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Wicker Flicker
Sierra catchJ.T. and Sierra fight for a catch in Tocantins.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring physical challenge
Appearances: Thailand
Guatemala
Panama
Fiji
Tocantins
Redemption Island
Philippines
Worlds Apart

Wicker Flicker (also known as What's for Launch?, Cross Fire, Slosh Pit, Water Mortar, Beach Balls, and Philipping Out) is a physical challenge in Survivor. One member of each tribe fires a ball from a large slingshot, while other members attempt to catch the ball to score points. The challenge debuted in Survivor: Thailand, and has been adapted in many subsequent seasons.

Rules

Each tribe selects a given number of people to shoot balls from a slingshot into an open field. The remaining contestants spread out to designated locations and compete to catch the balls with either wicker baskets, a handheld net, or their bare hands. Every time a ball is caught (including balls fired by the opposing tribe) that tribe scores a point, and the first tribe to reach a given score wins the challenge.

Usage

This challenge debuted as Wicker Flicker in Survivor: Thailand as a Reward Challenge. One tribemember was chosen to fire the slingshots, while the others attempted to catch their tribes' ball in a wicker basket. In this version, only balls fired by one's own tribe would contribute to the score. Sook Jai won the challenge and an authentic Thai feast.

Survivor: Guatemala introduced the use of nets for catching the launched balls, when the challenge appeared for immunity as What's For Launch?. The first tribe to catch five balls won the challenge. Nakúm won the challenge and immunity.

In Survivor: Panama, the challenge was called Cross Fire and was used as a tribal reward. Three members of each tribe were selected as launchers, while the remaining four lined up on a balance beam in the water and attempted to catch the launched ball with their bare hands. La Mina was the first tribe to score five catches, and won a collection of camp equipment (tarp, rope, blankets, pillows, watercans and fuel). As part of the Exile Island twist, they sent Bruce Kanegai into exile.

The challenge was next featured as an individual Reward Challenge in Survivor: Fiji, under the name Slosh Pit. The contestants were randomly divided into two teams of four, and fought to catch the fired balls in baskets. Alex Angarita, Dreamz Herd, Earl Cole, and Stacy Kimball won the reward: a spa day at a local resort.

The challenge, here known as Water Mortar, was first used for immunity in Survivor: Tocantins. This season also introduced the handheld nets that have been used in all subsequent versions of the challenge. The tribes alternated firing a ball across a shallow pool of water, with the first tribe to make five catches winning. Notably, J.T. Thomas lost a tooth while scoring a point for his tribe. However, Timbira won the challenge, and immunity.

In Survivor: Redemption Island, the challenge was used as a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, and was played on the beachside. Ometepe was the first tribe to score five catches, winning immunity and a picnic at San Juan del Sur.

The challenge reappeared (renamed Philipping Out) as an Immunity Challenge in Survivor: Philippines. Denise Stapley and Lisa Whelchel were selected to fire the slingshots for Kalabaw and Tandang, respectively. The evenly matched challenge ended when Malcolm Freberg scored the final catch, winning immunity for Tandang, 5 to 4.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: Worlds Apart and as the first Reward Challenge after the tribe switch. The tribes launched balls into the ocean where their tribemates attempted to catch a ball. The first tribe to reach five points won. Escameca ended up beating Nagarote to win a reward of cooking supplies and sausages.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Thailand
"The Power of One"
Tribal Reward S5 erin tS5 jake tS5 ken t
S5 penny tS5 robb tS5 shiiann t
Sook Jai
Guatemala
"Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers"
Tribal Immunity S11 cindy tS11 jamie tS11 judd t
S11 lydia tS11 margaret tS11 rafe tS11 stephenie t
Nakúm
Panama
"Crazy Fights, Snake Dinners"
Tribal Reward S12 austin tS12 dan tS12 misty t
S12 nick tS12 ruthmarie tS12 sally tS12 terry t
La Mina
Fiji
"Blackmail or Betrayal"
Team Reward S14 alex tS14 dreamz tS14 earl tS14 stacy t
Alex, Dreamz, Earl, & Stacy
Tocantins
"You're Going to Want That Tooth"
Tribal Immunity S18 brendan tS18 coach tS18 debbie t
S18 erinn tS18 sierra tS18 tyson t
Timbira
Redemption Island
"Their Red-Headed Stepchild"
Tribal Immunity/Reward S22 andrea tS22 ashley tS22 grant t
S22 natalie tS22 phillip tS22 rob t
Ometepe
Philippines
"Down and Dirty"
Tribal Immunity S25 abimaria tS25 artis tS25 lisa t
S25 malcolm tS25 michael tS25 pete tS25 rc t
Tandang
Worlds Apart
"We're Finally Playing Some Survivor"
Tribal Reward S30 dan tS30 joaquin tS30 joe t
S30 mike tS30 rodney tS30 sierra tS30 tyler t
Escameca

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