Simmering family rivalries come to the forefront during an intense tribal challenge. One castaway's decision on what to do for the rest of the game has a tremendous impact on the remaining contestants.
The first duel is held at Redemption Island with the participants trying to do well enough to stay in the game. Despite earlier declarations, one tribe member reverts back to the attitude and form seen in the past.
Aired after the finale of "Survivor: Panama - Exile Island." Live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, host Jeff Probst tallies the votes cast by the jury on Night 39 and reveals which of the Final Two is the winner $1,000,000 and the title of Sole Survivor. All 16 castaways reunite for the first time since Day 1 and talk about their experiences playing the game of "Survivor." This episode also confirmed Survivor 13 which is entitled "Survivor: Cook Islands."moreless
Due to a tie for the majority of the vote, two of the Final Four players must compete in a race to build a fire big enough to burn a string that will raise a flag once it breaks. The winner moves on to the Final Three, and the loser becomes the sixth juror. With the hidden immunity idol no longer in play, no one is sent to Exile Island following the final reward challenge. The Final Three do, however, go to Exile Island one last time to pay tribute to the players they outlasted by collecting their torches, placing them on the log skull, raising the Exile flag and setting the skull ablaze. They then compete in the final immunity challenge which helps determine who advances to the Final Two.moreless
A medical emergency forces one castaway to leave the island for treatment and the other players are left to ponder whether the person will return to the game or not. At the Reward Challenge, the tribe members are required to answer personal questions about their fellow tribemates which does not sit well with Courtney.moreless
Several castaways accept a tempting offer of food that means they must opt out of the Immunity Challenge; the remaining Casaya members are asked to form a new alliance; and Shane decides to wear a skirt.moreless
Two tribe members are sent to Exile Island and they form an unexpected bond. Castaways from the original La Mina team try to break up the Casaya alliance. At tribal council, the eighth person is voted off of the islands.moreless
La Mina leaves their camp and paddles to the Casaya beach. Knowing that a merge is on its way, Casaya huddles up and vow to stay together until the end and quickly finish up their rice. The tribes then officially merge. While working on the shelter, Bruce chips his tooth from the swing of Nick's machete. Afterwards, the new Gitanos tribe participates in their first individual immunity and sends someone off the island.moreless
When the castaways get word of the upcoming challenge, one with a huge reward, they all work their hardest to win. The tough challenge results in a big win for Casaya, and the team collectively wins the prize, which includes immunity, the choice of which member of La Mina goes to Exile Island, and the chance to visit a Panamanian town and distribute toys and food to the children there. During Casaya's trip, the tension that occurred prior to winning, the apparent break-up of the Shane-Aras-Courtney-Danielle alliance, was forgotten, and all enjoyed the reward. Meanwhile, at La Mina, Sally, the last woman on the tribe, is saved from certain elimination when Casaya sends her to Exile Island, and while she is gone, Dan reveals his astronaut past to the rest of his tribe. Whether or not this fact has any bearing on that night's decision is trivial: Terry sides with the younger men, Nick and Austin, and Dan's torch becomes the sixth snuffed out.moreless
When La Mina loses the reward challenge, Casaya chooses to banish Terry, La Mina's strongest member, to Exile Island. Alone, Terry figures out the ominous clues and winds up discovering the secret immunity idol on the island, but once back at his camp, he decides to keep his find a secret. At Casaya, the tribe's alliance of four, Aras, Courtney, Danielle, and Shane, begins to fall apart when Shane and Danielle butt heads about the workload at camp. Left without Terry for a day or two, La Mina struggles to survive while everyone waits for another strong leader to emerge from among them. When Terry returns to the game at the Immunity Challenge, it appears as though his tribe really needed him at camp, seeing how they lose the challenge and are forced to go to Tribal Council. Strategizing about who to vote off, the all-male alliance regrets Dan's decision to include Ruth Marie in their coalition and at Tribal Council, Sally is spared when the men collectively oust Ruth Marie, the tribe's weakest link.moreless
Bruce joins Casaya after voting out Melinda and right away, Bruce proves himself a hard worker but is sent back to Exile Island after his tribe loses the Reward Challenge. At La Mina, Misty tries to use her charm to keep herself in the game, but after a rough tackle Immunity Challenge, they are sent to Tribal Council.moreless
The Older Men tribe struggle at their camp through a rough storm and Shane begins to have second thoughts as to why he's playing the game. When the 4 tribes become 2, new alliances take shape. After winning a reward challenge, Sally tries her hand at fishing and loses the fishing spear. In the end, Casaya loses the Immunity Challenge and votes one of their own out.moreless
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