Survivor AU 6 (2021) calendar
AU 6: Brains v Brawn calendar
By: Jeff Pitman | Last updated: September 14, 2021
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Pre-game
Day 0
(Apr. 11)

JLP out of quarantine today?
Day 0
(Apr. 12)

Day 0
(Apr. 13)


Day 0
(Apr. 14)
Day 0
(Apr. 15)

Contestants leave social media.
Day 0
(Apr. 16)

Day 0
(Apr. 17)


Pre-game Episode 1
Day 0
(Apr. 18)
Day 0
(Apr. 19)

Day 0
(Apr. 20)

Day 0
(Apr. 21)
Day 0
(Apr. 22)

Pre-game interviews, etc.?

Day 0
(Apr. 23)

Day 1
(Apr. 24)

Ep.1 RC: Spinning slide puzzle

Ep.1 RC: Spinning slide puzzle

Ep.1 RC: Spinning slide puzzle

Held immediately on arrival, Day 1. Contestants must initially choose one person (Gerald; Cara/Mitch/Andrew) to choose between a slide puzzle or chopping through a log to release a key. Once released, one person (Simon; Wai) acts as the caller as the rest of the tribe does a spinning, 6-arm slide puzzle (as seen in the F5 IC of Heroes v Healers v Hustlers). The goal is to slide letter tiles to spell the tribe name (BRAWN or BRAIN) in five arms of the puzzle. Gerald chops the log quickly, giving Brawn a huge lead. Cara chooses the puzzle, swaps out for Mitch, who eventually gives up, decides to chop. Andrew takes over on chopping, releases the key. The Brains soon catch up on the puzzle, and both tribes are neck and neck, placing the fifth word. Brawn wins, chooses a survival kit (fruit, tarp, ropes) over fire in the form of a burning torch.

Next: Ep.1 advantage →

Ep1 RC: (Spinning slide puzzle) - Brawn wins.

Ep.1 advantage: George

Ep.1 advantage: George

Ep.1 advantage: George

Next to the well in Brains camp, George finds an advantage allowing him to remove himself plus five people of his choosing from their first Tribal Council. He ends up doing so.

← Previous: Ep.1 RC Next: Ep.1 IC →
Ep1 adv.: George finds it.

Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
Day 2
(Apr. 25)

Ep.1 IC: Climb, carts, slingshot

Ep.1 IC: Climb, carts, slingshot

Ep.1 IC: Climb, carts, slingshot

Tribes must cross a series of obstacles, untie a ladder, climb up to a cart, send people down it 6 at a time, then climb a rope to release 4 balls, then use a giant slingshot to land those balls in a basket. First tribe to land four balls wins. Both tribes are close through the cart ride. Brains take an early lead on the slingshot as Joey lands a ball in the net, but they swap him out Andrew who misses repeatedly, while Simon lands four shots for Brawn. Brawn wins, 4-1.

← Previous: Ep.1 advantage Next: Ep.2 RC →

Ep1 IC: (Climb, carts, slingshot) - Brawn wins.

TC1 - Phil voted out (5-1), 23 left.
Day 3
(Apr. 26)

Ep.2 RC: Battle Dig

Ep.2 RC: Battle Dig

Ep.2 RC: Battle Dig

Janelle sits out. In head-to-head matchups, contestants must race through a crawl obstacle, dig up a sandbag, and touch their tribe square with it. First tribe to "three" points wins fishing gear, spices, and bread. Results: Rd.1: Hayley d. Chelsea (Brains 1). Rd.2: Siimon carries Mitch (Brns 1, Brwn 1). Rd.3: Dani d. Georgia (Brns 1, Brwn 2). Rd.4: Baden d. Gavin (tied, 2-2). Rd.5: Emmett d. Joey (after some brief taunting), and Brawn wins, 3-2.

← Previous: Ep.1 IC Next: Ep.2 IC →

Ep2 RC: "Battle Dig" - Brawn wins.
Day 4
(Apr. 27)

Day 5
(Apr. 28)

Ep.2 IC: Swim, balls, fish puzzle

Ep.2 IC: Swim, balls, fish puzzle

Ep.2 IC: Swim, balls, fish puzzle

Gerald sits out. One at a time, contestants must swim out to a deck, climb a ladder, roll over a wheel into the water. When all reach the end, two people (Emmett, Flick; Andrew, Joey) must swim and knock balls out from a high net, then all must work together to put the balls into a high chute, releasing a key, which unlocks a hanging fish puzzle. Two people (Wai, George; Daini, Janelle) work the puzzle. First tribe to finish wins. Results: Brawn has a slight lead entering the puzzle, but Wai blazes through it, and Brains win.

← Previous: Ep.2 RC Next: Ep.3 RC →

Ep2 IC: (Swim, balls, fish puzzle) - Brains win.

TC3 - Janelle voted out (7-4-1), 22 left.
Day 6
(Apr. 29)

Ep.3 RC: Trough filling

Ep.3 RC: Trough filling

Ep.3 RC: Trough filling

Two tribe members (Daini, Gerald; Rachel, Baden) must hold ropes to hold up a heavy trough, while the opposing tribe tries to fill it with water. Each tribe has two people standing in the way (Dani, Gavin; Cara, Laura) trying to prevent the other tribe from tossing water in. Eventually the trough becomes heavy, one tribe drops it, and it spills, so they lose. Winner gets coffee, tea, milk, and biscuits. Results: Brawn takes an early lead with better coordination on their throws, wins. They're surprised with pictures from home back in camp.

