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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
Airs 8p Wed, CBS

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You're Looking at the New Leader of Your Tribe (Zapatera)
February 16


Redemption...Bob Marley sang about it...the Last Airbender used it to end a feud between tribes...and, now, sixteen Americans will try to seek it en route to one million dollars. Already split into two tribes, they ride a helicopter to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua ready to spend 39 days in the harsh weather of the rainforest and battle the elements and each other for that muster check. But little do they know of TWO starting twists to this edition.


The chopper lands and the 16 Americans exit with Uncle Jeff Probst leading the way. The tribes are already divided between Ometepe (wearing orange) and Zapatera (wearing purple), both named for volcano islands in Lake Nicaragua. My tribe's the regal one and include:

MIKE CHIESL - 31, Iraqi War veteran from Del Mar, CA
RALPH "ROOSTER" KISER - 44, farmer from Lebanon, PA
KRISTA KLUMPP - 25, pharmaceutical rep from Columbia, SC
DAVID MURPHY - 31, defense attorney from West Hollywood
STEPHANIE VALENCIA - 25, waitress from Long Beach, CA
SARITA WHITE - 36, visual effects producer from Santa Monica
JULIE WOLFE - 50, firefighter from Oceanside, CA
STEVE WRIGHT - 51, former NFL player living in Huntington Beach, CA

The tribes go before Uncle Jeff as the chopper departs...and Uncle Jeff includes the first twist: two new tribemates coming in a seperate, smaller copter. When the copter lands...they cannot believe it! It's "Boston" Rob Mariano from "Survivor: Marquesas", "Survivor: All-Stars" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"...and Russell Hantz from "Survivor: Samoa" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"! Two of the baddest bad boys in the history of the game will be their tribemates! After drawing for Buffs(TM), we get Russell, the Alliance King who went to the Final Three twice in a row.

Now the SECOND twist, those voted off...will NOT go home! This is where "Redemption Island" comes into play. Whoever is voted out goes to this remote island with the same trappings as they have at camp...but will be ALONE to make shelter, forage for food...essentially being a one-person tribe. When a SECOND person shows up, a "duel" will take place with the loser going home. At a certain point in the game, whoever is on Redemption Island will be "redeemed" and returns to the game.

OK, here are the maps to the camps...get to them 'cause, well, it's a rainforest, after all...and being soaked is NOT a good way to start. We'll see you at the first Challenge, Ometepe.


Ah, camp sweet home. Russell is ready to graduate from "schoolboy" of Survivor to the dean. Of course, he doesn't say that out LOUD to EVERYBODY. He tells THEM that he's not here to make the same mistakes of his two previous stays. He's here to win...and he knows he needs his tribe to help him accomplish that. David, for one, ain't buying it; he thinks Russell LIKES the "blood on his hands".

Hey, not just water, rice and a machete this time. We have Craftsman(TM) tools for building the shelter! And Ralph is happier than a hog in mud as he knows a fair bit about building shelters. Mike and Steve seem to like the "worker bee" mentality of the tribe. Everyone seems to be chopping and hammering and helping out...well, except Russell who, like a foreman, seems to be watching and "approving" the structure.

Later, while looking for Tree-Mail and water, Russell and Stephanie get to talking...and Russell reminds her how he brought a woman along the FIRST time. Steph WANTS to believe Russell has changed his tune...but he ain't. The Alliance King promises to get her to the Finals should they make it to the merge. When they return, most of the others KNOW Steph has been hooked and that Russell needs to go ASAP. David and Mike agree to do just that should the need arise.


Uncle Jeff meets us at a HUGE structure at Challenge Cove that looks like it came out of a Japanese game show. We re-greet Ometepe and Bahstin Rob. It's time for the first Challenge:

First, the team pushes HUGE blocks down a track to build a staircase to the second level of their "temple". One person then takes a makeshift axe and chops through a mess of ropes to reveal a SECOND staircase. Everyone ascends to the top level and builds a block puzzle to complete their temple. First to do that wins the Mayan tiki Immunity Idol AND flint to start a fire with once they return to camp. The losers go to Tribal Council and vote the first player off their tribe...and into Redemption Island.

"Survivors ready...GO!"

And Zapatera quickly takes the lead with their overall strength advantage (having a farmer, a war vet and an ex-NFLer helps) As Ometepe struggles to get their third of four blocks in place, Zapatera finishes their staircase and runs up the steps. Ralph's a lumberjack and he's MORE than OK and he makes short work of the ropes so that the purple crew is on top before the orange crush can even get their staircase together.

Now...my tribe in the past has always had some issues with tasks of the brain...so I'm concerned about the block puzzle. As they start, Ometepe FINALLY finishes their staircase and Matt starts on the ropes...with rather pathetic results, truth be told. Still, he gets it done while we still work on the bottom part of the blocks. And we ALL know how good Rob is with puzzles (hell, he figured out Amber, didn't he? :) )

Still, Zapatera isn't shabby with its puzzle-solvers, either; David barks orders and helps with the building. But Ometepe's non-panicked working closes the gap in record time. As the lead disappears, Russell takes charge for Zapatera and things get done. Which villain will lead their tribe to victory?

It's RUSSELL! With one quick slide of the last block, ZAPATERA WINS IMMUNITY AND FIRE! Russell claims to know what Rob is thinking...and, at the point, Russell thinks Rob is thinking, "Oh, crap...I'm stuck with a bunch of weenies."


I'll let Chico handle the chaotic Tribal Council of Ometepe...but let me just say that Phillip, the so-called "ex-Federal agent", could give Vickie Guerrero a run for her money with the number of "excuse me"s he's put out during it.


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.