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Season 7: Episode 2 - MORGAN CUTS WEAKEST LINK: RYAN S. VOTED OUT

MORGAN CUTS WEAKEST LINK: RYAN S. VOTED OUT: After six treacherous days and nights, SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS has lost its second castaway. On night six, the Morgan tribe made their second straight heartbreaking journey to Tribal Council, where they sent home Ryan Shoulders, the 23-year-old produce clerk from Clarksville, Tennessee, in a 5-2 vote. Despite his determination, Ryan was seen as the tribe's weakest link, thus causing him to be let go.

Upon leaving Tribal Council, Ryan summed up his experience, "I think I lost this game in the first five minutes because I didn't make friends with the right people."

SUFFERING THE COLD NIGHTS
"It's very hard to not being able to sleep, it's very hard to freeze every night, and there's nothing you can do about it," remarked Morgan tribe member Tijuana Bradley, the 27-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from St. Louis, Missouri. The chilly Panamanian nights were taking their toll on most of the castaways, who barely had any clothing. Sleep came with difficulty as the Morgan tribe's morale fell.

Over on the Drake tribe's island, the mood was quite different. Rupert Boneham, the 39-year-old troubled teens mentor from Indianapolis, Indiana, provided the tribe with delicious fish. The good spirits flowed almost as freely as the refreshing coconut milk. Making sure that all would continue to stay well, Rupert lectured Burton Roberts, the 31-year-old marketing executive from San Francisco, California, on the importance of upkeep on the tribe's crucial fishing spear. Rupert explained, "It's more of a pain in the ass for me to give him my spear and worry about it being lost or being, you know, broken or whatever. Man, I will be in trouble, because that's my food."

REWARD CHALLENGE: BOUNTIFUL CHEST
After receiving Tree Mail inviting his tribe to a Reward Challenge, Morgan tribe member Ryan Shoulders, the 23-year-old produce clerk from Clarksville, Tennessee, let it be known, "Super big one for me. There might not be more pressure for any Survivor, in the history of SURVIVOR, to do well in the Challenge, than me."

This vital first Reward Challenge involved diving for treasure. The tribes were told to dive down into the ocean's depths, retrieve a pre-placed item and put it into their designated treasure chest. When all the items were in the chest, the Survivors as a tribe had to swim the chest into shore.

As Host Jeff Probst handed both tribes a shovel, he explained that there is an actual treasure buried on each tribe's island. Whichever tribe won this Reward Challenge would be given the first of three pieces to a map that would help them to recover this most fruitful bounty. The other Reward in this Challenge was the right to loot one item from the losing tribe's camp.

Given a chance at redemption, Ryan Shoulders swam out to sea in order to start the Challenge. He had trouble with his mask as well as with staying underwater, which allowed Drake to take an early lead. Morgan never got back on track as Drake methodically rounded up the treasure without difficulty. Once again, Drake was the winner.

DRAKE PILLAGES MORGAN
Elated, the Drake tribe sent Sandra Diaz-Twine, the 29-year-old office assistant from Ft. Lewis, Washington, over to the Morgan camp to take one coveted item. Arriving on the Morgan tribe's island, Sandra got an icy reception. She chose to take the tarp covering the Morgan shelter, which left the Morgans completely unprotected from the rough elements.

When the members of the Morgan tribe wouldn't help Sandra take the tarp down, tempers flared and curt words were exchanged. After pilfering from the Morgan tribe's already-meager supplies, Sandra remarked, "You don't know how good you have it until you see others."

While rebuilding what was left of the Morgan shelter, Osten Taylor, the 27-year-old equity trade manager from Boston, Massachusetts, made the shocking confession that he was thinking of quitting. "We don't need people just walking around [saying] 'I want to go home.' It's a real morale-killer for the tribe," complained Andrew Savage, the 40-year-old attorney from Chicago, Illinois.

THE SAGA OF RUPERT'S SPEAR
While fishing for the Drake tribe, Shawn Cohen, the 28-year-old advertising sales executive from New York, New York, lost the head of the tribe's precious fishing spear. Nervous, Shawn broke the news to a deeply dismayed Rupert, who was clearly very attached to that spear because of the food it could provide to him and the tribe.

Looking for the equivalent of a needle in a haystack, a disconcerted Rupert took to the water to search for the lost head of the spear. Astoundingly, after looking for some time, he found it! Rupert's thunderous howls of pleasure reverberated throughout the island, letting his tribemates know he was successful.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: ALL TIED UP
The tribes met Jeff Probst for the second Immunity Challenge and listened as he explained the rules. Each tribe would take three members of the other tribe captive. The objective was for the remaining tribe members to save their captive tribemates, then overcome a series of obstacles in order to raise their tribe flag. The first tribe to raise their flag would win the coveted Immunity Idol.

Morgan took an early lead as Andrew freed himself first, then went to the aid of his tribemates. The Morgan tribe came to shore with a huge lead, but Drake didn't give up. As Morgan struggled to get the coordinates to their buried flag, Drake swam ashore with a vengeance.

In another close finish, Drake once again took the competition leaving a crushed Morgan tribe with the unenviable task of sending another tribe member home.

SUICIDE BY TRIBAL COUNCIL
Back at camp in an unprecedented move, Osten surprised his fellow Morgan members by requesting that they vote him off. Pondering her tribemate's unusual request, Tijuana noted, "I was personally upset and disappointed with Osten for quitting. I can't understand. I just can't fathom it."

Osten did not get his wish, however, as Ryan Shoulders received five out of seven votes at Tribal Council and became the second person to be voted out of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS.