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Twenty new castaways brave the islands of Samoa to outwit, outplay, and outlast each other for
$1 million. Twenty castaways, 39 days... only ONE Survivor!

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Jeff Probst
Creator Charlie Parsons
EP Mark Burnett
Charlie Parsons
Packager Mark Burnett Productions
Survivor Productions
Castaway TV Productions
Origins Upolu Island, Samoa
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Houdini Magic
October 29

Last time, both tribes were feeling under the weather, until the rain stopped. Both tribes were due to head to Tribal and vote someone out, but then Russell took a turn for the worst, and he was pulled out of the game. Now 13 remain.

Night 15: Losing Russell affects the game tremendously

The tribe is down to eight, even boys and girls. Shambo still doesn't fit in, but the guys are hoping to change that. Hopefully they can afford to burn her in the final five.

Day 16: No more glass half empty.

All of a sudden, Foa Foa has a shot in the game. Russell says it's close with 5-8. Liz wasn't voted out, but it kept the tribe stronger.

Meanwhile, the Galu have a meeting about voting Shambo as new tribal leader. She's going to feel important, but in reality, she's going to be in someone's pocket. It's a 4-3 split for Shambo. Monica... doesn't really get how that happened. Shambo says that she'll do her best not to be bossy. Dave says that Shambo is so dim that she could screw the plan if they told her anything.

R-CHALLENGE: Wants vs. Needs (for a sailboat tour and lunch; Kelly, Dave & Shambo sit out)

Thirteen items are paired in the field, along with four dummy items. You will do a memory match. Match an item, get a point. Then you'll have a choice to make... If you need the item, you can take it, but you forfeit the point. Most points wins.

- Laura makes the first match: fire-starting kit. They decide to keep it.
- Brett finds a mosquito net. They keep the point (1-0 Galu).
- John matches the hatchet (2-0 Galu), Russell finds TP (2-1 Galu), and Laura finds rope (3-1 Galu).
- So far, it's 6-3 Galu. Natalie finds the pot... and matches! (6-4 Galu)
- Monica matches for the win (7-4 Galu)

As leader, Shambo decides to send Laura to the other side to spy while the others feast.

After the challenge, Laura meets the Foa Foa, who are more than hospitable to her. Laura thinks that Shambo sent her to the other side for a reason, mostly because she hates her. Russell is glad that she came over, because he has a chance to work "his Houdini magic". He plays the "fellow Christian" card to the hilt (she's a theology student).

At the reward... Feast. This looks like the boat used in Pirate Master.

Back on dry land, Liz is turned off by Laura and Natalie talking talking talking, while she's doing the grunt work. Russell, on the other hand, needs to keep Natalie to be his little toy. He'll have to keep his eye out on her.

I-CHALLENGE: Gone Fishing (John, Monica, and Laura sit out)

The tribe will paddle out and retrieve fish-shaped puzzle pieces. They'll have to use those fish to complete a puzzle. First tribe to do that is immune from the vote.

Foa Foa is out to an early lead. Galu draws to a dead heat, so it'll be decided on that puzzle. And it goes to... GALU! So much for the leadership necklace being bad luck.

Russell says, "What happens happens."

Day 18: Get rid of this...

Russell thinks that it's amazing that Jaison can't do puzzles. Liz says that something has to change, as Jaison admits to being embarrassed. Why do they always lose their lead? He has no idea. For all he knows, he's dead weight and could be voted out today.

Russell plants one of his seeds trying to get Jaison out, taking Liz into his own. Russell, though, is conflicted. He can't trust Liz, but at the same time, Jaison's costing the tribe the wins. Something has to give.

Night 18: Tribal...

One of the worst overall tribal performances in Survivor history. Where's the attitude? Natalie says that they're still up. Russell says that there's no way the other tribe can outwit him. Liz says that she trusts everyone on that tribe. Mick says that the trust is the absolute core of survival in this tribe. Jaison is frustrated with losing, talking about the puzzle.

Liz: JAISON - "This is totally strategic and not at all personal. I'm sorry."
Jaison: LIZ

The other three... are for LIZ. Sorry, but THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN.

Next time... I smell merge.

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