Survivor: Pearl Islands, initially dubbed as Survivor: Pearl Islands — Panama at the Survivor: The Amazon live Reunion Show where it was officially announced, is the seventh installment of the United States version of the reality show Survivor. The season was won by Sandra Diaz-Twine by a landslide in a 6-1 jury vote margin against Lillian Morris.
The season was filmed on the Pearl Islands, off the coast of Panama, and had a pirate culture theme. The complete season, including the live Reunion Show, was released on DVD on February 7, 2006.
- Tribe Composition: The sixteen castaways were divided into two tribes of eight.
- Unexpected Start: The contestants were made to believe that they will be shooting their cast photos, only to be informed that the game had already begun. With only the clothes on their backs, the tribes were given $100 to buy supplies with.
- Camps: The tribe camps were situated several nautical miles off each other.
- Looting: The castaways experienced pirate life with one member from the winning tribe from the Reward Challenge being sent to the other tribe to steal one item from their camp.
- Buried Treasure: Another advantage of winning a Reward Challenge was one of three clues to a treasure chest buried somewhere at camp. Inside the treasure were additional creature comforts such as food rations and blankets.
- Kidnapping: The Morgan tribe was given the right to kidnap one member from the rival Drake tribe after winning the Day 12 Immunity Challenge. Their chosen victim was also given immunity, skipping Tribal Council. Rupert was also forced to compete for Morgan at the following Reward Challenge.
- Outcast Twist: On Day 19, the ten remaining castaways faced a third tribe comprised of the first six departed castaways in a three-way special challenge. If The Outcasts win, both Drake and Morgan will go to separate Tribal Council sessions and will vote out one of their own. The Outcasts will vote two of their own back into the game, with the remaining four being eliminated for good. The two returning castaways will be granted immunity at their first visit to Tribal Council. If The Outcasts finish second, only one of them will be voted back in the game, and only the losing tribe will vote somebody out. If The Outcasts lose to both tribes, they are all eliminated from the game, and Drake and Morgan merge without voting anybody out.
- Double Tribal Council: Due to their loss to The Outcasts, both Drake and Morgan had to vote someone out, though Morgan did not need to vote due to one player quitting the game.
- Merged Tribe Composition: The merged tribe was composed of ten members.
- Immunity-Free Tribal Council: The final four castaways competed for individual immunity against the jury, who participated in the challenge as a group. The jury won, denying immunity to the remaining castaways.
- Final Tribal Council Format: Two finalists faced a jury of seven. The jurors individually addressed the finalists.
|Original Tribe||Outcast Twist||Post-Outcast||Merged Tribe|
24, Hermosa Beach, CA
|Morgan||The Outcasts|| 1st Voted Out|
23, Clarksville, TN
|Morgan|| 2nd Voted Out|
22, Washington, D.C.
|Drake|| 5th Voted Out|
42, Annapolis, MD
|Drake|| 6th Voted Out|
28, Los Angeles, CA
|Drake||Drake|| 7th Voted Out|
27, Boston, MA
Equity Trade Manager
39, Chicago, IL
|Morgan||Morgan||Morgan||Balboa|| 8th Voted Out|
30, Los Gatos, CA
|Morgan||Morgan||Morgan|| 9th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
39, Indianapolis, IN
Troubled Teens Mentor
|Drake||Drake||Drake|| 10th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
26, St. Louis, MO
|Morgan||Morgan||Morgan|| 11th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
24, Los Angeles, CA
|Drake||Drake||Drake|| 12th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
31, San Francisco, CA
|Drake||The Outcasts||Drake|| 4th Voted Out|
| 13th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
22, Liberty, MS
|Morgan||Morgan||Morgan|| 14th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
29, Los Angeles, CA
|Drake||Drake||Drake|| 15th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
51, Loveland, OH
|Morgan||The Outcasts||Morgan|| 3rd Voted Out|
28, Fort Lewis, WA
The game began with the castaways made to believe that they were shooting their cast photos, but were later informed that the game had already begun. The two tribes, Drake and Morgan, were given some money and sent to a small village to barter and buy supplies for their camps in lieu of being given them as in seasons past. Drake secured a sizable amount of supplies, while Morgan flustered and bought little. Drake's unity allowed them to earn a six-challenge winning streak, quickly decimating Morgan to five members.
