|Pre-show||Ep1: Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise||Ep2: Man Down|
Ep1 arrival. Each tribe's 8 new players arrive on foot at a Maya ruins. After each group assembles, Probst reveals two more players, both returning from the prior season, Palau. Stepghenie joins Yaxhá, and Bobby Jon joins Nakúm. Each tribe then departs on their overnight reward challenge: An 11-mile hike through the jungle, carrying whatever supplies they can.
(Ep1 RC begins.)
Ep1 RC: 11-Mile Hike
After a sometimes brutal overnight hike through the jungle, both tribes briefly catch sight of each other as they reach a dirt road. Nakúm sprints ahead, leaving Yaxhá behind. Eventually they reach tribe boats moored at a lake, and complete their trek with a paddle to a ruins that becomes Nakúm's new campsite. Nakúm wins flint; Yaxhá must travel further to their camp.
Ep1 IC: Paddle Battle
Each tribe must get in their boat, paddle out to a buoy, retrieve a torch, then return to shore. Once at shore, they must attach a rope to their boat, and haul their boat to the finish line. Four people (Jamie, Gary, Brian, Rafe; Blake, Bobby Jon, Brandon, Judd) pull the rope, one holds the torch (Lydia; Brooke), and the rest place logs under the boat, to which roll to help it move. Once the boat crosses the finish line, the torch-bearer lights the tribe's wok. Yaxhá wins, gets their own flint. Jim injures himself moving the boat.
TC1 - Jim voted out (8-1), 17 left.
Ep2 RC: Web Over Water
Amy sits out. One at a time, contestants must climb underneath a spiderweb-like rope grid (over water, obviously), release a bag, then return with the bag to the starting line. If they fail to retrieve the bag, they can swap out, but everyone must attempt it at least once. Rafe is the first to fall, and has trouble climbing the rope ladder to exit the pool. Then Judd and Brianna also fall. The tribes are tied 7-7 as Blake and Brian each go for the winning bag, but Blake just beats Brian, and Nakúm wins fishing gear.
Ep2 IC: Dragged Through Mud
Brianna sits out. In the first round, all 8 tribe members are tied into a single rope for a tribe-vs-tribe tug-of-war in the mud, with the goal being a tribe flag at the end of the course. Neither tribe reaches their flag in the time allotted, so instead the challenge becomes a series of one-on-one 'showdowns,' with whoever ends up closest to the flag winning. First tribe to three points wins. 1.Judd defeats Gary, when Gary ill-advisedly decides to run to Judd's end and tackle him. 2.Jamie has a slight lead, then Brandon goes all the way to the end and takes the flag. 3.Jamie has another lead, until Judd makes a last-second surge, and wins it for Nakúm, 3-0.
TC2 - Morgan voted out (8-1), 16 left.
|Ep3: The Brave May Not Live Long, But the Cautious Don't Live At All||Ep4: To Betray or Not to Betray||Ep5: Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers|
Ep3 RC: Blind Build
Two callers (Gary, Brooke) direct blindfolded pairs or trios of tribemates to collect 9 items (tarp, poles, rope) required to build an archaeologist's tent. Then the entire tribe works together to build the tent. Yaxhá collects their items with a healthy lead, but falls apart putting the tent together. Nakúm wins comfort items.
Ep3 IC: Holding Court
The tribes play a version of the Maya's Ball Game, in randomly selected groups of three. Amy swiftly injures her ankle on the net, and somehow manages to get selected almost every time. Brianna defends by standing, motionless. Scoring: Brian (Yaxhá leads, 1-0); Blake (tied, 1-1); Danni (Nakúm leads, 2-1); Blake(2) (N, 3-1); Rafe (N, 3-2); Jamie (tied, 3-3); Danni(2) (N, 4-3); Danni(3) - Nakúm wins, 5-3.
TC3 - Brianna voted out (7-1), 15 left.
