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TDT Survivor 12: Panama - Exile Island Spoilers
Filmed: November 27-29, 2005
Airdate: April 27, 2006
Episode at-a-glance: RC | Exile | IC | Boot | Vidcaps
Spoilers - Click to jump to: Pre-show; Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
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Vidcaps: Click to view
cirie, shane - rc?
10-sec TV ad (4/22)
terry's won? - ic
Ep11 web promo (4/21)
courtney - mid-rc?
Post-Ep10 preview (4/20)
Gallery of all Episode 11 vidcaps: Click here

 

Reward challenge: Mucking around in/on water - CBS gives Terry a truck
From TV Guide Online: "The winners of the reward challenge have the opportunity to advance to a second reward challenge, which yields the season's biggest prize so far." We're not sure what the first reward is, but there are color coded docks (with poles), a ring, floating hexagons to run across, and possibly stuff underwater in trunks (the trunks might be in round 2). Looks fairly complicated.

Presumably the initial challenge will be done in teams (from the overhead shot, two teams of three: Cirie-Shane-Aras vs. Terry-Danielle-Courtney). The winners of that then face off individually for what the CBS wording makes sounds like a second challenge with a second reward: "Excitement over winning the Reward Challenge reaches a new level when the winners learn they can compete for a second Reward."
Reward Challenge (stage 1?) vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
rc overhead shot rc overhead, beach rc overhead
probst, rc aras - pre-rc cirie, shane - rc?
cirie - rc shane - rc aras - rc
cirie, shane, aras - rc chest - rc?  

Aras looks pretty dry in his reaction shot (placed after Probst's "wanna know what you're playing for?"). The other three people shown (Danielle, Terry, Courtney) are all wet. So we think those reaction shots are after the first challenge, and that Probst will spring the second stage on the winners at that time. Since Terry looks quite happy at the news, we'd guess he's one of the people competing in the second stage. That would explain why his teammates, Danielle and Courtney, are also shown. Gee, we wonder which one wins?
Reward Challenge (Stage 2?) vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
probst playing with something in his pocket probst - yukon keys danielle - mid-rc?
courtney - pre-rc? terry - mid-rc? de car! de car!

We're not sure what the second challenge is (presumably something using the rafts to the right of the puzzle course?). But as several people have pointed out (for example, Quartzeye or Crocophile), it looks like Probst could be pulling keys from his pocket, so we'll go along with the conventional wisdom that what they're (individually) playing for is the vehicle. And as the web promo shows, yes, Probst does have keys.

If that is the case, it should be a GMC Yukon, because CBS has added a GMC section to their official (S12 in theory, but actually it's in the parent CBS.com) site, and there's an autoplaying video there that showed clips of a GMC Yukon on a suspiciously Pearl Islands-looking beach. Or at least it was in the video as of Ep8 (it changes each week). Regardless, we don't think we're going out on too much of a limb in predicting that the vehicle reward will be... wait for it... a GMC Yukon.

And yes, that's what CBS's press release says:
"When the remaining six are split into two teams of three to compete in the Reward Challenge, the excitement is taken to a new level when the winning team learns they get the chance to compete in a second individual Reward Challenge to win a GMC Yukon. Which lucky castaway walks away with this season's biggest reward so far?"

Yeah, which lucky castaway could it be? The real mystery: Will he yell "Cha-ching!" again?

Minor note: AICN says the first-round reward is for: "Barbeque feast... Steak. Sausages. Cooler of soft drinks. And for dessert, chocolate cake."
Exile: Aras? Shane?
We had heard a boot story for this week, which had Danielle unable to vote at tribal council, because she was exiled (see also the boot section, below).

There isn't much visual evidence for this, however. Danielle is clearly present for the IC. In fact, if we were going to build such a story using vidcaps, we'd guess it was actually Shane, since he's not visible in the IC shots. And Shane is also on the losing RC team (as is a chuckling Aras, who would probably be Terry's choice, but Terry might be out-voted). Since Shane is seen around camp with his piece of wood a lot, we'd guess Aras is actually more likely. But either could go.
Immunity challenge: Avoid the dunk - Terry wins again
This one appears to be an endurance challenge, in which contestants have to hold onto two ropes to avoid being dunked. For added amusement, the ropes are attached to a four-pronged hook, upon which Probst appears to hang sand bags at various intervals. As the weight increases, people drop out.

The lineup from left to right is (Shane?) - Cirie-Aras-Terry-Danielle-Courtney. Shane is not visible in any of the shots, including the starting one. Update: Montanagirl points out in MeSS that there are loose ropes between Cirie and Aras in the first shot. So if Shane is there for the IC, he must be the first person out. Although there's no visual evidence that he's actually there in the first place (yet, anyway).

Still, between counting sanbags and empty slots, you can sense some progress in the shots. In the shot of a distant Terry grimacing, it looks like at least Aras and Cirie have dropped out, possibly also Danielle. But at that point, there is still at least one empty prong on the hook that's visible. Courtney appears to drop when the hook has at least three hooks filled. Our guess is it could come down to a standoff between Terry and Courtney, and Courtney loses (she looks surprised, whereas Terry seems to just be diving in). Looks like Terry wins again, as ChillOne has said.
Immunity Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
ic - shane already dropped? cirie - ic aras - ic
terry - ic terry - mid-ic ic sand bags
courtney's out - ic terry wins ic? terry's won? - ic

BOOT: Courtney
The next episode should feature the family visit (with five players remaining). And ChillOne's spoilers included a tidbit about a "Another blonde girl (noticible highlights in her hair). Voted off right before the family reward episode." So that should be here. Apparently Courtney turned out to be both the "rasta chick" and the blonde with highlights. As did the woman our sources said was saved by Bruce's departure (mistakenly calling her "Sally").

We heard a story here that Danielle is immune but can't vote, (presumably) having been exiled. Cirie flips to join Terry, as does Shane (and possibly Aras). And that's at least three votes (out of five) against Courtney, breaking up the Danielle-Courtney pair.

The problem is, having seen the vidcaps, we're not at all convinced this story is accurate, since Danielle is clearly present for the IC. On the other hand, another, more reliable source assures us that Courtney does not last beyond the final six, so she should get booted one way or another.

Update: AICN alleges to "spoil" while misleadingly announcing "A man votes for Danielle" - that man should be Aras, perhaps doing a "throwaway" vote, and refusing to join Shane and Cirie in voting out Courtney. We're still not sure whether Danielle votes or not, but either way, Courtney should be leaving.
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