Survivor China: Episode 1 Recap
Last night, CBS unveiled it's latest season of Survivor.  Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Survivor brought us to a location we rarely get a glimpse of, China.  The show made history as the first American television show to film an entire season in the communist country.  Sixteen new people would compete for a million dollars and share in the experience of a lifetime.

The contestants arrived in China and were taken to a temple to participate in a Buddhist ceremony.  Everyone participated fully except Courtney and Leslie.  Courtney seemed bored and Leslie had a hard time because of her conflicting religious beliefs.  Once they finished, Jeff Probst dropped a bombshell: they would be heading into the game right then and there with just the clothes on their backs.  Some had outfits that would work, many weren't even wearing underwear, and one didn't wear a bra.  Yikes.

The survivors were a copy of the book, The Art of War, to help their strategy in the game.  So far, no one has taken advantage of the information contained in the book but you can bet it will start coming into play as the weeks go on.  The tribes were formed, Fei Long and Zhan Hu.  Fei Long, which means Flying Dragon, was made up of: Jean-Robert, Leslie, Amanda, Courtney, Denise, James, Todd, and Aaron.  Zhan Hu, which means Fighting Tiger, was comprised of Frosti, Dave, Jaime, Erik, Peih-Gee, Sherea, Ashley, and Chicken.

Trouble brewed in both tribes almost immediately.  Over at Fei Long, Jean-Robert and Todd sized each other up and decided they weren't going to be aligning.  At Zhan Hu, Chicken tries to help build a shelter but nobody listens.  Ashley gets sick almost immediately after her first night in China.  The survivors receive their first tree mail which clues them in on their first challenge, which will be for immunity.

At the challenge, the tribes must maneuver a dragon through a series of obstacles, unlocking gates along the way.  At the end of the race, the tribes must complete a puzzle in order to win.  The two teams were neck and neck most of the time but Fei Long pulled off a win, ensuring their safety.  Back at Zhan Hu, it seems the votes are going to come down to Chicken, Ashley, and Peih-Gee.

At tribal council, Chicken feels Ashley should go, because she's done the least amount of work.  Peih-Gee's bad attitude didn't win her many fans and she also became a target.  In the end, it was Chicken's stubborn attitude that gave him the notoriety of being the first survivor voted out of his season.  Check back as BuddyTV will be talking to Chicken about his adventures in China.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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