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Survivor: Cook Islands
Presented by
No. of episodes15
No. of days39
No. of castaways20
WinnerYul Kwon
Production location(s)Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Filming datesJune 26 –
August 3, 2006
Original releaseSeptember 14 –
December 17, 2006
Preceded bySurvivor: Panama
Followed bySurvivor: Fiji

Survivor: Cook Islands is the thirteenth season of the American reality show Survivor.

The show started to be shown on TV on September 14, 2006. The two-hour season finale (last episode) was shown on December 17, 2006, and after that was the Reunion show live from CBS Television City in Los Angeles.[1]

The players started out in four tribes by race; African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and White American, an idea that started some controversy before the first episode. Besides the tribes being randomly divided or chosen by the players, tribes had been divided by gender and/or age before. The tribes were Manihiki (shortened to Hiki), Puka Puka (shortened to Puka), Aitutaki (shortened to Aitu) and Rarotonga (shortened to Raro). These four tribes were named after islands of the Cook Islands. In the third episode, the four tribes evenly split into two new mixed tribes, just Aitutaki and Rarotonga. After the tribal merge (combine), the players named the new tribe "Aitutonga", a name made by combining the names "Aitutaki" and "Rarotonga".

The players were given the choice to mutiny. This means that a player could join the other tribe if they wanted to. In Survivor: Thailand, the players were able to mutiny, but no one wanted to. In this season, two players from the same tribe mutinied, which turned the game around, as it caused the other tribe members to become outcasts through the rest of the game.

During the Immunity challenge in Episode 9, the losing tribe was given a bottle with a note in it that was only to be read after that tribe voted off a member at Tribal Council. The note said that the losing tribe had to vote a second person off, becoming the first time one tribe has voted off two members during one Tribal Council.

Exile Island came back this season, with a hidden immunity idol located somewhere on the island. While the idol itself was never used to stop a player from being voted off, it was used to change how people voted.

Instead of the usual Final Two players with a jury of seven, there was a Final Three with a jury of nine. The jury had some players that were voted out before the tribes were merged. With nine jury members and a Final Three, a two or three-way tie to could have happened, though the way to break a tie was unknown at the time. [2]

In the end, Yul Kwon won against Ozzy Lusth and Becky Lee by a vote of 5-4-0 to become the winner of Survivor: Cook Islands.

Ozzy Lusth, Jonathan Penner, and Parvati Shallow were chosen to be three of the favorites of Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites. They would then place 9th, 15th, and 1st place. Shallow would later return again for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, where she was joined by Candice Woodcock.

Players[change | change source]

