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Season 23 Episode 1

I Need Redemption

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 14, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

18 new contestantsare divided into two tribes and are joined by 2 returning players. Everyone on Savaii is thrilled to have Ozzy join them, while those on Upolu are much more hesitant to have "Coach" on their tribe. The two returning players then participate in a reward challenge specially designed for them. With the help of a very vocal tribe, Ozzy wins the challenge leaving "Coach" feeling rejected by his new tribemates.

Savaii arrive at their beach and right away the tribe start to get to know each other. When Ozzy suggests to go for a swim, Cochran is very hesitant but ultimately dives in. Over at the Upolu beach, the tribemates take advantage of "Coach's" prior experiences while building the shelter. But while everyone is working, Christine starts her search for the hidden immunity idol. That night, "Coach" feels more comfortable and welcomed by his tribe as a new alliance of five bond under the stars.

The next day after Savaii wakes up, Dawn has a rough morning and needs to be consoled by Ozzy. Later that day, the tribes meet for their first immunity challenge which is won by Upolu. When Savaii return to their beach, Dawn hopes that an argument between Semhar and Jim will keep her safe. But Ozzy feels that Semhar should stay and that Cochran lacks the physical strength needed.


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  • Survivor 23 starts with no clear favorite...

    At a first glance, I thought Ozzy joining Savaii was going to be like a second Rob Mariano...Dominate every aspects...I am still not convinced it won't be this...Coach on the other hand plays this group as a team member and less of a leader...Might be a smart play...He is forming a group around him and seems to be heavy, but to be honest I don't think he can provide...He might think a 5man group can get him in top 5 but as he admited it he isn't a Strategic Player...

    The two competitors that most impressed me were:

    - Jim from Savaii the poker player, simply because by the way he presented himself he might be the biggest threat of Ozzy, and I also think this game needs a real poker player good at bluffing.

    -Brandon, Russell's nephew, you can see he is trying to be a nice guy, but I am hoping he will realize before it is to late, that he needs to find the idol and play the game ruthlessly just like his Uncle does...You know, Coach might try to present himself as an honest fellow, but I have no doubt he won't win and he will drag a lot of people after him...Upolu was lucky to win because they played the Immunity Challenge with 1 extra member.moreless
  • The twenty-third season begins in pretty much the same way as the previous season with two popular Survivor players from the past joining a group of fresh faces. The tribes come together fairly quickly, but not without a few bumps in the road (Dawn).moreless

    The new season of Survivor gets off to a very good start. Almost immediately the viewer gets a good look into the extremely varied personalities of the players. It will be quite interesting to see how the season plays out. Though I was hoping never to have a player named Hantz appear in Survivor again, I did actually like the element of suspense having Russel's nephew creates. I like how already Brandon's fellow castaways believe he is hiding something. Will the "ghost" of Brandon's uncle prove to be his downfall? I can hardly wait to find out. There are other entertaining moments as well. Dawn's mental breakdown was something else. Speaking of which Ozzie I believe established himself as tribe leader with the terrific way he helped Dawn. He may have just helped himself go far in the game. One last thing, from now on, I would like to be addressed only by my last name. Thank you.moreless
  • Thrilled to have Survivor back! (Spoilers ahead!)

    It is great to have Survivor back once more, and I thoroughly enjoyed the 90-minute premiere special. While I'm looking forward to getting to know some of these new contestants, I'm not really an Ozzy fan at all, while I enjoy Coach's quirks but I don't particularly like him either.

    Brandon Hantz is the most interesting members on this cast, in my opinion - th e surname makes that quite clear! I've also really enjoyed several other people, but as a whole, I definitely prefere the Upolu tribe over the Savaii Tribe.

    I enjoyed the beginning of the episode with the Returning Players competeing for Reward, but I dfinitely preferred the second Immunity Challenge, as Upolu were victorious!

    The Tribal Council was quite interesting. I really liked Semhar and was quite upset at the way in which ithe cookie crumbled - not a fan of Cochran, or too man y others on that tribe.

    Overall, a great start to season 23, and I can't wait to see more!moreless
Albert Destrade

Albert Destrade

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Rick Nelson (II)

Rick Nelson (II)

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Mikayla Wingle

Mikayla Wingle

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Semhar Tadesse

Semhar Tadesse

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Keith Tollefson

Keith Tollefson

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Ozzy is the first contestant in "Survivor" history to return to play a third time without ever competing in either "Survivor: All-Stars" or "Heroes vs. Villiains"l

    • This season's cast features the return of "Coach" and Ozzy. This is both their third time on the show.

    • Brandon Hantz, who is the nephew of Russell Hantz, is the first ever blood relative of a previous contestant to play the game. Russell was a contestant on "Samoa", "Heroes vs. Villains", and "Redemption Island".

    • "Survivor: South Pacific" was filmed in Samoa, making it the third time the show has filmed there. This is the first time that a location has been used more than twice. The tribe names, Upolu and Savaii, are named after the two biggest islands in Samoa. It was reported that this season was originally going to be filmed in Tonga (an island nearby Samoa), but plans had to change after some production delays.

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

    • This season was titled "Survivor: South Pacific". The season premiere episode was 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

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