Ep4 RC: Tribal Switch
The tribes assemble, and are given pads to answer questions about their tribemates (which they're told will affect said tribemates). Most popular answer wins. 1. Who needs something to eat? (Jamie, Danni - each gets an apple). 2. Who smells the worst? (Gary, Bobby Jon - each gets a shower) 3. Which man and woman most deserve a picnic (Gary, Amy; Judd, Margaret). 4. After those four leave... Who has the most tribe spirit? (Brian, Cindy). Brian moves to Yaxhá mat. He learns is the only one to stay on that tribe (until Gary & Amy return). Rafe, Jamie, Lydia, Stephenie are now Nakúm members, joining Cindy. Four members from Nakúm must now join Yaxhá, but because five are left, they draw buffs. Danni draws first, gets Yaxhá, then Brooke draws Nakúm. The three guys (Brandon, Bobby Jon, Blake) are thus obviously Yaxhá. The feastgoers later return to their original tribes.
Ep4 IC: Rows and Throws
Lydia sits out. Both tribes must paddle out and retrieve 3 bags of Maya war clubs. Upon returning to shore, they then take turns throwing them at tiles 40, 50 & 60 feet away. First to break all 3 tiles wins; no person may break more than one. Results: 1.Steph scores (before Yaxhá throws; N1-Y0), 2.Brian swaps out for Danni, 3.Danni scores (N1-Y1), 4.Blake scores (N1-Y2), 5.Judd finally scores (N2-Y2), 6.Brandon hits the winning shot (both he and Jamie had come close several times). Yaxhá wins, 3-2.
TC4 - Brooke voted out (5-3), 14 left.
Ep5 RC: Slave to the Grind
One person per tribe (Jamie; Brandon) use a sharp stone to cut through 2 ropes, releasing 2 handles. Another person (Bobby Jon; ?) chops through a log and rope with a machete, releasing 2 more handles. Four more (Brian,Amy,Blake,Gary) use the handles to turn a winch, pulling a cart up the slope. The first six then get into the cart, and the last person (Danni; ?) chops through the rope, releasing it. Yaxhá wins a croc-proof swim cage, margaritas, chips & guacamole, when Jamie can't even finish the first stage for Nakúm.
|Ep5: Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers||Ep6: Big Ball, Big Mouth, Big Trouble||Ep7: Surprise Enemy Visit||Ep8: The Hidden Immunity Idol|
Ep5 IC: What's for Launch?
Launchers (Brian, Lydia) take turns flinging balls from a catapult. Their tribemates, in groups of three, hold triangular nets and try to catch the balls. First tribe to 5 catches wins. Scoring: Yaxhá-1 (Danni/Gary/Bobby Jon), Nakúm-1, Nakúm-2 (Rafe/Judd/Steph), Yaxhá-2 (Danni/Gary/Bobby Jon), Nakúm-3 (Rafe/Judd/Steph), Nakúm-4 (Jamie/Cindy/Margaret), Nakúm-5 (Rafe/Judd/Steph). Nakúm wins, 5-2.
TC5 - Blake voted out (5-2), 13 left.
Ep6 RC: Boulder Smash
In two-on-two bouts, the tribes face off in trying to roll a 500-lb boulder across their finish line, while preventing their opponents from doing so. First tribe to 3 points wins. Heat 1: Danni/Amy d. Cindy/Steph (Yaxhá, 1-0). Heat 2: Jamie/Judd d. Bobby Jon/Brandon (tie, 1-1). Heat 3. Steph/Judd d. Gary/Amy (Nakúm 2-1, Amy re-injured). Heat 4. Amy/Danni d. Cindy/Margaret (tie, 2-2). 5. Judd/Jamie d. Brian/Bobby Jon (Nakúm wins barbecue feast, 3-2). Rafe does not participate in any way.
Ep6 RC: Boulder Smash
Sudden Death. Only Nakúm is eligible to compete (Yaxhá heads back to camp). Contestants must run out and untie one of three puzzle bags, and return them (one at a time) to the puzzle table. Once all three bags are gathered, they must empty 11 letter tiles from them, and use those letters to spell a two-word phrase (ANCIENT RUIN). Order of arrival at the puzzle table: 1.Stephenie, 2.Cindy, 3.Rafe, 4.Margaret, 5.Jamie, 6.Lydia?, 7.Judd. Judd never finishes opening his bags, looks over at Rafe's letters and solves the puzzle, tells Rafe. Rafe 'wins.'
TC6 - Margaret voted out (6-1), 12 left.
