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"The Great Lie"
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Pearl Islands
Episode Number: 11/14 (095)
Original Release: November 26, 2003
Viewership (in millions): 20.06[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 7.2/22 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Swimming with Sharks"
Next: "Would You Be My Brutus Today?"

The Great Lie is the eleventh episode of Survivor: Pearl Islands.


Prior to the beginning of the Reward Challenge, Jon Dalton's loved one, his best friend Dan "Thunder D", surprised him with the shocking news that his grandmother had passed away during his time on the island. This led to the rest of the tribe allowing Jon to win the Reward Challenge and learn more about his grandmother. Once Jon and Dan were alone, it was revealed the entire lie was staged. Jon later used this lie to leverage votes in the oncoming days. During the final episode, Jon's grandmother, Jean, was interviewed and revealed she did not know about the plan until she saw it on live television.


Challenge: Loved Ones Overboard
Loved ones stand on a plank over the water, divided into segments. When a player and their loved one provide the same answer to a question, players force any loved one to take a step backwards. The fourth step is into the water, and out of the challenge. Last loved one left dry wins reward.
Reward: Overnight stay at Balboa with loved one
Winner: Jon Dalton

Challenge: What Do You Make Of This?
Make three 3-letter, four 4-letter, five 5-letter, six 6-letter, and two 7-or-more-letter words from the letters in SURVIVOR PEARL ISLANDS. No plurals, proper nouns, and non-English words are allowed. In addition, all words must be spelled correctly, and the words 'Survivor', 'Pearl', and 'Islands' are forbidden. The castaway must call for Probst if they are confident with their answers. If the castaway has 20 valid words, they win. If not, they will be disqualified from the challenge.
Winner: Darrah Johnson

Immunity Challenge: What Do You Make Of This?
Placement Winner Not Disqualified 4th Disqualified 3rd Disqualified 2nd Disqualified 1st Disqualified
Castaway S7 darrah t
S7 lillian tS7 sandra t
Lillian & Sandra
S7 burton t
S7 jon t
S7 tijuana t
S7 christa t

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 13:
S7 tijuana t
Tijuana (5 votes)
S7 burton tS7 christa t
S7 jon tS7 lillian tS7 sandra t
Burton, Christa, Jon, Lillian, Sandra
S7 burton t
Burton (2 votes)
S7 darrah tS7 tijuana t
Darrah, Tijuana
S7 tijuana bw
Tijuana Bradley

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Burton) Burton, I'm voting for you only because you're the biggest threat we have right now.


(voting for Tijuana) T, I know it's your birthday tomorrow, and I don't think one of us is going to be here to see it.


(voting for Burton) Burton, I heard you and Jon talking and you had a lot of differences in what you were telling us versus what you told Jon.


Final Words

Well, it looks like, um, I think I tried to make some decisions in this game and to try to make things work to my advantage and take that leadership role, I think, cost me the game. And, for the rest of the tribe members in the game, I have no animosity to any of them. Um, I've made it to the jury. I'm proud of myself. So, with that being said, peace.

Tijuana Bradley

Still in the Running

S7 nicole bw
 Ryan S.
S7 ryans bw
S7 michelle bw
S7 trish bw
S7 shawn bw
S7 osten bw
S7 andrew bw
 Ryan O.
S7 ryano bw
S7 rupert bw
S7 tijuana bw
S7 burton t
S7 christa t
S7 darrah t
S7 jon t
S7 lillian t
S7 sandra t


  • This episode was voted the 2nd best Survivor episode of all time in the 'Top 25 Greatest Episodes of all time' poll by Survivor Oz in 2015.
  • The Immunity Challenge was a variation of the Reward Challenge used in "Truth Be Told".
  • This is the first episode in which a person won individual immunity only to have it stripped away. Burton was initially declared the winner, but he was stripped of immunity after Jeff discovered he misspelled a word ("liaison").
  • The person who created the Immunity Challenge for this episode would be revealed to be a 14 year old girl who Jeff would interview at the Pearl Islands live Reunion Show.


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