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Survivor: Redemption Island
Redemptionisland
Season 22
Filming Location San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Season Run February 16, 2011 – May 15, 2011
Filming Dates August 16, 2010 – September 23, 2010
Survivors 18
Winner Rob Mariano
Runner(s)-up Phillip Sheppard
Natalie Tenerelli
Tribes ██ Ometepe
██ Zapatera
██ Murlonio
Returnees Andrea Boehlke (26)
Francesca Hogi (26)
Phillip Sheppard (26)
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season Nicaragua
Next Season South Pacific

Survivor: Redemption Island is the 22nd season of Survivor. It premiered on February 16, 2011. Its filming location took place in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the same location used last season. The winner of the season is veteran player Rob Mariano after winning eight of nine Jury votes.

This season was highly controversial, being universally panned by fans for its predictable storyline (mostly due to Mariano's huge advantage being a four-time contestant), Redemption Island having little to no effect on the actual outcome, and not enough airtime for everyone in favor of season noisemakers Rob, Russell and Phillip.[1]

ProductionEdit

The production staff stayed in Nicaragua after filming the previous season because they enjoyed the warm hospitality and also to minimize production costs. Also, the location of Ponderosa this season was the same location used last season.

The idea of bringing back Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz came from the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains reunion show, where Rob (who was eliminated by Hantz' alliance) said he would like to compete against Russell in a future season to settle their rivalry.

After the controversial inclusion of NaOnka Mixon and Kelly Shinn to the Jury after their simultaneous voluntary exits at the previous season, Mark Burnett has stated that starting from this season, post-merge quitters may or may not be put to the Jury. This decision will be decided by the producers before the next Tribal Council, where the Jurors will watch its proceedings. According to Burnett, "It's very unlikely any quitter will be on the jury again."

Twist/ChangesEdit

  • Redemption Island: In a drastic game-changing twist, when a player gets voted out from Tribal Council, that player will not be eliminated right away. Instead, the said contestant will go to Redemption Island, where he/she will fend for himself during his/her entire stay. When the next person gets voted out, the two players will compete in a "duel." The winner gets to stay at the island, while the loser is eliminated from the game for good. At a certain point, the last person standing on Redemption Island will return to the main game and will continue his/her pursuit of the one million dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor.
  • New Camp for Merger: This is the first time since Survivor: The Amazon where the merged tribe lived in a entirely new camp, rather than using one of the two existing camps.
  • Challenges: In the advent of the Redemption Island Duels, this season featured several challenges  both for Reward and Immunity.
  • Two Returning Contestants: Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz returned as contestants to settle their heated rivalry during Survivor: Heroes vs Villains.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: Hidden Immunity Idols were available this season, with one hidden at each camp.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Original Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Redemption
Island Status
Votes
Against
S22 francesca t Francesca Hogi
36, Washington, D.C.
Ometepe 1st Voted Out
Day 3
1st Eliminated
Day 6
4
S22 russell t Russell Hantz
37, Dayton, TX
Samoa & Heroes vs Villains
Zapatera 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
2nd Eliminated
Day 10
8
S22 kristina t Kristina Kell
46, Malibu, CA
Ometepe 4th Voted Out
Day 11
3rd Eliminated
Day 12
9
S22 krista t Krista Klumpp
25, Columbia, SC
Zapatera 5th Voted Out
Day 13
4th Eliminated
Day 14
6
S22 stephanie t Stephanie Valencia
26, Long Beach, CA
Zapatera 6th Voted Out
Day 16
5th Eliminated
Day 17
8
S22 sarita t Sarita White
36, Santa Monica, CA
Zapatera 7th Voted Out
Day 18
6th Eliminated
Day 19
6
S22 david t David Murphy
31, West Hollywood, CA
Zapatera Murlonio 10th Voted Out
Day 24
7th Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
8
S22 julie t Julie Wolfe
50, Oceanside, CA
Zapatera 11th Voted Out
Day 27
8th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 28
6
S22 steve t Steve Wright
51, Huntington Beach, CA
Zapatera 13th Voted Out
Day 30
9th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member
Day 31
9
S22 ralph t Ralph Kiser
45, Lebanon, VA
Zapatera 12th Voted Out
Day 30
10th Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 33
10
S22 grant t Grant Mattos
29, West Hollywood, CA
Ometepe 15th Voted Out
Day 35
11th Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 36
10
S22 matthew t Matthew Elrod
22, Nashville, TN
Ometepe 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
1st Returnee
Day 19
10
8th Voted Out
Day 21
12th Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 36
S22 mike t Mike Chiesl
31, Del Mar, CA
Zapatera 9th Voted Out
Day 22
13th Eliminated
7th Jury Member
Day 36
6
S22 andrea t Andrea Boehlke
21, Random Lake, WI
Ometepe 14th Voted Out
Day 32
2nd Returnee
Day 36
9
16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
S22 ashley t Ashley Underwood
25, Benton, ME
Ometepe 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
3
S22 natalie t Natalie Tenerelli
19, Acton, CA
Ometepe Second
Runner-Up
1
S22 phillip t Phillip Sheppard
52, Santa Monica, CA
Ometepe Runner-Up 17
S22 rob t Rob Mariano
34, Pensacola, FL
Marquesas, All-Stars & Heroes vs Villains
Ometepe Sole Survivor 7

