The odds were against it, but last week on Survivor: Guatemala, Blake Towsley was picked off by the newly formed Yaxha tribe, and the 24-year-old model-real estate broker never saw it coming. No, he thought that since his old Nakum alliance had an advantage over the original Yaxhas, he was set. But that was before he opened his mouth and started talking about, well, everything. (One particular comment about the size of his girlfriend's breasts may have been what did him in!) TVGuide.com spoke with Blake about the "DD" girl, getting stabbed in the shoulder by a poisonous tree and stabbed in the back by Bri.
TVGuide.com: You seemed surprised that your torch got snuffed. Did you recover from the shock?
Yeah, I guess I'll be all right. I'm still coping with it, slowly but surely....
TVGuide.com: When you watched it on TV, did you see how Brian was the manipulator of this whole thing?
Brian didn't manipulate as much as he'd like to think he did. He kind of built himself up as the big orchestrator of kicking me off, but he really had nothing to do with it. He didn't [speak too well] of me, while I did nothing but defend him.
TVGuide.com: Well, you were going to vote him off!
I was, purely on the basis that we had the odds, so it just made sense. Of the three [original Yaxhas], Gary was the strongest and Amy was the most entertaining, and then there was Brian. You don't make it a personal issue, but we both kind of made it personal.
TVGuide.com: One big complaint was that you talk too much. Do you think so, or were you just bored?
Blake: I'm sure I talked a lot, because we had the pool and were lying by the pool. If I hadn't gotten voted off, it would have been about Brian and his ego, but since I did get voted off, it was all about me talking. It's just editing. I'm not thrilled about it, but it's not the worst thing that could happen.
TVGuide.com: How cool was that pool?
The pool was cool. Even Bobby Jon, who spent 21 days in Palau, said it was the best reward he could think of. Being able to get in the water was so important.
TVGuide.com: Are you ever going to go back to Guatemala?
Guatemala is never again on my visitation list. Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize... beautiful countries, but Guatemala is definitely the armpit of Central America.
TVGuide.com: You came out of the jungle injured and dehydrated. What exactly happened?
They told us there were two trees you absolutely don't want to touch: One had black sap, which you could kind of look out for, and the other had spikes that you had to avoid at all costs. Jim stood on the base of [a spiked tree] to try to get himself up a hillside, and [when he fell off] the tree snapped over my shoulder and drove me to the ground, sticking some 20 thorns into my shoulder. Margaret got all of them out but about five or six, and the next day she got three more out.
TVGuide.com: Did you get medical attention once you left the island?
No. By that time, two weeks had passed and it healed over. The doctors offered to cut the last two out, but they said not to worry if they weren't bothering me. They're still in my shoulder. You can kind of feel them if you push around. Supposedly if they get infected, they'll push out of the skin, and that's when they'll cut them out.
TVGuide.com: Are you going to buy Nurse Margaret some flowers or something?
Actually, my mom asked for her address.
TVGuide.com: How did you manage to be up and running around for the very next challenge?
Adrenaline. Playing high school and college sports, you don't let the little things get you down. You focus on the greater good, and the greater good is for my team to win. [Before filming, executive producer] Mark Burnett talked to us about people who had quit and become pariahs in their community, and I refused to do that. Quitting wasn't an option. I could have been 100 lbs., wet and out there after 38 days and I still would have been putting it out.
TVGuide.com: Were you shocked by how difficult Survivor: Guatemala was?
Totally. Once you're on reality TV, you try to defend it. You think they give you bottled water, porta-potties.... But we got so bad after the basketball game, we almost had to go to the hospital. It got rough, and that was not how I thought it would be. It certainly wasn't Palau, where they had a house on the beach and hammocks.
TVGuide.com: Did you think any of the girls were cute?
If it weren't that situation and it wasn't so foul... I could tell they were trying to pair me up with Danni. She was a beautiful girl before the show — during the show she got so thin — and a great girl, but we just don't have that much in common. Brianna and Morgan were really pretty sweet. I had no complaints about the girls on the show. Some of the guys weren't my favorite, but what are you going to do?
TVGuide.com: Guys other than Brian?
Blake: I never really had a problem with Brian; he was just being an egomaniac and was so impressed about himself that he was lying about his college, and saying that he was a big Survivor freak and he was going to play us all. I didn't get along as well with Jamie and Judd, but that's just personality clashes.
TVGuide.com: I have to ask: Are you still with the "double-D" girl?
Yes. She's great. She just called a minute ago. She's like, "I can't believe my boobs got you voted off Survivor." I'm like, "Let's not flatter yourself too much...." But it probably didn't help.
TVGuide.com: That seemed to be what put the "frat boy" image in Danni's mind.
Blake: She said that, but we hung out and were really close. I'm probably the least "fratty" guy you'll ever meet. I was president of a fraternity and so forth, but I'm not that kind of guy. You're never going to see me funneling a beer or anything like that.