Player Starting tribe Dissolved tribe Mutined tribe Merged tribe Finish Total votes
Sekou Bunch
45, Los Angeles, CA
Manihiki 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Vergilio "Billy" Garcia
36, New York, NY
Aitutaki 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Cecilia Mansilla
29, Oakland, CA
Aitutaki Aitutaki 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
John Paul "J.P." Calderon
30, Marina Del Rey, CA
Aitutaki Rarotonga 4th Voted Out
Day 11
Stephannie Favor
35, Columbia, SC
Manihiki Rarotonga 5th Voted Out
Day 14
Anh-Tuan "Cao Boi" Bui
42, Christiansburg, VA
Puka Puka Aitutaki 6th Voted Out
Day 15
Cristina Coria
35, Los Angeles, CA
Aitutaki Rarotonga 7th Voted Out
Day 15
Jessica "Flica" Smith
27, Chico, CA
Rarotonga Aitutaki 8th Voted Out
Day 18
Brad Virata
29, Los Angeles, CA
Puka Puka Rarotonga Rarotonga 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
Rebecca Borman
34, Laurelton, NY
Manihiki Rarotonga Rarotonga 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
Jenny Guzon-Bae
36, Lake Forest, IL
Puka Puka Rarotonga Rarotonga 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 24
Nathan "Nate" Gonzalez
26, Los Angeles, CA
Manihiki Rarotonga1 Rarotonga Aitutonga 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 27
Candice Woodcock
23, Fayetteville, NC
Rarotonga Aitutaki Rarotonga 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
Jonathan Penner
44, Los Angeles, CA
Rarotonga Aitutaki Rarotonga 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
Parvati Shallow
23, Los Angeles, CA
Rarotonga Rarotonga Rarotonga 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
Adam Gentry
28, San Diego, CA
Rarotonga Rarotonga Rarotonga 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
Sundra Oakley
31, Los Angeles, CA
Manihiki Aitutaki Aitutaki 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Rebekah "Becky" Lee
28, Washington, D.C.
Puka Puka Aitutaki Aitutaki 2nd Runner-Up 5
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth
25, Venice, CA
Aitutaki Aitutaki Aitutaki Runner-Up 1
Yul Kwon
31, San Mateo, CA
Puka Puka Aitutaki Aitutaki Sole Survivor 5
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 Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"I Can Forgive Her But I Don't Have To
Because She Screwed With My Chickens"
September 14, 2006 Puka Puka2 Jonathan Sekou 3–2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Dire Strengths and Dead Weight" September 21, 2006 Puka Puka3 Puka Puka Yul Billy 4–1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Flirting and Frustration" September 28, 2006 None4 Rarotonga Candice Cecilia 5–3 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
"Ruling the Roost" October 5, 2006 Aitutaki Aitutaki Adam J.P. 7–2 4th Voted Out
Day 11
"Don't Cry Over Spilled Octopus" October 12, 2006 Rarotonga Aitutaki Jonathan Stephannie 7–1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
"Plan Voodoo" October 19, 2006 Aitutaki Nate12 None5 Cao Boi 6–1–1 6th Voted Out
Day 15
Cristina 4–2 7th Voted Out
Day 15
"A Closer Look" October 26, 2006 Recap Episode
"Why Aren't You Swimming?!" November 2, 2006 Aitutaki Rarotonga Adam Jessica 6–1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
"Mutiny" November 9, 2006 Aitutaki Aitutaki Candice Brad 7–1 9th Voted Out
Day 21
"People That You Like Want To See You Suffer" November 16, 2006 Aitutaki Aitutaki Candice Rebecca 6-1 10th Voted Out
Day 24
Jenny 4-2 11th Voted Out
Day 24
"Why Would You Trust Me?" November 23, 2006 None6 Ozzy None6 Nate 5–4 12th Voted Out
Day 27
"You're a Rat..." November 30, 2006 Survivor Auction7 Adam Candice7 Candice 5-3 13th Voted Out
Day 30
"Arranging a Hit" December 7, 2006 Parvati
[Adam, Sundra]
Ozzy Jonathan Jonathan 6-1 14th Voted Out
Day 33
"I Have the Advantage...For Once" December 14, 2006 Ozzy, Parvati,
Ozzy Adam Parvati 4-2 15th Voted Out
Day 36
"This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3..." December 17, 2006 None Ozzy None Adam 4-1 16th Voted Out
Day 37
Ozzy Sundra 2-29 17th Voted Out
Day 38
"Reunion" December 17, 2006 Jury Vote Becky 5-4-0 2nd Runner-Up
Ozzy Runner-Up
Yul Sole Survivor
If more than one tribe or player win 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 2: The challenge was a combined reward and immunity challenge. In addition, Puka Puka got a second reward for coming in first.
Note 3: The challenge was a combined reward and immunity challenge. Puka Puka and Rarotonga tied for first and both won reward.
Note 4: There was no reward challenge in Episode 3 because the tribes were dissolved.
Note 5: Two people were voted off this episode, so there was no immunity challenge and nobody was sent to Exile Island.
Note 6: There was no reward challenge in Episode 10 because the tribes were merged, so nobody was sent to Exile Island.
Note 7: Instead of a Reward Challenge, there was a Survivor Auction where Becky won the right to send someone to Exile Island and chose Candice.
Note 8: In this challenge, the Top 3 finishers got to go for the reward. Ozzy placed first, Parvati was second and Yul was third.
Note 9: Lost in fire-making tiebreaker challenge.

Episode 1: I Can Forgive Her But I Don't Have To Because She Screwed With My Chickens[change | change source]

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: - The tribes must race to build a puzzle boat using seven braces, then paddle the boat out and get fire from a bonfire floating on a raft in the ocean. Then they must paddle back to shore and carry the boat braces and fire with them. After putting together yet another puzzle, they must use the braces to make a ladder, climb to the top of a platform and light their tribe fire. The first three tribes to the top win flint and immunity.
    • Reward: All three winning teams get flint. The first-placing tribe will also get a box full of fire-making essentials.

Players were given two minutes to grab whatever they could from a boat before having to paddle to their shore. As the players looked hard for supplies, Puka Puka's Yul grabbed a chicken, got distract|distracted and the chicken ran away and got into the hands of Rarotonga's Jonathan. At Aitutaki, Billy tried to make a good shelter, but the tribe thought Ozzy had better survival skills. In Rarotonga, Jonathan's stolen chicken ran away as Jessica accidentally let it loose, making Jonathan mad. At Manihiki, the women didn't like how their leader, Sekou, took a lot of breaks. In a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, all tribes (except for Manihiki) won reward (flint) and immunity. In addition, Puka Puka, who came in first, got an extra reward in the form of a fire-making kit. The Manihiki guys (Sekou and Nate) sent Jonathan from Rarotonga to Exile Island in return for Puka Puka's lost chicken (which the women didn't like; they felt that the guys were in charge). In the end, Stephannie, Sundra and Rebecca came together to get rid their leader Sekou in a 3–2 decision. After the vote, they got their flint so they can make fire.

