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"This Is the Man Test"
Russell S. gets treated by Medical.
Episode Information
Season: Samoa
Episode Number: 6/15 (262)
Original Release: October 22, 2009
Viewership (in millions): 12.90[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.0/12 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Walking on Thin Ice"
Next: "Houdini Magic"

This Is the Man Test is the sixth episode of Survivor: Samoa.


Day 15

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 S19 liz t
S19 jaison tS19 russellh t
Jaison & Russell H.
S19 mick tS19 natalie t
Mick & Natalie
Galu S19 laura t
S19 erik tS19 russells t
Erik & Russell S.
S19 brett tS19 john t
Brett & John
S19 dave tS19 kelly tS19 monica tS19 shambo t
Dave, Kelly, Monica, & Shambo

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 6:

Galu & Foa Foa

No Vote
S19 russells bw
Russell Swan

Final Words

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.

Russell Swan

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 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 shambo t


  • 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 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.


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