Survivor: Guatemala

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Survivor: Guatemala
Official logo of Survivor Guatemala
Winner Danni Boatwright
Presented by Jeff Probst
No. of episodes 14
No. of days 39
No. of survivors 18
Production
Location(s) Laguna Yaxhá, Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo National Park, Petén, Guatemala
Filming dates June 27, 2005 (2005-06-27)
– August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04)
Broadcast
Original run September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15)  – December 11, 2005 (2005-12-11)
Chronology
Preceded by Survivor: Palau
Followed by Survivor: Panama

Survivor: Guatemala — The Mayan Empire (commonly referred to as Survivor: Guatemala) is the eleventh season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. Filming took place from June 27, 2005 through August 4, 2005 and the season premiered on September 15, 2005. It was filmed in the Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo National Park near the more popular Tikal National Park, located in northern Guatemala. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it consisted of the usual 39 days of gameplay with 18 competitors.

This season also featured the return of Survivor: Palau contestants Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard. Aside from the staple twists such as the double boot and the tribe switch, a new twist called the hidden immunity idol was introduced. The tribes merged with ten remaining players, naming their tribe Xhakúm. After the merge, they received news that an immunity idol was hidden somewhere at camp. Whoever possessed the idol had to use the idol before the tribe voted. After usage, the idol would be discarded. The idol was only valid until there were four remaining contestants. Danni Boatwright won the title of Sole Survivor by defeating LaGrossa in a 6–1 jury vote.

The complete season was released on DVD exclusively through Amazon.com on May 22, 2012.

Contestants[edit]

Stephenie LaGrossa, runner-up of Survivor: Guatemala
Danni Boatwright, winner of Survivor: Guatemala

Notable castmembers include former Survivor: Palau castaways, Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard. Additionally, former beauty queen and model-turned radio announcer Danni Boatwright and ex-NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom competed. Tina Scheer, a contestant on Survivor: Panama, was slated to be on this season; however, her son had been killed in a car accident and she backed out. Hunter Ellis from Marquesas turned down an offer to return.[1] Rodger Bingham and Michael Skupin from Survivor: The Australian Outback were also set to be on this season, but were instead replaced by LaGrossa and Drinkard.[2] Jonathan Libby and Wanda Shirk, both eliminated by the Schoolyard Pick in Survivor: Palau were considered to return but were also replaced by LaGrossa and Drinkard.[3]

Stephenie LaGrossa competed for a third time as a castaway in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, where she was assigned to the "Heroes" tribe and placed 19th.

List of Survivor: Guatemala contestants
Contestant Original tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Finish
Lynch, JimJim Lynch
63, Northglenn, Colorado
Nakúm 20 20 1st voted out
Day 3
McDevitt, MorganMorgan McDevitt
21, Decatur, Illinois
Yaxhá 20 20 2nd voted out
Day 6
Varela, BriannaBrianna Varela
21, Spanaway, Washington
Yaxhá 20 20 3rd voted out
Day 8
Struck, BrookeBrooke Struck
25, Hood River, Oregon
Nakúm Nakúm 20 4th voted out
Day 11
Towsley, BlakeBlake Towsley
24, Dallas, Texas
Nakúm Yaxhá 20 5th voted out
Day 14
Bobonich, MargaretMargaret Bobonich
43, Chardon, Ohio
Nakúm Nakúm 20 6th voted out
Day 15
Corridan, BrianBrian Corridan
22, New York, New York
Yaxhá Yaxhá 20 7th voted out
Day 15
O'Hara, AmyAmy O'Hara
39, Worcester, Massachusetts
Yaxhá Yaxhá 20 8th voted out
Day 18
Bellinger, BrandonBrandon Bellinger
22, Manhattan, Kansas
Nakúm Yaxhá Xhakúm 9th voted out
Day 21
Drinkard, Bobby JonBobby Jon Drinkard
28, Huntsville, Alabama
Palau
Nakúm Yaxhá 10th voted out
1st jury member
Day 24
Newton, JamieJamie Newton
24, North Hollywood, California
Yaxhá Nakúm 11th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 27
Hogeboom, GaryGary Hogeboom
46, Grand Haven, Michigan
Yaxhá Yaxhá 12th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
Sergeant, JuddJudd Sergeant
34, Ridgefield, New Jersey
Nakúm Nakúm 13th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
Hall, CindyCindy Hall
31, Naples, Florida
Nakúm Nakúm 14th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
Morales, LydiaLydia Morales
42, Lakewood, Washington
Yaxhá Nakúm 15th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Judkins, RafeRafe Judkins
22, Providence, Rhode Island
Yaxhá Nakúm 16th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
LaGrossa, StephenieStephenie LaGrossa
25, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Palau
Yaxhá Nakúm Runner-up
Boatwright, DanniDanni Boatwright
30, Tonganoxie, Kansas
Nakúm Yaxhá Sole Survivor