Episode 2: Dire Strengths and Dead Weight[change | change source]

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: - Before the challenge starts, host Jeff Probst will tell a story about James Cook. Each tribe must remember a historical story of Captain James Cook. Tied together as a group, the tribe must make their way over and under logs and through an area of poles, gathering seven answer flags. Once they cross a two-line rope bridge over a pit of water, they must use the seven answer flags gathered to solve five questions about the story. If a tribe misses a part of the story, they may look at their copy of the story; but they must go back through the course to look at it again. The first team to finish wins Reward; but the three top finishers wins Immunity.
    • Reward: The first placer wins Immunity and two big tarps; and all three top-finishers win Immunity

Day 4 started well for Manihiki when the tribe was able to start a fire. Jonathan came back from Exile Island to Rarotonga, and was upset as nothing much has changed since he left. At Puka Puka, tribe members didn't like Cao Boi's jokes and never-ending stories. At Aitutaki, feeling like his tribe could do better, Ozzy made his tribe lose the immunity challenge on purpose to get rid of Billy, who had not been putting in much work at camp. At the challenge, Puka Puka and Rarotonga tied for first place, so they each got two big tarps as reward and immunity. Manihiki finished third and was also safe from Tribal Council. The losing tribe, Aitutaki, sent Yul from Puka Puka to Exile Island, where he fount the hidden immunity idol (a broken compass) in the sand. At Tribal Council, Billy talked about finding love with Rarotonga's Candice, which was later found to be him taking her comments to him wildly out of context. Candice said "We love you" to him as he said that he may be the next to go, but he misunderstood her and told everyone that she said "I love you" to him. Either way, Billy became the second player to be voted out 4–1.

Episode 3: Flirting and Frustration[change | change source]

  • Immunity Challenge: - The tribes will be clipped together by a rope carrying 15 pound sand bags each. They will start on opposite sides of the course, racing through knee-deep water to catch the other tribe. If a tribe member doesn't make it, they must give their 15 pounds to someone else on their tribe, doubling that person's weight. The first tribe to tackle a member from the other tribe to the ground wins Immunity.

Instead of a reward challenge, the four racially-divided tribes will be merged as two new ones. There was no more Manihiki and Puka Puka, but the supplies that were left at those camps will be equally divided by the new Aitutaki and Rarotonga tribes. At the new Aitutaki, Cecilia told Candice of what happened at the last Tribal Council (Billy's "I Love You" misunderstanding), leaving a confused Candice laughing as she made alliances with Yul, Becky and Jonathan. Yul also told Becky that he found the Hidden Immunity Idol. During the Immunity Challenge, the Aitutaki men wanted to vote off the Rarotonga men (Adam, Brad, J.P., and Nate) but failed as Rarotonga tackled them, winning immunity. Rarotonga sent Candice to Exile Island, messing up the Becky-Candice-Jonathan-Yul alliance plans as she won't be able to vote and will not need to go to Tribal Council. Cao Boi, Cecilia, Jessica, Ozzy, and Sundra came together to try to vote out Becky. After strong lobbying by Jonathan and Yul, Cao Boi and Jessica switched their vote to Cecilia, who was voted out 5–3.

Episode 4: Ruling the Roost[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Each tribe will have two tribe members attached by belt to a rope, which moves over, under and around a group of obstacles. The rest of the tribe will push and pull their two tribe members, attached to the rope, through the course. Once the whole tribe gets to the end of the rope, one person from each tribe will swim out to a barrel where they will find a decoding wheel, bring it back to the tribe mat and use that decoder wheel to solve one phrase. The tribe that solves the phrase first wins.
  • Immunity Challenge: - Tribe members from each tribe will build a stretcher puzzle and race though the jungle with the stretcher to the beach. Once there, one tribe member will swim out to save another tribe member tied to the top of a mast. Both members will swim back to the beach while holding onto a life ring, place the saved tribe member on the stretcher and race back through the jungle to their starting mat. There, the last three tribe members must build a fire tall and strong enough to burn through a rope and raise the tribe's flag. First tribe to raise their flag wins.

At Aitutaki, Ozzy was mad because the only other starting Aitu member, Cecilia, was voted off, but his tribemates made him feel better. At Rarotonga, the women complained about the men's growing egos, mainly becuase they thought J.P. was acting like he was the boss. Aitutaki won the Reward Challenge of pillows, blankets, and a hammock. They chose Adam to be sent to Exile Island. After the Reward Challenge, Cao Boi went egg hunting, but instead knocked down a chick from a nest, which upset Jonathan. However, Cao Boi successfully returned the chick to the nest. Cao Boi's ways, though odd (e.g. dancing crazily with a smoking coconut husk) nevertheless got Aitutaki in the lead at the fire-making Immunity Challenge. Out of frustration, Stephannie accepted blame for the loss and said that her tribe could vote her out. However, later on, she used the chance to vote J.P. out 7–2.

Episode 5: Don't Cry Over Spilled Octopus[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Both the tribes will split into three groups of two, each of whom will stand on a platform. Each person on the platform will use one arm to hold onto a hook. Every two minutes members from the other tribe will load one of those pairs with five-pound bags. The more weight added, the harder it will be to hold on to the hook. The last pair holding their hooks and weight for their tribe wins Reward.
    • Reward: Fishing gear, spices and some wine.
  • Immunity Challenge: - The tribes must build stepping poles which they will use to move two tribe members from one platform above water to another platform a short length away. Once both tribe members are across, all eight tribe members will climb up and over the platform, swimming out to a smaller tower. The first tribe to climb the last tower and get all eight tribe members on or above the top deck wins Immunity.

