Shannon "Shambo" Waters gets eliminated from 'Survivor: Samoa'
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/18/2009
Shannon "Shambo" Waters played a major role in helping the remaining Foa Foa castaways make it to the end, however she ultimately met the same fate as her fellow former Galu tribemates that she had flipped on.
The 45-year-old sales representative from Renton, WA became the fifteenth castaway eliminated from Survivor: Samoa during last night's penultimate broadcast of the CBS reality series.
"Foa Foa is a very, very loyal group. Although I helped to get them where they are and the position they're going to finally land in, they were loyal and true to their tribe -- as it should be," said Shambo after her ouster. "I think it's awesome."
Survivor: Samoa's fourteenth episode began on Night 33 at the Aiga camp following the elimination of Monica Padilla -- as Brett Clouser, a 23-year-old T-shirt designer from Salem, OR who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, realized he was the only remaining true Galu since Shambo had flipped allegiances at the merge.
"I'm basically sitting around the campfire that I've known for 33 days with an entirely group of people than I would have ever imagined," he said. "I'm the last true Galu and I'm a fighter and I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing to make it as far as possible."
Brett was aware that he would have been booted instead of Monica had he not won Individual Immunity, and the former Foa Foa members were still gunning for him since the entire jury was made up of former Galu members.
"He's got to go," Russell Hantz, a 36-year-old oil company owner from Dayton, TX, told Jaison Robinson, a 28-year-old law student from Chicago, IL. "If he doesn't go then we're in a world of crap."
The next morning, Brett and Natalie White, a 26-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Van Buren, AR, laid in the shelter and discussed religion.
"Brett is an absolutely sweetheart," said Natalie in a confessional. "Brett and I have had several discussions about the Bible and about some Christian books. I've really enjoyed that, so it's been nice to have that in common."
Shambo went to wash her hair, and Russell joked that her mullet was "nasty."
"It's kind of disgusting," he said in a confessional. "If I didn't need Shambo, I would definitely get rid of her because I know we've got to look at the bush of hair she has. But I'm doing whatever it takes to win the game."
The six remaining castaways then met for a Reward Challenge, and host Jeff Probst explained the rules.
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The tribe would divide into two teams of three. There would be a series of intersecting ropes holding up coconuts and, one at a time, tribe members would walk out and pull one rope out. The goal was to drop as few coconuts as possible. The first team to drop 100 coconuts would lose the challenge. The winning team would be taken to a local village where they would have a massive feast and spend the night sleeping on soft beds.
Russell and Natalie were randomly selected as captains and Natalie won the first pick. She chose Brett first, followed by Mick Trimming, a 33-year-old doctor from Boise, ID who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; while Russell chose Jaison and Shambo.
The challenge commenced and Russell expressed surprise at Natalie's first pick.
"I'm surprised by Natalie's first pick," he whispered to Shambo. "Straight to Brett. We're going to have to break that up over there."
While Natalie's team took a commanding lead in the challenge, Russell's team eventually came back and was able to win Reward.
"I'm definitely concerned about Natalie after she picked Brett and Mick," said Jaison in a confessional. "I'm starting to get more worried about inter divisions that may be starting to appear in our alliance."
Russell, Jaison and Shambo enjoyed a feast and celebration with some locals, while Brett, Natalie and Mick took the rest of the day off at camp and celebrated by hunting snails and watching the sunset on the beach. Natalie was aware of how her closeness to Brett was starting to be perceived by her biggest ally, Russell.
"Brett's an amazing person. If I have to be standing next to a Galu, Brett is awesome," she said in a confessional.
"But I've been in with Russell since the very first day. Honestly, it's the hardest thing to balance your heart and your head. As far as strategically and then what your heart's telling you, it is so tough. So hopefully my mind is thinking clear enough to think of the end and be able to win the game."
As Russell, Jaison and Shambo hunkered down for the night, they discussed Natalie's closeness to Brett and who would be next to go if he were to win Immunity again.
Shambo said Natalie's pick was "very telling" and Russell said he was going to have to "solidify" their allegiance once they return to camp. In addition, Russell said Mick would be the target should Brett win Immunity again.
"[Jaison and Shambo] are thinking that Natalie has aligned herself with Brett and Mick. That ain't happening. I know for a fact that Natalie's with me," confidently boasted Russell in a confessional.
"But the thing is, I'm putting it in their heads that maybe something is going on with Mick, Natalie and Brett, so we're going to have to stop in immediately. My whole point of this is to get rid of Brett or Mick. Those two are big threats. They're likable guys. Then there's nothing else that can stop me."
Jaison said he's surprisingly open to the idea of getting rid of Mick.
"If you would have said a few days ago Mick, I would have said you must have lost your mind. He's Foa Foa. I'm not doing that," he told Russell as he dozed off to sleep. "Now, I don't know."
The next morning at camp, Russell pulled Natalie aside.
"So I know they tried to talk to you," he said to her. I ain't stupid. We have it solidified now where we can't be stopped."
"It's me, you and Jaison," answered Natalie.
"But [Jaison and Shambo], they were worried because you picked Brett," replied Russell. "They freaked out. It made them want to get rid of Mick... So we got to get rid of Mick or Brett."
"That's our plan anyway," said Natalie.
"You had no doubt in your mind I hope, when I picked him first?" asked Natalie.
"I had to think a little bit," he said.
In a confessional, Natalie reiterated the Day 1 deal she made with Russell and so far it had worked perfectly.
"I've been completely honest with him, letting him know what's going on, and we've kind of been on the same page with everything," she said. "So we actually have quite a bit of power. Two brains are better than one."
In addition, Natalie and Russell also discussed the importance of keeping Brett from winning Immunity.
"He's a little punk, he's 110 pounds, he's not faster than me, he's not stronger than me -- so he's not a huge threat to win the challenges," said Russell in a confessional. "But he is a huge threat to win the $1 million."
The castaways then arrived for an Immunity Challenge, and Jeff explained the rules.
Each castaway would race out into a field where they would have to count the number of objects in each of the six stations. They would use tiles to remember the number of each item they had counted, and then use those numbers to solve a combination lock. The order of the numbers would be different for each person. The first person to solve the combination and break their tile would win immunity.
While Jaison, Mick and Russell all started working on their combination lock before Brett, none of them were able to correctly solve it faster than him and he was able to win Immunity for the second consecutive time.
"It's so frustrating, Brett winning two in a row," opined Jaison.
"He might win three. What if he wins four? Then we're screwed. Russell had said that if Brett wins Immunity again than we would get rid of Mick. But I think Shambo's just not helping us in the challenges to beat Brett. So tonight's Shambo's night. We're just going to get rid of her."
Back at camp, Jaison immediately approached Russell.
"Who do we get rid of? I think it's got to be Shambo," said Jaison.
"I mean the reality is, at the end of the day, if Brett goes [to the final Tribal Council], we all lose. If we're going to have a shot at Brett, then we got to have Mick. So let's do it."
At that moment Shambo approached the two of them and Jaison walked away quickly -- causing Shambo to get suspicious.
"What's that all about?" she asked Russell.
"He wants to get rid of Mick," lied Russell.
"Is that what he just said?" asked Shambo.
"He said he ain't talking no more the rest of the day," replied Russell.
"Why did he walk away when I walked up then?" she asked.
"He's aggravated," answered Russell. "I don't want to talk about it either."
In a confessional, Russell said he wanted to "get Mick out of here first" and said there was now a decision between him and Shambo -- who continued to pepper Russell with questions about what Jaison said. Shambo asked Russell point blank if Jaison said he wanted to vote for her.
"He told me he still wanted to stay with Mick," lied Russell again. "But then he just walks off after we finish the conversation and you walk up."
Shambo told Russell that made her "nervous."
"As soon as I walked up, Russ and Jaison were talking and Jaison bolted. That makes me a little uneasy," said Shambo in a confessional.
"I attributed more helpfulness to the Foa Foa tribe than anybody, and I don't think they're ever going to forget that. But I don't think anybody's beyond the chopping block -- including myself."
Russell told Mick that Shambo gets on his nerves and continued to bad mouth her.
"I don't even know why she's still here," said Russell. "I know why she's still here, because we're using her stupid butt for votes."
Mick replied that was the first time he's heard Russell talk about Shambo like that.
"We ain't buddy-buddy," answered Russell. "She's gone. That's the plan right?"
"Absolutely," said Mick.
In a confessional, Mick said he was a "little surprised" Russell was gunning for Shambo since he had spent a lot of time "cultivating that relationship."
"Now it sounds like he's kind of scheming to vote her off," he said. "I think you've got to be skeptical all the time and always assume that something else is going on... Of course there's a chance that Russell's lying to me and they could be taking me out tonight. So I'm anxious as hell. It scares the hell out of me."
Shambo was obviously feeling uneasy too and asked Russell if Mick finds it strange that "nobody's talking about who they're voting."
"He thinks it's you," said Russell.
"He does?" answered Shambo. "What would lead him to believe that?
"That's what we had to tell him to make him shut up," replied Russell.
"Oh really?" said Shambo. "I'm not comfortable."
In a confessional, Russell reiterated the decision was between Shambo and Mick -- and stressed that he knew Shambo wouldn't receive any jury votes because she had alienated herself from the former Galu tribe.
"The only good reason to keep Mick around -- there's one -- and that's to keep athletes together to be able to beat Brett in the next Immunity Challenge," he said.
"I don't think that they would vote for her," said Natalie about the jury. "So it is an opportunity to keep someone that I think I can beat."
Russell said he thinks Shambo has helped Foa Foa "tremendously."
"I trust Shambo as much as I trust the Foa Foa members," he added. "There's phases to this game -- right now, we're in the end phase. That phase is who's going to get the most votes for the $1 million."
Jaison said that they all think Brett is the "one guy who could sweep the jury," however they haven't been able to oust him since he's won Immunity.
"Brett's a big threat because he's incredibly physical, he's good at puzzles, he stayed loyal to a fault to Galu -- and the jury is Galu," said Shambo.
Brett stated the obvious -- that the only way he'd make it to the final Tribal Council is if he keeps winning Immunity.
"My strategy is to just win the next few Immunity Challenges like I've done the last few," he said.
Jeff identified Mick as another strong physical castaway, and he said he'd be "frustrated" if he got eliminated tonight.
"Having been part of this whole thing from the get-go, I've played as aggressively a strategic game as Russell, but I've always been loyal," added Mick. "So after all this, to go home tonight, yeah I will be a little pissed off, for sure."
Jeff asked Russell if the impending vote was tough.
"It hasn't been a tough time yet for me to vote somebody out," replied Russell. "This is the first time that it's going to be pretty tough for me. But this is how the game goes, and sometimes you've got to vote people out that you like."
The castaways then cast their votes and Russell decided against playing the Hidden Immunity Idol despite it being the last time he could do so. Instead, he decided to keep it as a "souvenir."
Shambo was ousted by a 5-1 vote, as she cast her vote for Mick.
"Good luck you guys," she said as she left the Tribal Council area.
Survivor: Samoa's two-hour finale broadcast will air on Sunday, December 20 at 8PM ET/PT immediately followed by the live one-hour reunion special.