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Survivor: Cook Islands
Cook Islands NB
Season 13
Filming Location Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Season Run September 14, 2006 - December 17, 2006
Filming Dates June 26, 2006 - August 3, 2006
Survivors 20
Winner Yul Kwon
Runner(s)-up Ozzy Lusth
Becky Lee
Tribes ██ Aitutaki
██ Manihiki
██ Puka Puka
██ Rarotonga
██ Aitutonga
Returnees Candice Woodcock (20, 27)
Jonathan Penner (16, 25)
Ozzy Lusth (16, 23)
Parvati Shallow (16, 20)
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season Panama
Next Season Fiji

Survivor: Cook Islands is the 13th season of Survivor. The season generated a lot of controversy due to the decision to split tribes by ethnicity.

ProductionEdit

The tribal camps, Exile Island, and many challenges of Survivor: Cook Islands were filmed on small "motu" (Polynesian word for "islet") in the Aituaki lagoon. The Rarotonga (later Aitutonga) tribe's camp was on Moturakau. The Aitutaki tribe lived on Motukitiu. The short-lived tribes of Manihiki and Puka Puka lived on Rapota and Muritapua, respectively. Most challenges were filmed on Tekopua and Tapuaetai (One Foot Island). Exile Island, a small sand cay south of Tapuaetai, is called "Nude Island" by locals in reference to its lack of vegetation. Akaiami hosted challenges and also Ponderosa, where eliminated contestants were sequestered until the end of the game. Tribal Council, the production camp, and a few challenges were located on the main island of Aitutaki. There were three reward trips to the neighboring islands of Atiu, Mitiaro, and Rarotonga.

Twists/ChangesEdit

  • Ethnicity: Following the previous season's four tribes format, this season featured twenty contestants that were divided into four tribes of five divided by race, despite controversy.
  • Exile Island: Returning from the previous season, after a Reward Challenge, players may banish a player from the rival tribe to Exile Island. This island (entirely separate from the existing camps) will force the banished player to fend for him/herself until the upcoming Immunity Challenge (unless stated otherwise). The player would not be left in despair, for he/she will be given clues to a Hidden Immunity Idol that is hidden somewhere on the island.
  • Tribe Shuffle: On Day 7, the four tribes became two. Puka Puka and Manihiki were dissolved, with the 18 remaining contestants spread into the new Rarotonga and Aitutaki tribes with 9 members each.
  • Double Tribal Council: On Day 15, both Aitutaki and Rarotonga tribes were forced to visit Tribal Council to eliminate one of their own.
  • Mutiny: On Day 19, the tribes were offered to switch tribe affiliations.
  • Message in a Bottle: After losing the Day 24 Immunity Challenge, the Rarotonga tribe received a sealed bottle with a note that can only be read after the Tribal Council elimination. The tribe assumed it was a note about instructions about the upcoming merge. But much to their shock, the note instructed them to vote another member off the tribe.
  • Delayed merge: Because of the sealed message in a bottle twist, the tribes were merged with nine members.
  • Three-way finals and expanded Jury: Unlike the first twelve seasons where the usual final two facing a seven-player Jury is featured, this season featured a Final Tribal Council with three remaining finalists facing a nine-person Jury.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Shuffled Tribe Post-Mutiny
Tribe
Merged Tribe
S13 sekou t Sekou Bunch
45, Los Angeles, CA
Manihiki 1st Voted Out
Day 3
3
S13 billy t Billy Garcia
36, New York, NY
Aitutaki 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
4
S13 cecilia t Cecilia Mansilla
29, Oakland, CA
Aitutaki Aitutaki 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
5
S13 jp t J.P. Calderon
30, Marina del Rey, CA
Aitutaki Rarotonga 4th Voted Out
Day 11
7
S13 stephannie t Stephannie Favor
35, Columbia, SC
Manihiki Rarotonga 5th Voted Out
Day 14
9
S13 caoboi t Cao Boi Bui
42, Christiansburg, VA
Puka Puka Aitutaki 6th Voted Out
Day 15
6
S13 cristina t Cristina Coria
35, Los Angeles, CA
Aitutaki Rarotonga 7th Voted Out
Day 15
5
S13 jessica t Jessica Smith
27, Chico, CA
Rarotonga Aitutaki 8th Voted Out
Day 18
6
S13 brad t Brad Virata
29, Los Angeles, CA
Puka Puka Rarotonga Rarotonga 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
7
S13 rebecca t Rebecca Borman
34, Laurelton, NY
Manihiki Rarotonga Rarotonga 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
6
S13 jenny t Jenny Guzon-Bae
36, Lake Forest, IL
Puka Puka Rarotonga Rarotonga 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 24
6
S13 nate t Nate Gonzalez
26, Los Angeles, CA
Manihiki Rarotonga Rarotonga Aitutonga 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 27
5
S13 candice t Candice Woodcock
23, Fayetteville, NC
Rarotonga Aitutaki Rarotonga 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
6
S13 jonathan t Jonathan Penner
44, Los Angeles, CA
Rarotonga Aitutaki Rarotonga 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
15
S13 parvati t Parvati Shallow
23, Los Angeles, CA
Rarotonga Rarotonga Rarotonga 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
4
S13 adam t Adam Gentry
28, San Diego, CA
Rarotonga Rarotonga Rarotonga 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
5
S13 sundra t Sundra Oakley
31, Los Angeles, CA
Manihiki Aitutaki Aitutaki 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
6
S13 becky t Becky Lee
28, Washington, D.C.
Puka Puka Aitutaki Aitutaki Second
Runner-Up
5
S13 ozzy t Ozzy Lusth
25, Venice, CA
Aitutaki Aitutaki Aitutaki Runner-Up 1
S13 yul t Yul Kwon
31, San Mateo, CA
Puka Puka Aitutaki Aitutaki Sole Survivor 5

