"Off with Their Heads!"
Survivor Auction
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Samoa
Episode Number: 12/16 (286)
Original Release: December 3, 2009
Viewership (in millions): 12.82[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 3.9/11 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The First 27 Days"
Next: "Damage Control"

Off with Their Heads! is the twelfth episode of Survivor: Samoa.


Night 27

Aiga returned from Tribal Council after voting out Laura, who Shambo called Medusa. Monica confronted John about his decision to switch his vote on the revote, and deemed him a Judas to the Galu tribe.

Day 28

Tree Mail brought news of an auction, which brightened the spirits of all the castaways. At the auction, Natalie bought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; Shambo bought a covered item which turned out to be sea noodles with Parmesan cheese (which she hungrily wolfed down); Monica purchased a whole roasted chicken; Jaison bought an advantage in the ensuing Immunity Challenge; Mick bought a cheeseburger with fries; John purchased a clue to the idol; Natalie purchased a shower; and John bought apple pie which he elected not to share, openly disappointing some of his tribemates.

Back at camp, John examined his Hidden Immunity Idol clue, which directed him to the stone wall that was home to the idol that Russell had already found. He suspected that it may have already been found.

Shambo shared a moment with the chickens, knowing that they were to be eaten. She then concocted her own recipe for the chicken, and didn't let anyone give her advice. Dave, who won the chickens before the merge, thought he should get a say, but Shambo didn't let him.

That night, Shambo had a clairvoyant dream that Dave was voted off, and took it as a sign.

Day 29

The next morning, Shambo shared her dream with Russell, who let her believe that Dave was really the next to go.

Day 30

At the Immunity Challenge, Jaison opened his advantage in the challenge, which was the opportunity to move his hand up two knots on the rope at any time. Shambo was first out of the challenge, followed by Russell, Monica, John, and Brett, leaving Natalie, Mick, Dave, and Jaison, Mick was next out, then Natalie, and finally Dave. Jaison's advantage paid off, as he won immunity.

Shambo believed she was in control of the Foa Foa Four. Mick was on board to get Dave out. Russell, pretending to follow through with his promise to John to vote out a Foa Foa, offered up Mick. Meanwhile, Russell was really planning to get out John because John knew that Russell had the Immunity Idol. Russell then went to Dave with that proposition, with the instruction to tell Monica. Mick agreed that John was the most dangerous player left, but Jaison was skeptical because it might alienate Shambo, which would create a tie.

At Tribal Council, Dave felt he may have created a target on his back because of his challenge performance. Shambo felt that the day had been peaceful. Russell disagreed, saying it was maybe the most strategic day of all. Jeff laid into Shambo for her ignorance. While some of the tribe felt it would not be a surprise, Shambo and John did not believe it would be a blindside. Ironically, those two voted alone - Shambo for Dave, and John for Mick. However, the rest of the former Galu sided with Russell's alliance, and John was blindsided, 7-1-1, stunning Shambo in the process that John was voted out over Dave.


Challenge: Survivor Auction

Challenge: Drop A Log
With one hand, the castaways would hang on to a rope with several knots tied into it. The rope would be tied to one end of a heavy log. The other end of the log would be connected to a pivot point on a platform that the castaways would stand on. The castaways would start at the knot closest to the end of the log. Every three minutes, they would change hands and move one knot further down the rope. This would increase the angle of the log at the pivot point and increase the weight that the castaways would have to hold. The castaway who held on to the rope the longest would win.
Winner: Jaison Robinson

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 11:
S19 john t
John (7 votes)
S19 brett tS19 dave tS19 jaison t
S19 mick tS19 monica tS19 natalie tS19 russellh t
Brett, Dave, Jaison, Mick, Monica, Natalie, Russell H.
S19 dave t
Dave (1 vote)
S19 shambo t
S19 mick t
Mick (1 vote)
S19 john t
S19 john bw
John Fincher

Voting Confessionals

(votes for John) I understand you didn't want to draw rocks last week. I understand your decision to vote for Laura. My vote for you is for Laura.

Monica Padilla

(votes for John) Strong player strategically, you know your tribe kind of thinks you're a snake in the grass... so this vote hopefully has some backing with them too because this could kind of screw us if this doesn't work, we'll see what happens.

Mick Trimming

(votes for John) John I'm voting for you because you are a very strategic player and you're a huge threat to Foa Foa, so good game.

Natalie White

(votes for John) Hope I'm spelling it right.

Jaison Robinson

(votes for John) You're a great strategic player, but I'm going to be the only strategic player left, so that's why I have to let you go.

Russell Hantz

(votes for Mick) Yo dude I don't think you're going home tonight, this one probably won't count.

John Fincher

(votes for Dave) Dave thanks for the chickens, they were great friends.

Shambo Waters

(votes for John) John I'm voting for you because it might get me closer to a million bucks and... that's the way the game goes sometimes, sorry pal.

Dave Ball

(votes for John) John you're an extremely smart, intelligent man but your strategies I think dug you a deep one.

Brett Clouser

Final Words

Uh, I think tonight's vote was another decision made by Galu that is a substandard decision. They're scrambling, they're doing anything they can to live to see tomorrow. The former Galu tribe is intellectually outmatched. I'm happy that I performed well and made it to the fourth quarter, I thought I had what it took to make it to the end but it didn't work out.

John Fincher

Still in the Running

S19 marisa bw
S19 mike bw
S19 betsy bw
S19 ben bw
S19 yasmin bw
S19 ashley bw
S19 russells bw
S19 liz bw
S19 erik bw
S19 kelly bw
S19 laura bw
S19 john bw
S19 brett t
S19 dave t
S19 jaison t
S19 mick t
S19 monica t
S19 natalie t
S19 russellh t
S19 shambo t


Behind the Scenes

Life at Ponderosa


  • After this vote, the original Galu and Foa Foa are even in numbers.
  • The title of the episode was said by Shambo referring to when the chickens were killed.