Survivor: Vanuatu

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Survivor: Vanuatu
Filming location Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu
Winner Chris Daugherty (5-2)
Original run September 16, 2004
– December 12, 2004
Filming dates June 28, 2004
– August 5, 2004
No. of episodes 14
No. of days 39
No. of survivors 18
Tribes      Lopevi
     Yasur
     Alinta
Fans vs. Favorites Ami Cusack
Eliza Orlins
Season chronology
Previous Survivor: All-Stars
Next Survivor: Palau

Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire (also known as Survivor: Vanuatu for short) was the ninth season of the American reality show Survivor. It was filmed in Summer 2004. The game took place on Vanuatu, a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific.

Survivor: Vanuatu started being shown on TV on September 16, 2004. Also starting that day was Survivor Live, an hour-long Internet talk show hosted by the first Sole Survivor Richard Hatch and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Chris Booker. The talk show was shown every Thursday and Friday on the CBS website. It interviews players from earlier seasons and reviews the players' gameplay.

On December 12, 2004, Chris Daugherty won against Twila Tanner by a vote of 5-2 to become the sole survivor. This seasons became available on DVD on December 5, 2006.

For the first time, not including the season before, All-Stars, there were eighteen players. In the first seven seasons, there were only sixteen. This was the second season where the starting tribes were divided by gender. It was also the first season to have an amputee (Chad Crittenden, who had lost a foot to cancer) and not one, but two open lesbians (motivational speaker Scout Cloud Lee and old Playboy model Ami Cusack).

The season began like Survivor: The Amazon. The tribes were divided by gender. The male tribe was Lopevi, named after one of Vanuatu's volcanic islands; the female tribe was Yasur, named after Mount Yasur. On Day 11, there was a tribal switch like in other seasons, which ended up moving two people from each tribe over to the other tribe.

On Day 20, the tribes were merged (combined) into one tribe. They named the new tribe "Alinta", a name suggested by Scout meaning "people of fire."

Eliza Orlins and Ami Cusack were chosen from this season to return for Survivor: Micronesia as members of the Favorites tribe, where they placed 10th and 11th.

Gameplay[change | change source]

The players were brought into the game at a native gathering, with the natives dividing the group into men and women. The men were clearly worshiped at the ceremony, suggesting they would have better luck in the game. After the ceremony, the men were named the Lopevi tribe, and the women the Yasur tribe, and sent to find their camps in the dark. Lopevi lost the first challenge mainly due to Chris, however, the older men of the tribe started an alliance and worked to vote off one of the younger men, Brook. This would continue through the next two tribal councils that Lopevi took part in. In Yasur, a strong clique started around Ami, and the women that did not fit in were voted out.

The tribes were switched on day 11, mixing the two tribes; later voting only strengthened Ami's alliances. On Day 19, the two tribes, now with 6 women and 4 men, merged into one tribe, which they named "Alinta". The men were quickly targeted at the next three tribal councils, leaving Chris as the only male. By this time, the players in Ami's alliance were her, Julie, and Leann, while Twila and Scout had formed a closer pairing, with Eliza as an outsider among the women. When Chris didn't win the next immunity challenge, Twila brought Chris into a plan to vote out one of Ami's group if they could bring Eliza into their foursome. Chris was successful at this, and Leann was voted out at the next tribal council. Ami and Julie soon followed, even though they had tried to vote off Chris. The final four was Chris, Eliza, Twila, and Scout. Chris won the last two immunity challenges, and took Twila with him into the final two. The jury saw Chris' power to stay in the game with the odds against him, both from the first challenge and as the last man standing, and voted him the Sole Survivor 5-2.

Players[change | change source]

Player Starting tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Finish Total Votes
Brook Geraghty
27, Winthrop, MA
Lopevi 1st Voted Out
Day 3
5
Dolly Neely
25, Mercer, PA
Yasur 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
John "J.P." Palyok
31, Los Angeles, CA
Lopevi 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
5
Mia Galeotalanza
29, Toms River, NJ
Yasur 4th Voted Out
Day 7
5
Brady Finta
33, Huntington Beach, CA
Lopevi 5th Voted Out
Day 10
6
Travis "Bubba" Sampson
33, Blountville, TN
Lopevi Yasur 6th Voted Out
Day 12
6
Lisa Keiffer
44, New Orleans, LA
Yasur Yasur 7th Voted Out
Day 15
4
John Kenney
22, Los Angeles, CA
Lopevi Lopevi 8th Voted Out
Day 18
5
Rory Freeman
35, Des Moines, Iowa
Lopevi Yasur Alinta 9th Voted Out
Day 21
14
Lea "Sarge" Masters
40, Columbia, SC
Lopevi Lopevi 10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
7
James "Chad" Crittenden
34, Oakland, CA
Lopevi Lopevi 11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
7
Leann Slaby
35, Kansasville, WI
Yasur Yasur 12th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
8
Ami Cusack
31, Lakewood, CO
Yasur Yasur 13th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
8
Julie Berry
23, Gorham, ME
Yasur Lopevi 14th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
4
Eliza Orlins
21, Syracuse, NY
Yasur Yasur 15th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
9
Scout Cloud Lee
59, Stillwater, OK
Yasur Yasur 16th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
3
Twila Tanner
41, Marshall, MO
Yasur Lopevi Runner-Up 6
Chris Daugherty
33, South Vienna, OH
Lopevi Lopevi Sole Survivor 3
The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player is able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.

