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Survivor: Pearl Islands (also broadcast as Survivor: Pearl Islands — Panama) was the seventh season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was filmed in 2003 and debuted in the United Statesmarker on CBS on September 18, 2003.

The show takes place on the Pearl Islandsmarker, off the coast of Panamamarker, and had a pirate culture theme. The two original tribes were Drake (named for Sir Francis Drake) and Morgan (named for Henry Morgan). Eventually the two were merged into the Balboa tribe (named after an injured snaked Rupert found and used as a mascot for the Drake tribe).

This season was the most watched since the second installment of Survivor, Survivor: The Australian Outback, in part to unique twists, including the controversial Outcast twist, and colorful, memorable contestants such as Rupert Boneham and Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton.

Office clerk Sandra Diaz-Twine defeated Scout master Lillian "Lill" Morris in a landslide 6-1 vote.

Survivor: Pearl Islands was released on DVD on February 7, 2006.

This season is the only season thus far which has had two of its original contestants competing in two other seasons. Rupert Boneham returned in Survivor: All-Stars and made 4th place, then Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton played again in Survivor: Micronesia, and was the first person voted out that season. While neither won either of these seasons, Boneham did win $1,000,000 in Survivor: America's Tribal Council.


The start of the game was announced as a surprise to the contestants, who were told that they would be participating in the clothes on their backs, most believing they were getting publicity shots prior to the contest, and that no additional supplies would be given to them. The contestants were split into the two tribes, Morgan and Drake, and given their running shoes, a small bag of money and a map to a nearby village where they would could use the money to barter for what they believed were essential goods for survival as well as a boat trip to their beach, and were told to swim the rest of the way. Drake, thanks in part to Sandra's ability to speak Spanish and Rupert's idea to steal the abandoned shoes of Morgan and use them as bartering goods, was able to secure a large number of items, while Morgan did not plan as well. A twist revealed for this season sent one player from the tribe winning reward to steal one item from the other tribe's camp. Morgan lost most of the initial Reward and Immunity challenges, leaving them three players down and with fewer items to work with at camp. During this time, Osten, a member of Morgan, began to express his desire to quit the game.

With Drake apparently set to continue to win, Burton concocted a plan to throw the fourth Immunity challenge in order to get rid of the tribe's weaker players such as Trish and Christina. Though Rupert and others felt this was a bad idea, they went through with it anyway, purposely allowing Morgan to win. In a twist, Jeff Probst revealed that Morgan won the right to "kidnap" one Drake member through the next Reward challenge, and Morgan quickly selected Rupert. As a result, Burton was voted out at Drake's first tribal council. The shift in power lead to Morgan winning the next two Immunity challenges and leaving the tribes equal, five members a piece.

Upon arrival at their next challenge, the tribes found that another twist face them, as the six voted-off players were returned to the game as a "ghost tribe". In the subsequent challenge, the ghost tribe beat out Morgan and Drake; both would be required to vote off a player at separate tribal councils, while the ghost tribe would vote in two players to return to the game in their place. Osten used this opportunity to quit the game at tribal council. Jeff Probst expressed open disgust at Osten's decision to quit. The ghost tribe selected the Lil and Burton to return to the game, both, by chance, returning to their original tribes but having immunity at the next tribal council. While Burton made up with his former tribe, Lil's return was resented by Andrew and other Morgan members.

The next day, the two tribes merged into Balboa, a name given to a sea snake that Rupert had found and tried to nurse back to health but failed. The tribe moved to Drake's beach. Burton and Rupert managed to gain individual immunities, and, along with Lil's resentment, helped to voted out former Morgan members Andrew and Ryan O., gaining the numbers for the former Drake. Jon and Burton began seeing Rupert as a physical threat for challenges, and conspired to vote him off, irking Rupert's alliance members Sandra and Christine. In the next reward challenge, where family and loved ones of the contestants were brought to the islands, Jon had conspired weeks before with his best friend to play the tale of a "dead grandmother", hoping to use it to gain sympathy. Though Sandra saw through the lie, Jon successfully convinced the other players, forcing them to give up the reward to Jon and then having to spend one night on Morgan's old beach while Jon and his friend hung out alone, celebrating the lie's success. Jon and Burton continued to conspire against the remaining women players, voting off Tijuana and Christine. With five players remaining, Burton won a car reward and took Jon with him away from camp. This allowed Sandra, Lil, and Darrah to hatch a plan to vote off Burton by having Sandra act as if the next vote was a foregone conclusion for her elimination. Burton and Jon dismissed the chance the woman were working against them, and to his surprise, Burton was voted off at the following tribal council, leaving Jon in a scramble to try to win back any of the women's favor. The following immunity challenge included yet another twist, as though it was a trivia contest, the current jury played as a fifth challenge, and effectively denied any of the remaining players immunity. Darrah was voted off, leaving Jon, Lil, and Sandra as the final three.

During the final immunity challenge, Sandra fell out early, allowing Jon to try to convince Lil to take him to the final two. Lil refused, and outlasted Jon, winning immunity. Lil struggled with her decision of who to take to the final tribal council but ultimately selected Sandra. During the final tribal council, Lil's behavior during the game was contrasted with what people expected of a scoutmaster, questions Lil could not easily answer. Sandra was voted the Sole Survivor on a vote of 6-1. In the subsequent reunion show, it was revealed that if Lil had taken Jon to the final two, she likely would have won.


