Here we go again. Apparently learning nothing about hidden idols in Samoa, SEG decided to both liberally toss them around again, and set Russell loose.
It’s unclear if there’s one available in this episode, but regardless, we’ll probably be shown Russell looking for them at some point. It would appear that this never gets old.
According to EW’s Dalton Ross, “The contestants arrived for the start of the game via four New Zealand military helicopters and were immediately thrust into a brutally physical challenge that results in one topless player and two painful injuries. (All of the challenges will be based on classic challenges from past seasons.)”
There was no challenge visible in the People’s Choice footage of the helicopter arrival, but the beach looks very similar to the one shown in the digging/wrestling challenge shots from the CBS “Meet the Cast” video. So we’ll go with that as the reward challenge. This looks like a resurrection of the “Pull stuff out of Nick’s ass” challenge (the Ep3 IC) from Survivor Panama: Exile Island, in which contestants dug up pillows and tried to either race back to get their pillows past their goal lines, or tried to prevent their opponents from doing so.
As for the topless contestant Dalton talks about, that one’s easy: Several months ago at Sucks, Survivrcuz claimed: “sugars out first after exposing her tits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”, which missyae modified with “The info about Sugar makes people think she exposed herself. Thats not what happened. She had her top tore off during a challenge.” So it seems there’ll be a lot of blurring to look forward to in this episode.
Who gets injured? EW’s pre-game interview with Stephenie (at the bottom of the page with Dalton Ross’s story) includes Probst mentioning that she has a problem with her shoulder getting dislocated, and actually shows footage of this being treated by Survivor’s medical team in this very challenge (caps below).
Update: Probst said at the 10th anniversary reunion event (video here): “Five minutes into the game, we have a broken toe, a dislocated shoulder, and a topless finish.” And SurvivorsUnite adds more details: “Parvati is the one who dislocates Stephenie’s arm during the challenge. And Boston Rob is the one who gives a broken toe to Rupert.”