← Previous: Ep.2 IC Next: Ep.3 IC →

Ep3 RC: (Trough filling) - Brawn wins.
Day 7
(Apr. 30)

Ep.3 IC: Brain-teaser, obstacles, block balance

Ep.3 IC: Brain-teaser, obstacles, block balance

Ep.3 IC: Brain-teaser, obstacles, block balance

Six tribe members at a time must solve a ropes-and-boxes brainteaser, requiring them to release a large ring. They then use that ring to cross a wall, then cross a ropes course, then two people at a time (Andrew, Joey, Mitch) must toss sandbags to knock off a tower of blocks. Finally, two people (Baden, Hayley) must rebuild that tower on a seesaw. Results: George solves the brainteaser for the Brains, giving them a huge early lead. Brawn is still on the ropes obstacle as Brains win.

← Previous: Ep.3 RC Next: Ep.3 idol →

Ep3 IC: (Brain-teaser, obstacles, block balance) - Brains win.

Ep.3 idol: Kez

Ep.3 idol: Kez

Ep.3 idol: Kez

Kez found a clue in Brawn camp on Day 6, but the idol was in a highly public place, in full view of the camp. On Day 7, after Brawn loses the IC, Kez enlists the help of Flick. They sit in front of the rock where the idol is to chat, while Kez digs it up, stealthily. She then further needs Flick's assistance to conceal it.

← Previous: Ep.3 IC Next: Ep.4 RC →

Kez finds Brawn idol.

TC3 - Gavin voted out (6-[0]), 21 left.
Day 8
(May 1)

Ep.4 RC: Game of Throw-Ins

Ep.4 RC: Game of Throw-Ins

Ep.4 RC: Game of Throw-Ins

Wai sits out. As seen in San Juan del Sur. Contestants are tethered in pairs, and must scramble through a crawl obstacle, grab a ball, go back to a marked shooting zone, and shoot the ball into a basket, while a pair from the other tribe tries to do the same with their ball. First tribe to score wins a point. First tribe to three points wins comfort items plus bacon and eggs. Results: Rd.1: Simon (Chelsea) d. Andrew, Hayley. Rd.2: Joey (Mitch) d. Emmett, Kez. Rd.3: Dani (Shannon) d. Laura, Cara. Rd.4: Simon (Chelsea) d. Baden, Georgia. Brawn wins again.

← Previous: Ep.3 idol Next: Ep.4 idol →

Ep4 RC: "Game of Throw-Ins" - Brawn wins.

Ep.4 idol: George

Ep.4 idol: George

Ep.4 idol: George

Earlier in the day, Baden finds a clue directing him to a tree that's unfortunately in full view of camp. After the RC, Baden sets off looking for the idol. George trails him, and notes a particular tree that Baden seems to be favoring. After Baden wanders off empty-handed, George climbs up the tree, spots the idol, and takes it.

← Previous: Ep.4 RC Next: Ep.4 IC →

George finds Brains idol.
Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7
Day 9
(May 2)

Ep.4 IC: Cage, obstacles, word puzzle

Ep.4 IC: Cage, obstacles, word puzzle

Ep.4 IC: Cage, obstacles, word puzzle

Cara sits out. Tribes must carry a heavy cage up and over posts, pausing to climb up (Shannon, Mitch) and grab four pairs of bags of puzzle pieces along the way. Then they must climb out and over a wall, cross a cargo net, then one person (Daini, Joey) must flip a rope over posts and pull a bridge across. Then the tribe must solve a word puzzle (WILL BRAINS OR BRAWN SURVIVE UNTIL DAWN?). Brawn has a huge lead, but once again, Brains pass them on the puzzle, win.

← Previous: Ep.4 idol Next: Ep.5 Brawn idol →

Ep4 IC: (Cage, obstacles, word puzzle) - Brains win.

TC4 - Benny voted out (5-5; 6-2), 20 left.
Day 10
(May 3)

Ep.5 Brawn idol: Simon

Ep.5 Brawn idol: Simon

Ep.5 Brawn idol: Simon

Knowing he's on the outs, Simon sets about scouring the Brawn camp for idols. He spots one in a tree near camp, but doesn't feel like he can grab it undetected. Eventually the temptation is too much, and he successfully (?) retrieves the idol.

← Previous: Ep.4 IC Next: Ep.5 RC →

Simon finds Brawn idol.

Ep.5 RC: Log Roll

Ep.5 RC: Log Roll

Ep.5 RC: Log Roll

George, Laura sit out. In head-to-head matchups, it's a standard log-rolling competition: contestants must try to stay on a log longer than their opponent. First tribe to three points wins the necessary cookware and ingredients to make "toasties." Results - Rd.1: Hayley d. Flick. Rd.2: Emmett d. Andrew. Rd.3: Simon d. Joey. Rd.4: Dani d. Cara, and Brawn wins, 3-1.

← Previous: Ep.5 Brawn idol Next: Ep.5 reward idol →

Ep5 RC: (Log Roll) - Brawn wins.

Ep.5 reward idol: Simon

Ep.5 reward idol: Simon

Ep.5 reward idol: Simon

The Brawn tribe returns to camp and finds all the fixings and equipment they need to make toasties. Included in the pile of stuff are some burlap sacks. As Simon is moving stuff around to get the food going, he notices one sack has something in it. It's yet another idol, which he grabs, he thinks in secret. Gerald, however, spots him putting the idol in his bag.

