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."
Zane: I'm already a superstar.
RC: It's hard to trust Lisa, and it's easy to make her a scapegoat.
Pete: (referring to Abi) She's hot. She can do some damage.
RC: I 'm definitely an "all or nothing" type girl, and I am here to play the game, no matter what.
Dana: (referring to Jonathan) So, ummm, he's out as soon as we can get him out.
Jeff: (referring to his possible serious knee injury) If my team mates smell blood, they're going to kick me off this island real fast.
Jonathan: Thirty nine days from now, I'll make a million dollars.
Jeff: (referring to his prior professional baseball career) I've seen pressure. This is going to be a challenge for me, no doubt, but I'm hoping people won't recognize me.
This episode was ninety minutes in length.
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.