Season 11 Episode 8

The Hidden Immunity Idol

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2005 on CBS
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Tensions flare in the Mayan temples when Yaxha and Nakum merge into Xhákúm and Bobby Jon instantly clashes with the abrasive and stand-offish Jamie. The following morning, the former Yaxha tribe members immediatley get to work while the powerful former Nakum members, who outnumber Yaxha, sit back and relax, conspiring who would be best to vote off next. Later, the players are shocked to discover that somewhere in the jungle is a hidden immunity doll that could secure one of the players safety until the final four. At the Immunity Challenge, Jamie lays everything out on the table as he makes it clear that the former Nakum tribe, six strong, will be voting as one, picking off each of the four former Yaxha members one by one. Despite Gary's victory, this is exactly what happens at Tribal Council when Brandon's torch is snuffed, although Jamie now has almost everyone against him.


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  • What an interesting series of events!

    As usual on Survivor, the merge brings some excitement with it, and thre were definitely some interesting scenes today.

    It is clearly Nakum 6 versus Yaxha 4, but Yaxha appeared to have found a crack in Nakum's defences when Jamie starts acting completely classless.

    With Jamie's edit in the episode, I was almost certain he would be leaving, as the porducers and editers were clearly trying to make the viewers hate him!

    The Immunity Challenge slash Feats was quite interesting! Nakum took advantage and ate - well most of them did, ateleast.

    I'm not a big fan of DBrandon, but I do like Danni, so I think it is sad that Yaxha is dwindling away. The next episode should hopefully be interesting!

    I'm hoping fo r things to get really interesting and for new alliances to form. There are too many people here that I don't like, and I am hoping to see some of them go.moreless
  • Above average but sad to see Brandon go!

    It was an above average episode. And Jamie and Judd seem as though they are nothing but a bunch of whiners. I hated that Brandon had to go. And that he was a really nice young man. Even though he made the merge, he won't be in the jury.

    I especially love the hat that he wore to the show. Brought out class!
  • What a frustrating episode!

    I got so emotional over this episode because I was SO upset to see Brandon go.

    Brandon was one of my favorites, right up there with Bobby Jon, Danni, and Gary. He was such a tough competitor and he was honest, not something you see much on Survivor.

    Judd, Jamie, of how they treated their new tribemates. To greet them with "there's no room in the shelter so I hope you don't mind sleeping outside" was so rude. I couldn't stand how they all just sat around and let Bobby Jon, Brandon, Danni, and Gary do all the work.

    I used to like Lydia, Rafe, and Cindy but not after last night. It was annoying how they sat around and said they thought Jamie had to go and how they had to do what was moral. Then, of course, at tribal council they all wussed out and voted out a decent guy. The fact that the three of them made it further than Brandon is just plain irritating.

    Jamie just showed the world what a jerk he is. I couldn't believe he was talking to Bobby Jon about how Brandon was next to go and Brandon was sitting right there. He acted like Brandon didn't exist. And I won't even discuss the challenge because we all know he was a complete a**. Somebody in his alliance should have called him out.

    Steph sits around like she is queen of the tribe and she calls all the shots. They need to DETHRONE her.

    This season is definately entertaining but I will be pretty ticked if Jamie or Steph win.moreless
  • That Jamie.....

    That Jamie, he better watch himself, or he's going to be the next one voted out. He's a little trouble maker that one. But I don't think they're going to vote him off right away. They're going to wait. But you can tell that Jud is getting annoyed with him...

    Gary...just wait until everyone finds out that you really are an ex-football player. you're lying to everyone right now...just wait til your secret is revealed. it's going to be a living hell.moreless
  • A tribe divided, hidden immunity, Brandon gone

    This episode is one of the best I've seen this season. The hidden immunity idol is great, and just seeing Brandon's sudden jump from safe to having his head on the chopping block. A fine example of how nobody is safe on Survivor. Though I don't quite agree with Bobby Jon saying Jamie's actions are "no class", I'd say immature.
Bobby Jon Drinkard

Bobby Jon Drinkard

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Brandon Bellinger

Brandon Bellinger

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Cindy Hall

Cindy Hall

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Danni Boatwright

Danni Boatwright

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Gary Hogeboom

Gary Hogeboom

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Jamie Newton

Jamie Newton

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Unlike all other Survivor seasons, this merge is not celebrated by a grand feast. Instead, it takes place at the Immunity Challenge, where only four participate in it.

    • For the first time in the series, an immunity idol can be obtained by one of the players outside normal competition. They are told by Jeff Probst that an idol is hidden in the area around the camp and, once found, can be used, once only, from that night up until the Final Four competition. It goes unfound for this episode...

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (4)

    • The two tribes merge into one, Xhákúm, in this episode. The players now compete individually and will always wear red buffs.

    • Upon merging, the survivors receive tree mail announcing that hidden in the jungle is a six inch immunity idol. Whoever finds the idol may use it to save himself from being voted out of the tribe. Whoever finds the idol may choose to keep their find a secret until they decide to use it. The catch - the power expires when it comes down to the final four, and it must be revealed before the vote. No one finds the hidden idol in this episode.

    • Gary wins the first Immunity challenge of the newly formed tribe, "Pot Head," where the participating players must balance a pot on their head for a maximum of one hour. At the end of the hour, a tie-breaker round ensues, where the five remaining survivors race to the top of the Mayan temple while balancing the pot.

    • Brandon is voted out of the new tribe, narrowly missing the first seat on the jury.