You're Looking at the New Leader of your Tribe

Season 22, Ep 1, Aired 2/16/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Sixteen new castaways arrive on a beach in Nicaragua and right away are surprised to learn that previous players Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz will be joining the tribes. The two tribes then learn about another big twist. After they are voted out of their tribe, they will go to Redemption Island. After another tribe member is voted out, the two will duel which decides who will go and who will stay for a chance to join the tribe once again. Once the Zapatera tribe arrives at their camp, Russell approaches Stephanie to persuade her into an alliance. But the others realize what he is up to. Meanwhile on Ometepe, everyone praises and idolizes Rob. Everyone except Christina, who thinks Rob is too dangerous to have around, so she goes to Phillip and Francesca to try and get Rob out. But after Ometepe lose the reward/immunity challenge, Phillip jeopardizes the alliance after revealing their secrets.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Wright (VI)

    Himself (Season 22)

  • Andrea Boehlke

    Herself (Season 22)

  • Francesca Hogi

    Herself (Season 22)

  • Grant Mattos

    Himself (Season 22)

  • Julie Wolfe

    Herself (Season 22)

  • Photos (28)
  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • The twenty second season begins with a new group of people who are joined by two of the game's most celebrated players.

    By meathead704, Feb 21, 2011

  • This season should be called Rob vs. Russell. SPOILERS

    By Valentine_76, Mar 03, 2011

  • Nice job Russell, pretty decent play style...Rob is so incredibly lucky.

    By DERBEST, Feb 17, 2011

  • Exciting to see Survivor back, and in my short history of watching this show, this would be the best premiere episode.

    By amazing_race, Feb 18, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Rob: (casting vote for Francesca) It feels so good to play with you amateurs. You give away so much. You don't even know enough to keep your mouths shut. Thanks for the memories!

    • Mike: Any pros of having Russell around have quickly evaporated. He's just going to spread paranoia and be a cancer to the tribe so at this point, there's nothing to be done yet except for the task at hand, which is get Russell gone as soon as possible.

    • David: I think anybody who doesn't think Russell is dangerous is foolish. He's played the game twice and he's ended up in the finals twice. He hasn't won and there's no mystery why he hasn't won. It's the way that he's chosen to play the game both times. He's too aggressive and he wants the blood on his hands.

    • Francesca: (referring to Boston Rob and Russell arriving and standing opposite the other castaways) They're sizing us up like prey.

    • Ralph: We ain't never had a dumbass to win the game, have we? Maybe it's my turn.

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    Notes (1)

    • Francesca is sent to Redemption Island in this episode.

    Trivia (6)

    • Kristina finds the hidden immunity idol in this episode. Although this is not the first time a hidden immunity idol was found without a clue, it is the first time in the history of the show that the idol was found in the premiere episode of the season (Russell H. found the idol without a clue in the second episode of "Samoa"). It was also the first time that the tribe's votes were not revealed during the credits in an episode with regular game-play in it.

    • This season's cast features the return of Rob M. and Russell. This is Russell's third time on the show and Rob M.'s fourth. It is the first time in the show's history that a contestant has played four individual times. This season also features two former NFL players (Grant and Steve).

    • This season marks the fifth time that previous contestants have returned to play the game after "All-Stars", "Guatemala", "Fans vs. Favorites" and "Heroes vs. Villains".

    • The concept of eliminated contestants being allowed to return to the game was previously used in "Pearl Islands", but was first used in the Israeli and Philippine versions of the show.

    • "Survivor: Redemption Island" was filmed in Nicaragua, making it the second time the show has filmed there. This is the fourth time that a location has been used more than once, after Panama, Palau and Samoa.

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