"An Emerging Plan"
Gang hang panama
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Panama
Episode Number: 8/16 (176)
Original Release: March 30, 2006
Viewership (in millions): 16.25[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 5.8/17 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "A Closer Look"
Next: "The Power of the Idol"

An Emerging Plan is the eighth episode of Survivor: Panama.


Day 15

During the night, it begins to rain and Courtney has a horrible time sleeping between being soaking wet and dealing with elbows from Shane.

Day 16

A miserable Courtney and Danielle discuss getting rid of Shane, who adamantly wanted out of their alliance. While tidying up his rock garden Bruce feels like he is the odd man out and he hopes that he can make it to the merge.

Sally looks for the idol at Exile Island, but is happy to still be alive in the game. She wonders if Terry might have found the idol already...

At La Mina, Tree Mail indicates that there is treasure to be found on the back of their beach. The three men take a walk to find it and discover a boat with a crate inside. A note tells them to pack up their things and meet up with Casaya where they can open the crate together—must be a merge!

When a lazy Casaya sees the three coming, they quickly scarf down the rest of their rice so that they don't have to share and agree to go to the final six together. Upon Sally joining them from Exile Island, the castaways open the crate and confirm that they are a merged tribe! They share all of the food within and La Mina is pleased with how well they have been welcomed by Casaya.

Bruce finds himself in the swing vote position, entertaining both an offer from Terry and leadership respect from Shane and Aras. While working on a new shelter, Nick is cutting through some rope and accidentally hits Bruce in the face with the machete, splitting his lip and chipping a tooth. Nick is mortified but Bruce is okay and doesn't let it affect his game.

Day 17

The former La Mina members attempt to recruit a fifth member into their alliance but Austin has no luck with Aras, and Terry has no luck with Shane or Cirie. At the Immunity Challenge, Terry hangs on in an endurance challenge the longest and wins the first individual immunity.

Day 18

Casaya gathers together and debate on whether to vote for Austin or Nick. Shane annoys the former La Mina's, earning their votes. Austin reveals his strategy to appear weak in the Immunity Challenge but ultimately Nick is voted out 6-4.


Immunity Challenge: Vampire Bats
The members of the newly merged tribe must use their arms and legs to hang beneath a raised log for as long as possible.
Winner: Terry Deitz

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 7:
S12 nick t
Nick (6 votes)
S12 aras tS12 bruce tS12 cirie t
S12 courtney tS12 danielle tS12 shane t
Aras, Bruce, Cirie, Courtney, Danielle, Shane
S12 shane t
Shane (4 votes)
S12 austin tS12 nick tS12 sally tS12 terry t
Austin, Nick, Sally, Terry
S12 nick bw
Nick Stanbury

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Shane) Shane, I'm giving you a vote tonight. Just kind of a shot across your bow, but regardless if I put your name down...


(voting for Shane) You're a cool guy, man. Just voting for you, 'cause you led the charge to get me outta here. Best of luck, man.


(voting for Shane) Shot in the dark. We'll see what happens.


(voting for Shane) I'm just voting with the tribe. You're a great leader, and probably a pretty pointless vote, but...


(voting for Nick) Nick, it has been truly a pleasure and an honor to do battle with you. This is just part of our team strategy. Love you, buddy.


(voting for Nick) Nothing personal, just strategy. Sorry.


(voting for Nick) It was a pleasure. I'll see you soon.


(voting for Nick) This makes me really sad.


(voting for Nick) Just the numbers thing, man.


(voting for Nick) Nothing personal. You're a great guy.


Final Words

All you kids in your mid-20s that are in my situation, confused, not sure which direction life's pulling you, you're just trying to find yourself. I urge us all, please, be hungry, be foolish, block out the noise, find yourselves, be who you potentially are. And be true to your dreams, and what you really want to do. If we all maximize that personal freedom, then we'll change the world.

Nick Stanbury

Still in the Running

S12 tina bw
S12 melinda bw
S12 misty bw
S12 ruthmarie bw
S12 bobby bw
S12 dan bw
S12 nick bw
S12 aras t
S12 austin t
S12 bruce t
S12 cirie t
S12 courtney t
S12 danielle t
S12 sally t
S12 shane t
S12 terry t