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"Seems Like a No Brainer"
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Redemption Island
Episode Number: 14/15 (335)
Original Release: May 15, 2011
Viewership (in millions): 13.30[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.0/10
CBS.com Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Too Close for Comfort"
Next: "Reunion"
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Seems Like a No Brainer is the season finale of Survivor: Redemption Island.

Story

Day 36

Day 37

Day 38

Day 39

Challenges

Challenge: A Leg Up
Participants would put one foot on one end of a seesaw with the other end having a ceramic vase balanced on it. The castaways would attempt to keep the vase balanced on the end with their their foot still on the seesaw. The last castaway to have their vase balanced on the end of the seesaw would return.
Winner: Andrea Boehlke

Challenge: A Numbers Game
The castaways would race along a balance beam to collect a series of bags containing 100 numbered tiles. The first castaway to place their tiles on a board in order from one to one hundred would win.
Winner: Ashley Underwood

Challenge: Meso Maze
The castaways would race through a maze to collect four bags of puzzle pieces at four different stations. Once all four bags were collected, the castaways would race to the top of a pyramid and assemble a word puzzle. The first castaway to solve the puzzle wins immunity.
Winner: Rob Mariano

Redemption Island

Redemption Island
Duel 11
Competitors Result (according to finish)
S22 andrea t

Andrea
(incumbent inhabitant)

Won
S22 matthew t

Matthew
(incumbent inhabitant)

Lost
S22 mike t

Mike
(incumbent inhabitant)

Lost
S22 grant t

Grant
(challenger)

Lost
ELIMINATED:
S22 grant bwS22 matthew bwS22 mike bw
Grant Mattos, Matthew Elrod and Mike Chiesl
RETURNS TO GAME:
S22 andrea t
Andrea Boehlke

Final Words

Tribal Council

Day 37

Tribal Council 15:
Murlonio
Voted
Against
Voter
S22 andrea t
Andrea (4 votes)
S22 ashley tS22 natalie tS22 phillip tS22 rob t
Ashley, Natalie, Phillip, Rob
S22 rob t
Rob
(used Hidden Immunity Idol)
S22 andrea t
Andrea
(vote not counted)
VOTED OFF:
S22 andrea bw
Andrea Boehlke

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Rob) Rob, you're a great player and my biggest competition so that's why I'm voting for you tonight.

Andrea Boehlke



Final Words

The girls could have done something tonight. They could have made a move and actually have a little more respect from them. I think by coming back from Redemption Island after winning a big duel put a pretty big target on my back but I'm happy for how far I got. I had a great opportunity, great experience, met some wonderful people and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Andrea Boehlke



Day 38

Tribal Council 16:
Murlonio
Voted
Against
Voter
S22 ashley t
Ashley (3 votes)
S22 natalie tS22 phillip tS22 rob t
Natalie, Phillip, Rob
S22 phillip t
Phillip (1 vote)
S22 ashley t
Ashley
VOTED OFF:
S22 ashley bw
Ashley Underwood

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Ashley) I've never known anyone that could lay in bed day after day each day.

Phillip Sheppard


(voting for Phillip) I can't believe it's taken 38 days to finally write your name down. I won't miss you. You're a nut case. That's it.

Ashley Underwood



Final Words

I honestly didn't know I was going home. I probably am an idiot for thinking that (chuckles) 'cause I was the biggest threat that Rob could have taken to the Final Three. And as much as I would love to be sitting there in the Final Three, I still have nothing to hang my head about and I'm proud of how I played the game, and I wouldn't change anything.

Ashley Underwood



Final Tribal Council

Tribal Council 17:
Jury Vote
Voted for
Winner
Voter
S22 rob t
Rob (8 votes)
S22 andrea tS22 ashley tS22 david tS22 grant t
S22 julie tS22 matthew tS22 mike tS22 steve t
Andrea, Ashley, David, Grant, Julie, Matthew, Mike, Steve
S22 phillip t
Phillip (1 vote)
S22 ralph t
Ralph
S22 natalie t
Natalie (0 votes)
None
SECOND RUNNER-UP:
S22 natalie bw
Natalie Tenerelli
RUNNER-UP:
S22 phillip bw
Phillip Sheppard
SOLE SURVIVOR:
S22 rob t
Rob Mariano

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Rob) No big surprise here. You did a great job. I'd much rather of played this game with you than against you, but, hey, you know it's the way it works.

David Murphy


(voting for Phillip) Hey, Phillip. Take that money and spend it wisely. (...) and I feel sorry for you. And I love you, man. Have a great one.

Ralph Kiser



Final Results

 Francesca
18th
S22 francesca bw
 Russell
17th
S22 russell bw
 Kristina
16th
S22 kristina bw
 Krista
15th
S22 krista bw
 Stephanie
14th
S22 stephanie bw
 Sarita
13th
S22 sarita bw
 David
12th
S22 david bw
 Julie
11th
S22 julie bw
 Steve
10th
S22 steve bw
 Ralph
9th
S22 ralph bw
 Grant
8th
S22 grant bw
 Matthew
7th
S22 matthew bw
 Mike
6th
S22 mike bw
 Andrea
5th
S22 andrea bw
 Ashley
4th
S22 ashley bw
 Natalie
3rd
S22 natalie bw
 Phillip
2nd
S22 phillip bw
 Rob
Winner
S22 rob t

Trivia

Behind The Scenes

  • Due to time constraints, the Rites of Passage ritual for the fallen castaways was omitted at the final edit of the episode, though CBS released the said clip on their YouTube account and the CBS website.
  • The final three repainted the back side of the Murlonio tribe flag with "Ometepe."

Life at Ponderosa

  • Rob and Natalie planned to return the rocks Julie collected as souvenirs to her children to her, but decided to throw them into the ocean after Julie's malicious remarks at the Final Tribal Council. The final three sits down to eat with the others at Ponderosa. The next day, the jury and finalists sit down to one last meal together before heading home that day and some of them discuss their experience playing the game.[2]

Other

  • This episode marked the most contestants still in contention during the season finale, with eight (four who are yet to be voted out, and another four who participated in the final Redemption Island duel).
    • As a result, this episode holds the record for most castaways eliminated in one episode, with five.
  • All first-time contestants eliminated before the merge did not have a chance to speak at the live reunion show.
  • This was the first episode since "We Hate Our Tribe" where a member of Ometepe was eliminated from the game.
  • This episode was divided into two parts in some countries.
  • The Day 37 Immunity Challenge, A Numbers Game , would later appear as the fifth Redemption Island duel in "One-Man Wrecking Ball".

References