Over the spring of 2000, sixteen average Americans (divided into two tribes which eventually merge into one) were sequestered on the deserted island of Pulau Tiga for 39 days. For their stay, they must learn to live as a tribe, although eventually, it is everyone for themselves. They compete in challenges for "luxuries" (a barbecue, a phone call home, etc.) and immunity. Every three days, the losers of the latter challenges must face tribal council, where they will account for their actions by voting one person off of the island. At the end of day 39, there will be only one survivor left who will leave the island with one million dollars. Based on the Swedish game show, "Operation Robinson."
31 May 2000
2The Generation Gap
07 Jun 2000
3Quest for Food
14 Jun 2000
4Too Little, Too Late?
21 Jun 2000
5Pulling Your Own Weight
28 Jun 2000
05 Jul 2000
12 Jul 2000
8Thy Name Is Duplicity
19 Jul 2000
9Old and New Bonds
26 Jul 2000
10Crack in the Alliance
02 Aug 2000
11Long Hard Days
09 Aug 2000
12Death of an Alliance
16 Aug 2000
23 Aug 2000
14Survivor: The Reunion
23 Aug 2000
28 Jan 2001
01 Feb 2001
3Trust No One
08 Feb 2001
4The Killing Fields
15 Feb 2001
5The Gloves Come Off
22 Feb 2001
6Trial by Fire
01 Mar 2001
08 Mar 2001
15 Mar 2001
9The First 24 Days: A Closer Look
22 Mar 2001
10Honeymoon or Not?
29 Mar 2001
11Let's Make a Deal
05 Apr 2001
12No Longer Just a Game
12 Apr 2001
13Enough Is Enough
19 Apr 2001
14The Final Four
26 Apr 2001
15The Most Deserving
26 Apr 2001
16Survivor: The Australian Outback - The Reunion
03 May 2001
17Survivor: Back from the Outback
10 May 2001
1Countdown to Africa
04 Oct 2001
2Question of Trust
11 Oct 2001
3Who's Zooming Whom?
18 Oct 2001
4The Gods Are Angry
25 Oct 2001
5The Young and Untrusted
01 Nov 2001
08 Nov 2001
7I'd Never Do It to You
15 Nov 2001
8Will There Be a Feast Tonight?
22 Nov 2001
9The First 21 Days
29 Nov 2001
10Smoking Out the Snake
06 Dec 2001
11Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal
13 Dec 2001
12We Are Family
20 Dec 2001
13The Big Adventure
27 Dec 2001
14Truth Be Told
03 Jan 2002
15The Final Four: No Regrets
10 Jan 2002Description ▼
The sole Survivor will finally be revealed during a special two hour finale of Survivor. |
16Survivor: Africa - The Reunion
10 Jan 2002
17Survivor: Back from Africa
17 Jan 2002
1Back to the Beach
28 Feb 2002
07 Mar 2002
3No Pain, No Gain
13 Mar 2002
4The Winds Twist
20 Mar 2002
5The End of the Innocence
28 Mar 2002
04 Apr 2002
11 Apr 2002
18 Apr 2002
9Look Closer: The First 24 Days
24 Apr 2002
10Two Peas in a Pod
25 Apr 2002
02 May 2002
09 May 2002
13A Tale of Two Cities
16 May 2002
14The Sole Survivor
19 May 2002
15Survivor: Marquesas - The Reunion
10 Apr 2002
1The Importance of Being Eldest
19 Sep 2002
2The Great Divide
26 Sep 2002
03 Oct 2002
10 Oct 2002
5The Ocean's Surprise
17 Oct 2002
6The Power of One
24 Oct 2002
31 Oct 2002
8Sleeping with the Enemy
07 Nov 2002
14 Nov 2002
10While the Cats Are Away
21 Nov 2002
11A Closer Look
27 Nov 2002
12A Big Surprise... and Another
05 Dec 2002
13The Tides Are Turning
12 Dec 2002
14Slip Through Your Fingers
19 Dec 2002
15Survivor: Thailand - The Reunion
19 Dec 2002
1Boys vs. Girls
13 Feb 2003
20 Feb 2003
27 Feb 2003
06 Mar 2003
13 Mar 2003
6More Than Meets the Eye
19 Mar 2003
7Girls Gone Wilder
26 Mar 2003
8Sleeping with the Enemy
03 Apr 2003
10 Apr 2003
17 Apr 2003
11Q & A
24 Apr 2003
01 May 2003
13The Amazon Heats Up
08 May 2003
14...And Then There Were Four
11 May 2003
15Survivor: The Amazon - The Reunion
11 May 2003
1Beg, Barter, Steal
18 Sep 2003
2To Quit or Not to Quit
25 Sep 2003
3United We Stand, Divided We...
02 Oct 2003
4Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway
09 Oct 2003
16 Oct 2003
6Me and My Snake
23 Oct 2003
7What the...? Part I
30 Oct 2003
8What the...? Part II
06 Nov 2003
9Shocking! Simply Shocking!
13 Nov 2003
10Swimming with Sharks
20 Nov 2003
11The Great Lie
26 Nov 2003
12Would You Be My Brutus Today?
04 Dec 2003
11 Dec 2003
14Flames and Endurance
14 Dec 2003
15Survivor: Pearl Islands - The Reunion
14 Dec 2003
01 Feb 2004
2Panicked, Desperate, Thirsty as Hell
05 Feb 2004
12 Feb 2004
19 Feb 2004
5I've Been Bamboozled!
26 Feb 2004
04 Mar 2004
7Sorry... I Blew It
11 Mar 2004
8Pick a Tribemate
17 Mar 2004
9A Closer Look
24 Mar 2004
10Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts
01 Apr 2004
11Anger, Tears and Chaos
08 Apr 2004
12A Thoughtful Gesture or a Deceptive Plan?
15 Apr 2004
13Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People
22 Apr 2004
14A Chapera Surprise
29 Apr 2004
06 May 2004
16The Sole Surviving All-Star
09 May 2004
17Survivor: All-Stars - The Reunion
09 May 2004
18Survivor: America's Tribal Council
13 May 2004
1They Came at Us with Spears!
16 Sep 2004
2Burly Girls, Bowheads, Young Studs and the Old Bunch
23 Sep 2004
3Double Tribal, Double Trouble
30 Sep 2004
4Now, That's a Reward!
07 Oct 2004
5Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!
14 Oct 2004
21 Oct 2004
7Anger, Threats, Tears... and Coffee
28 Oct 2004
8Now the Battle Really Begins
04 Nov 2004
9Gender Wars... And It's Getting Ugly
11 Nov 2004
10Culture Shock and Violent Storms
18 Nov 2004
11Surprise and... Surprise Again!
25 Nov 2004
12Now Who's in Charge Here?!
02 Dec 2004
13Eruptions of Volcanic Magnitude!
09 Dec 2004
14Spirits and the Final Four
12 Dec 2004
15Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire - The Reunion
12 Dec 2004
1This Has Never Happened Before!
17 Feb 2005
2Love Is in the Air, Rats Are Everywhere
24 Feb 2005
3Dangerous Creatures and Horrible Setbacks
03 Mar 2005
4Sumo at Sea
10 Mar 2005
5The Best and Worst Reward Ever
16 Mar 2005
6Jellyfish 'n Chips
23 Mar 2005
7The Great White Shark Hunter
31 Mar 2005
07 Apr 2005
9I Will Not Give Up
14 Apr 2005
21 Apr 2005
11I'll Show You How Threatening I Am
28 Apr 2005
12We'll Make You Pay
05 May 2005
13It Could All Backfire
12 May 2005
14The Ultimate Shock
15 May 2005
15Survivor: Palau - The Reunion
15 May 2005
1Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise
15 Sep 2005
22 Sep 2005
3The Brave May Not Live Long, But the Cautious Don't Live at All
29 Sep 2005
4To Betray or Not to Betray
06 Oct 2005
5Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers
13 Oct 2005
6Big Ball, Big Mouth, Big Trouble
20 Oct 2005
7Surprise Enemy Visit
27 Oct 2005
8The Hidden Immunity Idol
03 Nov 2005
9Secrets and Lies and an Idol Surprise
10 Nov 2005
10Eating and Sleeping with the Enemy
17 Nov 2005
11Everything Is Personal
24 Nov 2005
12Price for Immunity
01 Dec 2005
13Big Win, Big Decision, Big Mistake?
08 Dec 2005
14Thunder Storms & Sacrifice
11 Dec 2005
15Survivor: Guatemala - The Maya Empire - The Reunion
11 Dec 2005
1The First Exile
02 Feb 2006
09 Feb 2006
3Crazy Fights, Snake Dinners
16 Feb 2006
4Starvation and Lunacy
23 Feb 2006
5For Cod's Sake
02 Mar 2006
6Salvation and Desertion
09 Mar 2006
7A Closer Look
15 Mar 2006
8An Emerging Plan
30 Mar 2006
9The Power of the Idol
06 Apr 2006
10Fight for Your Life or Eat
13 Apr 2006
20 Apr 2006
27 Apr 2006
04 May 2006
14Call the Whambulance
11 May 2006
15The Final Showdown
14 May 2006
16Survivor: Panama - Exile Island - The Reunion
14 May 2006
1I Can Forgive Her, But I Don't Have to Because She Screwed with My Chickens
14 Sep 2006
2Dire Straights and Dead Weight
21 Sep 2006
3Flirting and Frustration
28 Sep 2006
4Ruling the Roost
05 Oct 2006
5Don't Cry Over Spilled Octopus
12 Oct 2006
19 Oct 2006
7A Closer Look
26 Oct 2006
8Why Aren't You Swimming?!
02 Nov 2006
09 Nov 2006
10People That You Like Want to See You Suffer
16 Nov 2006
11Why Would You Trust Me?
23 Nov 2006
12You're a Rat
30 Nov 2006
13Arranging a Hit
07 Dec 2006
14I Have the Advantage... For Once
14 Dec 2006
15This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3...
17 Dec 2006
16Survivor: Cook Islands - The Reunion
17 Dec 2006
1Something Cruel Is About to Happen... Real Soon
08 Feb 2007
2Snakes Are Misunderstood... We Have an Understanding Now
15 Feb 2007
3This Isn't Survival... It's Thrival
22 Feb 2007
4Let's Just Call Jeff on the Phone
01 Mar 2007
5Love Many, Trust Few, Do Wrong to None
08 Mar 2007
6I've Strength Now to Carry the Flag
21 Mar 2007
7An Evil Thought
29 Mar 2007
8So You Think You Can Meke?
05 Apr 2007
9Are We Gonna Live on Exile Island?!
12 Apr 2007
10It's a Turtle?!
19 Apr 2007
11Blackmail or Betrayal
26 Apr 2007
12A Smile, Velvet Gloves and a Dagger in My Pocket
03 May 2007
13I Wanna See if I Can Make a Deal
10 May 2007
14You've Got a Puzzled Look
13 May 2007
15Survivor: Fiji - The Reunion
13 May 2007
1A Chicken's a Little Bit Smarter
20 Sep 2007
2My Mom Is Going to Kill Me!
27 Sep 2007
3I Lost Two Hands and Possibly a Shoulder!
04 Oct 2007
4Ride the Workhorse 'Till the Tail Falls Off
11 Oct 2007
5Love Is in the Air
18 Oct 2007
6That's Love, Baby! It Makes You Strong!
25 Oct 2007
7I'm Not as Dumb as I Look
01 Nov 2007
8High School Friend Contest
08 Nov 2007
9Just Don't Eat the Apple
15 Nov 2007
10It's Been Real and It's Been Fun
22 Nov 2007
11Ready to Bite the Apple
29 Nov 2007
12Going for the Oscar
06 Dec 2007
13Hello, I'm Still a Person!
13 Dec 2007
14A Slippery Little Sucker
16 Dec 2007
15Survivor: China - The Reunion
16 Dec 2007
1You Guys Are Dumber Than You Look
07 Feb 2008
2The Sounds of Jungle Love
14 Feb 2008
3I Should Be Carried on the Chariot-Type Thing!
21 Feb 2008
4That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!
28 Feb 2008
5He's a Ball of Goo!
06 Mar 2008
6It Hit Everyone Pretty Hard!
13 Mar 2008
7Like a Wide-Eyed Kid in the Candy Store!
19 Mar 2008
8A Lost Puppy Dog
03 Apr 2008
9I'm in Such a Hot Pickle!
10 Apr 2008
17 Apr 2008
11I'm Ruthless... and Have a Smile on My Face
24 Apr 2008
12I'm Gonna Fix Her!
01 May 2008
13If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese
08 May 2008
14Stir the Pot!
11 May 2008
15Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favorites - The Reunion
11 May 2008
1Want to See the Elephant Dung?
25 Sep 2008
2She Obviously Is Post-Op!
02 Oct 2008
3It Was Like Christmas Morning!
09 Oct 2008
4This Camp is Cursed
16 Oct 2008
5He's a Snake, But He's My Snake
23 Oct 2008
6It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl
30 Oct 2008
7Apple in the Garden of Eden
06 Nov 2008
8The Brains Behind Everything
13 Nov 2008
9Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars
20 Nov 2008
10I Was Put on the Planet for This Show
27 Nov 2008
11The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy
04 Dec 2008
12The Good Guys Should Win in the End
11 Dec 2008
13Say Goodbye to Gabon
14 Dec 2008
14Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden - The Reunion
14 Dec 2008
1Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start
12 Feb 2009
2The Poison Apple Needs to Go
19 Feb 2009Description ▼
An Exile Island twist opens the door for the castaways to play the game like never before, meanwhile the quest for a hidden immunity idol goes terribly wrong leaving two castaways in a tight spot. |
3Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This
26 Feb 2009
4The Strongest Man Alive
05 Mar 2009
5You're Going to Want that Tooth
12 Mar 2009
6The First Fifteen Days
25 Mar 2009
7One of Those Coach Moments
02 Apr 2009
8The Dragon Slayer
09 Apr 2009
9The Biggest Fraud in the Game
16 Apr 2009
10It's Funny When People Cry
23 Apr 2009
11They Both Went Bananas
30 Apr 2009
12The Ultimate Sacrifice
07 May 2009Description ▼
A tough decision gives one castaway the chance to sacrifice personal comfort to benefit the rest of the tribe, and a tricky immunity challenge puts brains and brawn to the test as the weary castaways fight for a guaranteed spot in the final five.
13The Martyr Approach
14 May 2009
14I Trust You But I Trust Me More
17 May 2009Description ▼
Back at the camp, the final four celebrate the the fact that Coach is gone. Stephen is nervous that he will come off as a villian because J.T. voted with Coach, against Erin. J.T. confesses that he did vote against Erinn to help sway Coach's vote in the jury. Stephen confesses he's loyal to J.T., but he has to think of himself and who he can beat in the end. J.T. is amazed that Jalapao was able to survive when they came into the merge with low numbers against Timbira.Erinn and J.T. get tree mail and they find a large spider with the note: Hope you're not arachnophobic. Do huge spiders make you worry. If you get spun out with the web, you could get stuck inthe jury. Erinn confesses that she wants to win immunity, otherwise she fears she'll be going home. Time for the challenge. For today's challenge they will race through a tarantula shaped obstacle course to three different stations. At each station, they will collect a bag of puzzle pieces. Once they've collected all the pieces, they will solve a web-shaped puzzle. First person to get it right wins immunity and one-in-three shot to winning the game. Survivors ready! Go! J.T. and Taj head through the same spider leg while Stephen and Erinn quickly fall behind. J.T.'s speed and agility keep him ahead of the bunch, while Taj, Stephen, and Erinn stay neck and neck. At one point, J.T. and Taj have a collision through the maze but they cooperate and help each other move by. J.T collects all three bags first and starts on his puzzle. Very quickly Stephen and Taj have all their bags collected and start on their puzzles too. J.T. barely keeps his lead but Stephen's puzzle-wizardry comes in handy. Even though Erinn is last to start the puzzle, she makes quick moves on her puzzle becoming a threat to J.T. and Stephen. J.T. struggles with one piece then finally finds a solution. J.T. wins immunity! Taj feels confident that Stephen and J.T. will keep the Jalapao alliance and is sure that Erinn is going to try and make her move. And she's right. Erinn tries to convince the boys that Taj has played such a great social game that she could get the jury votes. Stephen thinks that they could definitely beat Erinn. J.T. says he doesn't care what they do as long as they stay together. Stephen is also worried that if he does vote for Taj, it will make him look bad to the jury. At Tribal Council, Stephen reveals that the secret to their success is that the Jalapao is that they stuck together. Erinn is a bit worried that she did betray her tribe. Taj admits that she will be shocked if she goes home but understands that everyone is here to play a million dollars. Stephen says that the vote he makes will represent what will give him a better chance of winning the game. First vote, Taj. Second vote, Erinn. Third vote, Taj. Last person voted out. Taj. Debbie mouths, "wow" as Jeff snuffs out Taj's torch. For her final words, Taj says she is shocked thatshe was blindsided by Stephen and J.T. and if Erinn finds a way to weasel into the final two, she will have her vote. When they get back to camp, J.T. feels bad for voting out Taj and immediately regrets his vote because Erinn will not shut up. He thinks she is one of the most annoying people in the world. Stephen feels good to be in the top three but feels a bit tainted because they betrayed Taj. The next day, Erinn immediately goes to work on pitting Stephen and J.T. against each other. Stephen has promised Erinn that he will take her with him. Stephen admits he's a little afraid to take win because he doesn't want to make the decision of who to take with him. J.T. is pretty sure that his alliance is solid, but he's a little worried that Stephen may go back on his word so he wants to win immunity. Tree mail: Follow the map across the river, there you will find the torches of your fallen comrades. Each torch you will collect a representative idol of those who were voted out before you. At the end of your journey you will burn them and pay your respects as they each had a part in getting you to this point. You will then proceed to your final immunity challenge. The three head out on for the rites of passage final walk. The first idol is for Carolina. As Stephen unties her idol he says "So much trouble in such a little body." Carolina confesses that it hurt to be the first one voted out, especially to be blindsided. Obviously, she was only the first. Next up is Candace. Erinn thinks she may have been her only friend in the game, but she really liked her a lot. Candace wished she could have tolerated Coach longer so she could have stayed in the game but thought the whole "social compatibility crap" was her downfall. Erinn thinks Jerry was cool. Jerry admits that Survivor was tougher than anything he ever faced in his 26 years in the Army Reserves. Sandy says she's proud that she was able to change the way her tribe saw her in the game, and Spencer feels honored he was the youngest player in the game but it also may have been why he was voted out so early. J.T. says that Sydney was the first "hard" vote to make in the game. Sydney wishes she had not rode so many coattails in the game and played her own moves. Up next is Joe who left for medical reasons. Joe says the main lesson he learned is that mother nature is an "awesome force." Brandon is next, the first member of the jury. Brandon says that this was a humbling experience and he has a lot more respect for the game. Stephen saystaking out Tyson was the turning point of the game. Tyson admits he was overconfident in the game and that usually the strongest person does not win Survivor. He says the more pathetic you look, the better chance you have at winning so the final three can keep the money and he'll keep his awesome personality and fantastic good looks. Sierra is next. They all agree that she was surprisingly honest and a really sweet girl. Sierra looks at her experience as trial and tribulation. She felt stayed true to herself and she didn't give up and she feels it will forever change who she is as a person. Erinn says that Debbie was the person she was closest to in the game and it was hardest to vote her out. Debbie thought it would be easy to play the game but she may not be able to figure out people as expected. Next up, Coach. Erinn says he was the most satisfying blindside to date. J.T. says that Coach was one of the most honest people that he ever met and he set out to change the game, and he has a lot of respect for him. Stephen says that Coach did change the game, he got to final five with never telling a lie and was a great storyteller too. Coach quotes Nietzsche, "There is always some madness in love, but there is always some reason in madness." He says even though he was blindsided, he could think of no finer way to go out. Taj is last. They all agree she was the hardest vote in the game. J.T. says that Taj will be his friend for the rest of his life without a doubt and they all agree. Taj is proud of everything she did, the fact that she could start a fire, fish and feed a tribe. But she admits she lost focus on the million dollars and J.T. and Stephen's will to win the money. She thinks it cost her the game. At the edge of the cliff overlooking Brazil, they burn all the idols. Erinn is ready to fight like hell to claim her spot in the final too. J.T. says it will take an act of Congress to make him step down from winning this last immunity challenge. Stephen would like to be the one to make the decision of who is in the final two, so he is determined to give it his all. Time for the final immunity challenge. Jeff explains that the last challenge will require concentration and coordination. They will place a ball down a chute that will spiral downward, where they must catch it and place it back in the chute. Every few minutes, they will add another ball. The balls will alternate left and right, making it more difficult to keep track of which chute it will drop out of. If at any point one of the balls touch the ground, you are out of the challenge. And, to make it more fun, one hand will be tied behind their back. The last person to keep all of their balls in play wins immunity and a guaranteed spot in the final two. Survivors ready? Go. The challenge begins. They start with one ball and it alternates from left to right. After they have it down, they go to two balls. Jeff reminds them it is also a question of spacing of when they place the ball in the chamber, so they don't get too close together. They add a third ball. The challenge is more mental then physical. One slip and it's over. Erinn drops a ball. She's the first one out of the challenge. Now it's up to Stephen and J.T. Stephen almost misses a ball but makes a lucky save. They go to four balls. They keep their focus as the balls flythrough the maze. Stephen drops a ball and J.T. wins immunity once again! For the third time in a row, J.T. wins immunity! J.T. knows he made a promise to Stephen, but realizes he has a big decision to make in the game. When they get back to camp, Stephen confesses he feels a weight was lifted because it would have been hard to make the choice. He admits that it would have been a "scumbag" decision to choose Erinn over J.T., but luckily the decision was taken away from him. Erinn goes to work on J.T. She tells him that she is pretty sure that no one from Timbira would vote for her because they would resent the fact that she outlasted them, but the only vote she may get is Taj because she would be upset that they betrayed her. Then she whispers in his ear that Stephen said it would have been suicide to go to the final two with J.T. He asks Erinn if Stephen promised her that he would take her to the final two and she wastes no time in telling him so. She also points out that Stephen would also be able to more eloquently make his point to the jury. J.T. asks Stephen straight out if he would have taken Erinn but he denies it and says he's willing to talk through any doubts that J.T. may have. Stephen confesses that it would make sense that J.T. take Erinn to the final two and admits that it's a hard decision. He says that the fact that takes him would also guarantee him the win. Stephen tells J.T. he's guaranteed to win either way, but J.T. is nervous he may make the wrong decision. Final Tribal Coucil! Jeff asks Erinn and Stephen why each of them would be better to go to the final two. Erinn says that in the jury J.T. has a better chance to win against her, but she will go down kicking and screaming. Stephen plays the loyalty card and says that because he and J.T. made an alliance on day two and have made every decision together, that he would be the noble choice. J.T. agrees that he has a very hard decision and he has to choose between what he sees as an easy win or sticking to his word. He also says that if he takes Stephen to the end, he will be playing against the best. Coach winces at the statement. Stephen interjects and reminds J.T. that they have been playing the final breakfast since day two. Jeff snarks when you may a million dollars against a breakfast, you have point, but Stephen says the point is that there's more to a relationship than a million dollars. Jeff asks him if their friendship would be over if he doesn't take him. He says that friendship might not be the same but also realizes that he went back on many promises he made to his so-called friends, especially Taj. J.T. is confused about what to do. But now it's time to vote. J.T. makes the final vote. He votes out Erinn! Coach is happy but Stephen is shocked. Jeff remind them that the power has shifted to the jury. Erinn says she was a little surprised but deep down she knew it would happen. But she's proud that she was able to stick around as long as she did. The next morning, J.T. and Stephen enjoy their last day at camp. Stephen is so happy they are finally there and thinks they will be friends for life. The Warrior and Wizard in the final two. At Tree Mail and find a feast waiting for them, sausages, eggs, avocado, the works! They toast a glass of champagne to the final two. They tell each other what their first impression was of the other. They both were completely wrong and even though one is a city boy and the other from the country, they are a lot alike. Either way, only one will win. They head out to the final Tribal Council. The power is now in the jury's hands. Stephen makes his opening statement. He says that if they were going to make a decision based on who was the better woodsmen or who had the best Southern drawl, they could have chosen on day one. Ouch! He says that they shared a brain when it came through strategy but he thinks that his road has been harder because he wasn't as comfortable in the outdoors coming in to the game. J.T. says he's it will be hard to follow up Stephen's eloquent speech and reminds them he's the first one in his family to even graduate from college. He doesn't want the pity vote because he worked very hard to get to where he is now. He worked hard to provide for everyone and is proud that he never received a vote. He says that the way they picked to vote people off was based on who they thought would vote them off. This statement shocks Debbie. Finally he says that he does stick to his word and even though he might have had a better chance at winning againstErinn, he wanted to keep his word to Stephen. But he doesn't think Stephen outwit, outplayed, or outlasted him. Now it's time for the jury to address the final two. Brendan asks Stephen about his statement that he made the most growth in the game. He reminds him that "growth" is not the point of any challenge so why should he win. Stephen argues that "outwit" aspect shows his growth. Brendan is not buying it and asks J.T. if growth is relevant to the game. J.T. says growth is something you can carry home with you but doesn't matter in the game. He says that Stephen was not confident in the challenges and stood in his shadow. Stephen asks for a rebuttal and says that hiding in the shadow is a legitamite strategy but J.T. says that the person who puts their neck out on the line should earn more respect. Erinn is up next. She asks Stephen about his three alliances that she witnessed. The Jalapao three, the Exile alliance, and the Warrior alliance. But almost everyone in those three alliances are on the jury, so should she just vote for J.T.? Stephen argues that the game of Survivor requires creating dynamic structures and then working within them to advance yourself as best as you can. He says that he did what he had to do to get where he was today. She asks J.T. why he felt Stephen was the best. J.T. felt Stephen was best because at the time he was the most honest with him and he admitted to Coach he felt that way. Debbie starts by saying she hasn't decided who will have her vote. She starts with J.T. and says the most important thing to her in honesty. She thought he was honest but soon realized he was a liar. She wants to know who is the real J.T. He explains that his mother told him not to forget that this is a game for a million dollars and that he did exactly what she did, when she lied to Coach. He played the game. She asks Stephen if he had won immunity, if J.T. would be sitting next to him. Stephen says honestly that he does not know. Debbie is not buying. She wants a clear answer. He admits it would be Erinn. J.T. is crushed. Coach is next. He says he's proud to see the last two remnants of the Power Alliance: the warrior and the wizard. But he has a lot of unanswered questions. He ask J.T. about honesty and integrity. He asks him as the noble warrior, how he was both honest and noble. J.T. tells Coach that he was honest with him. That even though he knew he was going home, he kept his promise and wrote down Erinn's name. He also said he risked a million dollars by keeping his word, even if that makes him that dumb fool who mixes morals with millions. As far as being a warrior, he did everything 100 percent. He asks Stephen the same question. Stephen says that although it may sound perverse, he voted for every one of them and did not hide behind it and took the high ground. In terms of being the noble warrior, he thinks because he hasn't badmouthed J.T., that makes him noble. Sierra said she had a question for Stephen but felt he had already answered it with his other statements. She asks J.T. what taking the strongest really means to him because Stephen is one of the weakest players. And also, when he had the chance to take Taj, he chose Erinn, who was also a weak player. J.T. argues that Stephen is a strong player and he won an immunity challenge before and almost won the last round. He stays true to his word that he thinks Stephen was stronger. Sierra argues that if he were sitting next to Tyson, Brendan or Debbie, then she would have given him the vote for beating the stronger player. She says it may be the reason he does not win. Tyson asks about Stephen's comment that he and J.T. "shared a brain" on all their strategic moves and was an asset on getting to the final. He asks J.T. if he considers Stephen and asset in getting to the final, and if so, why? J.T. says that Stephen helped him keeping each other in check. He thinks he could have done it without him, but it wouldn't have been as easy. Stephen replies that J.T and his partnership was unique and he's hurt by J.T.'s words. J.T. asks him if he would be sitting there if someone else had won immunity. He agrees. Taj is up last. She says she's crushed, betrayed, and extremely disappointed, not that she's on the jury, but the way she was put there. She asks J.T. why it was so hard to put Coach's name down but it seemed effortless to put her name down. Did you not think it would be hard to lie to her? J.T. says the hardest move in the game was voting her out. He says he stuck his neck out for her and they've been like brother and sister, it was harder than his vote last night. For Stephen, she says he saw things in her that she did not recognize because they were so close from thebeginning of the game. She asks if it was so important to blindside her and if she really was that big of a threat. Stephen says that J.T. had been talking about taking her out next for awhile. He says that he wanted her around until three because it would have been great for the Jalapao three. Both Erinn and J.T. are shocked by this obvious lie, but he goes on to say J.T. says she was a tougher competitor to beat so he voted her out. J.T. jumps in and says that Stephen is trying to make it sound like it was just his idea to take her out. He just made himself like he was the one protecting you. Stephen brings out the bus and throws J.T. under it. He says that J.T. considered voting her out many times, all the way back to when they were at Jalapao. Taj sees through the bull. J.T. says, "Is this the second guy I brought with me?" and Taj quickly answers, "Yes!" Stephen says that J.T. has been slandering him all night. He tells J.T. that his friendship means more to him than anything else, but asks if he would have brought Erinn? Stephen flubs, " I never made that decision in my heart." J.T. says he feels like a fool. Now it's time to vote. When Taj reveals her vote she says, I am a woman of my word. You should try to be a man in the same way. Sierra simplly says nice job. Jeff tallies the votes then takes his magical helicopter ride back to the States. Fast forward to New York, Jeff enters with the votess to the live audience. Jeff reads the votes! First one. J.T. Second vote, the warrior, J.T! Next vote. J.T. Three votes. Stephen looks nervous. The winner of Survivor is J.T! He runs out to embrace his family and Jeff reveals that for the second time in Survivor history, the vote was unanimous and J.T. received every single vote!
15Survivor: Tocantins - The Brazilian Highlands - The Reunion
17 May 2009
1The Puppet Master
17 Sep 2009
2Taking Candy from a Baby
24 Sep 2009
3Its Called a Russell Seed
01 Oct 2009
4Hungry for a Win
08 Oct 2009
5Walking on Thin Ice
15 Oct 2009
6This Is the Man Test
22 Oct 2009
29 Oct 2009
8All Hell Breaks Loose
05 Nov 2009
9Tastes Like Chicken
12 Nov 2009
10The Day of Reckoning
19 Nov 2009
11The First 27 Days
26 Nov 2009
12Off with Their Heads!
03 Dec 2009
10 Dec 2009
14Two Brains Are Better Than One
17 Dec 2009
15This Game Ain't Over
20 Dec 2009
16Survivor: Samoa - The Reunion
20 Dec 2009
04 Feb 2010
2Slay Everyone, Trust No One
11 Feb 2010Description ▼
20 of the most loved and most notorious players from the past nineteen seasons return to the South Pacific island of Samoa, some to seek revenge while others are looking for redemption. Some physical skirmishes at the reward challenge take their toll on the castaways.
3It's Getting the Best of Me
18 Feb 2010Description ▼
Backstabbing and dissention run rampant in one tribe as a castaway reveals that old grudges die hard and makes a move to put a former ally on the chopping block. Meanwhile, one Villain pushes so hard to provide for the tribe that he passes out cold.
4That Girl Is Like a Virus
25 Feb 2010Description ▼
One of the most powerful women in the game targets a worthy adversary and gets aggressive in her efforts to oust an immediate threat.
5Tonight, We Make Our Move
04 Mar 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: The Heroes started strong, but began to fall apart with James and JT turning a bit villainous. The Villains were thriving, with Rob leading the way, but Russell tried to cause some conflict by hiding the tribe's machete. The Heroes came back to win immunity and Sandra called out Coach for being lazy when the Villains were at Tribal Council. They voted Randy out, unanimously."Seventeen are left," Jeff Probst said. "Who will be voted out tonight?"Back at camp, Coach was bothered by Sandra calling him out. He was upset because he felt he'd done noble things out there and now he seemed ignoble. Coach was talking to Tyson about it and began to cry, wondering why no one ever says anything good about him. Tyson offered to coach Coach through it, saying he would have to tell him things he didn't want to hear, like, "don't wear feathers to Tribal" and "don't tell stories anymore, because people don't believe you and they mock you." Coach was debating quitting the game.The next morning, Coach went for a walk. The rest of the tribe couldn't believe Coach would quit. Rob gave Coach a pep talk, telling him he's "not on the outside." Coach reminded himself he's different than most people, like the Last of the Mohicans, King Arthur, Legend. He vowed to show an even fiercer warrior.The Heroes got Tree Mail and learned they were going to do a reward challenge for items from the "Survivor"-style Sears catalog.Reward challenge: The competitors had to navigate a slippery course to retrieve a ball and shoot it into a basket. Each basket made would score a point. First team to four points wins.Coach and Tom went head to head first and Coach nailed his shot after a couple of tries to give the Villains a 1-0 lead. Russell then beat Cirie for a 2-0 Villains lead.Candice hit her shot in one try to beat Courtney and narrow the Villains' lead to 2-1. But Jerri made her shot before Amanda to extend the Villains' lead to 3-1.James went up for the Heroes and nailed his show in one try to cut the Villains' lead to 3-2. Rupert and Danielle next went against each other and Rupert tied it up, 3-3.The final match was between Colby for the Heroes and Tyson for the Villains. After a few misses by both, Tyson hit his shot to win reward for the Villains.Day 9: Coach was back to his old self as the Villains celebrated their win. Russell stumbled onto a clue for a hidden immunity idol, but before he realized it, everyone has seen it. He was upset that he blew it. Rob read the clue out loud for everyone to hear. Rob asked the group what they wanted to do. It was suggested that if they found the idol, they should throw it into the ocean. Sandra said whoever found it would be "marked," meaning they'd have their name written down just to get the idol out of play.Rob took some guys to build a shelter while Russell tried to plot a way to get to where the clue said the idol was hidden. Russell announced he was going for a walk and Rob asked Sandra to follow him. She spotted Russell down by the beach, where the idol was said to have been, and said to herself, "He's a stupid ass." Russell thought the coast was clear and kept looking for it.Rob and the rest of the crew decided Russell was out, whether he found the idol or not.Day 10: Back at Heroes camp, JT was making coffee with the group around him when he found the immunity idol clue in the coffee beans. Everyone was around for the reading of the clue. There was no pact made, so JT and James went to look for it, soon to be followed by just about everyone else. Tom was digging and felt the sand get soft, so he knew he was close. When he found it, he quickly put it in his sock with no one noticing -- or so he thought. Amanda noticed him acting weird and saw him tuck something into his sock before going back behind a tree.Amanda quickly spread the word. Tom told Colby that he found it and that Amanda saw him stash it into his sock. Nonetheless, Tom hoped it would be a tool to get him and Colby back into the majority in the tribe.Immunity challenge: A person strapped into a large sphere had to guide his or her blindfolded teammates in rolling the ball to a puzzle. The puzzle, a labyrinth that the tribes had to navigate a ball through to the end, had to be completed by four blindfolded tribe members, each controlling one corner of the maze, under the direction of one teammate who could see.Jeff noted that the entire season was filled with classic challenges from seasons past, but this one held the distinction of never having been completed. The season it was used, it was stopped short due to a medical emergency.Rob and Tom took their places calling the shots for their teams, and they were off. Rob got to the puzzle first, but Tom wasn't far behind. They were neck and neck, each having come oh-so-close to the end of the maze, but the Villains struck first and won immunity.Cirie began plotting immediately, saying it would have to be either Tom or Colby going home.Back at camp, Tom knew he was a target despite having the idol. Candice devised a plan to vote Tom and Colby to a tie, which could both bring the idol into the open and get rid of one of them.Tom tried to get in good with the group by even offering the idol to whoever wanted it, while vowing that it would be played by committee. Amanda later said there was a part of her that trusted Tom. The apparent new alliance started talking about voting Candice out. Amanda went to tell Cirie the plan and Cirie thought it was stupid. She said Amanda was "not the sharpest tool in the shed" for having fallen for Tom's plan. Cirie started making her anti-Tom plan and JT was watching from afar. He realized he no longer had any power and that Cirie was calling the shots.Tom then started trying to talk JT into forcing a three-way tie that would end up with Cirie going home.JT wasn't sure what he was going to do, and he was the only person who knew how everyone was voting.Tribal Council: Jeff wasn't clear on the tribe's "wisdom" behind its votes. No one seemed to have a clear answer. Rupert finally admitted that he wanted to keep his word with tribemates, and Jeff told him that was part of the problem with the tribe -- people weren't voting to make the tribe stronger, but to keep their alliances.James said he was going to vote based on wanting to win. He said he was over the "whole social thing." For his part, JT said he trusted the people he was aligned with, but it still wasn't totally clear to whom he was referring.The vote: We saw Candice's vote, which was for Tom. Tom's vote was for Cirie. We saw JT start with a "C," which could have been for Cirie or Colby.Jeff read the votes, but before he did, Tom told Jeff he didn't want to play the immunity idol until later in the game, but he felt he had to play it now. Any votes cast for Tom would not count.The first three votes were for Tom, the next was for Colby. As was the next. A vote for Cirie came up, followed by another. It was a 2-2 tie between Colby and Cirie with one vote left.The final ballot had Cirie's name on it, and she was out. Jeff called it the tribe's first blindside.The votes revealed: Tom, Colby and JT voted for Cirie; Rupert and James voted for Colby; Candice, Amanda and Cirie cast the votes for Tom that did not count.Cirie's last words: "I couldn't just sit back and play JT's game," Cirie said. "I don't blame them at all. ... My hat's off to them. They got me."
