Season 22 Episode 1

You're Looking at the New Leader of your Tribe

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2011 on CBS
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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

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  • The twenty second season begins with a new group of people who are joined by two of the game's most celebrated players.

    Survivor returns to Nicaragua. That's not the only thing that has returned. There is no dispute that Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano are two of the best players Survivor will ever see. However I think they have run their course. They have had numerous chances and they have failed every time. I think it's time for them to move on. I hope this is the last time we see the both of them. This episode did give us one of the best Tribal Councils in the entire history of the show. You can rest assured I will tune in again.moreless
  • This season should be called Rob vs. Russell. SPOILERS

    This episode was an awesome beginning to what is going to be an awesome season. Redemption Island is going to rock. The game starts with the people being flown in and separated into the two tribes Ometepe and Zapatera. The Ometepe will wear orange buffs and Zapatera will wear purple ones. Then two more people are flown in to join in the two tribes. Boston Rob and Russel pick a buff out of a bag to choose their team. The tribes are as follows:

    OMETEPE- Boston Rob, Matt, Natalie, Francesca, Andrea, Kristina, Phillip, Ashley, and Grant.

    ZAPATERA- Russell, David, Ralph, Mike, Stephanie, Julie, Krista, Steve, and Sarina.

    Kristina immediately starts looking for the idol amongst the tribe's supplies, which Rob notices. Then she starts planning with Francesca and Phillip to get rid of Rob first. I can't stand Phil, because he is always talking like he is somebody and he's not. Kristina finds O's first hidden immunity idol. Russell starts looking for Z's hidden idol, but Ralph stumbles onto it when he moves some rocks. Zapatera wins first Immunity Challenge. Rus-1 Rob-0

    Kristina tells Fran and Phil that she has the idol. This tribal council was the best that I have ever seen in all the seasons of Survivor. When Francesca says that Rob isn't going home, Phil informs everybody that Kristina and Francescqua (he can't get her name right the whole time he talks about her) plan on sending Rob home. Not only that, he lets everyone know that Kristina has the hidden immunity idol. I do believe that Kristina has made the stupidest mistake by showing Phil that she had the immunity idol.

    Francesca goes to Redemption Island (RI).moreless
  • Nice job Russell, pretty decent play style...Rob is so incredibly lucky.

    So I enjoyed seeing Russell again...You can see he is more focused on the game and ready to advance faster... He even had adoring fans such as Stephanie... However care is required, especially after I saw the scenes from the next episode with this Ralph dude...You can see he's awkward and to me these are by far the most dangerous of all, because he plays the game very original and has no limits... I was satisfied how Russell lead the winning at the Immunity Challenge...He seems really prepared for it, and it puzzled me he played it so cool without looking for the idol...

    Regarding Rob he is probably very lucky, to be surrounded by such stupidity...This Phillip guy seems weird...I can appreciate even more Russell's decision in season 19 to vote out Betsy(who was a cop)...moreless
  • Exciting to see Survivor back, and in my short history of watching this show, this would be the best premiere episode.

    This was a great premiere to Survivor: Redemption Island, and I think the signs aer promising for a great new season, which will hopefully improve on Nicaragua.

    So far, there is nobody I really hate, although Philip seems annoying. I like Stephanie, the girl who created an alliance with Russell, which could perhaps be the best possible move.

    I also liked Kristina, because she seems to be a real player, although she is on the outs with her tribe.

    The Immunity Chllenge was cool, the construction of a temple! Great challenge, and great teamwork by Zapatera, and that sent Ometepe to the Tribal Council.

    I was disappointed to see Francesca voted out, but who knows, she may survive!

    All up, it was a great premire, and positive signs, if you ask me! I hope neither Russell nor Rob wins, but I would like to see Evil Ressull triumph over Rob.moreless
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Steve Wright (VI)

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Andrea Boehlke

Andrea Boehlke

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Francesca Hogi

Francesca Hogi

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Grant Mattos

Grant Mattos

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Julie Wolfe

Julie Wolfe

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Ashley Underwood

Ashley Underwood

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  • 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.

    • This season was titled "Survivor: Redemption Island".

  • 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.

    • Russell: Got a little something to say. You know you see it on the TV it seems easy but I promise you, you're about to experience the toughest thing that you've ever been thrown into our lives. I'm not here to sabotage anything from nobody. If I comeback and did something like that, it would be pretty stupid of me. I'm here to win.

    • Russell: Redemption island does not scare me one bit. It's a vacation. Yeah. Put me on that island see what happens, cuz I'm gonna win the challenges I'm gonna comeback and I'm gonna take some heads off.

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