"Two Brains Are Better than One"
Station to station samoa
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Samoa
Episode Number: 14/16 (288)
Original Release: December 17, 2009
Viewership (in millions): 12.56[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 3.9/12 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Damage Control"
Next: "This Game Ain't Over"

Two Brains Are Better than One is the penultimate episode of Survivor: Samoa.


Day 34

At the Reward Challenge, Natalie White and Russell Hantz were elected team captains by a random rock draw. After choosing their teams, Russell and Shambo Waters became suspicious of Natalie's decision to pick Brett Clouser over a former Foa Foa member. Although the purple team leading the challenge for a long time and Natalie and Brett being "Prayer Warriors", they made one wrong move and released too many coconuts, costing them the challenge.

Day 35

Day 36


Challenge: Coco Plunk
Coconuts would be suspended in the air by intertwined ropes on a frame. The castaways would be split into two teams. One at a time, each castaway would select a rope to remove, which would cause coconuts to be released and drop to the ground. The first team to cause 100 coconuts to drop would lose.
Reward: A trip to a local village with a feast and overnight stay.
Winners: Yellow Team (Jaison Robinson, Russell Hantz, and Shambo Waters)

Challenge: Combo Platter
The castaways would run out into a field to six different stations and count the number of objects (pigs, crabs, rocks, coconuts, octopi, and fish) at each station. The count of the objects would then be used to unlock a combination lock. The first castaway to open his or her lock and break a tile would win.
Winner: Brett Clouser

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 14:
S19 shambo t
Shambo (5 votes)
S19 brett tS19 jaison t
S19 mick tS19 natalie tS19 russellh t
Brett, Jaison, Mick, Natalie, Russell H.
S19 mick t
Mick (1 vote)
S19 shambo t
S19 shambo bw
Shambo Waters

Voting Confessionals

Jaison did not say anything when he voted.

(votes for Shambo) Sham, we couldn't have done any of this without you, and you know that. Um, you know, Brett was supposed to be first out but he won immunity, so, we gotta stick to our solid four. I hate to see you go, but you played a great game. I appreciate all your help. We'll talk.

Mick Trimming

(votes for Mick) Mick, you're a sweetie. It's either you or me.

Shambo Waters

(votes for Shambo) Shambo, you betrayed my team. And with that, you gotta go.

Brett Clouser

(votes for Shambo) I gotta get rid of you today because I gotta keep the team strong, and you are the weakest link.

Russell Hantz

(votes for Shambo) Shambo, I'm voting for you for two reasons: um, first and foremost, we have to get rid of Brett and Mick and Jaison. I think, I have a better chance of beating Brett, so, hey, I'm loyal to Jaison, Mick, and Russell first and foremost. Great game, girl.

Natalie White

Final Words

The Foa Foas are a very loyal group and although I helped to get them where they are and the positions they're finally gonna land in, they were loyal and true to their tribe, as it should be. I think that's awesome. I wanna thank all the members who have served in the military. I did the best job out here, and I hope you're all proud of me.

Shambo Waters

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 liz bw
S19 erik bw
S19 kelly bw
S19 laura bw
S19 john bw
S19 dave bw
S19 monica bw
S19 shambo bw
S19 brett t
S19 jaison t
S19 mick t
S19 natalie t
S19 russellh t


Behind the Scenes

Life at Ponderosa


  • With Shambo's elimination, Brett is the only member remaining from the original Galu tribe, while Natalie is the last female standing.

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