Survivor is back and it is Fans versus Favorites. Probst immediately makes the two tribes compete in a challenge for flint. Two members from each team race to a ring. The object is to touch the ring and your tribe’s flag at the same time. The problem is that it’s all about strength and it will be a physical wrestling match in the water. The first to 4 points win.
The first match is Erik and Dawn vs. Shamar and Julia. Erik throws his ring to Dawn but over shoots it. Shamar picks it up and carries it to his pole for the first point.
The next round has Hope and Eddie and Brandon and Andrea going at each other. Brandon drags the whole group to allow Andrea to win the point. 1-1.
Sherri and Mike are up against Brenda and Phillip. No one is eager to get to the ring. The learning curve is that by the time the ring gets to the vicinity of the poles, a wrestling match ensues. The girls and guys match up and a very enthusiast Shamar cheers Sherri on to “break her wrist.” He shouts this numerous times and everyone pauses and looks at him. Phillips scores and Favorites are up 2-1.
The fourth match-up is Matt and Laura against Francesca and Cochran. Typically, the sexes match up but due to Cochran’s physique, he paired with Laura. Francesca muscled the win for her team and the returning players need one more point to win.
The next round featured the battle of the titans, Malcolm vs Reynold (also Allie and Corinne). It turned into a full on wrestling match between the two. Malcom’s shorts fell to his knees and at one point he flashed everyone. The full moon must have helped him because he won the last point needed to win the flint.
Back on the fans camp, while everyone is trying to build shelter, Devil child, Shamar, wants to create tension. First, he doesn’t help out and second, he criticized his hard-working teammates. He insist that they need to build a fire. Why? Because he knows how to build one. All he wants to do is see them in pain and for him to come rescue the day. Well, he did! He helped make fire but that still doesn’t build the bridges he already burnt.
Also, this fans tribe seems to be cliquish. The Alpha males, Reynold and Eddie, want to work together. Then, Reynold and Allie have a “secret” pair. They promise to just play it cool in front of the tribe but by the end of the first day they are cuddling with each other on top of the shelter.
Eddie bonds with Hope because two attractive people always have chemistry with each other. Edie said this in a more conceited way. So the 4 petty pretty people are in an alliance. They feel like the cool kids in high schools and everyone want to be a part of the group. The thing is, they alienate themselves 4 vs 6. So guess who the MAJORITY of the tribe is going to go against. Hmm???