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Lisa Whelchel Competes in the Mud on Survivor

Lisa Whelchel (left) and Denise Stapley on Survivor: Philippines

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updated 10/24/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 10/24/2012 AT 3:50 PM ET

Blair would not approve.

On Wednesday night’s episode of Survivor: Philippines, Lisa Whelchel – who played the prim and proper Blair Warner on The Facts of Life – gets down and dirty in a mud-based challenge.

During a reward challenge, the newly single actress, 49, (who’s become a surprisingly resilient competitor) ends up wrestling with sex therapist Denise Stapley, who is arguably the strongest woman in the entire competition.

According to CBS, Whelchel and her fellow competitors will also make Survivor history on Wednesday night’s episode, when opposing tribes begin bargaining in the middle of a challenge.

For those who prefer to remember Lisa Whelchel in all her ’80s glory, check out this exclusive personal backstage photo of herself with Nancy McKeon and a mullet-ed George Clooney that she’s shared with PEOPLE.

From left: Nancy McKeon, George Clooney and Lisa Whelchel, in their Facts of Life days

Courtesy Lisa Whelchel

Survivor: Philippines airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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