|Pre-show||Ep1: A Chicken's a Little Bit Smarter||Ep2: My Mom Is Going to Kill Me!|
Contestants walk through an unnamed Chinese city, board a train, then a truck, which takes them to a steep staircase. They climb the staircase, hauling their luggage, to reach a temple, where they enjoy (more or less) a welcoming ceremony. Leslie leaves mid-ceremony because 'It felt like worship.' After the ceremony, Probst reveals the tribe assignments, and the new Fei Long and Zhan Hu tribes leave for their camps.
Ep.1 IC: Dragon Dance
Tribes must carry large ceremonial dragon puppets through an obstacle course. One person (Frosti, James) unclips, runs ahead, and crosses barrier walls to unlock two gates. Then the tribes proceed to the final platform, where each pole must be fit into a uniquely shaped hole. First tribe to place all their poles and release the dragon wins. That tribe is Fei Long, who also receive flint for their victory.
TC1 - Chicken voted out (5-2-1), 15 left.
Ep.2 RC: Chinese Checkers
Todd sits out. Tribes must, in groups of three, move giant balls through a gate; first tribe to two points wins. Rd.1: Aaron, Denise, Amanda vs. Erik, Jaime, Sherea. Lots of tackling, eventually a near-topless Amanda moves a ball into the endzone for Fei Long. Rd.2: Jean-Robert, James, Leslie vs. Dave, Frosti, Ashley. Much quicker, James scores, Fei Long wins, 2-0. Courtney never competes. Fei Long wins fishing gear, plus the chance to kidnap a Zhan Hu until the IC. They choose Jaime, who is given an "Open in private" scroll, which ends up being a sealed hidden idol clue she has to give to someone on Fei Long.
Ep.2 IC: Gate Crasher
Courtney, Leslie; Jaime sit out. Six tribe members carry a large pole, smash through two sets of wooden doors/barriers, then move the grooves on the log through a table maze. Once free, they crash the log into a gong. Underfed Zhan Hu lags on the smashing, loses. Fei Long wins again.
TC2 - Ashley voted out (6-1), 14 left.
|Ep3: I Lost Two Hands and Possibly a Shoulder!||Ep4: Ride the Workhorse 'Til the Tail Falls Off||Ep5: Love Is in the Air|
Ep.3 RC: Clear the Deck
Courtney, Todd sit out. Tribes compete 3-on-3, alternating women v. women, and men v. men. Tribes face off on opposite sides of a boat, engage in hand-to-hand combat, trying to throw their opponents in the water. First tribe to throw the other three people in the water scores a point, first tribe to three points wins. Results: Rd.1 (women) - Zhan Hu women throw all three Fei Long women in (1). Rd.2 (men) - Dave strips down to his buff. Dave takes Aaron in, James tosses Frosti, Jean-Robert goes in with Erik (Fei Long wins). Rd.3 (women) Leslie first in, followed by Amanda/Sherea, then Denise (Zhan Hu point). Rd.4 (men) - James last standing again (Fei Long point). Rd.5 - Peih-Gee and Jaime prevail, Zhan Hu wins, 3-2! They get comfort items, kidnap Leslie.
Ep.3 IC: Blade Runner
Denise, Leslie sit out. Four choppers (Jaime, Peih-Gee, Frosti, Erik; Courtney, Amanda, Aaron, James) race to chop through wooden beams to release a rope holding puzzle discs. Two puzzle-doers (Dave, Sherea; Todd, Jean-Robert) then must place the discs on the puzzle pole in the correct order, then drag the very heavy puzzle pole across the finish line. Courtney still hasn't completed her chopping when Erik finishes Zhan Hu's last one, so Zhan Hu has a huge lead on the puzzle. Unsurprisingly, they win.
TC3 - Leslie voted out (6-2), 13 left.
Ep.4 RC: Great Balls of Fire
Courtney sits out. Challenge held at night, outside the Tribal Council building. Two at a time, tribe members must carry fire balls with a giant pair of chopsticks. They drop the ball into a chute, where it rolls into a wok, igniting fireworks. Each round, the chopsticks get longer and more difficult to control. First tribe to three lit woks wins reward. Todd/Denise get theirs before Peih-Gee/Sherea, giving Fei Long a lead. Amanda/Aaron hold that lead over Frosti/Jaime. Jean-Robert/James eventually deliver the win over Dave/Erik. Fei Long wins a camp visit from a family of fishermen; kidnap Dave.
Reward: Local fishermen teach Fei Long to fish with cormorants (and nets).
