After 29 seasons and 15 years, Survivor, the greatest social experiment on television, is once again breaking the mold. These eighteen Americans have been divided into three tribes based on their occupation and approach to life. The White Collar tribe, made up of a Yahoo executive, a media consultant and former college professor, and a retail buyer. They're used to being in charge and calling the shots to get what they want.
As a college professor, I taught a class on Survivor. There are very few things in my life that I've set my mind to that I haven't achieved because I step on the people whose assistance I need to get to that next plateau.
The Blue Collar tribe, this group is made up of a state trooper, a barrel racer, and a postal worker. They're used to hard work and physical labor and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty to get the job done.
I work in the oil and gas industry. I'm normally the one that is covered the most in oil, covered the most in mud. Same thing with this game. If you're not getting your hands dirty, you ain't going to win. My hands are going to be filthy.
I've worked for the post office for 22 years. And I am here to live my dream. I have dreamt about being on Survivor since Season 1, Episode 1. And, I plan on being remembered, one way or another, you will not forget me.
I'm a searcher. I'm an adventurer. I kind of just fly by the seat of my pants. And I do what I want to do when I want to do it. Of course I want a million dollars. Money makes your life way easier. Have you ever seen an unhappy person on a jet ski? No.
When people hear that I'm in law school, they probably assume that I'm, like, a corporate dog-eat-dog girl. But that's not who I am. I'm in it for the poor, like, broken-down people. I'm not anarchy. I'm-I'm the greater good.
As a coconut vendor, I see truth. I'm a seer of real. I live life in a way where I'm guided by my own decisions. There are just no rules for me. My personality is a lot like surfing a wave. (deep sigh) So let me surf this for a second.
As a Survivor fan, this is, like, my life dream. Like, I-I wanted to be on Survivor since I was sixteen years old. Ten years of applying, and yet I've never been better prepared to play this game. This is, like, fate!
Jeff Probst welcomes the castaways to the 30th Season of Survivor: Worlds Apart, divided into three tribes based on their occupation and approach to life. The tribes are Masaya in yellow (White Collar), Escameca in blue (Blue Collar) and Nagarote in red (No Collar).
I worked in arguably the largest and most cut-throat talent agency in all the world. I don't believe there's going to be any problem going from the urban jungle to the actual jungle.
You guys think I just lift furniture? I don't do that no more. Now I use my mind to outwit people. But I don't want them knowing. I'm a hustler. I'm a salesman. This is what I do. Every single day I got to sell myself to get money.
After some brief introductions, Jeff instructs each tribe to pick a representative.
Jeff asked someone to step out front and take on a weighty decision. And one thing I've learned from studying this game is the biggest mistake you can make is putting yourself into a leadership position.
Last year I had a video that went viral of me and my wife dancing and singing at the gas station. The reason why people liked the video was because sometimes people take life too seriously and don't take advantage of an opportunity like that. You know, just live in the moment. Just put your guard down and just have fun.
Masaya picked Joaquin, Escameca picked Dan, and Nagarote picked Will. Once the representatives for each tribe were chosen, Jeff asked each of them to pick a second member who will join them in making a very big decision on behalf of their tribe. Joaquin picked So, Dan picked Mike, and Will picked Jenn. Jeff gave maps to the camp sites for each tribe and told them to head out and once there, each team of representatives need to make an important decision for the tribe.
Jeff said, "Everyone go back to camp" and I could see the other two tribes going, "Those white collar people who work in the offices, we want to kill them." But to me, class has nothing to do with it. It's Survivor warfare.
I love being a No Collar. I can just see it in people's eyes that they were fun kind of people. So, I think as a tribe, the game plan right now is to be really laid back and let it flow. I kind of live life that way.
I don't believe that's a full bag of beans. I think they chose the other one. That is not a big bag. What was the other one, four beans? If you've given us a reason to think that you're lying and not being honest, you know, then you-you have to live with that.
I'm in training. So the first thing you do in training is introductions. Your name, how long have you worked here, what have you done. That's kind of what we did. We're not ashamed of being white collar. They all knew what to do. It was like clockwork.
So, she's a cutie. She's really cool and she's down to Earth, but like.. come on. Who the hell is honest? Honest is like... come on. Are you here to make friends or are you here to win a million dollars? Let's go, cutie.
The decision that we ultimately made was to deceive and we took the clue. But my biggest fear right now is putting a target on my back for making the wrong decision. My whole, like, game could come crashing down around me.
