"Taking Candy from a Baby"
Schmergen Brawl
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Samoa
Episode Number: 2/16 (276)
Original Release: September 24, 2009
Viewership (in millions): 11.66[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 3.7/11 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The Puppet Master"
Next: "It's Called a Russell Seed"

Taking Candy from a Baby is the second episode of Survivor: Samoa.


Day 4

Russell H. reveals in his plans working thus far and Marisa's elimination. Betsy asks him if they're still going to  talk and Russell tells her that she should have just trusted him and "it is what it is"...

At Galu, Yasmin complains about the living conditions and that this is harder than she thought it would be.

Back at Foa Foa, Russell identifies Jaison as a good player and someone he wants to go deep into the game with. Russell decides to start looking for a Hidden Immunity Idol at camp in case one is in play and without any clues at all, he finds it with ease. He lets Jaison know that he has it and hides it for use at a later date.

Day 5

Tree Mail arrives and indicates that the next challenge is going to be a physical one. While the tribes get done up in Samoan war paint, Mike says in a confessional that he's be looking forward to the opportunity to prove himself to his tribe as a physical player.

The challenge is indeed physical—too physical at times as Ben is disqualified and pulled from the challenge. Many of the castaways take some huge hits. In the end, Galu wins reward, immunity, and a twist where Galu must send one of there own to Foa Foa to observe the Tribal Council, before returning to their own tribe. Yasmin is selected and Jeff calls in medical to take a look at a severely winded Mike Borassi.

Medical confirms that Mike's blood pressure is extremely low and while disappointed, Mike has difficulty even standing up let alone catch his breath. Medical pulls Mike from the game and Foa Foa is now down two members with a looming date at Tribal Council.

At Galu, Shambo goes fishing with the gear that was won at the challenge. Not only does she come back empty-handed, but also with news that she lost the mouthpiece of the snorkel also. The rest of Galu is not impressed and Laura Morett felt Shambo had signed her own death warrant.

Yasmin introduces herself at Foa Foa and instantly offends and disrespects the yellow tribe by offering them help because she doesn't want Galu to be "taking candy from a baby". Later on she reads the clue to the whereabouts of the Hidden Immunity Idol but doesn't do anything with it. She continues to imprint her bad impression by pulling Ben aside and giving him an earful about cheap shots and playing fair. Ben fires back with name-calling and the dispute pours into camp, causing discomfort for all of Foa Foa except for Russell, who revels at the confrontation.

Ben further ostracizes himself by making lots of noise shaving flint and chopping wood while his tribe mates are trying to sleep.

Day 6

The eldest member of the tribe, Betsy feels like the target is on her and she tries to redirect attention from herself to Ben, who annoys his tribe, had the big confrontation with Yasmin, and got kicked out of the last challenge. Ashley starts to waver but Russell and Liz are firmly behind Betsy going home next.

Ultimately, Russell gets his way and Betsy is unanimously voted out.


Reward/Immunity Challenge: Schmergen Brawl
In a walled off arena, three members of each tribe would battle for control of three balls. Once a castaway gets control of a ball, they would pass the ball to three other tribe members standing on a platform who would attempt to throw the ball through the opposing tribe's basket at the other end of the arena. One point would be scored when a ball is made in the basket. After every point, the tribes would change who was in the arena and on the platform. The first tribe to score three points would win.
Reward: Tribal immunity and fishing gear.
Winner: Galu (sent Yasmin Giles to observe Foa Foa)

Tribal Council

Day 5

Removed from Challenge
S19 mike bw
Mike Borassi

Day 6

Tribal Council 2:
Foa Foa
S19 betsy t
Betsy (7 votes)
S19 ashley tS19 ben tS19 jaison t
S19 liz tS19 mick tS19 natalie tS19 russellh t
Ashley, Ben, Jaison, Liz, Mick, Natalie, Russell H.
S19 ben t
Ben (1 vote)
S19 betsy t
S19 betsy bw
Betsy Bolan

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Betsy) Betsy, I know this is no surprise, but it still hurts. I'm sorry.

Mick Trimming

(votes for Betsy) Betsy, I'm voting for you. No hard feelings. Uh, it was the majority.

Natalie White

(votes for Betsy) You should've took my invitation while you could. But you didn't, and that's why you're going home tonight. Bye, bye!

Russell Hantz

(votes for Ben) Bad boy, bad boy. What you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you? Don't use my name if you ever get stopped in New Hampshire.

Betsy Bolan

(votes for Betsy) I thought you were a good cop, but you're a bad cop, so this one's for you.

Ben Browning

(votes for Betsy) I tried to save you, I really did. I'm really sorry I couldn't.

Ashley Trainer

(votes for Betsy) Sorry.

Jaison Robinson

(votes for Betsy) We're only as strong as our weakest link. Sorry... we need to start winning.

Liz Kim

Final Words

Well, it took me six years to get here... I loved every minute of it. The only thing I'm not going to miss is Ben and his attitude. He needs to grow up. He's still not admitting that he did something wrong at the challenge... It's all going to blow up in their face. They made the wrong choice tonight; I just hope they kinda see that. If they don't open up their eyes the whole tribe will go down I bet.

Betsy Bolan

Still in the Running

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


  • In regards to the challenge instructions, this episode marked the second time that a contestant was disqualified from a challenge, when Ben Browning was forced out due to unruly behavior, following Robb Zbacnik, Ken Stafford, Stephanie Dill, and Jed Hildebrand in "Family Values".
  • The challenge was later used in the next season, and also caused an injury to a player, which helped cause his elimination, similar to Mike.
  • The episode title was said by Yasmin when she was making her speech to Foa Foa, and was later repeated by Jaison and Russell H.