6Knights of the Round Table
11 Mar 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: Both tribes found clues to the hidden immunity idols at each of their camps. Tom found it at the Heroes camp, but the Villains decided as a group to ignore the idol -- except for Russell, which Rob said sealed Russell's fate. The Villains won immunity, so there were no worries. JT flipped his vote and helped vote out Cirie after Tom played the immunity idol."Sixteen are left," Jeff Probst told us. "Who will be voted out tonight?"Colby called JT a hero for changing the game. JT tried to smooth over his decision, saying it wasn't personal and he did it for the team. Rupert was "a lot pissed off."The next morning JT tried to convince Amanda he was trustworthy, but she wasn't buying it. She realized he was making alliances right and left.Day 12: Coach led some of the tribe through some "Dragonslayer Chi" on the beach. Sandra and Courtney laughed off some of it, but participated. Russell was the only one who stayed out of it. He was looking for the idol. He found it and declared, "Today, everything changes."Reward challenge: The tribes had to play a bit of "Survivor" basketball and make shots through a hoop to win chocolate. To whet their appetites, Jeff passed a plate of chocolate bites to each of the tribes, but the Heroes mostly didn't eat any of it, and Colby said it was because they were itching to get to the challenge.Three players from each tribe stood on a platform, while three others from each tribe battled each other in a pit below. There were three balls in play and the first team to make two baskets won.As the challenge began, James, who was in the pit, successfully knocked away a couple of shots, but then fell hard and seemed to tweak his knee. The game stopped for a moment to allow the medics to take a look. The knee continued to buckle as James tried to walk it off.The Heroes had to play without James and Amanda responded by making a basket to give the Heroes a 1-0 lead.Things got dirty in the pit as Coach pushed JT, and JT responded by lifting Coach and tackling him to the ground -- bear in mind, there was no ball anywhere near them at the time. Tyson lobbed in a shot and there was some contact at the end of that round where it looked like Rupert knocked Jerri into the fence post around the pit. Rob went after Rupert, but Jeff broke it up from afar. Rupert said he didn't mean to do it, but Jerri got up and angrily walked away without accepting the apology. Tied, 1-1.In the final round, Jerri got the last shot in -- literally. She tossed in the winner for a 2-1 victory and a chocolate feast.Afterward, the medic said she was concerned that James did severe enough damage to his knee to take him out of the game. She was going to splint it and see if he could walk.Meanwhile, the Villains enjoyed their chocolate and found a spring to swim in. Russell rejoiced in the feast and in the fact that they may have taken out James. They still talked about voting Russell out to bring the idol out.Russell told Parvati and Coach about the idol. Coach knelt at Russell's feet when hearing the news, and said that he wouldn't betray Russell's trust. Russell decided to make it a personal vendetta against Rob.Back at camp: Amanda was frustrated for James because he might have been taken out due to injury for a second time. She cried at the thought that he was gone. The rest of the Heroes tribe wondered whether he would return. In the distance, they saw James hobbling toward them on the beach. James told his tribemates that the medics didn't know what was wrong with his knee. He said it didn't hurt, but he couldn't walk on it. Candace said that if the Heroes lost the immunity challenge, there should be no question that James would have to go.Immunity challenge: The tribes had to collect large puzzle pieces while blindfolded and being led by a caller. James was the caller for the Heroes, due to his injury, and Jerri called for the Villains.Once all the piece were collected -- the Heroes gathered them first -- the blindfold came off and the teams put their puzzles together. Despite getting their pieces first, the Heroes lost again and the Villains walked away with immunity.James began making a case, at least in his own mind, that even with his injury he was still more valuable than Tom.Back at camp: The Heroes were down on themselves for being unable to beat the Villains at anything but wrestling.Colby and Tom were talking about dumping James, but JT and Rupert were thinking Tom should go. Candace thought it was risky to keep James in the game despite his bum leg. Amanda agreed with Rupert about voting out Tom first, then Candace. Amanda was nervous about depending on JT's vote after he switched gears last week.JT and Candace also talked to Tom about voting out James. JT then told Rupert he was with him and would vote for Tom. Colby said that if JT was "making deals with everyone in this posse, I can guarantee that will come back to bite him."Tribal Council: James tried to convince everyone -- including Jeff -- that he still had some strength in his leg. James called out Tom and Candace about their approach toward putting together the puzzle.Tom declared he was going to be voted out "unless some good people" make votes for the team's sake. James laid it out and told his tribemates that if they thought they could win with Tom instead of James, they should vote James out.The vote: We saw Tom's vote for James (he said, "James -- all mass, no class"), and James' vote for Tom.Jeff read the votes and the first two were for Tom, then two for James. A third vote for Tom was followed by a fourth, which was enough to vote him out.Jeff said the vote revealed that James was more valuable to the tribe injured than Tom was healthy. "That decision will certainly be put to the test very soon," he said.The votes revealed: Colby and Tom cast the only votes for James. The rest went for Tom.Tom's last words: "I got on the wrong side of the numbers early, and I was fighting with best intentions, I just couldn't get that turned around."I don't think James is up to snuff, and I hope that they're going to be thinking, 'Gee, we could've used Tom.'"
24 Mar 2010Description ▼
"Survivor" on a Wednesday? This is madness.Previously on...: Things got testy between the Heroes and Villains by Day 12, and James suffered a knee injury. Meanwhile, Parvati was fighting for her life and Rob and Russell began to form a rivalry. Russell believed he was in an alliance with Danielle and Parvati, while Rob thought he was aligned with everyone else. The Villains won immunity, holding off the Rob-Russell showdown.James was spared at Tribal Council as J.T. helped vote out Tom, leaving Colby as the odd man out."Fifteen are left," host Jeff Probst told us. "Who will be voted out tonight?"'Playing with the big boys': Colby was reeling from Tom's departure and Candice admitted she took the safe route and voted for Tom so as to not upset the rest of the tribe. Amanda decided that "Candice has to go."Over at the Villains camp, Russell and Rob were both up in the middle of the night and Rob came over to talk. Russell told Rob he didn't want them to be at each other's throats. Russell told us he was just trying to make Rob think he wasn't after him, but he still was just as after him as ever. Rob told Russell people were mad he went looking for the idol, then warned him to "hang on to it tight" if he did have it. Rob told us Russell was "going to find out he's out of his league." He added, "he's not playing with the amateurs anymore. He's playing with the big boys."The tribes got some vague tree mail and it wasn't clear whether their challenge was for reward or immunity. Colby was worried about how James' injury would impact him.Immunity and reward challenge: Danielle was surprised to see James still on the Heroes tribe despite his injury. "He must have a strong alliance on his side," she told Jeff.Both tribes were going to run the challenge separately, because individual immunity was on the line as tribemates would be competing against each other.Attached by hooks to ropes that were wound around many obstacles, the players had to race to the finish line and the first one there would win immunity. In addition, the winner from each tribe would then show down, and the winner's tribe would eat hot dogs while listening in on the other tribe's Tribal Council.James pushed hard, but Candice pulled it out in the end, winning individual immunity on the Heroes tribes.Rob and Tyson took the early lead among the Villains, but Rob was the first to finish and won individual immunity among the Villains.Candice and Rob raced each other in the final for the reward of hot dogs and insight into the other tribes' dynamics by listening in on Tribal Council. Rob made his way through the fastest and won the reward for his tribe.That didn't spare the Villains from Tribal, though. They would go to Tribal Council and make their vote first, then be served the hot dog feast while they listened in to the Heroes' Tribal Council.Back at camp: the Villains were happy about Rob's win and his alliance gathered quickly on the beach to talk about the vote. They decided on Parvati, but Rob wanted to make sure Russell thought he'd be getting voted out so that he'd play the immunity idol.Rob went to work immediately and told Russell he was in trouble unless he had the idol. He told Russell, "It's better to play with me than against me." Russell vowed to make him eat those words.Russell went and told Parvati he wasn't going to fall for the trick, and said he'd give her the idol and write down Tyson's name.Over at the Heroes camp, Colby was disappointed in his performance. When they got back to camp, he told the rest of the tribe he knew he was going home and thought they'd be best off by giving up as little information as possible in Tribal Council while the Villains were listening in.James and Colby had a little chat and James figured Colby didn't really want to be around anymore and wasn't more effective. Meanwhile, J.T. and the rest of the group started to wonder whether James was draining the team's resources because of his injury and his penchant for eating more bananas than everyone else. James set out to prove his knee was OK by having the "Heroes Olympics." He raced J.T. and lost, but Rupert admired James' toughness and willingness to fight. Then James offered J.T. a banana.Over at the Heroes camp, Rob realized they needed to split the vote to guard against Russell giving Parvati the idol. Rob knew that Russell would be targeting Tyson, and figured this was a "can't lose" situation. The plan was done and Russell pulled Tyson aside and said he was going to vote out Parvati. Tyson said he thought it was a chance to flop his vote to Parvati. Russell also knew that the other group splitting their vote would be "a genius move," but he didn't know if they were that smart.Villains' Tribal Council: Rob started talking about the hidden immunity idol and Sandra called out Russell, saying, "If you don't have it, and you didn't find it, you best look for it -- point blank." Russell still acted as if he didn't have it. Tyson pointed out that Tyson was a big threat, and Sandra said Parvati was a threat, as well, because of her connections on the other tribe.The Villains' vote: We saw Danielle write down Tyson's name, Jerri write down Parvati's name and Rob write down Russell's name, saying, "Welcome to the big leagues."Coach wrote down Parvati's name, saying, "You're so damn charming, and that's what makes you dangerous. That and your friends on the other side. Night, night." Courtney also wrote down Parvati's name.Sandra wrote down Russell's name, saying, "I can't stand you and I can't wait for you to go home. Adios."Jeff asked if anyone had the hidden immunity idol and wanted to play it and ... commercial break!Russell stood up and said, "I think I'm going to take the target off of my back." He told Coach about his vow of loyalty, honesty and trust, and said he was going to stick to that no matter how the vote came out. He handed it to Parvati, who played it. Any votes cast for Parvati would not count.The vote: Russell twice, then Parvati four times -- none of which counted. Then came a vote for Tyson, and another, and another. Tyson was voted out, as Rob looked puzzled and Danielle and Parvati wondered what they'd just seen. Russell was relieved.Tyson later admitted he had no one to blame but himself ("I was the victim of my own stupidity," he said), because he placed the fourth vote for Parvati. He said Russell probably earned some respect for the bold move. "I wish I would've stuck to the split vote," he said.Heroes' Tribal Council: The Villains tribe dug into its hot dog feast, but as it began to rain James was at least happy that it rained on the Villains' "parade." James shared the story of his race against J.T. Amanda was started to get her crying Amanda face after she talked about how the tribe had to consider James' injury.James then went on a speech about how Colby has been a disappointment and that seeing Colby's performance has been like discovering that "Superman was wearing a girdle." He said it was as if Colby -- whom he called "one of the baddest 'Survivors' ever -- looked good from afar, but when you got up close, you saw it was just Superman in a fat suit. Colby said that "hearing it isn't as bad as living it," and went on to explain that he definitely hadn't performed to the level he'd hoped he would.The Heroes' vote: We saw James write Colby's name down, without saying a word. Colby wrote James' name down.The vote: Colby's name came out, then four votes James were enough to send him on his way. He stood up and hugged Amanda, and they shared "I love yous." Jeff said it appeared an alliance was broken "and hopefully a tribe was unified."James lamented his bad luck with injuries, but said he hoped it would spur Colby to be a bigger contributor and team member than he had been.
8I'm Not a Good Villain
01 Apr 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: The Heroes were doing horribly, especially Colby. A double Tribal Council opened up the rivalry between Rob and Russell, who duped Tyson into effectively voting himself out of the game. The Heroes then voted out an injured James and kept Colby, hoping he could help them win some challenges.At Villains camp: Rob said that, for the first time in three times playing "Survivor," he was shocked by the previous night's Tribal Council. Rob thought somethingdidn't feel right. He was trying to figure out what happened. Courtney said it was obvious Russell had a crush on Parvati because she flirts with "anything that walks." Rob was frustrated that Russell, Parvati and Danielle were so giddy, and began wondering if the joke was really on him.Russell started working on getting Jerri to join his group. Russell thought she had a new respect for him because he put his own butt on the line for someone else.Parvati thought Jerri was jealous that a man hadn't stepped up for her the way Russell did for Parvati, which, in Parvati's world, meant Jerri wanted to get in on Russell's action.The Heroes were in shambles the next morning, and Rupert said they really needed Colby to step up. Colby couldn't believe he was still in the game, but knew there was pressure on him to perform. He knew it was "put up or shut up time" for him.Reward challenge: It was "Survivor" basketball in the water, with tribe members trying to shoot a ball into their own basket while members of the other tribe attempted to stop them. The first team to score three times won a retreat getaway and a nice meal with beef and more.Colby stepped up huge to score the first basket for the Heroes. Colby again took the aggressive role and pushed Jerri out of the way to get the ball over to his teammates and Candace nailed the second shot to give the Heroes a 2-0 lead. To complete the shutout,JT grabbed the ball first and faked out Coach to get an easy pass over to Colby, who made the final shot on his first try. Heroes win, 3-0. An excited Colby grunted, "Redemption, baby!" Meanwhile, Russell and Rupert got into a bit of a tussle.Lunchtime feast: The Heroes headed to a waterfall and a picnic was set up. They were enjoying everything until Candace noticed a clue about another immunity idol hidden at their beach. They all agreed they would find the idol as a tribe and use it as a team, which made Colby happy.Back at Villains camp: Jerri was talking to Russell and brought Coach in on the conversation. Russell told Coach he wanted to take Jerri and Russell to the Top 3. Jerri told Coach she'd made her decision and told Coach she hoped he'd join her. Coach was a bit annoyed that Jerri had "muddied" the waters of their "honor-bound" alliance. He told her he was hurt because she put him in a tight spot with Russell. He said hecouldn't believe she'd thrown all his eggs into Russell's basket. Jerri later told us that as much as she likes and trusts Coach, she didn't think he got the point of the game because he wanted to be the good guy to every one.Immunity challenge: Tribal immunity was once again back up for grabs. The tribe members had to race over an obstacle course, one by one, to retrieve puzzle pieces and the first team to put the pieces together won immunity.The Heroes grabbed all their puzzle-piece bags first, led by Candace and Colby speeding through the course. JT and Amanda worked quickly on the puzzle while Rob and Sandra struggled for the Villains. The Heroes finished first and won immunity.Russell, who sat out the challenge, mumbled, "We got whooped." Coach left the challenge thinking they had to get rid of Courtney, who struggled in the challenge, because she was the weak link.Back at Villains camp: Russell called his tribes performance one of the most pitiful he's ever seen. Rob asked Russell who he thought should go and Russell said, "One of these," gesturing toward Courtney and Sandra, who were sitting about three feet away and were actively involved in the conversation. Rob said thatwasn 't a great way to make friends. Russell thought Rob would want to protect Courtney because once she was gone, Rob would be at Russell's mercy.Rob gave Coach his word that he was voting for Russell. Rob hoped Coach would stick to his oath of loyalty.In another conversation, Russell joked about blindsiding Rob and Coach said he didn't feel it was the right time. Coach was in a bind after having given Russell and Rob his word. Rob asked Jerri if "they" wanted him out and she said shedidn't know. She told Rob she didn 't fully trust him, but he said she could trust him because "you can always trust somebody when their backs are against the wall."Jerri and Coach talked one last time and she told him, "I'm not a good villain."Tribal Council: Coach said that Tyson "bridged the gap" between Rob's core group and Russell's core group. Jeff noted that thiswasn 't a tribe that was working together. Russell stepped up and said he made Tyson's exit happened and he claimed he could have blindsided anyone. Russell told Rob hedidn't have the guts to do what he did when he saved Parvati.Rob talked a lot about trust and said he decided who he trusts, and looked directly at Coach when he said it.The vote: Rob wrote down Russell's name said, "It's Game Over. It's either you or me." We didn't whose name Jerri wrote down, but she said, "I'm making a choice tonight in hopes that it will be right for me in the end."Jeff read the votes: Rob, Russell, Rob, Russell. Tied, 2-2. Rob, then Russell. Tied again. Courtney's name came out with one vote left. The eighth person voted out of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" was Rob.As Rob got up to walk to Jeff, he got a hug from Jerri. Coach leaned in for one, too, but Rob gave him the cold shoulder and said, "You're a little man." Russell grinned and Jeff called it "without question, the biggest move this tribe has made, thus far."The votes, revealed: Russell, Danielle, Jerri and Parvati voted for Rob; Rob, Courtney and Sandra voted for Russell; and Coach voted for Courtney.Rob's parting words: "I wish Coach would've kept his word," he said. "I did as much as I could for my tribe, to put them on my shoulders and carry them as long as I could. But at the end of the day, this is what I get."
08 Apr 2010Description ▼
Struggling to keep their tribe intact, the "Heroes" vow to work together as long as it takes to ensure that they outlast the "Villains." Meanwhile, the "Villains" begin to turn on one another after one tribe member makes a costly mistake at the Reward Challenge.
15 Apr 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: The five remaining Heroes appeared to be united, but Amanda and Candace were wondering whether they could trust J.T. Meanwhile, the Heroes were assuming there was a women's alliance within the Villains tribe, but Russell was really the one pulling the strings and two of the women, Sandra and Courtney, were the ones in biggest danger of going home. Sandra was on her way out, but she convinced Russell that Coach was out to get him, and Coach was voted out."Eleven are left," Jeff Probst said. "Who will be voted out tonight?"Back at camp: Sandra was pleased with her move and Jerri was worried she'd be lost without Coach. Danielle told her not to worry. Russell told Jerri that he didn't write Coach's name down, and he promised her she wouldn't go next. He told us that Sandra and Courtney would be the next to go.Reward challenge: Both tribes got tree mail explaining the upcoming reward challenge, which required the players to hold themselves up between two walls while standing on tiny pegs. They were told to rank themselves from strongest to weakest and their rankings would determine the head-to-head matchups for the challenge. The teams began plotting.Upon arriving at the reward challenge, the Heroes saw that Coach was gone and Rupert and J.T. both said aloud that it was obvious there was a women's alliance among the Villains.The reward was a feast provided by Outback Steakhouse that was "so much food you will not be able to eat it all."The pairings consisted of two rematches as Jerri and Colby faced off, as well as Sandra and Rupert. J.T., who won the challenge in Tocantins was paired against Parvati. The other pairs were Courtney vs. Amanda and Danielle vs. Candace.While they were resting somewhat comfortably, Jeff noted that this day marked Amanda's 100th day playing "Survivor," making her the first player to play that many days. Russell, meanwhile, was gesturing toward J.T. to lay the groundwork for the merge.Colby faltered first for the Heroes, followed by Rupert. The Villains were up 2-0. Finally, Amanda lost her footing and the Villains completed a 3-0 shutout.Sandra enjoyed some drinks and essentially made her pitch to become the spokeswoman for Outback Steakhouse, going on and on about how much she loves it. As they ate, Parvati found a rolled up piece of paper in her napkin and she stuffed it in her underwear without anyone noticing. They all laughed about how the Heroes were assuming there was an all-girl alliance.Parvati stepped aside and took Danielle with her and showed her the clue for another immunity idol. Parvati said she wanted Danielle to feel tighter with her than with Russell, and that she'd tell Russell about the idol clue on a "need to know" basis, and he didn't need to know just yet.Back at the Heroes camp, J.T. was trying to convince everyone and himself that the reward challenge was no big deal. J.T. then said he had a plan. He said that if they won the next immunity challenge and then merged, he'd give Russell the immunity idol and have Russell vote out Parvati. After that, they'd just pick off the rest the Villain women and then Russell.Amanda questioned the idea in a testimonial later.The next morning, Parvati and Danielle went looking for the idol, hoping Russell wouldn't see them. Russell perked up and started walking around, but Parvati and Danielle found it before he caught up to where they were.Back at Heroes camp, J.T. was penning a letter to Russell explaining his plan for handing him the idol. He read the letter aloud to the rest of his tribe and Rupert called it "'Survivor' history."Immunity challenge: The tribes had to work to move puzzle pieces through an obstacle course and use them to construct a totem pole.As the challenge commenced, Colby and Russell found themselves standing side by side waiting for their turn through the course, and Colby explained to Russell the plan to give him the immunity idol after the challenge. He told Russell to go to J.T. after the challenge and take what he gave him. Russell wanted to shake Colby's hand and Colby said there'd be plenty of time for that later.The Heroes won the challenge and Russell immediately walked to J.T., who handed him the wrapped package. Russell stuffed it in his pocket."Now, I don't even have to find idols," Russell said. "People are actually giving me idols. You don't hand the enemy the idol. Especially when his name is Russell Hantz."Back at camp: J.T. talked about how they were going to make "Survivor" history with the bold move of giving the immunity idol to Russell."Russell is probably having trouble containing himself right now," Rupert said.He was right. Russell was giddy and immediately gave Parvati the letter to read. Russell was convinced J.T. had just handed him $1 million.Finally, the talk started getting around to the vote and Russell. Everyone assumed Courtney would go, but Parvati had a talk with Courtney and started thinking about keeping Courtney. She tried to get that point across without making too big of an issue out of it.Tribal Council: Sandra told Jeff that she and Courtney were the ones on the chopping block. The conversation quickly devolved into a tiff between Danielle and Sandra. Courtney called Jerri out for flipping and joining the alliance she once voted against.The vote: There was just one vote for Jerri and the rest were for Courtney.Courtney's parting words: "This is pretty good for the little skinny chick to get all the way to the jury -- good for me," she said. "It's always been one of my 'Survivor' dreams to be on the jury and get all pretty and make all the bitches jealous as they sit there in their dirty rags."
11Going Down in Flames
22 Apr 2010Description ▼
Reunited on the merged tribe, two old friends rekindle an alliance but trust doesn't come easily for this powerful pair, and one castaway makes an unprecedented play, setting the stage for one of the most surprising Tribal Councils in Survivor history.
29 Apr 2010Description ▼
Open with everyone back at camp after last week's vote. Russell is upset that he didn't know Parvati had a second idol. He's upset nobody told him. Parvati tells us she thinks Russell is just scared he might be losing control.The Heroes talk about finding someone to cross over from the Villains team. Rupert thinks Sandra might be the best bet.For reward, the nine contestants will be split randomly into three teams. They will slide circlular discs across a large table towards a giant 'X' target. Each contestant will throw twice, with the closest disc winning a movie. night at Robert Louis Stevenson's homeThe three randomly selected teams end up with: Candice, Parvati and Jerri on Black, Rupert, Russell and Sandra on Red and Colby, Amanda and Danielle on Blue.Candice had a good effort for Black, followed by Sandra sliding hers off the board. Danielle comes up short of Candice and Pravati ends up in roughly the same area. Russell has a gret slide and puts Red closest to the 'X.' Amanda is well short. Jerry ends up close to Russell but still further away from the target. Ruppert steps up and puts a throw almost on the target. Colby's throw is not a factor and Red has the two closest discs after the first round.The third throw of round two is by Danielle. She knocks Rupper's disc out of the way, but Red still lies closest. Paravati, Russell and Amanda's throws are not factors and Jerri's final throw for Black does not put them closer. Rupert's throw does nothing, leaving Colby with the final throw. He bounces of another disc onto the 'X' and Blue wins reward.The Blue team tours the Robert Luis Stevenson House. During the movie Danielle finds a clue in the bowl of popcorn and grabs it delicately and places it under the bed. Amanda notices something happened and walks over to her side of the bed and eventually takes the clue. The two fight over it for a few seconds before Colby convinces Amanda gives it back.Back at camp Russell helps Danielle look for the immunity idol and ends up grabbing it for himself. Russell shows Candice the idol in an attempt to get her to trust him.Sandra talks with Colby about her flipping. They both assume that Danielle has the idol and will use it at the vote if she fails to earn immunity. Sandra doesn't think she can move up with the Villains and wants to slide over to get rid of Russell. Colby and Amanda plan to vote off whomever Sandra wants (Russell or Parvati) if she is telling them the truth about moving over.The immunity challenge consists of each contestant getting 150 wooden tiles roughly the size of tarot cards. The first person to build a tower ten feet high wins. After ten minutes Jerri and Russell seem to have the lead. Those two approach nine feet with no one else in the picture. Jerri ends up edging Russell for the final inch by just seconds. Sandra tells us that she's been waiting 30 days to get rid of Russell.Russell seems to think Amanda needs to go. Candice tells him she's ready to put Amanda's name down. She says she's too concerned about Russell having the idol not to vote with the Villains.Sandra and the Heroes seem to agree they need to write down Russell's name. Candice tells Russell this almost immediately, along with Sandra's involvement. Russell confronts Sandra about the news. Russell tells both Sandra and Candice that Amanda needs to go.Sandra tells Rupert about Candice spilling the beans and he thinks that Russell may end up being given the idol. Sandra assures the heroes she's not switching back to the Villains. Colby, Rupert and Sandra agree they should vote for Parvati since she' less likely to have the idol.Sandra tells Candice she needs to vote Parvati. Candice tries to convince her they should vote Amanda.The three members of the jury take their seats and Jeff starts asking questions. The responses are as disingenuous as always. Russell makes a statement that Sandra doesn't bring much to the game. Colby tells Jeff everyone thinks Danielle has the idol. Russell says he's aware he could be in danger if a Villain flips. Russell votes for Amanda. The only other vote we see is Amanda's, which is for Parvati.Jeff tallies the votes. Russell decides to play his hidden immunity idol. The first two votes are for Amanda, followed by two votes for Amanda. At this point Russell mutters "damn it" to himself. The next two votes are for Amanda. Parvati gets her third vote, but the next vote read is Amanda fifth and she is gonzo. Parvati rolls her eyes at Russell for "wasting" an immunity idol.
13A Sinking Ship
06 May 2010Description ▼
Sensing that he is in danger, a hero makes a bold move to save himself by fooling the entire tribe. Meanwhile, a vicious power struggle emerges in one alliance and two of the strongest villains find themselves pitted against one another.
15Anything Could Happen
16 May 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: "Survivor's" biggest Heroes and Villains descended on an island in the South Pacific. Quickly, the Heroes tribe was dwindled to near nothing. The Villains tribe dominated under the leadership of Boston Rob, but when there were just five Heroes remaining, Russell turned on Boston Rob with his own alliance and began picking off Rob's alliance one by one. JT now famously gave his immunity idol to Russell in an effort to vote Parvati out of the game. Russell instead gave the idol to Parvati, who played it and another one she had without Russell's knowledge to seal JT's fate. Sandra tried to get Heroes to join her in voting Russell out, but none of them did it and they were picked off one after another. Finally, Russell turned on his own ally, Danielle, which angered Parvati.That left five players: Colby, Parvati, Sandra, Jerri and Russell.Back at camp: Russell said it was "a bad play" on Sandra's part that she played her immunity idol at Tribal Council. She thought he was just upset that he didn't know she had it. He thought Parvati also knew about it, and didn't believe when she said she didn't. Russell went to Jerri and Colby and said Parvati should go next. Colby was just glad the attention was off him.Russell began plotting his next move, saying that if Colby didn't win individual immunity, he'd vote out Parvati.Immunity challenge: The players had to balance a stack of dishes, added one at a time, on the end of a balancing arm. The last player to lose his or her stack would win. After nine dishes, Sandra's stack fell.After 14 dishes were stacked, Jerri lost hers, leaving Russell, Parvati and Colby. Russell went out next and a large gust of wind nearly cost Colby his stack. A couple of dishes later, though, Colby's stack toppled over and Parvati won immunity for the second consecutive week.Back at camp: Colby made a little speech, what he called "my surrender speech," and said he wasn't going to scramble. Then, he started scrambling. He suggested to Russell that they could take Sandra out and increase their chances of beating Parvati at the next immunity challenge. Russell said he was considering it and would make his decision at Tribal Council.Tribal Council: Colby said there was hope and said he'd been hustling, and he announced his move to convince Russell to send Sandra home. Parvati said she couldn't believe anyone 100 percent. Russell said the best one can do is hope that their alliances remain true, but "sometimes it just doesn't work out that way."The vote: Parvati wrote down Colby's name, Colby wrote down Sandra's. Sandra vote for Colby and said, "Adios."Jeff read the votes, and the 16th person voted out was Colby.Colby's last words: "I know that if I'd won that challenge today, I'd have a shot at a million dollars," he said. "It's disappointing, especially when the challenges were something that I used to be good at. I guess I'm just an old, dusty veteran."Back at camp: Parvati said it was an eye-opener when Colby mentioned at Tribal Council that she'd be targeted because everyone believed that if Parvati got to the final, she'd win. Russell was talking to Jerri about getting Parvati out if she didn't immunity.Rites of passage: The final four went to the ceremonial beach to pay tribute to all the players who fell before them. From there, they went on to the final immunity challenge of the season.Immunity challenge: The players had to run through a maze blindfolded, collect four necklaces and get out. The first to do it would win immunity. With Jerri, Russell and Parvati getting their four necklaces at the same time, all three of them ended up at the immunity necklace within seconds of each other, but Russell grabbed it first and won immunity.Parvati knew she had to talk to Russell and "make sure I'm still his girl!"Back at camp: Jerri figured the fact that Russell won immunity meant Parvati was going home and she wasn't going to cry about that.Russell said he was going to take Sandra to the final, which made Sandra happy. Parvati tried talking Russell into voting Jerri out. Russell told Parvati he didn't know what he was going to do, and that he would "let the chips fall where they may."Tribal Council: Sandra admitted her play to Russell was essentially "take me because I can't win." Jerri said her play to was to tell Russell that Parvati would beat him in the final. Parvati said that Russell should keep her around if he wanted to maintain his loyalty, then she said that she'd been protecting Russell. When Russell took issue with that, Parvati said they'd been "protecting each other," but Russell thought he'd been protecting Parvati the whole time.The vote: Parvati wrote down Jerri's name and Jerri returned the favor, saying she had "mad respect" for her. We didn't whose name Russell wrote down, but he said he was sorry he had to do it and that "I trusted you the entire game. I believe you have been loyal to me, but now my best shot to win this game is to get rid of you."Jeff read the votes: One vote for Parvati came out, followed by three for Jerri. She gave Russell a hug as she stood, then told him, "I can't wait to hear this story later."Jerri's last words: She laughed it off, really, and said she was leaning toward voting for Russell, "because, for the most part, he makes decisions that make sense -- except tonight!"Back at camp: The final three sat around the fire and Sandra decided to go to bed and think about her family.The next morning, they had a feast and Russell patted himself on the back for getting to Day 39 for a second time.Russell said he was correcting a mistake he made last season. Last time, he took two people he thought were weak and he didn't win. This time, he said he was taking two people the others don't like.Russell told Parvati that he would have voted for her even if she'd put him on the jury, but she said she would have voted for Sandra. Russell told Parvati that he and she had played essentially the same game, and she disagreed. He said they'd sort it out at Tribal.After Russell left, Sandra was so annoyed with him that she said she was going to throw his hat -- which he'd left behind -- into the fire. She tossed it in and said, "That's how much game I got." Parvati laughed.Sandra explained she did it because Russell is obnoxious. Then she said Russell had a "big bald patch" on his head that he didn't want anyone to know about, but she said burning the hat was payback for all the things he'd done to her. He came looking for his hat and Sandra said she hadn't seen it. He said he wasn't leaving for Tribal Council until he found his hat.Sandra said it wasn't about the money, it was "about the title of sole Survivor," and she had to make sure the title didn't go to Russell. She went on to say the Heroes were responsible for their own self destruction. Sandra said she felt like she deserved to win because she was constantly fighting for her own survival.Tribal Council: Sandra opened the session by making her case that she fought for her own survival. Russell said he played the game as hard as he could and did nothing wrong. Parvati said she didn't realize the threat she was in the game, and that's why she aligned with Russell. She said he was the dragon and she kept him as her pet, and he remained loyal to her.Colby told Russell he was delusional if he thought he got there with no luck. He asked Parvati what strategic moves she made, and she said she had to fight to stay alive because she was targeted by everyone.Coach made a speech in which he called out Russell as a liar, Sandra as a "coat-tail rider" and Parvati as a warrior in challenges.Amanda asked Sandra how her strategy was better than Russell or Parvati's, and Sandra said that if her strategy had been better "Russell wouldn't be sitting here." She said her strategy didn't work and she could "never get any Heroes on my side."Courtney gave Sandra a chance to defend her loyalty. She did.Russell told JT he thought everyone on the jury would respect his game play. JT repeatedly told Russell he had to lay in the bed he made for himself, because Russell was suddenly trying to plead innocence and saying that everyone looked at him like he was the devil.Danielle told Russell it was clear that "there's been a lack of skill in your jury management." He said he didn't regret anything he'd done. She told him he wasn't going to get any votes because "nobody respects how you played the game." He repeated that he wasn't regretful.Jerri had her chance to ask Russell what happened after he won immunity the night before. He said he realized Jerri would have won if he'd brought her to the final.Candice told Russell that he told dirty lies and lies that he didn't need to tell. She then told Parvati that her relationship with Russell was like a bad marriage and she hoped Parvati would get out of it, but she never did. She said she couldn't respect that.Rupert told Russell that to be honest in the game is a very hard thing. "To be a manipulative, deceiving, lying person is very easy. You took the easy way out. And if you think you should be proud of how you got here, you're sadly mistaken. Rupert told Sandra that she kept opening the door for the Heroes and he thanked her for giving all the Heroes a chance. Rupert told Parvati that she worked and fought to get to the final three.The vote: Tonight, the jury was voting for a winner of $1 million.Jerri said she was debating between Parvati and Sandra, but she wrote down Parvati's name. Candice wrote down Sandra's name because she was loyal, kind and stayed true to herself. Danielle voted for Parvati and called her "a great player." Courtney wrote down Sandra's name. Coach wrote down Parvati's name and said he was wrong about her, and that she really was a warrior. Rupert said he was "honored" that he got to write her name down again and give her a million dollars.Jeff read the votes: Parvati, Sandra, Parvati, Sandra, Parvati, Sandra, Sandra ... and Sandra was the winner of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains." That made her the first two-time winner of the game.
16Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains - The Reunion
16 May 2010
1Young at Heart
15 Sep 2010Description ▼
The castaways are shocked to learn that they'll be divided into tribes of older players versus younger players. The older tribe is especially surprised to learn that they'll be teamed with former NFL Coach Jimmy Johnson. Meanwhile, one castaway reveals a personal secret that could affect the entire tribe as they head into their first challenge.
2Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All
22 Sep 2010Description ▼
Tempers flare at La Flor and fights erupt as the young castaways struggle to overcome some potentially dangerous personality conflicts within the tribe.
3Glitter in Their Eyes
29 Sep 2010Description ▼
A battle erupts over a clue to the hidden immunity idol and one fearless competitor makes a bold move that earns them the upper hand, but the bad behavior doesn't go unnoticed by their tribemates.
4Pulling the Trigger
06 Oct 2010Description ▼
The hunt for the hidden immunity idol widens the rift between two castaways at the La Flor camp, triggering a venomous fight. Meanwhile, a valuable secret is revealed that solidifies a powerful alliance.
13 Oct 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: The younger tribe dominated the older tribe, which had no food or way of getting it. Marty, though, was happy on the older tribe as he considered himself the power player. At the younger tribe, NaOnka and Kelly B. butted heads. Jimmy T. tried to get some leadership in the older tribe after another loss, but was instead voted out. Holly and Jane were left in trouble.Espada tribe: Holly says she was shocked that Jimmy T. went home. She thought everyone was going to vote for "the weakest link," being Dan. "I'm on the outs and I know that something has to change," she says.The following morning, Marty tells us he's not trying to be cocky, but he's "in control." He says he can see himself in power two or three Tribals ahead, which is ideal. He tells Dan he "can't imagine anything going wrong.""It will take something extraordinary, off the charts, completely whacked out to destroy my plans now," Marty says.La Flor: NaOnka is feeling great about her place in the competition, saying she's in the power position with Purple Kelly, Brenda, Chase and Sash. "We are controlling this entire game right now," she says.Surprise! "Drop your buffs," Jeff tells both tribes. "We are switching tribes."Marty admits he's surprised, saying, "Anything's possible in this game, I was definitely not counting on this right now. Too early."After a draw for new captains, Brenda and Holly are the new captains. Brenda is happy. She has to choose three people from Espada to join her, and Holly will pick four of La Flor's members to join her. They write names down on a chalkboard without revealing them.Jeff announces that Jane, Jill and Marty will join La Flor. Alina, Benry, Chase and NaOnka will join Espada. They switch and get new buffs."Old versus young is done," Jeff says. "Medallion of Power, done."Reward challenge: Each tribe drops a ball down a Plinko-like board, and two members of the other tribe have to catch them successfully. The first team to toss three balls and have the other team fail to catch them wins.Espada takes an early lead after Sash lets a La Flor ball fall. Tyrone then drops one for Espada, tying the game, 1-1. Marty drops a ball for La Flor, giving Espada a 2-1 lead. Alina drops one for Espada, and there's a 2-2 tie, making the final round worth everything -- two chickens and a rooster. Marty bobbles a ball a couple of times, then drops if, giving Espada a victory.Espada camp: Tyrone starts handing out orders to his new and old tribemates, telling them who generally is responsible for fire, and so on. NaOnka finds it amusing, but says Tyrone is trying be all "G -- which is gangster." Holly finds some commonality with the new younger members of her tribe and looks to team up with NaOnka and Alina. NaOnka also acknowledges that her relationship with Alina has changed "a whole lot."La Flor camp: Fabio likes the new arrangement.Marty starts telling the La Flor members how the Espada tribe had a "working camp," where everyone had a job and no one stopped doing things from sunrise to sunset. The younger folks say they were more "chill, laid back." Jane likes this, and she tried to attach to the younger folks, telling some of them that she doesn't trust Marty and Jill.Marty tells us he's cool with being on the new tribe that doesn't seem to have a leader. He can't believe that NaOnka was allowed to run off with an immunity idol clue. He tells them he hasn't had to lie to anyone or do anything "back-stabbing," then he reveals that he has an immunity idol. Brenda and the crew look in awe of Marty, but Brenda tells us later that she thinks this is the dumbest thing he could have done and it makes him seem arrogant. And dumb.La Flor: Rain pours down on La Flor and the accommodations are getting bad. The chickens are getting wet, and NaOnka worries that she'll "lose it" if the rain and cold gets to her. She cries and tells Alina she wants to quit. Alina comforts her on the spot, but tells us later she thinks NaOnka is acting like a child and that she hopes NaOnka decides to quit because it will be one less person she has to battle.Chase tells NaOnka a story about a rainbow. He thought he saw one once in his rear-view mirror, but when he turned to look it wasn't there. That's when he knew his dad "was good." The rain continues into the night and NaOnka says she wants to go home.Immunity challenge: Marty and Jane were giddy at the immunity challenge about the posh accommodations at the La Flor tribe. Jane said it was nice to be dry overnight. NaOnka flashes a mild annoyed look. Alina tells Jeff the situation at Espada wasn't "bad," but allowed them to "bond in a different way."Tribe members strapped to a spinning wheel that, at times, submerges them under water, have to collect water in their mouths and spit it into a tube. When enough water is collected in the tube, it was tip over and release a ball that other tribe members will use to break five tiles that are laid out at varying distances. The first team to break all of their tiles wins immunity.Espada takes a slower approach to allow the spitters to get their water into the tube. La Flor goes faster, aiming to have more chances at spitting water into their tube. Espada's ball releases first. Tyrone hits a tile for Espada, but La Flor catches up quickly. Eventually, it's a 4-4 tie and Fabio breaks La Flor's fifth tile to take the win.NaOnka says she knew her tribe was going to lose. She adds that she's not a quitter and doesn't want her tribe to think she's a quitter, but, "I think I'm done."Espada camp: Later, she says she's not nervous at all about Tribal because she's "over it" and OK with going home.Most everyone decides they want to eat one of the chickens, but Tyrone is against it because he thinks they should maximize their egg production. They take a vote, and Tyrone loses. He doesn't fight it, saying, "it wouldn't be smart to rock the boat right now."Benry breaks the neck and Holly notices that Tyrone is sitting to the side as the chicken is being plucked and cooked. Benry tells us later that Tyrone ate more chicken than anyone. Benry starts signaling that it might be good to cut Tyrone loose. He also mentions that NaOnka seems like she's falling apart and doesn't seem to care much. Alina says NaOnka seems OK with going home.Tribal Council: Alina mentions there's "a little bit of turf wars" going on as the tribes merged. Benry calls Tyrone out as "the boss man" and says "what he does usually goes." In answering Jeff's questions, Tyrone says he embraces the position of leader. Tyrone looked incredulous as Alina recounted his "speech" when the tribe first got to camp.NaOnka says the previous night was more difficult than anything she'd expected from the game. She said it was the most difficult thing since getting a divorce at 26 or 27 years old. She says her tribemates have given her more love and support, as strangers in a competition for $1 million, than she had when she went through her divorce.Eve says she started questioning NaOnka's commitment and ability to hold out for the long run. NaOnka says everything changes at Tribal Council and that there are "a lot of smart people on this team, so they know when to shut up and when to talk."Tyrone write NaOnka's name down. Benry writes down Tyrone's name, saying, "It's time to dethrone the king of Espada."The vote: NaOnka, Tyrone, Tyrone, NaOnka, Tyrone, Tyrone ... and the fifth person voted out was Tyrone.Tyrone's last words: "What happened was when La Flor came over, things turned away from the tribe aspect," he says. "It's game where anything can happen, and, guess what, anything happened."
6Worst Case Scenario
20 Oct 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: The game that began as old vs. young has changed. The younger tribe has dominated, and it was led by Brenda, Chase, NaOnka and Sash, but the surprise switch broke that alliance apart. At the new La Flor, Jane was embraced by the younger members, and Brenda targeted Marty, despite his public display of an immunity idol. At Espada, Holly joined with the younger crowd. Tyrone was perceived as a threat, who went home on a nearly unanimous vote. Yve wasn't told about the plan.Espada camp: Dan tells Holly he's thinking about packing it in, but she tries to convince him not to quit. She tells us he needs to "suck it up and finish."Yve asks Holly why she was left in the dark on the Tyrone vote. Holly says they thought Yve was in an alliance with Tyrone. Holly says everyone should be "more open and honest." Then she tells Yve that Dan wants to quit. Yve tells us she's going to use that information to stay alive.La Flor: Jill tries to win over the younger members of the by doing the dishes. She thinks the younger folks will get rid of the older ones "in a heartbeat, if they could." Brenda confirms to us that "it's still younger tribe and older tribe -- actually, it's younger tribe, plus Jane." She says she wants to split the vote between Marty and Jill to flush out the idol, "and whatever happens, one of them is going home."Immunity challenge: Jeff explains that "tribal immunity is not what you're playing for today -- individual immunity is what you seek." He says both tribes will be going to Tribal Council and one from each will go home. There are two immunity idols up for grabs, one for each tribe.The players have to dig up rope rings with a paddle, then toss them over their shoulders into a carrying case that is on their backs. They have to bring three rings back to a post. The first to do it in each tribe wins individual immunity.The winners will then compete in a ring toss for a tribal reward: a chicken and beef kabob feast that will be eaten during the other tribe's Council.Espada digs first. Holly takes an early lead, getting two rings before anyone else. Benry and Alina catch up with two rings apiece, but Holly scores her third ring for the win first. Dan, it should be noted, was "nowhere," in Jeff's words. He didn't land one ring.La Flor competes and the competition is much more even. Everyone has at least one ring before Marty, Kelly B. and Jill get their second ones. Jill lands her third ring to win immunity.For the feast, they tie 2-2 on rings before Jill wins nails her third to win the feast for La Flor.La Flor: In a festive atmosphere, Jill thanks Brenda for picking her to be on her team. Brenda tells us later she's annoyed because their best laid plans are out the window because both Jill and Marty have an idol.Sash and Brenda collude to split the vote: three for Marty and three for Kelly B. They'll tell Kelly B. that the three votes are going for Jane. They seem happy as they end the conversation. This gives Brenda a chance to, once again, talk about the potential sympathy vote for Kelly B.Brenda goes to Kelly B. and tells her that as much as she likes Jane, they're going to have to vote her out. Kelly B. decides to play along because she knows she's "on the outs" with the original La Flor tribe and wants to lay low. Brenda is worried that Fabio could mess up the plan because you never know what he's going to do.Just then, we see Marty back at camp telling Fabio that he's a grand master at chess, and that if he wants to get in on a great strategic move in the game, he should join Marty's alliance. Marty tells Fabio that he once beat an Argentine grand master named Guillermo Vilas. Marty tells us later that he absolutely is not a grand master at chess, but that Vilas is actually a tennis champion and has nothing to do with chess. Fabio tells us "it sounds like a good deal." Marty tells Fabio that he wants to take him to the final three. Marty tells us that if he can pull this off, "it'll be a whole new ball game."Espada: Holly is glad she won immunity, but is feeling bad about having lost the reward, which will allow the other tribe to watch their Tribal Council. Holly tells us she's going to have to vote with the majority. Dan starts telling us he's really wondering if he wants to be there. He says he doesn't need the money.Benry wants to get rid of Yve because she's more of a threat and he doesn't want her around for the merge. Chase tells us he might be better off keeping Yve around, and he goes and talks to NaOnka about it. Chase says he could get Yve on his side. NaOnka thinks Dan should go because the tribe needs to win challenges. Yve starts making her case to NaOnka and Alina, saying she knows the older members on the other tribe well, which makes her an asset to the younger Espada members. Alina later tells us that Yve might have dug herself a hole, because if she's so close with the older members on the other tribe, she could easily turn on Espada's younger members after the merge.Chase tells NaOnka and Holly that it might be wise to keep Dan because he's less of a threat. They disagree, but they both just want some clear direction and a final decision.La Flor: Brenda tells Jane she's safe and proceeds to tell her the plan. Brenda tells Jane to vote for Marty, and she's more than happy to do it because she's never been welcomed by Marty and Jill.Sash goes to tell Fabio the plan to flush the idol out, and tells him it's three votes for Marty and three for Kelly B. Fabio questions the strategy and admits he likes Marty. Sash tries to convince him it's too dangerous to let Marty hold on to the idol. Sash tells us he's worried something could go wrong.Sash tells Marty the vote is for Jane. Marty tells us it might be too risky to shake things up with Fabio this soon, so he'll go along with the Jane plan as long as it's "a lock."Marty watches Brenda and Sash talking and wonders why there's so much talking if the Jane vote is, in fact, "a lock." He tells us the decision on whether to use the idol will be a difficult one.La Flor Tribal: Jeff tells Marty the old folks look out of place on the tribe, and Marty admits that everything changed on him. Sash recalls Marty's introductory meeting when the tribes flipped and the fact that he had an idol. Brenda says Marty was "trying to make it look more noble than it really is."Jeff tells Marty he must be wondering whether his tribe mates were going to go after him. Jeff asks Kelly B. what "trust" means in the game, and she says she wouldn't trust anyone very much. Jeff asks how comfortable she is, and she says, "I feel pretty comfortable tonight."Jeff asks Brenda if Jane has to worry tonight and Brenda suddenly drops the bomb that Jane only has to worry about Jill and Marty voting her out. Marty, stunned, says he doesn't know what she's talking about. They commence arguing over who said what earlier and Marty reveals that "La Flor made that call," in reference to the idea of voting Jane out. Sash looks a little surprised by the developments. Marty finishes by saying, "I never offered up Jane."Marty then says he feels less comfortable now than he did before Tribal because he realizes there's "duplicity" going on. He again states that he never initiated a vote on Jane because "that would be moronic of me." Marty then mouths to Jane, "Vote Brenda." She nods.La Flor vote: Jane writes down Marty's name, saying, "Don't ever fluff off a Southern woman. I ain't no sittin' duck, honey." Marty writes down Brenda's name, saying, "You're the Black Widow, King Cobra and Black Mamba all rolled into one. You may not be going home tonight, but the lines have been drawn." Brenda writes down Kelly B.'s name.Jeff asks if anyone has a hidden idol and wants to play it. The dramatic music rises and the focus turns to Marty who ... does nothing but shrugs toward Jill.Jeff reads the votes: Marty, Marty, Marty, Brenda, Brenda, Kelly B., Kelly B., Kelly B. Marty shakes his head as Jeff announces, "We have a tie."Jeff explains that in the case of a tie, Marty and Kelly B. cannot vote, and the new votes must be for either Marty or Kelly B.Jeff reads the new votes: Marty, Kelly B., Kelly B., Kelly B., and one more makes Kelly B. the sixth person voted out.Marty displays some crazy eyes toward everyone.Kelly's last words: "Going into tonight, I was pretty sure that there was consensus on the tribe that we were going to keep the young people together, and so to be singled out for whatever reason, you know, I just never got a vibe that I did something wrong. I'm surprised by the decision tonight."Espada's Tribal Council: La Flor digs in to the feast. Jeff asks Dan whether it bothers him to hear the ice plunking into the glasses as La Flor eats. "If it isn't a martini, it doesn't bother me," Dan replied, drawing laughs from both tribes.Jeff asks Dan what does bother him, and Dan defiantly says, "Nothing. If things bothered me, I wouldn't be here." Dan says it would bother him if he got voted out. Yve says Dan is agitated by something around camp all the time, "to the brink of almost not wanting to stay." Dan denies that he complains that way.Jeff asks Benry if Dan is a liability at challenges, and Benry says it is fair to say that. Dan admit that in "certain challenges" he's a liability. Yve says she loves Dan, but she does think he's a liability. Dan says he feels animosity from Yve and adds, "I think she feels like tonight might not be a good night for her." Yve nods and agrees that's a fair statement. "I do," Yve says. "I feel like my head is on the chopping block."Dan says Yve is arrogant, and she says she doesn't talk about her Ferrarris and her six cars. "I do," Dan admits. Then he says, that it's Yve's "overall attitude" that makes her seem arrogant.Alina admits the vote is between Dan and Yve, adding that it's between someone who's a liability and someone who's competing a lot harder.Espada vote: Yve writes Dan's name down, saying, "They've decided me or you, and I'd much rather it be you."Jeff reads the votes: Yve, Dan, Yve, Yve, and one more means Yve is the seventh person voted out.Yve's last words: "It's frustrating to be out of the game at this point. I do think it was a mistake to let me go. Perhaps they have reason for letting me go that I'm clearly unaware of."
7What Goes Around, Comes Around
27 Oct 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: After the surprise tribe switch, the young members of each of the new tribes picked up someone from the older group: Holly joined the youngsters in Espada while Jane hooked up with the kids in La Flor. This left the other older players out in the cold. Sash and Brenda tried to get Marty to play his idol, but he didn't. The vote saw Kelly B. go home. Marty is now two against five. Espada had to choose between Yve and Dan, and Dan was saved because he was seen as less of a threat.Back at Espada: Chase is a little nervous that Dan might bring them down in challenges, but he and NaOnka are already setting their sights on Alina. Holly is in on this conversation, as well.La Flor: Marty and Jill are upset that they weren't in on the plan to vote out Jane. Marty realizes that Jane must have voted for him, which is another concern for him. He still takes a moment to shower himself with praise for the "big cojones"-style move he pulled by not playing the idol.The next morning, Marty tries to set things straight with Jane. He talks a lot about what the other players' strategies might have been. She laughs when Marty says he thinks she wrote his name down, and she walks away. Jill's worried that her plan to scramble with Marty is going to work.Reward challenge: It's soccer in a pool, with the goalie standing on a perch in the middle. Members of one tribe have to jump into the pool while tossing a ball toward the goal on the other end. The other tribe's defender, who is standing on a perch in the middle of the pool, tries to stop them. The first team to five wins.Fabio is the defender for La Flor, Chase will defend for Espada.Espada takes an early 2-1 lead, but Purple Kelly scores to even the score. There's an awkward moment when Dan takes his turn, weakly throwing his ball before even jumping, which wouldn't have counted anyway.The next awkward moment comes when Fabio takes a moment to pee in the pool, then gives up a goal to give Espada a 4-2 lead. Jill gets La Flor back in it with a score to make it 4-3, but Benry wins it for Espada on the next turn.Espada wins a horseback riding outing and a breakfast.La Flor camp: Jane fishes and does some work around camp to ensure that the kids at La Flor feel like she's important. Sash tells us he's loving life, essentially being served by the older members who came over from Espada.Reward day: Chase says the horseback riding reward reminds him of his dad, who had horses until he died. The players milk a cow, which makes for some fun times when NaOnka gives it a shot and isn't crazy about it.Back at La Flor: Jane catches some fish and after having been up all morning, she's starving, so she sneaks off into the jungle to build a little fire and cook herself one of the fish.Espada's reward: Holly gets emotional when the group shares a meal together and says they feel like a family, and Alina starts to cry, as well. NaOnka isn't buying it, telling in her testimonial later that Alina "so grimy and so sneaky.""I think she got emotional just because she's trying to keep herself in the game," NaOnka says. "But I can put on a show, just like Alina. I have been playing a role, we have been getting close. It's all part of my plan. Next thing you know, you're going to be walking away, and your torch is put out."Immunity challenge: No more individual immunity. It's tribal again. In this challenge, one member of the tribe rolls a ball down a chute that is being aimed by other members of the tribe. The goal is to have the ball roll off the chute toward some tiles belonging to the other tribe.Brenda starts to get annoying with Marty, Jill and Fabio as they aren't moving the chute the way she wants them to. Espada is owning the challenge, though, and wins by a 5-2 score. Alina says it feels "absolutely amazing."Jill is worried she'll be the one to go because Marty has the idol.La Flor camp: Fabio lays out the plan to put two votes on Jill, three on Marty to force out the idol. After the tie, assuming Marty and Jill vote for Jane, they will all vote for Jill. Sash wants Fabio to try to get the idol from Marty in exchange for being safe. Brenda, in turn, wants to vote Marty out, despite the fact that it will cost them any trust they could possibly have from Jill.Sash makes the move, talking to Marty and looking him "in the eye" and telling him that if he gives Sash the idol, he'll be safe. Sash then takes it a step further and tells Marty that if they win the next immunity challenge, he'll give him back the idol. Marty thinks on it and tells Sash he can't vote for Jill.Marty tells us he feels "absolutely powerless in every way, shape or form." He realizes that going to have to either give it to Sash or Jeff, because if Sash lives up to his word, he might live one more cycle. He hands it over.Sash then gloats to us that he doesn't even have to dig for idols, he just has to ask. He says it was Marty's "biggest mistake in the game."Tribal Council: Fabio says Espada has momentum. Jane tells Jeff that "some of us got together and talked" and made a decision about the night's vote. She says it's clear who's in that group and who's out. He calls Jane "a flipper," adding that she "goes wherever the wind blows." Jill says she also feels the split.Marty says he "may have made a mistake" this evening, but doesn't directly say he's given up the idol. Jeff asks Brenda if she knows where the idol is. She says she doesn't know "physically" where it is, but Sash pipes up and says, "Jeff the idol is my pocket." Cue dramatic crescendo and crash, as Jane says, "I didn't know it was in his pocket."Marty shakes his head, then admits the "transfer" of the idol to Sash. Jeff notes that Fabio, in talking about the idol, says "we have the idol." Brenda says it's OK for Fabio to say "we" because they all trust Sash that much. Out of curiosity, Jeff asks Sash if he minds giving the idol to Brenda so she can hold it. Sash hesitates a moments and says that if the group decides to do such a thing, they might. But it wouldn't "serve a purpose" to do it right there."If there's a time when I lose trust in them," then he quickly corrects himself to say, "if there's a time when they lose trust in me, then I'll have to turn it over, or I'll have the biggest target on my back of this entire tribe."Jeff asks if that was a Freudian slip. Brenda giggles when Jeff asks her if it's going to linger in her mind.Marty writes down Jane's name, saying, "This game ain't over yet. Fabio writes Marty's name down. Jill writes down Jane's name.Jeff reads the votes: Jane, Jane, Jill, Marty, Jill, Marty, for a three-way tie. And the eighth person vote out is ... Jill.The vote: Jill and Marty voted for Jane; Jane and Fabio voted for Marty; and Sash, Brenda and Kelly voted for Jill.Jill's last word: "Marty good luck to you, my kids need someone to root for now, so I hope you go all the way to the end. And I just want to say how much this has made me appreciate my husband and my children, and I hope they're proud of me for what I've done here."
8Company Will Be Arriving Soon
03 Nov 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: NaOnka, Marty and Sash were the focus of the first 18 days. She was powerful, holding an immunity idol, and apparently controlling things at La Flor. Marty had an idol and ran the show at Espada before the tribes flipped. Suddenly, he was forced to hold on for dear life and Jane became his worst enemy. Sash, meanwhile, has been getting comfortable in his puppet-master role, saying things like, "Who stays in this game is about how loyal you are to me." Sash convinced Marty to hand over his idol to stay alive, promising that if the tribe wins the next immunity challenge he'd give it back.La Flor: Marty is lamenting Jill's departure and the loss of his idol, realizing it's "total exposure." Fabio brings back Tree Mail, which is wrapped with a key on a piece of twine. They're told to pack their things and follow the provided map to their new home. Marty is psyched, thinking the original La Flor members are going to be looking to off each other."I'm back in the saddle again," he says.Espada: Espada finds a locked trunk, but they can't open it until the key arrives. Benry says he's going to have to start looking out for himself, just like everyone else is going to. He says it's time for Alina to go home.Back at camp, Alina tries to talk everyone into a plan which involves the six of them. NaOnka tells us that Alina is in this plan all by herself.The Merge: La Flor shows up without Jill, which catches Alina by surprise because she says everyone thought Jill and Marty were running things. They open the trunk to find their merge feast and new buffs. Marty takes it upon himself to give the merged tribe its new name: Libertad (liberty or freedom).NaOnka enjoys the feast, and sneaks nuts into her bra and pockets. Brenda is happy to see NaOnka and is thrilled to be back in the game together. They go for a walk and catch each other up on what's happened since the tribes flipped. Brenda tells NaOnka that Marty gave Sash the idol. They decide to get Alina and Marty out quickly.Chase and Jane bond over their workout regimens and shooting guns. Chase likes that she reminds him of home. Jane is glad she's got a connection with Chase.NaOnka and Fabio start getting into their bickering matches again. She's annoyed because she woke up early to make tortillas and ended up getting the smallest piece. NaOnka gets up, takes the flour and puts it in her bag and walks away. Holly notices. NaOnka buries the flour in the jungle. NaOnka then goes and packs away some fruit and the pan, telling us she's stealing the equipment.Alina talks to NaOnka about their "bond." Alina says she's worried NaOnka is back with Brenda, but NaOnka claims she isn't. NaOnka tells Alina "they're gunning for you." Alina is upset that everyone who claimed they were in the "strong six" totally lied. She feels like a fool. NaOnka gives Alina an orange, showing her stash of stolen goods. NaOnka tells us she's trying to make Alina feel like she has her back to secure her vote when it comes time to face the jury.Back at camp, Fabio is wondering where the bowl and frying pan are. Marty also notices the flour is gone. Holly asks NaOnka in front of everyone if she took the flour. NaOnka admits she put it in her bag, but claims she put it back. It turns into a shouting match. Alina says it was difficult to watch it all and say nothing. She says she didn't say anything because everyone would be as mad at her as they are at NaOnka.Alina pulls NaOnka aside and says everything needs to come out. Chase is there, too, and encourages her to just fess up. They tell her to admit she lied. She tells the whole group and claims she did it because they were using too much flour. They question her motives. She admits to it all, and Fabio thanks her for admitting it. Marty tells us she should be voted out for what she did, "but this game's never that simple."The next morning, Marty makes rice and beans. Brenda says it was a little crazy for NaOnka to steal the flour and bowls, but she says that because Alina was party of it, she'll be easier to vote off. Sash, Brenda and the group decide to protect NaOnka. Sash thinks the negative attitudes toward NaOnka will help him win the $1 million if she gets to the final three.Jane comes back to camp doing her "fish dance" because she's caught another fish. Marty is annoyed, saying that Jane's influence "is going to continue to spread like cancerous tentacles throughout the tribe." He sets off to talk to Brenda and taint Jane. Brenda tells us he has the wrong perception of Jane.Immunity challenge: Jeff reveals the individual immunity idol. The challenge is to hold a pair of metal handles that are keeping a metal bar in place between them. Releasing any tension on the handles will drop the bar and eliminate the contestant. The last man and woman standing will win immunity. Purple Kelly and Dan go quickly. Brenda, Benry, Sash and NaOnka go next. It's down to Jane vs. Holly for the women, Marty, Fabio and Chase competing among the men.Holly drops her bar and Jane wins immunity. She tells Jeff she doesn't want to let her bar drop because she wants to see if she can beat the guys. Moments later, Marty falls out, leaving Fabio and Chase (and Jane's hanging strong). Chase drops his bar, meaning Fabio wins immunity.Back at camp: All the girls huddle up to congratulate Jane, and she whispers to them that they know who their top choice is. (It's Marty). She says her main goal in the challenge was to prove to Marty that she could beat him.Alina tries to lay low, but the vote is between Marty and Alina. Sash tells Chase and Jane about his deal with Marty, which was that if Marty was in trouble, he'd give him back the idol. He doesn't want to go back on his word. Jane is a little nervous about letting Marty hang around, and she doesn't want to go along with voting off Alina.Dan pulls Marty aside and says he thinks Chase is going to blindside him. Marty goes to Sash and Sash tries to assure Marty that he isn't going home. Sash tells us that Marty is actually making it worse for himself by not simply laying low. Marty then goes and asks Holly for her "South Dakota word of honor" that she is voting for Alina. She gives it to him.Jane and Alina hatch a plan to vote Marty off. Alina goes to Fabio and tries to get him to vote off Marty. He tells her that this is why people want her gone, because she's always hatching a secret plan.Tribal Council: Holly says she can "absolutely" sense the game starting to change. Marty says he thinks big moves are going to start happening, and that people need to seize those opportunities. He then tries to "clear up some misconceptions." He goes on to talk about how Jane aligned herself with the wrong people from the start. He then says that Jane will win it all if she makes it to the final three -- and he'll vote for her, too, because she'll deserve it. "If you think someone's going to be taking a million bucks out of your pocket, that's what you've got to be thinking about," he says.Alina takes the opportunity to say that Marty is making it clear how strategic of a player he is. Dan suddenly pipes up to tattle to Jeff about how Alina and NaOnka hid some fruit and flour. Jeff attempts to confirm this, but NaOnka says she gave it back. She says she "got punished" because "nobody talked to me." Alina says she was in a tough position as to whether or not to say anything. She says that she can take the target off her back because she's a valuable swing vote. She calls herself a pawn and seems to hint that Marty is "a powerhouse."The vote: Jane writes down Marty's name and says, "I hope everybody is smart tonight." Alina does the same and says, "It's either me or you tonight, so let the best argument win." Benry writes down Alina's name, calling her "a 100 percent dirt squirrel."Jeff reads the votes: Marty, Marty, Alina, Alina, Alina, Alina, Alina, Alina ... and the ninth person voted out and first member of the jury is Alina.Alina's last words: "Why would they keep Marty over me? It doesn't even make sense. He's such a bigger threat than I am. These people were stupid and I know, eventually, the fact that they kept Marty is going to bite them in the butt, and they're going to totally regret it. It's stupid."
9Running the Camp
10 Nov 2010Description ▼
One castaway makes a difficult decision that backfires, allowing another castaway the opportunity to devise a strategy to flush out the hidden immunity idol and blindside a rival.
10Stuck in the Middle
17 Nov 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: Sash and Brenda thought they were kings of the beach. Marty sought to launch an all-guys alliance at last week's reward challenge, which got Fabio and Benry on board. Marty went home, but the natives are becoming nervous about Brenda and Sash's power.Back at camp: Brenda says Benry, Fabio and Dan have seen that she and Sash aren't on their side, so it's only a matter of time before they go. Holly talks to Jane about how Brenda and Sash have all the control. She tries to talk Jane into an alliance of her, Jane, Chase and NaOnka, and they'd need two more people. Holly says she's ready to make a power move, noting, "Something has to change, and it has to change soon."The next morning, Fabio suggests moving the fire closer to the shelter because of the looming rain. They try to build a canopy around the fire to protect it from the rain.Holly is feeling saucy, talking about how she's reinvigorated. She pulls Benry aside and talks to him about how Brenda and Sash duped him. She tries talking him out of being part of Brenda and Sash's group. He tells us he's "all for" Holly's plan.Jane hits up NaOnka, who agrees that Brenda is over-thinking the game. Jane says Brenda has turned into a villain, and NaOnka agrees that "now's the time to get her out." Holly tries to talk Chase into turning on Brenda and Sash, but he's still focused on getting Benry out first. Holly tells him he's wrong about Benry.Reward challenge: Split into two groups of five, each team has to try to cross a distance along the beach using a couple of barrels and 10 planks of wood and some rope, without any of them touching the ground.The yellow team -- Dan, Sash, Brenda, Holly and Benry -- falls off, giving the other team a free pass to calmly cross the finish line. The other team wins pizza, brownies and soft drinks after a "volcano-boarding" trip.Jane, Kelly, Fabio, NaOnka and Chase go on their reward, sliding down the side of a volcano. Fabio asks what everyone thinks is going on at camp, and Chase says, "I don't care." Cut to a shot of the fire and the canopy having gone up in flames. Nearly the entire camp has burned down. One of the wooden chests that burned had all of the tribe's food in it. Benry calls it "a day from hell" while the other players are enjoying their pizza picnic.At the reward, the conversation turns toward the question of who's in charge. NaOnka quickly pulls Fabio away and tells him everyone's gunning for Brenda. He likes the idea.Back at camp, Chase decides to go ahead and tell Brenda about the big plan that's happening around her. Brenda tells us she's isn't fazed and doesn't "have to do anything crazy to beat them."Chase then goes and talks to NaOnka, saying it's most important to get Benry out first. NaOnka insists on Brenda. NaOnka goes to Benry and tells his Chase is all over the place. NaOnka spreads the word that Chase can't be trusted.Immunity challenge: Players have to stand on a platform over water, holding onto a rope. Every few minutes, they'll have to move further down the rope to make it more difficult. The last person standing wins. Sash and Kelly fall into the water rather quickly. Holly is third out. Brenda and Dan are out next, followed by Fabio. Jane doesn't seem to have any problem with it at all. NaOnka falls out as Benry struggles.Down to Benry, Jane and Chase, Benry finally falls out. Chase and Jane are the final two. Chase tells her he's secure and isn't going anywhere. Jane considers dropping out, but Jeff tells her, "Don't you dare drop out of this challenge." Not long after, Chase falls into the water, leaving Jane with immunity.Back at camp: Jane is feeling good and says that unless Brenda gets an idol and plays it, she'll be going home. Chase and Sash talk about getting Benry out next.NaONka flat-out tells Sash that Brenda has a target on her back. He admits to us that he's starting to worry now, for the first time in the game.Chase tells Brenda that NaOnka is the one who "screwed it up" and is vowing to vote for Brenda. Brenda says she doesn't want to scramble and appear desperate.Brenda tries to talk Sash into letting her take the idol and he says he'll have to consider using it to save Brenda. Brenda says she's "furious that NaOnka would make such a dumb move." She's hopeful Sash will give her the idol so they can blindside NaOnka.Tribal Council: Sash says he's "more out of the loop now than I've been since the game started." Chase agrees. Brenda says she didn't want to vote Marty out at the last Tribal, but she had to proves to her "peeps" that she'd do it. She says it looks like there's now a break in the alliance "because NaOnka wants to jump ship." NaOnka says "it was not me." Jeff asks Kelly to weigh in and she says she's completely out of the loop on what's going on. Brenda insists that it makes sense that NaOnka is the one who wanted to jump ship.Brenda has trouble saying she didn't scramble, and Jeff asks her if scrambling is beneath her. She says it's not her style (Alina whispers to Marty, "She's so irritating.")The vote: Holly writes down Brenda's name, saying, "You should've scrambled." Brenda writes down NaOnka's name, calling her an enemy and adding, "I thought you were my friend."Jeff reads the votes: Brenda, NaOnka, Benry, Brenda, Brenda, Brenda ... and the 11th person voted out and third member of the jury is Brenda.Brenda's last words: "I'm still in disbelief, really, at how outplayed I was by the person that I trusted the most, NaOnka. It's just funny how the game changed so fast for me: One day I was at the top and now I'm out."
11We Did It Guys
24 Nov 2010Description ▼
New scenes shed light on the castaways and the decisions they've made during the game.
