Mark "Papa Bear" Caruso the Third Castaway Voted Off "Survivor 23: South Pacific"
On tonight's "Survivor: South Pacific" 48 year old retired NYPD detective Mark Caruso aka Papa Bear became the third castaway voted out and was sent to Redemption Island. The episode began with Semhar and Christine facing off in the first Redemption Island duel of the season. The challenge consisted of balancing a wooden figurine on top of a pole, which got progressively longer as the challenge went on. Christine was able to outlast Semhar, keeping her in the game and sending Semhar home for good. Back at Upolu's camp, Brandon decided to tell his fellow tribemates that he was Russell Hantz's nephew. He then got into another argument with Mikayla, which accomplished nothing except for creating tension around camp. Over on Savaii, Ozzy decided to tell Keith that he found the hidden immunity idol. Unbeknownst to Ozzy, Keith then ran over to Whitney and told her the news. The next day, the tribes met up for the combined Reward/ Immunity challenge, which consisted of one castaway running across a floating bridge, grabbing a bag containing a banner and then being pulled back to shore on a bodyboard by four other castaways. Finally, the two remaining players retrieved the five bags using a grappling hook and assembled the banners inside to look like their tribe's flag. The teams were neck and neck until the grappling portion, when Coach's great performance clinched the win for Upolu. Besides immunity, they were also awarded with chocolate, coffee, cookies and tea. Back at camp, Papa Bear knew he was on the chopping block so he went looking for the hidden immunity idol. Since he couldn't find it, he decided to create a fake idol to trick his tribe into thinking he had found it. At tribal council, the other castaways decided to call his bluff and voted him out anyway. Next week, he'll duel Christine for the right to stay in the game.