At Aitutaki, Cao Boi talked about how he thought Becky, Candice, and Sundra were lazy. At the weight-holding Reward Challenge, the tribes began saying bad things to each other; but Rarotonga's Nate and Adam made their tribe win. Rarotonga sent Jonathan back to Exile Island since he had been there before. Back at camp, Cristina's tribemates talk about how they thought she was being bossy, like J.P.. Cao Boi, Jessica, and Ozzy walked around the bay and accidentally ended up on Rarotonga's island. Their unexpected visit did not make Rarotonga happy. Meanwhile, back at Aitutaki, Becky, Candice, and Yul tried to pull Sundra into their alliance with Jonathan. Aitutaki won immunity. That afternoon, Raro knew who will be voted off next (Cristina). But when Stephannie and Nate gathered water from the well, Stephannie told a confused Nate that she "wanted mashed potatoes and gravy." Though Cristina spilled their octopus lunch earlier and her continued bossy personality were enough reason to vote her off, Stephannie made a mistake in showing weakness to Nate. The tribe decided to vote off Stephannie instead, 7–1.

Episode 6: Plan Voodoo[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Each tribe will choose three people to be grabbing a post. Two members from the other tribe will try to remove them from their posts, drag them through the sand and over the finish line. First tribe to get all three tribe members of the other tribe across their finish line wins.
    • Reward: A feast of lamb shanks, bread and apple cider, to be eaten at Tribal Council.

Back at Rarotonga's camp after Tribal Council, Cristina again, had problems with her tribemates after they told her that they thought she was annoying. At Aitutaki, Jonathan argued over bringing the Immunity Idol to the next Reward Challenge. At the Reward Challenge, they were told that no matter which tribe won, both tribes would have to vote a member out. Aitutaki won the Reward Challenge, and had to go to Tribal Council first. Before Tribal Council, Cao Boi awoke from a strange dream that started a strategy he called "Plan Voodoo." The plan was to shown the hidden Immunity Idol by splitting a 3-3 vote between Jonathan and Candice. He chose these two for two reasons: 1) He thought Jonathan had the immunity idol, and 2) Even if he did not, one of the two people from the original tribe of Whites would be voted off. Unfortunately, his ally Yul had the idol. Yul did not want to show his idol, and he was also tired of Cao Boi's strange behavior, and so he decided to remove the threat. "Plan Voodoo" didn't work out for Cao Boi. He was voted out 6–1–1. Aitutaki then enjoyed a feast as they got to listen in on Rarotonga's Tribal Council. Just before Rarotonga's vote, Aitutaki was given the chance to kidnap one member of Rarotonga who wouldn't be able to vote, couldn't be voted off, and given a part of Aitutaki's reward and would be staying at Aitutaki's camp until the next Reward Challenge. Aitutaki chose Nate. Though Cristina tried to solve her problems with her tribe, she failed, and she was voted off, 4–2.

Episode 7: Why Aren't You Swimming?![change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Each tribe will choose three swimmers and two puzzle makers. The swimmers will grab a club, swim to a platform, climb to the top and jump off. While in the air, they will smash a box letting a key loose, grab the key and swim back to shore. After grabbing six keys, the two puzzle makers will use those keys to unlock a box filled with puzzle pieces. First tribe to solve the puzzle wins the Reward.
    • Reward: Two items that the winning tribe chose from the Survivor Catalogue that was given to them earlier together with the Tree Mail. The Aitutaki tribe chose a bag of potatoes and peanut butter. Rarotonga chose bread and peanut butter.
  • Immunity Challenge: - Each tribe will race to arrange a group of logs, building a staircase to the top of a tower. Once the whole tribe is on the tower, three tribe members will sail down a zip line into the water, grab a bag of puzzle pieces and swim back. Once all three are back, they must climb a rope ladder to the top of the tower where the three tribe members left will solve the puzzle. First tribe to solve the puzzle wins Immunity.

At Aitutaki, Jessica didn't like how the last Tribal Council went, where Cao Boi was voted out. She talked to the rest of the tribe with Nate watching after being kidnapped. Becky, Candice and Yul decided who they wanted voted off in what order: Ozzy, Jessica, Sundra, Jonathan. At the Reward Challenge, Aitutaki was given a chance to make Nate perform at the challenge for their tribe or just sit out. They chose Nate to sit out in the challenge. Nate felt bad as his team fell apart as Aitutaki easily won in the Reward Challenge. They chose Adam to go to Exile Island for a second time. After the Reward Challenge, Brad's tribemates were upset at him for not swimming in the swimming part of the Reward Challenge, saying that "he's better at puzzles." They thought he was one of their strongest swimmers and the swimming part of the challenge was where they fell behind. Rarotonga finally ended their losing streak by winning the immunity challenge. Jessica wanted Jonathon to be voted off, but she failed to convince her tribe. She was voted out 6–1.

Episode 8: Mutiny[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Two tribe members will squeeze into a barrel together and stay in the barrel while two other tribe members push, pull and roll the barrel through a group of obstacles in order to find four buoys. Next, they must float the barrel through a last water obstacle, where they will gather four flags hooked underwater. Once the flags have been gathered, the tribe must paddle back to shore, hang their flags on a flagpole, find a buried axe and chop a rope in order to raise their flags. The first tribe to raise their flags wins.
    • Reward: A trip to a local coffee shop with muffins, danishes and letters from home.
  • Immunity Challenge: - The four tribe members have to paddle out in glass bottom boats to look for three targets on the ocean floor. They must line up the targets with cross hairs on their glasses, drop a cannonball and release two buoys. Once all six buoys have been gathered the tribe must paddle back to shore. Reading a clue from one of the buoys, the tribe must use all six buoys to spell out the answer. First tribe to build the mystery word ("bounty") wins Immunity.