12You Started, You're Finishing
01 Dec 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: Things have been crappy, with bad weather and a camp catching on fire. Holly wanted to quit early on, but Jimmy Johnson convinced her to stay. NaOnka wanted to quit, too, but Chase urged her to keep on. Purple Kelly had a rough go, too, but stuck around because Brenda and Sash told her to. Brenda got knocked out because of a ploy by Holly and Jane, and Sash did nothing to save her. Purple Kelly was the only one who didn't see it coming.Night 27: Purple Kelly tells NaOnka she didn't understand what happened at Tribal. She's worried she doesn't know what to expect from here on out. Holly tells NaOnka that Brenda's comments at Tribal won't leave a lasting effect.The weather turns and the hard, cold rain and mudslides are pushing Kelly and NaOnka to the brink.Fabio and Benry chat and Benry starts to question NaOnka and Kelly's toughness. NaOnka has a heart to heart with Chase and tells him her heart is not in the game like it should be. She decides to give Chase "the key to the game," and hands over the immunity idol. He tells us that he won't give it back.Holly and Jane start plotting, assuming Kelly and NaOnka might actually quit the game. Sash is beginning to worry that he'll be in trouble if NaOnka and Kelly quit.Reward challenge: Two teams will have to untie and carry an 8-foot dummy named "Gulliver" through a series of obstacles. The first to finish wins a screening of "Gulliver's Travels" and gets to eat "movie food" while watching it.With a schoolyard pick, the teams are Fabio, Sash, Jane and Kelly (Yellow) against Holly, NaOnka, Chase and Benry (Blue). Dan was not picked but chose to support the blue team. If they win, he'll go with them.NaOnka helps push the Blue team to an early lead in the effort to untie their dummy, but the Yellow team makes a comeback. Through the obstacles, the teams are neck and neck, switching the lead a few times. Finally, the Blue team emerges with Gulliver intact and Dan gets to join them.After Jeff explains to the Blue team their reward, NaOnka says she's going to quit the game after having given everything she has. Kelly joins in and says this is her last day. NaOnka reiterates that she's "content" with her decision. Kelly says she's "good" with the decision, but Jeff refuses to accept their resignations. He says he's giving them the rest of the day to reconsider and they can tell him their decisions at Tribal Council.Jeff asks if one person on the Blue team is willing to give up the reward in exchange for bringing back a tarp and rice for the rest of the group. Holly stands up and gives up her place in the reward, saying she has to take care of her team. She later tells us that she couldn't believe NaOnka didn't volunteer to take one for the team after having said she was quitting the game.Back at camp: Fabio says Holly's move was a good one and that she's a genuine good person. Holly gives Kelly a pep talk and encourages her not to quit.At the reward: Chase says it was a selfish move on NaOnka's part to go on the reward rather than give up her place for the sake of the team. Benry tells us he's looking forward to NaOnka's departure.NaOnka says after the movie that she's got a new perspective on the game.Back at camp: Kelly says the tarp and rice are nice, but aren't likely enough to keep her around.Tribal Council: The discussion immediately turns to Kelly and NaOnka saying they want to quit. Holly says no one should quit. Jane says it takes drive, determination and heart to make it.NaOnka says she thinks she had a chance to win the game because of her drive and attitude. She says she's proud to have made it through 28 days.NaOnka defends her decision to stick with the reward rather than give up her place so that the others could have rice and a tarp. Jane says there are people who are having a hard time in this bad economy, "and they're not playing 'Survivor.' We are."Jeff asks NaOnka to confirm whether she's staying or quitting. She quits. Kelly quits, as well.Jeff asks NaOnka what should be done with her torch. She says it should be "smuffed." Kelly agrees.Jeff says he'll snuff their torches, but they will be kept at the camp as a reminder of how they quit.No one is voted out.Kelly's last words: She says she's sorry to Alina, Marty and Brenda, because they would probably have liked her spot in the game. "It's hard to look at them and know that they could have possibly been in the top three."NaOnka's last words: "I feel like I owe nobody an apology."
13Not Sure Where I Stand
08 Dec 2010Description ▼
A castaway is left questioning alliances after a broken promise leaves them out in the cold.
14This Is Going to Hurt
15 Dec 2010Description ▼
Previously on...: Since Day 1, Chase has been indecisive. He aligned with Shannon, then voted him out. He had a crush on Brenda, then voted her out. NaOnka gave him her immunity idol and then quit. But, on Day 30, Chase joined a small movement to vote out Fabio and flipped at the last minute to vote out Benry.Sash pulls Fabio aside and tells him he's got his back. Sash tells us that Fabio knows Sash is controlling the game. He says that as long as Fabio doesn't win immunity he's going to be the next to leave. Fabio tells us he's not as dumb and gullible as everyone thinks he is, and they're about to find out.Day 33: Tree Mail includes a cell phone that has videos from home. Chase casually mentions to us that "something as simple as a Sprint cell phone can bring you to tears." Aww, thanks Sprint!Everyone gets emotional, but then it's time to strategize. Fabio and Chase say the two of them will take Sash if they win reward.Reward challenge: The winner of the challenge will sail down the Nicaraguan coast and enjoy a meal with their loved ones. Chase's mom shows up, followed by Fabio's mom and Sash's mom. Dan's son, Jane's daughter and Holly's husband came out next. The loved ones will participate by using puzzles pieces to spell out the phrase "Family Comes First."Fabio, Chase and Sash get their puzzle pieces first. Dan struggles to collect his pieces. Chase's mom Connie is the first to finish and Chase is given the choice to pick one more person. He picks Sash, telling everyone he loves them all. Jeff then tells Chase to pick one more. He says he knows he'll hurt some feelings, but he picks Holly and her husband. Dan is upset, telling his son that Chase "is a scumbag." Fabio cries, as well, and tearfully tells Chase he would have taken him because he knows how much Chase's mom means to him.Back at camp: Fabio and Dan are still upset and Dan says Chase thinks their "useful life to him is over." Fabio talks about how disappointed he was in Chase's decision, and says they talked that day about it. Jane hears all this but says nothing. Jane finally pipes up, saying she wanted some quality time with her daughter who is going off to college. She cries and says Chase made "a million dollar decision" and she realizes she's "the fourth person in a four-person alliance, and that worries me."The reward: Holly, Sash and Chase enjoy their food and Chase makes a toast to the "final three right here," and adds, "You all know I just lost Fabio." After the two idols are accounted for (Chase reminds us and the loved ones that he and Sash are holding idols), Holly explains the alliance to Chase's mom, saying they have a fourth person in their alliance, Jane.As they say their goodbyes, Chase realizes he has to "go back to camp and face the wrath."The reward winners get back in the middle of the night and Fabio asks Chase, "How was it, buddy?" Chase says it was great and Fabio informs him it was a rhetorical question. Fabio makes it clear he's upset. Fabio then tells us he has to get over it and try to win immunity.Immunity challenge: Each player will be blindfolded and make their way through a course to memorize the symbols' positions and shapes on a shield using only their sense of touch. When they return, still blindfolded, they have to put their symbol pieces in the right places on their own shield.Fabio gets out to an early lead. Holly gets back and drops a bag. She can't find it, until she does moments later. It comes down to Fabio and Chase. Fabio guesses wrong once and Chase gets close to finishing, but Fabio corrects his one wrong piece quickly to win immunity.Back at camp: Sash says Fabio's win was the only thing that could have screwed up his crew's strategy. Chase tells Fabio that "Dan's done." Fabio suggests voting Jane out and then Dan next time. He tells Chase he has to think and overcome his resistance to voting Jane out.Chase talks to Sash about how risky it would be to send Jane home. Holly walks up and they talk further about sending Jane home. Sash says that if she makes it through, she could win the $1 million. Chase tells us he's not sure. Jane walks up and asks Holly if they're "still four people." Holly says "someone has to go tonight," and Jane wonders if Dan is going to go. Jane realizes no one is saying anything and she gives Chase a look. She asks, "So, is it me?"Sash tells her they think she could beat them for the $1 million. She flips him off. She cries and tells us her alliance are flippers, cheats and backstabbers. She also says Chase shouldn't even show his face back in North Carolina. Sash tries to console Jane back at camp and she tells him to leave her alone. She tells us she's got some time to think about it and she's not going to give up, "but the wrath of Jane is coming out tonight."She takes a bucket full of water and puts out the fire, saying, "By God, I started, I'll put it out."Tribal Council: Jeff asks if it was "somewhat of a crazy afternoon," and Dan announces that Jane threw a bucket of water on the fire. Jane says there's "no loyalty in tonight's vote, it's full of liars and backstabbers." She decides to call some people out on some stuff. She calls out Holly for stealing Dan's shoes. She says she's upset she made an alliance with a bunch of liars.Chase comes clean to Jeff about how Jane was part of a four-person alliance but they told her it was in their best interest to vote her off. Jeff asks Chase and the "alliance of three who seem to be in charge" about who will go next if Jane is voted off. Chase says it'd be either Dan or Fabio, depending on who doesn't win immunity. Chase asks Sash and Holly if they agree. They hesitate, but eventually agree. Jeff is stunned, calling it "a ballsy, big move."Jeff then asks the obvious question, "Why don't (Dan, Fabio and Jane) have their own alliance?" None of them says anything. Jane tells Jeff that she, Dan and Fabio should vote Holly out because Sash and Chase have idols. Jeff reminds them this is the last night they can use the idols.Holly says she's nervous. Jeff notices the look on Chase's face is "utter confusion" and Chase admits, "I don't know what the hell is going on now, actually."The vote: Jeff asks for hidden immunity idols if they have them, and Chase and Sash both turn theirs in.Jeff reads the votes: Jane, Jane, Jane, and the 13th person voted out is Jane.Jane's last words: "You find out really fast what people's true colors are out here. Sash is a big-ass liar. Holly, I lost total respect for her. And there's Chase, my old buddy in crime, who I'm just very disappointed in because he always promised he'd take me to the end."
15What About Me?
19 Dec 2010Description ▼
Jeff explains that Dan, Fabio, Sash, Holly and Chase are an unlikely final five. Dan has been ineffective, but is liked by most everyone. Holly flipped out, stole and sunk Dan's $1,600 shoes and nearly quit, but turned around to become a leader of a big move against Brenda. Chase has voted out every person he aligned with. Sash was all but gone on Day 28 after his closest allies quit, but he made deals with everyone left to get to the end and now he's "back in contention." Fabio is in the deepest hole, facing elimination as he's on the wrong side of the numbers game when it comes to alliances. "After 36 days of surprises," Jeff says, "the biggest are yet to come." Fabio starts plotting to break up Sash, Holly and Chase and goes to Holly first, asking if she wants to go to the final three with him or Chase. He promises he'll "go out fighting, unless someone else has a better plan." His plan is to "try to win immunity." Fabio next goes to Sash, who tells Fabio "what he wants to hear." He tells Fabio he'd like to go to the end with Chase, "just like I'd like to go to the end with you." Sash talks to Chase about how Fabio is nervous and confirms they are going with "the same plan as always." Chase says that if Fabio loses the next immunity challenge, he's going home.
19 Dec 2010
1You're Looking at the New Leader of Our Tribe
16 Feb 2011Description ▼
Eighteen castaways set out to Nicaragua for the beginning of "Survivor: Redemption Island." They land on the beach and hop off a helicopter flown by the Nicaraguan air force, but there's a surprise waiting that we know and they don't. Host Jeff Probst welcomes them to "Survivor," before introducing two more players who fly in on a separate helicopter. Out come Boston Rob and Russell Hantz.Jeff says Rob has proven his ability to help his tribe, and says Russell "masterminded two of the strongest alliances in 'Survivor' history." He says they have a combined 156 days of "Survivor" experience. Francesca says the two are sizing up the players like their "prey." Rob and Russell draw buffs to see who's joining which tribe. Rob joins Ometepe (orange buff) and Russell joins Zapatera (purple buff).Jeff explains that there is one more twist: When you are voted out at Tribal Council, you will not go home. He explains that the person voted out will live alone on "Redemption Island," and when the next person comes there, the two players will square off in a duel. "The winner stays, the loser goes out of the game for good." Jeff says that "at a certain point in the game" the person still on Redemption Island will have a chance to come back into the game for a chance to win the game.Russell says he's "grateful to be back" and says he was "a schoolboy" in his first two experiences. This time, he'll be the leader of the tribe. Sure enough, he gives his tribe a pep talk and promises he's not there to sabotage anything because it would "be pretty stupid." David says anyone who isn't suspicious of Russell is stupid. Farmer Ralph strategizes on building a shelter. Mike, an Iraq War veteran, thinks his tribe of "workerbees" can do well if they can avoid immunity challenges.At Ometepe, Rob is leading the building of a shelter, and Matt (a pre-med student) says the tribe is all about harmony. Natalie, a professional dancer, is warming up to Rob quickly and says she's glad Russell isn't on their tribe. Phillip is starting to rub people the wrong way -- especially some of the ladies -- because of his "aggressive personality," as Francesca puts it. He's pointing out the women's flaws in shoveling and using hatchets. He then reveals he's a former federal agent and "an expert at analyzing people's behavior," which will serve him and his tribemates well at the merge. He says he wasn't sure if or when he'd tell about his background, but opted to do it on Day 1. Francesca finds this whole thing hilarious.There's a basket full of goodies and Kristina says she can't believe anyone isn't looking for a clue to a hidden immunity idol. Rob comes over and says he knows she knows "what's up," and was trying to give her space and time to look through the stuff for a clue. Once he gets people away from the stash, he starts looking for a clue. Rob then goes to Phillip, who says he's "really good with girls," and that he wants to work together with Rob. Phillip later tells us he knows Rob is sizing him up, but he knows there will be a time when one needs to pounce on the other, like female lions.Phillip quickly pulls Kristina aside and tells her Rob is going to try to split the group but Phillip wants to stick with the girls.At Zapatera, Stephanie and Russell head out to look for Tree Mail and he starts telling her about how he brought Natalie and Parvati to the finals. He says it'll be the two of them to the merge, but he doesn't want to make it too obvious he's aligned with her. Two others in the tribe see that Russell is going for the girls and they say they need to get him out of the game immediately. David and Mike start to agree that they need to "get Russell gone as soon as possible," as Mike puts it.At Ometepe, Kristina is also thinking she doesn't want to have Rob around much longer. She's noticing the guys are in awe of Rob and the younger girls are, as well. She sets out to find a hidden immunity idol on her own. She quickly finds what appears to be an idol and buries it in a different spot. Later, she sees Rob heading down the beach with a group of folks and says to herself, "Rob's good... but I'm good, too."Kristina meets up with Francesca and Phillip, who has taken to wearing pink briefs. Kristina and Francesca tell Phillip they don't like the way he talks to them. He's extremely abrasive when they try to talk to him. After he leaves, Francesca wonders how she got stuck "with the old guy in the droppy fuchsia briefs."Immunity challenge: The teams will race to build steps for a temple and put a puzzle together at the top. The first team wins immunity and flint for fire.Zapatera jumps out to an early lead and maintains it throughout the process of pushing the first steps of the temple together. Zapatera puts its four pieces of steps together before Ometepe has finished its third step.Zapatera has a big lead on the puzzle when Ometepe finally gets started there. Jeff touts Rob's puzzle skills as Ometepe gets going. Zapatera's "gigantic lead," as Jeff puts it, quickly fades. But before Ometepe can fully make up the gap, Zapatera wins immunity and Russell steps up to accept the statue.Russell brags to us about how his tribe is stronger and smarter than Rob's.Back at Ometepe: Ashley says she feels like the tribe let Rob down because "you want to please your leader." Kristina, meanwhile, tells Francesca she has a hidden immunity idol. Francesca is skeptical because she can't fathom how it was found without a clue. Kristina says she can't trust the girls and that they should lull the girls into voting for her (Kristina), and she'll play the idol while she, Francesca and Phillip vote for Rob.Francesca tells us she thinks it's too early to vote Rob out because it will piss off everyone else. She thinks Natalie is the weakest and should go first.Kristina tells us she's still hot on voting Rob out. Kristina then goes straight to Rob and asks who he's thinking of voting of voting off he tells her he doesn't know. After some awkward silence, she leaves.Rob tells us he first wanted to vote Francesca off because she was suspicious of him and Russell from the outset. But he knows that Kristina was the one scheming to look for the hidden idol and says "she's dangerous."Rob tells the rest of the group he thinks "they" have the idol and that they should split the vote between Kristina and Francesca. He explains the process of splitting the vote.Meanwhile, Phillip is talking to Kristina about how he's with her and Francesca if she can tell him where the votes are. She finally decides to show him the idol and says they don't need the votes because they have the idol. She tells us she didn't want to show him, but figured she had to give him reassurance that he had some power in the game. She realizes it was a big risk to tell him.Phillip later tells us it might not be in the tribe's best interest to vote out Rob, but if it serves the interest of "a fellow shepherd," which is what he's taken to calling himself, he'll do it. Then he says that if it's that interest, "Goodbye, Rob. And you're looking at the new leader of our tribe."Tribal Council: Rob says the tribe worked together to build a shelter and says Phillip took the lead. Matt says Phillip will "call you out" if you're doing something counter-productive and "it's not really well received on the very first day."Francesca says the weakest person has to be voted out and it "implies" that a woman is going first.Rob understands he could go first, but there's nothing he could do about it.Francesca starts to hypothesize about the potential impact of Redemption Island and says that if Rob were to get voted out, "which isn't going to happen tonight," it could come back to haunt them. Suddenly, Phillip takes issue and blurts out that Kristina and Francesca asked him to vote for Rob. Francesca denies it and Phillip asks her not interrupt. Francesca says he's "a crazy person." Kristina mouths to Francesca that they should vote out Phillip. Phillip says out loud that he'll be voting for Francesca.Kristina goes on to say that Phillip might have "a little bit of instability," which prompts Phillip to declare that Kristina and Francesca approached him "because she (Kristina) has an immunity idol." He goes on to say they took him to it and showed it to him.Jeff asks, point blank, if Kristina has an idol and she admits she does. Jeff asks who this is news to, and most everyone raises their hand. Rob asks if their plan was to get together and vote him out. Kristina and Francesca both deny it.Rob says Phillip is adamant about his story, Francesca has adamantly denied it but Kristina hasn't adamantly said anything. She says they would have been stupid not to have considered voting Rob out, but she's already claimed she was really going to vote for Natalie. Rob asks to see the idol and Kristina hands it over. Rob is holding the idol and she asks Kristina if Phillip is, in fact, lying. She says Phillip is lying.Rob then says, "Give me the immunity idol and you'll stay." She refuses to do it. Rob then says, "I'm going to do what I said I was going to do with the people I was going to do it with. So, that's it."The vote: Rob writes down Francesca's name and says "it feels so good to play with you amateurs." Natalie writes down Kristina's name, saying, "You might make it through this Tribal Council, but probably not the next one."Francesca writes Phillip's name down, saying his "crazy outburst has spared Natalie." She tells us she hadn't planned to vote for Phillip or Rob.Jeff asks if anyone wants to play the hidden immunity idol and Kristina holds it firmly.The votes come out Kristina, Kristina, Francesca, Phillip, Francesca, Phillip, Kristina, Francesca. The first person voted out is Francesca.As she leaves, she declares, "Don't trust Phillip."Jeff tells the tribe that flint will be waiting for them back at camp, and that's all they've got to look forward to.Francesca's last words (for now): "I guess I should've trusted my instincts in the beginning, which was that Phillip is not to be trusted. I have no idea what's going to happen. I have no idea when the next person comes to Redemption Island, I have no idea what this duel is going to entail."
3Keep Hope Alive
02 Mar 2011Description ▼
Previously on...: Rob and Russell joined the 16 other castaways and there's a new twist: Redemption Island, where players go when they're voted out and duel to stay in the game. Russell made an alliance with two girls and tried to find the immunity idol, but Ralph found it. Ometepe lost but Rob remained in control and pulled Phillip into his alliance. Rob coerced Kristina into playing her idol even though she didn't need it. Rob orchestrated Matt's ouster, leaving Andrea wondering where she stands while Matt heads to Redemption Island for his duel with Francesca.Redemption Island: Francesca is shocked to see Matt there, and he's shocked to be there. They're both wondering why he's there instead of Phillip. Matt doesn't even have his things because he was so surprised. They're both now suspicious about and angry with Rob.Ometepe: Rob thinks the night couldn't have gone any better because Matt's out and Kristina played her idol. Rob lets Phillip in fully on the alliance: Natalie and Ashley, Rob and Grant. Phillip says, "You won't see any flip-flopping here." Rob knows the next morning he's going to need to patch things up with Andrea.The next morning, Matt and Francesca get Tree Mail that prepares them for their duel on Redemption Island, while the tribes find out that two people from the tribe will go to Redemption Island to watch the duel, based on drawing stones from a bag. David and Steve are the two from Zapatera, and Andrea and Ashley are the choices from Ometepe. Andrea is excited to see Matt.Rob isn't crazy about the chance that Andrea will talk to Matt.Redemption Island: In an arena-style setting, the spectators take their seats and Jeff welcomes the two competitors.The competitors have to use sticks and rope to make a long pole used to retrieve three keys, which open three locks on a door. The first person through stays in the game, and the loser is out for good.Francesca puts her stick together quickly and gets a key right away. Matt's first attempt breaks his stick. Francesca goes for her second key and gets it before Matt even has one. Matt's stick breaks again as Francesca extends her stick for her third key, but it breaks. Matt finally gets his first key and gets his second key while Francesca aims to fix her stick.Francesca makes a move for her third key while Matt does the same. Matt's stick is coming up short while Francesca nearly gets hers. Matt gets his third key and races to unlock his locks while Francesca falters. Matt opens his door and stays alive.Jeff congratulates him and sends Francesca packing, telling her to toss her buff in the first on her way out.Jeff sends Matt back to Redemption Island to await his next opponent.Steve thinks what he saw at Redemption Island is a chance to gain an advantage. He considers telling Russell that Francesca won and sent Matt packing.Ometepe: Andrea and Ashley get back and Ashley says Matt's "pissed." Rob starts to worry that Matt could run the gamut on the Island and get back into the game. He goes to chat with Andrea and apologizes for what happened and says he would've done it another way if he could. He tells her she's still in the alliance. She asks if Phillip an Kristina are going before her, and he says yes. She tells us she still doesn't trust Rob and is "still really pissed."Zapatera: Steve and David get back and tell Russell that Matt went home. As soon as Russell goes away, Steve tells the rest of the group that he lied to Russell.Russell, meanwhile, sets out to find the idol again. He's using the clue, but says it's "so vague." Ralph is giddy, telling us he's happy because he's got the idol.Stephanie, who's searching with Russell, decides they should pretend they have the idol by having her protect her bag. Steve notices how Stephanie is carrying the bag around closely.We get a close-up view of some disgusting growths on Russell's arm pits. Steve talks to Mike and Ralph about getting rid of Russell sooner than later. They even toss around the idea of throwing the challenge. Steve says there's nothing bigger than getting rid of him.Julie is worried about throwing a challenge for fear of Ometepe getting on a roll. Steve says they'll decide when they get to the challenge. The signal is one thumb up, meaning they'll throw the challenge.Immunity challenge: It's the wheel challenge, where three players are strapped to a wheel that other players spin. The two who are strapped in will have their heads go underwater at each turn of the wheel, where they try to collect as much water in their mouths as they can. They'll then spit that water into a bucket. The first team to fill their bucket releases a ball, which starts another player working on a puzzle. The puzzle is a maze and the puzzle maker has to maneuver the ball through the course and out a hole. There's also a reward -- comfort items, including chairs, pillows, blankets and a lantern.Steve, David, Ralph and Julie seem on board with throwing the challenge, but Julie is uncomfortable with it.Rob works on Ometepe's puzzle, while David works on his. Jeff notices that while Rob is making progress, "Dave's barely working."Russell tells us, "If I didn't know any better, I'd think they threw the challenge." He goes on to use a pretty unflattering word to describe his teammates.Ometepe: Everyone is hunting for the hidden immunity idol clue that must be buried within the luxury items. Nothing can be found until Rob sees Phillip sitting in one of the chairs, which appears to be lopsided. Rob asks Phillip to get up so he can try to fix it and Rob sees the clue woven into the fabric of the chair. He takes the chair behind a bush to "fix" it and pockets the clue."How lucky was that?" Rob tells us. "Had Phillip not been so fat that chair wouldn't have been bending as much and I wouldn't have told him to move."Rob goes to read the clue and it's pretty vague. He doesn't tell anyone about it, "because I want the idol for me."Zapatera: Ralph admits "it was a thrown challenge." He says they had to do it because Russell has to go. They decide to split the vote between Russell and Stephanie.Russell is upset because he's certain they threw the challenge. He decided to set out to get one person to split. He sends Stephanie to work on Julie. Stephanie tells Julie they have the idol. Julie says it "makes sense" for her to make a jump.Stephanie reports back to Russell and is giddy about it being the biggest blindside ever. Russell goes to talk to Julie and assures her that he'll have her back if she makes the move. He tells her to vote for Ralph.Tribal Council: Ralph says there's a division in the tribe, so being at Tribal Council isn't all bad. Serena says the division was caused mostly by Russell and his legacy, and that he lied immediately about scheming.Russell goes on to say it felt like "they threw the challenge." Mike admits they "didn't go 100 percent," and that they wanted to win but they have some fat on the tribe that they'd like to trim. Julie says she wants to go into the merge with numbers. Stephanie says Russell would be an asset to everyone later in the game and it was silly to throw the challenge. Steve and David both deny they threw it.Serena says Russell doesn't do anything around the camp, and Stephanie jumps to his defense again. Russell says all he has right now is hope and says, "It never is what it seems," after going on about how he's been "in trouble" each time he's played the game.The vote: Ralph writes down "Ressell" while Serena writes Stephanie's name, saying she's "misguided" and "rude." Russell writes down Ralph's name, saying, "This is my game, sucka."Jeff reads the votes: Russell, Ralph, Stephanie, Russell, Russell, Stephanie, Ralph, Ralph, and ... Julie smiles at Russell and Stephanie, who smile back, but the glee doesn't last. The final vote is for Stephanie, creating a three-way tie. Russell looks upset, Stephanie is annoyed.The rules state the three people in the tie will not vote and there will be a new vote for only Ralph, Russell or Stephanie.Russell shakes his head as the new votes are cast.Jeff gets the votes and reads them: Ralph, Russell, Russell, Russell, and the third person voted out is Russell."I'll be back, and be ready," Russell says."I'll be ready," Ralph says, smiling widely as Russell leaves. Stephanie turns to Julie and says, "Storm's coming."Russell's last words (for now): "This is the first time I've ever been voted out. I don't like it at all. I was pissed off, I wanted to bitch-slap every single one of them.""Right now this is his house," he says, referring to Matt on "Redemption Island." "I'm about to take it from him."
4Don't You Work for Me?
09 Mar 2011Description ▼
Secrets are revealed on Redemption Island and the second duel reduces one castaway to tears when he is eliminated from the game for good.
5We Hate Our Tribe
16 Mar 2011Description ▼
Previously on...: Rob found the hidden immunity idol and maintained a loyal following despite losing three of four challenges. Russell was outcast immediately and voted off and eventually out of the game. Kristina was voted out to Redemption Island, only strengthening Rob's position in Ometepe.Back at camp: Phillip feels like the "odd man out" and says that people are going to have to realize that he brings a lot to the tribe.The next morning, Rob complains about Phillip sticking his knee in his back while they were sleeping. Rob's also annoyed that Phillip is aggravating everyone else in the tribe. Rob wonders whether that's a good reason to keep Phillip around because it takes the focus off of him.Zapatera: Steve says things are humming along in his tribe and his six-person alliance is "rock solid." He says there's hope to bring Krista and Stephanie in before the merge.Another duel is in the offing and Zapatera and by using a random draw, Stephanie and Krista are the ones to go witness it. Julie says they are no longer a threat and are "just pawns" in the game. Stephanie plans to send the other tribe a message that the two of them are ready to play. Rob and Grant show up to the duel.Redemption Island: Matt and Kristina arrive and Jeff reminds them that the loser of the challenge goes home.The players have to collect puzzle pieces and put them together in the shape of a cube.Matt gets all of his pieces collected first, but Kristina isn't too far behind. Matt gets close, but realizes he's wrong. Matt asks Rob to explain why he voted him out. Jeff asks Rob why he voted Matt out and Rob says, "It doesn't take one person to vote someone out, Jeff, you know that."The race resumes and Matt figures it all out while Kristina is left spent and out of breath.Matt tells Rob and Grant that he's hoping to get back in the game and rejoin the tribe. Stephanie pipes in and says she won't be as loyal to her tribe mates. Rob says it doesn't hurt to know that if she's telling the truth. She assures him that she is.Stephanie is proud of herself for not just planting a seed, but taking "a sequoia tree" and planting it in his brain.Ometepe: While Rob and Grant were away, Phillip was frustrated that he was unable to make an impression on Natalie and Ashley. He says they remind him of crabs, because they run away from him when he approaches.Andrea is annoyed that Ashley and Natalie don't do much but she feels obligated to stay close to them. Andrea says that if she had it her way she'd want to get rid of them before Phillip.Phillip talks to Andrea about how much he admires her work around camp. He tells her he's frustrated that he hasn't connected with anyone. Phillip suggests to Andrea that he, her and Matt could be aligned if Matt comes back. He thinks he's started a connection.Rob and Grant get back and Phillip tells us that Rob is the dictator/king, and he's waiting for his chance to replace the king.Zapatera: Stephanie and Krista are feeling good as they head back to camp.Krista says there's been no talk of strategy at camp since Russell left. Mike still doesn't see them having much impact on the game.Julie is worried the tribe is feeling overconfident.Immunity/reward challenge: With a caller yelling out directions, the blindfolded teams have to get through a maze to collect pieces to a word puzzle. The caller has to also solve the puzzle once the pieces are all collected.Also on the line are pastries and all the fixings for coffee.David is annoyed that Stephanie was picked to be the puzzle solver for Zapatera. Rob takes the role for Ometepe.Stephanie does a good job getting three of four bags of pieces, but Ralph has trouble following her directions to get the fourth bag. Rob gets Ometepe's four bags collected first.As he pours out his puzzle pieces, Rob drops one off his table but doesn't seem to notice.Stephanie makes up a lot of time and takes the lead. Rob finds the piece he dropped and gets back into it. Steve mutters to Julie that David should have been their caller because Stephanie's not smart enough. Ralph mutters something similar and Rob solves the puzzle first to give Ometepe immunity and reward.Julie says Zapatera won despite losing because they'll have the chance to vote out either Krista or Stephanie.Ometepe: Everyone is all smiles as they tear up on the pasties and coffee.Grant notices a scroll of paper in the coffee. Rob sees it, too, and they work together to give Rob some space to go hide the clue. Rob instead goes and buries the new clue while giving Grant the first idol clue he found earlier in the game. Rob tells us that none of this really matters because he already has the idol.Zapatera: Sarita calls out David, saying he gets stressed under pressure when solving puzzles, and David takes offense. He declares that he's the only one doing puzzles from now on.Mike says they can't trust Stephanie or Krista and says Stephanie should go first. Julie tells Sarita that she still has hope Stephanie can be turned, but there's no hope for Krista. Sarita says she'd like to vote David out, but it has to be either Stephanie or Krista.Krista seems resigned to the fact that they're out. She says there's no scrambling for them to do.Tribal Council: Krista confirms for Jeff that she and Stephanie are still outsiders and says no one is playing the game. Sarita says they're playing the game so "fast and furious" that they got rid of a huge threat immediately in Russell. Mike tells Krista she hasn't played the game, either, because she hasn't made any relationships.Krista starts to call out "pairs" of people within the alliance of six. She suggests that David is out of that group.Steve says he would have preferred if David got the caller and puzzle maker job in the challenge. Stephanie says she can only hope the rest of the tribe realizes she's given her all in challenges.The vote: Krista and Stephanie hold hands as the votes are cast and Jeff reads the results: Steve, Steve, Krista, Krista, Krista, Krista, and the fifth person voted out is Krista.
6Their Red-Headed Stepchild
23 Mar 2011Description ▼
Previously on...: Matt has won all three duels at Redemption Island. At Ometepe, Rob was happy to keep Phillip around because of how annoyed everyone else was by him. At Zapatera, some bickering began to happen within the alliance, but Krista was ousted and left Stephanie on her own.Redemption Island: Krista is happy to meet up with Matt on Redemption Island, where they talk about how they agree that God put them there and tease each other about being blonde.Zapatera: Steve is surprised that Krista and Stephanie both wrote his name down. He asks Stephanie why she voted for him and she says it was about keeping the strongest team possible. She tells us she's trying to be nicer to people to have a chance to stay in the game. Steve tells us he thinks her vote was stupid and he tells her directly that it was a "poor move." He tells us she's tightening the rope around her neck.Ometepe: Natalie and Ashley are having a spa day on the beach where they're trimming each other's body hair. They realize that other people are working around them and they don't really care. Phillip has had it and makes a request: That they check on the fire every half-hour, or so. They agree and he leaves.Phillip tells us there'd be something wrong with the game if he goes to Redemption Island before Ashley and Natalie. He thinks it's time that they "must go."Redemption Island: Krista gets a Bible in her tree mail and she and Matt go pray together. Matt says their spiritual connection could make it more difficult for them to compete against each other.Andrea and Natalie from Ometepe and Julie and Mike from Zapatera are on hand to witness the duel between Matt and Krista. They have to use grappling hooks to grab bags containing balls. Once they have three bags collected, they must use one ball to complete a table maze.They each grab their first bags quickly and Krista gets her second bag first. Matt soon follows, but Krista's third throw yields her third bag first. Matt gets his third bag.Krista takes the lead on the maze but Matt closes the gap and eventually finishes first, winning his fourth consecutive duel on Redemption Island.Krista cries as she leaves and hands Matt her Bible as she leaves, saying that he's an "extremely strong believer," and that might be why he's doing so well out there. Matt tells us he could "never thank her enough" for what she gave him.Andrea says her whole image of Matt changed because of his bond with Krista, but now she realizes that he "could be very dangerous" if he stays in the game much longer.Zapatera: Sarita is having some tooth pain and Julie tells us she's "kind of a drama queen princess." Ralph is a little annoyed, too. David tries to talk to Stephanie about making bonds with everyone else to try to unseat Sarita's position. Stephanie decides to think about "how to suck up to people I hate."Ometepe: Phillip is gathering more wood and tells the girls to help stockpile some wood. He's frustrated that they aren't helping or giving him any credit for his work. Rob and Grant are also frustrated, but agree they aren't going to be the ones to say anything. Ashley tells Phillip that he talks to them more harshly than he talks to the guys. It turns into a verbal exchange. Rob is worried the tribe is going to split and takes Phillip aside. He advises Phillip to stress "community." He realizes Phillip was right, but says he's glad the girls aren't doing anything because it'll be less motivation for anyone to want to give them the million dollars.Zapatera: Stephanie decides to go to Steve and apologize for voting for him. She tells him she wasn't trying to hurt his feelings. Steve tells us she's either trying to play the game better or speaking from the heart. He's not sure which, but he's willing to leave that door open with her. She then tells him she wants to see Sarita voted out. Steve tells her the others agree that Sarita is weaker. She says she'd like to prove herself in a challenge.Immunity challenge: Two members of each tribe use a slingshot to launch balls across the beach to players from both tribes who are waiting to catch the balls with nets on sticks. The first team to catch five balls wins immunity and a reward of an evening trip and a nice dinner.Ometepe leads early after Grant catches three short tosses from Natalie. Rob catches a fourth ball to extend Ometepe's lead. David, who is launching balls for Zapatera, gets frustrated with his teammates. Natalie launches another one short to Grant, who catches it for the win.Ometepe: The tribe rejoices in its reward meal and the breathtaking view from the picnic spot. Rob spots a rolled up note but decides not to make a move for it (remember, he has an idol already, but no one else in his tribe knows). Grant takes the note and pockets it, and Rob pulls him aside so they can "check out the view." They read the note, but Phillip walks up saying he saw it, too. Rob tells us it was like they got busted by the principal. Phillip tells us he didn't like how Rob and Grant tried to keep the note from him, adding, "Hell hath no fury like a lion and a gorilla when he thinks he's been provoked." He says he's all about integrity, but says he's going to smile it off, but "when the time comes, I'm gonna kick a little ass around here."Zapatera: David tells us he's been lobbying for Stephanie to stay and for Sarita to go. David tells Steve and Julie that the real need is to field the strongest tribe.. Stephanie continues to lobby, but Sarita says she isn't going to go around begging for votes.On the beach, David campaigns further for Stephanie with Mike, Ralph and Steve. Julie comes and says Stephanie is stronger but she trusts Sarita more. Mike is also worried about keeping Sarita, saying she's "kind of been cruising" and he's not opposed to keeping Stephanie around.Tribal Council: Jeff asks if there's regret for having tossed a challenge to oust Russell. David says things could be different, in terms of momentum, if they hadn't done that. Ralph thinks he could have done a better job shooting balls in the challenge. Stephanie says Sarita was shaking in her boots when it came to a physical challenge. Sarita says she didn't want to say she could do something and end up being the goat. Sarita tries to say she felt horrible watching the loss.Stephanie pounces, saying that Sarita doesn't really want to be there. Steve says that one of Stephanie's "pros" is that she's a warrior at heart and works hard at the camp. Sarita is a confidant but he'd like to see her work more at camp. David restates his case that the focus should be on winning challenges. Ralph says that sounds "pretty good."The vote: Sarita writes down Stephanie's name, saying that if she'd thought about her actions and how she fit in with the tribe, she'd still be around. Stephanie writes down Sarita's name, saying she's not leaving now and she'll kick her ass when she gets to Redemption Island. David writes down Sarita's name, saying he made the best case he could for Stephanie.Jeff reads the votes: Sarita, Stephanie, Sarita, Stephanie, Stephanie and the sixth person voted out is Stephanie.Sarita's last words (for now): "My strategy out here is be brutally honest about the Zapatera tribe. When I win, I'm not going back to them. That's obvious."