Season SummaryEdit

The 20 players were initially divided into four tribes based on race. On Day 7 of the competition, two of the four tribes were dissolved and the remaining members were split up aand joined the two remaining tribes. An early visit to Exile island resulted in Yul discovering the Hidden Immunity Idol. With the tribes having six members each on Day 19, Probst announced that any tribe member may mutiny and join the other tribe; Candice and Jonathan opted for this move, leaving the Aitutaki tribe at four members, consisting of Yul, Ozzy, Becky, and Sundra, and an eight-strong Rarotonga tribe. However, this served to only increase the determination of the Aitutaki tribe; between strong teamwork skills, Yul's intelligence, and Ozzy's physical skills, Aitutaki remained strong and continued to win both tribal and individual challenges, sending the Rarotonga tribe to Tribal Council three times in a row. When there were 4 Aitutaki members and 5 remaining Rarotonga members the two tribes merged into Aitutonga. Yul cemented his Aitutaki alliance by showing them the Hidden Immunity Idol, and convinced Jonathan, a former Aitutaki member who had accepted the mutiny offer, to vote along with them in order to give the former Aitutaki tribe the majority. The Aitutaki 4 would eventually remain in domination of the game, and ended up as the final four. With Yul holding the Hidden Immunity Idol and Ozzy winning the Final Immunity Challenge, the four agreed to let a fire-making challenge decide who would join them at the Final Tribal Council; despite this taking more than an hour to complete, Becky emerged victorious. The Jury, seeing Becky's coat-tailing of Yul and poor performance at the fire-making challenge, did not consider voting for her, and Yul's brains edged out Ozzy's brawn, 5 votes to 4.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "I Can Forgive Her but I Don't Have to Because She Screwed with My Chickens" September 14, 2006 Puka Puka1 Jonathan Sekou 3-2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Aitutaki1
Rarotonga1
2 "Dire Strengths and Dead Weight" September 21, 2006 Puka Puka1 Yul Billy 4-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Rarotonga1
Manihiki
3 "Flirting and Frustration" September 28, 2006 None Rarotonga Candice Cecilia 5-3 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
4 "Ruling the Roost" October 5, 2006 Aitutaki Aitutaki Adam J.P. 7-2 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5 "Don't Cry Over Spilled Octopus" October 12, 2006 Rarotonga Aitutaki Jonathan Stephannie 7-1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6 "Plan Voodoo" October 19, 2006 Aitutaki (Nate) None Cao Boi 6-1-1 6th Voted Out
Day 15
Cristina 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7 "A Closer Look" October 26, 2006 Recap Episode
8 "Why Aren't You Swimming?!" November 2, 2006 Aitutaki Rarotonga Adam Jessica 6-1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
9 "Mutiny" November 9, 2006 Aitutaki Aitutaki Candice Brad 7-1 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
10 "People That You Like Want to See You Suffer" November 16, 2006 Aitutaki Aitutaki Candice Rebecca 6-1 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
Jenny 4-2 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 24
11 "Why Would You Trust Me?" November 23, 2006 None Ozzy None Nate 5-4 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 27
12 "You're a Rat..." November 30, 2006 Survivor
Auction
Adam Candice Candice 5-3 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
13 "Arranging a Hit" December 7, 2006 Parvati
[Adam, Sundra]
Ozzy Jonathan Jonathan 6-1 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
14 "I Have the Advantage... for Once" December 14, 2006 Ozzy Ozzy Adam Parvati 4-2 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
Parvati
Yul
15 "This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3..." December 17, 2006 None Ozzy None Adam 4-1 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
Ozzy Sundra 2-2;
Tiebreaker
2
17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Becky 5-4-0 2nd Runner-Up
Ozzy Runner-Up
Yul Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 With a deadlock tie between Becky and Sundra, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination, which Sundra lost.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Cook Islands Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Post-Mutiny Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Eliminated: S13 sekou t
Sekou
S13 billy t
Billy
S13 cecilia t
Cecilia
S13 jp t
J.P.
S13 stephannie t
Stephannie
S13 caoboi t
Cao Boi
S13 cristina t
Cristina
S13 jessica t
Jessica
S13 brad t
Brad
S13 rebecca t
Rebecca
S13 jenny t
Jenny
S13 nate t
Nate
S13 candice t
Candice
S13 jonathan t
Jonathan
S13 parvati t
Parvati
S13 adam t
Adam
S13 sundra t
Sundra
S13 becky t
Becky
S13 ozzy t
Ozzy
S13 yul t
Yul
Vote: 3-2 4-1 5-3 7-2 7-1 6-1-1 4-2 6-1 7-1 6-1 4-2 5-4 5-3 6-1 4-2 4-1 2-2 5-4-0
Yul Cecilia Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Sundra Jury Vote
Ozzy Billy Becky Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Becky
Becky Cecilia Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Sundra
Sundra Sekou Becky Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Becky Yul
Adam J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Rebecca Jenny Yul Jonathan Jonathan Sundra Yul Yul
Parvati J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Rebecca Jenny Yul Jonathan Jonathan Sundra Ozzy
Jonathan Cecilia Cao Boi Jessica Brad Rebecca Jenny Nate Candice Adam Yul
Candice Exiled Cao Boi Jessica Brad Rebecca Jenny Yul Jonathan Yul
Nate Sundra Stephannie Stephannie Kidnapped Brad Rebecca Jonathan Yul Ozzy
Jenny J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Rebecca Jonathan Ozzy
Rebecca Sekou J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Jonathan Ozzy
Brad J.P. Stephannie Jenny Jonathan Yul
Jessica Cecilia Jonathan Jonathan
Cristina Billy J.P. Stephannie Jenny
Cao Boi Cecilia Candice
Stephannie Sekou J.P. Cristina
J.P. Billy Stephannie
Cecilia Billy Becky
Billy Ozzy
Sekou Sundra