Season summary[edit]

Sixteen of the 18 players in the game were already split into two tribes, Nakúm and Yaxhá; both tribes received one additional tribe member, Bobby Jon and Stephenie, respectively, both who had previously appeared on Survivor: Palau; Probst described these players as resources to help either tribe, but had otherwise no safety against being voted out. The first challenge began immediately, requiring both tribes to trek 11 miles overnight through the jungle to one of the camps near Mayan ruins, along with any available supplies that they wished to carry. The trek left many of the players exhausted and dehydrated for several days following.

During the first nine days, the Nakúm tribe proved more successful at the challenges losing only one immunity challenge, sending Yaxhá to Tribal Council twice. During one challenge, Danni, a sportscaster, identified Gary as a former professional quarterback, though Gary would maintain that he was just a landscaper through most of the rest of the game. A tribal switch occurred on Day 10 that left Bobby Jon, Danni, Blake, and Brandon in the majority at Yaxhá, outnumbering Brian, Amy, and Gary. At Nakúm, the tribe was split 4-4 with Margaret, Judd, Cindy, and Brooke from the original Nakúm and Stephenie, Rafe, Jamie, and Lydia from the original Yaxhá. Immediately after the swap, Stephenie and Jamie formed an alliance with Judd to take control of Nakúm, which later included Rafe, Cindy, and Lydia. Though the two tribes performances were fairly even in wins and losses, a crucial immunity challenge won by Nakúm put them in a decisive 6-4 lead into the merge over Yaxhá. On night 18, directly after the Yaxhá tribe had voted off Amy, they left for the Nakúm campsite where the two tribes merged into the Xhákúm tribe. Upon merging, the new tribe was informed of a hidden immunity idol located in the jungle, that could be used before the votes were cast to save themselves. However, the Nakúm alliance of six held strong initially as they voted off Brandon.

As a reward for winning a reward challenge, Judd received a clue to the hidden idol. To distract the other players, Judd lied about the clue's contents, which Gary was able to pick up on, locating the idol himself and using it to save himself from being eliminated at the next tribal council, where Bobby Jon was voted off in his place. Judd's lie became a focal point for Gary to attempt to break the original Nakúm voting block; though Gary was soon voted off, Stephenie and the other former Nakúm members felt Judd was no longer trustworthy and voted him out. At the reward challenge for the final five, a car was the reward prize. Cindy won the challenge, but was given an option by Probst as a means to break the Survivor "car curse" (that no player that has won a car continued on to win the game) by exchanging her prize to give a car to each of the other four players. Cindy ultimately rejected the option, and was voted off at the next tribal council.

After Lydia's elimination, Stephenie became concerned on an earlier deal made by Rafe and Danni to take each other to the final tribal council; though she struggled to remain in the final immunity challenge and outlast Danni, she ultimately lost, becoming emotional over her failure. Rafe informed Danni that she did not have to stay true to their previous deal, and at the following tribal council, Danni eliminated Rafe. The jury at the final tribal council considered that Stephenie has played a more devious game than Danni and backstabbed several of them, and ultimately gave Danni's more social play the win, six votes to one.