9The Buddy System
13 Apr 2011Description ▼
Previously on...: Matt's time on Redemption Island came to an end, but his lack of decisiveness after the merge left him back there. Rob, who was worried about his standing with Matt back in the game, was spared when Matt decided to stay true to his former tribe and ended up back at Redemption Island again.Redemption Island: Matt congratulates himself "on being the most naive person to ever play the game of 'Survivor.'" He says it's "like the biggest practical joke that's ever been played right now." He talks to God about how he's "using my stupidity for your glory."Back at camp: The group is still reeling from Rob's play against Matt, but Mike and David can't even contain their amazement at Rob's move. Julie says it's "cold blooded," and worries that there's no breaking the former Ometepe tribe's loyal shield. Ralph asks Ashley and Natalie if he's on the chopping block, but she says they can't talk about any of that. He tells her that if she's in the top three he'll vote for her.Ralph's worried, saying he has no clue what's going on. Rob pulls his alliance aside and insists that they vow not to say anything about strategy to any of the Zapatera people. Rob says he has an "us versus them mentality" in mind, and that's why he's playing them against each other.Natalie tells Rob about Ashley's conversation with Rob and how Ashley decided not to tell Rob about it. Now Rob is insistent on the fact that Ashley won't be in the final three because she didn't tell him about the exchange. "You have to tell me everything," he tells us, as if he's talking to Ashley.Immunity challenge: Phillip is wearing a feather on his head, saying that he was waiting for a sign and out of nowhere came this feather. He says things are looking for the "Ontempo" or "Atempe" alliance.The players have to go through a three-round challenge involving digging for a club to smash tiles (the first six move on); then holding water in their mouths and spitting it into a cylinder (the first three move on); and finally putting together a puzzlie of blocks.Grant, Rob, Ralph, Mike, David, and Julie are the first six to move on to the next round. In the second round, Grant, Mike and David are the ones to move on, with Rob just missing out.In the final round, Grant jumps out to a lead as Ralph roots for Mike under his breath. But Grant has it and wins immunity as the former Ometepe tribe celebrates as if it was still tribal immunity on the line.Back at camp: Mike is worried about Tribal Council "unless we can pull off a miracle -- a Hail Mary." Mike and David seem to notice that the tribe's flagpole has moved and they start digging. Rob notices and has the rest of his crew back to see what they're digging for. Phillip comes over and starts digging as Mike and David step aside and pretend nothing was happening.Mike and David stand by and watch the digging, assuming there was nothing there. Mike thinks Rob thinks there was an idol there and that he and David found it.Rob admits to us that he still "can't shake this idol paranoia." He thinks another idol could be in play because Ralph played his idol the previous night.Rob pulls his group aside and asks who they want to vote out. Ralph and David both come up. Then Mike's name is tossed in. Rob is worried that someone has an idol and decides he has to gamble.Tribal Council: Phillip says his great-great-grandfather, "a full-blooded Cherokee" came to him and said that someone from the former Ometepe tribe would win immunity.Some Zapatera members try to make Phillip think he's on the bottom of the Ometepe group. Phillip continues to be the target of the Zapatera tribe's ire.David says he has a pretty good idea that the person going home will be one of them.Jeff says he has no idea who's going home. Steve writes down Phillip's name.Jeff brings back the ballots: Phillip, Phillip, Philllip, Phillip, Phillip, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, and the ninth person voted out is Mike.Mike heads off, but with only half the episode gone ...Back at camp: Rob tells Phillip he was "a soldier" and tries to reassure him that he's not at the bottom, but he's "at the top," with Rob. Rob is very happy that Phillip is acting like a loyal solider. Rob says that Phillip is his Number 1, and that Natalie and Phillip will come to the final three with him.The next morning, Phillip tells us that everybody wants to think he's naive and polarizing. He says he knows that Rob wants him to be there at the end. He says he has to make something happen, but "now is not the time for that."Ralph and David discuss taking one shot to make a move. Later, Ralph starts to draw Phillip into a conversation about his standing in the game. David tells us that it's not really a lot of fun when nobody else is trying to play the game.Immunity/reward challenge: With a stack of cheeseburger teasing them, the player show up for the immunity challenge and Jeff tells them everyone will have the opportunity to feast on cheeseburgers.Jeff then explains that the players have the option to eat or play for immunity. Phillip and Steve are the only ones who choose to eat. The rest of the players hang over a pool of water. After 20 minutes, they will only be allowed to use their legs to hang.Rob struggles quickly and is the first to fall in.Phillip teases David while he eats burgers and David hangs on for his "Survivor" life.When the players to switch to hanging from their legs only, Julie drops out quickly. Grant goes next, followed by Ralph. David has a solid position and is the last ex-Zapatera hanging on. After 45 minutes, David begins to struggle and eventually falls into the water.Ashley, Natalie and Andrea decide among themselves that Andrea can take this one, and they let themselves fall into the water in a choreographed sequence.Back at camp: Rob is happy that an Ometepe won the challenge and says he doesn't want the Zapatera group to get any momentum whatsoever.Ralph sees that some fish have been caught in the net and Rob says that because they've been out for a while, they're inedible. Julie says she thinks Rob just doesn't want " his people" to take anything from the Zapatera.Rob later tells us he's running his tribe "like the army" and he's the general. Grant walks over and eats some fish. Steve is in awe over Rob's control over the group. David also takes note that "nobody's going to cross" Rob.Rob says that night's vote is between David and Steve, and he is thinking about the jury votes.Tribal Council: Phillip declares that an operation of "Stealth R Us," and he outlines each person's name and role in the operation. Jeff is wowed and asks Ralph if it's difficult to beat "Stealth R Us."Phillip makes no apologies for eating burgers when Ralph tries to mock him over it. Steve then admits he just "made the decision to take the food and hope for the best." He says "this is not my thing."Jeff presses the group on the alliance question and Phillip reveals that they have a "buddy system" in place where none of them is left on his or her own. Jeff seems surprised. Julie says "Rob has complete control over them -- it's not even a tribe, it's a cult."David says it's "virtually insurmountable" to overtake the Ometepe tribe members and that Redemption Island might be the best change to make a difference in the game.The vote: David writes Rob's name down four times on one sheet hoping it will get counted four times.Jeff reads the votes: Rob, Rob, Rob, Rob, David, David, David, David, David, and the 10th person voted out is David.Ashley mouths to Rob, "And then there were three."Last words: David says that the last few days have been frustrating and that every time he thinks things are moving, the brakes get put on by somebody else.
20 Apr 2011Description ▼
Previously on: Despite infighting earlier, both tribes closed ranks after the merge, with Rob even saying outright (to us) that he wants his tribemates to hate the former Zapatera folks. After the merge, Mike and the Zapatera crew tried to woo some Ometepe, but it didn't work. They tried to convince Phillip to jump, but he stayed loyal to Rob and Mike was voted out along with David.Now Ralph, Julie and Steve are alone against a united Ometepe tribe, and Redemption Island now holds three players.Redemption Island: Matt is praying for some kind of salvation from the trials of the game. Just when he thinks he's ready to face it, David shows up. Matt is confused.Back at camp: Steve is happy Dave went instead of him. He, Ralph and Julie talk about how Phillip was "flapping his gums" at Tribal Council. Phillip, meanwhile, is mumbling some kind chant that seems to annoy Steve, who is still hopeful that Phillip's tribemates could become irritated enough with him to want to vote him out.Phillip continues to meditate, explaining to us his connection to Buddhism. He says a vision of his grandfather gave him some clarity about his relationship with Rob.The former Zapatera are eating their own rice while Phillip watches. He decides to steal some.Tree Mail explains that everyone will return to Redemption Island to witness the next duel.Redemption Island: Matt, Mike and David take their places in the arena. Matt says he's hurt but ready to keep going.Each player will have 150 wooden tiles to use for a house of cards. The first two to build a tower to eight feet stay alive. The one who fails is out of the game and becomes the first member of the jury.Mike jumps out quickly, with Matt close behind. David is struggling. Mike continues to dominate but flirts with disaster as he nears completion. Matt and David continue to catch up. Finally, Mike is able to get his tower to stay put and wins. Matt soon follows, despite David's best effort to catch up. Mike and Matt are still alive. David is out.Rob is worried that Matt could once again come back into the game and take him out.Back at camp: The Ometepe players find maggots in their rice and when they ask if they can put their clean rice in the same container as Zapatera's, Steve says no. Phillip and Steve argue over who is and isn't being reasonable. Phillip tells Steve he's going to steal the Zapatera rice container and fill it with the clean rice. Phillip amps it up to a racial argument after Steve calls him a lunatic.Phillip later says Steve thinks he's better than his and "I think it has some slight racial undertones to it."Steve decides to go straight to Rob and says they're going to vote Phillip out. Rob and Grant agree they were uncomfortable. Rob says it's OK for Phillip to be Public Enemy No. 1, he just has to figure out who Public Enemy No. 2 is going to be.Immunity challenge: Each player must build a multi-base puzzle wheel. The first six to finish the first stage can move on to the second stage. The winner gets immunity.Andrea, Grant, Julie, Rob and Ralph are the first to start their puzzles. Rob finishes first, followed by Julie, Ralph, Andrea, Steve and Grant -- despite Phillip having thought he had it at one point.Steve gets a fast start in the second stage but Andrea steps up and Rob stays close behind. Rob makes a comeback and finishes a split second before Steve.Steve is hopeful he and his alliance can pull two Ometepe players over for the vote to take out Phillip.The Zapatera are rejoicing over how much rice they're eating. Julie then tells us she and her mates are going to vote Phillip out. She then goes and buries his shorts, forcing him to have to hang out "in his cute little underwear" for a while.He discovers they're gone and asks questions. Ashley says everyone in camp is over him. He says "it's going to get real interesting around here" if his trunks don't show up.Steve wants Phillip to apologize, but doesn't see it happening. Rob says he's getting less comfortable with Phillip."One man should not have this much power on an island," he says, "but I'm glad I do."Tribal Council: Jeff asks Phillip about his attire (his pink underwear) and Phillip opens up about how someone stole his trunks. Steve later brings up Phillip's racially driven tirade. Phillip then equates Steve's claims that he's crazy with the n-word. Jeff asks for clarification. Phillip explains it to Jeff, who sums it up by saying that Phillip took Steve's comments one way and Steve may not have meant it that way. They could both be describing the events accurately, but it's a matter of perspective.Natalie says she feels for Steve because she doesn't think he's prejudiced, but she also feels for Phillip because she doesn't know what it's like to be black.Jeff finally asks who took the shorts and Julie admits it, saying she buried them and put a rock on top of them, and they'll never be found.The vote: Steve writes down Phillip's name, saying there was no prejudice involved with "the crazy comment." Julie also writes down Phillip's name and says it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. Ralph writes down Phillip's name and wishes him well on Redemption Island, "With your underwear and your two feathers."Jeff reads the votes: Phillip, Phillip, Phillip, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, and the 11th person voted out is Julie."Guess you're not going to ever find your shorts," she tells Phillip as she gets up.Julie's last words (for now): "I was not expecting this, I really thought it was going to be Steve or Ralph. There's poison in that tribe, and his name is Phillip."
12You Mangled My Nets
04 May 2011Description ▼
Previously on...: Ometepe has been unstoppable since the merge, winning challenge after challenge and taking out one Zapatera after another. The only rough spot has been Phillip, when his antics proved to be too much. Andrea, too, is a bit on the outs because she's showing too much loyalty to Matt. But Ralph and Steve went home last week, leaving only six Ometepe.Redemption Island: Ralph joins Mike and Matt and talks about the bad shape Steve is in when Steve shows up. That makes three Zapatera and Matt on Redemption. Matt wonders what the Ometepe members are going to do now. When they realize the jury is going to be dominated by Zapatera, Ralph says he sees daylight. If he can make it to the end, he's golden.Back at camp: Andrea is excited but Natalie is crying "hormone tears." She explains the next morning that she's emotional because they have to start knocking each other off, then she starts to miss her family and friends. Rob understands her youth is showing through. He says it's critical for him to comfort her, so he does. Rob tells us he's got eight days left and he's got to keep everyone happy. He needs to ensure they don't realize he's "the one that should be going."Tree mail includes a special message from Sprint. There's a cell phone giving directions to Redemption Island's duel. They have to check videos on the phone, which includes messages from home. Natalie cries when she sees her mom. Rob seems to struggle to muster some tears, but does.Redemption Island: The duelers get a phone with videos, as well. Matt says he wants to die when he sees his brother, saying he'll do anything he can to win the challenge if it means spending time with his brother.Matt, Mike, Ralph and Steve arrive for their four-way duel. Jeff tells them that the winner of the duel will get time with their loved one. The players have to break tiles by tossing balls at their tiles from afar. The first to break four tiles wins, and the last to come up short is out of the game.After the first two rounds, Mike has two tiles broken and everyone else has one. Mike, Matt and Ralph each break another.Mike wins the duel by breaking his fourth tile. Ralph and Steve both miss. In the next round, Matt breaks his third, as does Ralph. In the end, Matt and Ralph both break their final tiles and Steve is out of the game.Jeff then gets to the reward. Mike's mom walks out, but Mike has a decision: He can forego his time with his mom and let his two Redemption Island peers, or "give love" to everyone else left in the game.Mike says the decision is clear in his head. He makes a reference to the Bible and says his only play is to try to make the most good for the most people. Mike wants to let the six Ometepe enjoy time with their loved ones. Jeff says he thought the odds of that happening were "less than zero."Back at Redemption Island, Ralph says he would've accepted MIke spending time with his mom, but he's pissed off that Mike tried to win votes. Matt says he's glad he didn't win because he couldn't have done that. Mike says it was the right decision and that God led him to it. He insists to us that it wasn't strategic. He apologizes to Ralph and Matt.Murlonio camp: The players and their loved ones get back to camp and get a tour. It's joyful and emotional for everyone. Natalie cries some more and feels a push from her mom. Phillip says seeing his sister empowered him to continue to "dominate." Rob explains his strategy to his sister (making as many players as possible think they're with him to the end) and reiterates, "All they have to do is talk to each other. But they won't."Immunity challenge: Rob says the vote will probably go toward Andrea, so she's the only one who can't win.The players show up and see a massive staircase. The players must put together puzzle steps to make their way to the top. The first one there wins.Andrea takes an early lead, with Rob and Grant close behind. Running up and down the staircase wears on the players and Jeff says it's about 110 degrees.Grant takes the lead and it's pretty much him, Andrea and Rob still in the running. But Grant makes some big mistakes that open the door a bit. Rob takes advantage and grabs the lead, but in doing so has some serious endurance issues. His legs start cramping. He's dehydrated. But somehow Rob manages to win immunity and nearly passes out while drinking some water Natalie brings him.While everyone seems set on Andrea, Phillip again starts up with the antics and tells us his plan all along was to let his craziness work to get him to the end. He also thinks he has arguments that would sway the jury in his favor against Rob if the time comes.Tribal Council: The biggest takeaway is that everyone feels safe from elimination. When Jeff asks if anyone is nervous, no one raises a hand.The vote: It's unanimous. With just one vote for Phillip, the rest go to Andrea.
1I Need Redemption
14 Sep 2011Description ▼
We open with a pre-recorded bit, in which Jane Lynch sits down with the faux-President of Television, Leonard Nimoy, who tells her that men find her woman-ish and women find her man-ish. (Alec Baldwin had taped this, but quit when Fox cut a News Corp joke. It's hard not to think Baldwin's comedic timing might have served the bit better than Nimoy's.)Leonard reminds her not to let the audience know that all the stars all live together in a tiny apartment building, which he reveals behind the curtain. Yes, it's weird. Then it's time for the song, about the magic of television as Jane wanders through.Jeremy Piven and "Lloyd" (Rex Lee) join for a few dance moves, after which Piven wonders what he's doing. "I'm not even on anymore!" Jane sings about TV crime shows and we see Kevin Nealon, then Eric Dane from "Grey's Anatomy" as she sings about patients being cured in a week. Jane next wanders into "The Big Bang Theory", then by Marcel from "Top Chef", Randy Jackson from "American Idol," the boys from "Myth Busters" and up to Ron from "Parks and Rec" who tells her to stop singing."I know this seems stupid and shlocky, and already seems overly long, but it's the Emmys, c'mon! Get on board," Jane tells him.And then she sings some more, not taking her own analysis to heart, walking by Andy Richter and the cast of "Mad Men". She tells them about the future, including that people can watch TV on their phones and fast forward through commercials. Don Draper kicks her out.There's a line about on TV high school students look roughly 24 as she walks by a few "Friday Night Lights"ers in a locker room.Then it's Jane into a rally hosted by her "Glee" alter-ego, Sue Sylvester, whom she promptly slushies.Then we're into the auditorium, where the number continues, as Jane sings about TV as a vast wonderland. ("Except for HBO, it's not TV")The dancers lift her in the air for the big finish. "Try doing that in triple-Spanx," she says. She surveys the audience, picking out her "nodding friends," and noting that "Jon Hamm and I are at 'finger-pistols'."Jane introduces "The Emmy Tones," some actors she roped into joining her, including Zachary Levi, Cobie Smulders, Taraji Henson, Kate Flannery, Wilmer Valderrama and Joel McHale, presumably friends she had some dirt on. They sing to introduce the first comedy category. The audience doesn't seem to know what to do with it, but at least is happy to know what Wilmer Valderrama is up to.We see seconds-long clips from a slew of shows, then it's on to Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel.Kimmel congratulates Fallon on his nomination, then asks if he wrote a speech. Fallon says no, because they all know Jon Stewart is going to win. Kimmel then tackles him him to the ground, wresting the prepared speech from his pocket. It contains "notes to self" such as crying on cue and holding the statue like it's the "Lion King" baby.On to best supporting actress in a comedy, Jane Lynch's category. Julie Bowen from "Modern Family" wins."I don't know what I'm going to talk about next week in therapy now," she says, struggling to compose herself.Juliana Margulies is out next to present "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy", deadpanning that she's the funniest woman in TV. She notes the category features "that kid from 'Glee' and that guy from 'Pretty in Pink' and four guys from 'Modern Family," she says.The winner is: Ty Burrell from "Modern Family". He mentions that his dad passed away before he had success and he wonders what he'd think of the fact he goes to work every day in full make-up. Then he thanks all his costars and mentions his dad again. "If he were here tonight, I think he would say... 'But why the make-up?'." His dad would like his wife and be impressed that he gets to learn every day, "in the end I think he'd feel like, 'Couldn't you just wear a little powder? Why do you have to look like a harlot?'"Jane welcomes us back and introduces controversial Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, via satellite. He apologizes that he couldn't be there, and says he wasn't allowed after the Globes. This sets up his bit, that he was warned he'll be edited if he says anything controversial. Some quick cuts ensue, including one that has him calling Fox fantastic in splices.He intros the nominees for "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series". The Emmy goes to Michael Alan Spiller for "Modern Family".Zooey Deschanel and Will Arnett are up to present comedy writing. The winners are Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman of "Modern Family." The Steven mentions the episode with the kids walking in on their parents came from real life (his wife's eye roll in the audience gets the biggest laugh of the speech).That's four awards, all to the same ABC show. Fox, which is airing the telecast, must be thrilled.Jane welcomes us back to "The Modern Family Awards". She introduces the next presenter, saying she was his therapist for many years "and apparently I suck." Ladies and Gentlemen, Charlie Sheen, to present "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series", his old category. He addresses his former "Two and a Half Men" costars, and says from the bottom of his heart, he wishes them continued success. There is no punchline, but plenty of awkward.The winner is Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory". (The announcer who has been offering banal facts as the winners walk up mentions that he eats a lot of peanut butter.)"Oh this is so odd for so many reasons," says the CBS star, going on to not make much more sense as Sheen, the former CBS star, lurks behind him.Sofia Vergara and Rob Lowe are out next for "Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy", they start with Amy Poehler from "Parks & Recreation" and she takes the stage. She's joined by Melissa McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco,Tina Fey and Laura Linney. They hold hold hands like beauty queens and wait. They get a standing ovation as everyone tries to figure out if the bit was planned.The winner is Melissa McCarthy from "Mike and Molly" who can fairly clearly be seen to say "holy s---" when her name is announced. She's presented with roses and a tiara to go with her award."Holy smokes!" she says, acknowledging her sister in the audience. She promises to carry CBS prez Nina Tassler and Les Moonves around later that night.We return to a pre-recorded bit with stars from "The Office" talking about the worst part of their job. Then others stop by, like Jesse (Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad") to bring Creed a bag. He takes it, announcing: "Hey guys, my crystal meth is here!"Kim Kardashian doesn't understand the question and wonders if she's pronouncing "work" right."The Office" mates confer and decide the new boss doesn't seem right, Andy goes to talk to him and finds Ashton Kutcher, wondering if the "beautiful drifter" is in the wrong place.Kutcher plays dumb. "I was wondering where the half man was," he says.The Emmy Tones are back to sing awkwardly about the new combined reality and variety category.Jane Lynch returns. "Everyone was asking me if I have a gay agenda for hosting, and actually I do," she says, taking a list out of her pocket to read from. "Call Rachel Maddow and find out what time spinning is, take the pick-up in for an oil change - nah, I'll do that myself. And there was a third thing, but I must have left it in my fanny pack."David Spade and Kaley Cuoco are out next to introduce best outstanding reality competition. (She towers over him.) The Emmy goes to "Amazing Race" again. (The announcer says it's a "race to the podium". Groan.)On to best writing for a variety, music or comedy series. The Colbert Report writers shout their name all at once, SNL's scroll with pictures of Justin Timberlake, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon rolls with puppies dressed up, Jon Stewart's crew does mock up of Newsweek's cover and Conan O'Brien pulls one name from a hat - his."The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" wins. It's the show's seventh win. The writers read a stilted thank you, the joke of which is that Jon Stewart usually proofs their writing, but not this time.Jane wanders the audience, talking to the camera, mentioning that after the show the clothes come off and it's a big sweaty pile. She introduces "The Lonely Island" and Michael Bolton. They're on to the Bolton doing captain Jack Sparrow, then Ed Helms, John Stamos and Maya Rudolph doing the "D--- in a box" guys singing "It's Not Gay if It's in a Threeway" (might have to YouTube that for it to make sense). Then Akon comes out singing about just having sex in front of a giant American Flag.Lea Michele and Ian Somerhalder are out next to introduce best directing for variety, music or comedy series. The winner is Don Roy King for the "Saturday Night Live" episode with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.Anna Paquin and Scott Caan introduce outstanding comedy, variety series, mentioning that "The Daily Show" has won eight years in a row. It wins again.Jon Stewart is taller than Scott Caan.He gives a special nod to Colbert.More Emmy Tones, introducing drama clips.Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher are out next to present best writing for a drama. Kutcher clarifies that he is not Charlie Sheen and doesn't think Cryer is a troll. The Emmy goes to Jason Katims for "Friday Night Lights".He reads from notes, thanking the cast and crew and his family, ending with the predictable "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."The award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series is next. Margo Martindale wins for "Justified". When she takes careful steps up the stage, Ed O'Neill rushes from the audience to help her."Sometimes, things just take time," she says through tears. Her co-stars in the audience are in tears, too. She thanks creator Graham Yost, even though he killed her.Loretta Devine and Paul Crane are out to present drama directing. The winner is Martin Scorsese for "Boardwalk Empire", his first Emmy win.He sees the clock ticking down and resolves to talk a little fast, rattling off names of folks at HBO and his crew.Kerry Washington and Jason O'Mara are out next delivering a rough bit on the side effects of winning an Emmy before "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series".The winner is Peter Dinklage from "Game of Thrones". He thanks his show creators, somewhat calmly. He thanks his dog sitter named Kitty for taking care of his dog Kevin back in New York.When we return, Anderson Cooper does a fake 360 report about a woman behind the New Jersey TV trend, Donatella, Alberghetti Mangiana D'Borgia, or Jane Lynch in a black win and tons of eye make up. She takes credit for the fact 50 percent of all TV is set in Jersey, including "Sarah Palin's Alaska."The kids from "Jersey Shore" give interviews. "Before I met Donatella, I was just Nicole, a Harvard undergrad. And now I'm Snooki," Snooki attests."She's like a mother to me, because she killed my mother," Pauly says.Brian Cranston and Katie Holmes are up next for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series". The winner is...Julianna Marguiles for "The Good Wife".She addresses her fellow nominees, saying it's a privilege to be among them. She thanks her creators and writers and the CBS folk, "thank you for allowing us to be the show that we are." She tells her husband "I love being your 'good wife' and I'm so grateful you have no political aspirations."The stars of "Charlie's Angels" are out next with former "Angel" Drew Barrymore to introduce best actor.The winner is...Kyle Chandler. Minka Kelly, his former costar, presents him with the award. "I knew for a fact that I would not be standing here, so I did not write anything. And now I'm starting to worry," he says, before thanking his reps and casting director and all the people who filled the stands around Texas.The Emmy Tones sing about mini-series and movies before being interrupted by LL Cool J rapping over them. In a change of pace for him, he does not remove his shirt.Jane Lynch returns with: "A lot of people wonder why I'm a lesbian. Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of 'Entourage'." They're introducing the miniseries, movie or special - all of the nominees from HBO or PBS. The Emmy goes to Julian Fellowes for "Downton Abbey" on PBS. (The insipid announcer says Julian is British and from England.)Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries goes to Maggie Smith, who is not in attendance.The accountants from Ernst & Young are out next, but it's really Jane Lynch and Paula Abdul."Me, an accountant? I can barely balance my checkbook," Lynch says."I can barely balance," Abdul offers.Jane introduces the real guys, then it's on to Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler, who note what a good year it was for male roles. They congratulate them on finally breaking through the glass ceiling and tell them not to be afraid to show a little skin.The introduce lead actor in a miniseries, which goes to Barry Pepper. He is also not there. On to directing in the category.The winner is Brian Percival for "Downton Abbey". Uses his acceptance speech as a chance to make sure your DVR is set up to record the premieres this week. He pretty much just says thanks.The chairman of the Television Academy of Arts and Science is out next for the In Memoriam segment, including Stephen J. Cannell. Some guys sing "Hallelujah" as the names roll including Harold Gould, Peter Falk, James Arness, Blake Edwards, Barbara Billingsley, Leslie Nielsen, Tom Bosley, Ryan Dunn, "Uncle Frank", Andy Whitfield, Jill Clayburgh, Laura Ziskin and Bubba Smith.Anna Torv and David Boreanaz are out next to present best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie (Torv also acknowledges the singers were the Canadian Tenors).The winner is Guy Pearce for "Mildred Pierce"."It was really a delightful experience making Mildred Pierce, I got to have sex with Kate Winslet every day...To Kate, thank you for allowing me to insert myself into your world of Mildred, and to my wife Kate who had to listen to me talk about that every day when I came home from work," he says.Hugh Laurie and Claire Danes are up next to present outstanding actress in a miniseries.The winner is Kate Winslet for "Mildred Pierce." She hugs her costars and takes the stage, saying she didn't think they were going to win anything. She thanks the cast and her own mother, saying it doesn't matter how old you get, you always need your "mum."Jane comes back, noting that so many movies stars are doing TV these days that TV stars have to go do voices for video games, which are then made into movies, staring the very people who are putting the TV stars out of work in the first place. "Hakuna matata, my friends. That's the circle of life," she says.Out next is Don Cheadle, for Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie. "Downton Abbey" wins. Julian Fellowes says it's hard to know what will be a hit, but this evening validates that something did.Maria Bello and William H. Macy are out next for Outstanding Drama Series. The nominees are Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Mad Men.The Emmy goes to "Mad Men." Again. Fourth year in a row.Creator Matthew Weiner accepts. He says he didn't think they were going to win, but thanks AMC and the fans and his writing staff. "We all get to work tomorrow and that's all we ever want to do. For us and our families, this is an incredible dream," he says.Gwyneth Paltrow is up next to present Outstanding Comedy."Ok, the prompter's down, so I'm going to wing it: Here are the nominees for best comedy series," she says, showing no great skill at improv. The nominees are The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, The Office, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.The Emmy goes to "Modern Family" for the second year in a row.Steven Levitan says that everyone on the stage knows what it's like to have a show tank, so they especially appreciate it. He takes special note of the kids in the cast. "'Modern Family' was this close to being animated, that's how much we didn't want to work with kids," he says, before praising them.He also mentions a gay couple who approached them on location last year and thanked them for teaching people tolerance. Levitan says they are doing that. "We are showing the world that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a loving committed relationship between an old man and a hot young woman, and looking around this room tonight I see many of you agree," he says."Thank you all very, very much," he says.Jane comes back to sign off, with the Emmy Tones, who can at least be glad their faces were never shown in close-up.
2He Has Demons
21 Sep 2011Description ▼
The discovery of an Immunity Idol gives one castaway an early advantage in the game.
3Reap What You Sow
28 Sep 2011Description ▼
Previously on...: Coach led Upolu to an immunity challenge win, and Savaii sent spoken word artist Semhar to Redemption Island. Ozzy also found a hidden immunity idol, but told no one. He joined an alliance of five, including Jim, Keith, Elise and Whitney. Savaii won the next immunity challenge, and Brandon tried to get his tribe to vote out Mikayla, who he inexplicably doesn't like -- because she's sexy. Christine was voted out.Redemption Island: Christine joins Semhar on Redemption Island, and they meet for the first time. Christine tells Semhar that Coach didn't like her. "He thinks he's King Farouk," she says. Christine thinks Coach had it out for her from the beginning (nevermind her immediate remark at the start of the game that Coach was "a temporary player.").Upolu: Mikayla is wondering what she did to make Brandon want to vote her out. He now regrets all the scheming he did to try to oust Mikayla. He wants to be "someone that you could look up to."The next morning, Upolu has to choose who goes to Redemption Island to watch the duel, Coach asks if he can go. He joins Stacey. For what it's worth, there isn't much mention of the selection, but Savaii sent Ozzy and Elise to Redemption.Christine arrives and claims she "just articulated what everyone else was thinking" when she spoke up about sending Coach home. She says Coach then disliked her.The duel: The players have to balance a small totem that's sitting on the top of a skinny pole. As time goes on, they'll have to add length to the pole from the bottom, making it more difficult to balance. The first to drop their totem loses, and is out of the game for good.Semhar drops some long-winded spoken word that keeps everyone waiting until she's done. She says it calms her.The duel is on and Semhar seems to be a little more shaky than Chrstine from the outset, but recovers well each time. Christine then also seems to start slipping a little, but that's when Semhar's totem takes a dive. She's out.Semhar gets emotional when she says that being sent to Redemption Island reminded her of abandonment in her childhood.Jeff reminds the spectators that what they decide to share with their tribemates when they get back to camp is up to them.Christine tells us Coach is a dope because he wanted to see her lose.Upolu: Brandon says God is not pleased with him for his lying and scheming over Mikayla, and he says he doesn't want to lie anymore. With the whole tribe sitting around, he makes a show of taking off his shirt to reveal his "Lil Hantz" tattoo. He confesses his big secret. Mikayla is taken aback and starts to question Brandon even more.Coach tells us he thinks it was a mistake that Brandon told his secret. Coach says he still trusts Brandon, "but it's just maybe not in with both feet now."Savaii: Ozzy comes in from the water with a big fish on the end of his spear. Papa Bear says everything is great now, but he knows he, Dawn and Cochran are on the fringe.Ozzy says he and Keith have "a brother-type thing going on." He tells Keith he has the idol. He then tells Keith how much he trusts him. Keith immediately goes and tells Whitney. Keith tells Whitney and us that he's mad that Ozzy now holds all the power. Keith tells Whitney that Ozzy can't know that she knows.Upolu: Mikayla pulls Brandon aside and asks him what he has against her. He admits he just wanted her out because he doesn't like her, but doesn't fully admit why. He claims that it's not just him, and that others in the tribe also don't trust him. In a testimonial, he tells us "Mikayla was coming at me like a bulldog." They return to camp and he makes a big speech about how he wanted her out of the game. He tells her to "look around and see who's really loyal and who's really not." He says it doesn't seem like she's got much of an alliance, then asks everyone to keep him "out of the drama." No one says anything.Sophie has it all figured out, telling us in a testimonial, "There's a lot of tension between Brandon and Mikayla. I think, in physical terms, he'd probably call her, like, the Whore of Babylon. I think Brandon, right now, is just really torn between following whatever crazy, religious beliefs he has, and yet, at the same time, he, inherently in his bloodline, is just a devious jerk."Mikayla cries on the beach all alone. Brandon also gets emotional when talking about how he really wants "to do good." He says the "good and evil" thing is a constant struggle.Coach pulls Sophie aside and tells him Brandon spooked his own alliance and Mikayla. Coach tells us he's concerned, and is "hoping and praying" that Brandon has no more outbursts. Coach tells Sophie he does see a little Russell in Brandon, and she agrees, adding, "I just hope it doesn't bite us in the butt."Immunity challenge: One member from each tribe walks into the water on a floating platform with a bodyboard in hand. At the end of the platform, he or she grabs a bag and hooks a rope into a giant winch that the other members of the team will crank to pull the retriever back to shore. Once five bags are collected this way, the rest of the tribe will pull the bags together (using a rope and hook contraption) and release the five banners, which are vertical puzzle pieces that form each tribe's flag.Also on the line is reward: Cookies, tea, milk, coffee, sugar and other goodies. Also, the winning tribe will have another clue to the hidden idol.Ozzy's tribe has trouble giving him enough rope to get to the end of the platform. Brandon takes an early lead for Upolu, but on the second bag, Dawn reclaims the lead for Savaii. Ozzy extends the lead while getting the third bag. On the fourth bag, Brandon catches up while Dawn struggles to get to the end of the platform, and Upolu reclaims a slight lead. Ozzy loses a handle on his board, allowing Upolu to take another slight lead, but it's essentially tied.Retrieving the bags with the big grappling hooks on the end of ropes, Coach gives Upolu another slight edge. Coach is unfurling puzzle pieces for Upolu well before Savaii has collected all five parts, and Upolu has the puzzle done before Savaii even starts rolling out pieces.Coach and his tribe celebrate. Jim tells us that Papa Bear "should've been the first one out" because he slows down the tribe.Savaii: Cochran still thinks Savaii has the stronger tribe. Ozzy tells us it's "bad for morale." He says the tribe has to cut people who aren't good at challenges. He says Dawn did a good job, so it's between Papa Bear and Cochran.Papa Bear and Cochran commiserate because the writing is clearly on the wall. It's one or the other, and whichever doesn't go today will go next time.Ozzy pulls his group together and they all decide on Papa Bear, but they'll tell him it's Cochran. Ozzy goes and tells Cochran this very same thing. Cochran tells us it's bothering him that his name keeps coming up. He says he might do some last-minute scrambling, but he doesn't want to exacerbate the reputation he already has as "a nervous, neurotic scrambler."Jim and Ozzy tells Papa Bear it's Cochran. Papa Bear tells us he's not stupid enough to believe that. He sets out to the jungle to find the idol. Elyse sees this and reports back to the group. She and Jim go follow Papa Bear and see him digging like mad.Papa Bear is trying to pull a Yao-Man, and devise a fake idol that he's wrapped up and will try to play off as the real thing without showing it.Back at camp, Jim and Elyse talk about whether Papa Bear may have found it. Cochran overhears all this. Then Papa Bear comes back to camp with a big smile on his face "and an extra-large bulge in his underpants," as Cochran puts it. Papa Bear tells Jim he dug for a while, and it was in reach.Cochran knows that it's really no different to the tribe if they just switch their votes to him instead of Papa Bear. Ozzy, meanwhile, thinks it's hilarious that everyone's racing around stressing about the hidden idol when he already has it."I'm just hoping that nothing goes wrong," Ozzy tells us.Tribal Council: Cochran says he's trying to make himself more of an asset to the tribe. Papa Bear, when asked, says Cochran's biggest problem is that he's going to be a threat to himself, physically.Cochran says Ozzy is the de facto leader of the tribe. Papa Bear says he's usually a leader, but "the five" have control of the tribe.Jeff asks Dawn about assimilating based on age or backgrounds. She says she, Papa Bear and Cochran aren't connecting with the rest of the group, but she says she sees it shifting and that it isn't "locked." Papa Bear interrupts and tells her, "You said you, me and Cochran. The truth is we're not in the five. We're not in the group, and it's OK to say that because it's real." Dawn says nothing.Jim says he's not buying it. He says Papa Bear is scrambling because he's facing elimination.Jeff reminds Ozzy that he was voted out holding onto an idol. Ozzy says an idol is "something that could change the game." He says he's keeping his eyes peeled when someone goes for a walk. Cochran says that frantically searching for an idol can erode your tribe's trust in you -- a last attempt at turning the attention back toward Papa Bear.The vote: Jim votes for Cochran, just in case Papa Bear does have the idol. Cochran writes down Papa Bear's name because he makes Cochran anxious and he doesn't "need any more anxiety " in his life.Jeff asks if anyone has an idol, and no one steps up.The vote: Papa Bear, Cochran, Jim, Papa Bear, Papa Bear, and the third person voted out is Papa Bear.Papa Bear's last words: "My strategy right now is to do every duel I can successfully, and if I get back into the game, I'm going to go to the blue team. Because I'm not going to go to the same team that just voted me out. I'm not stupid."
