Survivor: Season 9

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 16
2004

They Came at Us with Spears!

Eighteen castaways, separated into two tribes of men vs. women, are stranded on the remote islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. After a shocking welcoming ceremony with a l…

2 Sep 23
2004

Burly Girls, Bowheads, Young Studs and the Old Bunch

A tribe deals with very grim conditions as one castaway has a tearful meltdown after finding maggots in the tribe’s food. A wild chicken wanders into the Yasur camp and s…

3 Sep 30
2004

Double Tribal, Double Trouble

Post-Tribal Council fallout leaves one Survivor feeling the heat from tribemates. At another tribe, differing work ethics and personalities lead to a clash between two members.…

4 Oct 07
2004

Now That's a Reward!

Tempers flare at both camps after the double Tribal Council. Alliances seem clearly drawn and several Survivors have trouble holding back their frustration. The Tribe that wins…

5 Oct 14
2004

Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!

Both tribes receive unexpected visits from Vanuatu natives bearing a message with consequences for all the castaways. A massive earthquake rocks the island, literally shaking t…

6 Oct 21
2004

Hog Tied

Feeling vulnerable, one castaway gives an impassioned, persuasive speech in hopes of breaking the tribe’s alliances. In a piglet-herding Reward Challenge, could one tribe…

7 Oct 28
2004

Anger, Threats, Tears... and Coffee

One member’s lack of work ethic prompts negative reactions in the tribe. After winning a hard-fought Challenge, one tribe is rewarded with more than just sustenance. One…

8 Nov 04
2004

Now the Battle Really Begins

A Survivor gets fed up with the tribe and is ready for a change. One castaway uses charm, flirtation and cuddling in an attempt to get in good with a tribemate. Anxiety about a…

9 Nov 11
2004

Gender Wars... It's Getting Ugly

Fetching Tree Mail, one Survivor is surprised to get more than just mail, but the meaning of the surprise remains a mystery. One group of Survivors hatch a devilish plan to scr…

10 Nov 18
2004

Culture Shock and Violent Storms

Two Survivors become “sacrificial lambs” and are tied up by their tribe. A surreal Reward drives one Survivor to overindulge and pay for it later. After a tumultuou…

11 Nov 25
2004

Surprise and... Surprise Again!

One Survivor tries to solidify a Final Four position, but is crushed to learn that things aren’t always what they seem. The Survivors are surprised by an emotional reunio…

12 Dec 02
2004

Now Who's in Charge Here?!

One tribe member accosts another for breaking a pact. The tribe is irritated by two tribemates who show little desire to contribute to routine camp life. A suddenly powerless c…

13 Dec 09
2004

Eruption of Volcanic Magnitude

One Survivor is alienated from the tribe after an outburst that jeopardizes any chance of being in the Final Four. Tempers flare when one tribemate refuses to tell another the…

14 Dec 12
2004

Spirits and the Final Four

Two Survivors get into a fight after one says the other doesn’t deserve to be there. The Final Four savor their accomplishment making it this far in the game and partake…

15 Dec 12
2004

Survivor: Vanuatu Reunion

In front of a live studio audience and the entire cast of VANUATU, Jeff Probst announces the Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million.

About Survivor

Sixteen or more castaways are split between two or more “Tribes”, are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for roughly 39 days. Frequent physical challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for Rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for “Immunity”, forcing the other tribe to attend “Tribal Council”, where they must vote off one of their players. Once about half the players are remaining, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions are on an individual basis; winning Immunity prevents that player from being voted out, while several that are voted out at this stage form the game’s “Jury”. Once down to two or three people, a Final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the jury members. The jury then votes for which player should be considered the “Sole Survivor” and win the $1 million prize. Survivor has introduced numerous modifications, or “twists”, on the core rules in order to keep the players on their toes and to prevent players from relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons. These changes have included tribal switches, seasons starting with more than two tribes, the ability to exile a player from a tribe for a short time, Hidden Immunity Idols that players can use to save themselves at Tribal Council and a chance to return to regular gameplay after elimination through “Redemption Island”.

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