Everyone, Trust No One
Ten years ago, television history was
made with the first ever Survivor competition. What started out as a
long-form game show in the summertime ended up being one of the most
groundbreaking series in all of television history. To commemorate, 10
of the game's most noble players will square off and pitch bout against
10 of the most cunning deviants on the islands of Samoa for another shot
at $1 million... out of the 300 that have come to play this game.
Thirty-nine days. Ten heroes. Ten
villains... ONE... Survivor!
Let's meet the players!
Rupert Boneham (45,
Indianapolis) - Pearl Islands/All-Stars
James Clement (32, Lafayette, LA) - China/Micronesia
Colby Donaldson (35, Christoval, TX) - Australian Outback/All-Stars
Cirie Fields (39, Jersey City, NJ) - Panama/Micronesia
Amanda Kimmel (25, Kalispell, MT) - China/Micronesia
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper (30, Los Angeles) - Gabon
Stephenie LaGrossa (29, Briarcliff, Glenolden, PA) - Palau/Guatemala
James "JT" Thomas, Jr. (25, Samson, AL) - Tocantins
*Tom Westman (45, Long Island, NY) - Palau
Candice Woodcock (27, Fayetteville, NC) - Cook Islands
Tyson Apostol (29,
Lindon, UT) - Tocantins
Randy Bailey (50, Austin, TX) - Gabon
*Sandra Diaz-Twine (35, Stamford, CT) - Pearl Islands
Danielle DiLorenzo (28, Boston) - Panama
Russell Hantz (37, Dayton, TX) - Samoa
Jerri Manthey (38, Los Angeles) - Australian Outback/All-Stars
"Boston Rob" Mariano (33, Boston) - Marquesas/All-Stars
*Parvati Shallow (27, Atlanta) - Cook Islands/Micronesia
Benjamin "Coach" Wade (38, Susanville, CA) - Tocantins
Courtney Yates (28, Boston) - China
*denotes former Survivor Champion.
DAY 1: Titles mean nothing.
Redemption. Revenge. Settling old scores.
This is what we've come to do.
As we speak, a fleet of ANZAC choppers
are flying the players to Upolu, Samoa, their home for the next 39 days.
Everyone is either excited... or nervous... or a combination of both.
The heroes have landed first, and they have yet to see who they're up
against... until the villains reveal themselves.
Russell is still in awe that he is here
playing as one of the most notorious gamers of all time, as is Boston
Rob. Rupert, to this day, is still the hero to which all other heroes
are measured. Tom, honestly a close second. Colby... can't help but love
someone who GAVE the game away to the winner.
And so the game begins...
R-CHALLENGE: Good vs. Evil... Squared (from
Panama; for flint)
In two-on-two heats, the tribesmen will
race to find ONE bag. Dig it up and return it to a square; four people
will fight for that one bag. To score for the tribe, you must be on a
bag and on your finish mat. First to three wins.
ROUND 1: Stephenie/Cirie vs. Parvati/Danielle.
FIGHT! Winner: Danielle (Villains lead, 1-0)
And not 15 minutes into the game, and we
have an injury on the field. Some hero. Stephenie has a dislocated
shoulder, and medical is on the scene. And... like magic, "Fingers" pops
it back into place.
ROUND 2: Amanda/JT vs. Randy/Jerri.
FIGHT! Winner: JT with the screen run (Tied at 1)
ROUND 3: Colby/Tom vs. Coach/Russell.
FIGHT! Winner: Coach with one hand on the bag, the other on the square,
and the rest of him on top of Colby. (Villains lead, 2-1)
ROUND 4: Sugar/Candice vs.
Sandra/Courtney. FIGHT! Winner: Sugar... giving her all for this game
(Tied at 2).
FINAL ROUND: James/Rupert vs.
Tyson/Boston Rob. FIGHT! Winner... JAMES! (HEROES WIN, 3-2).
And another injury. This time, it's
Rupert's toe. Broken. So we have one broken toe, one dislocated and
relocated shoulder, and one missing bra.
At the camps, tribes get fins, spears,
nets, masks, and everything they need to get food. The Villains discuss
a possible clash of the titans between Boston Rob and Russell, arguably
two of the most devious. Russell has started on his game early by
pairing up with Danielle for top two (something Danielle thinks is
suspect and calls "a deal with the devil").
At the Heroes camp, it starts to rain.
Colby echoes tribal sentiment, saying that it takes a bit to get back
into the swing of things. Colby got beat by Coach. Needless to say, he's
a little rusty. They get started on shelter, as Amanda notes that her
tribe has a good aura. "Everything that's going right... we have good
karma! It's great!" Meanwhile, Tom notices three chickens in the
bush.... sorry, FOUR. Objective: catch. Are they egglayers? Were they
put there before the game? Were they there since last season? That's not
the point. The point is... we have chickens. And now we have captured
chickens. Now, the question is, do you want to wait for an egg and...
you're just going to kill them and eat them tonight, aren't you?
NIGHT 1: "Arrrrrrrrr!"
The Villains assess the challenge. The
tribe made a statement, but... they lost. Jerri said that she's going to
make a habit of getting to know more about Coach. Coach is a little more
than interested, as they are different kind of people.
DAY 2: "If it's hitting you in the face, you
grab a hold to it."
The morning ribbing is as follows...
Coach and Jerri, sitting in a tree...
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes
immunity in a tribal carriage. ... Yeah, the dragon slayer's about to
unleash the dragon, if you know what I'm saying.
Over with the Heroes... JT and James are
talking alliance. And... handshake seals it. It's all part of JT's
master plan. Ally with everyone. Meanwhile, Colby tells Candice to keep
an eye out for the two.
