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Matchmaker (also known informally as The Mixer) is a recurring Reward Challenge. The game is similar to Memory, in that it requires memory, but introduces the additional element of information management in interactions with the opposite tribe.


Everyone is given a box with a certain number of items. One at a time, each castaway will ask someone on either tribe for a certain item. If the person asked has the item, they score a point for their tribe. The tribe with most matches win. In All-Stars, once someone's box is empty, that person is out of the game.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: The Amazon as a Reward Challenge for various toiletries. Every box had 5 items (35 pairs) meaning the tribe that reaches 18 wins. JoAnna Ward started things off by asking Dave Johnson for a pumice stone, which he didn't have. Daniel Lue scored the first point when he asked Shawna Mitchell for soap. Tambaqui had an initial lead over Jaburu. Jaburu gradually was able to catch up and eventually surpass Tambaqui when Daniel asked Heidi Strobel for conditioner, which Rob Cesternino had already asked for. With the score of 14 (Tambaqui) to 17 (Jaburu), Dave asked Christy Smith for shampoo. She didn't have it, allowing Jeanne Hebert to score the winning point for Jaburu. The final score was 18-14.

The challenge was reused in Survivor: All-Stars for reward. This time, the boxes had four items in them. Susan Hawk and Big Tom Buchanan sat out for Chapera, while Colby Donaldson sat out for Mogo MogoBoston Rob Mariano was first and asked Ethan Zohn for a rock. When he did not have one, Richard Hatch scored the first point of the game by asking Boston Rob for the same thing. Surprisingly, many subsequent guesses scoring points on the first try, leaving Jeff Probst amazed. Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien said that "No food makes you psychic" while Ethan told Jeff to make the boxes thicker. This ended when Lex van den Berghe guessed wrong about Jenna Lewis having a feather, which Alicia Calaway used to her benefit. Eventually, Alicia won the game when acquiring Jerri Manthey's seed, winning the final piece of the map to a hidden rice deposit and a bathroom for Chapera. Saboga placed second, receiving a piece of a map to a rice deposit. The final score was 9-8-5.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
The Amazon
"Girl Power"
Tribal Reward S6 christy t.pngS6 deena t.pngS6 heidi t.png
S6 jeanne t.pngS6 jenna t.pngS6 joanna t.pngS6 shawna t.png
"Wipe Out!"
Tribal Reward S8 alicia t.pngS8 amber t.pngS8 robc t.png
S8 robm t.pngS8 tom t.pngS8 susan t.png
S8 ethan t.pngS8 jennal t.pngS8 jerri t.pngS8 rupert t.png



  • This challenge has only been used for reward.
    • By extension, the reward has always included toiletries.
  • Rob Cesternino is the only contestant to compete in this challenge twice. He won once and lost once.
  • Both times this challenge was played:
  • Every winning tribe's highest-ranking member was its youngest woman.

Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Reinventing The Wheel · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me