TC7 - Brian voted out (5-1), 11 left.
Ep7 RC: Spooling Around
Judd sits out. One winder per tribe (Amy, Jamie) must facilitate sequentially wrapping up tribemates (Brandon, Gary, Bobby Jon, Danni; Stephenie, Lydia, Rafe, Cindy) in long pieces of cloth, one at a time, by spinning first one, then two, three, and four people around poles. Once they reach the end of the fabric, they must then unspool themselves and race to the finish line. Nakúm falls over during unspooling and can't recover; Yaxhá wins ziplining trip with a chocolate feast.
Danni's birthday party: Having brought extra chocolate back from the previous day's reward, Danni decides to invite Nakúm over to help her celebrate her birthday at Yaxhá's pool. Despite Jamie and Cindy's grumbling, all of Nakúm shows up, and hilarity ensues, or something.
Lydia sits out. In more simulated archaeology, three diggers per tribe (Brandon, Bobby Jon, Danni; Jamie, Judd, Cindy) must run out and dig up 12 giant puzzle pieces, then bring them back to the starting mat. Once all 12 are retrieved, the remaining two (Rafe, Stephenie; Gary, Amy) must complete a large, circular Maya calendar puzzle. Yaxhá has a brief lead, then can't find the last two puzzle pieces, giving Nakúm a headstart on the puzzle. Nakúm wins.
TC8 - Amy voted out (4-1), 10 left.
Merge, Yaxhá leaves Tribal, heads to Nakúm with new buffs.
|Ep8: The ... Idol||Ep9: Secrets and Lies and an Idol Surprise||Ep10: Eating and Sleeping with the Enemy|
Ep8 IC: Pot Head
Jamie, Lydia, Rafe, and Stephenie choose to sit out and feast, instead of competing. Remaining contestants must stand on a cube, balancing a pot on (a cushion on) their head. 6.Danni drops her pot at 30 minutes. After an hour, the remaining five enter a tiebreaker, where they must race up stairs to the top of a pyramid, without dropping their pot. First up or farthest along wins. Elimination order: 5.Cindy (drops her pot), 4.Brandon (drops), 3.Bobby Jon (drops), 1.Gary reaches the top and wins. Judd, who was still going, is technically second. Gary wins immunity.
TC9 - Brandon voted out (6-4), 9 left.
Ep 9 RC: "Atlatl" - Judd first, all win food.
Ep 9 IC: "Bridge It" - Jamie wins.
Gary finds hidden immunity idol.
TC10 - Bobby Jon voted out (6-2-1), 8 left.
Ep10 RC: "Mudslide" - Judd, Gary, Danni, Steph win getaway trip & videos from home.
Reward winners return to camp.
Ep10 IC: "Around the Bend" - Rafe wins.
TC11 - Jamie voted out (6-2), 7 left.
|Ep11: Everything is Personal||Ep 12: Price for Immunity||Ep13: Big Win...|
Ep11 RC: "Shattered Dreams" - Cindy wins, takes Rafe to waterfall massage.
Ep11 IC: "Maya Folklore" - Rafe wins.
TC12 - Gary voted out (6-1), 6 left.
Ep12 RC: "Loved Ones Auction" - Judd wins time with wife Kristin, takes Cindy and Steph.
Loved ones leave camp.
Ep12 IC: "Watch Your Step" - Danni wins.
TC13 - Judd voted out (4-2), 5 left.
Ep13 RC: "Second Chance" - Cindy wins, keeps a Torrent.
|Ep13: Big Win, Big Decision... Big Mistake?||Ep14: Thunder Storms and Sacrifice (Season finale)||Game over|
Cindy and Steph return from archaelogical site.
Ep13 IC: "Pole Dancing" - Steph wins.
TC14 - Cindy voted out (4-1), 4 left.
| Day 37
Ep14 F4 IC: "Maya Maze" - Rafe wins.
TC15 - Lydia voted out (3-1), 3 left.
Ep14 F3 IC: "Wobbly Boots" - Danni wins, picks Steph.
TC16 - Rafe voted out (1-0 [or 2-1]), 2 left.
Final Tribal Council and jury vote: Danni wins, 6-1.
| (August 5)