Tina and Katie:
Dalton Ross: Tina, you know how hard this
is. So, why are you doing this to your daughter?
Tina: I love this question. Why would I
bring my daughter out here to suffer? Well, I
gave my daughter the option of suffering. I did
not say, "Katie, I will disown you if you do not
come out here." She did have a say in the
Katie: She told me that she would respect my
opinion either way. If I said "yes",
she would be excited. If I said "no", it
would be okay.
Tina: And you'd get cut out of the will.
Katie: I know my mother well enough to know
that if I were to say no, she'd tell me, "okay,
it's fine." It's something that I am
obviously so excited about. She asked me to
it. She gave me the honest truth. She
didn't glamorize it. She said, "It's going
to be the toughest thing you ever do. You're
gonna starve, you're gonna be in the elements. And
it's hard. You're gonna lose a lot of
Tina: And I may have to vote you off.
It's the equivalent of a mother eating her young.
DR: It's a little part of you, going from
first to worst, that wants to prove, "I'm gonna
show you what I still have in the tank for this
Tina: Absolutely. Having gone from
first to worst, there is a side of me that wants
redemption. I wasn't sure if CBS would ever even
invite me back to play Survivor. So, I was very
honored whenever they called me. And of course,
we're from a small town, Knoxville, everybody is
watching and you so want to do them proud. So,
yes, redemption is very top of my list.
DR: Katie, will anyone bring your mom to the end
after what Colby did?
Katie: Wow, that's a good question.
DR: You see who's out here. Who are some good
people you can work with?
Tina: I personally, I would love to work with
Aras. He's just good. That for me would be
a dream, if the two of us can make it. Ooops,
DR: She slipped!
Katie: Now I'm worried.
Kat and Hayden:
DR: First question, what's harder, Survivor
or Big Brother?
Kat: Survivor is the hardest over Big
Hayden: I will answer that question exactly
in about 39 days.
DR: It's a different kind of hard, right?
Hayden: It's two, the games are similar, but
at the end of the day it's totally different
games. I think Survivor is gonna be way tougher
physically. Big Brother, you can say is mentally
harder because you're there longer, you're on
lockdown, you have zero contact to anybody. You
don't see anything. Really, I'll be the only
person, ever, that can answer that question.
Kat: He's going down in history.
DR: Do you think that you're a target because
of your Big Brother win?
Hayden: Yeah, I think I'll be a target
early. If not early, mid-game because: a) I won
Big Brother and b) I'm a physical threat. People
are going to know I already won an awesome social
DR: Kat, the Survivor fraternity, what are
they going to feel about somebody from Big Brother
coming out. Are they going to be like, no way
this guy is coming in, this is our game, let's get him
Kat: I don't think that anyone's going to
feel that way. I think that they all love
Hayden. Hayden's different. Hayden's not just
some macho man that's going to try to take over their
season. And he knows all these people. These
people know Hayden. So, yeah, when we get into
the game...I think they're going to be like, Hayden's
a beast and we need him.
DR: Hayden, what is Kat's biggest weakness
going into this game?
Hayden: Kat doesn't shut up sometimes. She
talks and talks and talks and tallllkssss. That
could get her in trouble. She knows it. I
always tell her, hey, listen more than you talk.
You learn more when you listen, especially in a game
Laura and Ciera
DR: Laura, how surprised and excited were you
when you heard about this family twist that came out
and there's no one here by the last name of Hantz?
Laura: Who? Hantz?
DR: It doesn't ring a bell?
DR: Laura, what's your daughter's biggest
weakness? What's the one thing that you're
worried about in this game with her?
Laura: It's clearly her missing her
family. She is an amazing mom, an amazing
wife. Even the plane ride over her tore her up.
Ciera: You're gonna make me cry.
DR: You know your mom and you've seen her
play before. What's her biggest weakness?
Ciera: Definitely my mom's biggest weakness,
we've talked about this, is her social game. She's got
to not be so cliquey. Build the relationships
and nourish the relationships, throughout the
game. Physically, she doesn't have an issue
there at all.
