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February 15 - Manono
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Eighteen players venture to Samoa to outwit, outplay, and outlast in the classic game of survival for a million dollars - ON THE SAME BEACH. Eighteen 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
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Castaway TV Productions
Origins Upolu, Samoa
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Total Dysfunction (Manono)
February 22



"Good evening, ladies," says Greg as Salani returns as they had left (without the injured Kourtney). He kept Salani's fire going while they were gone. Seems the guys are concerned about the girls...to a point, anyway.


As Salani chooses a leader in Sabrina and divvy up tasks, we find something at the communal Tree-Mail. It's a pair of large boxes labeled "REWARD" and a note:

Do not open this envelope
or the boxes until all
members of both tribes
are present.

Bring this envelope and
the boxes to a clearing
in a neutral location.

To quote Captain Jack Sparrow, "That's interesting..." When we get to the clearing with the ladies, Bill opens the envelope and reads the parchment withine:

Manono and Salani:
You have been co-existing as two Tribes sharing One World. Today, your journey will go one step further as you complete a do-it-yourself Reward Challenge here at your camp.

Here's how it works:
You each have a box, containing a series of knotted ropes attached with a metal ring. The first Tribe to untie all their knots, completely separating the ring, wins Reward.

Wanna know what you're playing for?

You are competing to win a tarp; you will be getting rain and this will surely keep you dry.

When the Challenge is over, each Tribe can get their box and their ropes and do with it as they see fit.

Manono, as you have one extra member, you must sit one member out; he cannot participate in any way in this Challenge.

(Holy Scheisse! A Challenge without Uncle Jeff's mug in our faces!! It's a Survivor miracle!!!)

Manono puts Michael on the bench. And Coulton plays the part of Uncle Jeff, only holding up BOTH "jazz hands" as he says, "Survivors ready...set...GO!" (and then jumping to help Manono).

The ropes....look like a Rasta-Rapunzel's dreadlocks. And they have knots holding the KNOTS together, too. The ring is completely covered with the ropes. Seems that Salani, nimble fingers and everything, are having an easier time. But it seems to be very close as different ropes are worked on by different people and it all starts unravelling (in a GOOD way) at the same time.

Soon, both rings are in the air and both tribes are tugging like crazy, wanting to avoid creating more knots out of the knots they just undid. Suddenly, Manono are tugging and tugging and screaming...and Salani does the same...

...and Manono's ring is freed and held up by the guys first! MANONO WINS REWARD!


Two Challenges in a row that the men have won...and THIS one was a truly legit win. But, hell, a win! And that tarp looks sweet...and MUCH better than palm fronds for protection. We all smooth out the ground and prepare a new shelter...except, of course, for Coulton. He hangs out in a makeshift swing made from the ropes from the Challenge. Michael is not liking him doing nothing at all. But Jonas has a different view; he's getting in good with Salani so that, should the numbers swing the ladies way, he'll be sitting pretty. Jonas says Coulton is "making Russell look like a freakin' little school girl." (Now THAT's harsh!)

So, as usual, Coulton hangs out with Salani and helps them with their own tarpless shelter. He feels more at home with them. But some of the girls... well, they can't seem to reciprocate. When they ask Coulton to leave the work he's doing, he seems upset about it. Sabrina finds him a distraction more than anything. Soon, they just ask him to leave the camp as they prep for a meeting. And he does NOT like that. With a sob, he departs, thinking he should become a one-man tribe as he doesn't seem to fit in anywhere.

He then RETURNS to Salani and says as much, with tears in his eyes. He promises to keep what's said by the girls to himself. Sabrina ain't buying it. Kim tries to tell him that, though they LIKE him, he IS the "enemy" to the girls and that having him in their camp...is NOT the smartest idea by a LONG shot. Coulton seems to get the jist and heads back with his head hanging low.


Manono is wooping it up by the fireside and Tarzan is dancing like a "Lord of the Flies" reject. Everyone seems to like it...except, of course, Coulton. But the guy (such as he is) finally decides it's time to play the game. And, by that, he means showing those NOT in the Fraternity Alliance the 3I given to him yesterday. Well,...Troyzan is freaked. Jonas generally says, "I told you so.". Coulton wants Matt and Michael toasted but will try to stay on their good side lest the Frat Boys try something. Coulton calls them the Misfit Alliance...and the whole show "Survivor: Coulton's World"!


Out in the water is the next Challenge...the first solely-for-Immunity Challenge in a fair while. And Uncle Jeff takes back the Tribal Immunity Idol from Manono at the beach and explains the task at hand. They order themselves and go out on a balance beam over the water in order. Then, starting with the closest to the start, each tribe member must wend their way around and past all their tribemates to get to the finish platform before the next one can start. Fall in the water, go back to the start and begin again. Anyone touches two tribemates at the same time, the mover falls in, goes back to start and begin again. First tribe to have all eight members on the finish platform gets to sit back at One World as the other tribe goes to Tribal Council. Manono sits Tarzan out this time and we order up.

"For Immunity...Survivors ready...GO!"

It may SEEM stereotypical, but having a "vertically challenged" person in your tribe DOES make something like this easier. So of COURSE Leif is the first one. He seems to be making easy work...until Uncle Jeff calls him out for touching both Jonas and Bill at the same time. Meanwhile Kat cant's seem to get past Monica and her "big ol' boobs". Leif is back and passes Coulton...then Jonas...then Bill...as Kat FINALLY gets aroun Monica but struggles again to get past Chelsea. Leif goes past Jay...and Matt...and Troy...and finally Michael. Manono's up one-nil and Coulton begins his trek. Kat decides going BEHIND the girls instead of in front of them...and it seems to be working...until Christina grabbed Kat as she was going around Kim. Both Kim and Kat fall in so, even worse, they have to get back in order before Kat can try again!

I don't think Coulton's ever said "Hold me" as much since he "came out" to his supportive parents (assuming that's what he did). But he tells each guy that as he makes his way...and Leif tries to bark orders until the others tell him to chill. Christina touches Kat and Nina to keep from going in...so Kat has to start AGAIN! Coulton and Matt save each other from going in as Coulton moves on...and makes it two-nada, Manono.

OK, no more blow-by-blow...here are the highlights. Kat jumps in after knocking Christina into the water...though she didn't have to. Jonas makes it three-nothing easily. Bill and Jay fall in together. Christina tries to be the mover and fails, and Monica decides to try her luck. The ladies...are sucking eggs. Bill makes it four-nothing. Monica gets SOMETHING going...but Jay makes it 5-0. Then Troyzan and Michael fall in...and Monica FINALLY ends the shut-out!

But it's too little too late. Troyzan gets around Michael and Matt with no problem, Michael eases his way around Matt...and MANONO WINS IMMUNITY AGAIN!

Not so hollow a victory this time. The women were so screwed up they couldn't get it together. We go back to One World where, come tonight, we'll be two men up.


The rest of the show is on the ladies and how they blame Kat for making them look stupid. We'll have to wait to see if they follow through on their threat to ditch her.

(It's sad to see Salani go...but we LOVE to watch them leave...especially to Tribal Council.)


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.