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Season 7 Episode 1

Beg, Barter, Steal

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After traveling all night, 16 new competitors arrive in Panama City, Board the Rembrandt von Rijn still towing their bags, and, under the assumption that the upcoming Survivor: Pearl Islands starts in a few days, believe that they are sailing out to take publicity photos. Little do they know that it's already Day One, and they soon learn from Jeff Probst that in true pirate fashion, they'll be competing with just the clothes on their backs (with the exception of their running shoes for challenges). The castaways give Jeff their passports, jewelry, and any items that they don't want to lose, and are separated into two tribes named after two notorious pirates who sailed Panama's waters -- Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake. Wearing blue, the Drake Tribe consists of Rupert Boneham, Shawn Cohen, Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Trish Dunn, Christa Hastie, Burton Roberts and Michelle Tesauro. Wearing orange, the Morgan Tribe consists of Tijuana "T" Bradley, Nicole Delma, Darrah Johnson, Lillian "Lill" Morris, Ryan "Ryno" Opray, Andrew Savage, "Skinny" Ryan Shoulers and Osten Taylor. The two tribes then receive one bag of Panamanian money each and, after jumping overboard, head to an island where they find a Panamanian fishing village where must they pay and/or barter for the supplies they'll need for their adventure, keeping in mind that they must set aside enough money for boat rides to their respective islands, where they must be before sundown. After a tough loss at an Immunity Challenge, the Morgan Tribe goes to Tribal Council to vote off their first "pirate."moreless

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  • Best of the best!

    I love this Pearl Islands as it is the best

    Of the best of the Survivor show as it shows

    The teams being in their clothes thinking that they were on their way to a photo shoot

    As Jeff informs them that they would be in their clothes and live like pirates for thirty-nine days!
Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst


Rupert Boneham

Rupert Boneham

Himself (Season 7 and 8)

Tijuana Bradley

Tijuana Bradley

Herself (Season 7)

Shawn Cohen

Shawn Cohen

Himself (Season 7)

Jonny Fairplay

Jonny Fairplay

Himself (Season 7)

Nicole Delma

Nicole Delma

Herself (Season 7)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Rupert: The other team Morgan, came over, sat there stuff down next to ours, and all left! This is definitely, a pirate adventure.... Pirates steal... pirates pillage... pirates take advantage... if they were silly enough to put that stuff right next to me, I'm gonna put it in my thing! All the trade goods, all the little womens shoes, the insoles, everything I could find in theirs, I took.

  • NOTES (9)

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera).

    • The tribe names, Blake and Morgan, are named after famous pirates.

    • Sandra Diaz-Twine is the first Hispanic-American contestant since Jessie Camacho in season 3.

    • The complete seventh season of the show, "Survivor: Pearl Islands" was released on DVD on February 7, 2006.

    • Nicole was the first castaway voted off "Survivor: Pearl Islands". She is the first young female to be voted off first.

    • For the first time in Survivor history, objects are stolen from one tribe by another (Rupert of Drake stole the merchandise from Morgan off their raft). Another first, the castaways have no change of clothes or luxury items.

    • This episode was 1 hour and 30 minutes long and filmed during the week of June 23, 2003.

    • The season was named "Survivor: Pearl Islands" to avoid confusion with the second season of the U.K. version of Survivor which was named Survivor: Panama. The theme for the season was pirates. When used in promotions and during All-Stars, this season was referred to as "Survivor: Pearl Islands - Panama".

    • Survivor 7 had previously been planned to be the all-stars season, but was pushed back for Survivor 8.