Laura: Tone down, tone down. I'm not
very good at hiding my irritability.
Ciera: You can just read what she's feeling
right on her face.
Laura: I don't like that about myself.
I don't want to be that way. I hope I can
genuinely go out there and if something bothers me,
let it go.
DR: If you both do make it into the finals,
are you ready to tear into the other person?
Ciera: I think for me, if I make it to the
end and my mom's there next to me, it definitely won't
be a tear down my mom, but it will be like, this is
what I did. I think that will speak for itself.
I don't think there will be a need at the end to kind
of tear each other apart. It'll be obvious that
I'll be the winner.
Laura: Ha, ha!
Laura (talking to Tyson and Tina at camp): A
lot of times you say things and you might think you're
saying something funny but when it comes out it's
Gervase and Marissa:
DR: Gervase, you know how rough this
is. How could you do this to your beautiful
niece? What are you thinking, man?
Gervase: Misery loves company. You
know, they asked me who did I want to bring out here
with me. I went through a lot of names in my
head. I went through my own kids and all.
The only choice really was Marissa. She's smart,
funny. She's a lot like me, which was one of the
big things. She's athletic, she can handle
herself. She's mentally strong, physically
strong, so, I'm like, you know what, if you want to
play the game, you want to play with yourself,
right? This is the closest I'm going to get to
playing it with myself.
Marissa: A younger version of himself.
Gervase: Yeah, so it was a perfect
DR: You're the Survivor guy in your
family. Season 1, massive huge hit, 54 million
people watched the finale. This is your
thing. What if she comes in and does better than
Gervase: It won't happen. Look, I
picked her, remember? I didn't give away all my
Marissa: That's what he thinks but everybody
knows it's been 13 years. Survivor is a
different game. It's a different game that he's
not used to playing. But of course he still has
the advantage because he's used to playing where I've
only been used to watching. Everybody comes out
with preconceived notions of how they're gonna do and
then it just gets flipped upside down.
DR: Is there any scenario, Marissa, where one
of you votes the other one out, cause that's what you
need to do for one of you to get further in the game?
Marissa: Most definitely. I just hope
that it's me writing his name down before it's him
writing my name down. We're competitive people
so we understand that this is a game. I think
that's one of our advantages. We are a
niece/uncle duo. Nobody else is like that.
There are siblings, spouses, mother daughter.
People like Tina would have a harder problem voting
their offspring off than us.
DR: So Marissa, what's Gervase's biggest
weakness going into this game?
Marissa: I would say, first I would say
age. But then again, he just kicked my ass in a
DR: Are you ready to reintroduce yourself to
a little beetle larvae, Gervase?
Gervase: Absolutely not. I'm so glad
they just that this past season.
Marissa: You never know. You really
never know. They might do it again and I will
have to eat two times as much for us.
Gervase: You're going to have to because I'm
not doing it. I'm telling you right now, that
aint gonna happen, Captain. People don't
understand, eating something dead is one thing, eating
something alive that's biting you back and fighting to
get out of your mouth, it's a whole nother
Colton and Caleb
DR: Colton, you had a very controversial
time, last time out. You spoke at the reunion
about that, how you had some regrets. When
people come back, they obviously want to win, they
want to do well. They also say that, here's my
chance to show America that there's another side
to me that they didn't see or how I've matured.
What's going through your mind as far as that goes?
Colton: I don't really...I don't want to sit
here in the interview or anywhere and talk about, I've
changed, I've changed. Because I feel like once
you voice that, people stop listening. I'm just
going to basically let my actions speak for
themselves. The way that I conduct myself this
time around, how I am, people can form their own
opinions. We know they love to.
DR: Is there any scenario at all where you
guys could see where one of you might have to vote the
other one out if one of you can make it further.
Colton: We have a plan. Basically, our
goal is final four. If we can get to final four then
we are going to access the situation of the jury,
see...we appeal to different
demographics. Let's see which
demographic who appeals more to and put the other one
on the jury. That's a guaranteed vote.