05 Oct 2011Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': Coach got his alliance of five lined up and added Edna as a sixth while leaving Stacey at the bottom of the pack. But Brandon's odd behavior and targeting of Mikayla put everyone, especially Coach, on edge. Ozzy, meanwhile, thinks he's in good shape as the leader of his alliance, which left Papa Bear and Cochran on the outside. In the end, Papa Bear was sent to join Christine on Redemption Island.Savaii: Ozzy and Elyse are getting cozy and it's making Jim nervous. Jim goes and talks to Cochran about getting rid of Elyse. Cochran doesn't fully trust Jim, but he's willing to make a move that could help him last longer.Upolu: Brandon is going around to trying to clean up the mess he made. Mikayla still doesn't trust him. He talks to Edna, too, and gives her enough info for her to realize she's not actually part of the "core five."The tribes get tree mail that includes new swimwear, which makes Dawn happy. Jim and Cochran wind up being the two from Savaii to go to the Redemption Island duel. Jim's not wild about it because no one else knows he's working with Cochran and he doesn't want any "guilt by association" going on.Meanwhile, while the younger ladies in the tribe try on their new swimsuits, Dawn looks around and is worried that she's too old to get along in this tribe. She thinks she has to step up soon to show everyone what she can do.Redemption Island: Papa Bear is still fired up and says that once he gets back in the game he's going over to Upolu and will "give them anything they need." Brandon, who's one of Upolu's spectators (along with Edna), gives Christine his now stock apology for the way he's handled the first seven days.In the duel, the two players have to toss beanbags onto crates. The first player to land a bag on each of the 10 crates stays in the game. Christine gets out to an early lead and even though Papa Bear catches up to tie it 9-9, she lands the 10th and final bag for the win.Papa Bear says he's happy to have lived his dream of being on the show. Christine tells us that she's excited to have shown the spectators that she's still a factor in the game.Upolu: Edna is wary of trusting other people in her tribe, but she's really working up her "social game." Stacey is getting annoyed with Edna's constant talking, saying she needs an "off switch." Mikayla's also getting annoyed at Edna's constant questions and her laugh. Coach doesn't mind the back massage, though.Savaii: Cochran checks in with Dawn about what the chatter was like while he was gone and Dawn tells him about how Ozzy didn't want to talk strategy, but she thinks that's "baloney." Cochran and Dawn talk about getting rid of Elyse.Immunity and reward challenge: Three members of each tribe will hold a pole over their backs and they will have weight, 20 pounds at a time, added to the poles. The weight will be distributed based on the other tribe's orders. The last tribe to have a player remaining without dropping his or her pole wins.Keith of Savaii starts to struggle with 180 pounds on his back, and he buckles. Suddenly, Albert's legs give out, as well, and he's gone.Jim and Brandon each have 220 pounds added to their poles. This ties the "Survivor" record. More weight on each of their poles breaks the record and they both buckle.Stacey and Dawn are left to show down for each of their tribes. Dawn, who's been hoping to show her tribe mates that she is an asset, wins out as Stacey's legs give out and she drops her weight.Upolu: Stacey gets back to camp and thinks she did enough to earn some respect from her tribe. Coach is trying to give the pep talk to keep everyone's spirits up.Edna's worried that she's the weak link. She asks Stacey what she thinks, and Stacey gets annoyed that this is the first time Edna's talked to her. Coach talks to Stacey, too, but she's not buying his talk.Stacey comes to Brandon and tells him to watch out for Albert, Mikayla and Sophie. Brandon panics and goes to Coach and says he thinks their alliance is blown based on what Stacey said. Coach tells Brandon to calm down.Sophie is worried that Brandon is not reliable. Coach also thinks he has to protect himself and he "can't let anybody or anything mess it up."Tribal Council: Coach says everyone takes their hats off to Stacey for how she performed in the challenge.Sophie talks about balancing "physical strength" and "team unity strength." She notes that if you get to the merge with a tribe mate you can't trust, it's not really "a number."Jeff tries to get into the players' heads, asking them about what's the most annoying about other players. We get revelations about how annoying Edna is, and then Mikayla drops the bomb about Brandon being Russell's nephew. This leads to a big emotional moment for Brandon, who says he wants to make his family proud.The vote: Edna, Stacey, Stacey, Stacey, Stacey, and the fourth person voted out is Stacey.Coach tries to lead a group hug and Stacey refuses. Jeff asks her about it and she says "that was a lie."
5Taste the Victory
01 Jan 1970Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': The tribes have gone back and forth and are pretty evenly matched. At Savaii, Ozzy thinks he's running things, and even found an immunity idol, but his alliance partner Jim is plotting against him, with Cochran and Dawn, by targeting Elyse. At Upolu, Coach is "sitting pretty," but Stacey was vocally against him. At Tribal Council, Stacey was sent home after Brandon had a breakdown and said he wants to salvage his (Hantz) family's name.Redemption Island: Stacey joins Christine on the island and tells her that Coach is "running things." Stacey is still upset, saying that everyone in the tribe is "so fake." She vows to spill everything she knows to Savaii if she stays in the game.Upolu: Brandon is still bitter about how Mikayla said she doesn't trust him because he's "a Hantz." He cries again while trying to convince us he's a good person and a "good guy." Albert and Mikayla head to the duel, and Coach is only hoping that Stacey and Christine will "keep their mouths shut."Redemption Island: Stacey immediately tells Dawn and Whitney that the Upolu tribe are "liars," and she and Christine insist on referring to Coach as "Benjamin" while talking about how he's running things and the rest of the tribe is in awe of him. Stacey continues her rant, which Albert calls "sour grapes" under his breath.The challenge is to drop balls into chutes on their left and right sides. They have to catch the balls at the end of the chute and put them back in at the top. Once more balls are added, the challenge gets tougher.Stacey just drops balls down the chute, paying little attention to how she's spacing them apart. Albert calls her approach "stupid." Christine is more deliberate with her approach. In the end, Stacey drops the ball, and she's out.Albert says later that he was hoping Stacey would keep quiet. He knows Coach is going to be upset.Albert comes back afterward and tells Coach "it was bad." Coach is livid, especially when Albert tells him that Stacey and Christine were calling him Benjamin. He says that if anyone calls him Benjamin to his face he's going to go nuts.Savaii: Elyse and Ozzy are still chummy, and she says their alliance with Jim, Keith and Whitney is "still pretty strong" and they haven't even had to talk about the votes. She says it's "awesome -- if you're one of us."Cochran is trying to be more helpful around camp, carrying wood. Elyse calls him "The Little Cochran that Could." Ozzy asks Cochran how he'd spelled Cochran, and Cochran tells him he won't have to spell it anytime soon. Cochran tells us he's annoyed that he's working so hard and Ozzy and Elyse are "wrapped up in their love blanket" until late morning.Dawn and Whitney return and Dawn reports that Upolu is going with "Team Coach" and anyone who isn't with Coach is out. Ozzy looks pensive as he's listening to all this. Ozzy says that if Coach was smart he'd get rid of Albert, and this rattles Jim, saying he or Keith would be the one Ozzy would vote out. Jim thinks he can use this to scare Keith into joining his new secret alliance.Upolu: Albert realizes he's going to have a target on his back once the merge happens because Savaii is going to see him as a threat. He heads out to look for clues to the hidden immunity idol. He climbs some trees but doesn't find it. He reports back to Coach and Sophie what the clues described. Coach is more than happy to keep the info between the three of them. In short order, Coach finds the idol himself. He admits to Sophie and Albert that he found it and shows it to them. Referring to himself in the third-person, he says, "Coach is a happy man."Savaii: Cochran is preparing for a fishing expedition with Ozzy. He's pretty sure he won't catch any fish, but wants it to be a good bonding experience. Ozzy dives down into a reef and spears a handful of beautiful, colorful fish. He tells us about how difficult and taxing the fishing can be.Cochran tells us about how he believed after watching previous seasons of the show that Ozzy was "superhuman, Mogli-esque guy that can do no wrong," but sees that Ozzy has become a "middle-aged Ozzy" who has a few moments of glory every day, but is otherwise "kind of a lazy ass" and an "arrogant fisherboy, jungleboy who feels like he can do no wrong and that he's entitled to our deference." He says that's "going to come back and bite him in the ass."Immunity challenge: The tribes get to the challenge, where they see two roasted pigs on spits, side by side. With their hands tied behind their backs, the players will have to bite off as much of the pig as possible. Though they'll be tempted to eat it, they'll have to spit it into a basket. The tribe that puts the most pork in the basket after 10 minutes wins immunity and reward: veggies, spices and a loaf of bread. The winning tribe will also get a another clue to the hidden immunity idol.In a ridiculously disgusting challenge, the players help each other out by biting meat out of each other's teeth, at times, and Mikayla at one point picks up a piece from the ground that had fallen out of Rick's mouth.In the end, Savaii weighs in at 22 pounds, 12 ounces of meat in their basket, and Upolu checks in with 22 pounds, 14 ounces. Upolu wins and gets to keep the meat they collected, "spit and all," Coach puts it. They intend to wash it off and cook it up nice.Upolu: Brandon is cooking up a feast, cleaning off the meat in the process, using his Cajun influence. Coach is giddy, saying his tribe is "back in the driver's side."Savaii: While the tribe laments its loss, they also commiserate about having sore lips, Elyse complains they're going to have pig-gut-related breakouts on their faces, and Cochran says they probably gave each other oral herpes.Cochran then offers up some coconut to the group, collects some wood. Ozzy tells us it's a little too late for Cochran to prove himself useful. Dawn says "it's time to break up that alliance between Ozzy and Elyse." Jim tells Cochran the linchpin will be Keith.Jim goes to Keith and they "get on the same page in about 30 seconds," as Jim tells it. Keith then worries that Ozzy won't trust them. Keith then realizes that if Jim, Dawn and Cochran vote Elyse, then Elyse and Ozzy vote Cochran, it leaves him and Whitney "with a little room to play." He goes and talks to Whitney, who thinks their alliance would be shot if they vote for Elyse. She thinks they should maybe vote for someone else besides Cochran.Tribal Council: Ozzy tells Jeff the tribe should be trying to keep itself as strong as possible after he's asked what point in the game they're at now.The tribe members all agree that no individual can be blamed for its narrow loss and they all list their injuries. Ozzy mentions his jaw is a "little bit" dislocated, while everyone else complaints of cuts in their mouths and Dawn says broke a tooth. Cochran says he hasn't been wearing his retainer as religiously as he should and he felt his teeth shifting. In a slight dig at Ozzy, he says, "I realize it's not on the same level as a dislocated jaw."Elyse says she feels for Cochran a bit, and says "we've all been in a position where we're picked last for soccer." Cochran says he doesn't put himself in a position to be picked for soccer.Jeff asks how much of a vote is personal, and Jim says there's a part of it that is personal.The vote: Jim writes down Elyse's name, saying it has more to do with her allegiance to Ozzy. Ozzy writes down Cochran's name (or, rather, "Coch-Train," saying it's the second-to-last stop and adding that he hopes Cochran gets that second chance).Jeff reads the votes: Cochran, Elyse, Cochran, Elyse, Dawn, Dawn, and the fifth person voted out is ... Elyse. Ozzy drops his head and no one looks anyone else in the eye. Jeff acknowledges the first blindside and says the game just took a big turn.
19 Oct 2011Description ▼
Feeling betrayed by their tribe, one castaway reveals a potentially game-changing secret, and appalled by the lack of loyalty within his tribe, another castaway threatens to leave the game. Meanwhile, on Redemption Island, Christine battles Elyse to try and win her fourth duel in a row and stay alive in the game.
26 Oct 2011Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': Christine has been a machine on Redemption Island and seems to be on her way back into the game. Ozzy was on the outs at Savaii, but an immunity challenge win made everything better. Mikayla became the odd woman out at Upolu and was sent off.Upolu: Edna is worried that her name has come up again at Tribal Council. She says Brandon's outbursts are making him a liability, and adds that he's making her job easier with every outburst. Rick and Coach, meanwhile, talk about having to keep Brandon under control. Later, Coach tells us that if Brandon becomes a liability, he's going to have to go.Redemption Island: Christine and Mikayla have to take planks off of a crate, build a bridge with them, then use some of the planks to make a puzzle. The first to finish stays in the game.Christine gets her planks released first. Albert tries to help Mikayla along, but offers no such help to Christine, who was also once his tribe mate. Christine maintains her slight edge heading into the puzzle-making portion, but Mikayla finishes her puzzle first -- at least she thinks she does. Jeff says one part is not right and the competition continues. Christine swoops in and takes another Redemption Island win, making five in a row. Albert shakes his head.Ozzy takes notice and says his tribe might have to make the "big move" of intentionally sending someone to Redemption Island who can beat Christine and even out the numbers between the tribes ahead of the merge. Little does Ozzy know that Christine is likely to flip in Savaii's favor.Ozzy tells Cochran about what he's now calling his "worst-case scenario plan." He tells Cochran he's willing to go, lending someone his immunity idol, and attempt to beat Christine on Redemption.Upolu: Coach feels his tribe is "down in the dumps" and that revealing the hidden immunity idol would lift people's spirits. The tribe sets out to look for the idol -- with only Albert and Sophie knowing that Coach already has it. They pray together, which makes Sophie a little uncomfortable because of the outright lie.Coach and Sophie go find tree mail and "find" the idol, which Brandon attributes to "the big guy upstairs" helping them.Immunity challenge: The tribes have to pair up and paint themselves to represent their pairs. The winning tribe will get to see a sneak preview of the new Adam Sandler movie, "Jack & Jill."Two pairs in each tribe will be blindfolded while the third couple will serve as callers, guiding the blindfolded pairs through an obstacle course where they need to collect four bags with masks in them. Once the bags of masks are collected, the blindfolded players will have to use only their sense of touch to pair the eight masks.It's pretty evenly matched until Savaii gets tangled up for a while. Savaii makes up a fair amount of time, though. But Ozzy and Whitney get tangled up on their ropes -- which Cochran was responsible for doing. Jeff calls Cochran's shoddy rope work out, and Ozzy is enraged afterward.Cochran's concerned that Ozzy's previously stated plan has gone out the window because of how badly he (Cochran) messed up.After the challenge, Upolu enjoys hot dogs and candy while watching the movie.Back at Savaii's camp, Ozzy is still going off and Cochran tells us "this is a new level of ostracism." They start talking about who's going home and Cochran's convinced he's going home. Ozzy tells Cochran directly, "You lost it for us." Cochran says he "should be held accountable," and Ozzy opens up the discussion of this being Cochran's shot at redemption. Cochran isn't as convinced that he can win. Cochran tells us later that he found it weird that everyone had a unified position behind sending him to Redemption Island as the man who could seal the victory.The next morning, Ozzy talks again about the original plan to send himself to Redemption Island and says he had some crazy dreams telling him this is what he needs to do. He thinks he wants to go to Redemption Island to redeem himself. He tells the tribe the plan and they're dubious. Keith isn't so sure, and he's not convinced the merge will happen as everyone seems to be expecting it to. Jim also thinks it's a "scary position to be in" if the merge doesn't happen for another challenge.Tribal Council: Ozzy tells Jeff there was a lot of finger pointing, and it was focused on Cochran, who talks about how flustered he got.Cochran says the group is "hopeful" that Redemption Island will help the group. Ozzy tells Jeff, "I'm putting my life on the line." He tells Jeff he saw the merge in his dream and he saw his own redemption. He says his heart and gut are telling him to go to Redemption Island. He further spells out a plan to tell Christine that Cochran had found the idol and played it, which will turn Cochran into a villain and a "double agent."Jeff mentions that if Ozzy loses at Redemption Island, he'll go out looking like a bigger fool than in any of his previous outings. Keith admits there are reservations and Whitney says she's concerned that if there's another challenge and the team is without Ozzy, they won't be at 100 percent.The vote: Cochran writes down Ozzy's name and says that in 22 seasons of "Survivor," he's never seen anything like this.Jeff makes the call for the hidden idol to either be played or given away and Ozzy says he's changed his mind and is going to let Cochran go to Redemption Island. He then says he's kidding, and hands Cochran the idol, making him promise to give it back if Ozzy gets back into the game. Ozzy then says, "Let's do this."Jeff reads the votes: Ozzy, Ozzy, Ozzy and the seventh person voted out is Ozzy.Jeff calls it "one of the biggest moves in the history of this game, based on one big assumption: that the merge is next."Ozzy gets to Redemption Island and immediately puts his plan into effect, asking Christine to guess how he got there and she says, "Cochran."
02 Nov 2011Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': Through 17 days, the tribes were even, but when Savaii lost Ozzy put himself on the line, volunteering to go to Redemption Island. He left Cochran behind as a double agent, giving him the immunity idol for safe keeping. With Ozzy, it remains to be seen whether Ozzy can win at Redemption, whether there will be a merge, and whether Cochran can become a spy.Savaii: Cochran is still in awe at his ridiculous and historic turn of fate. If it all works out, he thinks it's going to go down in "Survivor" history. Keith seems a little bothered that Cochran let Ozzy "fight his battles" for him. Cochran is now preparing for his role as a "villain" and a "spy."Redemption Island: Ozzy shows up and wakes Christine up. Ozzy immediately starts playing up the story and Christine guesses it was Cochran who pulled an idol. She seems to buy the story. Ozzy tells us the move is "probably the stupidest thing I could've done, or the craziest, ballsiest thing" he could have done.At the challenge, both full tribes are there to watch and Ozzy immediately launches into a tirade about how Cochran blew the challenge and then knocked him out by playing the idol. Jeff has to keep a poker face. He says "tribe boundaries" are over and he'll take his shot at revenge. Albert and Coach mouth to each other, "I don't buy it." It's pretty clear that Ozzy oversold the whole thing.For the duel, the players have to use sticks to make a long pole that will extend far enough to retrieve keys that will open their gates and release them not only to victory in the duel, but back into the game.Christine's pole breaks on her first attempt, while Ozzy grabs a key on his first try, but it falls to the ground as he pulls it back toward himself. Still, he gets it out of the sand and proceeds to get all three of his keys before Christine has even picked up one. It's a blowout, and Ozzy is back in.Cochran feigns disappointment while Keith gives a polite, reserved clap. Jim, Dawn and Whitney cheer heartily.Ozzy is back in and the tribes are merged.Ozzy realizes he made the craziest move possible and it now rests on Cochran to do his work.There's a merge feast waiting for the unified tribe. There's a lot of getting to know each other, but it's game on right away. Coach starts chatting up Cochran, who tries to work some magic and try to "change the game."Cochran tells Coach that he doesn't like his tribe and continues to pile on the story, but Coach tells him that Upolu isn't buying it. He calls out, piece for piece, the entire plan: That they came up with a story and sent Ozzy to Redemption with the expectation he'd win. Coach says his tribe won't budge and will get to the final six unified. Cochran is a little shaken, but doesn't come clean.Coach goes on to say that his tribe will vote together and being that the tribes are tied, there's a 1-in-5 shot that either Coach or Cochran could be drawing "a black rock." Then Coach goes on to tell Cochran he knows what it's like to be treated poorly. Cochran tells us he learned that Coach is pretty intelligent and not just the eccentric "Dragon Slayer."We next see Cochran "spilling the beans" to Upolu, with Sophie saying the beans were "pretty loose" to begin with. He tells them Ozzy woke up and said he had a dream about redemption. He goes on to tell Brandon he's supposed to be "gathering information."Cochran gives Ozzy the idol, as he promised he would, and he's pretty pleased with himself for being in the position of possibly determining the outcome of the game.Dawn goes for a walk with Cochran and tells him that she feels she's also been "on the outs" with Savaii. She knows he's been treated badly. She cries as she talks about how she should have stood up for Cochran sooner, and she says he reminds her of her son. She decides that going with Cochran is a way for her to stand up and say, "I don't like the way things have been going," even if it costs her footing with her tribe.Immunity challenge: Jeff reveals two immunity necklaces, saying one man and one woman will leave with one.While standing on a small plank, the players have to balance a coconut on a couple of pieces of rope with handles on the ends. The handles need to be pulled taught to keep the coconut from falling through the ropes. They can also not fall off their small perches.Dawn quickly wins as the other women falter. Down the to guys, it's down to Ozzy, Brandon and Albert after the rest of the guys drop their coconuts.With the ropes extended to their farthest points, Brandon falls out. It's down to Albert and Ozzy and it's all endurance. Both of their coconuts wobble a bit, but ultimately Ozzy prevails.Back at the "Te Tuna" camp, Ozzy and the former Savaii members talk about their plan. Cochran and Dawn are there but say little as the strategies bounce around. The group comes to the agreement that they're all good with drawing rocks to stay in the game, in case the vote comes down evenly.Cochran tells us he isn't satisfied with that kind of chance. He goes to the Upolu tribe and tells them the full plan, asking for protection in return. He then goes and talks to Dawn, who is now reversing course on her talk about going with Cochran. She's worried that Cochran is appealing to his emotion, and she's now telling us she wants to "stay loyal to the tribe." She's promised Cochran she won't tell anyone his plan, but she doesn't think it's right for him to flip. She's let him know, though, that she doesn't want him to do it.Tribal Council: Coach confirms that there will likely be a tied vote, and Ozzy agrees.Cochran says he's never seen two tribes be perfectly unified. Albert says he's ready to test Ozzy's acting job. Sophie says the performance was "over the top," then Ozzy comes clean and says, "I do have the idol." Then he clarifies, "We have the idol."We see no votes as they're cast. When Jeff asks for an idol, Ozzy says he'll play it. He hands plays it for Whitney. Albert rolls his eyes.Jeff reads the votes: Keith, Keith, Keith, Keith, Keith, Keith, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick. It's a tie.On the revote, only votes for Keith or Rick can be cast.The votes: Keith, Keith, Keith, Keith, Keith, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, and the eighth person voted out is ... Keith.Cochran immediately turns to Ozzy and Jim and says, "I swapped. I'll explain it."Ozzy smirks, and Jim's only response: "Coward."Brandon tells Jim, "Don't talk to him like that. That's what you get for talking to people like that in the first place." Brandon then pats Cochran on the shoulder and on the way out whispers to him, "Stay close to me."Keith takes his place at Redemption Island and talks to himself about who might have flipped. He runs through the options and lands on "one little weasel" as the only realistic candidate.
09 Nov 2011Description ▼
After a shocking betrayal, one castaway faces the wrath of a former alliance, and a double eviction rocks the newly merged Te Tuna tribe.
10Running the Show
16 Nov 2011Description ▼
Paranoia among tribemates threatens to break a once-impenetrable alliance, and castaways are shocked at Tribal Council with the announcement of another double elimination. Meanwhile, on Redemption Island, a castaway makes a bold threat to his former tribemates during the duel challenge, and two castaways are sent home.
11A Closer Look
23 Nov 2011
30 Nov 2011Description ▼
At the immunity challenge, one tribemate makes a big gesture to a fellow castaway. |
13Ticking Time Bomb
07 Dec 2011Description ▼
A relative crosses the line during the emotional family reunion, and an unlikely secret alliance threatens the pecking order of the Te Tuna tribe.
14Then There Were Five
14 Dec 2011Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': Albert and Brandon have been in an alliance since Day 1, but Albert has been trying to shake things up for quite some time. Meanwhile, Brandon has made his alliance mates nervous, and his dad didn't help matters during the loved-ones visit. Edna tried to turn the tribe against Brandon, but she was voted out. "From the beginning, you've said it would be the five of you," Jeff Probst told them after Tribal Council. "Now what?"Back at camp: The final five have made it, and Brandon pulls them together for a prayer. Coach says "the real game begins tonight."Albert and Sophie strategize, but Albert tells us he's ready to pull off what he thinks will be the biggest blindside of the game, so far. He wants to vote Sophie out.Albert tells us he thinks Sophie's dangerous and he doesn't want to sit next to her at the end. He goes to Rick and says he wants to take him to the final, but he tells us that if it came down to his personal preference he'd vote Rick out. But he wants to finish with Coach and Rick, placing himself as a bit of a rogue.Redemption Island: Ozzy and Edna show up for their duel. First, they have to figure out a slide puzzle to get a hatchet that they'll use to release four cubes that have colored sides. They have to stack the four cubes so that no color repeats on any side.Ozzy gets a big lead but Edna has the advantage of all five Upolu members helping her through both puzzles. At one point, Edna thinks she has it, but has one side that repeats colors. Ozzy, finally, completes his puzzle and stays in the game.Back at camp: Albert reveals that in the game, he really doesn't care about honor and integrity. He tells Brandon he's with him to the end.Sophie tells Coach that it's important to get "the two most dangerous players in the game" together on Redemption Island, referring to Brandon joining Ozzy, so that one of them will be voted out. Coach and Sophie tells Rick about the plan and he's on board.Albert goes to Coach and tells him he wants to vote Sophie out, and Coach is bothered by this. Brandon comes up and interrupts, asking what they're talking about because their conversation was making him nervous. Coach is annoyed with Brandon for interrupting and trying to "bully" his way into the conversation. Coach tells Brandon he's acting like Russell, and Brandon says his feelings are hurt. They hug it out, and then Coach tells us he knows what he needs to do for his next move.Immunity and reward challenge: The players have to climb up a wall and untie bags that are attached to a rope. The bags have puzzle pieces in them. The pieces paired, except for three tiles that reveal a number code that unlocks a flag and wins immunity.In a tight race to the finish, with Coach hot on his heels, Brandon wins immunity and thanks Jesus.In addition to immunity, Brandon wins reward in the form of pizza, and gets to choose one player to eat with him. He says his dad told him to play with his heart, so his choice isn't a strategic one: He chooses Rick.Coach says he believes in "divine intervention" and Brandon saved his own skin by winning. Coach says he's "at peace with it," even though he's "pissed."Sophie and Coach agree they're going to vote out Albert.The pizza arrives and Brandon and Rick settle in to eat. Sophie goes to sit next to Rick and Brandon, saying she wants to "smell" the pizza. Albert suspects something's up, and things spiral out of control for him quickly. Sophie tells Brandon and Rick that she's voting for Albert, and Rick tells them about how Albert tried to promise him they'd go to the final together.Things get really ugly when Albert tries to claim that Rick is lying, even though we know Rick is telling the truth. Sophie loves watching Albert squirm and says she'll take delight in flushing Albert down the toilet.Albert still thinks that if he can get Brandon back on his side, he has a chance. And he does just that. Albert goes and chats Brandon up until Brandon ultimately decides not only that he won't vote Albert out, but that he'll give him his immunity necklace if it has to.Brandon pulls Coach aside and tells him his new plan, saying that God wants him to keep Albert in the game and vote Sophie out. Coach says he, too, will pray and do whatever God tells him to do if Brandon gives his necklace to Albert. Coach tells us that God delivered the same name to him over and over, and says his soul has never grieved the way it is grieving now.Tribal Council: Brandon announces immediately that he wants to give up his immunity, and shocks the jury by standing up and putting the necklace around Albert's neck. Brandon says he's keeping a commitment. He goes on to talk about his loyalty, and how when he was younger and running with wrong crowds his "friends" took advantage of his loyalty and left him stranded in fights.Albert claims he's not surprised by Brandon's move because he has a deeper, "spiritual" connection with Brandon and Coach than he's had with anyone else in the game. Jeff asks Albert if he'd give the necklace back to Brandon, and Albert says he would give it back if he thought Brandon was in trouble. Sophie rolls her eyes, saying she doesn't know what to believe from Albert anymore.Rick talks about how everything blew up, and says he's in trouble because either him, Sophie or Brandon getting voted out, because Coach has the hidden immunity idol. Rick challenges Albert to give the necklace back to Brandon. Albert says he doesn't think Brandon is going home, so he's "not giving the necklace back." He says that between himself, Coach and Brandon, Brandon's position should be safe.Coach says he accepts that responsibility because he knelt down in the sand and asked God what he should do, so he's at peace with his decision. Jeff asks Brandon if he's at peace, and Brandon -- who looks like he's about be sick -- says he isn't. He thinks this might be his last night, and that if God told Coach to vote him out, he would.Rick casts his vote for Brandon, saying, "Dumb move." We also see that Brandon and Albert write Sophie's name down, and Sophie writes Brandon's name down. Coach's vote is the only one we do not see.The vote: Brandon, Sophie, Brandon, Sophie, and ... the 15th person vote is Brandon. Coach hugs Brandon and whispers to him, "It's God's will. Go with redemption." Brandon says nothing.Awkwardly, the immunity necklace falls off Albert's neck. Jeff tells them they will witness the final duel and that the winner will come back into the game.
