Survivor: Pearl Islands

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Survivor: Pearl Islands
Presented by
No. of episodes14
No. of days39
No. of castaways16
WinnerSandra Diaz-Twine
Production location(s)Pearl Islands, Panama
Filming datesJune 23 –
July 31, 2003
Original releaseSeptember 18 –
December 14, 2003
Preceded bySurvivor: The Amazon
Followed bySurvivor: All-Stars

Survivor: Pearl Islands (also known as Survivor: Pearl Islands — Panama) was the seventh season of the American reality show Survivor. It was filmed in 2003 and started being shown on TV on September 18, 2003.

The show takes place on the Pearl Islands, off the coast of Panama, and had a pirate theme. The two starting tribes were Drake (named for Sir Francis Drake) and Morgan (named for Henry Morgan). Later on, the two were merged (combined) into one tribe, which the players named "Balboa". The new tribe was named after an injured snake Rupert found and used as a mascot for the Drake tribe.

Sandra Diaz-Twine won against Scout master Lillian "Lill" Morris in a 6-1 vote.

Survivor: Pearl Islands became available on DVD on February 7, 2006.

This season is the only season so far which has had two of its players returning in two other seasons. Rupert Boneham returned in Survivor: All-Stars and made 4th place, then Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton played again in Survivor: Micronesia, and was the first person voted out that season. While neither of them won any seasons, Boneham did win $1,000,000 in Survivor: America's Tribal Council. Sandra Diaz-Twine returned in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, along with Boneham, his third time on Survivor. Boneham made 6th place and Sandra Diaz-Twine won the season, again. She was the first person to win Survivor twice. Boneham returned again in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, where he placed 20th. And Diaz-Twine returned to Survivor: Game Changers where she placed 15th. Sandra Diaz-Twine played on Survivor: Winners At War where she was the 8th person voted out, but she left the Edge of Extinction, so she was not a member of the jury.

Gameplay[change | change source]

The start of the game was announced as a surprise to the players, who were told that they would be playing in the clothes on their backs, most thinking they were getting publicity shots before the game started, and that no more supplies would be given to them. The players were split into the two tribes, Morgan and Drake, and given their running shoes, a small bag of money and a map to a close village where they would could use the money to get what they thought they needed for survival as well as a boat trip to their beach, and were told to swim the rest of the way. Drake, thanks to Sandra being able to speak Spanish and Rupert's idea to steal the untouched shoes of Morgan and use them as exchanging goods, was able to get a lot of items, while Morgan did not plan as well. A twist for this season sent one player from the tribe winning reward to steal one item from the other tribe's camp. Morgan lost most of the early Reward and Immunity challenges, leaving them three players down and with less items to work with at camp. During this time, Osten, a member of Morgan, started to say that he wanted to quit the game.

With Drake looking like they were going to continue to win, Burton started a plan to purposely lose the fourth Immunity challenge to get rid of the tribe's weaker players such as Trish and Christa. Though Rupert and others thought this was a bad idea, they did it anyway, purposely allowing Morgan to win. In a twist, Jeff Probst said that Morgan won the right to "kidnap" one Drake member through the next Reward challenge, and Morgan quickly chose Rupert. As a result, Burton was voted out at Drake's first tribal council. The change in power lead to Morgan winning the next two Immunity challenges and leaving the tribes equal, five members on each tribe.

When they arrived at their next challenge, the tribes found out that there was another twist, as the six players they had voted off before returned to the game as an "outcast tribe". In the next challenge, the outcasts tribe won against Morgan and Drake; both would have to vote off a player at separate tribal councils, while the outcasts tribe would vote in two players to return to the game in their place. Osten quit the game at Morgan's tribal council. Host Jeff Probst wasn't happy when Osten quit. The outcasts tribe chose Lil and Burton to return to the game, both, by chance, returning to their starting tribes but having immunity at the next tribal council. While Burton made up with his old tribe, Lil's return didn't make the other Morgan members too happy.

