Joe no doubt became a target for his aggressive gameplay and personality, but he wouldn't have changed anything about the experience -- Tony Vlachos comparisons and all.
"Most people who try to fly under the radar don't even make it to the merge. I stayed true to what I wanted to do, which was to play aggressive. I already knew the Tony comparison was out there, [but my gameplay] was already in motion," he said, adding that if he ever heads out to the island again, he'd "probably play even more aggressive."
"I expected to play in a season where everyone's playing. I expected voting blocks, and I get out there, and I'm just like, 'OK, I haven't lost yet. The Healers are sunbathing, they're having spas, they're scratching each other's backs, like, something is wrong.' And I think that's why I exploded at the swap, because everything was bottled in. I'm like, 'F**k it, I want to play,'" he confessed.
The 34-year-old probation officer finally got to play with the help of an unlikely ally -- Dr. Mike, who he initially tried to vote out.
"To me, it wasn't an unlikely pair, just because outside [of the game], Mike and I are very similar. He's a family man, I'm a family man, he doesn't take things seriously, he's always joking around. He's a gamer, I'm a gamer, and I think that's what we had in common," Joe said. "Initially, put a target on his back, because I identified him as a player... but once we got to the merge, I think by default, we had to work with each other, and that's where we really bonded. He's really smart. Strategically, we would really try to find angles, and so it all worked out."