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Marissa Lachelle Peterson[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

Recognized mainly because of being the paternal niece of Survivor: Borneo contestant Gervase Peterson, Marissa was voted out at her first Tribal Council as revenge on Gervase for his cocky personality. She managed to win two Redemption Island duels, but lost her third to John Cody and Candice Cody.


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Name (Age): Marissa Peterson (21)
Tribe Designation: Loved Ones
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Gervase's Niece
Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Occupation: Student
Personal Claim to Fame: Putting myself through college.
Inspiration in Life: Tia and Tamera Mowry. They were the first black girls I saw on TV and that gave me confidence.
Hobbies: Playing sports/exercising, crafting/do-it-yourself projects and partying.
Pet Peeves: When people say they're going to do something and don't do it.
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, adventurous and passionate.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Chapstick. 2) A camera. 3) Music & speakers.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow. She was underestimated initially, great at challenges, and a power player.
Reason for Being on Survivor: To win a million dollars and to see if I'm really as tough as I think I am.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I have strong will power, I'm mentally and physically fit and I don't give up.
What Does It Mean to You to Play Survivor with Your Loved One? Playing Survivor with Gerv would be the most amazing experience, from watching him on TV in 4th grade, to getting to bond with him in the most intense and competitive setting.[2]


Marissa was placed on the Tadhana tribe since she was the niece of Gervase Peterson. At the first impressions vote she was the only one who revealed voting against Brad Culpepper, with five Tadhana tribe members voting against Laura Boneham (who voted against Marissa) which was enough to vote Laura B. out. Marissa helped build the camp along with the rest of the tribe.

At the Immunity Challenge on Day 3, Marissa was part of the running/swimming team. Tadhana gained an early lead due to Marissa's uncle Gervase struggling. Despite their early lead, Tadhana lost the challenge due to Katie CollinsCiera Eastin, and Caleb Bankston struggling on the puzzle portion of the challenge. Back at camp Marissa assumed the tribe was voting for Katie since she cost them the challenge. Although Katie was perceived as weak, the Tadhana Men's Alliance targeted Marissa due to Gervase boasting about Galang's challenge win. At Tribal Council Marissa was shocked to find out she was voted off just to teach Gervase a lesson. Marissa was sent to Redemption Island by a unanimous 8-1 decision.

Marissa joined Rupert Boneham and Candice Cody on Redemption Island who gave her a warm welcome. Marissa told them the reason why she was voted out was to spite her uncle, but Candice disagreed, thinking the reason she was voted out was because she called Brad out on Day 1.

At the first duel, Marissa expressed hostility towards her former tribe upon being voted out. Gervase opted not to switch places with her, telling her to "handle your biz". Competing in the first Redemption Island duel, Marissa placed second behind Candice, eliminating Rupert and keeping Marissa in the game. During the next duel, Marissa, along with fellow inhabitants, Candice and Rachel Foulger, entered the arena. Marissa then got into a fight with Brad Culpepper about voting out their tribes strongest players. After Brad told her that's the way the game goes, this resulted in Marissa snapping and shouting "F*** you Brad Culpepper" to Brad, before the duel started, which promoted her Uncle Gervase warning her to "Tone it down". During the duel, Marissa got into a lead, but after the time skip, Candice caught up and eventually finished first. Due the extremely high temperature, Marissa said she couldn't continue, but Gervase told her to get it done. Rachel was almost ready to tip her blocks, but Marissa tipped it first. After a close race, Rachel's stopped and Marissa's kept on going, keeping her in the game and eliminating Rachel.

When John Cody showed up to Redemption Island at night, John said it was good he and wife Candice were reunited, but Marissa told them "It's Not Good", referring to the fact it wasn't good to be on Redemption Island. In the next duel, Candice and Marissa competed against John. Despite Marissa sharing an early advantage with John, after John finished the puzzle, Marissa began to get frustrated, and Candice's methodical approach helped her catch up. In the end, Candice finished before Marissa, and Marissa was eliminated in seventeenth place.

Voting History

Marissa's Voting History
Episode Marissa's
Voted Against
1 Brad Katie, Laura B.
Katie Brad, Caleb, Ciera, Hayden,
John, Katie, Rachel, Vytas
Voted Out, Day 3
2 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 9



  • Marissa was the youngest contestant on Blood vs. Water.
  • Marissa, along with fellow Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestants Ciera Eastin, Vytas Baskauskas, and Katie Collins are the second through fifth people to be a blood relative of a past contestant. The first was Brandon Hantz, being the nephew of Russell Hantz.
  • Marissa holds the record for the most amount of votes received in the shortest amount of time (10 votes by Day 3).
  • Marissa is the first person to be voted off in Tribal Council, but not be the first person of the season to be voted off, following one of the season's twists
  • Marissa is the only female contestant from Tadhana to survive a Redemption Island duel.
  • Marissa is the first African-American contestant to survive a duel on Redemption Island.
  • Marissa and John Cody were the only members of Tadhana to survive more than one Redemption Island duel.


Survivor: Blood vs. Water Castaways
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