The next day, the two tribes merged (combined) into one tribe which the players named "Balboa", a name given to a sea snake that Rupert had found and tried to nurse back to health but failed. The tribe moved to Drake's beach. Burton and Rupert won individual immunities, and, along with Lil's anger, helped to voted out old Morgan members Andrew and Ryan O. Now there were more old Drake members than old Morgan members. Jon and Burton started to see Rupert as a physical threat for challenges, and wanted to vote him off, bothering Rupert's alliance members Sandra and Christa. In the next reward challenge, where family and loved ones of the players were brought to the islands, Jon had planned weeks before with his best friend to play the story of a "dead grandmother", hoping to use it to gain sympathy. Though Sandra knew he was lying, Jon successfully convinced the other players, making them to give up the reward to Jon and then having to spend one night on Morgan's old beach while Jon and his friend hung out alone, celebrating the lie's success. Jon and Burton planned to vote off the rest of the women players, voting off Tijuana and Christine. With five players left, Burton won a car reward and took Jon with him away from camp. This allowed Sandra, Lil, and Darrah to make a plan to vote off Burton by having Sandra act like she was certainly the next one to go. Burton and Jon knew the woman were probably working against them, and to his surprise, Burton was voted off at the following tribal council, leaving Jon struggling to try to win back the women's' trust. The next immunity challenge had yet another twist, as though it was a trivia quiz, the jury played also. The jury won, so none of the players left had immunity. Darrah was voted off, leaving Jon, Lil, and Sandra as the final three.

During the last immunity challenge, Sandra fell out early, so Jon to try to convince Lil to take him to the final two. Lil said no, and won the immunity challenge. Lil struggled with her decision of who to take to the last tribal council, but chose Sandra. During the last tribal council, they jury said that Lil's behavior during the game was not what people expected of a scoutmaster, and they asked questions Lil could not easily answer. Sandra was voted the Sole Survivor on a vote of 6-1. In the reunion show, she found out that if she had taken Jon to the final two, she likely would have won.

Players[change | change source]

Player Starting tribe Merged tribe Finish Total Votes
Nicole Delma
24, Hermosa Beach, CA
Morgan 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Ryan Shoulders
23, Clarksville, TN
Morgan 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Lillian "Lil" Morris
Returned to game as Outcast
Morgan[1] 3rd Voted Out
Day 9[2]
Burton Roberts
Returned to game as Outcast
Drake[3] 4th Voted Out
Day 12[4]
Michelle Tesauro
22, Pittstown, NJ
Drake 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Trish Dunn
42, Annapolis, MD
Drake 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Shawn Cohen
28, New York City, NY
Drake 7th Voted Out
Day 19
Osten Taylor
27, Boston, MA
Morgan Quit
Day 19
Andrew Savage
39, Chicago, IL
Morgan Balboa 8th Voted Out
Day 21
Ryan Opray
30, Los Gatos, CA
Morgan 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Rupert Boneham
39, Indianapolis, IN
Drake 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Tijuana Bradley
26, St. Louis, MO
Morgan 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Christa Hastie
24, Los Angeles, CA
Drake 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Burton Roberts
31, San Francisco, CA
The Outcasts 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36[5]
Darrah Johnson
22, Liberty, MS
Morgan 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton
29, Danville, VA
Drake 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Lillian "Lil" Morris
51, Cincinnati, OH
The Outcasts Runner-Up[6] 10
Sandra Diaz-Twine
29, Fort Lewis, WA
Drake 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 final Tribal Council.

^ Lillian Morris and Burton Roberts were brought back into the game on Day 20, so they are both listed as having placed in two different points in the game. The tribes they were in for a short time upon their return were the same tribes they started in.

