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"This Has Never Happened Before!"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Palau
Episode Number: 1/15 (139)
Original Release: February 17, 2005
Viewership (in millions): 23.66[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 9.1/23
CBS.com Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Reunion"
(previous season)
Next: "Love Is in the Air, Rats Are Everywhere"
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This Has Never Happened Before! is the first episode of Survivor: Palau.

Story

Day 1

After the introductions, the show starts with 20 castaways paddling to the designated beach with only the clothes on their back. Host Jeff Probst pulls up to the castaways' boat in a speedboat and reveals that two Immunity Necklaces are present on the beach, awaiting the first male and first female castaway to arrive on shore. This sparks internal competition within the castaways, who try to get the advantage as they near the shore such as to secure immunity.

Jonathan Libby and Stephenie LaGrossa decide to abandon ship as the boat approaches the beach and swim the rest of the distance to shore, assuming that this would give them an advantage over the castaways who remained paddling. This proves to be a detriment as they are left trailing behind the boat. On the boat, Wanda Shirk begins singing, much to the chagrin of the other castaways.

Ian Rosenberger ultimately becomes the first man and the first person overall to arrive on the shore, thus granting him individual immunity. Jolanda Jones narrowly beats out Jenn Lyon to claim the females' immunity.

The 20 castaways begin building shelter and finding their water source, awaiting further information on what to do next. Some begin forming alliances, while others question how the tribes will be formed. Coby Archa and Angie Jakusz find themselves to be the "outcasts" in the group of 20 and think about forming a two-man alliance.

Day 2

On Day 2, Jeff Probst arrives at camp and announces that two tribes of nine will be chosen by means of a Schoolyard Pick. It is made clear that the man and woman who remain without a tribe will be automatically eliminated. For winning the previous day's Immunity Challenge, Ian and Jolanda would be the first to pick for their respective tribes. The second person picked will pick the third tribe member, third member will pick the fourth, so on. The tribes were formed in the following order.

 Ian
Koror
S10 ian t
 Jolanda
Ulong
S10 jolanda t
 Katie
Koror
S10 katie t
 Bobby Jon
Ulong
S10 bobbyjon t
 Tom
Koror
S10 tom t
 Stephenie
Ulong
S10 stephenie t
 Janu
Koror
S10 janu t
 Jeff
Ulong
S10 jeff t
 Gregg
Koror
S10 gregg t
 Kim
Ulong
S10 kim t
 Jenn
Koror
S10 jenn t
 James
Ulong
S10 james t
 Coby
Koror
S10 coby t
 Ashlee
Ulong
S10 ashlee t
 Caryn
Koror
S10 caryn t
 Ibrehem
Ulong
S10 ibrehem t
 Willard
Koror
S10 willard t
 Angie
Ulong
S10 angie t
 Wanda
Eliminated
S10 wanda bw
 Jonathan
Eliminated
S10 jonathan bw

Jonathan and Wanda were not chosen and immediately eliminated from the game; Wanda took her elimination well and sang one final song to the castaways in the game while the boat slowly departed from the beach. Ian's tribe, Koror, is given brown buff, while Jolanda's tribe, Ulong, is given blue buffs. Jeff informs the castaways that despite having been divided into tribes already, they will continue to live together until further notice.

Angie finds herself to be the odd man out in Ulong. Koror begins strategizing on how to cripple Ulong as much as possible.

The first tribal Immunity Challenge takes place. Both tribes begin with Koror owning a narrow lead over Ulong. This lead is further extended when they decide to carry only their firemaking resources along with them, and abandoning the water carriers and food supplies. Ulong falls further behind when Jolanda makes the decision to attempt to carry as much as possible. Ultimately, they abandon only the firemaking resources after they realize that Koror has already moved far ahead of them. Koror's ability to communicate and work as a team, and Ulong's inability to cooperate and strategize, ultimately sends the latter to their first in a long line of Tribal Councils.

After the challenge, Jeff gives the victorious Koror tribe to keep living on the beach the two tribes have been living on, or to move to a new beach entirely. Tom Westman encourages Koror to move to the unknown beach to seek an adventure, and the rest of the tribe agrees. Ulong returns to their landing beach.

During Koror's paddle to their new beach, they lose their flint after their canoe capsizes.

Day 3

Jolanda's strong personality is questioned. Angie's physical weakness puts her on the chopping block as well. Stephenie campaigns for Jolanda's elimination. Jolanda's place on the chopping block is increased even further when she is perceived to be dictating the actions of the tribe - her request for the tribe to take a one-hour break after every two hours of work puts her in further jeopardy.

During Ulong's first Tribal Council, Jolanda's personality, which caused Ulong to lose their first Immunity Challenge, is seen to outweigh her physical strength and became the first person officially voted out from Palau.

Challenges

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 1:
Ulong
Voted
Against
Voter
S10 jolanda t
Jolanda (6 votes)
S10 angie tS10 ashlee tS10 james t
S10 jeff tS10 kim tS10 stephenie t
Angie, Ashlee, James, Jeff, Kim, Stephenie
S10 angie t
Angie (3 votes)
S10 bobbyjon tS10 ibrehem tS10 jolanda t
Bobby Jon, Ibrehem, Jolanda
VOTED OUT:
S10 jolanda bw
Jolanda Jones

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Angie) Um, Angie, I just don't think that we can be happy with losses. We've got to evaluate and move forward.

Jolanda Jones


(voting for Jolanda) It's nothing personal, but it's either you or I, and I don't want it to be me.

Angie Jakusz



Final Words

I played this game and I don't think that I would do anything differently. I am the oldest and I think differently than my tribe. They are a lot more happy-go-lucky than I am but...that's fine because this was a great adventure and it is an experience I think everyone should try and I don't regret anything that happened out here.

Jolanda Jones



Still in the Running

 Jonathan
20th
S10 jonathan bw
 Wanda
19th
S10 wanda bw
 Jolanda
18th
S10 jolanda bw
 Angie
Ulong
S10 angie t
 Ashlee
Ulong
S10 ashlee t
 Bobby Jon
Ulong
S10 bobbyjon t
 Caryn
Koror
S10 caryn t
 Coby
Koror
S10 coby t
 Gregg
Koror
S10 gregg t
 Ian
Koror
S10 ian t
 Ibrehem
Ulong
S10 ibrehem t
 James
Ulong
S10 james t
 Janu
Koror
S10 janu t
 Jeff
Ulong
S10 jeff t
 Jenn
Koror
S10 jenn t
 Katie
Koror
S10 katie t
 Kim
Ulong
S10 kim t
 Stephenie
Ulong
S10 stephenie t
 Tom
Koror
S10 tom t
 Willard
Koror
S10 willard t

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