As a Survivor fan, I knew that it's honesty or deception, and they clearly chose deception. So I'm worried. So I want to immediately start connecting with people. I want to see what they think about me. I want to see if anybody there is willing to engage. Carolyn was just like, "I'm just so happy to be here." So am I, girlfriend! She was down. Also, I get a really good vibe from Max, just based on appearances. You know, like a hipster-academic type.
We're blue collar workers. We saw what needed to be done. We all jumped into it because we'll find a way. That's what we do. We got a fire built within the first two hours. In one sentence: Blue collars kick ass.
When I see my tribe, I was really happy with what I got. You get a girl all tatted up, which I like because if somebody has tattoos and they have artwork on their body, they want to express themselves in some way. So, it's easy entry to talk about something.
So coming into Survivor, I knew I could get to any girl's heart with that story. So it makes me solidify when I have this tattoo on my arm, that says it too, they can tell I'm that I'm telling the truth and I'm being real with them. My strategy from Day 1: get the girls. Girls, they want to sit back and let a man take the leader role. So, I want to get the girls. I want to be their leader and I'll take them to the merge with me.
So I grab this piece of bamboo that I'm about to cut. I happen to see this scorpion go by. It's not that big of a scorpion at all but big enough that I'm sure if it stung you it would do some damage. First instinct is protein. So I cut its tail off. Bang! Down the hatch. It tasted like crap.
I knew whenever I came out here, that if there was an extra chance to get protein, that I was going to take that chance. It just so happens that that might not have been the greatest decision that I ever made.
Maybe not the best decision to eat a scorpion on the first day of Survivor. But I'm the type of person, if I see an opportunity in front of me, I'm going to go grab it. I'm going to run as fast as I can and clench on as hard as I can and ride that bull for as long as I can. I saw the scorpion, I seized the opportunity. And I paid the consequence. That's your boy.
The guy with the feathers, right off the bat he pulls me aside and tells me he thinks we have a kindred spirit. "I liked your smile. I want to go to the end with you." He's everything that I expected him to be... and more, maybe.
One of my greatest weaknesses is my intense attraction to women. Jenn brought an element of herself here and so did I. And I want to play with somebody that's like that. When I want something, I get it.
He's playing this game a little harder than I would have seen coming out of those feathers. And I'm thinking, is it worth it to play, uh, whatever he thinks I am to him? But right now it's worth it to have allies. To have people on your side. So, smile and nod is my approach with Vince right now.
Vince said he wanted to do the shelter a certain way. And I said, "Hey, man, whatever you want to do." You know, very no collar of me, but in this situation, I have a lot of skills that I bring to the table. I've worked in construction. I've built a lot of things.
Watching Joe bulldoze projects and want to do it his way and only his way, it sprung a huge red flag. We are the No Collar tribe. We need to have collaboration. If we don't have that, it's going to be a problem.
Dan with his age and being a male, he wants to prove himself that he knows what he's talking about. But he's dealing with 20 year olds, and he's twice their age. So you're going to have to listen to them, but he doesn't have those social skills to working it... let's just work it out.
The whole thing started with Lindsey. And then I saw Sierra's reaction. I saw Kelly. So now I try to change tactics. I got to lay back, I got to shut my mouth. I am in a no-win situation because no matter what I do now, everybody starts giving me grief. I am really in a bad position, fast, with this tribe.
Joe says, "I can make fire." So, yeah Joe, go make fire. You say you can do it without flint, I'm going to sit here and try to watch you do that. I like Joe a lot. I think his personality is great. He's a good-looking dude. He's tall, he's muscular. He should be on the cover of a romance novel.
I already have something going on with Jenn, but it seems like she wants to ride the wave that Joe's making. That worries me because I don't trust him. So I have to further explore this relationship with Jenn, really feel out who she is as an individual, as a person.
I think Vince is jealous. One of the first things out of his mouth is, "So, do you think Joe is attractive?" What?! He's obviously got these little puppy dog feelings that apparently he had for me hurt. But I know how to handle him, though. I think.
Vince is the most paranoid person out here. D-Dealing with him is a lot. Calm down, you know? He's driving me nuts. And don't hug me forever after. We smell bad. Okay. We smell bad. Do not get this (shows armpit) all over my face.