The game[change | change source]

Episode name Date shown on TV Challenges Sent Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Beg, Barter, Steal" September 18, 2003 None[7] Drake None Nicole 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"To Quit or Not to Quit" September 25, 2003 Drake Drake Sandra Ryan S. 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"United We Stand, Divided We... ?" October 2, 2003 Drake Drake Christa Lillian 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9[8]
"Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway" October 9, 2003 Drake Morgan Trish Burton 5-2 4th Voted Out
Day 12[9]
"Everyone's Hero" October 16, 2003 Morgan Morgan Andrew Michelle 6-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"Me and My Snake" October 23, 2003 Drake Morgan Jon Trish 4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
"What the...?, Part 1" October 30, 2003 The Outcasts[10] None Shawn 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 19
Osten No
Day 19
"What the...?, Part 2" November 6, 2003 None[11] Burton
(Rupert)ep 8 6
Andrew 6-4 8th Voted Out
Day 21
"Shocking! Simply Shocking!" November 13, 2003 Rupert
(Burton)ep 9 7
Rupert Ryan O. 8-1 9th Voted Out
Day 24
"Swimming With Sharks" November 20, 2003 Burton
(Jon)[12], Lillian
Burton Rupert 5-2-1 10th Voted Out
Day 27
"The Great Lie" November 26, 2003 Jon Darrah[13] Tijuana 5-2 11th Voted Out
Day 30
"Would You Be My Brutus Today?" December 4, 2003 Darrah, Lillian,
Darrah Christa 4-2 12th Voted Out
Day 33
"Mutiny" December 11, 2003 Burton
Darrah Burton 3-2 13th Voted Out
Day 36[14]
"Flames and Endurance" December 14, 2003 None Jury[15] Darrah 3-1 14th Voted Out
Day 37
Lillian Jon 1-0 15th Voted Out
Day 38
"Reunion" December 14, 2003 Jury Vote Lillian 6-1 Runner-up[16]
Sandra 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.

^ There was no Reward Challenge and was not yet known to the castaways.

^ This was not actually a reward challenge, but what the Outcasts won was a chance to get voted back into the game.

^ There was no Immunity Challenge for this episode.

^ There was no Reward Challenge for this episode due to The Outcasts' Tribal Council.

^ Burton won immunity, but gave it to Rupert during tribal council; it was no use to Burton since he and Lillian already had immunity.

^ Rupert won reward, but gave it to Burton.

^ Burton and Lillian won reward. Burton gave Jon his reward, while Lillian kept hers.

^ Burton originally won immunity, but he lost it when Jeff Probst realized he'd missed a misspelled word ("liaison"). Because of this, a runoff between those not already eliminated was conducted; Darrah eventually won immunity.

^ The immunity challenge was a trivia competition, and the five members of the Jury were allowed to compete as a team against the four remaining players. The Jury won immunity, meaning that none of the four remaining players had immunity for that vote.

Voting history[change | change source]

Starting tribes The Outcasts Merged tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [17] 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Nicole
7/8 votes
Ryan S.
5/7 votes
5/6 votes
6/7 votes
4/6 votes
4/5 votes
No vote[18]
6/10 votes
Ryan O.
8/9 votes
5/8 votes
5/7 votes
4/6 votes
3/5 votes
3/4 votes
1 vote
1/7 votes
6/7 votes
Voter Vote
Sandra Burton Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Jon Tijuana Lillian Burton Darrah Jury Vote
Lillian Nicole Osten Darrah Returns Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Burton Darrah Jon
Jon Burton Michelle Rupert Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Lillian Darrah Sandra
Darrah Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Ryan O. Rupert Burton Christa Burton Lillian Sandra
Burton Christa Returns Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Lillian Sandra
Christa Burton Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Darrah Tijuana Lillian Sandra
Tijuana Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Ryan O. Rupert Burton Lillian
Rupert Kidnap[19] Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Darrah Sandra
Ryan O. Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Christa Sandra
Andrew Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon
Osten Nicole Ryan S. Lillian
Shawn Burton Michelle Trish Jon
Trish Burton Michelle Rupert
Michelle Christa Shawn
Ryan S. Nicole Osten
Nicole Ryan S.

^ Both tribes lost a challenge to the Outcast Tribe made of the first 6 players voted off; as a result, both tribes had to vote out a player.

^ Osten chose to quit the game, saying that his body was breaking down and his health was more important to him than a million dollars.

^ Rupert could not vote because he was captured by Morgan.

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