Season SummaryEdit

Sixteen new castaways, previously divided into two tribes, Ometepe and Zapatera, were joined by returning contestants, Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz, with Rob joining Ometepe and Russell joining Zapatera by random draw. The tribes were then told about Redemption Island, a secluded location where voted out players would go to compete in challenges for a chance to be brought back into the game.

Rob quickly proved to be leader in Ometepe, and kept wary of the Hidden Immunity Idol, including sending one of his own alliance, Matt Elrod, to Redemption Island while trying to flush it out. On Zapatera, the bulk of the tribe recognized the threat that Russell could be, throwing a challenge in order to vote Russell out; Russell would lose to Matt at the next Redemption Island challenge. Matt would continue to win several more duels against several Zapatera players after Ometepe dominated the challenges, while Zapatera suffered due to loss of cohesion within their tribe.

The tribes merged with twelve players left in the game, including Matt who returned from Redemption Island. Matt discussed blindsiding Rob with the former Zapatera members, however he eventually decided against it, telling this to Rob in an attempt to prove his loyalty. Despite this, Rob decided Matt could not be trusted, using his alliance to send Matt back to Redemption Island, establishing a firm Ometepe majority. The former Ometepe tribe used their numerical advantage to completely eliminate the remaining former members of Zapatera, before having to turn on themselves. Rob orchestrated the eliminations of those whom he felt would be threatening to him, including close allies Grant Mattos and Andrea Boehlke. Though Andrea would return to the game from Redemption Island, she was unable to secure any other alliances, and was voted off a second time. Ultimately, the Final Three were Rob, Natalie Tenerelli, and Phillip Sheppard. Both Natalie and Phillip were criticized by the Jury for simply following in Rob's footsteps, and Rob, after 117 days of fighting in this game over four seasons, was voted the Sole Survivor in a vote of 8-1-0.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air Date Redemption Island Duel Challenges Voted Off Vote Status
Inhabitant Challenger Eliminated Finish Reward Immunity
1 "You're Looking at the New Leader of Your Tribe" February 16, 2011 Zapatera2 Francesca 4–3–2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 "You Own My Vote" February 23, 2011 Francesca1 Zapatera2 Matthew 4–2–0 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
3 "Keep Hope Alive" March 2, 2011 Francesca Matthew Francesca 1st Eliminated
Day 6
Ometepe2 Russell 3-3-3;
5-1-0
3rd Voted Out
Day 8
4 "Don't You Work for Me?" March 9, 2011 Matthew Russell Russell 2nd Eliminated
Day 10
Zapatera2 Kristina 4-3 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5 "We Hate Our Tribe" March 16, 2011 Matthew Kristina Kristina 3rd Eliminated
Day 12
Ometepe2 Krista 6-2 5th Voted Out
Day 13
6 "Their Red-Headed Stepchild" March 23, 2011 Matthew Krista Krista 4th Eliminated
Day 14
Ometepe2 Stephanie 5-2 6th Voted Out
Day 16
7 "It Don't Take a Smart One" March 30, 2011 Matthew Stephanie Stephanie 5th Eliminated
Day 17
Ometepe2 Sarita 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 18
8 "This Game Respects Big Moves" April 6, 2011 Matthew Sarita Sarita 6th Eliminated
Day 19
None Natalie Matthew 6-5-1 8th Voted Out
Day 21
Matthew 1st Returnee
Day 19
9 "The Buddy System" April 13, 2011 Matthew1 None Grant Mike 6-5 9th Voted Out
Day 22
Andrea David 6-4 10th Voted Out
Day 24
10 "Rice Wars" April 20, 2011 Matthew Mike David 7th Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
None Rob Julie 6-3 11th Voted Out
Day 27
David
11 "A Mystery Package" April 27, 2011 Matthew Julie Julie 8th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 28
Grant
[Andrea, Rob]2
Ralph 6-2 12th Voted Out
Day 30
Mike None Rob Steve 6-1 13th Voted Out
Day 30
12 "You Mangled My Nets" May 4, 2011 Matthew Ralph Steve 9th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member
Day 31
None Rob Andrea 5-1 14th Voted Out
Day 32
Mike Steve
13 "Too Close for Comfort" May 11, 2011 Matthew Andrea Ralph 10th Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Ashley
[Natalie]2
Grant 4-1 15th Voted Out
Day 35
Mike
Ralph
14 "Seems Like a No Brainer" May 15, 2011 Matthew Grant Grant 11th Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 36
None Ashley Andrea 4-03 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
Mike Matthew 12th Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 36
Andrea Mike 13th Eliminated
7th Jury Member
Day 36
Andrea 2nd Returnee
Day 36
Rob Ashley 3-1 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote
Natalie 8-1-0 2nd Runner-Up
Phillip Runner-Up
Rob Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 There was no duel, as there was only one inhabitant at the time.
^2 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^3 Rob used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 1 vote agains him.


Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Redemption Island Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S22 francesca t
Francesca
S22 matthew t
Matthew
S22 russell t
Russell
S22 kristina t
Kristina
S22 krista t
Krista
S22 stephanie t
Stephanie
S22 sarita t
Sarita
S22 matthew t
Matthew
S22 mike t
Mike
S22 david t
David
S22 julie t
Julie
S22 ralph t
Ralph
S22 steve t
Steve
S22 andrea t
Andrea
S22 grant t
Grant
S22 andrea t
Andrea
S22 ashley t
Ashley
S22 natalie t
Natalie
S22 phillip t

Phillip
S22 rob t
Rob
Vote: 4-3-2 4-2-0 3-3-3 5-1-0 4-3 6-2 5-2 4-2 6-5-1 6-5 6-4 6-3 6-2 6-1 5-1 4-1 4-0 3-1 8-1-0
Rob Francesca Matthew Phillip Matthew Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley Jury Vote
Phillip Francesca Kristina Kristina Matthew Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley
Natalie Kristina Matthew Kristina Matthew Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley
Ashley Kristina Matthew Kristina Matthew Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Phillip Rob
Andrea Kristina Kristina Kristina Matthew Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Phillip Rob Rob
Mike Russell Russell Krista Stephanie Sarita Grant Phillip Rob
Matthew Francesca Phillip Steve Rob
Grant Francesca Matthew Phillip Matthew Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Natalie Rob
Ralph Russell None Krista Stephanie David Grant Phillip Rob Phillip Rob Phillip
Steve Stephanie Russell Krista Stephanie Sarita Grant Phillip Rob Phillip Rob Grant Rob
Julie Stephanie Russell Krista Stephanie Sarita Grant Phillip Rob Phillip Rob
David Russell Russell Krista Sarita Sarita Grant Phillip Rob Rob
Sarita Stephanie Russell Krista Stephanie David
Stephanie Ralph None Steve Sarita
Krista Ralph Ralph Steve
Kristina Phillip Phillip Phillip
Russell Ralph None
Francesca Phillip

Notes:

  • Due to a three-way tie between Russell, Ralph and Stephanie, a revote commenced where they are the only contestants eligible for elimination. During the revote, five voted for Russell, enough to eject him from the tribe.

TriviaEdit

  • This is the first season to feature Redemption Island.
  • With Rob's appearance in this season, he is the first contestant to play Survivor four times.
  • While this season is the first season to not have any straight Reward Challenges, it has the most number of combined Reward/Immunity Challenges with nine.
  • This is the second time a tribe which threw an Immunity Challenge ended up outnumbered at or shortly after the merge due to the loss. The first time it happened was to Sook Jai in Survivor: Thailand.
  • This season had the most amount of players make it to the finale, with eight. Four people were yet to be voted out, while another four competed in the final duel.
  • Richard Hatch, the winner of Survivor: Borneo, was originally slated to compete against Russell, but his request to leave the country was again rejected by a federal judge. Boston Rob replaced him instead.
  • This is the first season with a twelve player merge in which the first Tribal Council didn't have a 10-2 vote.
  • The font used on the letterings of this season's tribe names is called "Hobo Std." [2]
  • This was the first season to have at least one three-way tie at Tribal Council. It would be followed by Survivor: Caramoan.
  • Phillip Sheppard, Andrea Boehlke and Francesca Hogi hold the distinction of being three of only four players to compete with both of the Hantzes, Russell Hantz and Brandon Hantz; four seasons later, they would compete with Brandon in Survivor: Caramoan. However, Sheppard, Boehlke and Hogi were never tribemates of Russell.

ReferencesEdit

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