With Drake still a full tribe at eight, Burton Roberts conspired to throw an Immunity Challenge to eliminate some of Drake's weaker players. The reluctant Drake tribe did so, but Burton was voted out for his cunning. After winning their first challenge, Morgan, led by Andrew Savage, experienced a renewal, while Drake began to splinter due to frequent in-fighting between its members. Morgan's newfound momentum led them to win two more Immunity Challenges, leaving both tribes with five players each.
On Day 19, the tribes were shaken by the return of the first six eliminated castaways, now together as a third Outcast" tribe in a challenge that if the Outcasts won, would allow at least one of them to return to the game. The Outcasts placed first, forcing both Drake and Morgan to vote out one of their own. Shawn Cohen was replaced by Burton at Drake, while Lillian Morris replaced Osten Taylor, who quit the game, at Morgan.
The tribes merged as the Balboa tribe, and while Burton made amends with his former tribe, Lillian's return was still resented by hers. Because of this, Burton convinced Lillian to swerve the vote in favor of the Drakes, eliminating Andrew and later, Ryan Opray. With the Drakes having the upper hand, Rupert, the most likable yet also the biggest physical threat on Drake, was blindsided by the trio of Burton, Lillian, and Jon Dalton, allowing inter-tribal scheming, and later them becoming the majority alliance in the final five. During the days-long chaos, Sandra Diaz-Twine, a loyal ally of Rupert's, swore revenge on Jon for turning on Drake.
Sandra finally collected her revenge on Burton and Jon by swaying the two remaining women, Lillian and Darrah Johnson to break up the duo of Burton and Jon, with Burton blindsided for a second time. Darrah was sent home next however due to her sudden winning streak after an immunity-free Tribal Council. Fed up by Jon's lies, Lillian, who won the Final Immunity Challenge, axed him, taking Sandra with her to the end.
At the Final Tribal Council, Lillian was praised by the jury for controlling the vote since her return, but also earned their ire for her multiple betrayals. Sandra on the other hand was accused of riding the coattails of stronger players, but argued that since Rupert's elimination, she managed to pit people against each other and not be seen as a target. In the end, Sandra's candid but stealthy game won her the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-1 vote.
|Episode||Air date||Challenges|| Eliminated|
|1||"Beg, Barter, Steal"||September 18, 2003||None||Drake|| Nicole|
| 1st Voted Out|
|2||"To Quit or Not to Quit"||September 25, 2003||Drake||Drake|| Ryan S.|
| 2nd Voted Out|
|3||"United We Stand, Divided We...?"||October 2, 2003||Drake||Drake|| Lillian|
| 3rd Voted Out|
|4||"Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway"||October 9, 2003||Drake||Morgan|| Burton|
| 4th Voted Out|
|5||"Everyone's Hero"||October 16, 2003||Morgan||Morgan|| Michelle|
| 5th Voted Out|
|6||"Me and My Snake"||October 23, 2003||Drake||Morgan|| Trish|
| 6th Voted Out|
|7||"What the...? (Part 1)"||October 30, 2003||None||The Outcasts|| Shawn|
| 7th Voted Out|
|8||"What the...? (Part 2)"||November 6, 2003||None|| Burton,|
| 8th Voted Out|
|9||"Shocking! Simply Shocking!"||November 13, 2003|| |
|Rupert|| Ryan O.|
| 9th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
|10||"Swimming with Sharks"||November 20, 2003|| |
| 10th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
|11||"The Great Lie"||November 26, 2003||Jon||Darrah|| Tijuana|
| 11th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
|12||"Would You Be My Brutus Today?"||December 4, 2003|| Darrah,|
| 12th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
|13||"Mutiny"||December 11, 2003|| Burton|
| 13th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
|14||"Flames and Endurance"||December 14, 2003||None||Jury4|| Darrah|
| 14th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
| 15th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
|Jury Vote|| Lillian|
^1 The Morgan tribe was instructed to pick a member of Drake who would go back to camp with them and not attend Tribal Council. They selected Rupert.
