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February 16 (Ometepe)
February 16 (Zapatera)

 

Eighteen players -- including two of the biggest villains in the history of the game -- venture to Nicaragua to outwit, outplay, and outlast in the classic game of survival for a million dollars. And THIS time, there's a possibility for them to come BACK from Redemption Island! Twenty castaways, 39 days... only ONE Survivor!

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Chris Wolvie, GSNN

Host Jeff Probst
Creator Charlie Parsons
EP Mark Burnett
Charlie Parsons
David Burris
Jeff Probst
Packager Mark Burnett Productions
Survivor Productions
Castaway TV Productions
Origins San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Web cbs.com/survivor
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You're Looking at the New Leader of Your Tribe (Ometepe)
February 16

CLICK HERE TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT ZAPATERA

Last season, 20 Americans ventured to Nicaragua to play a game... a game of creation, adaptation, and ultimately survival. Today, 16 ordinary Americans, armed only with their wits and the shirts on their backs, will follow in their footsteps for the adventure of a lifetime. But if they think that they have the game figured out, then think again, because on season 22... your past MAY COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU!

The castaways... (C-Note: Which reads like the cast of "Survivor: SoCal")

OMETEPE TRIBE ZAPATERA TRIBE
Andrea Boehlke (21, Random Lake, WI)
Matt Elrod (22, Nashville)
Francesca Hogi (36, Washington, DC)
Kristina Kell (46, Malibu, CA)
Grant Mattos (29, West Hollywood, CA)
Phillip Sheppard (52, Santa Monica, CA)
Natalie Tenerelli (19, Acton, CA)
Ashley Underwood (25, Benton, ME)
Mike Chiesl (31, Del Mar, CA)
Ralph Kiser (45, Lebanon, VA)
Krista Klumpp (25, Columbia, SC)
David Murphy (31, West Hollywood, CA)
Stephanie Valencia (26, Long Beach, CA)
Sarita White (36, Santa Monica, CA)
Julie Wolfe (50, Oceanside, CA)
Steve Wright (51, Huntington Beach, CA)

DAY 1: OH, THERE'S ONE MORE THING...

The castaways meet for the first time as Jeff dons his host hat. You know what that means. It's GAME TIME. And as you know, Survivor is a game with many twists and turns. The first of which... is arriving right now.

- Boston Rob Mariano (35, Pensacola, FL): the puppetmaster of Marquesas
- Russell Hantz (38, Dayton, TX): the scavenger of Samoa

Rob can help a tribe out in camp life, but do not take him at his word. Russell, on the other hand, is the strongest, smartest player to NEVER win the game. Together, they've lasted 156 days in the game. After the draw, Rob will captain the Ometepe, while Russell will join the Zapatera.

Then Jeff drops the second twist of the game: Redemption Island (or, as the Spaniards call it, "Tierra de los Muertos"). When you are voted off, you will be sent to Redemption Island to live ALONE, fending for yourself as the tribe you've left behind has. When the next person joins you on Redemption Island, you will duel to see who stays there. Win the duel, stay at camp. Lose, you are going home for good. At a designated point in the game's timeline, the tribesman on Redemption Island will be called to RETURN to the game.

That... doesn't scare Russell one bit.

Good luck, players... TO YOUR CAMPS!

And speaking of camp, the tribe begins to work on their new home... as it starts to rain. The tribe LOVES to have Rob around, as he's bringing a lot of center to the tribe, a lot of harmony. Phillip takes the lead in the building of shelter... and Rob just lets him, figuring that he'll let the tribe just implode if he gets further in the game. Already he's being judged the most annoying person in camp by Francesca. And Krista.

Phillip tells the camp that he is a former federal agent. Really? Honestly? OH, and he loves women, having seven sisters himself. "Who. Cares?" Thanks, Francesca for that.

Kristina starts to think about the chances that perhaps there is a hidden Immunity Idol among the various sundries given by the Survivor production crew. Rob... is onto her. Heh. He's later doing the same thing. Meanwhile, Rob talks to Phillip: "Five girls. Four gives." Wink wink, nod nod, nudge nudge, say no more. Phillip sees it as a move designed to size everyone up. Phillip decides to play along, saying that he'll stick to the girls and that he has more integrity than that. Kristina is on board with that plan.

