks.
Who should have gone home?
Brendan: I deserved it because I was playing like an idiot! With Survivor, a lot of people think that if you're athletic or smart you should win, but there are so many factors that go into it.
What was the hardest part of surviving in Brazil for 24 days?
Brendan: The hardest part, for me, was Exile Island. That's a lot harder than they make it look on TV. Exile is no joke and I was on Exile Island for nine of the first 12 days. That was pretty tough. It's also the lack of sleep. The lack of food and water you can deal with, but day after day of not sleeping right really started to wear on me.
Would you do it all over again?
What are you doing now?
Brendan: I am in the midst of working on a burrito business based out of Boulder, Colorado. I'm in the process of launching it now. We're actually giving away 50,000 free burritos on evolburritos.com. The offer is good either until Coach gets kicked off the show or the show ends.