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"Salvation and Desertion"
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Panama
Episode Number: 6/16 (174)
Original Release: March 9, 2006
Viewership (in millions): 15.33[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 5.4/N/A Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "For Cod's Sake"
Next: "A Closer Look"

Salvation and Desertion is the sixth episode of Survivor: Panama.


Night 14

After Tribal Council, Shane made it clear that he thinks that keeping Bruce was the wrong decision. This caused an argument between him and Danielle, who just wanted to sleep.

Day 15

The next morning, Cirie told Courtney about events of last night and the women agreed that Shane is the next to go. Danielle badmouths Shane in an confessional. At La Mina, Dan woke up early to enjoy the scenery. The others wake up and eat what little beans they had left. Sally makes a confessional about the men on her tribe, how they work and would be surprised if it goes as the men think it will. Later, Terry and Austin ate minnows. Dan revealed to Nick that he was actually on the astronaut. Nick was amazed and talks about how incredible Dan is. Austin is also impressed. Dan explains that why he didn't tell anyone is that he just wanted to known as Dan, not Dan the astronaut guy. Dan revealed his secret to help bond with the others. Back at Casaya, Courtney is thankful for the sunshine. Shane walks up to the girls and asks if he can talk his son's name back, which Danielle agrees to. Courtney didn't agree and another argument ensued. In an Confessional, Aras states that he is glad that the alliance is done. Aras and Shane talked his actions. Aras viewed Shane as the next to go unless he can do something.

Sally and Nick get Tree Mail for La Mina. Nick was weirded out by the skull in Tree Mail. La Mina resolves to win the challenge. Terry and Austin both note that La Mina need to win to get numbers for the merge. At the challenge, La Mina was surprised when they saw that Bobby was voted out. After explaining the rules, Jeff revealed that the reward was that the winners would be taking toys to a local Panamanian village and feast. In addition, The winning tribe would exile someone and said person would not attend Tribal Council, effectively giving them immunity. Aras deemed that Courtney would sit out of the challenge. La Mina was initially leading the challenge. However, Dan and Sally struggled with the first puzzle piece. This allowed Casaya to come back from Behind and win. Casaya decided to exile Sally for being the last woman left.

Sally considered Exile Island her saving grace as she was knew she was going to be voted out. Provided it doesn't rain, Sally will look for the idol and enjoy her time. Casaya arrives at the Panama village and is greeted positively by the locals. Casaya gave away the toys and enjoyed the food and hospitality. The people reminded Cirie of her family. Shane saw a local boy smoking and begged him for a cigarette. Shane apologized to Danielle for his behavior. Cirie had mixed feelings about the victory as it prevents Shane's eviction from the game. Shane viewed this as one of the greatest experience of their life.

At La Mina, Dan explains that the first puzzle piece would not fit, with Austin wondering why they lost. Austin made the pitch to Terry to vote out Dan because of being the weakest and can carry them farther. Dan is still wondering why wouldn't that piece fit in. Nick tells him to stop worrying about it. Dan figures the vote would be two-to-two vote unless someone like Austin wants to be voted out, which Nick doubts. The young men were able convince Terry to vote out his friend, Dan. Dan is talking about how he faltered at the puzzle. Terry tells Dan that he was going to be voted out because of being the weakest. Dan took it well and took responsibility for the loss. Terry in a confessional talks about his friendship.

At Tribal Council, Its made clear that Sally was going to be voted out. Terry commended Casaya on exiling Sally. Unable to tell who was getting voted out, Dan revealed he was being voted out. Dan was hoping for a tie. When the vote came, Dan was voted out, 3-1. On his way out, Dan salutes his tribe and they do the same.


Reward/Immunity Challenge: In-Cog-Neato
One at a time, three players run along a path through a field (crisscrossing the other tribe's several times) to reach one of four stations, untie a giant hanging skull-shaped puzzle piece, and haul it back. One player makes two trips. Then, the two others take the pieces and place them into rotating pieces on a solving platform until they all fit.
Reward: Toys brought to a Panamanian city's children. While at the city, they would eat everything there would be at a nice barbecue, including chicken, beef, and soft drinks.
Winner: Casaya (exiled Sally Schumann)

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 6:
La Mina
S12 dan t
Dan (3 votes)
S12 austin tS12 nick tS12 terry t
Austin, Nick, Terry
S12 austin t
Austin (1 vote)
S12 dan t
S12 dan bw
Dan Barry

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Dan) Dan the man, you oughta know this is coming tonight. I love you so much. Thank you for everything that you've showed me. I look up to you, too. I can't wait 'til we're swapping stories over chocolate milk in western Massachusetts.


(voting for Austin) Hey, I know it's me tonight and ahhhh. Austin, this is just a vote because I have to vote for somebody. I knew that we'd all play the game together and be friends for life. I'm going to miss you guys sorely. And, good luck and do well. Oh, and also, I promised Terry I'd never vote for him, so I can't vote for Terry tonight.


(voting for Dan) Dan, when it's all said and done with, if I can be half the man you are, I'll consider my life an immense success. It's been an honor.


(voting for Dan) Dan, sorry, buddy, but I'm doing this just for the strength of the tribe. Dan, you're an amazing man. Your trust, our conversation, your experiences and hardships we've endured have validated all of that for me. You've seen things and been places that we can only marvel at. Dan Barry, your new call sign is Fuego and your six is clear with me, buddy.


Final Words

I was a little surprised by Terry's decision. I would have never voted for Terry but he has got to play his game. I know he did what he felt he had to do. I respect that and I wish them all the best. This was a wonderful adventure. I loved every day out here. And the only thing I really say is thank you to my family for letting dad go off on another adventure.

Dan Barry

Still in the Running

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


  • With Dan's elimination, at least one member from each original tribe has been voted out.
  • This episode takes place over the course of only one day.