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True Dork Times Survivor 14: Fiji Spoilers
Episode 1: "Something Cruel Is About to Happen... Real Soon " Filmed: Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2006
Airdate: February 8, 2007
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Survivor: Fiji episode 1 detailed IC spoilers/ speculation
   We're guessing that the tribal split comes shortly after the cast lines up for the photo below, because we see them competing in the immunity challenge, with buffs, in the same clothes, and they are still one buffless tribe in the shots below. How the split takes place isn't clear, although Jeff Probst said one person would split the tribes. SurvivorPhoenix says that person is Sylvia, who is then summarily exiled.
Pre-IC/tribal splitting shots: Click thumbnail image to view larger image
Lisi, James, Boo Stacy, Mookie Sylvia, Alex, Michelle
Earl, Jessica, Edgardo Erica, Anthony, Liliana Dre, Rita, Gary, Yau-Man
Yau-Man, Cassandra pre-ic cast photo-op

   Once split, the two tribes will be Moto (green) and Ravu (orange). Moto will have Alex, Boo, Cassandra, Dre, Edgardo, Gary, Liliana, Lisi and Stacy (all but Alex and Liliana are visible in green buffs, below). The Ravu tribe will (for this challenge) be: Anthony, Earl, Erica, James, Jessica, Michelle, Mookie, Rita and Yau-Man (all of whom are visible in orange buffs, below).
   The challenge itself (below) seems to require seven contestants from each tribe to pull their two remaining tribe members along the beach on a wooden sled. Much like the Iditarod, except with fewer parkas, and camera-savvy reality contestants in place of sled dogs (although, to be fair, Earl is an alumnus of the Univeristy of Washington, making him a lifelong Husky). And lashed-together wooden things instead of actual, aerodynamic sleds. But probably more people will watch this version. Why we're not sure, but the formula for calculating this outcome most likely involves some combination of timeslots, bikini factors, and general ennui.
    Update: From the TV Guide Channel preview, there's more to the challenge after the "chariot" part: the tribes collect bags, apparently containing puzzle pieces, they race to a puzzle table, spin a wheel of some kind, release a knife and cut a rope to release their tribal flag. All very "original" for Survivor. It's called, naturally, "Chariots of Mire."
Mid-challenge shots: Click thumbnail image to view larger image
sled race ic - ravu tribe sled race ic - ravu tribe sled race ic - ravu tribe
sled race ic - ravu tribe sled race ic - ravu tribe sled race ic - ravu tribe
sled race ic - ravu tribe sled race ic - moto tribe sled race ic - moto tribe
sled race ic - moto (green) tribe sled race ic - moto (green) tribe sled race ic - jessica, yau-man, michelle fetching a bag
tired Mookie - lost? tired Mookie - lost?  

   Who wins? Not sure yet, but in addition to immunity, they do also get to stay at the "luxury" camp, making their tribe more like Real World: Fiji than Survivor. New footage of Mookie (last row, above), apparently either late in the challenge, or immediately after, show him moving slowly, looking pained. Not generally the sign of a winning tribe, especially if it's (as it appears) post-challenge. Moto wins? Update: SurvivorPhoenix has heard that Moto indeed wins.

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