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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!

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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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Don't You Work for Me? (Ometepe)
March 9


The Ometepes won their first challenge, sending the Zapateras to their first Tribal Council. Russell, having yet to find the hidden Idol and having yet to solidify his alliance, goes in defenseless and is voted out, the first time in Survivor history that has ever happened. Now we're down to 17...


Russell arrives at Redemption Island, much to Matt's surprise. Russell realzies that his tribe threw the challenge. And he was understandably pissed off. Now he's up against Matt. "He's going to be nervous as hell going up in a challenge against me." We'll see, Russell.


Phillip begins the day by sweeping... much to the rest of the tribe's dismay. In his pink tighty-whiteys... with his junk hanging out. After that, he goes hunting for something. But he is prepared to do what he needs to do to win a million.


Again, it's time to choose who'll witness the duel.
You can draw stones or you can "Rochambeau"

Or discuss it, like civilized folks...
But do it quickly; remembering only TWO can go.

Phillip and Kristina decide to go. Phillip, because he would like to see what it's all about to give himself an advantage, and Kristina... just because she'd like to.


For the Duel, both men must stack up small bricks on a long platform that goes up and down and up and down. There are a finite number of bricks and they all have angled bottoms to balance easier on the platform. The object to set the blocks in such a way that, when knocked down from the beginning, they fall like dominoes to a ball at the end, knocking the ball loose to roll down and destroy a tile. First to do that stays at Redemption Island. The other...gone for good. Oh, and watch the tripwires along the way; tripping on one of them could rock the platform and knock the tiles down prematurely, forcing you to start all over again.

It's neck and neck all the way, as Matt takes a slight advantage... Matt is going to give it a go... ... SHORT! He'll have to restack half of his line. Russell thinks HE has it... and he's short. It's a race now...  One more time for Matt... And THAT'S GAME! MATT wins, and Russell Hantz, the man no one could off... is off Survivor FOR GOOD.

And Russell is left to tears for the first time in this game. He says he respects the game too much to go out this way as he is made to burn his buff in the fire on the way out. As for the witnesses, it is completely up to them what they share.

And Russell thinks that Ralph has the idol. Phillip knows he has it. Ralph... begs to differ. Oh well. Them's the breaks. 


While Phillip and Kristina are watching Russell be humbled, Rob decides to get the tribe out of camp by planning a beach day. And while the girls lie down... and Grant takes a swim... Rob takes a look for the Idol. It's somewhere on the island.. in a tree.. under a rock... in the sand... or in a log. In other words, it's outside. The rest of the tribe comes back from the beach. And not a moment too soon, because guess what Rob found... What will he do? Make it 39 days to the win. He HOPES.

Phillip and Kristina return from Redemption Island with the plan to tell them about the breakdown Russell had... and no more. Kristina thinks that Phillip is full of it with his plans, and she's going to let him have his way for now... because he's a windbag.

Phillip tells Rob all of what Russell said, while he lobbies for Kristina. "Big mistake, Phillip." Rob and Grant think that Phillip can't be trusted for long.

DAY 11...

Teamwork and ruggedness
Are the solutions to win.
Creativity and performance
Are good places to begin

Sending a tribe mate away
Is never in your plan
What you'll need today is
Trust in your hands.

R/I-CHALLENGE: TOOL AND DIE (for a barbecue set with meat, veggies, bread, etc)

Everyone got a crate of Craftsman tools from Sears ($PLUG$) to keep. But can you use them? Run a balance beam, use a crowbar to open a crate. Use the shovel inside to dig up a hatchet. Use the axe to release two saws. Use the saws to saw planks. Use the planks to create a ramp to the winners platform.

Sitting out for Zapatera: KRISTA.

Winners.... ZAPATERA! Rob loses the lead for the tribe, and Phillip and Grant don't really help much.

BACK AT CAMP... Malice toward Phillip, who does the rallying of the troops thing. And yet... no one can stand him. Everyone's on the same page hoping that Phillip's going home. Kristina is on the wrong side of the numbers, though. If she had the idol in the pocket, it would make her feel a lot better.

... but yet she isn't looking frantically for the Idol, leading Natalie and the others to believe that she may have the Idol in her possession. We all know that's not the case, but Rob decides that that is reason enough for her to flash on the radar. Phillip is not the threat to this tribe... Kristina is. Rob wants to think Kristina has the Idol, so the alliance opts to split the vote with Kristina getting the lion's share. And if the votes hold, then she's going home.

... but then there's Phillip being the ticking time bomb. Grant doesn't trust him, and neither does Rob, but at the end of the day, who knows how to play the game better? The girls are obsessed with getting rid of Phillip, so Rob has to stem the tide against flipping. If that doesn't happen... "Well I'm not in control of my tribe after all."


Kristina thinks that she started out on the wrong side of the numbers, but she's determined. Natalie thinks second chances are great. Grant thinks that people can change in the game. "But to be fair..." Rob says, "I don't think that she's ever been a part of us." Kristina thinks that the tribe should vote out the weakest link (ahem, Phillip). He thinks that he's more of a doer. If you're not about pulling your share, then that's disruptive to Phillip. So throwing it back at Kristina. We know who Y'ALL are voting for. He then demonstrates the "Sheppard Stamp"... doing the best you can with what you have where you are. Kristina's last shot at it... "I'm smart and I can be trusted, and I want to prove that to this tribe."

Time to vote.

Phillip: CRISTINA (sic) - "Time has run out."

Kristina: PHIL - "You're a pain in the neck, and I hope it's you and not me."

The rest of the votes...


And the final vote... by a count of 4 to 3...


... KRISTINA, you are headed to Redemption Island, but for now... THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN. And time is starting to run out for the tribe.

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.