Immunity Challenge: Plunge, Pull, Pop
Two players swim to a pontoon and climb up, alternate diving down to pull bamboo poles out of a cage, eventually making twelve puzzle discs (each bearing a sign of the Chinese zodiac) float, then transport them to shore in a small boat.
The other three use them to solve a puzzle, matching each disc to the corresponding place on a large board.
A certain number of tribe members will race out to a floating platform. Then they will dive into a cage to pull out bamboo poles in order to release the item needed to complete the final objective. After gathering all of the needed items, they will race back to shore. The first tribe to complete the final objective wins.
The challenge made its debut in Survivor: Palau. The castaways would race to salvage sake bottles from a shipwreck. One at a time, the castaways would be pulled to the shipwreck on a raft by their tribemates. Once the player arrived, they must dive down to retrieve a sake bottle. The first tribe to bring back six sake bottles wins. Though Ulong had an early lead, Ibrehem had difficulty staying underwater long enough to get a bottle, thus giving another win for Koror. Despite winning, Koror still had to attend Tribal Council to vote out somebody before they could enjoy their reward of beefstew and rootbeer and watch the losing tribe’s Tribal Council.
In Survivor: China, Amanda and Courtney sat out for Fei Long. In this version, two castaways are releasing puzzle pieces that refer to the Chinese Zodiac. Then the remaining three would solve the puzzle. Also, the divers must alternate each time. For the first half of the challenge, Fei Long and Zhan Hu were relatively even. However, Peih-Gee and Jaime threw the challenge in order to vote out one of the newcomers of the tribe. This allowed Fei Long an easy victory.
The challenge was reused and modified in Survivor: Caramoan. In this variation, the divers were not required to alternate. In this case, three castaways would dive to remove bamboo sticks. They would release one of nine rings. Once all nine rings are obtained, they would be pulled back by three other members. Then, the remaining members would toss the rings on to three post. The first tribe to do so wins immunity and fishing gear. Laura sat out for the Fans. The Fans fell behind early because they sent weaker members and Sherri didn’t switch out early. The Favorites sent athletic members, who alternated each turn. This allowed them to gain an early lead. Despite the Fans’ best efforts, Malcolm and Phillip won the challenge for the favorites.
The challenge appeared for a fourth time in Survivor: Game Changers. Nuku started with an early lead due to Ozzy’s strength in swimming. They managed to get all of their buoys as Brad struggled for Mana, ultimately switching out with Aubry, who managed to make up time. The two tribes were equalized at the puzzle stage, with both tribes at a loss as to what word was to be spelled out. Eventually Hali came up with the idea of “Metamorphosis”, and Mana hurriedly put the word together to win immunity.
Survivor: China is the fifteenth season of Survivor. It originally aired in fall 2007. It was the first American television show to ever be filmed or produced in the People’s Republic of China. The “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast” slogan used in previous season’s logos was replaced by Chinese characters. The characters translate to “compete in intelligence” (比智慧, bĭ zhìhuì), “compete in skill” (比技巧, bĭ jìqiǎo), and “compete in endurance” (比耐力, bĭ nàilì).
This season returned to 16 contestants on two initial tribes, Fei Long (飞龙) and Zhan Hu (战虎), meaning Flying Dragon and Fighting Tiger respectively. On Day 13, each tribe switched two contestants. On Day 19, the tribes merged into Hae Da Fung (黑大风), which means Great Black Wind.