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Survivor: Panama
Panama NB
Season 12
Filming Location Pearl Islands, Panama
Season Run February 2, 2006 – May 14, 2006
Filming Dates October 31, 2005 – December 8, 2005
Survivors 16
Winner Aras Baskauskas
Runner(s)-up Danielle DiLorenzo
Tribes ██ Bayoneta
██ Casaya
██ La Mina
██ Viveros
██ Gitanos
Returnees Aras Baskauskas (27)
Cirie Fields (16, 20)
Danielle DiLorenzo (20)
Cast
Panama Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Panama intro01:01

Survivor Panama intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Guatemala
Next Season Cook Islands

Survivor: Panama - Exile Island is the 12th season of Survivor.

Production/CastingEdit

Applications were due on June 17, 2005. Around August 2005, 800 applicants were invited for an interview by CBS. Out of these 800, 48 of them were selected as semi-finalists and they were invited to Los Angeles in September 2005. From these semi-finalists, 16 were chosen the show and filming took place in November to December 2005.

Twists/ChangesEdit

  • Exile Island: 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.
  • Rehashed Hidden Immunity Idol Mechanism: Unlike the previous season where the Hidden Immunity Idol is used like the Immunity Necklace, the mechanism of using the Idol was now changed. Instead of revealing the Idol before voting, the owner must draw it when he/she had enough votes to eliminate him/her. The votes cast against that player will be considered spoilt, while the person that gets the second highest amount of votes will be eliminated instead. The Idol is useable until the Day 36 Tribal Council.
  • Four Tribes: For the first time in the series, the castaways were divided in four tribes of four.
  • Tribe Division: These four tribes are defined according to age and gender, thus having tribes of Older Men (La Mina), Younger Men (Viveros), Younger Women (Bayoneta), and Older Women (Casaya)
  • Tribe Shuffle: On Day 4, the tribes were mixed up. Viveros and Bayoneta were disbanded, while the contestants were randomly divided into the new Casaya and La Mina tribes. But because of odd numbers, the last unpicked player was sent to Exile Island and was given immunity. He/she will stay there until the tribe that loses the next Immunity Challenge already finished the task of voting out one of their own. After the vote, the exiled player will join that tribe.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Shuffled Tribe Merged Tribe
S12 tina t Tina Scheer
44, Hayward, WI
Casaya 1st Voted Out
Day 3
3
S12 melinda t Melinda Hyder
32, Sevierville, TN
Casaya Casaya 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
S12 misty t Misty Giles
24, Dallas, TX
Bayoneta La Mina 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
5
S12 ruthmarie t Ruth-Marie Milliman
48, Greenville, SC
Casaya La Mina 4th Voted Out
Day 11
6
S12 bobby t Bobby Mason
32, Los Angeles, CA
Viveros Casaya 5th Voted Out
Day 14
3
S12 dan t Dan Barry
51, South Hadley, MA
La Mina La Mina 6th Voted Out
Day 15
3
S12 nick t Nick Stanbury
25, Tempe, AZ
Viveros La Mina Gitanos 7th Voted Out
Day 18
6
S12 austin t Austin Carty
24, High Point, NC
Viveros La Mina 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
7
S12 sally t Sally Schumann
27, Chicago, IL
Bayoneta La Mina 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
8
S12 bruce t Bruce Kanegai
57, Simi Valley, CA
La Mina Casaya Evacuated
3rd Jury Member
Day 25
2
S12 courtney t Courtney Marit
31, Los Angeles, CA
Bayoneta Casaya 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
4
S12 shane t Shane Powers
34, Los Angeles, CA
La Mina Casaya 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
9
S12 cirie t Cirie Fields
35, Walterboro, SC
Casaya Casaya 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
3
S12 terry t Terry Deitz
46, Simsbury, CT
La Mina La Mina 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
1
S12 danielle t Danielle DiLorenzo
24, Pompano Beach, FL
Bayoneta Casaya Runner-Up 4
S12 aras t Aras Baskauskas
24, Santa Monica, CA
Viveros Casaya Sole Survivor 9

Season SummaryEdit

The game began with the 16 competitors split into four tribes by both relative age and gender. They were introduced to the concept of "Exile Island" with the promise of a Hidden Immunity Idol located somewhere on it, while one person from the losing tribe at challenges would be sent to the island and given clues to look for it. After the first four days, the four tribes were merged by Schoolyard Pick with mixed genders into two tribes, Casaya and La Mina. Casaya generally proved the stronger tribe, and opted to send Terry Deitz from La Mina over to Exile Island multiple times, which gave him the opportunity to discover the Hidden Immunity Idol.

