Season 12 Episode 6

Salvation and Desertion

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

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

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  • Interesting!

    This was an interesting episode I feel, because a nice twist shook up things at La Mina and allowed one of my favourite players to stick around into the merge.

    Dan was not someone I liked - but he was likeable in his final episode and took his departure gracefully, although I do wihs he fought for it a bit more.

    Casaya is such a trainwreck and I love it. The tribe is complete chaos and they seem clueless and it's hilarious most of the time. Baffles me that they keep winning tbh.

    Looking forward to more!moreless
  • An interesting twist saves one castaway from certain elimination, but overall one of the season's weaker episodes. La Mina's loss also sets them up for annihilation. If a merge were to happen, they'd be down 6-4 and only Terry could change things.moreless

    *Spoiler* In retrospect, this is a vastly important episode, as it sets La Mina up like bowling pins to be knocked down by a surprisingly tight Casaya tribe. Had La Mina won, this game would've been a lot of different at the merge with Terry's Idol breaking the 5-5 vote and taking the numbers 5-4. Another great example of the importance of Immunity.

    What deducts marks from this episode is the fact that you knew before Tribal Council who would be going home. I hate when that happens. It doesn't happen often; usually the producers give us something to make us second guess ourselves. Not this time. It was clear that Astronaut Dan was leaving.

    However, that wasn't clear until after the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, where we learned that, TWIST, the winner of the challenge would send one person to Exile Island, where he/she would be IMMUNE from the vote. Casaya played this perfectly. They knew Sally would likely be the next gone, so they sent her to Exile, forcing the men to turn on themselves. I found that very interesting and worthy of high marks, but the way it played out was rather boring.

    What made this episode interesting was the exploration of Terry's character. I think Terry is very selfish, and maybe a little bit dumb. He gets rid of his number one ally in Dan. I sympathize with Dan and also feel that Terry should have forced a tie, forcing a challenge that would have let the "best man" win. Instead, the tribe scapegoatted Dan for their loss and didn't give him the chance to redeem himself in an invididual challenge (assuming that that's what the tiebreaker would be). Bad on Terry. He lost my favor with that move. At least Dan knew he was going and there was no sneaky stuff. If I were Dan, I'd have fought a lot harder to stay, ultimately 'forcing' Terry to make it a tie so I could have a chance to fight it out, man against man. Oh well, Dan's loss.

    Over at Casaya, Shane's had enough of his alliance. He wants out. The fascinating thing about all this is that he only wants out with Courtney and Danielle. Apparently he has nothing against Aras. It's fascinating because Aras was the one who wanted Bruce out (instead of Bobby), while the women approached Shane to get out Bobby like he originally wanted! Yet he goes off on them being overly emotional or something. Love that guy. He sure makes this season watchable. .... .... ....

    Ah, Cirie. I love how she's lasted so long. She's the last remaining player from the Older Women's tribe. And she's at it again. Courtney didn't sleep in the tent and thus didn't hear Shane's late night rantings against Danielle. But of course Cirie approaches Courtney to let her know Shane wants out of the alliance. Well done, Cirie. You bidded your time perfectly, and are now in a pretty damn good position. However! Casaya wins the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge and actually seems to bond again during the reward. Shane and Danielle make up. And Cirie ain't happy about it! LOL. She's great. Another great cast member this season that really hasn't had that many standouts.

    Oh, and Shane finally gets a cigarette! How epic was that scene!moreless
  • Pretty boring episode

    Really boring episode as nothing exciting happened besides from Shane's usual bickering which wasn't even that explosive this episode.

    I don't know why they put the reward and immunity challenge together. I wonder if the producers saw what was going on with Shane and didn't want them to throw the immunity challenge so they lumped them together so Casay would have something worth fighting for.

    I would have loved to see them throw the immunity challenge and then get rid of Shane. But we all know the most controversial person on a reality show is what people usually find the most entertaining.moreless
  • Quite a predictable outcome. Shane gets on everyone's nerves, Casaya wins challenge, Dan sent packing.

    Am absolutely stoked that Sally was chosen to be exiled to 'Exile Island' and thus given immunity from tribal council. Would have rather Shane be kicked off, I seriously can't stand the guy.

    And swearing on his son, didn't the guy watch the season where Twila swore on her son? It didn't have a pretty ending.
  • power continues to shift in favour of Casaya. And the astronaut is sent packing.

    Thank god I no longer have to look at that frightening creature of a man. Seriously he was a creapy man. And I would hate to have him in an alliance only becuase he has absolutely no control over his facial expressions. it's just terrible.

    In general I am really enjoying this season. The exile island thing is great, because it gives the winning tribe so much more power and livens up the game. For example keeping Sally was a very good idea since it breaks up the alliance at the boys camp.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Aras: Truth be told, I think it's great that the alliance has broken up, because it's a paper tiger. There's no power to this alliance anymore. Unless [Shane's] somehow able to find a way to apologize to the girls and say, 'Look, I really didn't mean it,' I feel like that guy is going to go home.

    • Nick: (About Dan) I never thought I'd even meet an astronaut, never mind live with one. I mean, the guy's looked at the earth from space.

    • Sally: These guys think that they know how the game works, but I'd be very surprised if the all-man's club ended up lasting as long as they think it would.

    • Cirie: The reward kind of brought us together, but that's the thing. It's kind of a double-edged sword for me. In a way, I almost wanted to lose, because I really felt like Shane was going.

    • Sally: It's exciting and frustrating to think that there's an Immunity Idol out here somewhere, but it's overwhelming. You really don't know where to start.

    • Sally: (About being "banished" to Exile Island) This is a gift to be here, so I'm thrilled. It's like a little vacation: some girl time; get away from all those boys for awhile.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Large Team Entries - Primarily Multi-Camera Productions)

    • This is only the second episode in history in which a contestant (Shane) has been allowed to smoke. In Survivor: Borneo: episode "Crack In The Alliance," Gervase received cigars and shared with other castaways after receiving news of the birth of his son

    • Dan is voted off in this episode, making him the sixth player (but only second male) to be eliminated from this season.


    • Terry comments that former astronaut Dan, "has the right stuff." The Right Stuff was a novel, later turned into a TV mini-series, about the early years of NASA.