Ep.4 IC: Warrior's Duel
Jean-Robert sits out. In pairs, contestants don ancient Chinese armor, and attempt to throw 'meteor hammers' (two balls attached by string) to knock the other team's porcelain vases over. Defending pairs have bamboo poles to deflect throws. Rd.1: Courtney, Denise vs. Peih-Gee, Sherea - Sherea scores; Zhan Hu up, 1-0. Rd.2: Todd, James vs. Frosti, Dave - James 2, Todd 1; Fei long up, 3-1. Rd.3: Aaron, Amanda vs. Jaime, Erik - Jaime 2 (to tie it at 3-3), but Amanda 1 - Fei Long wins, 4-3.
TC4 - Dave voted out (5-1), 12 left.
Ep.5 tribal swap
Each tribe receives a letter in camp, allowing them to select two people from the other tribe to steal. Zhan Hu (thinking they will be up, 7-5) takes Aaron and James from Fei Long, while Fei Long (who figure it out) take Frosti and Sherea. Boats deliver the swapped players to their new camps, then each tribe receives a fruit basket for their efforts.
|Ep5: Love Is in the Air||Ep6: That’s Love, Baby! It Makes You Strong!||Ep7: I'm Not as Dumb as I Look|
Ep.5 IC: Plunge, Pull and Pop
Amanda, Courtney sit out. Two members of each tribe (Frosti, Jean-Robert; Aaron, Erik) swim out to a cage surrounded by a platform, where they alternate diving to pull out bamboo poles from a cage, releasing discs marked with Chinese zodiac symbols. When all 12 discs are released, they put them in a boat and bring them back to shore, where the remaining three (Denise, Sherea, Todd; James, Peih-Gee, Jaime) place them on a puzzle board. Jaime throws a piece into the grass, and she and Peih-Gee actively fail to solve the puzzle, as Zhan Hu throws the IC. Fei Long wins.
TC5 - Aaron voted out (3-1-1), 11 left.
Ep.6 RC: Search and Decode
Amanda, Courtney, Denise sit out. Contestants must take turns entering an abandoned set of buildings, then find, untie, and bring back a tribe-colored plank. When all planks are retrieved, they must be inserted into a puzzle board to decode a word puzzle. (Confucious phrase, "A journey of a thousand miles..."). Fei Long has a lead on puzzle, and wins a trip to the Charmin Teahouse, where they bathe, drink tea, and use Charmin, apparently. They kidnap James to join them.
Ep.6 idol: Todd/Fei Long
Todd, using James's clue, finally figures out where the idol is. After Amanda wanders over to knock off roof slats, Todd joins her and tries to pry the idol off. They're interrupted by Frosti, who climbs up, and sees Todd get the idol. Todd and Amanda decide they have to trust Frosti, and Todd gives the idol to James, for protection when he returns to Zhan Hu. Todd then plots with James to also grab the Zhan Hu idol.
Ep.6 IC: Name That Spoon
Jean-Robert, Sherea, Todd sit out. Gross food challenge; first to finish scores a point, first tribe to four points wins. Round 1: Frosti vs. Peih-Gee - 10 chicken hearts. Frosti wins. Round 2: Courtney vs. Jaime - 3 eels. Jaime wins. Round 3: Amanda vs. Erik - 3 baby turtles; Erik wins. Round 4: Denise vs. James - 2 balut; James eventually wins. Round 5: Frosti vs. Erik - '1000-year-old egg'; Erik wins again, and Zhan Hu wins, 4-1.
TC6 - Sherea voted out (5-2), 10 left.
Ep.7 idol: James/Zhan Hu
While Zhan Hu hangs out by the water, James quickly pries off their camp's idol, although he selects the wrong wooden square on his first attempt. He leaves the blank one at the base, and Erik eventually finds it, and gives it to Jaime.
The tribes are brought together, and are told they have merged. They receive new black buffs, but before dismissing them to attend their dinner and Chinese cultural show, Probst admonishes them that 'the game never stops.' They will later take a quiz, for immunity, about the events of the day.
|Ep7: I'm Not as Dumb...||Ep8: High School Friend Contest||Ep9: Just Don't Eat the Apple|
Ep.7 IC: Retention to Detail
Probst arrives in Hae Da Fung camp, produces the immunity necklace, and informs the tribe they will now be tested on their ability to recall details from the previous day's merge feast. It will be single elimination - miss an answer, you're out. Question 1 (number of times firecrackers went off - 3): 7th place(tie): James, Amanda, Courtney, Peih-Gee out. Question 2 (What was the centerpiece - a dragon): All left are correct. Question 3 (What was the pole color - yellow): 3rd place(tie): Todd, Jean-Robert, Denise, Erik out. Question 4 (What were the dancers wearing on their feet - nothing): 2. Jaime out, 1. Frosti wins.
TC7 - Jaime voted out (7-3); 9 left.
