Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise

Season 11, Ep 1, Aired 9/15/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The new castaways are stranded in the unforgiving jungles of Guatemala, left to live inside the Mayan ruins in the new season of Survivor! The tribemates are split up into two tribes automatically and are greeted with a surprise as they approach host Jeff Probst -- two past Survivors are coming back to play the game again and serve as resource tools. Bobby Jon Drinkard from Survivor: Palau joins the Nakum Tribe (wearing yellow), which consists of Brandon Bellinger, Danni Boatwright, Margaret Bobonich, Cindy Hall, Jim Lynch, Judd Sergeant, Brooke Struck and Blake Towsley. Stephenie LaGrossa, also from Palau, steps up for the Yaxha Tribe (wearing blue), which is made up of Gary Hogeboom, Rafe Judkins, Morgan McDevitt, Lydia Morales, Jamie Newtom, Amy O'Hara, Brianna Verela and Brian Corridan. The new teams are set loose to complete an 11-Mile trek through the jungle, with the better campsite and flint at stake. Nakum finishes only moments before Yaxha, but Yaxha seems to come off with the better end of the stick when many Nakum members begin getting sick. The sickness and discomfort for Nakum proves to be an advantage to Yaxha, who wins the Immunity Challenge and sends Nakum to Tribal Council, where they vote Jim out of the tribe.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Probst


  • Bobby Jon Drinkard

    Himself (Seasons 10 & 11)

  • Stephenie LaGrossa

    Herself (Seasons 10 & 11)

  • Blake Towsley

    Himself (Season 11)

  • Brandon Bellinger

    Himself (Season 11)

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Great start! What a trek!

    By amazing_race, Mar 04, 2012

  • BJ & Stephenie Back!

    By JPPT1974, Feb 08, 2006

  • This is why Survivor keeps getting better! Bringing back Stephanie and Bobby Jon.

    By mini2z, Sep 19, 2005

  • Great New season

    By batmanmcmlxvi, Sep 17, 2005

  • Bobby Jon and Stephanie give it another try. Is this an attempt to boost ratings or a vote of no confidence in the new batch of survivors? How about a little of both.

    By danasdude, Sep 16, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Danni: We were really happy with Bobby Jon on our tribe. A man is just stronger than a woman is, and it makes it, you know, easy on the eyes around the tribe, so that's always a plus!

    • Jeff: (To Nakum) It seems like the dilemma for this tribe is how to give it your all without killing yourself.

    • Judd: I'm really starting to adapt to this jungle. Jungle Judd, right?

    • Jeff: For the first time, Steph, Survivor will have a Tribal Council that you will not be attending.

    • Margaret: These big strong guys, strong as oxes, are all down!

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    Notes (9)

    • Nominations: - Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) - Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) - Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming - Multi-Camera Productions

    • All the votes read by Jeff Probst at Tribal Council were for Jim even though Jim cast a vote for Margaret, which wasn't read. Previously, this only happened before in the Survivor: Outback episode "The Gloves Come Off" when Kimmi was voted out.

    • This season began filming on June 27th, 2005.

    • This is the longest first challenge for the contestants ever to take place on Survivor.

    • Gary Hogeboom played 10 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, and Phoenix Cardinals. He joins Ted Rogers (football, Dallas Cowboys 1994 pre-season), Ethan Zohn (soccer), and Travis Sampson (wrestling) as "Survivor" contestants with professional sports on his/her resume.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Excluding "Survivor: All-Stars", this is the first time that contestants from a previous season (Stephenie and Bobby Jon from "Palau") have been allowed to compete again in another season.

    • This is the first ever "Survivor" installment with no African-American males or females competing.

    Allusions (1)

    • Cindy compares one moment during the hike to the Oscar-nominated film Seabiscuit, starring Tobey Maguire, when she says of a moment when both tribes see each other, "It was like the movie Seabiscuit, where he sees his competition and has to go faster." Seabiscuit focuses on a racing horse and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.

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