Survivor

Every season, someone emerges as a Survivor fan favorite.

Back in 2000, people actually wrote songs about Survivor's first sweetheart, the quirky and cute Colleen Haskell. Haskell parlayed that fame into a leading role in a Rob Schneider movie before vanishing from public life. (Speaking of Colleen, does anyone know where she is these days? Asking for a friend.)

We've seen other favorites come and go: Rupert, Russell, Cirie, Joe. CBS knows how to promote these fan favorites – casting them on subsequent seasons, booking them on soap operas and even having them compete on The Price Is Right.

But this is a first.

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Some Survivor eliminations are more painful to watch than others.

Alecia Holden, a 24-year-old real estate agent from Dallas, was inexplicably put on the "Brawn" tribe of Survivor: Kaoh Rong. It didn't go well.

Holden never quite fit in with the rest of her tribe. From the start, she was on the outs with former NBA star Scot Pollard and Michigan bounty hunter Kyle Jason. The clashes grew increasingly personal – and viewers have taken to social media to blast Pollard and Jason for actions they thought were misogynstic and disrespectful.

But Holden tells PEOPLE that she is far from a victim in the tribe dynamic – although you shouldn't expect her to invite her former tribemates over for dinner.

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Over the years, Survivor has had its share of medical evacuations.

Sometimes, it was the contestant's own fault, like when Mike Skupin fell into a fire during 2001's Australian Outback. Sometimes, it was due to illness, like when Panama's Bruce Kanegai found himself severely constipated.

Other times, the blame falls on the producers. In 2012, contestant Kourtney Moon broke her wrist during an ill-conceived challenge that had contestants jumping from a 25-ft. tower into a net.

But no Survivor has been quite as brutal and chaotic as last week's episode, where contestants spent nearly an hour digging in hot sand for bags of balls.

Three contestants had to be treated for some sort of heatstroke or heat exhaustion. While two of them recovered, Army vet Caleb Reynolds was evacuated from the game.

Reynolds, 28, tells PEOPLE about his horrifying experience – and how he's preparing to play the game again.

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Okay, watch the above exclusive Survivor preview showing the Survivor: Kaoh Rong episode 4 immunity challenge in which contestants have to run through obstacles and dig through sand for bags. We've seen it dozens of times before.

No big deal, right?

Wrong.

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Sometimes, Survivor contestants just find themselves on the wrong side of the numbers. Other times, they have the numbers, but they self destruct and find themselves voted out by their own alliance.

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

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Survivor's Sugar Kiper is Married – and Has a New Baby Girl!

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She's an actress and pin-up model. He's a photographer. So it seemed natural for two-time Survivor contestant Jessica "Sugar" Kiper to tie the knot with her new husband, Nicholas Critelli.

The couple said "I do" on Valentine's Day in a small outdoor ceremony. The reception was held in a '50s diner. "It's unique," Kiper tells PEOPLE. "But I wanted to do something different. I'm wearing a red dress because that's good luck."

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Survivor is back this week – and by all accounts, it's one of the most difficult environments in the show's 32-season history.

"The conditions are punishing," host Jeff Probst tells PEOPLE. "There's rain. There's heat. It's just miserable. The problem with the rough conditions is that even a minor cut or scrape can become really dangerous."

If the show's first five minutes are any indication of what's in store for the 18 contestants, it looks brutal.

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Speaks Out After Child Pornography and Racketeering Arrest: 'I Have Never, Ever Hurt a Child'

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Michael Skupin is speaking out for the first time since last week's arrest – and the reality star vigorously maintains his innocence.

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