Contestants are divided into three tribes and meet the returning players. The Matsing tribe arrive on their beach and right away, Russell states he doesn't want to be the leader but still gives order to his tribemates. The tribe quickly get fire and water and Malcolm decides to let Russell have his way around camp...for now. Over on Kalabaw, Jeff fears he may have injured his knee, but doesn't want anyone to know. Behind his back, the tribe discuss how Jonathan should be the first to go since he is a returnee. Tandang arrive at their beach and RC and Abi click right away and start thinking about an alliance with Peter and Michael.
Back on Kalabaw, Dawson knows that Jeff is really a former professional baseball player. Meanwhile on Tandang, RC doesn't trust Lisa and Michael knows who she really is, but doesn't tell the others. On Matsing, Zane puts himself in an alliance with everyone the tribe and when Malcolm reveals this to Denise, they create a bond and start a real alliance. Back on Kalabaw, Jonathan begins his search for the hidden immunity idol and finds the first clue. On Matsing, Russel also finds a clue, but doesn't know that Zane saw him take it.
After the first Immunity/Reward Challenge, Matsing must go to Tribal Council. Back at camp, Zane tells the others he is the weakest and wants to go, in reality just a ploy. But some of the others on the tribe prefer to vote out Russell, especially when they suspect he has an idol.moreless
A total of 10 contestants have been medically evacuated (medevaced) from the show. Three of them return in this season. It is the second time for Russell Swan ("Samoa") and Michael Skupin ("Australian Outback") and Jonathan Pener's third ("Cook Islands" and "Micronesia").
Coincidentally, Russell and Jonathan were both removed on day 15 in their respective seasons while Michael was removed on day 17. All three contestants were the sixth player to leave the game (although during Jonathan's injury-free season, he was the 14th player voted out).
It has been 11 years since Michael Skupin's last appearance on Survivor. This is the longest gap between a returning contestant's first and second appearance.
Contestant Jeff Kent is a retired Major League Baseball player and a former National League MVP while Lisa Whelchel is an actress best known for playing Blair Warner from "The Facts of Life".
Russell and Michael are the third and fourth contestants (afterShii-Ann Huang from All-Stars and Bobby Jon Drinkard from Guatemala) to return for a second time despite not making either the merge or jury in their previous appearance.
Jonathan Penner is the second contestant (after Ozzy Lusth in South Pacific) to return for a third season without competing in either "Survivor: All Stars" or "Heroes vs. Villains."
Zaneis the first voted out.
Russell says the episode's title referring to the last time he was on Survivor.
This season marks the first time since "Survivor: All-Stars" that contestants are divided into three tribes.
"Survivor: Philippines" was filmed in the Philippines making it the first time the show has filmed there.
This season was titled "Survivor: Philippines". It should not be confused with the original Philippine version of Survivor that aired overseas in 2008.
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