Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

An unprecedented twist changed the landscape of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS. A new tribe, composed of the previously eliminated castaways, emerged to force both Morgan and Drake to go to Tribal Council separately on the same night and each vote out one tribe member.

After losing a Challenge to the newly formed Outcast tribe, Drake was forced to paddle to Tribal Council. Due to what they considered his poor work ethic, the Drake tribe voted off Shawn Cohen, the 28-year-old advertising sales executive from New York, New York, in a four-to-one decision. Upon leaving this surprise Tribal Council, Shawn remarked, "I had hoped that today would have brought a merger. Things probably would have been a lot different, and I might have been able to go a lot further. I don't know. What can I say? Game, set and match."

There was no need to take an official vote at Morgan's Tribal Council, because Osten Taylor, the 27-year-old equity trade manager from Boston, Massachusetts, wanting to quit the game, persuaded his entire tribe to let him go. For the first time in the history of the game, a castaway chose "suicide" by Tribal Council. Completely exhausted, Osten didn't have the will to continue the game, thus choosing to become the fourth member of the Morgan Tribe to extinguish a torch. Osten justified his withdrawal: "My health is more important to me than a million dollars, I guess, right now. Does the means justify the ends? No, it doesn't."

Upon returning from Tribal Council, a furious Rupert Boneham, the 39-year-old troubled teens mentor from Indianapolis, Indiana, confronted Jon Dalton, the 29-year-old art consultant from Danville, Virginia, about Jon's vote that evening. Coming clean, Jon admitted to Rupert that he voted for him as the two almost came to blows. After the shouting subsided, the two apologized for the good of the tribe. "Johnny Fairplay is Johnny Pain-In-The-Ass now to me," Rupert noted.

As the rainy weather prevented them from fishing, the hungry Morgan tribe longed for protein. The mood was as gray as the skies while the tribe ate from their diminishing rations of rice and beans. To pass the slow time, the tribe reminisced about the members they had voted off. "It gets mentally overwhelming and draining to think about all the things we need to do just to survive out here. It's exhausting," explained Andrew Savage, the 40-year-old attorney from Chicago, Illinois.

As the tribes met for the Reward Challenge, Host Jeff Probst hit them with an unexpected twist. The ghosts of Tribal Councils past were going to return and change everything. A new tribe consisting of Nicole, Skinny Ryan, Lillian, Burton, Michelle and Trish--the six members voted out by Drake and Morgan--was reintroduced. This new tribe was dubbed the Outcasts.

This historic competition would be between the three tribes. If Morgan and Drake were both to lose to the Outcasts, they would be forced to attend their own unplanned Tribal Council to vote someone off. The Outcasts would then participate in a Tribal Council to vote two of their own back into the game. If either Morgan or Drake were to win the Challenge, they would be spared the visit to Tribal Council. However, the losing tribe would have to vote someone off.

The Challenge involved freeing prisoners from a set of cages. The entire tribe would be locked up save for one designated tribe rescuer. The first tribe to free all their prisoners and cross the finish line with their flag would win.

The first three-tribe Challenge in the history of SURVIVOR started in a flurry with Outcast Burton Roberts, the 31-year-old marketing executive from San Francisco, California, being the first to free a tribe member. Morgan fell behind as Drake took the lead, and the Outcasts were not far behind. The competition came down to a neck-and-neck Drake vs. Outcasts finish as the Outcasts worked together as a tribe to unlock the last door, cross the finish line first and win their first-ever Reward Challenge. The loss for Drake and Morgan would send both tribes to a Tribal Council they never planned on, where each tribe would be forced to vote out one of their own.

Morgan returned to camp resentful that they would have to let one of the Outcasts back into the tribe. Defeated, Osten made a momentous pronouncement by asking his tribemates to vote him off. Never in the history of SURVIVOR has a castaway requested that their own tribe vote them off. "I'm out of gas," Osten complained, "I'm spent. I couldn't even move in that Challenge today. My temple has got nothing to offer for me. I'm a bag of atrophy right now."

It wasn't so easy at the Drake camp, where the tribe had a big decision to make. It was concluded that either Jon or Shawn would go. Deciding to wipe away pretense, the tribe requested that both Shawn and Jon make their case as to why they should stay. Jon spoke of work ethic, while Shawn spoke of trust. "I know it's between myself and Shawn," noted Jon, "I'm sure Rupert's unhappy that I wrote his name on a piece of paper last night. Will he forgive and forget? I don't know."

In the end, work ethic proved more important to Drake than trust as Shawn received four out of five votes at Tribal Council and was voted off.

The Morgan Tribal Council soon followed, and history was made. Osten made it clear that he didn't want to stay in the tribe any longer. Osten Taylor's torch was extinguished and put to rest upon the ground.