Cast arrives in Fiji?
Last day of Survivor 43 filming was 3 days ago?
Pre-game press interviews?
|Ep1: "I Can't Wait to See Jeff"||Ep2: "Two Dorky Magnets"||Ep3: "Sneaky Little Snake"|
Ep.1 RC: Crate Wide Open
Two at a time, contestants must go under a bar, through a mud crawl, retrieve a puzzle block, then go back through the obstacles and put the block on a table. Two people (Jaime, Lauren; Claire, Matt; Carson, Yam Yam) then complete the puzzle, and then three people, one at a time, must fling rings off of a tall pole. First tribe to finish earns their flint. Soka wins. Carolyn struggles mightily, cannot remove a ring. Ratu is second, they get the choice of Savvy or Sweat task.
Bruce medevac; 17 left.
Ep.1 dilemma: Lauren, Matt, Sarah
Lauren, Matt, and Sarah arrive at the dilemma location on Day 2, surprise, surprise. After hiking through the jungle, they then split up to make separate decisions, but this time, what other people choose has no effect on the outcome. Instead, it's pure luck. Each visitor is forced to take one of three scrolls out of a bag, two of which will force them to lose a vote, the other of which is an advantage. If they lose a vote on the first turn, they can draw again (now a 50% chance of success). Results: Lauren picks an advantage on the first try, gets the Bank a Vote advantage, which lets her not vote and keep the parchment for a later Tribal. Sarah loses her first vote, then draws the Inheritance advantage, which if she plays it at the voting booth, allows her to receive all idols and advantages played at that Tribal. Finally, Matt loses his vote twice.
Ep.1 Ratu idol: Brandon
While the three are away at the Dilemma, the Ratu tribe collectively searches for the key to their idol cage. Matthew suggests they do it in groups of 2-3, so that nobody finds it in secret. Eventually, Brandon finds it (with Maddy), and decides to just open the cage in front of everyone. He learns the bag contains an idol and a fake idol, each with a note.
Ep.1 IC: Paradise Lost
Matthew, Claire sit out. Contestants must drag a boat to the water, paddle out around a buoy and back to a platform, tie it off, then swim to a buoy. Once all are there, they must haul a heavy crate through the water, back to the beach, then attach a rope to it, and drag it along a track. Then find a key, unlock a giant slide puzzle (of the logo). Soka is first to the puzzle, then Ratu, then Tika. Brandon is dehydrated, needs medical attention during puzzle. They resume, Soka wins. Tika is second. Ratu loses.
TC1 - Maddy idoled out (-1), 16 left.
Ep.2 Tika idol: Carolyn
Tika (following Ratu's lead, unknowingly) decides to look for the key as a group. Carolyn finds it, but is able to distract everyone by also finding a snake in a tree. At some point later, she gets the bag from the cage, takes the idol out, and belatedly put the bag back in. People notice something is different right away, but somehow Carolyn is not a suspect.
| Day 5
Ep.2 RC/IC: A Bridge You Must Cross
Claire sits out. Tribes must cross an A-frame obstacle, go through a pile of sandbags, emptying them until the find one containing a ball, then one person unties a heavy ladder, which the entire tribe lifts up into place. One person (Heidi, Helen, Jaime) climbs up, throws down a rope, which the rest of the tribe pulls to lower a bridge. They all cross, slide down a slide, then one person (Josh, Matthew, Sarah) moves the ball through a vertical snake maze. Results: Soka has an early lead, but Josh struggles on the snake maze. Matthew and Sarah pass him, but Sarah drops with less than 1/3 of the course to go. Ratu wins, Soka takes second. Both tribes get fishing gear as reward.
TC2 - Helen voted out (3-1), 15 left.
| Day 6
Ep.3 idol: Matthew
(This actually happened on Day 4, but was shown in Episode 3.) The day after Brandon plays his idol at the first Tribal Council, Matthew finds the re-hidden Ratu idol in a tree near camp. He then makes a fake idol with beads from items around camp, wraps it in the real idol note, and stuffs the package into the outside of the well. On Day 6, he and Jaime are digging for worms, and she finds the fake idol package, with only minor nudging from Matthew. (Over in Soka camp, Matt finds the key that Danny re-hid, and opens the birdcage to remove the official fake idol that Danny placed there.)
Matt, Jaime find fake idols.
| Day 7
Ep.3 RC/IC: Box Car Blues
Lauren, Claire, Heidi sit out. Contestants must jump off a dock and swim to a large cube, rolling it through the water until it's under a pole, where one person (Matthew, Danny, Carolyn) climbs it to retrieve a key (two keys total). Once both keys are retrieved, they go to shore, dig under a log, then take four cubes for two people (Matthew, Kane; Matt, Frannie; Carson, Yam Yam) solve the Instant Insanity puzzle (stack the cubes so that no color is repeated on a side). Winner gets a tool kit and large fruit bowl, second gets fewer tools, less fruit. Results: Ratu wins, Tika second.
TC3 - Claire voted out (4-0), 14 left.
|Ep4: "I'm Felicia"||Ep5: "The Third Turd"||Ep6: "Survivor with a Capital S"||Ep7: "Let's Not Be Cute About It"|
| Day 8
Ep.4 RC: Air Raid
Kane, Frannie sit out. One player has to climb a ladder, cross a cargo net, to a slingshot where they launch sandbags at one of five targets. Each person must hit at least one target. Winning tribe gets a large tarp, 2nd place gets a smaller one. Winner also gets to choose people for a dilemma journey from each tribe. Results: Targets hit - Danny (S1), Carson (T1), Brandon (R1), Heidi (S2), Josh (S3), Lauren (R2), [Carolyn struggles], Matt (S4), Danny (S5 - Soka wins!); Carolyn (T2), Jaime (R3), Matthew (R4), Sarah (T3), Brandon (R5 - Ratu takes second). Soka chooses Josh, Carson, and Jaime for the journey.
Ep.4 swap: Josh, Carson, Jaime
Josh, Carson, and Jaime arrive at the dilemma island, are directed to take a hike as in Ep1, but when they reach the summit and take separate paths, this time each person receives a new buff, and an idol, active until "all players are living at one beach." Josh is sent to Tika, Jaime to Soka, and Carson to Ratu.
Ep.4 IC: Leap of Faith
Jaime (now on Soka), Matthew sit out. One at a time, contestants must dive off a platform, swim to a two-tiered structure, climb, jump off while grabbing a key, cross a water balance beam, swim to a dock. Once all reach the dock, two people (Matt, Heidi; Carson, Lauren; Sarah, Josh) use the keys to unlock a puzzle. Yam Yam struggles on the balance beam, Lauren misses the key and forces Brandon to go again; Kane also struggles on beam. Soka wins!, race for 2nd (Ratu gets it).
TC4 - Sarah voted out (2-), 13 left.
| Day 11
Ep.5 IC: EOC
Matthew, Lauren; Jaime, Frannie sit out. As (mostly) seen in the Ep5 RC/IC of Survivor 43. Tethered together, three tribemates must cross a series of obstacles, then grab a bucket, fill it with water, cross a tipping net, then pour the water into a bucket, until there's enough water to release a gate. Once through the gate, two people (Josh, Yam Yam; Carson, Brandon; Danny, Matt) must move three balls through a table maze, placing each at the end. Results: Tika struggles mightily on the table maze, and it's a close race for first between Ratu and Soka. Balls placed: Ratu-1, Soka-1, Ratu-2, Tika-1, Soka-2. Both Soka and Ratu have their final ball close to the hole at the same time, but Ratu wins. They choose three people for a journey.
Ep.5 dilemma: Sanctuary
Brandon, Danny, Carolyn attend. After hiking, they reach the second sign, which tells them they're just getting an afternoon at the Sanctuary, where they can eat and chat. Danny and Brandon spend almost the whole time talking to each other about bro things, leaving Carolyn out, which irritates her.
Matthew medevac, 12 left.
| Day 12
As with all seasons post-Winners at War, it's three tribes living together on one beach, but not yet a "merge." The Tika and Soka tribes moves in to Ratu camp. No feast, just 12 people in one place, none with buffs until after the IC. Hooray?
Ep6 IC: No Quarter
As seen in Survivor 42/43. Random division to two teams of six: Orange (Kane, Josh, Heidi, Danny, Lauren, Yam Yam) vs purple (Matt, Frannie, Carson, Carolyn, Jaime, Brandon). Contestants must dig up a heavy boulder and move it across obstacles (as in S42), untie a key, then scale a wall (as in S43). Once all are up on the platform, use the key to unlock the standard tree puzzle (as in S30), which two people (Lauren, Heidi; Matt, Carson) complete. Carson breezes through the puzzle (he's practiced it, duh), purple wins! They get buffs, immunity, and a merge feast.
TC5 - Josh voted out (7-3-1), 11 left.
Ep7 IC: Audio Slave
Carson sits out (by rock draw). Contestants must stand on a narrow beam, holding a long pole over their head, with a ball balanced on the end, as seen in Ghost island. Except contestants divide into two teams, and each winner gets individual immunity. Also the person who lasts the longest overall wins immunity for their entire team, plus reward (PB&J, chips, iced tea). Teams: Orange - Heidi, Kane, Danny, Frannie, Carolyn; Purple - Lauren, Yam Yam, Jaime, Matt, Brandon. Carson picks gray rock, bets on Orange to win. Results (order out): O5-Carolyn, P5-Lauren, both on widest beam section. Rd.2: O4-Kane, O3-Heidi, O2-Danny, P4-Jaime. Rd.3 (narrowest part of beam): P3-Matt (on transition), P2-Yam Yam; P1-Brandon. Frannie wins!
