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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
La Mina
Returnees Aras Baskauskas (27)
Cirie Fields (16, 20)
Danielle DiLorenzo (20)
Terry Deitz (31)
Viewership (in millions) 16.82[1]
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.


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.


  • 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. Two team captains were chosen randomly and contestants were divided into the new Casaya and La Mina tribes by a school yard pick. 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.


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

The game began with the sixteen 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 six members to four. 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. Aras and Danielle both received lukewarm remarks from the jury, but with five votes to two, Aras won the title of Sole Survivor.

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Reward Immunity
1 The First Exile February 2, 2006 La Mina Bayoneta Misty Tina 3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
19.20 7.0/18
Viveros La Mina
Casaya Viveros
2 Breakdown February 9, 2006 La Mina La Mina Bruce Melinda 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
8.75 6.6/17
3 Crazy Fights, Snake Dinners February 16, 2006 La Mina Casaya Bruce Misty 5-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
16.98 6.3/16
4 Starvation and Lunacy February 23, 2006 Casaya Casaya Terry Ruth-Marie 4-2 4th Voted Out
Day 11
14.85 5.5/14
5 For Cod's Sake March 2, 2006 Casaya La Mina Terry Bobby 3-2-1-1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
16.08 5.5/14
6 Salvation and Desertion March 9, 2006 Casaya1 Sally Dan 3-1 6th Voted Out
Day 15
15.33 5.4/N/A
7 A Closer Look March 15, 2006 Recap Episode N/A N/A
8 An Emerging Plan March 30, 2006 None Terry None Nick 6-4 7th Voted Out
Day 18
16.25 5.8/17
9 The Power of the Idol April 6, 2006 Aras, Bruce, Sally Terry Austin,
Austin 6-3 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
16.36 5.6/17
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
15.07 5.2/17
11 Medical Emergency April 20, 2006 Cirie
[Aras, Danielle]
None Terry Bruce No Vote Evacuated
3rd Jury Member
Day 25
16.26 5.5/18
12 Perilous Scramble April 27, 2006 Courtney, Danielle, Terry Terry Aras Courtney 3-2-1 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
17.09 5.9/18
13 Bamboozled May 4, 2006 Terry
Terry Danielle Shane 3-1-1 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
17.04 5.9/18
14 Call the Whambulence! May 11, 2006 Aras
Aras Danielle,
TBA 2-2;
12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
17.2 5.8/N/A
15 The Final Showdown May 14, 2006 Cirie 17.07 6.2/15
Terry Danielle None Terry 1-0 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Danielle 5-2 Runner-Up 12.3 4.6/N/A
Aras Sole Survivor


^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. The challenge, which was shown in the following episode, was won by Danielle, eliminating Cirie.

Voting History

Survivor: Panama Voting History
Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Eliminated: S12 tina t
S12 melinda t
S12 misty t
S12 ruthmarie t
S12 bobby t
S12 dan t
S12 nick t
S12 austin t
S12 sally t
S12 bruce t
S12 courtney t
S12 shane t
S12 cirie t
S12 terry t
S12 danielle t
S12 aras t
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


  • In Episode 2, Bruce was sent to Exile Island. However, he was immune from Tribal Council.
  • In Episode 6, Casaya was given the opportunity to send one member of La Mina to Exile Island, making them immune from Tribal Council. They selected Sally.
  • In Episode 11, Bruce was medically evacuated. No vote occurred for his removal.
  • In Episode 14, Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination.



  • In a rather interesting coincidence, all four original tribes were represented in the final four, with Aras, Danielle, Cirie and Terry representing Viveros, Bayoneta, Casaya and La Mina respectively.
    • A similar coincidence occurred eighteen seasons later in Survivor: Worlds Apart, where each of the three starting tribes were represented in the Final Three.
  • 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.
  • Only the final three castaways won individual immunity. Terry won the first five, then Aras won the penultimate, and Danielle won the final.
  • This season ties with Survivor: Cook Islands for the most starting tribes with four.
  • 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 contestant of the season won, the first being Jenna Morasca of Survivor: The Amazon.
  • This is the first season to have a contestant (Terry) find a Hidden Immunity Idol at Exile Island.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Thailand to have a Tribal Council with a roof.
  • This was the last season in which the first person voted out of the merged tribe was not a member of the jury until Survivor: Caramoan.
  • Despite having the same age, Melinda was placed on Casaya (the Older Women), and Bobby was placed on Viveros (the Younger Men).
  • The final four of this season have all returned for a future season.
    • Cirie Fields is the only one of the final four to compete on the show three times while the others competed twice.


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