← Previous: Ep.5 RC Next: Ep.5 IC →

Simon finds reward idol.
Day 11
(May 4)

Day 12
(May 5)

Ep.5 IC: Balls, balls, balls

Ep.5 IC: Balls, balls, balls

Ep.5 IC: Balls, balls, balls

Hayley, Wai sit out. Each tribe must release a set of balls, run through an obstacle, and catch the balls at the other end. Once each person has a ball, they must roll their ball up a ramp and into a chute, then take it through a water obstacle, finally land it in an overhead triangular frame. First tribe to do so wins immunity. Results: Brawn takes a huge lead as George fails to land his ball in the hole. Brains eventually reach the final stage, and land a ball, but Brawn is already on their final shot, which Simon lands. Brawn wins.

← Previous: Ep.5 reward idol Next: Ep.6 RC →

Ep5 IC: (Balls, balls, balls) - Brawn wins.

TC5 - Mitch voted out (6-4-[0]), 19 left.
Day 13
(May 6)

Ep.6 RC: Obstacles, sandbags

Ep.6 RC: Obstacles, sandbags

Ep.6 RC: Obstacles, sandbags

Rachel sits out. Tribe is tethered together, must cross a series of obstacles, the last person carries a key to unlock a set of sandbags, which two people (Daini, Simon; Joey, Andrew) use to smash six ceramic pots. First tribe to do so wins Lamington cakes and chocolate milk. Results: George and Wai lag on the ropes for Brains, so Brawn has a 3-0 lead on the pots before Brains start. Joey gets Brains back in it, 5-3, then Brawn ties it, 5-5. Emmett swaps in for Daini, hits final pot, and Brawn wins again, 6-5. They pick Joey to join them.

← Previous: Ep.5 IC Next: Ep.6 IC →

Ep6 RC: (Obstacles, sandbags) - Brawn wins.
Day 14
(May 7)

Ep.6 IC: Hitching a Ride

Ep.6 IC: Hitching a Ride

Ep.6 IC: Hitching a Ride

Wai sits out. As (mostly) seen in South Pacific. One at a time, five people (Simon, Flick, Chelsea, Kez, Emmett; Andrew, Hayley, Joey, Georgia, Baden) must drag a kickboard out through the water, retrieve a key, then hold on to the board as their tribemates turn a giant winch, pulling them back to shore. Once retrieved, the five keys unlock puzzle pieces for a giant tribe design puzzle. Results: Brawn takes a huge lead, lapping Brains as they grab their final key. Unlike in the past, they complete the puzzle before the Brains. Brawn wins.

← Previous: Ep.6 RC Next: Ep.6 idol →

Ep6 IC: "Hitching a Ride" - Brawn wins.

Ep.6 idol: Cara

Ep.6 idol: Cara

Ep.6 idol: Cara

Knowing he's a target, George searches the Brains camp for another idol, and Cara helps him. Eventually, Cara reaches into a hole in a tree, finds the idol. Together, she and George plot to play the idol for him.

← Previous: Ep.6 IC Next: Ep.7 RC →

Cara finds Brains idol.

TC6 - Cara idoled out ([0]-3-3; 6-2), sent to Brawn, 19 left.
Day 15
(May 8)

Ep.7 RC: Holding Up Barrels

Ep.7 RC: Holding Up Barrels

Ep.7 RC: Holding Up Barrels

Cara sits out for Brawn. Each tribe has 9 barrels they must hold up by pulling on 9 ropes. Contestants can tap out at any time, but someone has to take their rope, and they can't come back in. Last tribe with all its barrels in the air wins Aussie barbeque. Order out: Circa 19 minutes, Wai (gives ring to Andrew), Shannon (hands to Simon). [1 hour] Both tribes handing off extra rings to each other frequently, Chelsea briefly is holding no rings, which is against the rules, is called out by JLP. Dani drops out (hands to Emmett). At just over 90 minutes, Gerald (with 2 barrels) drops, and Brains win!

← Previous: Ep.6 idol Next: Ep.7 IC →

Ep7 RC: (Holding up barrels) - Brains win!
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9 Episode 10 Episode 11
Day 16
(May 9)

Ep.7 IC: Ropes, hanging idol

Ep.7 IC: Ropes, hanging idol

Ep.7 IC: Ropes, hanging idol

Dani sits out. Tribes must race up a series of ramps and collect ropes, which two people (Simon, Emmett; Hayley, Andrew) use to build a rope bridge. Then the tribe must climb and grab an idol, go under a net crawl, climb to grab four more ropes, where four people (Simon, Emmett, Daini, Gerald; Baden, Laura, Joey, George, initially) finally must throw the ropes over a beam and hoist the idol on a disc, up to a hook, which they must hang it on. First tribe to do so wins immunity. Brawn has a substantial lead throughout, including after the brief interlude for grabbing the public idol (see next item). But both tribes fail repeatedly at trying to hook the idol at the end. Eventually, Brawn wins.

← Previous: Ep.7 RC Next: Ep.7 idol →

Ep7 IC: (Ropes, idol) - Brawn wins.

Ep.7 idol: Hayley

Ep.7 idol: Hayley

Ep.7 idol: Hayley

Idol found during the Ep7 IC. As the challenge starts, Jonathan announces that an idol is hidden on the course by the Survivor logo, and that anyone can grab it at any time, if they think they need to. As Brawn starts building their rope bridge, George breaks for the idol, followed by Hayley and Gerald. Hayley soon gets it (with everyone watching), and the challenge then proceeds.

← Previous: Ep.7 IC Next: Ep.8 idol →

Ep7 idol: Hayley grabs it.

