"The Facts of Life" star Lisa Whelchel is hanging in there on "Survivor: Philippines" despite some early struggles. Even worse, her tribe -- most of whom have no idea who she is -- have been gunning for her as they always do middle-aged women on this show. But her strategy of laying low seems to be paying off as she may be making alliances that will help her later in the game.

It also helps that she's on one of the winning tribes. So far, it's been an absolute bloodbath between the three tribes with Matsing losing the first three challenges. And just like that, their tribe of six has been cut in half, and the remaining three members are in a tough spot in this game.

This week, both Angie and veteran Russell struggled in the diving challenge, leaving Malcolm and Denise -- who are in a secret alliance -- to determine who would help them the most. They had more loyalty with Angie, but it won't do them much good if the tribe is decimated long before a merge can even happen. And so they cut her loose, despite Russell's challenge struggles.

"Survivor: Philippines" continues on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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    Lisa Whelchel, a former TV teen star currently living in Dallas, Texas.

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    Roberta "RC" Saint-Amour, an investment banker currently living in New York.

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    Roberta "RC" Saint-Amour, an investment banker currently living in New York.

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    Zane Knight, a tire repair man currently living in Danville, VA.

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    Zane Knight, a tire repair man currently living in Danville, VA.

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    Malcolm Freberg, a bartender currently living in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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    Malcolm Freberg, a bartender currently living in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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    Jeff Kent, a retired Major League Baseball player currently living in Austin, Texas.

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    Jeff Kent, a retired Major League Baseball player currently living in Austin, Texas.

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    Denise Stapley, a sex therapist currently living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    Denise Stapley, a sex therapist currently living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    Dana Lambert, a cosmetologist currently living in Winston-Salem, NC.

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    Dana Lambert, a cosmetologist currently living in Winston-Salem, NC.

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    Angie Layton, a student currently living in Provo, Utah.

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    Abi-Maria Gomes, a business student currently living in Los Angeles.

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    Abi-Maria Gomes, a business student currently living in Los Angeles.

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    Artis Silvester, a computer engineer currently living in Terry Town, LA.

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    Artis Silvester, a computer engineer currently living in Terry Town, LA.

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    Carter Williams, a track coach currently living in Shawnee, KS.

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    Katie Hanson, former Miss Delaware, currently living in Newark, Del.

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    Katie Hanson, former Miss Delaware, currently living in Newark, Del.

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    Roxanne "Roxy" Morris, a seminary student currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Roxanne "Roxy" Morris, a seminary student currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Peter "Pete" Yurkowski, an engineering graduate currently living in Holmdel, NJ.

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    Peter "Pete" Yurkowski, an engineering graduate currently living in Holmdel, NJ.

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    Sarah Dawson, an insurance sales woman currently living in Silver Spring, MD.

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    Sarah Dawson, an insurance sales woman currently living in Silver Spring, MD.

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    The "Survivor" cast.