Challenge winners and eliminations by episode
Episode title Original air date Challenge winner(s) Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
"Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise" September 15, 2005 Nakúm Yaxhá Jim 1st voted out
Day 3
"Man Down" September 22, 2005 Nakúm Nakúm Morgan 2nd voted out
Day 6
"The Brave May Not Live Long, but the Cautious Don't Live at All" September 29, 2005 Nakúm Nakúm Brianna 3rd voted out
Day 8
"To Betray, or Not to Betray" October 6, 2005 None1 Yaxhá Brooke 4th voted out
Day 11
"Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers" October 13, 2005 Yaxhá Nakúm Blake 5th voted out
Day 14
"Big Ball, Big Mouth, Big Trouble" October 20, 2005 Nakúm Rafe Margaret 6th voted out
Day 15
[Gary]2 Brian 7th voted out
Day 15
"Surprise Enemy Visit" October 27, 2005 Yaxhá Nakúm Amy 8th voted out
Day 18
"The Hidden Immunity Idol" November 3, 2005 None3 Gary Brandon 9th voted out
Day 21
"Secrets and Lies and an Idol Surprise" November 10, 2005 Judd Jamie4 Bobby Jon 10th voted out
1st jury member
Day 24
"Eating and Sleeping With the Enemy" November 17, 2005 Danni,
Gary,
Judd,
Stephenie
Rafe Jamie 11th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 27
"Everything Is Personal" November 24, 2005 Cindy,
[Rafe]
Rafe Gary 12th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
"Price for Immunity" December 1, 2005 Survivor Auction Danni Judd 13th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
"Big Win, Big Decision, Big Mistake?" December 8, 2005 Cindy,
[Stephenie]
Stephenie Cindy 14th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
"Thunder Storms & Sacrifice" December 11, 2005 None Rafe Lydia 15th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Danni Rafe 16th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
"The Reunion" December 11, 2005 Jury vote
Stephenie Runner-up
Danni Sole Survivor
In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.

^1 There was no reward challenge due to tribal switch.
^2 Rafe was given a chance to award individual immunity to one member of Yaxha, where he chose Gary.
^3 There was no Reward Challenge due to tribal merge.
^4 Gary found the Hidden Immunity Idol in the Jungle, and used it at Tribal Council that night.

Episodes[edit]

