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TDT Survivor 12: Panama - Exile Island Spoilers
Filmed: November 18-20, 2005
Airdate: April 6, 2006
Episode at-a-glance: RC | Exile | IC | Boot | Vidcaps | Ep7 recap
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Vidcaps: Click to view
terryEp8 PIP TV ad (4/2)
sally hugs aras30-sec TV ad (4/2)
end of rc?10-sec TV ad (4/2)
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Reward challenge: Water challenge - Aras/Sally/? win something?
From the CBS web teasers: "At the Reward Challenge, one Survivor demonstrates clever leadership skills, and forges a win with a weaker group." Not very informative about who wins, but it does suggest the challenge will be in three groups of three, and suggests a mechanism for picking the two exiles.

The web promo isn't much help here. There is one shot of a shirtless Terry, jumping, but that seems to be from the IC. There's also a shot of a bikini-clad Sally (who wears a shirt in the other challenge) hugging a soggy Aras. That would seem likely to be an RC shot, but that doesn't tell you much about teams and challenges.

Hope that clears it up for you.

Update: As noted by Flowerpower at Blows (and more obliquely by ts2 at MeSS), the image of Sally with a flag, below left, matches her appearance when hugging Aras. This shot came from a late pre-Ep7 ad, and we assumed at the time that it was simply Sally returning from exile in Ep7 (it wasn't). But as Flowerpower suggests, it is probably actually from this challenge.
Reward Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
sally lugs flag from water sally hugs aras sally hugs aras

Exile: Two! - Speculation
danielle, austinFrom the CBS web teasers: "When two tribe members are sent to Exile Island, an unexpected bond forms. Will this newfound friendship affect their alliance and change the course of the game?" Sounds like it's one La Mina and one Casaya. Unless it's just Terry and Sally. Could be just about any pair, actually. Perhaps not Shane and Courtney, though. Then again, maybe it is Shane and Courtney.

We've been trying to find an alternative to the conventional wisdom that the shot of Danielle and Austin at right is from Exile Island, mainly because we can't figure out how (or why) they got blankets and/or towels there. But we will concede that the flora in the background do more closely resemble Exile Island than Casaya camp. So we'll go with the flow, since this seems as good a guess as any.

Again, we presume, unless told otherwise, that the RC will be run in three groups of three, and that one person from each losing group will be exiled. For what that's worth.

Immunity challenge: Fences, puzzles, obstacles - Terry wins?
As mentioned last week, ChillOne has heard Terry "wins something like seven immunity challenges in a row." We think it's something like that here - Terry doesn't win immunity, but is still safe from the boot ("The Power of the Idol"). Then Terry gets back to his IC-winning ways next week. Or he could win it again, and just be blowing smoke about having given someone the hidden idol. One of the two.

As for the challenge itself, it appears that it might be a multi-stage, serial elimination event. The first appears to be digging your way under a fence, something all nine contestants appear to do. The first six finishers proceed to stage two.

Stage two is a puzzle stage, just beyond the fence. Shane can be seen crossing a line beyond the fence, with no puzzle stages in view, and it looks like only five puzzle stations are later there (with no Cirie, Bruce, Austin, or Aras visible). The overhead shot of Sally running reveals various nets and other obstacles beyond them. Danielle and Shane are seen traversing the nets, and Terry crawls through some wooden tunnels. Austin is also there, because he's later seen going under the obstacles (or he will be when we get around to vidcapping it). The net obstacle is in the background as Terry falls down in the sand. This section cuts the field from 6 to 3.

We think the final leg of the challenge, which is designed for three people, is the water pit shown at the bottom. Sally enters the water first, but Terry is close behind. Another guy (Shane?) is trailing them by quite a bit. Visible observing from the bank are Aras, Cirie, Courtney, Danielle, and two other people (along with Probst). Terry's jump seems to catch him up with Sally in the water, so one of Terry or Sally should win. Odds are, it's probably just boring old Terry, but it would at least be a bit entertaining if Sally could pull off the surprise win here. But if Sally did win, Terry would probably draw some votes, so maybe it is Terry after all.
Immunity Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
Round 1: Crawl under the fence (Aras, Cirie, Bruce eliminated)
bruce - ic? courtney - ic? shane - ic?
Round 2: Puzzles, nets, obstacles (Danielle, Courtney, and Shane or Austin out)
sally, ic? sally, ic? sally, ic?
stage 2 - ic? austin (ic?) shane, danielle - ic?
shane, danielle - ic? terry - ic? terry, ic?
Round 3: Rope bridge, water jump - Sally has slight lead over Terry
shane, danielle - ic? terry - rc? end of rc?

BOOT: Austin?

We had (from the title) though that Terry finally uses the hidden idol here. But after seeing the preview, and seeing that the bootee is most likely Austin, we now think that's probably not the case.

When Jeff Probst said, prior to Ep1 airing, "At one point somebody said to me at Tribal, 'you know, we think this has just changed the game too much.' I cracked up," he was probably talking about this episode, and all it appears to be about, on the surface at least, is Terry offering to hand over the idol. Not him actually doing so.

Austin is what we've been told to expect for this week's boot. But we're no longer convinced of that. It could be Courtney, especially in light of the "remaining Casaya members" part of the next episode's description. But more likely, it's Austin.

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