I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident is the season premiere of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.
Jeff Probst, the host, announces that Survivor, the greatest social experiment is back. Eighteen strangers are about to begin a 39 day adventure that will forever change their lives. They will be abandoned on an island and forced to work together while voting each other out. At the end, only one person will remain to claim the million dollar prize. The anchor is dropped on a beautiful white sailboat with the 18 contestants on board. Jeff welcomes them to the 35th season of Survivor. He tells them that for the first time they have been divided into three tribes based on the positive traits most associated with them by others. Jeff informs the first group of six that they are the Heroes tribe. This group is heralded for their courage, achievements and for the ideals for which they stand.
Ben insists that as a Marine, who has put his life on the line for his country, he is just doing his job. Chrissy is happy to be on the Heroes tribe.
|“||I feel proud of having had a career and then stopped and stayed home to take care of my kids and then came back to an awesome career.||”|
Jeff then introduces the Healers tribe. They receive gratitude for their acts of service in helping others heal their physical or emotional pain.
Cole explains as a Wilderness Therapy Guide, he helps disadvantaged teens by teaching them how to survive in nature. This helps them build their self esteem. Mike admits his patients are happy when he helps them with sexual dysfunction and male infertility issues.
|“||Winning Survivor is the biggest dream in my life.||”|
The third tribe is the Hustlers tribe, whose members are respected for their hard work ethic. They get things done, no matter what it takes.
Ali admits that as a Celebrity Assistant, she does a variety of tasks including being a make-up artist and a cook. Ryan is glad to see that his tribe is made up of big and strong people, who will be good at building a shelter and opening coconuts.
|“||I'm just going to defer to them (tribe). I'm 125 pounds soaking wet. I don't drink and I don't have a girlfriend. Yet... Come on, who wants to align with me? (laughs)||”|
Jeff passes out the tribe buffs. He then points out that the boat they are on is loaded with supplies. Their job is to get as many of these supplies from this boat to their tribe's boat. Jeff then tells them there is an even bigger reward at stake. On the beach nearby, each tribe has an urn which is on fire and is 15 feet in the air. When Jeff rings the bell on the boat, each tribe should stop gathering supplies and get all six tribe members on their boat and paddle to the beach. When they get to shore, they must lift one person high enough to light their torch. The first tribe to light their torch wins fire in the form of a massive fire making kit that will be waiting for them back at camp. The second tribe to light their torch wins a flint. The losers will go back to camp with no fire.
Jeff tells them that Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers has now begun. With that they all jump up and start throwing supplies overboard toward their boats. Fruits, vegetables, crates and people are just some of the things landing in the water. Ryan is thrilled to find a package label "Secret Advantage" among the supplies. He quickly hides it in his pants. Jeff then rings the bell and everyone scrambles to get the supplies and themselves into their tribe boats, so they can head towards the beach and get fire. The Healers arrive at the beach first. The Heroes tribe is close behind them. The Healers lift Roark up to light their torch from the urn of fire above. The Heroes lift up Chrissy to light their torch. Meanwhile, the Hustlers are having a hard time getting their boat to shore. The Healers get fire first and win the massive fire making kit. The Heroes get fire next and win the flint to make fire. The Hustlers are just now approaching the beach. They will go to their camp with no fire making equipment. Ali is disappointed in her Hustler tribe.
|“||I'm hoping that our work ethic and our strength alone can push us to come together and get it done.||”|
Jeff sends everyone off in their boats with a map to their tribe camps.