DR: You have to consider, if you vote for me
at the finals, do you split the vote. Let's say
it's a final three.
Colton: The way Ponderosa is set up, I don't
think vote splits typically happen. I think
people kind of control...the people that are sheeps in
the game tend to be sheeps at Ponderosa. The big
personalities...I think that who you send to that jury
is literally, and I didn't even get to this part of
the game, so, it will be interesting to see how I play
this and adapt to this. I was trying to prepare
myself in One World where people that I got rid of,
when I got rid of them, I knew I wasn't going to get
those jury votes. Now, I will be honest and say,
I don't think I would have gotten many jury
votes. I say that last time I came to play and
this time I came to win.
DR: You've got two other people from your
season here. Is that a good thing or a bad thing
Colton: I think it's going to be what I make
it. I would not be completely opposed to working
with Monica Culpepper just because I think that it
would be a great ruse for us to have.
Caleb: People wouldn't see it coming.
Colton: No one has ever come back and worked
with a person that has voted them out. It's never
happened, ever. I think that it would be very
interesting and beneficial if she were to find a very
sincere apology, sincere. And as far as Kat, Kat
and I don't really have a history, positive or
negative. I think she's dangerous because I
think she's going to try to play like Kim
Spradlin. I think that's like giving an 8 year
old a machine gun. So, that's a little scary.
Monica and Brad
DR: Brad, how do you think this is going to
compare to Two a Days?
Brad: Not dissimilar. I played for the
University of Florida and I played most of my NFL
career with the Buccaneers and it was very
humid. I was a lot heavier then. I was
probably 275-280 but even at that size, I was
Monica: Here's the deal. He's a walking
infirmary now and he needs me to help calm him
Brad: The hotter, the better. All the
fat offensive linemen would hate it and I could stay
out. I'm hoping that it rains everyday. I'm
hoping it's 100% humidity. I hope it's a 100
degrees. I've been taught to embrace
misery. I hoping that's what happens.
DR: Monica, what is Brad's weakness in this
Monica: The culture of Survivor has changed
so much from who is really the biggest Survivor out
here to now...it used to be from the beginning of the
game to the merge, you kept all the strong
people. Now they're getting rid of the strong
people. So for Brad, being strong is not an
asset. I will constantly be that little gnat in
his ear saying "back off, if we don't have fire
Brad: The threats are the John Cochrans of
the world. Those are the people that are winning. You
don't want to go to the world with a bunch of Cochrans
because you're going to get beat. You need some
shields. The only reason he won is because they
had the three amigos at the merge. Those guys
were deflecting all the attention off of him and he
was able to slide his way and he gets to the final
three with crybaby and I don't even know who the other
one was because they were such a nonfactor. To
me, those are the threats, the ones that are not
threats, are the real threats and that's who's winning
Survivor the last 10 times.
Monica: Definitely and I think it's been fun
this last season to see some of the muscle get
back. What I would love to see out here is the
muscle join together instead of eat each other
alive. Let's go to the end. Let's say,
"Come on Big Gervase, whatcha got?"
Brad: Here's the deal. You want to go
with somebody to the merge that doesn't have the
Survivor knowledge of some of these ex-winners.
Tina Wesson won, Aras won. You've got Rupert,
Monica: He's kind of the old
curmudgeon. He's a Survivor journeyman.
He's played out here over a hundred days and he's very
well liked. He's very loyal.
Brad: Have you ever noticed about Rupert,
when he smiles he kind of looks like a ventriloquists
Monica: You're always jealous of Rupert because you
can't grow a beard like him.
Brad: He looks like a dummy. Not a
dummy but a ventriloquist's dummy. I'm gonna do
something with him. I'm gonna put my hand behind
him and say, "Russell, I'm with you."
I'm gonna have him do that and then I'm gonna say
"Move your mouth." I'm gonna do
that to Rupert. He looks like a
Monica: He looks like he's a lot of fun and
his wife looks like she's a lot of fun.