TC6 - Matt voted out (3-2; 1st juror), 10 left.
|Ep8: "Don't Get Cocky, Kid"||Ep9: "Under the Wing of a Dragon"||Ep10: "Full Tilt Boogie"||Ep11: "I'm Not Worthy"|
Ep8 IC: Eve 5
Three-stage eliminatiion challenge, in pairs (to start with). Stage 1: Contestants must go through a twisted, muddy net (as in Survivor 43), dig up a bag containing three planks. First four pairs advance. Stage 2: Run up a cargo net, then use the three planks (still in pairs) to cross a rope bridge (again as in 43). Stage 3: Chimney Sweep, with just four people (now with four pairs of holds). Order through: Brandon/Kane, Lauren/Danny, Frannie/Yam Yam, Heidi/Jaime. Carson/Carolyn eliminated. Stage 2 order through: Brandon/Kane, Danny/Lauren. Eliminated: Heidi/Jaime, Frannie/Yam Yam. Stage 3 results: (all make it to 3rd set of holds) 4. Kane, 3. Brandon. [4th set of holds] 2. Danny, 1. Lauren wins!
TC7 - Brandon idoled out (-4), 9 left.
Ep9 idol: Heidi
When a rare off-day occurs the day after Danny played his idol for Frannie, most of the tribe sets out hunting for idols near camp. Heidi finds it, in a tree. Rather than being simply Danny's old idol, it's a brand-new beaded bracelet in Va Va tribe colors.
Ep9 IC: Ballin' A Jack
Carson, Heidi, Lauren, Kane sit out in exchange for rice for the tribe. Challenge as seen in San Juan del Sur. Hold a ball against a frame over your head. Order out: 5. Carolyn, 4. Jaime, 3. Yam Yam (all out in under 5 minutes), 2. Danny, 1. Frannie wins!
TC8 - Kane voted out (5-3-1-1), 8 left.
Ep10 RC: Put a Ring on It
As (partially) seen in the Ep10 RC in Survivor 43: Contestants must spin inside a metal frame, slowly winding a buoy (on a rope) until it crosses a line, then cross a balance beam while still dizzy, untying two balls along the way. Then untie a gate, and land the two balls on a narrow overhead trough. Winner gets an overnight trip to The Sanctuary, plus letters from home (letters announced after the challenge). Frannie takes a lead on the balance beam, wins easily. (All but Yam Yam are shooting, nobody else lands a ball though.) Frannie takes the three moms (Carolyn, Lauren, Heidi) with her.
Ep10 IC: Union of the Snake
Contestants must crawl over sand berms with their hands tethered to their sides, carrying a ball by a ring in their mouth. Then move the ball along a rope through obstacles, then complete the standard starfish puzzle. Danny is first to puzzle, but eventually it's a race between Carson and Frannie (with Carolyn still stuck on the obstacles). Carson wins.
TC10 - Frannie voted out (5-2-1), 7 left.
Ep11 IC: Last Gasp
As seen in this exact spot in 43, originally in Palau. Hold onto a grate amidst a rising tide until you can't. Order out: 7. Lauren (1 hr), 6. Jaime, 5. Carson, 4. Carolyn, 3. Danny, (~1 hr, 20 min.) 2. Heidi, 1. Yam Yam wins!
TC11 - Danny voted out (3-2-), 6 left.
|Ep12: "I'm the Bandit"||Ep13: "Absolute Banger Season" (finale)||Game over|
Ep12 RC: Roll With It
As almost seen in Samoa. Two teams: Orange (Carson in ball, Lauren, Yam Yam) and purple (Jaime in ball, Carolyn, Heidi). Two blindfolded people must roll a (sighted) person in a large ball through an obstacle course,to a table maze. The person in the ball directs them along the way. Winning team gets a trip to the Sanctuary. Results: orange takes a huge lead, as purple goes off course several times, wins easily.
Ep12 IC: Take the Reins
As seen in San Juan del Sur. Contestants must balance a ball on a disc attached to two ropes. At regular intervals (5 min), they must move further back, making it more difficult. Order out: 6. Jaime, 5. Carolyn (<2 min); 4. Carson, 3. Yam Yam. [second section, 5 min.] 2. Heidi, 1. Lauren wins! .
TC12 - Jaime voted out (4-2), 5 left.
Ep13 F5 IC: Lone Palm Express
Contestants must race through a massive 3-level structure, collecting three keys along the way. Then untie a gate, use a pole to retrieve a fourth key, and use the keys to unlock a chest containing a monkey fist. Finally, use it to drop a ladder, then climb it and solve a vertical puzzle (as seen in Survivor 42). Winner gets immunity plus an afternoon trip to the Sanctuary for spaghetti, cakes. Order to puzzle: Heidi/Carson, Lauren, Yam Yam, Carolyn. Carson wins, in a close-ish race with Heidi. He takes Yam Yam.
TC13 - Lauren voted out (3-1-1), 4 left.
Ep13 F4 IC: Simmotion
As seen since Tocantins. All reach the two-ball stage. Order out: 4. Carolyn. [4 balls] 3. Yam Yam, 2. Carson, 1. Heidi.
TC14 - Carson out via fire, 3 left.
Final Tribal Council
Yam Yam, Heidi, and Carolyn face the jury. Each presents a reasonably strong explanation of their games, and nobody really fumbles any questions. In the end, Yam Yam wins, 7-1-0 over Heidi and Carolyn, respectively.
Departure. Contestants head back to the U.S.
Contestants return home, resume Instagram influencing.