18 Dec 2011Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': It's finale time, so we get the full rundown. Coach and Ozzy joined the group of players on Day 1, with each getting placed on one tribe. Coach's reception was chilly, but on the first night he won over the group that would eventually become his final five. He said they were ready "to die for each other." He then found a hidden immunity idol. His only concern was beating the Savaii tribe. After some back and forth, Savaii was down one player with the merge looming. Ozzy sent himself to Redemption Island, but Cochran's flip to the other tribe after the merge put Savaii down on numbers and they were picked off one by one. Ozzy has spent the entire second half of the game "stranded" on Redemption Island, which was nothing but good for him. His fishing skills have kept him nourished. During a reward visit to Redemption, Coach struck a deal with Ozzy, telling him he would take him to the final three -- "as a Christian man," Coach says, which means he really meant it. Cochran went home next, followed by Edna, leaving the original Upolu five. As they turned on each other, Brandon gave his immunity necklace to Albert, and was then voted out.Now, Ozzy and Brandon will duel at Redemption Island, and one of them will rejoin the game.Redemption Island: Brandon shows up and tells Ozzy about how he got blindsided by Coach, Sophie and Rick. He tells us he was "stabbed in the back by his closest friend." He then explains to Ozzy that he gave up the immunity necklace, which sends Ozzy into a testimonial rant (not to Brandon's face). He tells us that Brandon thinks he's playing a "loyal" game, but he's really playing a "blind faith" game. "He's playing the game like he's playing with God, and he's not. He's playing with human beings that are greedy and want that money," Ozzy tells us.Back at camp: Sophie says Tribal was "crazy but it was fantastic." She also thinks Albert also showed himself to be a coward in front of the jury by not returning the immunity necklace to Brandon. Coach goes off on Albert at camp about how he can't stand being lied to and tells him he's going to be "cut off." Albert is worried about having to repair his relationship with his alliance or else he'll be in trouble.Redemption Island: Brandon and Ozzy get the news that their next duel is the last before one of them goes back into the game.They arrive for the duel. It's a simple challenge: Hold on to a pole for as long as you can. There are very narrow foot holds -- about a quarter-inch deep. After about 40 minutes, both guys start shuffling a bit. Brandon slides down the pole quite a bit before hanging on with just about four feet left. Soon enough, he slides all the way down and he's out of the game. Ozzy is back in.Back at camp: Ozzy get congratulations from Rick, Sophie and Albert, but he knows and says that they don't really want him there. Coach pulls Ozzy aside and tells him he still wants to take him to the final three. Ozzy tells us he knows Coach doesn't really want to take him there.Coach later tells us that his alignments in the game that he's not sure how to secure what he feels is a big lead. He thinks it's his game to lose.Immunity challenge: While holding a balance board with one hand, the players have to build a house of cards with the other hand. The first player to build a stack to a certain mark wins immunity.Sophie says she builds them for fun and has a book on how to do them. Sophie builds a strong-looking structure, but runs out of tiles.Sophie loses her stack and asks Albert to help gather her tiles. Albert refuses, and Sophie yells at him to help her. Jeff makes it easy, telling all the players that there is no help allowed. He adds, "If you want Ozzy out of this game, beat him."Soon enough, Ozzy -- who lost some of his tiles when they fell earlier in the challenge -- with a shaky hand places the last tile needed to win immunity. He punches the middle of his stack while Sophie and Coach, in particular, are extremely upset. Sophie says, "I should have won that."Back at camp, Ozzy says he's loving the position he's in and says he's going to do his best to turn each of the alliance members against each other and, either way, he comes out fine.Albert and Coach chat and think they need to get Rick out because the jury might find him likable.Ozzy goes to talk to Albert about voting Sophie out, reminding him of how she acted like "a brat" at the challenge by demanding that Albert pick up her pieces. Albert is now thinking there's a good argument for both Rick or Sophie.Rick and Coach go talk and Coach says he thinks Sophie is turning on Rick. Rick is suspicious of Coach's evasiveness.Albert tries to talk Ozzy into voting for Rick, but Ozzy then tells Albert about how Coach gave him his word "as a Christian man" that he wanted to bring him to the end. Albert goes and asks Coach about this, and he's again evasive.Tribal Council: Ozzy says he knew that if he didn't win, he'd be going home. Coach says his "hidden" idol is not so hidden anymore. He will play it tonight to get into the final four.Albert says he should be kept because he's valuable and can compete with Ozzy. Sophie says she's a threat to beat Ozzy because she's won more immunity challenges than Rick, Albert and Coach. Rick says it's 90 percent likely that Ozzy will win immunity again, so he has to look at people who aren't going to beat him.Coach talks about the "bond" his group made with each other and he says he still considers his whole group a family. Brandon, sitting on the jury, shows a shocked face at this news. And Ozzy pipes up with the revelation that Coach told him he wants to take him to the final, and Coach tells him, "Absolutely, man. Air it out, I don't care." Sophie says it's more than "old loyalties" that make her want Ozzy out of the game. She thinks he doesn't respect her. They air out how they both basically don't like each other.She says that hearing that Ozzy called her a brat was "hurtful." She gets a little tearful when talking about how she's tried to keep her character intact and she doesn't like that Ozzy and "everybody" are calling her character into question. She tells Jeff she doesn't feel like she's developing a tougher skin, she's losing it. She says she regrets even having played the game if she's given the impression that she's selfish and spoiled.Rick and Ozzy write down Sophie's name. Coach doesn't play his idol.The vote: Rick, Sophie, Rick, Sophie, and the 16th person voted out is ... Rick. Coach stands up to hug Rick and Rick tells him to "have a seat."Rick tells us afterward that he wishes he'd made a bigger move but blindly trusted Coach's whole loyalty thing. "Ozzy's got my vote," Rick says.The next morning at camp, Ozzy gets up early and goes to cut down coconuts to nourish himself for the final immunity challenge. He doesn't plan on sharing any coconuts, either. Sophie, meanwhile, tells Coach she doesn't want Ozzy eating any of their plantains. He agrees. She says she's irritated by the fact that Ozzy is there at all.Coach pulls Ozzy aside and says he was "mad" at first and now he's just "sad," because he thinks everything Ozzy has told him was a lie. Coach reminds Ozzy that he asked him not to tell anyone about their conversation, and he spilled it all at Tribal. Coach asks Ozzy what kind of game he's playing with him. Ozzy tells Coach he's been burned in this game by trusting people. He says he's been so guarded that he felt like he couldn't trust Coach. Coach tells us his "heart broke" for Ozzy when he heard this. He says everything changed and now he's trusting Ozzy again.Ozzy tells Coach he wants Albert and Sophie to build a fire. Ozzy tells us this challenge is worth a million dollars and he's going to put everything he has into it.Immunity challenge: They players have to race through an obstacle course to collect five bags of puzzle pieces, then put a puzzle together. The first one done wins immunity and is guaranteed a spot in the final Tribal Council.Ozzy gets his first bag first, and is quickly followed by Albert and Sophie. Albert catches up with his second bag before Ozzy gets his, but Ozzy is right behind. Coach gets his second bag next. Ozzy gets his third bag before anyone else, and then gets his fourth bag, and his fifth bag.Ozzy starts his puzzle with a "huge lead," as Jeff puts it. Coach then returns with his fifth bag and starts work on his puzzle.Sophie suddenly jumps into a lead with the puzzle, getting three pieces in before Ozzy gets one. Ozzy catches up briefly, but Sophie jumps way out to a lead and wins immunity.Albert and Coach stand next to each other with an arm around the other while Jeff tells Sophie she'll have a hand in voting the next person out to determine the final three.Back at camp, Ozzy laments his loss and gets emotional about how everything he's put into the game came crashing down. Ozzy tells us he isn't giving up, and will believe Coach at his word, but "something" tells him Coach won't honor it. Then we hear in the background, Coach, Albert and Sophie cheering each other on.Coach bestows the title of "dragon slayer" unto Sophie, telling her that Ozzy was the dragon and she slayed him. Sophie tells us that "being the one to beat Ozzy must be something I can hang my hat on coming into Tribal."Sophie says she hopes it's not the case that Coach has a "closed-door" relationship with Ozzy that throws things into question at the last minute.Ozzy gives Coach a big speech about how to determine which "warrior" he wants to send to the final. Ozzy essentially asks Coach to give him one last chance by putting him up against Albert to build a fire. Coach tells us he wishes the decision was easy.Tribal Council: Sophie says it "feels amazing" to have immunity now. Ozzy replays that puzzle and how the pieces didn't come together. Coach says it's heart-breaking to know how close a true competitor like Ozzy came to winning. Ozzy brings up the fire-making challenge proposition.Albert says he doesn't feel like he has a good chance against Ozzy in a fire-making challenge. He says all he can do is hope that his trust in Coach holds true.Albert and Sophie write down Ozzy's name and Ozzy writes down Albert's. We don't see Coach's vote, obviously.The vote: Ozzy, Albert, Ozzy, and the 17th person voted out is Ozzy.Back at camp, Coach rejoices in having "an Ozzy-free camp." He says the decision was really a "no-brainer."The final three partake in their ceremonial breakfast, but Sophie quickly tells Coach she thinks it should be one of them, but certainly not Albert. Coach vows he won't say anything negative about her.Albert tells us he's confident because he played the best game of the three. He doesn't know Coach and Sophie are planning to make him out to look squirrelly.Coach tells us he wants to have risen from the ashes to "become the ultimate victor in this game."Final Tribal Council: Albert plays the humble guy in his opening statement. Sophie lays out her case, saying she played most facets of the game very well. Coach says he tried to lead with compassion, love, appreciation and respect.Ozzy gets the first crack at the questioning. He says nobody wants to vote for any of them. He tells Sophie he still thinks she's a brat, Albert was "in the right place at the right time." He tells Coach he's giving him one chance to live up to his "honor" thing. He gets Coach to admit he broke his word at times. He says he played "most of the time honorably, but there were times when I was definitely dishonorable."Jim asks Albert why Coach or Sophie shouldn't win. Albert says Coach didn't bring them there, but they brought him. He says Sophie didn't play a social game.Dawn asks Sophie about why she aligned with Coach and Albert. Sophie says she loved Coach's loyalty, and she liked talking strategy with Albert. She says her relationship with Albert deteriorated to the point where she wanted to vote him out, but she kept him around because she felt he improved her chances of winning, in comparison to Rick.Rick asks Coach if there's anything he wants to say to him. Coach simply says, "I apologize." Rick tells Albert that using "the God thing" on Brandon was "a bunch of bull." Albert wants to comment on that, but Rick won't let him. Rick then tells Sophie she lied her way through the whole game. She claims the biggest regret she has is lying to him.Brandon first addresses Coach and instantly evokes his "man of God" line from the beginning of the game. Brandon asks Albert if he knew Brandon was going home that night. Albert tries to couch his response, but Brandon pushes him several times, cutting him off by asking, "Yes or no?" Albert finally says he did not know, and Brandon says, "You lie." And cuts him off again.Whitney stands up and tells Albert he's "sleazy." She tells Coach he used Christianity to manipulate his whole tribe and put fear in them. She tells Sophie she's "the most condescending person" she's ever met. Sophie says she's tough to get to know, and she thinks it's a weakness.Edna stands up and says "the most historic way to manipulate people" is through religion. She says every one of the final three duped everyone.Keith asks Coach whether he was going to use the immunity idol for the team or for himself. Coach says he would have used it after the merge. Sophie pipes in and reveals the true discovery of the idol. Brandon looks shocked when she reveals that Brandon was out looking for an idol that was already found, and then they staged the discovery.Cochran tells Coach that he actually likes how Coach tricked him so successfully, but he doesn't appreciate how Coach always talks about "honor," but that the word doesn't mean anything to him anymore. Coach says he tried and fell short of playing the way he did to the final. He says he's not a great strategist.Cochran writes down Coach's name, saying that if he wipes away all the stuff about honor and integrity, Coach actually played the best game. Dawn votes for Sophie, saying she's excited for her because she's "going to have a million reasons to smile."The vote: Coach, Sophie, Coach, Sophie, Coach, Sophie, Sophie, and the winner of "Survivor: South Pacific" is ... Sophie!
1Two Tribes, One Camp, No Rules
15 Feb 2012Description ▼
It's a battle of the sexes when tribes are separated into men versus women, but they are in dismay when they learn of a game-changing twist - they must share one beach. Meanwhile, castaways are shocked when a tribe's true colors are revealed at a competitive immunity challenge.
9Go Out with a Bang
11 Apr 2012Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': After the merge, the former Salani members -- Troyzan, Jay, Mike, Chelsea, Kim, Kat and Sabrina -- decided to stay together. During a reward, Kim and Sabrina hatched a new plan to dupe Troyzan into voting out Mike. Jay didn't trust them, but the move went through and Mike was ousted. Can the women now take over the game?
Day 23: Jay wakes up saying he dreamed he got shot. The girls joke that it was Mike doing the shooting in his dream. Tarzan is starting to talk strategy with Troyzan, saying the girls are plotting to knock them out one by one. Troyzan is still glad Mike is gone, but he is now getting worried about it being six girls.
Troyzan says that if the girls think they're going to waltz into the finals, the plan could be nixed with a hidden immunity idol in the mix. Tarzan is skeptical. Troyzan doesn't tell Tarzan that he has the idol.
Tree Mail requires everyone to carry a bunch of things back to their beach. It's a do-it-yourself reward challenge.
Reward challenge: The group is split in two and they have to toss ropes with balls weighting down each end at some wooden pegs on a pole, earning points the higher up the pole they go. The winning team, with Tarzan scoring the biggest toss, is Tarzan, Jay, Alicia, Kat and Troyzan.
At the reward barbecue, where rum and beer are served aplenty and fresh fish is cooked on an open fire, Kat and Jay start to chat. Everyone seems a little buzzed, and Jay tells Kat he's worried the girls are preparing to flip on him and the other guys.
Kim is starting to wonder whether the guys are getting suspicious. Chelsea is starting to say she doesn't "want to know about" any plan to dump Jay or Troyzan, because she's told them both they can trust her. Alicia is annoyed that "Chelsea got all sensitive." Kat goes and tells Sabrina about this, and they worry that Chelsea could be a crack in the alliance.
Jay talks to Troyzan, and they decide that the girls need to pick off a couple of girls to signal that they're serious about their alliance.
Jay talks to Kat about Christina and Alicia being the next on the block, given the Salani plan to drop Manono members. He tells Kat they need her to move forward.
Jay pulls the girls together and asks to confirm that Alicia or Christina will be next, and Kim and Kat both say yes. Chelsea is glad she didn't have to look him in the eye and lie to him.
Kim tells Alicia that they have to tell the guys Alicia is going next. Kim assures Alicia that she can stay calm and rest easy, and tells her not to freak out. Troyzan sees them talking and starts to get a little worried. Jay thinks Troyzan needs to relax, but Troyzan thinks he really has to win this immunity challenge.
Immunity challenge: Standing on a wooden perch with one arm strapped to a bucket above them full of water. Once the arm drops, the water will douse each player and the last one standing wins. Jeff will tempt each of the players with food, and they can opt out of the challenge to take the food.
Immediately as the challenge begins, Tarzan falls off his perch and gets drenched. Net, just before Jeff brings out the first food item, Christina loses her balance and is out of the challenge.
Jeff offers two cookies and a glass of milk, and Sabrina takes it.
The second item is four cupcakes and mike, and Kim and Kat both agree to step down.
Alicia says she can last long, but she tells Chelsea she's willing to step down in order to let Chelsea have a shot at winning. Alicia, indeed, takes the next item -- sight unseen -- and it's a bowl full of candy.
After 45 minutes, Troyzan nearly falls off but saves himself. Chelsea nearly falls, but saves herself. Troyzan falls, though, and he's out.
Jeff offers a plate of chicken wings and beer, and Jay takes it.
Down to Chelsea and Leif, Chelsea tells Leif that if he steps down it makes him "less of a threat." Leif is curious as to what this means, but says he can stay on the perch all day long.
Jeff brings another food plate: Three burgers a bowl of chips and a cold beer. Leif is tempted. He asks Chelsea to ensure him it's true he'll be seen as "less of a threat," and she looks him in the eye and says it's true. Leif buys it and steps down -- and shares some of the food.
Back at camp: Kim is delighted that she got to eat cupcakes and have milk and not put herself out there as a huge threat. She was happy to let Chelsea take that role. Chelsea tells us she isn't so torn up about turning on Jay and Troyzan now. She thinks Troyzan is the smartest one to take out.
Kim plots a split vote where most votes go to Troyzan and the others go to Jay.
Jay goes to Kim and gets assurance from Kim that there's "nothing crazy" going on. Troyzan goes to Kim, too, and she overly assures him that he's alright. Troy gets suspicious and goes and digs up his idol. Troyzan tells Jay he has an idol, which is news to Jay.
Troy starts to put together a plan to get Tarzan and Christina to vote out Kim. Jay immediately goes and tells Kim that Troy is going to play an idol. He suggests voting out Alicia and getting Troy's idol out. Kim is worried because she doesn't have time to go gather or confirm votes. She can only hope everyone sticks to the plan.
Tribal Council: Troyzan tells Jeff he's worried "it's still a little bit men and women." Tarzan says "the girls are a lot smarter than the guys." Jay admits he doesn't feel very comfortable.
Jeff asks who feels unsure, and Kim, Jay and Troy raise their hands. Kim claims that after the immunity challenge, there was a "funky vibe" around camp. Troy tells Jeff that game is "mixed up like hell." He says it got mixed up after.
Alicia claims she has noticed that Troy is wearing different shorts than usual with a lot of pockets.
Jay writes down Alicia's name, Troy writes down Kim, and Kat writes down Troy's name.
Before Jeff reads the votes, Troy tells Jeff he's playing his idol because he doesn't want to go down with some of the other infamous players in "Survivor" history who left with an idol in their pocket. Any votes cast for Troy won't count.
Jeff reads the votes: Troy, Troy, Kim, Jay, Alicia, Jay, Alicia, Jay, and the ninth person voted out is Jay.
Jay's last words: "That's the game for you, you never know what's going to happen out here. I had a great time, wouldn't trade it for the world. I tried to play this game as honest as possible, now I'm on the sidelines."
1Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops
19 Sep 2012Description ▼
The 25th season of "Survivor" hits the Philippines and there are not one, but two gimmicks awaiting. Former Major League Baseball player Jeff Kent and former "Facts of Life" star Lisa Whelchel are among the castaways. Host Jeff Probst reminds us that over 24 seasons, many players have been pulled from the game due to illness or injury. Three of those players are returning for a second chance to finish what they started.
Russell from "Survivor: Samoa" admits the game smacked him in the chops last time but he's back to prove he can overcome. Jonathan from "Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites" was crushed when an infection sent him home. He predicts "39 days from now, I'll make a million dollars." Michael from "Survivor: The Australian Outback" recalls falling into the fire and severely burning his hands and the producers don't pass up the opportunity to show that grueling footage again.
This season, the players are split into three tribes. Jeff meets the tribes and Zane says he's happy there are three tribes, "as long as there ain't celebrities." Lisa tells us she's hoping to keep her celebrity a secret. Jeff asks Roxy about the worst thing she's seen happen to a player on the show, and she tells the story of Russell passing out in his challenge and not wanting to leave.
Dawson calls herself a huge fan of the show and can't believe who she's seeing in front of her as Jeff introduces Russell, Jonathan and Michael. Jeff says all three players were leaders on their tribes and have the experience that none of the others have.
Russell is assigned to blue tribe, Matsing. Jonathan is on the red tribe, Kalabaw. Michael is on the yellow tribe, Tandang. He tells us he instantly recognized Lisa. He says her show name, Blair, almost came out of his mouth.
Jeff tells everyone that hidden immunity idols are in play. The boat is loaded with supplies to make life easier and the players have 60 seconds to gather as many as they can, get their rafts and get off the boat.
Chaos ensues as everyone jumps overboard to get on their rickety rafts. Jeff falls awkwardly off the boat and twists his knee. He's worried he's injured and that his teammates will kick him out if they smell blood in the water.
Russell says "this time the whole leadership isn't happening." He tells us he's not going to be that again, no matter what. Malcolm and Angie quickly realize that Russell is kind of telling them all what to do. Malcolm tells Russell he lived in Micronesia for a year and can help start the fire. Malcolm and Russell work together to get it done. Malcolm says that works out because Russell "wants to be the leader so bad." Malcolm tells Angie that "right now the game is 'be nice to Russell'" so he can be happy.
The Kalabaw tribe gets to their beach and Jeff tells us he thinks he left his knee is seriously hurt. Jonathan says he's "looking forward to really kicking some ass" with his new team. Jeff pulls the group aside and says Jonathan is a nice guy, but the winner should be one of them, not a veteran. They all seem to agree. Dana tells us in no uncertain terms that Jonathan "is out as soon as we can get him out."
Tandang hits their beach and Michael says his tribe has a good mix of brains and braun. RC and Abi-Maria go off to a side and make friends. RC is a banker, but is telling everyone, including Abi, that she's an executive assistant. Abi talks up her Brazilian roots and says she's going to use her accent and other persuasions as a flirtatious advantage. Pete notices Abi and says she's "pretty hot" and could also be dangerous. We next see RC, Pete and Abi get together, and RC says it should be the three of them and Skupin (Michael). She also says, "I don't trust the older lady," referring to Lisa.
Kalabaw: Jeff tells his group about his Texas ranch, and Dana digs it. She's looking to bond over their Southern roots (she's from North Carolina). Jeff tells us that being a former pro baseball player could be a disadvantage because people will think he doesn't need the money. He admits he doesn't need the money, but the game "is about being the sole Survivor." Jeff is telling a nice little tale about how he auditioned for the show on a dare, and that he's a motocross rider. Dawson tells us she dated a guy who was really into baseball and she knows who Jeff Kent is. She's going to tell him she knows eventually, but not right away.
Tandang: Lisa is shy about taking her pants off in the water. She tells RC and Abi about the ministry she runs for young mothers in Texas. She tells us she's lost all of her money from "The Facts of Life." She says she's hoping her experience on "Survivor" will show her more about who she is and what's going to change inside her. The whole group leaves and Lisa stays back to try to start a fire. RC tells us it's hard to trust Lisa and easy to make her a scapegoat because she doesn't hang around with anyone.
RC tells Michael how she feels about Lisa and he doesn't say much. He tells us he knows that Lisa is "worldwide famous, like, her show was on every day for years and years and years, and she should be playing that trump card." He doesn't know her strategy for not revealing who she is, but he wants to. That night, he talks to her.
He tells her he recognized her instantly, and she says she's trying to keep it quiet as long as she can. He tells her he thinks it could be helpful, but she says it could be hurtful and she's been very honest about what she's doing now. Michael tells us he'd love for Lisa to stay. He says he's waiting for her to start playing and start bonding, but he's got to "go with the game" even if it means leaving Lisa behind.
Matsing: Denise, a licensed sex therapist, takes an interest in Zane because she can tell there's something deeper going on with him. She's examined his tattoos and sees that he's lost someone close to him (there's a death date on his arm), and he has the serenity prayer on his hands. Zane likes Denise and they start talking alliances. He also goes to Roxy and asks her to be in his corner. Roxy thinks Zane could just be a good people person. We next see him talking to Angie and asking her to connect with him Roxy seems to catch this. Zane goes to Russell and Malcolm and tells them he thinks the three of them should be aligned. He tells them he's also connected with each of the girls and can bring any one of them with him.
Malcolm goes to Denise and tells her about Zane's alliance talk. They're working on an alliance of their own.
Tandang: Michael decides to take a strong leadership role and work on a roof. He picks up some blisters and cuts along the way, which worries RC a bit. He gets a big gash on his foot, and follows that up with another cut on his finger. Pete says it's not funny that Michael is getting hurt, but it is a little funny that it seems to happen a lot. He says there haven't been real opportunities for Michael to seriously injure himself, "but we'll see when we have a fire, what happens."
Kalabaw: Jonathan is out looking for a hidden idol while the rest of the group camps out in a cave. Katie says she doesn't like "the shady stuff" that Jonathan is doing. He finds a clue to the idol's location hidden in the rice. The clue that says "it could be that salvation is right under your nose," and the camera zooms in on a curious-looking carving on the top of the rice basket itself.
Matsing: Russell is cooking some rice when he notices the clue inside it. He tucks it away to read it later. On the beach, Zane is in the water when he looks over and sees Russell tucking something back into his waistband. Zane tells us he doesn't trust Russell, and Russell, having noticed Zane's look, mutters to himself that Zane is "on my case." Back at their camp, Zane asks Russell if he's been looking for the idol, and Russell says he not only hasn't been looking for it, but if he sees someone else looking for it, he'll vote them out. Zane tells us that's the plan for Russell.
Immunity challenge: The three tribes show up for their first immunity challenge all painted up. Jeff explains each tribe will be split into pairs. The first pair will be chained together and have to run into the jungle and up a cargo net to release two paddles. The next pair will use the paddles to row a boat to a buoy. They will dive down, release a chest and swim is back to shore. The final pair will open the chest and use the pieces inside to solve a puzzle. The first and second tribes to finish will win immunity. The last tribe will head to Tribal Council.
There's also reward: A complete fire-making kit for the winning tribe, and flint for the second-place team.
Before they start, Russell all but closes Roxy's mouth when she tries to talk strategy.
RC and Artis are first back with the paddles for Tandang, followed by Russell and Zane from Matsing all while Russell is shouting at Zane to run faster as he struggles to keep up. Way behind are Dana and Katie from Kalabaw.
Skupin and Pete get the chest unleashed first for Tandang. Carter and Jeff make up a lot of time on the rowing for Kalabaw and release their chest before Matsing's Malcolm and Denise. All three tribes head back and Tandang gets back to shore first. Kalabaw gets back second, followed by Matsing.
Tandang extends its lead, but Kalabaw catches up while Matsing falls further behind. Kalabaw pulls off the come-from-behind win, and Lisa snaps the last puzzle piece into place for Tandang to take second. Matsing is last and Angie snaps at Russell, telling him, "I told you I wasn't good at puzzles."
Jeff asks Matsing what happened and Russell says he made the call on who did what, so he's partly to blame. Malcolm tells us that Russell just took over and "didn't listen to a single word anybody said."
Back at Matsing: Russell tries to give the group a pep talk and Zane jumps in to say that the challenges are so tough, "you've got to pull the fire out of your stomach and decide that's what you're going to throw down." He looks at Russell and admits that Russell had to pull him, and Zane adds, "I ain't built for it."
Russell tells us he can't believe Zane is throwing himself under the bus, adding that it made the decision "pretty damn easy" for who's going home that night. Zane, meanwhile, tells us that this speech is a strategy to fell out his tribe mates and get a sense of how they're going to be played.
Angie and Roxy go off and talk about how annoyed they are with Russell and how he's trying to run everything. Angie doesn't want to vote out Zane and goes and tells him not to quit. She asks him to vote Russell. Zane decides his move is something we've never seen in "Survivor" history. Malcolm comes over and asks Zane if he's really throwing in the towel, and Zane says he'll stay and give 100 percent, and they start talking about blindsiding Russell. The only problem is that they all think Russell had an idol.
Russell admits to us that he "made a mistake" and "went right into 'chief mode.'" He says "leadership kills," and he couldn't help himself.
Tribal Council: Denise says that having a former player in the game changes things, but is also something of a gift. Zane struggles through an "onion" metaphor to describe what it's like playing with someone who is so much more experienced. Russell admits to the group that made a mistake and went into a "dictator" kind of role. Asked if he agrees, Malcolm says Russell came on very strong before the challenge.
Roxy also agrees that Russell came on strong. Angie says Russell didn't let her run, even though she ran track in high school, and says he told her that if they lost the challenge it'd be her fault. Russell again takes the blame.
The vote: Russell writes down Zane's name, and Zane returns the favor, whispering about Russell, "If you ain't first, you're last."
Jeff reads the votes: Zane, Russell, Zane, Zane and the first person voted out is Zane.
Zane's last words: "I honestly thought that i had this whole game figured out. I thought that I had my whole tribe in control, and I thought that I was allowing them to pull the strings instead of me being in charge. It just backfired on me."
2Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights
26 Sep 2012Description ▼
Former TV teen star Lisa Whelchel reaches her breaking point early in the game, and as temperatures drop, two castaways make a risky choice to keep each other warm.
3This Isn't a We Game
03 Oct 2012Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': Jeff Kent led the charge at Kalabaw against Jonathan, but he found a hidden immunity idol. At Tandang, Lisa continued to hide her TV star identity. RC found a clue to the hidden immunity idol and told Abi-Maria, who suddenly turned on RC and told her she'd be "dead" if she betrays Abi. Matsing lost the immunity challenge for the second consecutive time, which Russell took badly. Angie and Malcolm were targeted because they're too close, but Roxy couldn't make her case well enough to save herself.
Back at Matsing: Angie is still reeling from what she referred to as Roxy's explosion. Denise tries to convince Angie that Roxy was just trying to protect herself. Russell tries to stay optimistic, by urging the remaining tribe mates to stick together. But he tells us that he still believes Angie and Malcolm's connection is a strong one, and it could put him on the outside if Denise decides to side with them.
Tandang: RC and Abi lay on the beach and Abi is complaining about her knee. RC wants to find the idol. RC tells us she is still "100 percent with" Abi, but says Abi's paranoia is getting out of hand. Abi suddenly picks a weird fight with RC on the beach, and RC leaves. RC goes for a swim with Michael and tells her about how Abi bit her head off. Abi, meanwhile, goes and talks to Peter and tells him what the clue said. He asks if she tried checking the whole bag of rice. Peter tells us he's just "surveilling" so he'll know which moves to make.
Peter takes Lisa aside and tells her that "they" want to get rid of her first. He proposes getting rid of Mike. Lisa would prefer to blindside RC, but she's willing to go with Peter because she really has nowhere else to turn. Peter tells her it will go Mike, RC, "then take it from there."
Kalabaw: Everyone's just sitting around when Dana notices that emblem-type thing from the top of the rice box is gone. Jonathan and everyone else claim they don't know where it went. Carter, Dawson and Jeff go off to the side and discuss how it's clear that Jonathan pulled the thing off and it was certainly the idol. Jeff is stunned that none of them realized it earlier.
Matsing: The tribe's raft is gone. It's a "morale downer," as Malcolm puts it. He and Denise chat, and Malcolm says there was "no cuddling" with Angie the night before. Malcolm tells us that the next to go will come down to Russell and Angie.
Immunity challenge: The players have to dive into the water to release puzzle wheels attached to a line. Eight pieces need to come out of the water and be put together. The last tribe to finish will have to go to Tribal Council.
Reward is also on the line: The winning tribe gets a massive fishing kit, and the second-place tribe gets a smaller one.
Angie struggles to release the first puzzle piece and Matsing falls behind quickly. Russell makes up a little time retrieving their next piece quickly, but struggles to climb back up onto the platform and loses more time for his team.
Michael, meanwhile, is bleeding from the face after the mask he was using shattered.
Denise gets the third piece in record time for Matsing. Malcolm gets a fourth piece fairly quickly. RC, meanwhile, retrieves three pieces in a row for Tandang. Russell goes out for Matsing and comes back without a piece, again losing a lot of time.
Kalabaw retrieves their eighth piece first and starts working on their puzzle. Tandang gets their eight next, and Matsing has just six. Denise gets the seventh piece and Malcolm goes out for the last one.
Kalabaw solves the puzzle first, soon followed by Tandang, and Matsing will head to Tribal Council for the third consecutive time. No fishing kit, no raft, no victories.
Angie, who struggled to pull the first puzzle piece which was only two feet deep in the water and was not allowed by her team to go out for another one, immediately claims to us that Russell is the weak link because he struggled to get back onto the platform and went out a second time and failed to bring back a piece.
Kalabaw: After another win, Kalabaw celebrates and finds their new canoe waiting for them. Jonathan wants to win Jeff's trust, so he pulls him aside and tells him he has the idol. Jeff tells Jonathan he'll "ride in [his] boat" for a while. Jeff gives Jonathan a "four-finger handshake" instead of a "manly" handshake, which he says didn't mean as much.
Tandang: Artis is disappointed that his tribe did win, and he's annoyed that Michael shattered the mask by diving with the mask on. Artis is especially upset that Michael had been telling him not to dive with the mask. Artis "is about fed up" with Michael. Everyone is excited to go look for clams, Abi pulls Peter aside so they can look for the idol. Abi decides to "try to take the symbol from the rice off," and does it. She brings it right to Pete. Pete thinks this will help him get rid of Mike and "help neutralize RC."
Matsing: A dejected tribe gets back to their beach. Malcolm is upset that he's "stuck out here with just The Goon Squad of tribes." He's annoyed with Angie and Russell, in particular.
Angie walks up while Malcolm and Denise are venting, and tells them she wants to state for the record that she didn't quit. She says she tried, and would have gone again. Denise tells us she thinks it would be ridiculous to keep Angie, but she's not sure if she can get Malcolm to vote Angie out. Russell, meanwhile, is out alone and praying. He says his weakness "diving 10 feet down is just not my thing" showed up.
Alone with Malcolm, Angie continues to insist that she would've gone again and could have, but she didn't. Malcolm tells her that Russell quit, and Angie didn't. Malcolm tells us he hasn't talked strategy with Russell since Day 1, but Angie will do what he wants her to do. She tells us she trusts Malcolm. Russell, meanwhile, is getting pretty deep in talking about the obstacles his ancestors have had to overcome, including the MIddle Passage and Jim Crow laws. He says if they could endure that, he can endure whatever challenges come his way in life "and definitely in this damn game."
Tribal Council: Jeff asks Denise what she sacrificed to play the game. She talks about her family and her therapy practice. Malcolm is ask how meaningful this is to him, and he says it's "heartbreaking" that his "Survivor" experience is going this poorly after wanting to play the game since he was 12. "Frustration was Day 3, on Day 8 it's heartbreaking," he says.
He points out that Russell and Angie struggled with the diving part of the challenge. He says he and Denise could have stepped up more instead of giving every one a turn "like it's fifth-grade dodgeball." Angie says she's concerned she's in trouble, but says it made sense to let Denise take more turns. She turns the focus toward Russell, saying he gave up and she didn't.
Russell says he made a decision to stop what he was doing because he was going to fail, and he wanted to give his tribe a chance to move forward. He says he has more to offer over the next 30 days and Angie isn't ready. Angie speaks up and says she can't fight more than Russell. He laughs and says, "I was willing to die for this game the last time I played. Are you willing to put your life on the line, little girl, c'mon?"
Malcolm doesn't seem to appreciate the tone Russell has taken, and it seems to catch Jeff's attention, as well. Russell goes on to say that Angie didn't have the strength to pull the puzzle piece off the line, even though it was only two feet deep.
Angie starts to cry and says she feels "this small" holding her thumb and index finger not so far apart. Malcolm defends Angie, saying she's had to do more strength challenges that other "little girls" on the other tribes haven't had to do.
Denise says alliances and loyalty have to factor into a decision of who stays and who goes. Malcom agrees that the vote is a balancing act between strength and loyalty.
The vote: Russell writes down Angie's name and says he's sorry he made her cry. "I have to play hard or go home," he says.
Angie returns the favor, saying, "One thing about me is I never give up."
Jeff retrieves the votes and reads them: Angie, Russell, Angie, and the third person voted out is Angie. She smiles and turns to wish everyone luck. Russell makes a point to say, "Bye Angie," in what seems to be a genuinely sweet way.
Angie's last words: "You know, it sucks to be voted out the early in the game, but I hope that my tribe can go strong from here on out. I'm their biggest cheerleader, and, you know, I just appreciate life so much more now. I just appreciate how lucky I am, and it's helped me realize how blessed I am to have the life that I have."
4Create a Little Chaos
10 Oct 2012Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': There are three tribes, but Matsing has lost three immunity challenges. At Tandang, Pete turned on his old alliance and teams up with Lisa, Artis and Abi, turning on his old alliance. This gives Lisa new life after having been on the outs with the rest of her tribe. At Kalabaw, Jonathan Penner was the target from Day 1, but Jeff is now considering aligning with him. Angie and Russell struggled at the immunity challenge and threw each other under the bus at Tribal Council. Malcolm ignored his strong connection with Angie and helped vote her off.
Matsing: It's a cold and rainy morning and silence fills the air at camp. Denise and Malcolm stay under cover, trying to keep warm, while Russell cuts branches in an effort to get a fire started. They're completely quiet as Malcolm tries to work the flint to start fire in the wetness. Finally, Malcolm and Denise convince Malcolm to stop trying. Malcolm tells us that things are miserable, but one win is all it will take to turn things around. The mood is reasonably festive at times, then it falls silent again. Russell wants to mount the greatest comeback that's ever been seen.
Tandang: The mood at Tandang is down, too, and RC suggests they start a fire.
"It's raining," Pete snaps.
Lisa thinks the rain is proving that they are not 100 percent in control.
Despite the rain, though, a fire starts. Pete talks about creating some chaos that will benefit him. Suddenly, the clue to the hidden idol appears in a blanket and Abi points it out. The backstory here is that Abi and RC had found, read and hidden the clue earlier. RC plays along and reads the clue and everyone pretends to be surprised by the information. Abi tells us she thinks RC went and retrieved the clue from the hiding place, put it in her bag and it fell. RC doesn't know that Abi found the idol, but Abi doesn't feel bad because she now doesn't trust RC. Abi makes a bit of a show about how the clue came out of RC's bag. Pete says nothing. Later, Pete tells us that he put it there. He wants everyone to play his game.
Kalabaw: The rain has passed and Jonathan motivates everyone to get busy and working. They go out looking for clams and Jeff talks to Jonathan about riding together and helping each other out. Jonathan tells us it's "exciting to have a real ally." Carter is in on this whole conversation and decides that Jonathan is no longer a target, but someone he's going to work with.
Back at camp, the women are talking to each other, realizing that the guys are working on a plan of their own. Dana is convinced they don't need the guys and they can make a strong alliance with some other women when the merge comes around.
Matsing: Russell says it's amazing how half of the tribe is gone, "and they were useless." He refers to them as "a smoker, a lunatic and a beauty queen." Malcolm tells us that Russell has met his low expectations. He says Russell has now been foisted into a position of leadership again. He tells us that Russell is still here only because they need muscle mass.
Russell tells us he's a little suspicious because neither Malcolm or Denise has said anything to him about what's going to happen. He's out looking for the immunity idol, telling us how he knows it's somewhere obvious, yet he can't find it.
Denise finds Russell moving some leaves around and thinks he was hiding the idol, which they are now assuming he found. Malcolm and Denise go through Russell's things in the shelter, but find nothing.
Tandang: Pete wants to send RC home, taking advantage of the rift that he's caused between her and Abi. RC wants to talk to Abi, but Abi refuses to talk to her, saying, "I know what you did" and "you betrayed my trust."
RC tells us Abi is "irrational." RC tells us she thinks Abi may have planted the clue to turn things against her. RC and Abi each go vent to Lisa, who decides to stoke those flames a little and take more of the heat off of her.
Immunity challenge: In this challenge, players will carry two pots of rice on a bamboo pole across an obstacle course. They will prop the pots of rice up on stands on the other side, then use wrecking balls to smash the pots.
In addition to immunity, they're playing for reward in the form of beautiful steaks, veggies and spices. The second tribe to finish will get some veggies and spices and a pot to cook in. Either team can trade their reward for a tarp.
When it comes time to sit players out, Tandang and Kalabaw have to sit three players, and both tribes decide to sit the ladies.
Malcolm gets Matsing off to a fast start, while Skupin keeps Tandang close. Carter fumbles the rice pot right away and Kalabaw is in last from the start. Matsing leads for the first time in any challenge.
Russell keeps Matsing ahead, and Denise loses some ground. Tandang takes the lead, but Matsing isn't too far behind.
Artis smashes pots for Tandang, while Malcolm takes the job for Matsing. Artis wins the steak reward and it's down to Matsing and Kalabaw. With one pot left to break, Malcolm misses a couple of times, giving Jeff a chance to finish the comeback and he does.
