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Ten ultimate "Survivor" fans get a chance of a lifetime, competing against ten former castaways for a shot at $1 million. Twenty castaways, 39 days... only ONE Survivor!

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Jeff Probst
Creator: Charlie Parsons
EP: Mark Burnett, Charlie Parsons
Packager: Mark Burnett Prods., Survivor Prods., Castaway TV Prods.
Origin: Palau, Micronesia
Airs: Thursdays at 8pm ET on CBS


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You Guys Are Dumber Than You Look
February 7

Since "Survivor" went on the air in 2000, there've been many memorable castaway castmates, including the pirate Rupert, the fireman Tom, and of course, Rich Hatch. This season, 10 of the most popular castaways from the last eight or so seasons of the game will join each other as a tribe of favorites. Their opponents, 10 of the most die-hard "Survivor" fans ever. These are the people who plan their schedules around the show, who post on the board, and whose heart and soul form the core of fan nation.

The 20 intrepid souls have made their way back to Palau in order to outwit, outplay, and outlast each other for a shot at $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor. But it comes with a twist. The fans think they're competing against other fans. The faves think they're competing against other faves.

39 days... 10 fans... 10 favorites.... ONE.... SURVIVOR.

Let's take a look at the starting lineups...

Joel Anderson; 32; Avondale, AZ; firefighter
Natalie Bolton; 32; Los Angeles
Michael "Mikey B" Bortone; 34, Los Angeles; aspiring writer
Tracy Hughes-Wolf; 43, Fredericksburg, VA; residential builder
Alexis Jones; 24, Los Angeles; motivational speaker
Erik Reichenbach; 22, Pinckney, MI; ice cream scooper
Mary Sartain; 29, Emeryville, CA
Jason Siska; Fox River Grove, IL; gymnastics coach
Kathleen "Kathy" Sleckman; 45; Glen Ellyn, IL; golf course vendor
Chet Welch; 48, Ford City, PA
Yau-Man Chan; 55; Martinez, CA; Fiji
James Clement; 30; Lafayette, LA; China
Ami Cusack; 34; Golden, CO; Vanuatu - Islands of Fire
Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton; 33; Danville, VA; Pearl Islands
Cirie Fields; 37; Norwalk, CT; Panama - Exile Island
Amanda Kimmel; 23; Los Angeles; China
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth; 26; Venice, CA; Cook Islands
Eliza Orlins; 25; New York City; Vanuatu - Islands of Fire
Jonathan Penner; 45; Los Angeles; Cook Islands
Parvati Shallow; 25; Los Angeles; Cook Islands

Day 1: Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.

The fans are the first to arrive at Survivor Island v.16 (Micronesia), when they learn that they are playing against some of their favorite players.

The incredibly damp Jeff tosses the teams their tribal buffs and sends them on their way with news of two individual Immunity Idols that can only be played at their first Tribal Council. Alexis says that the fans have a greater advantage from having studied the favorites.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get going!

Erik is the first ashore as the 20 look for one of two Idols. Fairplay grabs one from the other tribe's boat... and then spots the other on his tribe's boat... In a fit of "Gee, this looks familiar", Yau-Man tackles Fairplay to take the second Idol. That makes two reality hoes that have kicked Jonny Fairplay's ass.

Sometime afterwards, the Survivor powers that be decree that Fairplay's move is a no-no, and he's forced to give up the Airai Idol. Yau-Man directs Kathy toward it, and now she's immune.

And so, the adventure begins with Fairplay hoping beyond hope that Yau-Man is the first favorite to go home...

The fans are the first to arrive on Airai beach. "Airai has arrived." Tracy says that the fans are out for blood. Mikey B calls his tribemates such colorful names as Big Bird, Southern Princess, the Incredible Hulk, Jon Bon Jovi, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

They begin working on a shelter while trying to figure out what term to use for Chet, this season's token gay guy. By the way, "gay friend" is fine. Kathy seems to have a problem with foot-in-mouth disease, talking up Chet's gayness and Tracy's boobs. We're all thinking that Kathy WAS going to be the first to go, but thanks to Yau-Man, isn't.

Speaking of, the faves get straight to work. Ozzy says that the favorites' advantage come from playing the game before. And now with Fairplay having a pregnant babymama at home, he's out to bring home the bacon for her. Let's work on shelter. Seems that everyone on the team know what they're doing. Parvati is still out to flirt her way to the million, but she's going to play it smart this time. First target: James.