|Survivor: Pearl Islands Voting History|
|Original Tribes||Outcasts Twist||Merged Tribe|
|Voted out:|| |
|►►||Sandra||—||—||—||Burton||Michelle||Trish||Shawn||—||—||Andrew||Ryan O.||Jon||Tijuana||Lillian||Burton||Darrah||None||Jury Vote|
|►►||Lillian||Nicole||Osten||Darrah|| Ryan S.|
|►►||Darrah||Nicole||Ryan S.||Lillian||—||—||—||—||—||—||Jon||Ryan O.||Rupert||Burton||Christa||Burton||Lillian||Sandra|
|►►||Tijuana||Nicole||Ryan S.||Lillian||—||—||—||—||—||—||Jon||Ryan O.||Rupert||Burton||Lillian|
|►►||Ryan O.||Nicole||Ryan S.||Lillian||—||—||—||—||—||—||Jon||Christa||Sandra|
|►||Ryan S.||Nicole||Osten|| Burton|
|►||Nicole||Ryan S.|| Lillian|
^1 Morgan was given the opportunity to kidnap one member of Drake, making them immune from Tribal Council. They selected Rupert.
- This is the first season to have the castaways start the game with the clothes on their back and not bring anything else, except for another pair of shoes.
- The Drake tribe won the first six challenges in a row, setting the record for most consecutive tribal challenges won. This record stood until the Moto tribe in Survivor: Fiji topped this feat by winning the first nine challenges in a row.
- This is the first time contestants were given a second chance to play the game after being voted out, and the only time outside of seasons that featured Redemption Island or the Edge of Extinction.
- Because Osten's departure from the show was regarded as less than honorable, his final words were not broadcast during the end credits as they would have had he actually been voted out (nor were they posted on the show's official website at the time). Osten's torch was excluded from the Rites of Passage ritual. It was instead shown lying on the ground at the Tribal Council area, after the final three had finished walking the path.
- This season marks the only time that nobody won individual immunity at an Immunity Challenge. The Day 37 Immunity Challenge involved the jury, who defeated the castaways - another Survivor first.
- Sandra Diaz-Twine is the first Hispanic-American player to win Survivor. She would be later followed by Chris Underwood in Survivor: Edge of Extinction.
- This season ended the Sole Survivor male-female pattern that existed in the first six seasons.
- This is the only pre-Survivor: All-Stars season to be represented in Survivor: Micronesia. Jon Dalton returned for the later season, where he placed 20th.
- This is the only season where the winner of an individual Immunity Challenge does not wear a necklace. Instead, the winner wears a cutlass in a scabbard on his or her shoulder.
- This is the first season in which votes were cast for (and not against) players in a vote other than the Final Tribal Council. It was followed by Survivor: Palau.
- This is the first season to have tribe names derived from the English language.
- This is the first season to have an episode end with a cliffhanger.
- This is the first season where all castaways win at least one challenge.
- This season is tied with Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: Cook Islands for being represented six times each in seasons that featured Returning Players.
- ↑ http://pearl-islands.com/the-islands/isla-del-rey/
- ↑ http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/donald-trump-disses-martha-stewart-apprentice-blames-her-for-his-own-ratings-problems-3770.php
- ↑ http://www.spottedratings.com/2011/12/spotvault-survivor-cbs-fall-2003.html
- ↑ http://resources.survivorphoenix.com/postnuke/html/print.php?sid=868
|Survivor (US) Seasons|
Borneo • The Australian Outback • Africa • Marquesas • Thailand • The Amazon • Pearl Islands • All-Stars • Vanuatu • Palau • Guatemala • Panama • Cook Islands • Fiji • China • Micronesia • Gabon • Tocantins • Samoa • Heroes vs. Villains • Nicaragua • Redemption Island • South Pacific • One World • Philippines • Caramoan • Blood vs. Water • Cagayan • San Juan del Sur • Worlds Apart • Cambodia • Kaôh Rōng • Millennials vs. Gen X • Game Changers • Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers • Ghost Island • David vs. Goliath • Edge of Extinction • Island of the Idols • Winners at War