Rupert and Laura
DR: Rupert, you know how hard this is.
Why would you do this to your loved one and bring her
Rupert: Oh my gosh. When Survivor
called me and they said they wanted loved ones to come
out with us, the first five that I gave them, Laura
was not in that. Laura always said that
she never really wanted to play the game. Years
ago we always signed the paperwork that said loved
ones cannot play the game.
Laura: You're not eligible.
Rupert: So she never really thought about
it. After a week or so, Laura finally looked at
me and said, "Why the heck didn't you send them
my name?" I was not going to volunteer
Laura. I wanted Laura to ask. When I first
went into the game 10 years ago in Pearl Islands, I
kind of drug my wife and daughter and my family in
with it. I didn't want to drag Laura out here
unless she wanted to come.
DR: Would you ever vote your wife off?
Rupert: The game is giant but my marriage is
even bigger. I love my wife and you will hear me
say to others, "We might have to get rid of
Laura." But there is no way I would ever
write my wife's name down. I don't see it. I've
already told Laura, if you have to, because I know I'm
going to be a lot bigger target than you. If
Laura has to write my name down, it's more than
fine. But I don't think we'll ever have
that. I think we're going to make it to the
final two. And then one of us hopefully will get
first and the other one will get second. I'd
love a clean sweep where we take first, second and fan
favorite, because we played the game like you're
supposed to, the same way I won America's Tribal
Council. You don't have to be a horses butt to
win this game. You can't be an angel but you
sure don't have to be an ass.
DR: So who is the one you guys don't want to
live with. You've seen who else is out here. Is
there anyone that you're a little weary of?
Laura: Just people that are scared of
everything that moves. I've noticed there's a
DR: Alright, who is that?
Laura: ...they probably won't handle
discomfort very well.
Rupert: The person that Tyson's with.
Looking terrified when the storms came last night, you
should have seen those eyes. We watched
Gervase's loved one. That's someone that is
really struggling with even...
Laura: This process.
Rupert: Right, just trying to make it through
this. I can't imagine what they're going to be
like out on the island. You know, I love
Gervase. I hope his loved one is as tough as he
DR: So when you heard that this was a
family/loved ones season, how excited were you when
you got out here and didn't see anyone with the last
name of Hantz?
Laura: Oh my God. Thrilled!
Rupert: Oh my gosh.
Laura: These people are pretty cool.
This is a nice group.
Rupert: If there was a Hantz out here, that
is the first target.
DR: Rupert, this is your 4th time
playing. You know the 4th time was the charm for
Boston Rob. Is the 4th time going to be the
charm for you?
Rupert: With my wife as my sounding board,
you darn right. Twenty-seven is my time. Twenty-seven
is my number. When I turned 27 on the
27th. Twenty-seven has been a dominate number in
my life, forever. Now I have my wife out here to
help and I don't win, Laura's going to.
Aras and Vytas:
DR: How have you prepared, Aras? How
have you prepared him for this game? You went
through it and you won it. What have you told
Aras: Vytas and I have spent mornings running
in the hills in the Santa Monica Mountains. One
day while we were running, one of Vytas' arch rivals,
another dog owner...
DR: You have an arch rival?
Vytas: She just doesn't like my dog. My
dog humps her dog. She doesn't like her dog getting
humped. She thinks that she's getting humped
because her dog is getting humped.
Aras: So anyway, Vytas has this arch rival in
the hills, so we're like running and Vytas and her are
getting into it and start to throw barbs at each other
and finally it ended and we made it up to where we
needed to go at the end of the run. I said to
Vytas, "Your challenge isn't in running up this
hill. Your challenge is keeping your mouth shut
without sending those barbs to her. That's going
to get you in trouble." There's no way I can
prepare Vytas for the deprivation. Hell, I can't
prepare myself for that. I'm just as frightful
of going through it again.