Ep.8 RC: Bucket Stops Here
Simple challenge: Sink the other team's boat (twice). Teams picked by schoolyard pick (actually shown), Jean-Robert picks first for yellow team, Peih-Gee captain of the red team. Yellow team: Jean-Robert, James, Todd, Amanda. Red team: Peih-Gee, Frosti, Erik, Courtney. Denise not picked, can't win. Rd1: Todd, Courtney in boats, Courtney sinks. Rd2: Frosti, Amanda in boats; Frosti sinks, yellow team wins meal in an ancient Chinese village. Jean-Robert is excited to open the final idol clue, and everyone else present knows James has both idols.
Ep.8 IC: Dragon Rider
Contestants must balance, seated, on a barrel arranged in a snake structure. Each barrel is draining water, making it more unstable as time passes. Order out: 9.Jean-Robert (10 min), 8.Denise (also 10 min), 7.James (20 min), 6.Erik (20 min), 5.Peih-Gee, 4.Amanda, 3.Todd (30 min), 2.Frosti (32 min), 1.Courtney wins!
TC8 - Jean-Robert voted out (5-3-1), 8 left.
Ep.9 RC: Drum Roll
Schoolyard pick for two teams: Yellow (Erik, Frosti, Amanda, Courtney) and Red (Peih-Gee, James, Todd, Denise). Contestants must walk through various obstacles while bouncing a ball on a drum. They can pass it off to each other, as long as it doesn't touch the ground. Winning team is the first to place three balls in a bucket at the end. Yellow gets all three in before Red even gets one. They win an overnight riverboat trip, with multiple meals included.
Ep.9 IC: Take A Stab At It
Courtney, Todd, James, Denise sit out, eat cheeseburgers and fries instead. Players have a labeled 4x4 grid of Chinese zodiac symbol cards. Probst calls out a series of symbols, players must then use a knife to stab those cards in that order. Round 1 (5 items): 4. Erik out. Round 2 (5 items): 3. Amanda out. Round 3 (6 items): 2. Frosti out, 1.Peih-Gee wins!
TC9 - Frosti voted out (7-1), 7 left.
Ep.10 RC: Confucius Said
Challenge is held at Tribal, immediately after the Frosti boot (after Probst dismisses the jurors). Simple trivia test, first contestant to five correct answers wins. Q1: Todd, James, Peih-Gee, Denise all right. Q2: All right. Q3: Denise wrong (Todd, James, Peih-Gee have 3, rest have 2). Q4: Amanda wrong (T/J/P have 4). Q5: Only Peih-Gee right. Final rankings: 1.Peih-Gee (5); 2(tie): Todd, James (4); 4(tie):Erik,Denise,Courtney (3); 7:Amanda (2). Peih-Gee wins a trip in a private jet (leaving the next morning) to an ancient Shaolin temple. She brings Erik and Denise with her.
|Ep10: Ready to Bite the Apple||Ep11: Going for the Oscar||Ep12: Hello, I'm Still A Person!|
Peih-Gee, Erik, Denise leave for Shaolin Temple trip.
Shaolin winners return to camp.
Ep.10 IC: Star Struck
Contestants take turns tossing throwing stars at human-shaped targets, work 1, 2, or 3 points (or the "heart" worth 5 points, which nobody hits). The top three scores advance. Round 1 (three throws): Peih-Gee: 0+0+0 (0); Todd: 0+0+3 (3); Erik: 3+0+3 (6); Courtney: 3+2+1 (6); James: 0+3+3 (6); Amanda: 3+0+3 (6); Denise: 0+2+0 (2). Eliminated: 7.Peih-Gee, 6.Denise, 5.Todd. Round 2 (one throw, target is now 10-feet farther back): Courtney: 0, Amanda: 2, Erik: 3, James: 0. Final ranks: 1.Erik, 2.Amanda, 3(tie):James, Courtney. Erik wins immunity!
TC10 - James voted out (5-1-1), 6 left.
Ep11 RC: "Marco Polo" (Loved ones visit) - Denise wins "Sprint" call.
Denise, Todd and Amanda's loved ones depart camp.
| Day 33
Ep11 IC: "Swamp Donkeys" - Peih-Gee wins.
TC11 - Erik voted out (4-2), 5 left.
| Day 34
Ep12 RC: "Zen Archery" - Denise takes Todd, Courtney on trip to Great Wall.
|Ep12: Hello, I'm Still A Person!||Ep13: A Slippery Little Sucker (Season finale)||Game over|
| Day 35
Denise, Todd and Courtney return from Great Wall.
| Day 36
Ep12 IC: "Chinese Leftovers" - Amanda wins.
TC12 - Peih-Gee voted out (4-1), 4 left.
| Day 37
Ep13 RC: "Great Wall of Zhelin" - Amanda wins food, shares with Todd.
| Day 38
Ep13 IC: "Offer It Up" - Amanda wins.
TC13 - Denise voted out (3-1), 3 left.
| Day 39
Final Tribal Council and jury vote on final three - Todd wins, Courtney second, Amanda third.
Contestants return home to U.S.