TC7 - Joey voted out (5-3-1), 18 left.
Day 17
(May 10)

Ep.8 idol: Laura

Ep.8 idol: Laura

Ep.8 idol: Laura

Shortly before the swap, Laura and Rachel are going to the well at Brains camp (while being trailed by George). Laura spots a yellow string next to the path, and pulls on it, eventually revealing it's tied to a package, which contains an idol. George can tell she's found something, but isn't sure exactly what it is.

← Previous: Ep.7 idol Next: Ep.8 swap →

Laura finds Brains idol.)

Ep.8 tribe swap

Ep.8 tribe swap

Ep.8 tribe swap

Both tribes arrive on their mats, and Brawn reacts to the Brains having voted out Joey. After some various chatter, Jonathan tells them to drop their buffs. After a random draw, it's still two tribes named Brains and Brawn, but they've been shuffled quite a bit from their original configurations.

← Previous: Ep.8 idol Next: Ep.8 IC →

Tribe swap, two new tribes.
Day 18
(May 11)

Ep.8 IC: Weight and Sea

Ep.8 IC: Weight and Sea

Ep.8 IC: Weight and Sea

As first seen in Kaoh Rong. Two at a time, six tribe members must take a ball across water obstacles (balance beam, tilting slide), to a dock. Once all six balls are recovered, three people (Brawn: Baden, Dani, Simon; Brains: Daini, Cara, Gerald) must catch the balls and move themselves around the edge of a giant floating table maze, to maneuver the balls through the maze, into divots in the center. First tribe to place all six balls wins immunity. Results: George, Rachel hold up Brains on the balance beam, such that Brawn already has five balls placed before Rachel and Laura even get to the slide. Brawn wins in a blowout.

← Previous: Ep.8 swap Next: Ep.9 RC/IC →

Ep8 IC: "Weight and Sea" - Brawn wins.

TC8 - Daini accidentally idoled out (3-[0]-2-1), 17 left.
Day 19
(May 12)

Ep.9 RC/IC: Team obstacles, solo sandbags

Ep.9 RC/IC: Team obstacles, solo sandbags

Ep.9 RC/IC: Team obstacles, solo sandbags

Georgia is ill, sits out. Challenge with teamwwork required/helpful, but individual payoffs. First two to finish for each tribe win individual immunity and a champagne reward. Challenge: Cross a series of obstacles (high-step, A-frame/high wall, paired balance beam, gates with two latches that must be lassoed, slack line with tension rod one person must hold). Finally, each contestant must land two sandbags on the table with their name on it. First two that do (per tribe) win. Results: Brawn helps each other up until the gates, then its everyone for themselves, while Brains work together, start sandbags together. Bags landed: Andrew-1, Baden-1, Kez-1, Gerald-1, Dani-1, Wai-1, Dani-0, Kez-0 (both knock their previous bag off), Andrew-2 (wins), Wai-2 (wins, Brawn done). Gerald-0 (knocks his own off), Cara-1, Emmett-1, Emmett-2 (wins), Cara-0 (knocks off), Kez-1, Rachel-1, Rachel-2 (wins, Brains done). After the challenge, Georgia departs for medical treatment overnight.

← Previous: Ep.8 IC Next: Ep.10 RC →

Ep9 RC/IC: (Obstacles, sandbags) - Andrew, Wai, Emmett, Rachel win.

TC9 - Laura (not) voted out (5-2).

TC10 - Shannon voted out (6-2-1), (unanimous consent of IC winners), 16 left.
Day 20
(May 13)

Ep.10 RC: Shoulder The Load

Ep.10 RC: Shoulder The Load

Ep.10 RC: Shoulder The Load

Hayley sits out. As seen since The Australian Outback. Three people per tribe (Gerald, Emmett, Kez; Baden, Siimon, Chelsea) must hold a bar across the shoulders. At regular intervals, weight (two 5-kg sandbags) is added, the choice of who gets the weight is made by the other tribe. Last tribe standing wins a trip to camp from the Survivor taco cart (plus margaritas). Results: After 30 min.: Gerald 50, Emmett 30, Kez 30; Baden 50, Simon 10, Chelsea 50. Chelsea drops, then Baden drops. Kez (40) drops. Gerald (70) drops. Eventually, it's Simon vs. Emmett, both with 90 kg, and Simon drops. Brains win.

← Previous: Ep.9 IC Next: Ep.10 IC →

Ep10 RC: "Shoulder the Load" - Brains win.

Georgia returns to Brains.
Day 21
(May 14)

Ep.10 IC: Sled, slingshot

Ep.10 IC: Sled, slingshot

Ep.10 IC: Sled, slingshot

Georgia is back with Brains, so no sit-outs. Tribes must move a "sled" (low cart) under a net crawl, over a ramp obstacle, climb up and retrieve sandbags from two stations, toss them through a net tunnel, then finally use the sandbags to shoot at 5 targets with a slingshot. First tribe to smash all 5 targets wins. Results: Andrew gives Brawn a huge lead in the climb/sandbag retrieval, and Dani has hit 2 targets before Brains start shooting. Targets hit: Dani - 2, Gerald - 0 , Simon - 1, Emmett - 3 (now tied, 3-3), then Simon - 2, Brawn wins, 5-3.

← Previous: Ep.10 RC Next: Ep.11 reward →

Ep10 IC: (Sled, slingshot) - Brawn wins.