Russell throws another tantrum, smashing a pot and delivering a soliloquy to God or, as Jeff says, "I don't know who" and says he "was formed by God's hands, a perfect creature." He says everything he's supposed to do is excellent. He says, logically, he understands this.
Tandang takes their feast back to camp, but Kalabaw trades the veggies and spices for the tarp.
Back at Matsing: Malcolm says he was about ready to cry after the challenge. Russell tells us it's "disbelief, frustration, sadness." He thinks he could be the one to go. Malcolm goes into the water with Russell and they agree to vote Denise out and keep the strength.
Malcolm tells us he'd like to keep Russell and Denise both thinking he's going to vote with them. Denise worries that Russell might have the idol and she and Malcolm will draw rocks. Denise and Malcolm agree to make Russell feel comfortable.
Denise and Russell have a heart to heart and she asks him if he's always been this competitive. He suddenly opens up about having been jumped by two kids when he was 8. He was scared for a while and then he got a chance to meet one of them and punching him in the face, and the kid started crying. Russell says it was something about not being in fear that resonated with him. Denise starts to talk strategy with Russell and says that Malcolm is a threat in the strength and social game. Russell tells her he's glad to know he has a chance.
Russell tells us that he's now thinking he might be in this "pivotal position" of being in between Malcolm and Denise. Everyone thinks they're the one going home.
Tribal Council: The wind is howling. Jeff says it must have been a crazy day at camp with everyone likely telling everyone else that they're voting the third person out.
Russell tells Jeff "there is nothing wrong with me expecting excellence from myself" every time he's doing anything. Jeff asks who put Malcolm in the spot of breaking pots at the end of the challenge, and he says he asked for the ball in that spot. He says, "That's totally on me today."
Denise makes her case, saying she'll be a strong physical player and has a strong enough social game to keep them competitive after a merge. Malcolm says he's a stronger physical presence than Russell (who's older) and Denise (who's much smaller). Russell says he can compete and he's "no slouch." He says he also has the experience to keep them going after a merge.
Asked why Denise should go, Malcolm and Russell both say that she has a superior social game and everyone will line up to vote to give her the million dollars.
Russell writes down Malcolm's name, saying he's going to be "too great of a threat going forward." Malcolm writes down Russell's name, saying, "Sorry, brother." We (obviously) don't see whose name Denise writes down.
Jeff gathers the votes: Russell, Malcolm, and the fourth person voted out is Russell.
He says nothing as Jeff puts out his torch. "That'll get your heart pounding," Malcolm tells Denise.
Russell's last words: "Right now, it's just utter shock. I was just completely blindsided. This is just the straw that breaks the camel's back. It's obvious me a 'Survivor' don't get along, so I think I'm done with this."
5Got My Swag Back
17 Oct 2012Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': In a three-tribe battle, Matsing has been atrocious. They've lost every challenge and no one has found the most hidden-in-plain-sight idol in "Survivor" history. Meanwhile, Kalabaw's winning streak hasn't let them escape tribe friction. Jonathan has found the idol and told Jeff about it, and they aligned with the other man. The women also aligned. At Tandang, Pete and Abi found the idol and started a majority alliance with Lisa and Atris, targeting Michael and RC. Matsing lost a fourth time, and Russell freaked out. Then he was voted out.
Matsing: It's Day 10, and Matsing is down to two members. It's cold, and Malcolm is surprised. He and Denise wonder what will happen next, and Denise thinks they might be assigned to one tribe each, or the whole group will get shuffled.
The next morning, Denise and Malcolm decide to look for the idol together just in case this is their last time at camp. Malcolm finally tries prying the emblem off the rice container and, at long last, they have the idol. Malcolm is giddy and Denise feels good, even though she knows she could be on her own if they're split into different tribes.
Reward challenge: Before anything happens, Jeff announces that Malcolm and Denise can drop their buffs. They pull buffs from a bag: Malcolm goes to Tandang and Denise goes to Kalabaw.
For the challenge, players will face off one on one holding an idol on a plate. The first player to knock off the other's wins. The first to win five rounds wins reward: Muffins and cookies and other sweet goodness.
At one point, Dawson pulls Abi's hair. Abi wins the round, but tells Dawson to "play like a man, don't play like a bitch." Malcolm ingratiates himself by taking Jeff out to give Tandang the win. He says he's on a team that he's now excited about, and is giddy about having some sugar.
Denise also says she has an "awesome vibe about this tribe already."
Jonathan tells us he sure would have liked having Malcolm on their tribe because they might be having some sweets. He thinks Kalabaw is now at a physical disadvantage.
Tandang: Malcolm feels like he's got a swagger back after a good day: He found an idol that morning, won reward with his new tribe. Lisa tells us he's brought "wonderful energy" to the tribe. She says he has a great attitude and hasn't brought any kind of negative energy.
RC, though, thinks the tribe would have been better off with Denise. She says that seeing him talk to Peter makes her feel like she has no chance to win him over. She shares her story of being bullied in school, and is feeling isolated that way in her tribe. Still, she says she's "going to fight." She says she needs time to win him over. Malcolm starts a fire and RC gives him a pretty flirtatious hug.
Peter tells us he was rooting for getting Malcolm on the tribe. Pete pulls Malcolm aside and tells him about the alliances and tells Malcolm that he has an idol. He wants to vote Michael out and now feels like he can do that without worrying about the tribe losing strength. Malcolm tells us he feels like the stud football player from the rival team that just came to the new school, and everyone wants to be his friend.
Kalabaw: Denise is trying to find her place in her new tribe, and Katie tells us she's looking forward to pulling Denise to the women's side. Meanwhile, everyone is freezing.
Dana doesn't look well. She tells us she "just can't shake the cold." She feels dizzy, nauseous, completely dehydrated and got a sharp pain in her stomach that's getting worse. She's throwing up. The rest of the group tries to warm her up. Dawson says Dana is "burning up." Jonathan lets Dana rest on his lap under a canvas blanket and tries to comfort her.
Jeff comes to the camp with the medics, who think her stomach is irritated, possibly from an infection. The medic says they can try to let her stay in the game for another 12 hours and try to hydrate herself. Jeff gives Dana the choice because medical will only pull someone from the game if it's decided they can't go on without risking their life. Dana cries and says she can't stay and can't be out there a second longer. She cries and Jeff puts his jacket on her, encouraging her to finish on her own terms. He brings the tribe over. Jonathan understands her pain more than anyone.
Katie later says that Dana leaving screws everything. She was her best ally and has no idea what she's going to do to survive.
Immunity challenge: Jeff announces Dana is out and Kalabaw is down a player. The tribes must race through an obstacle course as a group, release some puzzle pieces and put the puzzle together. Tandang sits Abi out, and Jeff asks how many challenges she's actually participated in. It's two.
Katie slows Kalabaw down at a couple of spots. They make up some time, but fall behind again and Jeff makes a point of reminding everyone that Katie slowed them down.
Tandang has a big head start at the puzzle and ends up solving it literally two seconds before Kalabaw. Jonathan tells us later that Dawson could have been a little more helpful with the puzzle (they were working on it together and bumped into each other a few times).
Back at Kalabaw: Katie apologizes for falling behind. She tells us it's embarrassing. Jonathan says she was "having trouble" with the first part, but things happen. Dawson tries to convince her she's being paranoid, but later tells us that Katie "sucked." They agree that Katie sucked, but Dawson tells us that Denise has only been around two days and should go.
Denise makes a move quickly and agrees with Jeff that she'll be in their foursome, even with the understanding that she's fourth. Jeff tells the other guys that Denise is on their side, and they agree. Jonathan says it's either Katie or Dawson going next.
Carter tells Jonathan that "Katie just looks checked out to me." Jonathan tells us "Dawson has been the weakest member of the tribe."
Back at camp, with everyone around, Dawson randomly starts talking about how she should maybe date an athlete. Jeff asks who she'd consider an athlete and she says, "Football, basketball, and I guess at the end, maybe baseball." Remember, she was the only person on Kalabaw who's recognized Jeff as a former pro baseball player. She starts going on about how baseball "is a lot of standing around" and that football is bigger than baseball. Jeff tells us he feels like he's walking on eggshells and it might be best to vote Dawson out if she knows his history as a pro athlete.
Tribal Council: Denise tells Jeff that "Dana leaving hit us harder than the rain ever could." Jonathan says "it's terrible" going from unbeaten to suddenly being down two players. He says that if Dana had been around and healthy, they would've won the challenge. Katie says she feels "like the biggest idiot in the world" for her performance at the challenge. She hopes her tribe mates still think she's worthy to stick around.
Denise says there's "absolutely' an argument for keeping Denise over someone else. Dawson makes her own case for staying by saying she keeps the spirit of the camp up.
Jeff says they have to "look at all weak links," people working around camp, value moving forward and performance at challenges.
We don't see any names as they're written.
Jeff reads the votes: Denise, Dawson, Dawson, Dawson, and the fifth person voted out is Dawson.
"Wow," she says under her breath. Jeff Kent gives a wry smile.
Jeff Probst snuffs out Dawson's torch, and she steps forward to give him a long, slow hug.
Dawson's last words: "Jeff Kent I mean, I could've blown up his spot, but maybe he could be one of those millionaires who come on this show and win. If he wins, he owes me sooooo much. I want a motorcycle and a helmet, a sidecar and a pink gun. That's what I want from Jeff Kent."
6Down and Dirty
24 Oct 2012Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': After 13 days of competition between three tribes, Matsing was decimated. They were down to just two players. Malcolm found their tribe's immunity idol, then he and Denise were split up. Malcolm landed at Tandang and quickly gained Pete's trust. Pete revealed that he has an idol. At Kalabaw, Jonathan Penner has the idol and he and the guys pulled Denise into an alliance. Dana left the game with an illness and left Katie vulnerable. Katie was about to be gone after a terrible immunity challenge performance, but Dawson spoke up just enough about Jeff Kent's past as a pro baseball player without giving it away to make him lead his mates into voting Dawson out.
Back at Kalabaw: Katie knows she's looking like the weakest link and is prepared to work her magic.
The next morning, Denise and Katie talk about how Penner likely has the idol. They talk some strategy and Katie says it's "a no brainer" to get rid of Penner.
Tandang: Mike has been eating raw rice and the supply is running low. Pete thinks Mike's stupid and wants to vote him out. Mike thinks they should make one cup of rice for the tribe to split. Artis also thinks Mike has eaten the tribe out of house and home. He says "Mike has become expendable" with the addition of Malcolm to the tribe.
Reward challenge: In sets of three, the teams have to try to score a massive wicker ball into the other team's goal. They're playing on a soccer-field-style mud pit. The first team to score three goals wins reward: A try to a dry hut for sandwiches, soup, potato chips and brownies.
Tandang sits RC and Artis, having to sit one man and one woman.
Pete and Carter get into it pretty tough, while Lisa tackles Denise. Suddenly, Penner reaches between Mike's legs, with one hand on the ball. After one hour of sitting with little or no movement, Penner starts negotiating with Mike. Penner asks what they could trade their sandwiches for, and Mike says he wants the rest of Kalabaw's rice. Mike's tribe mates quickly shoot down that idea. Penner's considering it, though. Artis is asked what he thinks and he says he wants to win. He doesn't want to hear anything else about a trade.
Penner talks it over with his tribe. Nobody seems too thrilled with the deal, but Penner thinks he can catch fish to make up for the lost rice.
In an unprecedented move, the deal is done. The challenge ends with Kalabaw getting reward and Tandang having Kalabaw's rice delivered to their tree mail.
Reward: Kalabaw feels pretty good about the deal they made while enjoying some huge sandwiches and brownies. Jeff is still worried about not having rice. Jonathan finds letters from home for each tribe mate and everyone cries while they read them. Denise says the "motivational fuel" they got made it worth the rice they gave up.
Tandang: Artis is fuming, telling Malcolm he has to calm down before he says anything he'll regret. They get the rice, but no one seems too happy. Lisa says it felt like a loss, even though they ended up with all of Kalabaw's rice. Abi is annoyed, too, saying it was "frickin' stupid."
RC pulls Mike aside and tells him that Artis was really upset and "cursing up a storm." Mike says there was no win in the challenge. Mike says he didn't make the decision on his own. RC is taking advantage of another tantrum from Abi, and hoping to stay under the radar while Abi blows up.
Kalabaw: The next morning, the sun comes out and Penner tries to catch a stingray that's close to shore. No luck.
Carter tells us he wasn't behind the deal for the rice and now says he's really nervous about Jonathan's ability to catch fish. Penner goes out to fish.
Carter stays back at the beach and talks to Katie about how he's not sure his body can last in a "starving game."
Penner comes back from a fishing expedition with two tiny fish. The good feelings from the reward are diminishing with every minute that passes. Heading into the immunity challenge, Penner says they have to get some momentum badly, otherwise they're screwed.
Immunity challenge: One tribe member will balls into a field, where other tribe members try to catch them in lacrosse-style baskets. Regardless of which color ball is caught, the first tribe to catch five balls wins immunity.
Tandang has to a man and a woman. Mike sits and Abi sits once again. Jeff notes it's now two out of eight challenges that she's actually participated in.
Lisa is launching balls for Tandang, with Denise launching for Kalabaw.
After the first toss, it's 1-0 Kalabaw, but Tandang catches both balls in the next round to take a 2-1 lead. The third pair of tosses go uncaught. In the third set of tosses, Jeff catches one for Kalabaw to tie it, and then catches another to make it 3-2. Jeff catches yet another to make it 4-2 Kalabaw. It's almost like he's caught balls in a field before.
Mike tells Lisa to go straight for Malcolm with a short launch, and she does. And he catches it. The next toss, Malcolm makes another great catch to tie it again. Carter and Jeff trade places because Carter can't cover Malcolm. The next launch, Malcolm is the hero even against Jeff knocking him down on the way to catch the fifth ball.
Kalabaw: Everyone is lamenting their inability to cover Malcolm. Penner says they should have just tackled him. Jeff tells us he and Penner have an alliance, but he's "still on the fence."
Carter and Jeff talk about keeping Denise. Carter says he doesn't "see a ton of effort" from Katie. Jeff calls her "worthless." They're still wondering whether they want to bring Penner into a merge. Carter says he might be willing to vote out Penner.
Later, Carter tells us he thinks he might be OK with bringing Penner into a merge because the other tribe will be targeting him before anyone else.
Jeff tells Carter he thinks they need to pull "the Penner punch," but he can't know it's coming because he might play the idol if he senses something's up.
Carter talks to Penner while Jeff is nearby, asking him what he wants to do. Carter slips and tells Penner, "Katie or Penner?" Jeff whips his head around, but Carter casually corrects himself and it isn't clear if Penner noticed. "Katie or Denise?" he asks. Penner says they have a chance to win the next challenge if they keep Denise, so Katie's got to go.
Katie comes back to camp and Penner tells her, "It's Denise." Then he takes off to fish. As soon as Katie leaves, she asks Jeff and Carter what Penner is up to. She starts talking about getting rid of Penner. Jeff doesn't reveal too much, but tells Katie to "just play along with (Penner) for now."
Jeff and Carter go off and talk it over. Jeff doesn't want to get surprised by Penner later. Penner walks up and tells them not to worry about it, saying, "I'm not worried about it," as he walks away.
Jeff tells us Katie is the easy choice, but Penner is the riskier and harder one.
Tribal Council: Jeff asks who thinks they're in trouble, and Denise and Katie raise their hands. Denise says that because she's new, she's vulnerable. Katie says she's in trouble because she's "the other girl," and doesn't "perform awesome in challenges."
Jeff says each vote as the game moves on is going to get harder and harder. Jeff says every vote is going to be a blind side. Asked how he'd feel if it was him being blindsided, Penner says he wouldn't like it but would respect the game play. He even says it'd be a smart move.
Jeff Probst asks Jeff Kent if he plays any other game like "Survivor," and Kent says no. He adds that this game "sucks." He explains that it sucks because you're trying to survive the elements and you take on friends, and "you know you're going to blind side your friend because you're too guilty to tell 'em, 'I really don't want you here anymore.'"
Katie says she'll vote tonight based on loyalty and the people she's been with for the last 16 days. She says she's sticking to her word.
Penner gives a decent speech on the looming blindside:
"The reason it's so complicated is nobody wants to betray anybody and nobody wants to feel betrayed. That's why the blindsides happen. If it was me tonight, these four didn't give me that opportunity to scramble, and more power to them. Because they know that I would do anything in my power to make this work out, and it might ricochet and one of them would get voted out. They want to it to be neat and clean and move forward," he says.
Probst says, "This is great drama: Everyone knows a blindside is coming. The question is who's it going to be?"
Katie writes down Penner's name, saying he is "not to be trusted." Penner returns the favor, calling her the weakest member but says she's "a great kid."
The vote: Katie, Penner, Katie, and the seventh person voted out is Katie.
Katie's last words: "I got blindsided, it's not a good feeling. I came in thinking, 'Oh, I'm an athlete, I am so strong, I can handle whatever," you know, but out here it is nothing like you think it is on TV. It is so hard, but it is such an awesome thing for me to say I was on 'Survivor.'"
7Not the Only Actor on This Island
31 Oct 2012Description ▼
After Tandang and Kalabaw tribes merge, castaways scramble to solidify their numbers and rank in the new tribe. Meanwhile, Lisa Whelchel is confronted on her past as a former TV teen star.
8Dead Man Walking
07 Nov 2012Description ▼
Previously on 'Survivor': After the two tribes merged, Tandang had a 7-4 advantage over Kalabaw. Lisa found Malcolm's idol while settling in. Jonathan went to work trying o convince RC and Mike to turn on their old tribe. But Jonathan's own ally, Jeff, was looking to take him out. At Tribal Council, a nervous Jonathan played his idol and saw that his alliance turned. RC was blindsided.
Back at camp: "So what all happened?" Jonathan asks Jeff, who doesn't have a great answer. Jonathan tells us getting betrayed hurts because he wasn't in on a secret. Denise admits to Jonathan that she voted for him. Jeff tries to explain their strategy, and he still figures they're going to vote Jonathan out anyway.
Mike pulls Jonathan aside and tells him not to throw in the towel. He reminds Jonathan that there are cracks in the alliances. He says they need to wait for someone to screw up and expose a crack. Jonathan tells us he isn't a quitter. He says he's going to have to take his foot off the gas, climb into the back seat and hope they forget he's there for a while. He says he no longer cares about alliances, "everyone is equal now they are all ready to die."
The next morning, Jonathan heads down into the water to fish. Lisa, who's on the boat with him, tells us everyone seems to want Jonathan and Mike out. She says she wants to stay with Tandang, but she has no qualms about making things easier for herself. Once Jonathan and Mike are gone, she says, Jeff, Carter, Denise, she and Malcolm will target Artis, Pete and Abi "the ones everyone doesn't like."
Lisa and Jeff head off for a walk and discuss strategy. Jeff likes the idea of breaking up Pete, Abi and Artis, who think "they're running the game." Jeff tells us he and Lisa might be able to team up and flip themselves from the bottom to the top.
Reward challenge: The players will divide into two teams. They're race into the water, carrying a rope and grab a fish trap. They'll be pulled back to shore by their teammates.
The winning team will be taken on a cruise through the jungle with a barbecued ribs lunch with apple pie.
Jeff and Jonathan help their yellow team get out to an early lead. Lisa is slow in the water to get the fourth fish trap and is passed by Carter, who puts his blue team in the lead. Mike gets stuck, frustrating Artis and Abi while saying he can't see the last fish trap. Meanwhile, Denise regains the lead for the yellow team.
Malcolm loses the yellow team's lead while digging for keys that will open a set of scrolls. Artis regains the lead for the blue team. Malcolm finds the key and yellow comes orating back by putting their scroll puzzle together first.
The yellow team: Jeff, Denise, Malcolm, Jonathan and Lisa will enjoy reward while Mike, Abi, Pete, Artis and Malcolm go back to camp with nothing.
Back at camp: The losing team tries to reassure themselves. Abi says everything happens for a reason. Then they start talking through alliances and Abi says she's with a foursome include Artis, Pete and Lisa. She tells Carter she knows he's with Jeff and must be part of the alliance going with Jonathan. Pete tells us that Abi's big mouth can be dangerous and she's "like a puppy you have to take care of."
Pete pulls Abi aside and they talk about getting rid of Jonathan then keeping Mike around for a while while getting Jeff, Denise and Malcolm out. Then they'll take out Mike. Pete gets annoyed at Abi while they're talking, and then he tells us that he wishes he could vote her out but that he'll keep her because no one will vote for her in the final three.
Reward team: The winning team enjoys a cruise while sipping lemonade and eating ribs. Denise says it's a great, positive group that has meshed together well.
They start talking about how negative everyone back at camp specifically Artis, Abi and Pete can be. Malcolm realizes that Jonathan is trying to use that sentiment to his advantage because he knows he's up next. Jonathan tries to convince the group that they should start getting rid of the "bullies."
Lisa realizes that she can't win the game in a benevolent way. She has to get to the final with people who won't take votes away from her.
Back at camp: The next morning, Lisa tells us she's anticipating that someone will soon realize that after Jonathan goes home it's a good time to make a 5-4 alliance. She wants to team up with Mike.
She pulls him aside and tells him that he's going to targeted after Jonathan, and she reveals to him that Malcolm has an idol. She tells him they'll have to convince Pete to keep Mike around longer so they can blindside Malcolm. Mike tells us it's "great" that Lisa is "now in it to win it." He tells us she's his closest ally. Jonathan walks in on Lisa and Mike's chat. Jonathan teases Mike about how he's going to win immunity. He tells us he's serious. He's never done it before but he'd love for this to be the day.
Immunity challenge: There will only be one immunity idol handed out this time. The players will race over and under obstacles to collect puzzle pieces. The first three players to cross a line will move to the next round, where they'll put together a puzzle. The winner takes immunity.
The race for puzzle pieces is close until Pete and Jeff jump out to a lead. Pete gets his third bag first, followed by Jeff. One last spot comes down to Jonathan and Mike. Jonathan dives over the finish line a split second before Mike to take the third spot.
Pete and Jeff get off to a good, quick start and Jonathan falls behind. Jonathan suddenly gets back in it and quickly gets on a roll. Sure enough, out of nowhere, Jonathan finishes his puzzle first and wins individual immunity. He celebrates all alone while everyone else sits silently. Mike scratches his head.
Back at camp: Jonathan doesn't even know what to say about the challenge, saying, "That was maybe the best thing I ever did in my life." Malcolm is frustrated that Murphy's Law worked out, meaning Jonathan won and there's a mini-scramble now to see who goes. The players all apparently agree quickly to vote out Mike and they're upfront with him about it.
Jeff tells Mike that Jonathan's win was the worst that could have happened to him. He says he feels bad. Mike says nothing.
Meanwhile, Lisa goes and tells Pete that Malcolm has an idol and they have to blindside him. Lisa tells Pete that whatever Malcolm says, he allegiance is with "them, not with us." Pete is thrown for a loop and says he trusted Malcolm. Pete pulls Malcolm aside and asks him if he has Matsing's idol, and Malcolm says no. He asks if someone said he had it and Pete reveals that Lisa said it.
Malcolm tells us his first thought was to lie, but he's worried that the rumor is out. Malcolm tells Pete he's going to have to go scramble now, but Pete assures Malcolm he can save him. Pete then tells us that after looking into Malcolm's soul he could tell Malcolm didn't have the idol because he "freaked out." They decide to vote Jeff out. Malcolm and Pete go to Denise, Mike and Artis and they all agree to vote out Jeff.
Pete tells Lisa that he didn't tell Malcolm she said he had the idol, but that they know he has it. Pete says Malcolm is scrambling now. Pete tells Lisa they're going to vote Jeff. Pete tells us "playing the mastermind role is not easy."
At the last minute, Malcolm convinces Jeff, Denise, Carter, Mike and Lisa to vote Pete out.
Tribal Council: Probst immediately brings up the fact that people wanted to get the veteran players out first and asks Mike how he felt after Jonathan won immunity. Mike says he was nervous, but some chatter at camp made him feel better. Malcolm laughs forcefully and then tells Probst he put his faith "in a little Texas girl and she threw me under the bus today." Lisa admits it's true. She says it was going to be an easy vote until Jonathan won. Mike was next, then she thought they should take out Malcolm, who's quite strong.
Abi says she's "in awe" after realizing that Malcolm is not really with them. Abi stumbles, though, when she says, "It was always you (talking to Lisa), me, Peter and Artis," leaving Malcolm out. She tries to cover it up, adding, "And Malcolm was always part of our alliance, as well." Probst even says, "It might be too late for that one, Abi."
Lisa admits she was playing both sides, she knows Malcolm has an idol and that she gave that information to try to make Tandang stronger. Malcolm goes ahead and pulls the idol out of his bag, holding it up, "just to clear the air." Pete looks stunned. Malcolm says things are getting too crazy and the idol is getting played because it's put a target on his back, so if anyone wants to join Lisa's plan they're in for a "mean surprise."
Probst asks if anyone else wants to reveal they have an idol. Abi pulls one out, saying she was selflessly keeping it to protect her alliance, and she waves it around.
Jonathan pipes up and says it looks like there are six players who can move forward in the game, but it would mean keeping him and Mike around. Jonathan asks if Jeff, Malcolm, Denise, Lisa and Mike are up for it. Pete looks nervous.
Lisa tells anybody she's given her word to that they can keep their majority if they go with "Plan B." Pete thinks everyone's gunning for him.
Lisa writes down Jeff's name, saying he was "Plan B, but actually Plan D or E." Denise writes down Pete's name and says it was "fantastic just to watch your little alliance just kind of implode on itself."
Probst asks if anyone has an idol and wants to play it, now is the time to do so. No one does.
The vote: Abi, Jeff, Pete, Jeff, Pete, Jeff, Pete, Jeff, Pete, and the ninth person voted out is Jeff.
Malcolm is stunned. Jonathan looks confused.
Probst says the vote "may go down as one of the biggest missed opportunities in the history of this game."
Jeff's last words: "You know what pisses me off? Is I think I've made about $60 million playing baseball, and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game. And it's not even a million bucks, it's $600,000 by the time Obama takes it. I'm a Game 7 World Series loser and, you know, I've played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, but this just sucks."
9Little Miss Perfect
Previously on 'Survivor': At the beginning, Lisa was an outcast but as of the merge only Penner and Skupin had figured out her child-star past. The focus became getting out a returning player, but Penner won immunity. Lisa then threw Malcolm and his immunity idol under the bus. And at a wild Tribal Council, two major alliances became clear. Jeff was voted out.Back at camp: Skupin is relieved that Lisa "made her big move" to save him. He's relived that Jeff, one of the two biggest advocates of getting rid of returning players, is gone. Abi, meanwhile, accuses Skupin of voting for her, but Penner says he was the one who wrote her name down because he was "P.O.'d." He says he doesn't like being played.Penner tries to figure out who voted for Jeff. Penner realizes his vote might have screwed things up because Pete and Jeff would have otherwise tied. Penner thinks it doesn't matter because he's a "dead man walking."Malcolm reassures Lisa, saying they're both just "playing the game." Lisa is emotional after playing the game, saying, "It's just not me." She tells Malcolm he's "just amazing," because of now merciful and graceful he's being.Penner notes there are five original Tandangs left and if they vote together he's done. But there are so many cracks, there's an opportunity. He notes the difference between Lisa and Skupin and Abi, Artis and Pete. He wants to play to Skupin and Lisa.Penner gives Lisa a pep talk and she cries while he tells her he knows how difficult her life has been throughout her life and having to be a "pleaser" all the time. She tells us that even though she knows he's always scrambling, his speech to her really hit a chord. She tells us she's been on a stage since she was 7 and even before that she knew she had to entertain to be loved.Reward challenge: The players will be divided into two teams. They have to get through some muddy obstacles to college four bags of balls. At the end of the obstacle course, they have to shoot those 12 balls into a basket. The winning team will serve as "'Survivor' ambassadors" at a nearby village, bringing some school supplies and toys to kids. The villagers will then treat them to a feast.Penner smartly digs up all four of his team's bags and puts them in one corner. This gives the red team a huge advantage. They've made nine of their 12 balls into the basket by the time the yellow team has started shooting. The red team has one last ball to get in while the yellow team starts to catch up, but with the yellow team on its sixth ball, the red team nails the 12th and final ball to win reward.The red team Carter, Denise, Malcolm and Penner wins. Abi was not picked for a team and had no chance of winning reward.Reward: The team has a blast on the reward, playing with the kids. Malcolm says it's a reminder of how much he enjoyed teaching kids and how much more rewarding it is that serving drinks at a bar.They get a chance to talk strategy, though, and decide to bring Skupin and Lisa into the fold.Back at camp: Pete is "pissed" after losing the challenge. He's glad, though, to get some alone time with Lisa and Skupin. Pete tells us it's "ironic" that someone he wanted to get rid of early on (Skupin) is now someone he's forced to work with. He wants to make Skupin and Lisa feel comfortable.Abi bullies Lisa again, calling her "gullible" and "naive," and saying she "just didn't know what to do." Even Artis is now annoyed, telling us that Abi is "a loose cannon," and talks a big game without really knowing what she's talking about.Lisa tells us later that she thought she'd get a chance to reconnect with her old tribe mates, but "Abi was just terrible."Immunity challenge: Each player has to balance an oversized paddle with six divots in it. They have to roll balls down the paddle and land one in each of the six spots. The first player to do it wins immunity.Skupin is the first to land a ball and gets a second one. Pete also has two, but Skupin lands a third. Skupin and Pete each land their fourth balls almost back to back. Skupin sticks a fifth and Pete then loses some that'd already landed. Finally, Skupin lands his sixth and final ball to win immunity.Artis tells us that "unless something goes wrong," Penner is going out.Back at camp: Penner says he knows his days are numbered. Abi wants to vote off Skupin, but knows they need him for the numbers. She says Penner is a bigger threat, but "Mike is really annoying."Denise, Malcolm and Carter strategize and wonder whether Abi would give her idol to someone else. Their goal is to get rid of one of the original Tandang members. Their plans "hinges on Skupin and Lisa."Penner talks to Lisa and asks her what the audience is going to want to see. He tells her he hopes she and Skupin will "do the right thing" and help him out. He tells us he's planting seeds because he's "playing (his) ass off." He says he only needs either Lisa or Skupin.Penner then goes and talks to Skupin and tells him that if he goes with them, they're in the final five. Skupin tells us he wants to play the game with Lisa. He needs to be sure that if he's going to make a bold move, she needs to be on the same side.Lisa and Skupin get some time to chat. Skupin says there are two thoughts: Which group can you get further with and who would you rather play with. He questions how they can continue being loyal to a group that isn't loyal to them. Lisa is considering flipping.Tribal Council: Lisa says the fallout from the last Tribal Council was "internal" for her, but when she got back to camp she was welcomed "with such grace." Jeff asks Abi about how upset she was at the last Tribal and asks her if she showed grace to Lisa. Abi turns the question to Lisa, who says she was shown more grace by the people she voted against. Abi looks mad. Lisa says the difference is "maturity, experience," and Abi looks even more upset.Jeff calls out the "tense" look on Abi's face. She says that what Lisa had to say was "interesting." Abi says she felt like she had "shown grace to her, but apparently not."Artis boldly claims that Tandang has "one of the most powerful tribes put together in 'Survivor' history and it's playing out like it's supposed to play out." Denise says it's a risk to think that way. Artis clarifies that he's "not totally 100 percent comfortable," and knows he could be blindsided just like anyone else.Skupin says he "loved" Lisa's big move at the last Tribal Council, and says it was for the Tandang tribe.Penner bluntly says he hopes that the numbers may have shifted. Denise says she hopes the numbers will shift on the Tandang tribe. Abi says she is "not very sure about Lisa at this point," while saying that the Tandang tribe has considered the possibility that they don't have the numbers.The vote: Pete writes down Penner's name, saying he's not sending him home because he's a returning player, but because he's "really good at this game, and I respect that." Denise writes down Artis' name, saying she doesn't doubt Abi's selfishness and knows she won't give Artis her idol.Jeff asks if anyone has an idol and wants to play it. No one does.Jeff reads the votes: Artis, Penner, Artis, Penner, Penner, Penner, Artis, Artis, and the 10th person voted out and third member of the jury is Artis. Abi looks around disgustedly.Artis' last words: "Well played to Penner. He managed to pull off the improbable. Well played. All I can do is applaud him. I have no ill will to anyone in the game because when it's all said and done, it is a game. I could not have been more happy. Well, I take that back. Yes I could, if I'd have won a million dollars."The votes revealed: Malcolm, Denise, Penner, Carter and Skupin voted for Artis, while Pete, Artis, Abi and Lisa voted for Penner.
10Whiners Are Weiners
Previously on 'Survivor': Pete and Abi found the immunity idol and ruled the game with an iron fist. They went into the merge with numbers and took out RC and Jeff, but everything changed when Skupin got tired of being at the bottom of their alliance. At the last Tribal Council, Abi threw Lisa under the bus. Lisa said she experienced more grace from the people outside of her alliance than in it, but she voted with them anyway. Skupin cast the deciding vote that sent Artis an ally of Pete and Abi home.Back at camp: Abi and Pete lament losing Artis. Abi is suddenly upset and realizing that Tandang isn't as strong as she thought it was. Skupin, Penner and Denise rejoice quietly in the success of their big move. Denise and Skupin agree to get their new alliance to the final six and then "shake hands and say, 'Game on.'"Abi and Lisa sit down for a heart to heart. Lisa tells Abi that she's never wavered from their alliance. Lisa tells us "it's very hard being in an alliance with Pete and Abi," and tells us she's never been good with breakups. Lisa tells Abi that she can't be in an alliance with someone who doesn't trust her. Lisa tells Abi that, at this point, she'd rather be sixth and feel good about who she's aligned with than be with players she doesn't like. Abi decides it isn't worth trying to talk Lisa out of it, saying she's already aligned herself with the others.Reward challenge: The players will be divided into two teams. They each have a drum in three different rings. The teams score points for each time they get all three of the drums to show their emblem at the same time. The first team to do this three times wins reward: a spa retreat and a delicious lunch.The red team: Abi, Carter, Malcolm and Pete. Yellow team: Penner, Denise, Lisa and Skupin.Carter and Penner face off first and Carter out hustles Penner to score a point for the red team.Malcolm and Skupin square off next and Malcolm blows it, forgetting to flip Skupin's drum back against him, opening the door for Skupin to score one for the yellow.Abi and Denise square off but Abi flips over the wrong drum and the yellow team wins that round quickly Lisa easily. Jeff asks Abi if she's clear on what's happening and says, "No, not really."Yellow leads 2-1 when Pete (red) and Denise (yellow) square off. Pete outraces Denise to tie it up.Malcolm and Skupin meet in a rematch and Skupin flips the wrong drum to give the red team the win.Reward: Malcolm, Pete, Abi and Carter enjoy the reward and Malcolm says he doesn't want to talk any strategy. They also agree to enjoy that there are "no old people."They all just bask in it and Pete tells us he agreed with Malcolm about not talking strategy. Pete says of himself that he's "smart and fit" and with food he's basically unstoppable.Back at camp: The team comes back from their reward freshly bathed and groomed Abi immediately starts talking about how "amazing" it was. Denise is annoyed. Abi talks about how full she is, feeling like she has a three-month-old baby in her belly. She goes on talking about how beautiful it was and how she felt like she was on the cover of a magazine. Even Pete seems to be worried that Abi is overdoing it.Malcolm tells us "Abi has all the social grace of a Mack truck." Lisa, Penner, Denise and Skupin talk about how Abi has no social skills and Abi speaks up and starts talking about how she doesn't want to cook anymore and just wants to enjoy her final days on the island. Denise tells us she can't wait to eventually write Abi's name and tell her, "You know what? Whiners are wieners."The next morning, Abi is still on her "I'm out of the kitch