At Aitutaki, Candice and Jonathan talked about what they wanted to do when the merge came. At Rarotonga, Brad told everyone that he doesn't trust his tribemates at all, talking about his fate if he made it to the merge. This made his tribe not like him. At the Reward Challenge, there was a new twist called "Mutiny", where the players could join the other tribe if they wanted to. Candice and Jonathan decided to join Rarotonga (their startung tribe). An angry Aitutaki (Aitu's down to 4 members, and Raro has 8 members) came together and won the reward challenge, winning coffee, pastries, letters, and pictures from home. Aitutaki chose Candice to go to Exile Island for mutinying. With Candice at Exile Island, Jonathan tried to start an alliance with the other Rarotonga members, Adam and Parvati (Cao Boi's guess that there would be a "White's Alliance" may come true after all). In the Immunity Challenge, Rarotonga already got a lead but Jonathan got upset about the painful task (even yelling at Jeff Probst to shut up) brought the patient Aitutaki the win. It looked like Jonathan might get voted out by his new tribe because they didn't trust him after he easily left his old tribe, and Adam becoming angry after learning that Jonathan decided he should go to Exile Island before. In the end, Brad's "Every Man for Himself" got him voted out. (7-1) Brad became the first member of the Jury.

Episode 9: People That You Like Want To See You Suffer[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Two tribe members, with a compass and a coordinate, will race out to a big sixteen-point compass rose to find treasure chests buried under the sand. Each chest has the next coordinate painted on the top. When tribe members find a chest, they must race back to their mat. The next two tribe members will take the compass and the new coordinate to find another chest. Once the tribe has all four chests, they will remove seven flags, remembering that each flag represents a letter from the alphabet. First team to complete it wins.
    • Reward: A feast made by locals
  • Immunity Challenge: - Each tribe will swim out one at a time to a platform. Each member will dive down and unclip a bundle of island names and swim back to shore. Then the next person goes, until all four tribe members have had a turn. After all of the members are back, they must name all ten islands at an answer table. The first tribe to name all ten islands right wins Immunity.

At Rarotonga, Jenny and Parvati were worried about Candice and Adam being close. The small tribe of Aitutaki won against the much bigger Rarotonga at the Reward Challenge and sent Candice back to Exile Island once again, for mutinying. Aitutaki also won the Immunity Challenge. A closed bottle with a note inside was given to Rarotonga after they lost the Immunity Challenge. The bottle was to be opened after the vote at Tribal Council. At Tribal Council, Raro thought Rebecca was the weakest player and she was voted out 6–1 — then the bottle was opened. At first, Raro thought that the note inside the bottle will give them instructions about the merge that would be coming up — since there's 10 players left — usual time for the merge. Everything got turned around when Parvati read the note. It said: "Now you have voted off one member of your tribe, it's time to vote another." Though Jonathan was the next person they wanted to vote off, the four white members of Rarotonga voted Jenny out (thinking that Jenny, the last Asian left in Rarotonga, might switch sides with her old Puka teammates Yul and Becky when the merge comes). Showing complete disappointment over the surprise vote, an angry Jenny angrily walked away.

Episode 10: Why Would You Trust Me?[change | change source]

  • Immunity Challenge: - Each player must hang on to a pole for as long as they can. When they fall off of the pole, they are out of the challenge. Last person left hanging on their pole wins Immunity.

Expecting a challenge, the tribes were surprised when they were told that the tribes were merging. The players chose to live on Rarotonga beach, and decided to call themselves "Aitutonga." The old Aitutaki merged with four members, compared to old Rarotonga's five. Yul and Becky agreed that Jonathan was the best bet to flip. Yul told Sundra and Ozzy about the hidden Immunity Idol and his plan to bring Jonathan over. Ozzy won against Candice holding onto poles to win the first individual Immunity Challenge. Yul decided to show the hidden Immunity Idol to Jonathan to get him back to his side: if Jonathan did not vote with Yul and Aitutaki, they would vote for Jonathan, and Yul's idol would make the old Rarotonga members' votes not count and would send Jonathan home. Jonathan asked that Yul vote for Nate in if Jonathan voted with Aitutaki, which Yul said yes. Jonathan surprised his old Raro tribemates and joined the old Aitutaki members in voting out Nate 5–4.

