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For those of you new to the Survivor community, you may be wondering why recap episodes existed and why they stopped being aired after Survivor: South Pacific. Here's a quick recap on the recaps and other "missed" weeks.

Season Episode Date Reason
The Australian Outback "The First 24 Days"
(recap)
March 22, 2001 CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
Africa "The First 21 Days"
(recap)
November 29, 2001 Need for a 14th episode
Planned for Thanksgiving but postponed after September 11 attacks
(CBS aired an NFL game on Thanskgiving)
Marquesas "No Pain, No Gain" March 13, 2002
(Wednesday)
CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
"The Winds Twist" March 20, 2002
(Wednesday)
"Look Closer: The First 24 Days"
(recap)
April 24, 2002
(Wednesday)
Need for a 14th episode
(two episodes aired this week)
Thailand "The First 30 Days" November 28, 2002 Thanksgiving/need for a 14th episode
The Amazon "More than Meats the Eye" March 19, 2003
(Wednesday)
CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
"Girls Gone Wilder" March 26, 2003
(Wednesday)
"The First 27 Days"
(recap)
April 17, 2003 Need for a 14th episode
Pearl Islands "The Great Lie" November 26, 2003
(Wednesday)
Thanksgiving
(CBS aired an NFL game on Thursday)
All-Stars "Pick a Tribemate" March 17, 2004
(Wednesday)
CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
"A Closer Look"
(recap)
March 24, 2004
(Wednesday)
Palau "The Best and Worst Reward Ever" March 16, 2005
(Wednesday)
CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
"Jellyfish 'n Chips" March 23, 2005
(Wednesday)
Panama "A Closer Look"
(recap)
March 15, 2006
(Wednesday)
CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
No episode March 23, 2006
Cook Islands "A Closer Look"
(recap)
October 26, 2006 Unknown
China "It's Been Real and It's Been Fun"
(recap)
November 22, 2007 Thanksgiving/need for a 14th episode
(CBS aired an NFL game)
Gabon "The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy"
(recap)
November 27, 2008 Thanksgiving/need for a 14th episode
Tocantins No episode March 19, 2009 CBS aired NCAA Basketball Tournament
"The First 15 Days"
(recap)
March 25, 2009
(Wednesday)
Samoa "The First 27 Days"
(recap)
November 26, 2009 Thanksgiving
(CBS aired an NFL game)
Nicaragua "We Did It Guys"
(recap)
November 24, 2010 Day before Thanksgiving
(first Wednesday season)
South Pacific "A Closer Look"
(recap)
November 24, 2011 Day before Thanksgiving