|"This Is the Man Test"|
Russell S. gets treated by Medical.
|Episode Number:||6/15 (262)|
|Original Release:||October 22, 2009|
|Viewership (in millions):||12.90|
|Previous:||"Walking on Thin Ice"|
This Is the Man Test is the sixth episode of Survivor: Samoa.
The rain continued for the fifth straight day, but ended soon thereafter. Both tribes were extremely thankful. At the Reward Challenge, Jeff announced that both tribes would be going to Tribal Council that night to vote somebody out of the game. Foa Foa selected Liz to be the guide with Jaison and Russell H. as cage-rollers, while Galu selected Laura to be the guide with Erik and Russell S. as cage-rollers. Towards the end of the cage-rolling stage, with Foa Foa in the lead, Russell S. became disoriented and struggled to make it to the puzzle table. When he collapsed at his station onto the puzzle table, Jeff called for a halt so the Survivor Medical Team could tend to Russell. After examination, they announced that he had dangerously low blood pressure which was even worse than Mike's injury was. Jeff officially called off the challenge and stated that although neither tribe would win the reward, both would still go to Tribal Council and vote somebody off. Moments later, as the medical team tried to sit him up, Russell blacked out again with his eyes open. The medical team tried to ask him if he remembered what just happened and announced to Jeff that Russell's heart rate went from 97 (when they set him up) to 68. The medical team eventually decided it was time for him to be pulled from the game. Russell protested at first; saying his family depended on this and that he was just a little dehydrated, but Jeff said that with what he just saw happen to Russell with a plummeting heart rate, how Russell wasn't feeling better and blacking out two times in front of him there would be no way he would stay in the game and that if he didn't get any help he would get worse. Feeling his frustration, Jeff reminded Russell that he was in great shape and led a tribe that dominated, that up until this day there was no sign he was going home anytime soon and he pushed himself until the end. Back at Foa Foa, the vote was between Natalie and Liz, while at Galu, the women targeted Shambo for being an outsider, while the men targeted Monica for being a liability in challenges. At Tribal Council, when the two tribes arrived at the site, Jeff explained Russell's condition, how he was removed from the game, and what had happened to Russell after the two tribes had been sent back to their respective camps. Jeff made a final announcement that due to the unprecedented circumstances of the incomplete challenge; including how big of an impact that Russell had on the tribe, there would be no vote, and nobody would be going home. Before departing, Jeff told Galu that they would need to select a new tribe leader.
Challenge: Roll With It
One castaway would be strapped into a wooden spherical cage and would have to guide two blindfolded castaways in rolling the cage through a maze through the forest. At the end of the maze would be a labyrinth-like table maze. The castaway inside the cage would then have to guide four blindfolded castaways in solving the table maze. The first tribe to finish the table maze would win.
Reward: Pizza while watching in on the other tribe's Tribal Council.
Winner: N/A (Challenge forfeited due to medical evacuation)
|Reward Challenge: Roll With It|
|Result||Tribe||In Cage||Pushing Cage||Table Maze Only||Sit-Outs|
|N/A||Foa Foa|| |
Jaison & Russell H.
Mick & Natalie
Erik & Russell S.
Brett & John
Dave, Kelly, Monica, & Shambo
| Tribal Council 6:|
Galu & Foa Foa
|“||I'm really ashamed that, um, you know, I'm not in the game any more, and I'm angry because I'm a fighter, but at the same time, I have to be realistic, because I have to get well, because I have an even bigger job to do - one that I love, one that I cherish everyday, and that's being a husband to my wife and a father to my child.||”|
Still in the Running
- The episode title was said by Jaison Robinson at the beginning of the episode, referring to the constant rain.
- This is the first time that both tribes arrived at Tribal Council at the same night, but did not vote.
- This would happen again in "Thanks for the Souvenir" from Survivor: One World.
- This episode sets the record for the most contestants present at Tribal Council.
- However, it was broken in "Persona Non Grata" from Survivor: Caramoan with 15 castaways.
- The record is currently held by the First Impressions Tribal Council from "Blood Is Thicker than Anything" in Survivor: Blood vs. Water with 20 castaways.
- As both of those Tribal Councils were daytime Tribal Councils held at a challenge site, this episode still holds the record for contestants at a nighttime Tribal Council/a Tribal Council held in the normal location.
- This episode marked the first time that a challenge had been cancelled after it had started, and no winner was declared after the challenge.
- This is the first time there were two medical evacuations before the merge. This would later be repeated in Survivor: One World.
- Had no evacuation taken place, this would have been the first time Tribal Council occurred despite no Immunity Challenge taking place and no one being immune or abstained.
- However, this would not have been the first Double Tribal Council where no one was immune or abstained; in "What the...? (Part 1)" from Survivor: Pearl Islands, the tribal Immunity Challenge was won by The Outcasts and the other two tribes, Drake and Morgan, attended Tribal Council with no individual immunity awarded.
|Survivor: Samoa Episodes|
"The Puppet Master" · "Taking Candy from a Baby" · "It's Called a Russell Seed" · "Hungry for a Win" · "Walking on Thin Ice" · "This Is the Man Test" · "Houdini Magic" · "All Hell Breaks Loose" · "Tastes Like Chicken" · "The Day of Reckoning" · "The First 27 Days" · "Off with Their Heads!" · "Damage Control" · "Two Brains Are Better than One" · "This Game Ain't Over"