The game[change | change source]

Episode name Date shown on TV Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"They Came at Us with Spears!" September 16, 2004 Yasur Brook 5-3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Burly Girls, Bowheads, Young Studs and the Old Bunch" September 23, 2004 Yasur Lopevi Dolly 5-4 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Double Tribal, Double Trouble" September 30, 2004 Lopevi John K. John P. 5-3 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
[Ami]1 Mia 5-3 4th Voted Out
Day 7
"Now, That's a Reward!" October 7, 2004 Yasur Yasur Brady 6-1 5th Voted Out
Day 10
"Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!" October 14, 2004 Lopevi Lopevi Travis 6-1 6th Voted Out
Day 12
"Hog Tied" October 21, 2004 Lopevi Lopevi Lisa 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 15
"Anger, Threats, Tears... and Coffee" October 28, 2004 Yasur Yasur John K. 5-1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
"Now the Battle Really Begins" November 4, 2004 Lopevi Lea Rory 6-4 9th Voted Out
Day 21
"Gender Wars... And It's Getting Ugly" November 11, 2004 Leann
[Julie]
Ami Lea 7-1-1 10th Voted Out
Day 24
"Culture Shock and Violent Storms" November 18, 2004 Ami, Chad,
Chris, Eliza
Twila Chad 6-2 11th Voted Out
Day 27
"Surprise and... Surprise Again!" November 25, 2004 Eliza Ami Leann 4-3 12th Voted Out
Day 30
"Now Who's in Charge Here?!" December 2, 2004 Eliza2
[Ami, Chris]
Chris Ami 4-2 13th Voted Out
Day 33
"Eruptions of Volcanic Magnitude!" December 9, 2004 Julie
[Chris]
Eliza Julie 3-2 14th Voted Out
Day 36
"Spirits and the Final Four" December 12, 2004 None Chris Eliza 3-1 15th Voted Out
Day 37
Chris Scout 1-0 16th Voted Out
Day 38
"Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire - The Reunion" December 12, 2004 Jury Vote Twila 5-2 Runner-Up
Chris Sole Survivor
If more than one tribe or player wins reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if it was teamwork, or where one player won and invited others, the players they invited are in brackets.

Note 1: John K. had to spend a day with the other tribe for the point of giving immunity to one of them at tribal council that night. He chose Ami because he thought she was safe even without immunity.

Note 2: When Eliza won the reward challenge, she got her own car and the players who finished second and third in the challenge were able to join her at a spa retreat.

Voting history[change | change source]

Starting tribes Switched tribes Merged tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Brook
5/9 votes
Dolly
5/9 votes
John P.
5/8 votes
Mia
5/8 votes
Brady
6/7 votes
Travis
6/7 votes
Lisa
4/6 votes
John K.
5/6 votes
Rory
6/10 votes
Lea
7/9 votes
Chad
6/8 votes
Leann
4/7 votes
Ami
4/6 votes
Julie
3/5 votes
Eliza
3/4 votes
Scout
1 vote
Twila
2/7 votes
Chris
5/7 votes
Voter Vote
Chris Brook John P. Brady John K. Ami Lea Eliza Leann Ami Julie Eliza Scout Jury Vote
Twila Dolly Mia John K. Rory Lea Chad Leann Ami Julie Eliza
Scout Dolly Mia Travis Rory Rory Lea Chad Leann Ami Julie Eliza Twila
Eliza Dolly Twila Travis Lisa Rory Lea Chad Leann Ami Twila Twila Chris
Julie Leann Twila John K. Rory Lea Chad Eliza Scout Twila Chris
Ami Dolly Mia Travis Lisa Rory Lea Chad Eliza Scout Twila
Leann Dolly Mia Travis Lisa Rory Lea Chad Eliza Chris
Chad Brook John P. Brady John K. Ami Julie Eliza Chris
Lea Brook John P. Brady John K. Ami Eliza Chris
Rory Brook John P. Brady Travis Lisa Ami
John K. Chris Rory Brady Chad
Lisa Leann Mia Travis Rory
Travis Brook John P. Brady Rory
Brady Rory Rory Rory
Mia Leann Twila
John P. Chris Rory
Dolly Leann
Brook Chris

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