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TDT Survivor 12: Panama - Exile Island Spoilers
Filmed: November 21-23, 2005
Airdate: April 13, 2006
Episode at-a-glance: RC | Exile | IC | Boot | Vidcaps | Ep8 recap
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Vidcaps: Click to view
how does burnett manage to keep getting new shows?
20-sec TV ad (4/9)
be very afraid, courtney
Ep9 web promo (4/7)
chuckling cirie
Post-Ep8 preview (4/6)
Gallery of all Episode 9 vidcaps: Click here


Reward challenge: Four-on-four swinging - Cirie/Aras/Shane/Danielle lose?
This challenge appears to be for two teams of four, which appear to be Cirie, Shane, Aras and Danielle on one team, and Terry, Sally, Bruce and Courtney on the other. Courtney and Danielle are on swinging platforms attached to ropes, and their teammates appear to be trying to maneuver them with the ropes (to allow them to grab something, presumably - which as they say noted at MeSS, appears to be little flags stuck in the vertical poles surrounding the swing structure).

Who wins? One clue might be the flags. In the shot where rope whizzes past the camera (below, right), the white (Terry's) team's flags are visible on the ground, lined up in the sand at the right side of the frame. They are individually numbered, and the one closest to the camera is #15. If the flags must be collected in order, you'd think they'd be pretty close to the end at that point.
Reward Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
rc teams courtney - rc aras, shane, danielle - rc
cirie, aras, shane, danielle - rc rc - near end? rc - near end?

As for the reward, it appears to be something along the lines of videos from home. Cirie, Bruce and (maybe) Sally, and most prominently Shane, are all shown crying, which would suggest they won the reward. The problem there being that they're on different teams. But since Shane is featured so prominently, we'd have to guess he got to see a full video, whereas the others could be reacting to snippets, or even to other people's videos.

Then again (as Wezzie points out at MeSS), they could all get to see previews before the challenge, and every one of the crying scenes could be from that. So uh... no help? An alternative view is that the sequence with Shane getting his chafing inspected features Cirie, Shane and Danielle, all of whom are on one team. Could the other team be away watching their videos somewhere else? Maybe, but not a particularly solid piece of evidence upon which to base that.
Reward (videos?) vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
reward watching why? - because tears = emmys, of course! bruce - reward preview
sally - reward aras, terry - reward preview here come the waterworks!

Exile: Aras?
arasIt's unclear who'll be exiled. If Shane's team wins the reward, presumably the exile will come from the other one, and the prime candidate there would appear to be Terry. He's pissing the others off, they know he has the idol already, so there's really no reason not to send him there. And that might be what motivates Terry to "kick their butts in everything."

But if, as we now think, Terry's team wins reward, the target would probably be Aras, as smokeitgood suggests. In support of this idea, Aras is at the end of the lineup for the IC (next to Bruce), which would fit with him just having returned from Exile Island. The picture above may be a reaction shot at the end of the RC.
Immunity challenge: "Fight For Your Life or Eat" - Terry wins
From the previews and episode descriptions provided by CBS, it seems fairly clear that the "twist" in this challenge is exactly the same as in the first post-merge IC in Guatemala: Contestants have to choose before the IC whether to partake in a feast, or compete for immunity. Bruce and Cirie seem to be jumping at the chance to opt out and eat; it's unclear if anyone else takes Probst up on his offer. At least Terry and Aras are shown competing, and we'd imagine Sally would be, as well. Update: CBS press release says only one Casaya competes, which would be Aras.

The challenge itself appears to be something in the water - Terry and Aras are shown swimming, neck-and-neck. And (yawn) Terry appears to win yet again: he's seen running up onto the beach alone, and appears to be celebrating in the "How?" vidcap, below. Ho hum. Then again, it's not like ChillOne didn't warn us this would happen.
Immunity Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
terry, probst - ic terry hands over necklace, sans cirie, bruce, courtney? cirie and bruce opt out - ic
terry - pre-ic aras - pre-ic sally - pre-ic
aras, terry - ic terry - ic win? how does burnett manage to keep getting new shows?

BOOT: Courtney? Sally?
courtney - rcWe originally thought Bruce should get removed from the game (most likely) in this episode, after the immunity challenge, and in place of anyone being voted off at Tribal Council. But this was before next week's (Ep10) title, "Medical Emergency," came out. In light of that, seems like Bruce is most likely taken out of the game in the next episode, after all.

Since we've also been told that Courtney goes here, we'll go with that instead.

It's also possible that Sally is the unlucky victim of numbers here, but Courtney seems to fit a bit better, especially in light of ChillOne's spoiler that a blonde (most likely Sally) gets booted right before the family visit (which we think may be way down the road, with five left in Ep12). Also, we've heard that Sally is (temporarily) saved from the boot by Bruce's emergency removal.

Late update: We're temporarily (we hope) unsure whether it's Courtney or Sally. Stay tuned.

Later update: Well, we've definitely gotten mixed messages on whether it's Courtney or Sally. Sally is certainly the easier choice, because it doesn't require any alteration in Casaya's post-merge game plan. But we'll stick with our spec and say it's Courtney, anyway.

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