Going into the merge, Casaya was up 6 members to 4. Since Terry won five Individual Immunity Challenges in a row, he did not use the Hidden Immunity Idol to save his former La Mina tribe members, leaving him as the sole remaining La Mina member and a perceived Immunity Challenge threat by the other Casaya tribe. Bruce Kanegai was evacuated due a medical emergency, leaving six players at the game and giving everyone a chance to conserve their energy. At this juncture, Cirie Fields, who saw both Terry and Shane Powers looking separately to take Courtney Marit, a weaker player, to the Final Tribal Council as an assurance to win the Jury's favor, convinced Aras Baskauskas and Danielle DiLorenzo to blindside the other three, and succeeded in achieving Courtney's elimination. Shane was eliminated at the next Tribal Council. At the final four Tribal Council the vote came down to a fire-making tiebreaker between Cirie and Danielle since Aras had won Individual Immunity and Terry had the Hidden Immunity Idol; Danielle ultimately won, sending Aras' last remaining loyal ally to the Jury. Danielle won the Final Immunity Challenge and opted to take Aras to the Final Tribal Council, eliminating Terry. The final Jury saw both Aras and Danielle as capable players but ultimately voted Aras as Sole Survivor, five votes to two, for being a more likable contestant and in retaliation to Danielle's numerous deceptions.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "“The First Exile”" February 2, 2006 La Mina Bayoneta Misty Tina 3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Viveros La Mina
Casaya Viveros
2 "“Breakdown”" February 9, 2006 La Mina La Mina Bruce Melinda 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "“Crazy Fights, Snake Dinners”" February 16, 2006 La Mina Casaya Bruce Misty 5-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
4 "“Starvation and Lunacy”" February 23, 2006 Casaya Casaya Terry Ruth-Marie 4-2 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5 "“For Cod's Sake”" March 2, 2006 Casaya La Mina Terry Bobby 3-2-1-1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6 "“Salvation and Desertion”" March 9, 2006 Casaya1 Sally Dan 3-1 6th Voted Out
Day 15
7 "“A Closer Look”" March 15, 2006 Recap Episode
8 "“An Emerging Plan”" March 30, 2006 None Terry None Nick 6-4 7th Voted Out
Day 18
9 "“The Power of the Idol”" April 6, 2006 Aras, Bruce, Sally Terry Austin, Danielle Austin 6-3 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
10 "“Fight for Your Life or Eat”" April 13, 2006 Bruce, Courtney, Sally, Terry Terry Aras Sally 6-2 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
11 "“Medical Emergency”" April 20, 2006 Cirie
[Aras, Danielle]
None Terry Bruce No Vote Evacuated
3rd Jury Member
Day 25
12 "“Perilous Scramble”" April 27, 2006 Courtney, Danielle, Terry Terry Aras Courtney 3-2-1 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
13 "“Bamboozled”" May 4, 2006 Terry
[Shane]
Terry Danielle Shane 3-1-1 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
14 "“Call the Whambulence!”" May 11, 2006 Aras
[Cirie]
Aras Danielle, Terry TBA 2-2;
Tiebreaker
2
12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
15 "“The Final Showdown”" May 14, 2006 Cirie
Terry Danielle None Terry 1-0 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Danielle 5-2 Runner-Up
Aras Sole Survivor

Notes:

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

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Panama Voting History
Original
Tribes
Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Eliminated: S12 tina t
Tina
S12 melinda t
Melinda
S12 misty t
Misty
S12 ruthmarie t
Ruth-Marie
S12 bobby t
Bobby
S12 dan t
Dan
S12 nick t
Nick
S12 austin t
Austin
S12 sally t
Sally
S12 bruce t
Bruce
S12 courtney t
Courtney
S12 shane t
Shane
S12 cirie t
Cirie
S12 terry t
Terry
S12 danielle t
Danielle
S12 aras t
Aras
Vote: 3-1 5-2 5-2 4-2 3-2-1-1 3-1 6-4 6-3 6-2 No Vote 3-2-1 3-1-1 2-2 1-0 5-2
Aras Melinda Bruce Nick Austin Sally Courtney Shane Danielle Jury Vote
Danielle Melinda Bobby Nick Austin Sally Courtney Shane Cirie Terry
Terry Misty Ruth-Marie Dan Shane Aras Aras Aras Aras Cirie Aras
Cirie Tina Shane Bobby Nick Austin Sally Courtney Shane Danielle Aras
Shane Melinda Aras Nick Austin Sally Danielle Danielle Danielle
Courtney Melinda Bobby Nick Austin Sally Aras Aras
Bruce Exiled Courtney Nick Austin Sally Evacuated Danielle
Sally Ruth-Marie Ruth-Marie Exiled Shane Aras Aras Aras
Austin Misty Ruth-Marie Dan Shane Aras Aras
Nick Misty Ruth-Marie Dan Shane
Dan Misty Sally Austin
Bobby Melinda Bruce
Ruth-Marie Tina Misty Sally
Misty Ruth-Marie
Melinda Tina Shane
Tina Cirie

Notes:

  • With a deadlock tie between Cirie and Danielle, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination, which Cirie lost.

TriviaEdit

  • All four original tribes were represented in the final 4 by one person.
    • This is the only season with more than two tribes to have one original representative of each tribe in the final four.
  • This is the first season to have Exile Island as a season-long twist.
  • This season's eliminations occurred in a pattern. The first four were women, the next four were men, and the rest alternated between women and men.
  • This season has the fewest castaways comprising their original tribes with 4.
  • Only the final three castaways won Individual Immunity. Terry won the first 5, then Aras won 1, and Danielle won the Final Immunity Challenge.
  • This season ties with Survivor: Cook Islands for the most starting tribes with 4.
  • This is the first season to have an episode end with a Tribal Council vote, but no elimination, as “Call the Whambulence!” ended with Danielle and Cirie preparing to start the fire-building tiebreaker, but its result was not featured until the finale.
  • This season marks the second time the youngest castaway in the game won, the first being Jenna Morasca of Survivor: The Amazon.
    • Coincidentally, both winners are left handed.    
  • This is the first season to have a contestant (Terry) find a Hidden Immunity Idol at Exile Island.
  • After the merge, Danielle DiLorenzo was the only contestant who held Immunity Necklace and casted a vote against an eliminated castaway (Terry Deitz ). 
  • This is the second season with an evacuation. The first since Survivor: The Australian Outback.
  • This is the second season to have an episode end To Be Continued, following Survivor: Pearl Islands episode “What the...? (Part 1)”.
  • This was the last season in which the first person voted out of the merged tribe wasn't a member of the Jury until Survivor: Caramoan.
  • Four castaways, or one fourth of the cast, were twenty-four years old at the time of filming: Aras Baskauskas, Austin Carty, Danielle DiLorenzo and Misty Giles.
    • This is also the first season where the finalists were the same age.

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