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TDT Survivor 12: Panama - Exile Island Spoilers
Filmed: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2005
Airdate: February 2, 2006
Episode at-a-glance: RC | Exile | IC | Boot | Vidcaps
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Vidcaps: Click to view
boats at exile island
Early Show preview (2/2)
courtney confessional
CBS Ep1 web promo #2 (1/27)
5-on-5 glass bottom boats?TVGuide Channel post-Ep1 challenges (1/22)
young girls are in big trouble
CBS 20-sec TV ad (1/26)
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TV Guide Channel 'Survivor: Panama - Exile Island Preview': Post-Ep1 challenge vidcaps & transcripts
First aired January 22, 2006 | Click a thumbnail to view full-size image
finale zombie zach and his purple friend zach and his purple friend zombie body?
Zach Jensen - Art Director: "This is the, uh, skull of, um, some ten-foot-tall zombies. They're the hero prop of one of the challenges, one of the first challenges. They start out in the water, and they're, they're in boats. The main goal of the challenge is to transport these skulls back onto the zombies, and uh, then light them on fire."

TDT Analysis: Note that the skull Zach is holding is wearing a purple (Casaya) buff, and that the one shown (on fire, no less) in the preview from the S11 finale was wearing an orange (La Mina) one. From this, it seems likely that this challenge takes place after the reduction to two tribes, scheduled for Ep2. So it could take place as early as the Ep2 RC. Although with the fire component of the challenge, it might be better aesthetically suited for an IC. Not that Survivor is terribly concerned with aesthetics, of course.
casaya boat la mina boat la mina boat glass bottom yay team! wimpy journalists getting help
the boats the boats, closer bailing kirhoffer wins kirhoffer wins
- Zach Jensen - Art Director: "These boats are actually part of a challenge. They've got a glass bottom, we made these boats in here, some of the lads knocked [them] together. So yeah, it's to do with the searching for skeletons, in the, in coffins underwater, and transporting them to their new home in tombs on the, on the island."

- (Challenge testing clip) Danni Boatwright: "Challenge producer John Kirhoffer gave us an exclusive peek as a future challenge was tested, with Survivor production staff going head-to-head against a group of journalists, including TV Guide's Shawna Malcom."
Dalton Ross's group: "One-two-three-team!"
[Kirhoffer's (non-journalist) team reaches the beach first, dropping a bag of "bones" on the sand].
Shawna Malcom (after losing): "Rematch! Rematch!"

TDT Analysis: There are only five journalists, and once the boats are in the water, it looks like the challenge is being run with five people on each tribe (again, Casaya and La Mina are the two tribes competing). From the numbers, the earliest this could come (from a pre-Ep1 perspective), in theory, would be Ep4, at which point it's theoretically possible one tribe could have an 8-5 advantage. The latest it could come, again in theory, would be at the merge episode, if both tribes were tied 5-5. But it seems more likely it would be run soon after one tribe gets pared down to five players.
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