|"Create a Little Chaos"|
|The struggling Matsing loses their fourth challenge in a row.|
|Episode Number:||4/14 (347)|
|Original Release:||October 10, 2012|
|Viewership (in millions):||9.82|
|Previous:||“This Isn't a 'We' Game”|
|Next:||“Got My Swag Back”|
Create a Little Chaos is the fourth episode of Survivor: Philippines.
Matsing returns from their 3rd straight Tribal Council. Russell, Malcolm, and Denise all share in some conversation. Russell tries to lift their spirits by saying they were held back by a smoker, a lunatic, and a beauty queen, and that this will be the biggest comeback story in Survivor. Russell's words were not well received by his tribemates.
At Kalabaw, Jeff, Carter, and Jonathan decide to take the canoe out and look for food. They end up making an alliance. Dana and Dawson suspect that the guys are talking about them and the girls end up forming their own alliance. At Tandang, a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol fell out of R.C.'s bag, which angers Abi-Maria because they were supposed to be a team, and now the conflict between Abi-Maria and R.C. is at an all-time high. Pete reveals he planted the clue in R.C.'s bag to stir up trouble and to further alienate RC from Pete's preferred alliance consisting of Artis, Lisa, and Abi-Maria. Lisa and RC talk about how Abi-Maria is acting irrational, getting upset over nothing, and Lisa wants to stay out of the tribe drama but will eventually have to pick a side.
At the challenge, Kalabaw and Tandang sat out all their female members. Matsing got off to their best start in this season, with Tandang following and Kalabaw off to the slowest start. Tandang would finish in first place, and in a very close finish, Jeff smashed the last pot so Kalabaw could finish in 2nd place, forcing Matsing to go to their 4th Tribal Council. Frustrated that his tribe lost again, Russell smashes the rice pot used in the challenge and tells Jeff Probst he wanted to be made of "excellence". Denise and Malcolm, having been allies and good friends since the beginning, seemed to have an implicit understanding. Russell had a pretty good feeling that he would be voted off but he did everything left he could do: He told Malcolm to vote off Denise, he told Denise to vote off Malcolm, and he kept looking for the Hidden Immunity Idol. Russell was frustrated because of what the clue said and he felt like he passed the idol several times (and he did). At Tribal Council, there was a lot of talk about how difficult this vote would be with only 3 players, as it could potential be anyone and there's not much you can do in that kind of situation. Jeff also had Matsing talk about reasons to keep and to vote off Denise, Malcolm, and Russell. The votes were read: Russell-Malcolm-Russell. Russell's torch was snuffed and he would leave, and the remnants of Matsing, Denise and Malcolm, headed back to their camp.
Challenge: Swing Break
Tribe members would transport clay pots using a yoke. They would then carry the yoke to a muddy course and bamboo obstacles and set the two pots on pedestals. The player would then go back to the starting mat, crawling under the bamboo obstacle. Once all pots have been set, one tribe member must swing a wrecking ball, attempting to smash the pots. First two players to smash all their pots would win the challenge for their respective tribes.
Reward: Tribal immunity for the first two tribes to finish; plus steaks, vegetables, and spices for first place, and vegetables and spices for second place.
Additional Stipulation: Both winning tribes may trade their reward items for a tarp.
Winners (according to finish): Tandang and Kalabaw
|Reward/Immunity Challenge: Swing Break|
Artis, Michael, & Pete
Abi-Maria, Lisa, & R.C.
Carter, Jeff, & Jonathan
Dana, Dawson, & Katie
Denise, Malcolm, & Russell
| Tribal Council 4:|
Russell (2 votes)
Denise & Malcolm
Malcolm (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
|“||(voting for Malcolm) I'm only making this vote because you're just gonna be too big a threat going forward, but you are a great kid.||”|
|“||(voting for Russell) Sorry, brother.||”|
|“||Right now, it's just utter shock. I was just completely blindsided. It's been a rough ten days, weather-wise, dealing with my tribe, which was definitely dysfunctional in so many different ways. And so, this is just the straw that breaks the camel's back. And it's obvious me and Survivor don't get along, so I think I'm done with this.||”|
Still in the Running
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- This marks the first time since “The Great White Shark Hunter” that a starting tribe dwindled down to two members.
- This is the first episode since “It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl” where a tribe goes to Tribal Council for the fourth consecutive time.
- Russell's vote for Malcolm at this episode's Tribal Council made Denise the last Matsing tribe member with no votes against them.
- Russell's vote for Malcolm marks the first time he did not vote for the person voted out.
- With Russell's elimination, he became the first Survivor contestant to play more than once and not make the merge/jury in any his seasons.
- He would later be followed by Francesca Hogi and Colton Cumbie.
- These three castaways would accomplish their feats in three consecutive seasons, all filmed in the Philippines (Survivor: Philippines, Survivor: Caramoan, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water).
- However, Russell was the second player to fail to reach the jury stage of two Survivor seasons. Rob Mariano failed to make the jury stage in his first (Survivor: Marquesas) and third seasons (Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains), but he made the merge in Marquesas, and the Final Tribal Council in his second and fourth seasons (Survivor: All-Stars runner-up, Survivor: Redemption Island winner).
- No player other than these four has failed to make the jury stage of more than one season.
- This episode ties the record for highest percentage of people immune; 80 percent of the people remaining were either on Kalabaw, or Tandang. The other episode with 80% immune was Neanderthal Man, where Stephenie and Bobby Jon faced off in the infamous fire challenge.
Behind the Scenes
- Russell Swan's prediction about Denise Stapley winning at Tribal Council eventually comes true, as she wins against Michael Skupin and Lisa Whelchel at the Final Tribal Council.
- Also similar to how Russell "foretold", she won in a landslide, earning 6 of 8 votes to earn the title of Sole Survivor.
- Denise is the only woman to participate in the challenge.
- This episode was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming at the 65th Emmy Awards.
- The episode title comes from a line spoken by Pete Yurkowski in one of his confessionals, referring to his strategy to cause chaos on the Tandang tribe.
|Survivor: Philippines Episodes|
“Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops” · “Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights” · “This Isn't a 'We' Game” · “Create a Little Chaos” · “Got My Swag Back” · “Down and Dirty” · “Not the Only Actor on This Island” · “Dead Man Walking” · “Little Miss Perfect” · “Whiners Are Wieners” · “Hell Hath Frozen Over” · “Shot into Smithereens” · “Gouge My Eyes Out” · “Million Dollar Question”