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When It Rains, It Pours
Ethan teresa lex when it rains, it pours
Ethan, Teresa, and Lex competing in Africa.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring endurance challenge
Appearances: Africa
Heroes vs. Villains
One World

When It Rains, It Pours (also known as When It Rains) is a recurring endurance challenge that originated in Survivor: Africa. It was repeated in later seasons.


One arm above their head with their wrist tethered to a bucket of water on top of a platform. The castaway who could stand there the longest without tipping the bucket would win. At random points during the challenge, the host would tempt the contestants with food items. They would get the food item only if they step down.

Starting from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, a new layer was added to complicate the challenge. Players would stand on a narrow log. Now they will have to maintain their balance while raising their wrist.


In its debut during "Will There Be a Feast Tonight?" in Survivor: Africa, Teresa Cooper and Clarence Black were the last two standing and having no intention of quitting for food. They agreed to a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to decide the winner, where Clarence lost the game and Teresa became the first winner of this challenge.

In Survivor: All-Stars, it came down to Rupert Boneham and Shii Ann Huang. When asked about secrets within the tribe, Shii Ann said that there were secrets but not as to who they were planning to vote out. Shii Ann won and staved away her elimination.

In Survivor: Micronesia, it came down to Jason Siska and Parvati Shallow. Jason agreed to step down to give food to the tribe if they gave him their word to not vote him out. Everyone did, although they were planning to backstab him. This gave the win to Parvati.

In Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, a platform was added to make it more difficult. Sandra Diaz-Twine and Russell Hantz both stepped down for an unrevealed item, which turned out to be cookies and milk. Colby Donaldson forfeited immunity for donuts and coffee. Jerri MantheyDanielle DiLorenzo, and Candice Woodcock all caved for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, and candy. Parvati won immunity from the challenge once again, because Rupert was unable to keep his balance.

In Survivor: One World, it came down to Chelsea Meissner and Leif Manson. Chelsea convinced Leif that winning would make him a threat. Leif stepped down, giving Chelsea immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Will There Be a Feast Tonight?"
Individual Immunity S3 teresa t
Teresa Cooper
"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People"
Individual Immunity S8 shiiann t
Shii Ann Huang
"I Promise..."
Individual Immunity S16 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
Heroes vs. Villains
"A Sinking Ship"
Individual Immunity S20 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
One World
"Go Out with a Bang"
Individual Immunity S24 chelsea t
Chelsea Meissner



  • This challenge has only been used for individual immunity.
  • Kelly Goldsmith was the first person to lose this challenge, losing 14 minutes into the Africa iteration of the challenge.
  • Every time this challenge has been used, a woman has won and a man has come in second place.
  • Parvati Shallow has won this challenge twice. She is the first person to win the same individual challenge on multiple occasions.
    • Rupert Boneham has finished in second place in this challenge twice.
  • Tarzan Smith lost this challenge in the quickest time, losing only after 1 second in One World.


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