On tonight's "Survivor: Redemption Island" veteran player Russell Hantz became the third castaway voted out and was sent to Redemption Island. The episode began with ousted castaway Matt arriving at Redemption Island and meeting his competitor Francesca. The next day, two castaways from each tribe were instructed to make their way to the Redemption Island arena to watch Matt and Francesca's duel. The challenge consisted of tying sticks together in order to make a pole to retrieve three keys. Matt was able to unlock his locks first, winning the challenge and sending Francesca home for good. Back at the Zapatera camp Russell and his gang decided to make a fake idol since they couldn't find the real one. Stephanie even carried around her bag acting like she was guarding her nonexistent idol. The other six Zapatera tribe members contemplated throwing the immunity challenge so they could get rid of Russell. The next day, the tribes met up for said Reward/Immunity challenge, which consisted of spinning three castaways on a large wheel. When each castaway was dunked in water they had to take some in their mouths and then spit it in a tube. When the tube was full a ball was released and one other castaway started solving a slide puzzle. Zapatera followed through on their plan to throw the challenge and let Ometepe win. Besides immunity Ometepe also won two chairs, two pillows, a tarp and a lantern. Boston Rob even found the clue to the hidden immunity idol in one of the chairs. Over on Zapatera, Russell knew the writing was on the wall and tried to sway Julie over to his alliance. At tribal council, Julie stuck with her original alliance and the vote ended up being a three-way tie between Russell, Stephanie and Ralph. When the tribe re-voted the alliance of six cast all their votes for Russell, making him the third person sent to Redemption Island. Next week he'll duel Matt for the right to stay in the game.
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