Vytas: As we were going up that hill, the
following morning, I think it was, we get up to the
top of the hill and Aras starts to throw up a little
bit and I said, "Aras, what's up? Are you
not in shape?" And Aras said, "No, I
was just thinking about hard it's going to be out
there and I got afraid of the deprivation, so I got
really sick to my stomach."
DR: You guys see who else is out here.
Who are some of the pairings that you guys are
thinking you might want to work with.
Aras: I'm a big fan of Tina. Not only
because she's a winner but because she's got a great
energy about her. The currency in this game is
trust. You have to align with people. It's
a lot nicer to align with people you trust. It
provides peace and peace provides space to really read
into things. So, I like Tina. I really
like Gervase. He and I have a friendship outside
the game that I don't think anybody knows about.
DR: So Aras, Do you think there are gonna be
any whambulance sightings this time around?
Aras: I think my side interviews are going to
be a lot better this time around. I don't
think I'll throw in any whamblulance comments.
That was like my defining moment.
DR: That was it.
Aras: If you don't count the fire-making with
Candice and John:
DR: Is there any scenario where one of you
votes the other one out if you guys decide that this
is the best way for one of us to bring home the
John: If that's something that we decided,
absolutely. I'm not going to be forced to write
Candice's name down. We have talked about
scenarios where it may be beneficial to one or the
other not in the game potentially.
Candice: If we decided that there was one
person going to the end and we would want another
person on the jury to vote, that would be a possible
scenario where we would vote of the other out.
Other than that, we're going to stay loyal.
DR: Tell me Candice's biggest weakness in
John: I think Candice's biggest weakness in
this game, everyone knows that she's beautiful, she's
smart, she's athletic but one of her biggest
weaknesses is maybe her timing. The first two
times she played the game, she had what she likes to
call 'ants in her pants' and felt like she had to make
a decision really quickly and in my mind made a really
good decision but maybe just one or two days
early. The mutiny, I thought that was a great
decision, but it turned around and bit her in the
ass. I think that it was a decision to win the
game, not necessarily a decision to get to the final
five. Then, the other moves...
Candice: That's enough weaknesses.
DR: What about a little paranoia, Candice?
Candice: Yeah, I would say I'm a little bit
DR: Is there anyone that you're thinking
initially, hmmm, "These might be some good people
to work with." Somebody you might want to
try to align with?
John: I know Candice knows some people from Heroes
Candice: Let's talk about the people we don't
want to align with. Let's just say, I was not
excited to see Rupert's face out here. I think
we all know why.
Tyson and Rachel:
DR: Tyson, third time out here. You
know how difficult this is. Why the hell would you put
your girlfriend through this torture.
Tyson: The closer it gets, the more I ask
myself that. At first I was like, this will be
good for us. It'll be good for her. She'll
get to experience what I've experienced twice
already. She'll truly know. You can talk
about it all you want and you can even watch it on TV
and it doesn't even do it justice. As it gets
closer the heat and the rain has been coming in every
night. I've told her so many times but she still
has no clue, the train that is about to hit her.
Rachel: But you know how tough I am, right?
Like, look at me.
Tyson: Yeah. Very tough.
DR: Tyson, you're the big Survivor guy
here. What if she comes in and she outplays you?
Is that going to be a little embarrassing? A
little tough on the ego?
Tyson: Why am I the big Survivor guy?
DR: Well, in Utah, you strut around, you're
the Survivor guy, you've been on a couple of
times. They brought you back.
Tyson: More incompetent people have beat me
in this game than not.
Rachel: Are you saying I'm incompetent?
Tyson: I'm saying it wouldn't be insulting in
the least because she's not the least competent of all
the people that have beat me.
Rachel: I guess that's a complement, I don't
DR: Do you think like this is your third
time...do you think you have an advantage?
Tyson: I've gotten worse every time I'm on.
DR: What about 3 players from Survivor One
World. Does that make you nervous at all?
Tyson: No, they're children. Monica,
she's 45 but she tries to act like a 30 year
old. It's ridiculous. Colton is like an
emotional child. It's not going to be hard to
turn them all against each other.