TC11 - Georgia voted out (5-3), 15 left.
Day 22
(May 15)

Ep.11 reward: Letters from home

Ep.11 reward: Letters from home

Ep.11 reward: Letters from home

No challenge, just a reward (in each camp). Each tribe receives a set of letters from home, which are greatly appreciated by the contestants. Many tears are shed.

← Previous: Ep.10 IC Next: Ep.11 IC →

Ep11 bonus reward: letters from home.

Episode 11 Episode 12 Episode 13 Episode 14
Day 23
(May 16)

Ep.11 IC: Cubes, rings, balls

Ep.11 IC: Cubes, rings, balls

Ep.11 IC: Cubes, rings, balls

Flick sits out. Tribes must slide cubes tied to ropes around a frame, to untangle the ropes and release a key. They must then move a larger cube along a track, then use the key to unlock three rings, to move them up and over a pole. The rings unlock a bag of balls. Then crawl through a mud pit with the balls, finally rolling the balls along a track into a pan. First tribe to get all three balls in the pan wins. Results: Perhaps because Emmett was throwing it, the Brains never solve the initial slide puzzle, Brawn wins massively.

← Previous: Ep.11 reward Next: Ep.12 RC →

Ep11 IC: (Cubes, rings, balls) - Brawn "wins."

TC12 - Rachel voted out (3-2-2), 14 left.

Day 24
(May 17)

Ep.12 RC: Blue Lagoon Bustle

Ep.12 RC: Blue Lagoon Bustle

Ep.12 RC: Blue Lagoon Bustle

Wai, Hayley sit out. As seen in Blood vs. Water, Winners at War. Tribe must row a raft out to two pontoons and retrieve two sets of 3 rings each, then one person (Simon/Dani; Emmett) must toss the rings onto six paddles, which spell out REWARD. First tribe to do so wins a trip to the Survivor candy shop. Results: Brawn leads heading into the ring toss. Paddles: Simon-1, Emmett-6, Dani-2, Simon-1. Brains win, 6-4. The reward turns out to be the classic one-person-at-a-time one, and Cara goes first, gets an advantage.

← Previous: Ep.11 IC Next: Ep.12 advantage →

Ep12 RC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Brains win.

Ep.12 advantage: Cara

Ep.12 advantage: Cara

Ep.12 advantage: Cara

The Brains arrive at their "candy shop" reward, and learn that it's the classic set-up where only one person at a time can go. (Which strongly implies an idol or advantage is in play.) The Brains draw straws, and Cara goes first. The advantage is plainly visible, and requires minimal effort to grab, so Cara does it. It turns out to be "Tribal Council advantage" that allows two people to attend the Tribal Council of their choice, and vote (while being immune themselves). Cara uses it after the next IC, and brings George along.

← Previous: Ep.12 RC Next: Ep.12 IC →

Cara finds Tribal Council advantage.
Day 25
(May 18)

Ep.12 IC: Discy Business

Ep.12 IC: Discy Business

Ep.12 IC: Discy Business

Simon, Baden sit out, Brawn throws it. Similar to "Discy Business" in HvHvH, except instead of stacking blocks, contestants must pull on six ropes to raise a disc with a number of metal poles, and balance six balls on the poles. First tribe to do so wins. (That's the Brains, of course, who take over 30 minutes to do so.) After the win, Cara plays her Tribal advantage, giving herself and George the chance to sit in on and vote at Brawn's Tribal Council.

← Previous: Ep.12 advantage Next: Ep.13 Merge/RC →

Ep12 IC: "Discy Business" - Brains "win."

TC13 - Simon voted out (6-3-1), 13 left.

Day 26
(May 19)

Tribes merge, Fire formed.

Ep.13 RC: Merge/ catapulting sandbags

Ep.13 RC: Merge/ catapulting sandbags

Ep.13 RC: Merge/ catapulting sandbags

The tribes assemble, note Simon's disappearance, then drop buffs and merge. Then it's straight into a challenge (which is mostly an auction in challenge form): Contestants must dig up a bag of 10 sandbags, then launch them with a catapult, trying to land them on one of three poles. Once any person lands two sandbags on two different poles, their challenge is done, and they can proceed to select one item from the merge "buffet table," ranging from full meals to covered items to a call home. First come, first served. Order finished: 1. George (burger, fries), 2. Hayley (steak, beer), 3. Chelsea (call home), 4. Dani (baked potato?), 5. Wai (covered - pancakes), 6. Cara (covered - 3 donuts), 7. Emmett (covered - jar of candy), 8. Baden (covered - 1 boiled egg), 9. Laura (covered - pizza, wine), 10. Andrew (avocado toast), 11. Flick (bowl of rice), 12-tie. Kez, Gerald - Kez takes the banana, Gerald bottle of milk.

← Previous: Ep.12 IC Next: Ep.13 IC →

Ep13 RC: (Sandbag catapult) - All win.
Day 27
(May 20)

Ep.13 IC: Ball in chute

Ep.13 IC: Ball in chute

Ep.13 IC: Ball in chute

Contestants must stand on a box and push up with both hands on a bar over their head, to keep a ball from rolling out of a chute. If it does, or they take a hand off the bar, they're out. Order out: 13. Gerald, 12. Wai, 11. Hayley, 10. Dani, 9. Laura, 8. Cara. [10 minutes] 7. Kez, 6. Flick, 5. Baden. [15 minutes] 4. George, 3. Chelsea. [42 minutes] 2. Andrew, 1. Emmett wins.

← Previous: Ep.13 merge/RC Next: Ep.13 idol →

Ep13 IC: (Ball in chute) - Emmett wins.