Episode 11: You're a Rat...[change | change source]

  • Survivor Auction - Each player will be given $500 and can only bid with multiples of $20. Highest bidder gets the item. Survivors may share money, but not with the item. The auction will end without notice.
    • Reward: Here's what the Survivors won from the auction:
      • Jonathan - Hot dog, fries and a cold beer; toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash; and a pepperoni pizza
      • Parvati - A bubble bath and a huge slice of chocolate cake
      • Becky - Power to send someone to Exile Island and may take his/her money
      • Candice - Nothing (She was sent to Exile Island by Becky without spending any money)
      • Ozzy - Bottomless soft-serve ice cream that can he can eat until the end of the auction
      • Sundra - A Sea cucumber
      • Yul - Nothing (but he shared his money to Becky so she could win the power to send someone to Exile Island)
      • Adam - Nothing
  • Immunity Challenge: - The players will be quizzed on how well they remember what happened in the last 30 days. First, each tribe member will answer four questions which will have numbered answers. Then, each tribe member will add, subtract or divide the numeric answers to come up with a last number. Then they must untie a box matching their number, looking for a key. That key opens a lock and raises a flag. The first three to raise their flag move on to a last round. In the last round, the players left will use the key to unlock a tunnel, crawl though the tunnel and go over a group of floating pontoons to raise one last flag. First to complete the course wins Immunity.

Instead of a Reward Challenge, a Survivor Auction was held. Becky, teaming up with Yul, outbid Candice and Adam to win a note that was "the power to change the game." The note said that she would choose somebody to go to Exile Island and get all the money the player had left. Upon being told that Candice and Adam had not spent any of their money, Becky chose Candice. Before Candice left for Exile Island, Yul told everybody that he had the Immunity Idol. After the Survivor Auction, everybody was annoyed at Jonathan due to his arrogant behavior after sweeping a lot of items during the auction. Though worried about him being voted out next, Adam put up a good fight as he "casually" won the Immunity Challenge. Back at camp, Adam, Candice, and Parvati were taking a "snuggling session" in the shelter while the main alliance downed a handful of fish that Jonathan caught. But Candice, seeing all the action, started talking to Jonathan about his arrogance and told him that the whole tribe hates him. At Tribal Council, they still were having problems with Jonathan, but Candice was voted out 5–3.

Episode 12: Arranging a Hit[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - The survivors, while blindfolded, must scoop water using a bucket and must pass it to their loved ones. The loved ones will now transport the bucket to another bucket which is elevated from the ground. When there is enough water in that bucket, the weight of the water will lower the bucket, raising a flag. The first person to raise their flag wins Reward.
  • Immunity Challenge: - The castaways will have to race out into the water and maneuver across a series of obstacles. When a tribe member reaches the end, he or she will retrieve a bundle of sticks and race back. Then each tribe member must repeat the process for a second bundle of sticks. Once a person has both bundles back, they'll untie the sticks and use the rope and the sticks build one long pole. The tribe member will then use the pole to collect two rings. The first person to retrieve both rings wins Immunity.

Upon returning from Tribal Council, Jonathan felt uneasy after being called a "a rat" and "cancer" but he declared that he will not let [Adam and Parvati] ruin his gameplan. Meanwhile, assuming that they were doomed, Adam and Parvati asked a favor to Yul that if they help them vote Jonathan out before them, they will give their jury votes in return. Parvati accidentally whacked her thumbnail with a machete while cutting open a coconut, which required medical attention, but not removal from the game. At the Reward Challenge, the castaways were surprised by the arrival of their loved ones, who partnered up with the castaways in the challenge. An injured Parvati was able to work through her injury and win the Reward Challenge. Her reward was a picnic with her Dad and the right to send somebody to Exile Island. Parvati selected Jonathan to make sweet revenge for his deception. Parvati's Dad was allowed to select two other castaways to join in the picnic without any input from Parvati. He selected Sundra and her Mom and Adam and his Dad. While the Reward Challenge winner and invitees were enjoying the picnic, Ozzy, Yul, and Becky decided that they would again to smuggle food from Parvati, and Adam, and surprisingly, to Jonathan too. But the plan collapsed after Parvati and Adam brought back some leftovers from the picnic. Ozzy easily won the Immunity Challenge. Though he saved the Aitu 4 from near extinction, the former Aitutaki members turned on Jonathan as they banded with Adam and Parvati in voting him out 6–1.

Episode 13: I Have the Advantage...For Once[change | change source]

  • Reward Challenge: - Under a time pressure of ten minutes, tribe members are going to dive into a mud pit and cover their body with as much mud as they can, then race back and scrape it off into a bucket. They may not carry mud in their arms or in their hands; they can only use their body. Then Jeff Probst will weigh each bucket. The three castaways that own the heaviest buckets win Reward.
    • Reward: A trip to a local spa.
  • Immunity Challenge: - Tribe members will each carry four bundles of puzzle pieces one at a time across balance beams to a mat. Once all four bundles have been collected, tribe members will use those pieces to create a table maze. Then they'll use the maze to maneuver one cannon ball past the decoy holes into each of the two corner pockets. The first person to complete the puzzle and sink the balls into the correct holes wins immunity.