Episode
#
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
Rating/Share
18-49
1 "Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise" September 15, 2005 18.41 6.6/19
  • Reward Challenge: Tribes must run through the jungles of Guatemala in an 11-mile trek. Bringing their belongings and some heavy supplies, they must locate an authentic Mayan pyramid at the end of the course. The first team to reach the pyramid wins flint and the right to live among the ruins.
  • Immunity Challenge: Using their canoes, the tribes would paddle out to buoys in the lake to retrieve a torch hung from each buoy. Racing back to shore, four members would run to the top of the hill and begin hauling up the canoe with a rope. The remaining tribe members would rotate logs underneath the canoe, allowing it to roll up the hill, much like the technique the Maya used to move large items. Once the canoe passed a finish line, each tribe's remaining member would run to the top of the hill with the torch and light the victory cauldron. The first tribe to light the cauldron wins Immunity. Should Yaxha win the challenge, they would receive their flint.
The sixteen new castaways learned upon arriving in the Guatemalan jungle that they would be joined by Bobby Jon Drinkard and Stephenie LaGrossa from Survivor: Palau as they will also compete in the season (though on opposing teams, not as teammates as before). They were also told that their first challenge would be an 11-mile (18 km) hike to a campsite near some Mayan ruins. After a grueling overnight hike, Bobby Jon's Nakum tribe narrowly defeated Stephenie's Yaxha tribe, giving them the right to live adjacently to the Mayan ruins, as the losing Yaxha moved on to a less desirable campsite where they have to make their own shelter. Though victorious at their first challenge, the long hike left most of the Nakum men cramped and in bad condition; Bobby Jon collapsed, Blake was sick shortly after being injured by a poisonous barbed plant, Jim had torn his biceps and, along with Judd, was endlessly vomiting. Despite this, medical practitioner Margaret tried to nurse them back to health. In their inaugural immunity challenge, the fatigue of the Nakum men hampered their performance, leading Yaxha to their first victory as well as Stephenie's first win in a tribal immunity challenge. Back at Nakum camp, the tribe decided to eliminate one of their ailing men. At tribal council, Nakum deemed that Jim (the oldest man) was the most injured, and he was unanimously voted out.
2 "Man Down" September 22, 2005 16.98 6.1/17
  • Reward Challenge: One at a time, the Survivors must sprint up a ramp, over a net run to a giant rope web, where they must climb underneath it and gather hanging bags. After untying a bag, they must drop into the water and race with their bag back to the start, where the next person would be waiting to leave. Each tribe member must attempt to get a bag once. The winning tribe receives fishing supplies.
  • Immunity Challenge: Tribes were tethered to ropes in a pit of mud. The first tribe to drag the other to their side of the mud pit and grab a flag would win that round. The first tribe with three flags would win Immunity. If no tribe reaches a flag in fifteen minutes, the challenge will be modified to one-on-one match-ups.
At Nakum, Bobby Jon was disappointed losing the first immunity challenge, fearing that his Palau losing streak might happen again, while Blake's sickness grew worse. At Yaxha, Gary decided not to divulge his past as a former NFL quarterback, fearing that Yaxha might brand him as a threat or deem him as already wealthy; and as a solution, he introduced himself as Gary Hawkins and claimed that he works as a landscaper (actually his current job after retiring from American football). At the reward challenge, sickly Blake managed to narrowly outrun Brian, winning fishing supplies for Nakum. After losing the challenge, Yaxha found themselves desperately short on food, having been reduced to eating ants, grasshoppers and minnows. While at Nakum, Blake's physical condition took a turn for the worse as he started to hyperventilate, annoying Judd. At the immunity challenge, the tribes found themselves in a stalemate, causing Jeff Probst to resort to conducting one-on-one bouts. During Judd and Gary's match, Danni (a sportscaster by profession) recognized Gary as the former quarterback Gary Hogeboom and revealed it to everyone else, giving Judd time to outsmart Gary, giving Nakum their first point. Two rounds later, Nakum remained undefeated, thus winning their first immunity challenge and giving Bobby Jon his first win at tribal immunity. Back at Yaxha camp, Jamie felt threatened by Stephenie, and planned to vote her out, though Gary wanted to vote either Lydia (for being the weakest) or Morgan (for being lazy at camp). Later on, Brian turned on Gary due to Danni's revelation during the challenge, but he quickly denied the allegations. Brian later plead to Gary that they never lost a challenge because of Lydia's weakness and admitted that Lydia was more valuable for her work ethic and campaigned for Morgan to go instead for not doing much at camp, despite her athleticism in challenges. In the end, Brian's plan to save Lydia worked, and Morgan was voted out.