My thoughts are, the shelter is very average. It was probably the worst night of sleep I've ever had in my life. Our tribe is white collar, people who run the show. But the reality is we've got to grab our lunchboxes and grind things out with the blue collar-like worth ethic.
Who would have thought it would be that damn hard to make a fire? Nobody knows how to make a damn fire. None of us do. Why would we? White collar. We hire a blue collar to go make us a fire. We're not getting fire, but it's all right. You know? I'm going to start going to look for that Immunity Idol.
When So and Joaquin came back to camp with that bag of beans, I kind of figured they had a clue. So I watched them like a hawk because if they're looking there, then maybe it's over there. So made it so freakin' obvious. She's searching in that freakin' tree like there's no tomorrow. I kind of know from watching seasons past the types of things you have to look for. It's got to be something that's different. It looks different. I saw this funny-looking tree, and I'm like, "Okay."
Oh, my God! (ecstatic) I open it up, and I'm like, "You have found the Hidden Immunity Idol. Woot! Woot!" The magical part of this is everyone thinks that So and Joaquin have the clue and they're all still looking. It's hilarious.
We were in the lead. We started our puzzle first and it went downhill from there. Shirin said from the start that she's great at puzzles, but we lost the challenge, which is fine because you got to step up, right?
It's going to be a girl tonight. We all know that. Because everyone is going to see the girls as weaker than the guys. I know we all like each other, but one of us is going home tonight. Plain and simple.
As a business person, I expect people to deliver. And if you don't deliver, then it's a problem. Yes, Shirin was weak physically today and she didn't perform during the puzzle. Carolyn is playing the safe role. She's not volunteering to put herself out there, so I'm leaning towards Carolyn at this point. I mean, the hard part is to get the three guys to vote towards Carolyn.
White collar people have interpersonal skills to know when people are lying, and I think So lied about the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. I don't trust her. She's playing me just like she's playing everybody else, and right now I don't feel comfortable.
Shirin, Carolyn and I have been true to each other since Day 1. But most of all, what I want is to make sure that I am with the numbers. The names on the table tonight are Carolyn and So. Carolyn stands out because she's older. That's just the sort of small difference that can make you an outsider on a small tribe of six members. On the other side of the equation is So. She's certainly put herself into a difficult position when she chose to lie to the rest of the tribe about the choice that she and Joaquin made.
Tonight's vote, if it just was boil down to physical strength, it would have to go in the face of Carolyn because she's older than everybody else on the tribe. On the flip side, if it's an integrity issue, all arrows would be pointed at So. But Carolyn changed a lot of my vote today by telling me she had an Idol. The logical argument is that Carolyn should be the first one to go. I know how dangerous the an Immunity Idol can be. Tonight's vote can go either way, but I absolutely believe that somebody is going to be shocked.
The tribes will race down a ramp and go through an obstacle where they will make their way to a large wooden crate, which contains a ladder. They will then choose to open the crate by using keys to unlock locks or they can untie knots. Both methods will release the ladder. Once they have the ladder free, they will use it to go up, across, and down a tall platform and through another series of obstacles. They will then use the ladder to make their biggest decision in the challenge of which puzzle to solve. There are three choices. The first puzzle has only five pieces, but it requires a person to see the big picture. The second puzzle has ten pieces in it and requires a person to see things more visually. The third puzzle has the most pieces at fifty, but it is also the most straight forward. All of these puzzles average the same amount of time to finish. If the right person is put on the right puzzle, they may be able to finish faster than average. The first two tribes to finish their puzzle win immunity. Reward: Fire making kit (1st place); flint (2nd place) Winners (in order of finish):Nagarote &
Reward/Immunity Challenge: Ladder Daze
Hali, Jenn, Joe, Nina, Vince, & Will
Dan, Kelly, Lindsey, Mike, Rodney, & Sierra
Carolyn, Joaquin, Max, Shirin, So, & Tyler
Tribal Council 1: Masaya
So (4 votes)
Carolyn, Max, Shirin, & Tyler
Carolyn (2 votes)
Joaquin & So
VOTED OFF: So Kim
(voting for So) I haven't trusted you from the beginning. You've lied to me from Day 1. I hope it's you and not me tonight.
I mean, this moment is absolutely my worst nightmare. I never would have imagined that I'd be sitting here the first one voted out. They definitely made a mistake. You're going to see that team self-destruct because they did, they kicked off someone who is clearly an asset in challenges. I mean, this hurts a lot and I think that I'm just trying to, like, absorb the shock of it all.