Threatened by the presence of the impenetrable Aitu 4, Parvati and Adam tried to figure a way to befriend one of the four to swing the vote. Ozzy won the mud-carrying reward challenge, and sent Adam to Exile Island. Parvati and Yul, the 2nd and 3rd place winners, also got to partake in the reward: a day trip to a local spa for a shower, massage, and dinner. During this reward, Parvati tried to get closer to Ozzy in order to secure his vote, even with Yul around. Meanwhile, Becky and Sundra discussed the possibility of voting challenge monster Ozzy off. When Yul returned from the reward, Becky informed him of her plan, but Yul believed it would be best to wait at least until after the next Immunity Challenge to determine if this was necessary. For the second time in a row, Ozzy handily won the Immunity Challenge. Adam, with very little time left, talked to Yul about keeping him on the island over Parvati, which Yul agreed to as long as Adam didn't try to sway the other Aitutaki members. However, Adam and Parvati were later caught trying to gain Ozzy's vote. Prior to Tribal Council, Yul decided to bring Jonathan's hat (which he had left at camp prior to being voted off) to return it to him as requested. This gesture irked some of the Jury members; nonetheless, Jonathan is happy. In the end, the Once-Underdogs-Now-in-the-Position-of-Power Aitu 4 was indeed tight, voting off the somewhat craftier Parvati over physical threat Adam, with a vote of 4–2.

Episode 14: This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3...[change | change source]

  • Final 5 Immunity Challenge: - The castaways will race around a ropes course to eight different stations, collecting a bag of puzzle pieces at each station. Each time a tribe member gets a bag he or she will have to come back to their table before they can go back out on the course. Once a tribe member has all eight bags, he or she will use the puzzle pieces to construct an eight point compass rose puzzle. Once the puzzle is assembled correctly a flag will raise. First to raise his/her flag wins Immunity.
  • Final 4 Immunity Challenge: - The remaining castaways will be standing on a small steel perch situated in the water. Each perch has been individually proportioned to each tribe member's foot size, making the game as fair as possible. Every 15 minutes tribe members will remove a section of the perch, making it smaller and more difficult to stand on. The last piece of the perch will be a section that is less than half the size of a postcard. The last person left standing wins Immunity.

In the most difficult puzzle challenge ever in Survivor according to Jeff Probst, Ozzy won Immunity for the third straight time. Back at camp, Adam tried to stir up the vote by trying to get Ozzy and Sundra to vote for Yul, for the sole purpose of making Yul use the hidden idol and making the game more interesting after he was gone. However, Adam's plot failed and the Aitutaki Four held and voted out Adam 4–1. In a twist, the Aitutaki Four were told that they would be competing in the final Immunity Challenge and memory walk together, meaning that the final vote would have 3 people eligible to win. Ozzy outlasted Sundra to win the final Immunity Challenge. Initially, Yul offered Becky his hidden immunity idol to try to save her, but Becky declined because she felt it wasn't fair to blind-side Sundra just to get to the Final 3 as the foursome had gone through so much together, and tight friendship forged between them to just turn on each other. So the Aitutaki Four decided to let the third spot in the final Tribal Council be decided in a fair manner, meaning a tiebreaker fire-making challenge between Becky and Sundra. Neither Becky nor Sundra could get their fire started with flint and machete after one hour and the jury became bored and restless. As an alternative, matches were given to Becky and Sundra, but both had trouble again maintaining a fire long enough to burn the rope. In the end, Sundra ran out of matches after half an hour, whereas Becky finally kept a fire long and high enough to burn the rope to secure her spot on the final three. At the final Tribal Council, the jury saw Becky as riding the coattails of Ozzy and Yul even though she tried to convince the jury that she had played the game with much integrity as possible and claimed that she and Yul shared voting strategies and not just Yul alone. She received no votes whereas between Yul and Ozzy, the jury was split on the importance of Yul's masterminding of the social game versus Ozzy's physical ability to win challenges, and which contributed the most to all of the Aitutaki Four making it to the end. The final vote was 5–4 in favor of Yul and became the thirteenth Sole Survivor. Ozzy subsequently won a new car (a Mercury Mariner) based on a viewer's poll in which Ozzy and Yul were nearly tied again.

Voting history[change | change source]

Original Tribes Absorbed Tribes Mutined Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 611 7 8 913 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Sekou
3/5 votes
4/5 votes
5/8 votes
7/9 votes
7/8 votes
Cao Boi
6/8 votes
4/6 votes
6/7 votes
7/8 votes
6/7 votes
4/6 votes
5/9 votes
5/8 votes
6/7 votes
4/6 votes
4/5 votes
2/4 votes
0/9 votes
4/9 votes
5/9 votes
Voter Vote
Yul Cecilia Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Sundra Jury Vote
Ozzy Billy Becky Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Becky
Becky Cecilia Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Sundra
Sundra Sekou Becky Cao Boi Jessica Nate Candice Jonathan Parvati Adam Becky Yul
Adam J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Rebecca Jenny Yul Jonathan Jonathan Sundra Yul Yul
Parvati J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Rebecca Jenny Yul Jonathan Jonathan Sundra Ozzy
Jonathan Cecilia Cao Boi Jessica Brad Rebecca Jenny Nate Candice Adam Yul
Candice Exiled10 Cao Boi Jessica Brad Rebecca Jenny Yul Jonathan Yul
Nate Sundra Stephannie Stephannie Kidnapped12 Brad Rebecca Jonathan Yul Ozzy
Jenny J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Rebecca Jonathan Ozzy
Rebecca Sekou J.P. Stephannie Cristina Brad Jonathan Ozzy
Brad J.P. Stephannie Jenny Jonathan Yul
Jessica Cecilia Jonathan Jonathan
Cristina Billy J.P. Stephannie Jenny
Cao Boi Cecilia Candice
Stephannie Sekou J.P. Cristina
J.P. Billy Stephannie
Cecilia Billy Becky
Billy Ozzy
Sekou Sundra

Note 10: Candice was exiled in episode three. However, she was not returned to her tribe until after tribal council, meaning she could not be voted out or participate in the vote.
Note 11: This was a double elimination episode.
Note 12: As another twist to Aitutaki winning reward, they were allowed to kidnap one of Rarotonga's members. They selected Nate and he was granted immunity and could not vote.
Note 13: After losing the Immunity Challenge, Rarotonga was given a sealed bottle with a note inside that was opened after they voted out a member. The note said that another member was to be immediately voted out; so two people were eliminated by vote at the same tribal council.