Night 1: Gimme Shelter

Amanda and Ozzy already have a rapport. Parvati can't take her eyes and hands off of James. Eliza thinks that this will make all four of them a threat.

Meanwhile, the Airai continue to work into the night on their shelter. They finish a roughshod little abode, and none too soon as the skies open up. Kathy: "I hope by morning I feel a whole lot better. Because right now, this sucks."

Day 2: "I'm sleepy."

First alliance. Ami, Jonathan, Yau-Man, and Eliza. The problem is... another foursome, the double-daters. That leaves Fairplay and Cirie as the swingers. The Awesome Foursome try to pull-in Fairplay, but it seems that Ozzy and Parvati have him in their clutches first, remembering how Eliza played the game in Vanuatu. Ozzy's worried that Fairplay will flip at the drop of a hat, but that's a risk that he's willing to take at this moment.

Remember the hat, though. "Will Lie 4 Food."

Fairplay report back to the Awesome Foursome on the Double Daters' plan to get rid of Eliza first. They decide to get rid of Parvati first. Jon would take Fairplay to the end if he could. Fairplay: "Have you not watched this show before?"

Day 3: Fire equals... something.

Yau-Man's glasses + coconut husks = ... FIRE!

Eliza's ready to kick ass. Airais... not so much. They get treemail, though...


"Sixteen seasons later
You all should know the deal
Outwit, outplay, outlast
Don't waste time reinventing the wheel."


The fans take time to analyze the message... and the medium it was delivered upon.

I-Challenge: Wheels of Jeopardy!

Assemble four puzzle wheels, then put them on a cart. Push your cart through an obstacle course until you come to a sandpit. That pit will contain planks you need to get up and over a bridge to the finish, where you have to take your wheels off and use them to complete a turnstile. Use the turnstile to raise a fire wok to light your signal for the win.

Additionally, should the Airai win the challenge, they will receive flint to make fire.

The Airai have their four wheels and their cart in motion before the Malakals. Fans are making quick work of the course, while the Favorites... wipe out. Fans have their planks first. They have to untie while Erik gives a hearty (and sandy) welcome to the Faves.

Fans are up and over their bridge, but now they wipe out. They quickly regroup to form up their turnstile. They're the first to finish, now it's all about the fire... Challenge over!

Winners: Airai. Fans draw first blood.

Back at camp, the Favorites assess their situation. It all comes down to this: fans have more heart. Cirie has no plan in place, and she doesn't trust anyone right now. Fairplay can change the game at any moment. He's playing BOTH sides of the fence right now. The Awesome Foursome want to vote out Parvati. The Couples want to vote out Eliza. Fairplay... just wants to see his girlfriend. He wants to win the game for them. "A million dollars is great, but having a healthy little girl is the greatest prize I can win." Parvati suggests to Fairplay that he play that card. Might be too crazy but how about the Foursome vote against Fairplay.

Ami doesn't want Fairplay to go home, but she tells everyone that he doesn't want to stay in the game. Will he do something crazy with the Couples? "If I know Jonny Fairplay, he's going to stir things up."

Night 3: Tribal Council

You know the deal by now. Fire... life. No fire... no life. Fairplay called the first three days a cakewalk, but said that overconfidence got the better of them. Eliza thinks that people will remember past game play. Everyone here is surprised by the real Fairplay, as he's just thinking about his little girl. "It makes you crazy." Yau-Man's thinking "What's his scheme?" Ozzy thinks that this isn't "Fairplay can't hack it". Emotions are going crazy in his head right now. Jonathan says that he's asking to be voted out. Jonny Fairplay assures that this is not a quit. Eliza seems convinced.

Oh, and there will be a vote tonight. Yau-Man is immune. That much is assured.

Jonathan: JONNY FAIRPLAY - "You've asked me to. I wish you the best of luck."
Yau-Man: JON D - "You need any advice to raise a very happy and well-adjusted baby, I will be very happy to give you some advice."

Two against Fairplay. The others....

Fairplay: ELIZA

And that's all she wrote for Jonny Fairplay. By a vote of nine to one, THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN. At least he gets a hug from the host.