Survivor: Palau

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Survivor: Palau
Presented by
No. of episodes14
No. of days39
No. of castaways20
WinnerTom Westman
Production location(s)Koror, Palau, Micronesia
Filming datesOctober 27 –
December 4, 2004
Original releaseFebruary 17 –
May 15, 2005
Preceded bySurvivor: Vanuatu
Followed bySurvivor: Guatemala

Survivor: Palau was the tenth season of the American reality show Survivor. Survivor: Palau's first episode was shown on TV on February 17, 2005. This season became available on DVD on August 29, 2006.[1]

Applications to be on the show had to given on June 22, 2004. About 800 people were chosen for an interview in July or August 2004. Out of these 800, 48 were chosen for an interview in Los Angeles during September 2004. From these 48 people, 20 were chosen to be on the show between October to December 2004.

It started with twenty players. Each one came, as told by the producers, dressed in street clothes which are normal for one's career — which they thought was for publicity photos — but this was the only clothing for all of the game. Tom Westman's wife told him to wear swim trunks as underwear, since she remembered the Pearl Islands players, tricked into street clothes for all of that game. For the second time in Survivor history, the players, not the producers, chose the tribes. On the second day of the first episode, when the players chose the two tribes of nine, two players were left unchosen, and they had to leave the game. The two tribes were Ulong (named after Ulong Island, one of Palau's tourist spots) and Koror (named after the capital city of Palau). Koror dominated from the beginning. They won every challenge, except for three reward challenges, and eventually there was only one Ulong member left. Having lived alone at Ulong, Stephenie LaGrossa got a map to Koror. When she came, she got a brown buff. While the players at the finale (last episode) said that the tribes had merged (combined), the producers say that Palau was the only season without a merge.

Fireman Tom Westman won against Katie Gallagher in a 6-1 vote.

Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard returned in the next season, Survivor: Guatemala, where they placed 2nd and 9th. Winner Tom Westman and LaGrossa also returned in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Gameplay[change | change source]

The twenty players for Palau began the game by rowing a boat to shore, with the first player of each gender to get to the shore winning immunity. However, once they were all at the beach, they got no other instructions, and tribal divisions. They began to work on a shelter for everybody. The next day, Jeff Probst said that they would now pick tribes by doing a schoolyard pick (where one person, the captain, picks one person, then the person they picked picks another person, and so on). Those who had won immunity got the first pick, and the last male and female left would leave the game. The two tribes, Koror and Ulong, then had their first reward/immunity challenge, with the winner, Koror, chose to leave the beach they were at and go to another one they had not seen.

As the challenges continued, everyone knew that Ulong was the weaker tribe, while strong leadership by Tom and Ian at Koror kept the tribe together. Ulong won no immunity challenges and only three reward challenges. Koror only had to go to tribal council and vote for one of their own once during the first 21 days as part of a double-elimination challenge. Unlike many earlier seasons, the tribes were never switched, and Ulong kept on losing players. With only two members left, Stephenie and Bobby Jon, going into tribal council, the two faced off in a fire-making challenge, with Stephenie winning. After spending one night alone, she was told to travel to Koror, and given a Koror buff as there was no need for a tribal merge.