Filming locations[change | change source]

The tribal camps, Exile Island, and many challenges of Survivor: Cook Islands were filmed on small "motu" (Polynesian word for "islet") in the Aituaki lagoon. The Rarotonga (later Aitutonga) tribe's camp was on Moturakau. The Aitutaki tribe lived on Motukitiu. The short-lived tribes of Manihiki and Puka Puka lived on Rapota and Muritapua, respectively. Most challenges were filmed on Tekopua and Tapuaetai (One Foot Island). Exile Island, a small sand cay south of Tapuaetai, is called "Nude Island" by locals in reference to its lack of vegetation. Akaiami hosted challenges and also "The Ponderosa," where eliminated contestants were sequestered until the end of the game. Tribal Council, the production camp, and a few challenges were located on the main island of Aitutaki. There were three reward trips to the neighboring islands of Atiu, Mitiaro, and Rarotonga.[3]

Diversity and controversy[change | change source]

The decision to divide the teams by race and ethnicity has made this series of Survivor controversial even before airing. Members of the New York City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus have called on CBS to dump Survivor.[4] Those who work with the show indicate that as divisions by age, gender, or gender and age combined have been accepted, this should not be treated much different or it would set race apart.[5] Host Jeff Probst conceded, by implication, a small difference in that racial segregation had actually been practiced in US history.[6]

Conversely, previous seasons have been criticized for not having many non-white contestants. This scheme represented much higher exposure particularly for Asian Americans who were only 3.6 percent of the US population in 2000, and normally underrepresented on most network television shows, as well as the other minority groups. Native Americans were not represented as a separate group. Probst has since pointed out that over 80% of Survivor's applicants are white.[6]

According to Advertising Age Magazine, more than a half dozen major advertisers such as General Motors and Coca Cola withdrew their advertising after hearing about the teams' division.[7] However, a New York Times report indicates that the decision by several advertisers not to advertise for the current season, including General Motors, Coca Cola, Home Depot, United Parcel Service, and Campbell Soup, was made three months prior to the start of the show and unrelated to the show's racial format.[8]

The early advertisements for the season also attracted some criticism, as they all coyly hinted at how the tribes would be divided, despite the producers having completely revealed the racial divide some time earlier.

MADtv parodied Survivor: Cook Islands in its twelfth season premiere episode, which aired September 16, 2006. The parody involved giving the white challengers significantly easier tasks, such as a swimming challenge which allowed the white challengers to use a canoe, or building a fire with a fire building kit that consisted of gasoline and a DVD on how to build fire, the Hispanic contestants received flint, the Asians received a matchstick, and the African-Americans were given a glass of water.

In the Survivors Strike Back blog on the official website, several Survivor contestants from past seasons criticized the castaway choices, saying that many of them are not good players and are not Survivor fans and are merely there to gain fame. Evidence of this is the fact that well over half are from California and several of them are models or involved in the entertainment industry in some way. Another reason is that there was a limited number of choices because of the low number of non-whites that applied to be on the show. In early interviews, Jeff Probst has said that they had to go hunting for some contestants and several of those who made the show did not actually apply to be on Survivor. The bloggers at Survivor Strikes Back have also said that this season's contestants have had it easy because they were given all their supplies in the first episode.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Amazing Race 10" and "Survivor: Cook Islands" Finales to be Broadcast on back-to-back Sunday. Retrieved on October 18, 2006.
  2. Survivor: Cook Islands Final 3 Info Retrieved on December 6, 2006; now dead.
  3. Morrison, Cheyenne. "Survivor Series 13: Aitutaki Cook Islands." Private Islands. May 14, 2006. Retrieved on September 14, 2006.
  4. Staff Writer. "New Yorkers blast ethnic grouping of 'Survivor' players." Belleville News Democrat. August 28, 2006. Retrieved on September 14, 2006.
  5. Lang, Derrik J. "'Survivor: Cook Islands' segregates by players' race." August 24, 2006. Retrieved on September 14, 2006.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Staff Writer. "‘Survivor: Cook Islands’ to divide teams by race." MSNBC. August 23, 2006. Retrieved on September 14, 2006.
  7. Laurence, Robert P. "Advertisers vote to get off 'Survivor' after racial-split ploy." San Diego Union Tribune. September 11, 2006. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  8. Wyatt, Edward; Elliott, Stuart. "G.M. Drops ‘Survivor’ but Says Racial Format Isn’t the Reason." New York Times. August 31, 2006. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.

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