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TDT Survivor 12: Panama - Exile Island Spoilers
Filmed: November 11-13, 2005
Airdate: March 2, 2006
Episode at-a-glance: RC | Exile | IC | Boot | Vidcaps | Ep4 recap
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Vidcaps: Click to view
bobby falls
Ep5 10s TV ad (2/28)
danielle, coffin
Ep5 web promo (2/24)
save the TP, bobby!
Post-Ep4 preview (2/23)
Gallery of all Episode 5 vidcaps: Click here


Reward challenge: Fish sorting? - La Mina wins raw fish?
i'm gonna throw upSeveral clues in the CBS synopsis refer to the RC this week: "(1) Winning the Reward Challenge ends up being a raw deal for one tribe. (2) A couple of Survivors secretly bond when they selfishly share one of the Reward prizes and anger their tribemates. (3) Two Survivors fall ill, keeping them up all night and leaving them drained right before the Immunity Challenge. Can these two strong players pull through, or will they bring their tribe down?"

From the episode title, and the post-Ep4 preview showing a sick Austin and Nick (vidcap above), it seems pretty clear that La Mina wins the reward, and the "raw deal" probably refers to the sickness and the reward itself. And just as a reminder, Wickchix posted on January 12th, "One tribe... win a HUGE feast and they get sick," which sounds like a good match for Austin and Nick's discomfort above.

With the respect to the challenge, it appears to involve carrying the fish (presumably cod?). Beyond that, we can't tell much. PrettyGoodYear1988 at Sucks suggested that this might be a rerun of the "Catch of the Day" fish sorting challenge (Ep5 IC) from Thailand. Sounds plausible, and as usual, there aren't a ton of vidcaps to suggest otherwise.
Reward Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
mmm... tasty fish! shane + fish nick, rc?

Exile: Someone from Casaya - Danielle?
Depends on when the big rainstorm occurs, of course. Bruce and Courtney are seen fighting it out in camp when it's dry. And Bobby, Courtney, Cirie, Shane and Aras are all visible during the flood. Assuming the flood happens between the RC and IC (big assumption), that would leave perennial Exile favorite Bruce and none-too-popular tribemate Danielle unaccounted for. Since La Mina seemed a bit upset about picking Bruce again the last time, we'll guess one of the tribes (could be either of them) picks Danielle for exile this time.
Immunity challenge: Skeleton recovery - La Mina wins?
From the web promo, the challenge looks to be an exact match for the skeleton recovery challenge described in the TV Guide Channel preview:
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."

From the overhead shots in the web promo, there appear to be at least three pairs of coffins, and the coffins are also tied shut with ropes..

Who wins? Well, the majority of the ad shots seem to show Casaya, which might indicate good things for them. And the coffin that opens, revealing its artificially glowing contents at the end of the web promo, also appears to be a Casaya one. But still, the CBS clue, "It's a long afternoon for one tribe as chaos and confusion hampers the decision of who to vote off. Will an alliance stick or fall apart?" certainly sounds like it's referring to Casaya, who are shown being inundated with rain in the post-Ep4 preview. Also, we have to see Nick and Austin's miraculous recovery. So we'll tentatively go with a La Mina win here.
Immunity Challenge vidcaps - Click thumbnail to view larger image
three-plus pairs of coffins still more coffins probst yells
casaya dives courtney, aras, danielle danielle, coffin
inverted dan? la mina coffin casaya coffin opens
BOOT: Bobby?
We were told prior to Ep4 that the next two boots were Ruth Marie and Bobby, not necessarily in that order. That still looks good this week. Bobby is the only person on Casaya not expected to reach the jury, so if they're booting someone, he should be it, and the foundation for that was deposited (along with other things) in Ep4.

On the off chance La Mina goes to tribal council, Dan would be the logical target if they're maintaining strength. But at this point, we're leaning Casaya and Bobby.

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