As the Healers approach their beach, they see a huge bonfire waiting for them at their camp. They are so excited to have won the first challenge and the coveted fire reward.
|“||Healers are definitely a team based group in terms of how we approach our careers, and in terms of how we approach our lives and I think that's a really distinct difference between us and the other two.||”|
The Healers arrive at camp and immediately unload the supplies from their boat. Joe feels that with three strong ladies like Roark, Desi, and Jessica and a guy like Cole who is very fit, they have a great tribe and should be successful in challenges. Jessica is also happy to be on the tribe with Cole, whom she finds very attractive. Joe is happy to see that his tribe is full of nice and caring people.
|“||I came out here to win and I'm probably more strategic than everyone all together. So, they're just all my victims at this point.||”|
Over at the Heroes' camp, JP is using the flint to make fire. The rest of the tribe is building their shelter. Ashley is ready to make alliances right away. She first approaches JP and suggests the two of them team up with Ben to form an alliance. JP agrees. After nine years of playing in the NFL, Alan is used to sizing up his competition quickly.
|“||I'm definitely going to play the game, which for me is a full tilt sprint out of the gate.||”|
Ben asks Alan whom he would like to work with. Alan recommends they align with JP because he is strong and can help them win challenges. Ben agrees and suggests they make Ashley the fourth person in their alliance to give them a majority. Alan likes that plan. As he walks through camp, he notices how much time JP and Ashley are spending together.
|“||This power couple or whatever they got going on is over.||”|
When Chrissy and Katrina leave camp to get water, Ben confirms with Alan, JP, and Ashley that the four of them are an alliance that will work together. Ben calls them the Core 4. He likes working with Alan, JP, and Ashley, since they are younger and more fit than the two moms. Meanwhile, Chrissy and Katrina agree to work together at the water well. They know they are older than the others and feel it is important to stick together.
|“||Winning is the most important thing right now for this tribe.||”|
The Hustlers are at their camp working on a shelter. Lauren is disappointed that they did not do well in the first challenge, but she knows that hustlers are typically hard workers.
|“||If we play as a team, we'll be fine and if not, we're going to be screwed.||”|
Patrick is building the shelter, but takes a break to show the others a stick bug which is on his hand.
|“||My priorities for day one are to make sure that I obviously connect with people.||”|
Challenge: Race to Shore
When host Jeff Probst rings a bell, all three tribes will have to make their way to their boats, along with the items they collected, and paddle to shore. Once all six members are ashore, they must raise one member to reach a fire pit with a torch. The first two tribes to light their torches win.
Reward: Firemaking kit (1st place); flint (2nd place)
Winners (in order of finish): Soko and Levu
Immunity Challenge: Tracks of My Tears
The tribe will run up a cargo net to the top of a tower. Each tribe will need to pull up a cart on a track to the top. They will then careen down in the cart, where they will choose one of three mazes. The first tribe will choose one of three mazes (between an obstacle maze, a rail maze, and a traditional maze), the second will choose one of the two remaining mazes, and the last will take the one left over. They will then run up another tower, where they will pull up and lock in their maze. The first two tribes to get all three balls into a slot wins.
Additional Stipulation: If Yawa wins, they will receive flint.
Winners (in order of finish): Soko and Yawa
| Tribal Council 1:|
Katrina (5 votes)
Alan, Ashley, Ben, Chrissy, JP
Ashley (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
No voting confessionals were aired this episode.
|“||I think this tribe's very interesting. It's an interesting group with a lot of pride. I feel very honored that I got to be on the "Hero" tribe and I'm proud of being an Olympian, I always will be an Olympian. I think maybe I was a little bit too eager getting into the game, and there was very little keeping me talking about strategy, but I really had a blast being out there, I really enjoyed what I did get to do. I wish it was longer than three days, and I do wish all the contestants the best of luck.||”|
Still in the Running
- Healers Arrive at Camp: The Soko tribe arrives at camp, and members of the tribe share their first impressions.
Behind the Scenes
- Ryan Ulrich had the most confessionals in this episode, with 6.
|Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Episodes|
"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident" · "I'm a Wild Banshee" · "My Kisses Are Very Private" · "I Don't Like Having Snakes Around" · "The Past Will Eat You Alive" · "This Is Why You Play Survivor" · "Get to Gettin'" · "Playing with the Devil" · "Fear of the Unknown" · "Buy One, Get One Free" · "Not Going to Roll Over and Die" · "The Survivor Devil" · "Million Dollar Night" · "Reunion"