Koror had started a main group of five: Tom, Ian, Gregg, Jenn, and Katie, and those on the outside saw them as a threat but were not able to break them. Although Stephenie made strong impression on her new tribe, Stephenie became a target due to her strength. In a twist that would used in later seasons, the first player to lose the individual immunity challenge had to spend the night alone on a separate island. Janu, the one who lost, felt she had freedom when she left, and chose to quit the game at the next tribal council, which saved Stephenie from being voted out for one more round. When Koror was down to six, Tom and Ian worried that they would fall against a possible immunity threat, Gregg, and his close ally Jenn, and started a plan with Caryn and Katie to vote out Gregg when they had the chance. Katie, feeling betrayed by Ian, became even more upset when Ian took Tom with him on a reward instead of her as he had promised. Ian tried to make Katie happy, but she still held bad feelings towards him. The final four: Tom, Ian, Katie, and Jenn, chose to allow the next vote to end in a tie between Jenn and Ian, and Ian won in the fire-making tie-breaker challenge. The last immunity challenge made players stand on buoys for as long as possible; Katie jumped off early, but both Tom and Ian stayed for more than 12 hours. Ian chose to quit the challenge, giving immunity to Tom, after Tom played on his regret for hurting Katie's feelings and breaking his promises to her, and Ian felt that dropping out would make up for the emotional damage he had done. At the last tribal council, Tom voted Ian out of the game. At the last tribal council, Tom's leadership and physical strength against Katie being too dependent on others, led the jury to vote Tom as the Sole Survivor, 6-1.

Players[change | change source]

Players Starting tribe Dissolved tribe Finish Total Votes
Jonathan Libby
23, Dallas, TX
None Eliminated
Day 2
Wanda Shirk
55, Ulysses, PA
Jolanda Jones
38, Houston, TX
Ulong 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Ashlee Ashby
22, Easley, SC
Ulong 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Jeff Wilson
21, Ventura, CA
Ulong 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
Kimberly "Kim" Mullen
25, Huber Heights, OH
Ulong 4th Voted Out
Day 11
Willard Smith
56, Bellevue, WA
Koror 5th Voted Out
Day 12
Angie Jakusz
24, New Orleans, LA
Ulong 6th Voted Out
Day 12
James Miller
33, Mobile, AL
Ulong 7th Voted Out
Day 15
Ibrehem Rahman
27, Birmingham, AL
Ulong 8th Voted Out
Day 18
Bobby Jon Drinkard
27, Troy, AL
Ulong Eliminated
Day 21
Coby Archa
32, Dallas, TX
Koror Koror 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Janu Tornell
39, Las Vegas, NV
Koror Quit
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Stephenie LaGrossa
24, Glenolden, PA
Ulong 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Gregg Carey
27, Chicago, IL
Koror 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Caryn Groedel
46, Solon, OH
Koror 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Jennifer "Jenn" Lyon
32, Encino, CA
Koror 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Ian Rosenberger
23, Key Largo, FL
Koror 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Katie Gallagher
29, Merced, CA
Koror Runner-Up 1
Tom Westman
40, Sayville, NY
Koror Sole Survivor 0
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 last Tribal Council.

The game[change | change source]

Episode name Date shown on TV Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"This Has Never Happened Before!" February 17, 2005 None Ian Jonathan No
Day 2[1]
Jolanda Wanda
Koror Jolanda 6-3 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Love is in the Air, Rats Are Everywhere" February 24, 2005 Ulong Koror Ashlee 6-1-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Dangerous Creatures and Horrible Setbacks" March 3, 2005 Ulong Koror Jeff 4-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
"Sumo at Sea" March 10, 2005 Koror Koror Kim 5-1 4th Voted Out
Day 11
"The Best and Worst Reward Ever" March 16, 2005 Koror Ibrehem Willard 8-1 5th Voted Out
Day 12[2]
Angie 2-2-1/3 6th Voted Out
Day 12[3]
"Jellyfish 'N Chips" March 23, 2005 Ulong Koror James 2-2/2 7th Voted Out
Day 15
"The Great White Shark Hunter" March 31, 2005 Koror Koror Ibrehem 2-1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
"Neanderthal Man" April 7, 2005 Koror Koror Bobby Jon No
Day 21[4]
"I Will Not Give Up" April 14, 2005 None[5] Tom Coby 7-1-1 9th Voted Out
Day 24
"Exile Island" April 21, 2005 Caryn, Gregg,
Janu, Tom
Tom Janu No
Day 27
"I'll Show You How Threatening I Am" April 28, 2005 Survivor
Ian Stephenie 6-1 10th Voted Out
Day 30
"We'll Make You Pay" May 5, 2005 Gregg
[Jenn, Katie]
Ian Gregg 4-2 11th Voted Out
Day 33
"It Could All Backfire" May 12, 2005 Ian
Tom Caryn 4-1 12th Voted Out
Day 36
"The Ultimate Shock" May 15, 2005 None Tom Jenn 2-2[6] 13th Voted Out
Day 37
Tom Ian 1-0 14th Voted Out
Day 38
"The Reunion" May 15, 2005 Jury Vote Katie 6-1 Runner-Up
Tom 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.