Ep.13 idol: Kez finds #2

Ep.13 idol: Kez finds #2

Ep.13 idol: Kez finds #2

After the IC, the Brawn alliance is plotting by the water, when Kez notices a rock that looks 'too clean' in the wall of the water hole. She investigates, and finds an idol, in front of several other people (all in her alliance, in theory).

← Previous: Ep.13 IC Next: Ep.14 IC →

Kez finds idol.

TC14 - Kez idoled out [0]-4-1, 12 left.
Day 28
(May 21)

Day 29
(May 22)

Ep.14 IC: Multi-stage obstacles

Ep.14 IC: Multi-stage obstacles

Ep.14 IC: Multi-stage obstacles

*THREE* people can win immunity, each with their own necklace. And they're the only people who can vote. (Sigh.) The challenge is a three-stage challenge with eliminations after each stage. Stage 1: Barrel race. Contestants must stand on a barrel and roll it along a track (can hold on to a rope to help balance/move). First eight to finish advance. Stage 2: Ropes/wall - Contestants must cross a balance beam, unwrapping a rope attached to a monkey fist, then use that to snag a hook and climb a wall. First five to do so advance. Stage 3: Table maze. Contestants must place three balls at the end of the maze. First three to do so win immunity. Results: Rd.1: Gerald, Wai, George, Flick eliminated. Rd.2: Order advancing = Emmett, Laura, Andrew, Dani, Baden. (Hayley, Chelsea, Cara out). Rd.3: Balls placed - Emmett 2, Andrew 1, Emmett 3 (wins), Andrew 2, Dani 1, Andrew 3 (wins), Baden 1, Dani 2, Baden 2, Dani 3 (wins).

← Previous: Ep.13 idol Next: Ep.15 IC →

Ep14 IC: (Multi-stage obstacle) - Emmett, Andrew, Dani win.

TC15 - Baden voted out (1), sent to Redemption Rock, 12 left.
Episode 15 Episode 16 Episode 17 Episode 18
Day 30
(May 23)

Ep.15 IC: Let There Be Rock

Ep.15 IC: Let There Be Rock

Ep.15 IC: Let There Be Rock

As seen in the Edge of Extinction F4 IC. Contestants must stand/walk on a rocking platform, while pulling on a rope to build and stabilize a stack of blocks. First to complete the stack so that it spells IMMUNITY wins immunity. Emmett takes a slow and steady approach. Several people, working faster, come close to passing him, only to drop their stacks. Eventually, Emmett wins his third straight IC.

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Ep15 IC: "Let There Be Rock" - Emmett wins.

TC16 - Hayley voted out (9-1), sent to RR, 12 left.
Day 31
(May 24)

Chelsea pulled from the game, 11 left.

Ep.15 duel: Get a Grip, over water

Ep.15 duel: Get a Grip, over water

Ep.15 duel: Get a Grip, over water

Hayley vs. Baden. They must hold on to a (vertical) log over the water, for as long as they can. First person to drop is out of the game, the other returns to the game. Results: Baden lasts 20 minutes, but drops. Baden joins the jury, Hayley rejoins the game.

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Ep15 duel: (Get a Grip over water) - Hayley rejoins game, Baden to jury, 10 left.
Day 32
(May 25)

Ep.16 RC: Raft, memory

Ep.16 RC: Raft, memory

Ep.16 RC: Raft, memory

Contestants divided by rock draw into two teams of five: Green (Gerald, Flick, Laura, Dani, Wai) vs. White (Andrew, Cara, Emmett, Hayley, George). One at a time, contestants must swim out to a raft, climb on, then pull a rope to move themselves out to a pontoon, where they must memorize a sequence of symbols, then go back to the start and recreate that series with blocks. First person to do so wins a point for their team, first team to two wins a trip to the Survivor Outback pub with a KFC feast. Results: Rd.1 (6 symbols) - Hayley d. Laura (W1, G0). Rd.2 (6 symbols) - Flick (barely) d. Emmett (W1, G1). Rd.3 (5 symbols) - Dani d. Cara (W1, G2). Green wins!

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Ep16 RC: (Raft, memory) - Green team wins.
Day 33
(May 26)

Ep.16 IC: Seated 'This Much'

Ep.16 IC: Seated 'This Much'

Ep.16 IC: Seated 'This Much'

Contestants are seated, and using only their feet, must push on a weighted disc, to keep it from dropping. If they fail, they're out. Order out: 10. George. [30 min.] 9. Wai, 8. Dani, 7. Laura. [1 hr.] 6. Gerald, 5. Hayley, 4. Cara. [2 hrs.] 3. Emmett. [2 hrs, 15 min., Andrew and Flick must put hands behind their heads] 2. Flick briefly takes her hand away from her head, so 1. Andrew wins!

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Ep16 IC: Seated "This Much" - Andrew wins.

TC17 - Gerald voted out (5-4-[0]), 9 left.
Day 34
(May 27)

Ep.17 idol: George

Ep.17 idol: George

Ep.17 idol: George

George finds a clue tucked into a rock near camp. It directs him to retrieve a key (and instructions) from a different location in camp. This turns out to be a key that unlocks a secret idol in the table in the voting booth. The idol can be played in secret, simply by writing the person you're playing it for on the back, then dropping it in the urn. The next day, George does this, saving Cara.

