(+/-) Joe Mena ~ S35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
1stMar 7, 2018
- Joe was a castaway on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers and was a member of the Healer / Soko tribe for his work as a probation officer where he tries to turn people’s lives around.
Joe was on the dominant Soko tribe, keeping him safe for the first 8 days of the game. He immediately tried to place a target on Mike’s back, falsely accusing him of having a Hidden Immunity Idol. He himself later found a clue to the Idol, which Cole helped him find. On Day 9, he was swapped to the Levu tribe along with Desi. Joe tried convincing soloHustler Devon to join the healer side and lied and stated the former Heroes were targeting him. That backfired, putting Joe and Desi in the minority. Levu lost immunity on Day 11 and Joe seemed the likely target to go. In a twist, Jessica used an advantage to block Devon from voting, making it a 2-2 vote. Joe read Ashley’s facial reactions and successfully played his Idol on himself, negating Ashley and Alan’s vote, sending Alan home in the process. He later found a second Idol on Night 15.
Joe made the merge on Day 17 and re-aligned with his former Healer tribe mates. Many of his tribe mates could not stand him and he found himself on the outs, playing his second Idol right away, although it was a waste, since the votes were stacked on Jessica. The Healers found themselves sitting ducks, as Desi and Cole soon followed. Joe wanted to blindside Ben, which he overheard, which led to Joe to accusing Ben of swearing on the Marines for nefarious reasons. The opposing alliance even split the votes between Desi and Joe, but Joe was saved during the revote, with some perceiving him to be a goat. With that in mind and his inability to find another Idol, Joe did what he could to irritate his tribe mates, in particular Ashley and Chrissy, and stated that nobody was playing the game. On Day 27, Joe and Mike were approached by The Rimmer and Ashley to blindside Chrissy and her minions. Together, Joe helped blindside JP, turning the tables on the other side, fracturing their majority alliance. He and Mike continued to troll, calling themselves the CocoNuts.
After the JP blindside, Devon lied to Joe and Mike, telling them the vote was to get out Ben and flush Ryan’s Idol. Now that the new majority did not need Joe nor Mike, they opted to target them. Joe fell for the plan, voting for Ryan, who played his Idol and negated their votes. Unfortunately, the alliance of Ben, Ashley, Devon, and Lauren placed their votes on Joe, causing him to be voted out 4-2 over Ashley, becoming the 11th person voted out and the 4th member of the jury on Day 30. As a juror, he ultimately voted for Ben, helping him win and become the Sole Survivor.
With 12 votes against him over the course of the season, Joe has more against him than any other castaway on his season. Despite being compared to as a Discount Tony/WalMart Tony/Bodega Tony on social media and throughout the casting process, Joe managed to become memorable in his own right and is happy about his villain role. While at Ponderosa, his sister got to visit him. He feels like he would've been a better fit on the Hustlers tribe and he thinks the theme of Ghost Island is more up his alley.
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