^ Two players were eliminated when the tribes were chosen. The players were told that there were two immunity necklaces on the beach: one for the first man and one for the first woman to claim them. On day 2, the players were told they would divide into 2 tribes of 9 members each, with the two immunity holders making the first picks for their new tribes. Because one man and one women would not be chosen due to the numbers, they would be eliminated. Jonathan and Wanda were the two that were eliminated. Once it was completed, the power of the immunity necklaces was over.

^ On Day 12, both tribes went to Tribal Council. Koror, by winning the reward challenge prior to Tribal Council, won the chance to vote first, then eat a reward dinner as Ulong spoke with Jeff. Before Ulong voted, Koror voted to give individual immunity to a member of Ulong. Ibrehem was given Immunity in a 3-2-2-1 vote (Bobby Jon and Stephenie each received 2 votes, Angie received 1).

^ Because Ulong had only 2 members, a fire-making challenge instead of a vote decided who would be eliminated, and Stephenie won.

^ There was no reward challenge because of Stephenie joining Koror.

^ Jenn and Ian competed in a fire-making challenge similar to that of Stephenie and Bobby Jon's. Ian won this challenge, sending Jenn home.

Voting history[change | change source]

Starting tribes Dissolved tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Jolanda
6/9 votes
6/8 votes
4/7 votes
5/6 votes
8/9 votes
Tie[7] Angie
3/3 votes [8]
Tie[9] James
2/2 votes [10]
2/3 votes
Bobby Jon
7/9 votes
No vote[12]
6/7 votes
4/6 votes
4/5 votes
2/4 votes[13]
1 vote[14]
1/7 votes
6/7 votes
Voter Vote
Tom Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Caryn Ian Ian Jury Vote
Katie Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Caryn Jenn
Ian Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Caryn Jenn Tom
Jenn Willard Coby Stephenie Caryn Caryn Ian Tom
Caryn Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Ian Tom
Gregg Willard Coby Stephenie Caryn Tom
Stephenie Jolanda Ashlee Jeff Kim Bobby Jon Angie Ibrehem James Ibrehem (Win) Coby Caryn Tom
Janu Willard Stephenie Tom
Coby Willard Janu Katie
Bobby Jon Angie Ashlee Kim Kim Angie None[15] James James Ibrehem (Lose)
Ibrehem Angie Kim Jeff Kim James Angie James None [16] Stephenie
James Jolanda Ashlee Kim Kim Angie Angie Ibrehem None [17]
Angie Jolanda Ashlee Jeff Kim Bobby Jon None [18]
Willard Katie
Kim Jolanda Ashlee Jeff James
Jeff Jolanda Ashlee James
Ashlee Jolanda Jeff
Jolanda Angie

^ The vote was at first tied 2-2 between Angie and Bobby Jon, but after a second vote, Angie eliminated.

^ Bobby Jon and Angie were not able to vote in the second Tribal Council vote.

^ Stephenie first voted for Ibrehem, causing a tie; however, in a second vote, Stephenie changed her vote and voted for James, sending him home.

^ Ibrehem and James were not able to vote in the second Tribal Council vote.

^ Janu wanted to leave the game, so there was no vote at Tribal Council.

^ Ian was voted out outside Tribal Council by being verbally eliminated by Tom after winning the Final Immunity Challenge.

References[change | change source]

  1. " - Goodbye". Archived from the original on 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2019-02-14.

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