3 "The Brave May Not Live Long, but the Cautious Don't Live at All" September 29, 2005 17.29 5.7/16
  • Reward Challenge: Scattered around the challenge grounds are materials needed to construct an archeological tent. One sighted castaway must instruct his/her tribemates (blindfolded and tethered in pairs). After collecting all pieces, blindfolds can be removed and the tribe must assemble the tent. After assembling, the tribe must go back to their tribe mat. First to finish would win pillows, blankets and tarp.
  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways compete in an elevated net court with two hoops for both tribes. Tribes must face off in randomly selected threesomes, race to the ball thrown in the center, and then pass the ball to each other in an attempt to move within shooting distance of their hoops. If a player holds the ball, he/she cannot walk and must pass it to a tribemate (violating this will force the person’s tribe to hand the ball to the other tribe)The first tribe to throw the ball through a hoop would score for their tribe. The first tribe to score five points would win Immunity.
At Yaxha, Brian congratulated himself about his plan of blindsiding Morgan at the last Tribal Council. The next day at Nakum, zookeeper Cindy was fascinated about the howler monkeys waking them up every morning, but the loud noises left Judd aggravated. During the reward challenge, Yaxha collected their pieces first, but quickly stumbled as they build their tent, giving way to Nakum's third consecutive win. Back at camp, Yaxha started to be fed up with their usual corn mush meal, resorting to Gary and Rafe scouring for termites. Back at Nakum, Judd and Bobby Jon complained about Margaret's bossiness about modifying their shelter. During the Mesoamerican ballgame immunity challenge, Stephenie got angry when she noticed Brianna inactive during their round and decided to pass the ball to an open Lydia, but Lydia walked with the ball (a breach in the challenge rules), forcing them to give the ball to Nakum. In the final round, Danni shot it in the hoop, giving Nakum another victory. Back at Yaxha, a limping Amy confessed that she sprained her ankle during the challenge, but assured everyone that she was fine. Jamie, also fuming about Brianna's dismal challenge performance, campaigned for her ouster, while Brianna talked to Stephenie about targeting Lydia. In the end, the tribe agreed that Brianna is a liability, and she was next to go.
4 "To Betray, or Not to Betray" October 6, 2005 17.92 6.3/17
  • Immunity Challenge: Both tribes paddle out and retrieve three tribe coloured bags containing Maya war clubs. They then throw the clubs at three targets 30, 40 and 50 feet away. First tribe to have three people hit the three targets wins immunity.
At the Reward Challenge, the tribes were asked questions to find more out about everyone else, as well as assigning rewards such as a shower and a picnic. After a question which asked who had the most tribe pride, the tribes were reshuffled; Brooke, Cindy, Jamie, Judd, Lydia, Margaret, Rafe, and Stephenie were the new Nakúm and Amy, Blake, Bobby Jon, Brandon, Brian, Danni, and Gary were the new Yaxhá. Judd was very enthusiastic about being on a new tribe because he felt he was the least vulnerable, while Amy and Margaret were upset because they felt they were out of the running. Stephenie and Jamie began thinking that the two people most on the chopping block were Lydia, who had been on the chopping block before as being questionably weak, and Brooke, who they assumed as not very physical and could easily give them the number's advantage. At Nakúm, Judd formed a friendship with the former Yaxhá members on his tribe. Danni directly questioned Gary if he had been an NFL Quarterback, but as usual, he denied it. After the new Yaxhá tribe won the Immunity Challenge, Judd betrayed his original Nakúm teammates and helped to vote Brooke out.
5 "Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers" October 13, 2005 17.85 6.5/18
  • Reward Challenge: The tribes had to go through three stations, first cutting a rope with a sharp rock, then through a log to release handles. The remaining four members had to use the handles to turn a wheel, which would pull a mine cart up the hill and a ramp. Six of the tribe members then had to climb into the cart, where the remaining member would cut the rope keeping the cart up, sending it flying down the hill and across the line into a sand pile. The winning tribe receives chips, drinks and a croc-proof cage.
  • Immunity Challenge: Each tribe divides into two groups of three, as well as one tribe member being left. The individual launches balls from a catapult towards the groups of three, who have a net to catch the balls between them. First tribe to catch five balls wins immunity.
After Tribal Council, Margaret showed how frustrated she was with Judd for betraying Nakúm. At Yaxhá, Brian expressed how uncomfortable and annoyed he was about how religious his new tribe was. At the Reward Challenge, Jamie for Nakúm struggled to cut the ropes with a rock and Yaxhá easily won chips, drinks and a crocodile-proof swimming cage. After the loss, Stephenie tried to hide her depression from losing so many challenges. Before immunity in Nakúm, Lydia tried to cheer up her teammates by dancing. Nakúm won immunity. Brian was in trouble because he knew that the numbers were against him. After all, it was 4 old Yaxhá vs 3 old Nakúm. Brandon believed with sticking with the tribal lines and refused to break his bonds with former tribemates. However, Blake was wearing on everybody's nerves by telling outlandish inappropriate stories of his partying days in Texas. Brian used his cunning to "Bait Blake" into telling these stories which obviously angered his tribemates. When it came down to tribal council the "Golden Boy" Blake was voted out. Brandon stuck to his word and voted for Brian.
6 "Big Balls, Big Mouth, Big Trouble" October 20, 2005 17.78 6.1/17
  • Reward Challenge: Tribes were split into pairs and one pair from each tribe competed to move a giant ball across the field and into their goal. First tribe to score three goals wins barbecue items, including a grill, burgers, beer and root beer, as well as the right to compete in an individual immunity challenge.
  • Individual Challenge: The survivors race out to collect three bags of puzzle pieces, containing eleven letter tiles. First person to unscramble the phrase "Ancient Ruin" wins immunity and the chance to sit in on the other tribe's tribal council and assign individual immunity to someone on the other tribe.
At Yaxhá the tribe talked about the twist of Blake being voted off while in Nakúm, Margaret was feeling depressed due to being with Judd. At the Reward Challenge, it was revealed that both tribes would be attending Tribal Council. Nakúm won their second challenge in a row. As part of their reward, Nakúm competed in an individual Immunity Challenge, which was won by Rafe. He was also able to watch part of the Yaxhá tribal council. Before Tribal Council at Yaxha, Brian lobbied his alliance to vote off Bobby Jon however Gary and Amy are unsure about it. At Nakúm, Judd's loud ego started to annoy several of his tribe mates. Nakúm went first to tribal council where Margaret and Judd faced off against each other trying to get the other voted off. In the end, Margaret, due to personality conflicts, was voted out of Nakúm, and at Yaxhá, Rafe gave Gary individual immunity and Brian was voted out, his tribemates perceiving him to be untrustworthy.
7 "Surprise Enemy Visit" October 27, 2005 17.38 6.2/17
  • Reward Challenge: Four tribe members were attached to poles by rope and had to spin to get out and unwind each castaway. The winning tribe receives chocolate and jungle canopy zip-line.
  • Immunity Challenge: Tribes sent out one castaway at a time to dig/bring back puzzle pieces and construct Mayan calendars.
In Nakúm after tribal council, Judd was glad that Margaret got voted out. The next day, Yaxhá won the reward of a jungle canopy zip-line ride and chocolate. Then, they invited Nakúm to camp for Danni's birthday. At first Nakúm was unsure, but they ended up going. They swam together in the croc-proof cage. Jamie and Cindy felt uncomfortable hanging out with Yaxhá. Nakúm won the Immunity Challenge. Afterwards in Yaxhá, they were unsure of whether to vote out Amy who was still suffering from the ankle injury that she had sustained in the second immunity challenge, or Bobby Jon who was threat due to his past experiences in Survivor. At Tribal Council, Yaxhá decided it was best to vote Amy out. After the vote, the four remaining Yaxhá moved to the Nakúm camp for the merger.
8 "The Hidden Immunity Idol" November 3, 2005 18.28 6.6/17
  • Immunity Challenge: Survivors were to balance a clay pot on their head while standing on a small cube for as long as possible without touching the pot. After an hour, there was a tie breaker which involved the remaining players running up the steps of a Mayan temple with the pot balanced on their heads, with the first person to the top winning immunity. If no-one reached the top, the person who got furthest up the temple steps won.