DAY 3: HOME SWEET (?) HOME

Kristina knows that Rob is dangerous now... and that he becomes even more dangerous the longer he is in the game. Never mind that he's a great guy and all. She's going to focus on him once she finds the idol. With shovel in hand, she goes on an amazing quest... Anything that stood out in camp she went for... until... WOW. Check that out. Immunity Idol. What are the odds? Kristina enters into a pact with Phillip and Francesca to get rid of Rob... TONIGHT.

That implodes into the shortest-lived alliance in Survivor history, as Phillip ferrets his two tribemates for information. We'll have to talk about this later.

R/I-CHALLENGE: PAIN IN THE TEMPLES (for fire)

On a temple at Challenge Island, the tribes will push four blocks to create a set of steps to a temple. At the second level, one tribesman will hatchet through twine to release a second set of steps. The tribe will come together one more time to create a final set of steps out of a block puzzle. The first tribe to do so will win flint for fire and.... THE ALMIGHTY IMMUNITY IDOL. Your best friend for the next couple of weeks.

Winners.... ZAPATERA. So for the first time in GSNN history, I'M going to cover the first Tribal Council of the series. Yay me.

Back at camp, Kristina and Francesca talk immunity idol and hatch a plan to backdoor Rob using the Tighty-Pinkies Alliance. Good plan, but at the same time, the tribe still needs Rob. Right now, Francesca thinks that Natalie's the weakest link goodbye. Even so, it's still three votes against the tribal six.

Speaking of, Rob doesn't know who to set up for a fall just yet. He does want Francesca around because she knows how he operates. "I don't want someone like that on my tribe. The second we landed on the beach, Kristina was the one looking through all the supplies for the idol. She's dangerous. She knows strategy." Rob rallies the troops, playing on suspicion that Kristina may control the Idol.

Phillip still wants to know who the other votes are... The other votes are irrelevant as she has the idol and can play it tonight. Kristina and Phillip decide that with his brains and her power, they could go all the way.

But to go all the way, you have to survive...

NIGHT 3: TRIBAL COUNCIL

That first night, a pretty damn good shelter. Phillip says that if he sees something that needs to be done, he'll suggest it. Matt says that "suggest" is more like "calling you out on it." It's not well received on the first day. Francesca says that the tribe needs to be as strong as possible, but we'll see what happens. Kristina doesn't feel at all safe (yeah, she does). Rob says that there's nothing he can do if he's out tonight. Redemption Island adds a level of complexity and... wait, Phillip wants to say something...

"I have an issue with that statement that (Francesca) made, because she and Kristina asked me to cast a vote for Rob."

HELLO.

"I'm a former special agent." We know, Phillip. Wait, he's not done yet...

"No, you and Francesca approached me to go along with them because SHE has an Immunity Idol."

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohjesus. Now it's all out there. Damage control, Rob wasn't going to be voted out and Phillip is unstable. Rob says that Phillip is adamant and Kristina hasn't defended anything... and now he's dealing for the Idol. In front of Jeff.

TIME TO VOTE!

Boston Rob: FRANCESCA - "Man it feels so good to play with you amateurs. You give away so much. You don't even know enough to keep your mouth shut. Thanks for the memories."
Natalie: KRISTINA - "You might make it through this Tribal Council, but probably not the next one."
Francesca: PHILLIP - "I hadn't planned on voting for you tonight... or Boston Rob... but your crazy outburst has spared Natalie. I hope to never see you again."

One all.

Andrea: KRISTINA
Grant: FRANCESCA
Kristina: PHILLIP
Ashley: KRISTINA
Matt: FRANCESCA

Final and deciding vote...

Phillip: FRANCESCA

By a vote of 4-3-2, we have our first resident of Redemption Island. You will fight to stay alive in three days, but for now... FRANCESCA... THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN. And apparently so has Phillip.

"I'm a former special agent." WE KNOW, PHILLIP.

To view this episode in its entirety, along with extras and blogs, as well as information on how to become a contestant, go to cbs.com/survivor.