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George finds secret Tribal idol key.
Day 35
(May 28)

Ep.17 IC: Hill race, puzzle

Ep.17 IC: Hill race, puzzle

Ep.17 IC: Hill race, puzzle

Contestants have to run a long way up a hill, grab a bundle of puzzle planks, then run back, for four total bundles (just over 3 km in total). Then they must then use the pieces to complete a circular vertical clock-like puzzle. ALSO: The last four to finish will be the only people eligible to be voted against at Tribal. Order finished: 1. Andrew, 2. Hayley, 3. Emmett, 4. Flick, 5. George. (Challenge ends, rest tied for 6th.)

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Ep17 IC: (Hill race, puzzle) - Andrew wins.

TC18 - Laura idoled out ([0]-1), 8 left.
Day 36
(May 29)

Ep.18 RC: Teeter Tower (car challenge)

Ep.18 RC: Teeter Tower (car challenge)

Ep.18 RC: Teeter Tower (car challenge)

As seen in the South Pacific F5 IC. Contestants must pull a handle to stabilize a tipping see-saw, while building a stack of cards on it, with the other hand. First to reach the target height wins an Isuzu D-Max truck. Results: Multiple people come close and drop their stacks, but in the end, Dani wins. (Everyone else ties for second place.) Dani selects Emmett, Flick, and Andrew to ride with her off to a picnic.

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Ep18 RC: "Teeter Tower" - Dani wins.
Episode 18 Episode 19 Episode 20 Episode 21
Day 37
(May 30)

Ep.18 IC: Chimney Sweeps

Ep.18 IC: Chimney Sweeps

Ep.18 IC: Chimney Sweeps

Mostly as seen in Tocantins, etc. Contestants must stand on climbing holds between two posts. At regular intervals, they move down to smaller holds. Unlike the US version, there are no walls, but contestants can hold a rope for balance. Results: Rd.1 (largest holds) 8. George asks for help down, almost immediately, 7. Dani, 6. Wai. Rd. 2: 30 min - move down to second holds. Rd. 3: 1 hr = smallest holds. 5. Cara (on transition), 4. Andrew (1 hr, 15 min), 3. Emmett, 2. Flick, 1. Hayley wins!

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Ep18 IC: "Chimney Sweeps" - Hayley wins.

Ep.18 idol: Cara's second

Ep.18 idol: Cara's second

Ep.18 idol: Cara's second

Knowing they're going to be receiving votes, George and Cara head out to look for idols. In short order, Cara fidns one in a tree near camp.

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Cara finds idol.

TC19 - Emmett voted out (4-3-1), 7 left.
Day 38
(May 31)

Ep.19 RC: Planks, obstacles

Ep.19 RC: Planks, obstacles

Ep.19 RC: Planks, obstacles

Rock draw for teams (Green: Andrew, Hayley, George; White: Dani, Flick, Wai). Cara has to sit out, but can pick the winner (she picks white). Teams must climb to retrieve three planks, which they will use to cross a series of obstacles, before finally attaching nets to each one, and attempting to land a sandbag in each net. First team to do so wins an Italian feast. Results: Teams are neck-and-neck throughout. Sandbags landed: Dani-2, Andrew-2, Dani-3. White team wins, Cara gets to join them.

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Ep19 RC: (Planks, obstacles) - Green team wins.
Day 39
(June 1)

Ep.19 IC: Hold Your Own

Ep.19 IC: Hold Your Own

Ep.19 IC: Hold Your Own

As seen (more or less) in the Ep11 IC in Panama - Exile Island. Contestants must stand on two planks that are held in place by a ring (attached to a rope) they pull on. If they let go, the planks drop, and so do they, into the cold river below. Order out: 7. Cara, 6. Wai (minutes in). [40 min.] 5. George, 4. Dani. [90 min., remaining players must exclusively use one hand, no switching] 3. Flick, 2. Andrew, 1. Hayley wins!

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Ep19 IC: "Hold Your Own" - Hayley wins.

TC20 - Andrew voted out (4-2-1), 6 left.
Day 40
(June 2)

Day 41
(June 3)

Ep.20 IC: Balls, water obstacles

Ep.20 IC: Balls, water obstacles

Ep.20 IC: Balls, water obstacles

Contestants must swim out to a pontoon, climb a ladder, jump and grab a ball in a bag, then cross more water obstacles, collecting balls along the way. When they reach the end, they must land two balls in a net over water. First person to do so wins. Results: 6. Wai declines to swim (fear of heights?), is out, 5. George's fear of heights prevents him from jumping for a bag, also out. Unsurprisingly, Flick is first to start shooting. Balls landed: Dani-1, Hayley-1, Cara-1, Dani-2. Dani wins immunity!

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Ep20 IC: (Balls, water obstacles) - Dani wins.

TC21 - Flick voted out (4-2), saved, 6 left.
Day 42
(June 4)

Ep.21 RC: Sticks, key, sandbags, spinning target

Ep.21 RC: Sticks, key, sandbags, spinning target

Ep.21 RC: Sticks, key, sandbags, spinning target

Contestants must run out into the water, retrieve a bag, bring it back, tie sticks together to form a pole to retrieve a key, use the key to unlock sandbags. They must then land 5 sandbags in a spinning goal. First to do so wins an overnight stay at the Tylenol Outback Retreat. Order to sandbags: Hayley, Flick, Dani (George gives up). Sandbags landed: Hayley-1, Flick-1, Dani-3, Hayley-2, Flick-2, Dani-4, Dani-5. Dani wins! She takes Flick, Hayley with her.