After tribal council Nakúm was shocked to see that a merge was occurring. The next day, it was revealed in tree mail that there was a Hidden Immunity Idol located near the camp of the new Xhakúm tribe (formerly of Nakúm). The tribes merged into one and took the name Xhakúm. At the Challenge, Jeff explained that it would be both for Reward and Immunity. However, only those who didn't feel they needed immunity would partake in the food reward while the others competed for immunity. Gary ended up winning the individual immunity via the tie breaker, in effect saving himself because the former Nakúm members (Cindy, Jamie, Judd, Lydia, Rafe, and Stephenie) decided to stick together and had been targeting Gary. During the challenge, Jamie said that Judd is doing the challenge to help his alliance and that made members from both sides mad. With Gary immune from the vote, Bobby Jon and Brandon were now on the chopping block, but Stephenie convinced her allies to keep Bobby Jon in the game, allowing him to at least make the Jury. They were stuck on voting either for Brandon, who is a threat, or Jamie who brushed many people the wrong way. In the end, Brandon, arguably the strongest player of the remaining Yaxhá members, was ousted.
9 "Secret and Lies and an Idol Surprise" November 10, 2005 18.98 6.9/19
  • Reward Challenge: Survivors would use an atlatl to throw an arrow to the center of a target, closest to get the arrow to the pole wins a meal at the lodge, an open bar for the night and a choice of desserts, as well as a clue to the location of the hidden immunity idol.
  • Immunity Challenge: Obstacle course consisting of a balance beam whilst untying two planks, with the first four finishing moving on to a rope bridge, where the first two finishers competed in a two line balance bridge to win immunity.
After tribal council, Jamie and Bobby Jon made up from last episode. Judd won the reward challenge. Jamie, who got 4th place in the challenge, volunteered to go last so everyone else goes up one place. At the reward, Judd's dish was lobster and steak while Jamie's was a bowl of Ramon Nuts and a glass of lake water. Judd shared some of his food with Bobby Jon and Stephenie, as well as granting them access to his free bar and dessert list. After reward, Jamie told his alliance that Gary was planning to vote him out but they weren't so sure of him. Jamie won immunity. Gary, targeted for elimination by the dominant Nakúm alliance, surprised the tribe with the Idol at Tribal Council. With Gary safe from the vote once again, Bobby Jon was voted out instead and became the first member of the Jury.
10 "Eating and Sleeping With the Enemy" November 17, 2005 18.82 6.4/17
  • Reward Challenge: Survivors are in teams of four, split into two pairs - one all male and one all female - and race through a mud pit obstacle course and fill a pot with corn. The winning team receives a helicopter lift to a private home with an overnight stay including food, shower, coffee, and videos from home.
  • Immunity Challenge: Survivors were attached to ropes and go through an obstacle course manoeuvring themselves round the obstacles. The first four to finish moved onto the final round, which consisted of one obstacle, which was three levels high. First to finish won immunity.
At the very messy reward challenge, the team of Danni, Gary, Judd, and Stephenie won a night away from camp and videos from home. Rafe won Immunity, edging out Cindy, and afterwards Jamie became increasingly paranoid about being voted out. Jamie wasn't originally the intended target that night, but his paranoia ended up annoying everyone else to the point where they made his worst nightmare come true, voting him out and making him the second member of the Jury.
11 "Everything Is Personal" November 24, 2005 19.54 6.6/20
  • Reward Challenge: Each tribe member has three pots of corn and an answer cube. They are then asked questions on Mayan culture. Each question answered correctly allows them to smash one other tribe member's pot of corn. The last person standing wins a feast, waterfall pool and massage.
  • Immunity Challenge: The tribe members first heard a story about a Mayan goddess, Ixchel. They then had to race to seven stations, each with a question about the story they heard. Each station had two options - one box contained a flag, one a stick. If they pulled a stick, they had to throw it into an urn and run back to the station to collect their flag. First to seven flags won immunity.
Cindy won the reward challenge, and took Rafe with her on a reward of a feast, waterfall pool and massage. Back at camp, Stephenie took exception to Lydia targeting her for winning too many rewards, and as a result, Lydia started becoming an outcast from her alliance. Rafe won Immunity again in a close finish against Gary, and at Tribal Council, the Nakúm alliance finally succeeded in eliminating Gary, despite his best efforts to turn the heat on Judd for lying about the whereabouts of the Hidden Immunity Idol.