(C-Note: I'm from Fayetteville. Candice
is from Fayetteville also. Before we continue further, just want to
say... no, we've never met, but I hear she's kinda nice. -C)
Next in the alliance talks: Cirie and
Amanda. People are going to think that they're a little TOO chummy. Next
up, Tom and Stephenie. Same thing. Tom allies with JT. JT's expecting
everyone to expect him to stick to his word... but little do they know,
JT is flirting with the dark side. He's here to do what he has to do.
Welcome to the ball game.
Back with the Villains, Parvati decides
to quit building shelter... and she's not the only one. So Rob goes at
it on his own. Randy's trying to get him to blow off... well,
everything. Randy thinks we'll get fired by 39 days. Let's start at day
1, huh? They end up getting smoke... lots of smoke......... and
embers.......and FIRE! Guess that makes Boston Rob king of the tribe. At
least in Coach's eyes. Russell's... not so much.
And as this episode is running two hours,
we pause now ten seconds for station identification. This is Survivor:
Heroes vs. Villans on the Game Show Newsnet.
... and we're back. Rupert will try to do
what Rob did just before the break and start a fire. Cirie... just
stands there and watches.
At the Villains Camp, Tyson and Rob are
climbing a tree for palm fronds. Well, Rob starts... then stops... and
then dares someone else to do it. Enter... Coach. Rob and Sandra place a
bet on whether or not Coach will, as my mother, God rest her soul, would
say, "fall and bust his rass."
He doesn't fall, but he doesn't get any
fronds either. Some dragonslayer.
NIGHT 2: Fire on the Heroes Side...
Sugar believes that this game is a
reflection of her life. To that end, while everyone's calling it a
night, Sugar's chatting up her storm. And flirting with sleeping men...
Colby especially. "She's becoming a bit annoying. If you ruffle the
feathers of the tribe... they'll get rid of you in a hurry."
DAY 3: I have no idea what's going on, so
here's a shot of a chicken.
There's a chicken. Is there an egg... or
is there a barbecue?
There's a barbecue. JT has the honors of
killing the first ceremonial brindle hen. Colby thinks that the Villains
can sustain themselves for a while... but without fire? They'll
"This challenge is a big one,
It's not for the stupid or weak,
You've been here before, so save your excuses,
At Tribal Council, feel free to speak.
"Life's tough enough on the island
With suffering, hunger, and your thirst.
So don't add to the humiliation,
By being the one who's voted off first."
I-CHALLENGE: Puzzle Boat (from Cook Islands)
Six tribesmen will put together a puzzle
boat and hold it together with planks. They'll then row out to sea and
collect fire. Once they're back on land, they will use the planks to
make a ladder to the top of a cauldron. Meanwhile, the other four will
be putting together a compass rose puzzle to be placed atop the
platform. First one to light the cauldron is safe from Tribal Council
The Heroes are the first to their boat...
and the first to start paddling to the wok to get fire.... and the first
back to shore. Now it's a race to see who'll get their compass together
first. Sugar likes to play the boss with that, while the Villains work
together on it. Lack of confidence has turned it into a horserace.
Villains have taken the lead... and they're not giving it back. Winner:
So now that the Villains have won
themselves a free night in Samoa, they celebrate... and figure out who
on the Heroes Tribe will be the first to go home. Russell says that now
that they are divided. "It strengthens our tribe. It weakens the Heroes
tribe. They gotta stab somebody in the back. They over there being
Back at the Heroes Camp, they are indeed
licking their wounds and deciding who among them will have the dubious
honor of being the first person to leave the game.
Sugar starts campaigning for Amanda's
ouster. "I helped us lose, I guess. I guess I was just disappointed...
and scared." Yeah, anything to throw the heat off, huh? She thinks that
Amanda, JT, and James are together, so she's gotta break it up. Only one
problem... everyone wants SUGAR to go. EVERYONE. Well... not everyone.
Tom makes a case for Cirie, who's a strategic threat. He doesn't want to
have the regrets that the folks in his season had. He's nervous to give
her a bye tonight.
Cirie, Amanda, and Candice are working on
voting out either Tom or Stephenie. Cirie thinks that Sugar buffers the
target on her. She would rather keep her around for that. Amanda starts
thinking that Stephenie is indeed a physical asset, but from a strategic
standpoint, she stands as a threat. Do you want to keep your team
strong, or eliminate the bigger threat early on? "Cirie and I are here
NIGHT 3: Tribal
Fire. Life. You don't get it by now,
you're not going to.
Tom wants to see this season as a clean
slate. Past successes mean nothing. Amanda says that she may be trying
to deflect some of the attention onto someone else. Cirie says that
everyone in the game is a threat. The puzzle - with Amanda, Sugar, Cirie,
and Rupert at the compass - disaster. James chalks it up to a lack of
focus. Cirie says that one challenge shouldn't determine your worth in
this game. Sugar wouldn't vote for anyone because of one challenge.
Candice says that the people at the puzzle should be brave. Tom votes
based on the strength of the total tribe at the moment. Candice says
that the first tribal is an opportunity to do anything.
There is a legitimate case made for every
single person on the panel tonight.
Two other things should be noted. One,
there's no roof. So if it rains, you're getting wet. And two... Sugar
pulled the wrong end of the marker upon casting her vote.
Now to the reading... of the votes...
And break out the brooms and the
broomballs, because we have a sweep. With the sole dissenting vote going
to Amanda... by a count of 9-1, SUGAR... THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN.
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