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Ep21 RC: (Sticks, key, sandbags) - Dani wins.
Day 43
(June 5)

Ep.21 IC: Ropes, word puzzle

Ep.21 IC: Ropes, word puzzle

Ep.21 IC: Ropes, word puzzle

Similar to 'Pole Dancing' in David vs. Goliath. Contestants are tethered to a rope wrapped around a hexagonal tower. They must unspool enough rope to cross obstacles and reach a key that unlocks their tether. Then they must cross a balance beam, use a sledgehammer to break through rails to release a bag of tiles. Then slide the letter tiles across a table into a goal, then use those tiles to solve a word puzzle (GUARANTEED SPOT IN THE FINAL FIVE). Order to puzzle: Dani, Hayley, Flick, Cara, George, Wai. Wai comes from out of nowhere and wins!

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Ep21 IC: (Ropes, word puzzle) - Wai wins.)

Ep.21 idol: Flick

Ep.21 idol: Flick

Ep.21 idol: Flick

With both of them vulnerable at the next Tribal, Flick and Dani scour the camp area for idols after the immunity challenge. Just after George leaves the well area, Flick finds the idol in a rock above the well. (Flick's first idol found, second held.) She signals to Dani, they celebrate, and plan out what to do with it, as it can be used only at the next two Tribal Councils.

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Flick finds idol.

TC22 - Dani voted out (2-2-2; 3-0), 5 left.
Episode 22 Episode 23 Episode 24 Game over
Day 44
(June 6)

Ep.22 IC: Blocks, hook, puzzle

Ep.22 IC: Blocks, hook, puzzle

Ep.22 IC: Blocks, hook, puzzle

Contestants must crawl across an overhead beam to release a bag of sandbags, then use the sandbags to knock blocks off another beam. Then push blocks along a beam to release a key, Then use the key to unlock a grappling hook, which they use to retrieve two bags of puzzle pieces. Finally, complete the puzzle (Survivor logo). Results: George helps Wai across the first beam. Hayley and Cara lead on knocking the key off with blocks, but Hayley's line collapses, and Cara is first. Cara starts her puzzle before anyone else gets their key. Hayley, George, next to puzzle. 1. Hayley wins, 2. Cara, 3. George, 4-t. Wai, Flick.

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Ep22 IC: (Blocks, hook, puzzle) - Hayley wins.

TC23 - Wai idoled out [0]-2-1, 4 left.
Day 45
(June 7)

Day 46
(June 8)

Ep.23 IC: Balls, ladder puzzle, skee-ball

Ep.23 IC: Balls, ladder puzzle, skee-ball

Ep.23 IC: Balls, ladder puzzle, skee-ball

Contestants must climb a net to retrieve four basketballs, then throw those to knock out 12 puzzle pieces from a wall. They must then use those pieces to build a staircase. After crossing, they must fill a bucket with water, carry it across obstacles to fill a barrel, which when full releases a gate and six more balls. They must then roll all six up a ramp and land them in pockets (like skee-ball). Order through stair puzzle: Hayley, Cara, Flick, George. Hayley reaches skee-ball stage as Cara starts on water. Flick passes Cara, starts skee-ball when Hayley has 3 balls landed. Balls placed: Hayley 4, Flick 1, Cara 1, Flick 3, Cara 3, Flick 4, Hayley 5, Flick 5, Flick 6. Flick wins!

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Ep23 IC: (Balls, ladder, skee-ball) - Flick wins.

TC24 - Cara voted out (2-1-1), 3 left.
Day 47
(June 9)

Ep.24 IC: Torture chamber

Ep.24 IC: Torture chamber

Ep.24 IC: Torture chamber

(Held in front of loved ones: Hayley's boyfriend Jimmy and best friend Kate; George's mother Maria and sister Pamela; Flick's partner Mitch and her best friend.) Contestants must stand (barefoot) on metal pegs, while holding on to spikes attached to a rack above them. At regular intervals (30 min, 2 hrs, 5 hrs), the spikes drop lower, making it more difficult to hold the position. Last person standing wins immunity. Results: 3. George steps down at 4.5 hours. 2. Flick asks for help getting down at 5 hrs, 17 min. 1. Hayley wins!

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Ep24 IC: (Torture chamber) - Hayley wins.

TC25 - Flick voted out (1-0), 2 left.
Day 48
(June 10)

Ep.24 Final Tribal Council

Ep.24 Final Tribal Council

Ep.24 Final Tribal Council

Hayley and George make opening speeches, both impressive, then take questions from the jury. Hayley faces accusations of turning on people and misleading them, George mostly that he rubbed people the wrong way. Hayley explains her game, George mostly goes on offense, pointing out that he had a hand in voting out 8 of the 9 jurors, and therefore deserves their votes. Hayley wins, 7-2.

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Final Tribal Council and jury vote on the final two.

Hayley wins, 7-2.
Day 0
(June 11)

Jury returns home, resumes Instagram influencing.
Day 41
(June 12)

 

Historical notes:

  • Filmed near Cloncurry, northwestern Queensland, as reported by Kelly Butterworth for ABC North West Qld (2/10/21).
  • Jonathan LaPaglia had to spend two weeks in quarantine after arriving from the US, before he could begin work. He was starting his second week of quarantine as of April 3. (Putting him out of quarantine circa April 10th.) Posted "back at work" on May 2.
  • As of June 23, 2021, the details above are pure speculation, it's just the All-Stars calendar transposed to this season's approximate filming dates of April 22 - June 10, 2021. (Thanks for the tips on the end date.)
  • July 16, 2021: Pre-season JLP video tour of Brains camp reveals the season will run 48 days, not 50 (or 55).

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