12 "Price for Immunity" December 1, 2005 19.82 7.0/21
  • Survivor Auction: Each contestant will be given $500 and can only bid with $20 increments. Highest bidder gets the item. Survivors may share money, but not with the item. The auction included food and drink items and overnight visits with a loved one would end without notice.
  • Immunity Challenge: The survivors competed on a multi-level board. They could move one space in any direction (not diagonally), flipping over tiles as they went along onto their red sides. When a tile is red, no-one can step onto it again. The middle platform spins, allowing relocation around the board. If you can't move, you're out. Last person standing wins immunity. Danni's advantage meant that she had a one-use power to switch players with anyone at any time.
The final six's loved ones arrived at camp after the Survivor Auction. Danni won an Immunity Challenge advantage, and Judd's wife, Cindy's twin sister and Stephenie's boyfriend were permitted to stay overnight at camp. As a result of using her advantage to switch places with Stephenie, Danni won the Immunity Challenge. Safe with immunity, Danni also succeeded in turning the game around for herself by convincing Lydia, Rafe, and Stephenie that Judd was untrustworthy and too much of a threat to keep around. Judd was voted out, but not before uttering a parting shot to the remaining contestants, quote: "Bye, guys. Hope you all get bit by a freakin' crocodile. Scumbags."
13 "Big Win, Big Decision, Big Mistake?" December 8, 2005 20.21 7.1/19
  • Reward Challenge: The second chance challenge. First, the five survivors raced across a balance beam, untying three sets of war clubs. The first three to finish used the war clubs to try and break a tile 30 feet away. The first two to finish solved a puzzle based on the Maya calendar, hopped in a cart and used a machete to cut the rope keeping the cart up sending them down the hill to the finish. The winner receives a brand new 2006 Pontiac Torrent, which they can use to drive down to an archaeologist's camp, where a barbecue is set up, along with a place to spend the night.
  • Immunity Challenge: The survivors begin with their hands and feet shackled, whilst attached to a long rope wrapped around a pole. They must use keys to unshackle their hands, their rope, their final key and use it to unlock their feet, whilst unwinding enough rope to be able to run to the finish and release their flag. First person to release their flag wins immunity.
After winning the Reward Challenge, Cindy was given the option of keeping her newly won 2006 Pontiac Torrent or giving one to each of the other remaining contestants. Cindy chose to keep the car, a decision which upset Rafe in particular. She chose to take Stephenie with her to the camp for the night on the reward, where they talked about voting out Danni next, as their alliance came into the merge with the numbers. After Stephenie won Immunity, Rafe successfully lobbied to get Cindy voted out.
14 "Thunder Storms & Sacrifice" December 11, 2005 21.18 7.7/17
  • Immunity Challenge: The most complex Survivor maze so far, which consisted of six stations, containing eight puzzle pieces inside the maze. Once all eight pieces have been collected, the puzzle must then be solved by rotating the pieces until the ancient Mayan image of either a jaguar, crocodile or monkey is revealed. First person to reveal one of the images wins immunity.
  • Immunity Challenge: The survivors stood on a small rotating platform with two ropes for their aid. After one hour, they had to release a rope. After 90 minutes, they had to go it alone, with their hands not allowed to touch anything to do with the challenge. The last person standing won.
The final four were surprised on the morning on Day 37 by a visit by a family of Mayans, who showed them an ancient Mayan ritual, culminating in them sacrificing a chicken to the Mayan gods. At the first challenge, Rafe won his fourth individual immunity, and Lydia was voted out as a result of her popularity with the jury. On Day 38, the final three took part in the Fallen Comrades walk, collecting images and the torches of the fallen fifteen, tossing them into the fire before proceeding to their final immunity challenge. After two hours, 38 minutes, Danni won the final immunity challenge. She chose to vote out Rafe, because she felt she would have a better chance in the final two against Stephenie. At the live reunion and finale, it was revealed that Danni beat Stephenie in a 6–1 vote.
15 "The Reunion" December 11, 2005
The castaways return to discuss the season with host, Jeff Probst.

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