Notes:

  • Rebecca and Jenny were eliminated at the same tribal council.
  • With Becky and Sundra tied at the 16th Tribal Council, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination.

TriviaEdit

  • Thus far, this is the only season to have one tribe accidently stumble upon the opposing tribe's camp (Aitutaki members Jessica Smith, Ozzy Lusth, and Cao Boi Bui had accidently ended up on the rival Rarotonga's beach while exploring the bay).
  • This season ties with Survivor: Panama for the most starting tribes with four.
  • It is the first and only season to have the tribes divided by ethnicity. Survivor: Fiji featured the same ratio of ethnicities, but only featured two tribes due to a contestant leaving.
  • This was the first season to feature a Final Three at the Final Tribal Council rather than a Final Two as in previous seasons. Since and including Cook Islands, twelve out of fourteen seasons have had a Final Three at the Final Tribal Council.
  • It is the only season where the Mutiny offer was accepted.
  • The Jury (except for the last member) consists of all former Post-Mutiny Rarotonga members, while the Final 4 (and one member of the Jury) consists of all former Post-Mutiny Aitutaki members.
  • This was the first season since Survivor: Thailand to have the Jury phase start before the merge.
  • It is the first season since Survivor: Palau to have only two different players (Adam Gentry and Ozzy Lusth) win every Individual Immunity post-merge.
  • This was the first season to have a nine-person merge since Survivor: All-Stars. Survivor: Gabon would later feature a nine-person merge.
  • This season had the most representatives in Micronesia with three.
  • This is the only season that 3 time player Parvati Shallow did not make the Final Tribal Council in the seasons she has played in.
  • This is the first season in which a finalist (Becky) received no jury votes, which has since become very common in seasons with final threes.
  • This was the only season where the first two people voted off were both men, until Survivor: Cagayan.
  • This season ties with Survivor: Fiji for the most African-American contestants with five.
  • 13 of the 20 contestants of this season were from the state of California.
  • This season had the most pre-merge jury members with three.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Borneo to not have the Second Chance challenge.

ReferencesEdit

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