Contestant Original Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Nicole Delma
24, Hermosa Beach, CAmarker
Morgan 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Ryan Shoulders
23, Clarksville, TNmarker
Morgan 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Lillian "Lill" Morris
Returned to game as Outcast
Morgan 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Burton Roberts
Returned to game as Outcast
Drake 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Michelle Tesauro
22, Pittstown, NJmarker
Drake 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Trish Dunn
42, Annapolis, MDmarker
Drake 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Shawn Cohen
28, New York City, NYmarker
Drake 7th Voted Out
Day 19
Osten Taylor
27, Boston, MAmarker
Morgan Quit
Day 19
Andrew Savage
39, Chicago, ILmarker
Morgan Balboa 8th Voted Out
Day 21
Ryan Opray
30, Los Gatos, CAmarker
Morgan 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24

Rupert Boneham
39, Indianapolis, INmarker
Drake 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27

Tijuana Bradley
26, St. Louis, MOmarker
Morgan 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30

Christa Hastie
24, Los Angeles, CAmarker
Drake 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33

Burton Roberts
31, San Francisco, CAmarker
The Outcasts 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36

Darrah Johnson
22, Liberty, MSmarker
Morgan 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37


29, Danville, VAmarker
Drake 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38

Lillian "Lill" Morris
51, Cincinnati, OHmarker
The Outcasts Runner-Up 10
Sandra Diaz-Twine
29, Fort Lewis, WAmarker
Drake Sole Survivor 0

The 'Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.

 Lillian Morris and Burton Roberts were brought back into the game on Day 20, so they are both listed as having placed in two different points in the game. The tribes they were briefly in upon their return were the same tribes they were originally in.

The game

Episode title Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Beg, Barter, Steal" September 18, 2003 None Drake Nicole 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"To Quit or Not to Quit" September 25, 2003 Drake Drake Ryan S. 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"United We Stand, Divided We... ?" October 2, 2003 Drake Drake Lillian 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
"Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway" October 9, 2003 Drake Morgan Burton 5-2 4th Voted Out
Day 12
"Everyone's Hero" October 16, 2003 Morgan Morgan Michelle 6-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"Me and My Snake" October 23, 2003 Drake Morgan Trish 4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
"What the...?, Part 1" October 30, 2003 The Outcasts None Shawn 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 19
Osten No
Day 19
"What the...?, Part 2" November 6, 2003 None Burton
Andrew 6-4 8th Voted Out
Day 21
"Shocking! Simply Shocking!" November 13, 2003 Rupert

Rupert Ryan O. 8-1 9th Voted Out
Day 24
"Swimming With Sharks" November 20, 2003 Burton
(Jon) , Lillian
Burton Rupert 5-2-1 10th Voted Out
Day 27
"The Great Lie" November 26, 2003 Jon Darrah Tijuana 5-2 11th Voted Out
Day 30
"Would You Be My Brutus Today?" December 4, 2003 Darrah, Lillian,
Darrah Christa 4-2 12th Voted Out
Day 33
"Mutiny" December 11, 2003 Burton
Darrah Burton 3-2 13th Voted Out
Day 36
"Flames and Endurance" December 14, 2003 None Jury Darrah 3-1 14th Voted Out
Day 37
Lillian Jon 1-0 15th Voted Out
Day 38
"Reunion" December 14, 2003 Jury Vote Lillian 6-1 Runner-up
Sandra Sole Survivor
In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.

 There was no Reward Challenge and was not yet known to the castaways.

 This was not actually a reward challenge, but what the Outcasts won was a chance to get voted back into the game.

 There was no Immunity Challenge for this episode.

 There was no Reward Challenge for this episode due to The Outcasts' Tribal Council.

 Burton won immunity, but gave it to Rupert during tribal council; it was no use to Burton since he and Lillian already had immunity.

 Rupert won reward, but gave it to Burton.

 Burton and Lillian won reward. Burton gave Jon his reward, while Lillian kept hers.

 Burton originally won immunity, but he lost it when Jeff Probst realized he'd missed a misspelled word ("liaison"). Because of this, a runoff between those not already eliminated was conducted; Darrah eventually won immunity.

 The immunity challenge was a trivia competition, and the five members of the Jury were allowed to compete as a team against the four remaining players. The Jury won immunity, meaning that none of the four remaining players had immunity for that vote.

Voting history

Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Nicole
7/8 votes

5/7 votes
5/6 votes

6/7 votes
4/6 votes
4/5 votes
No vote
6/10 votes

8/9 votes
5/8 votes
5/7 votes
4/6 votes
3/5 votes
3/4 votes
1 vote
1/7 votes
6/7 votes
Voter Vote
Sandra Burton Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Jon Tijuana Lillian Burton Darrah Jury Vote
Lillian Nicole Osten Darrah Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Burton Darrah Jon
Jon Burton Michelle Rupert Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Lillian Darrah Sandra
Darrah Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Ryan O. Rupert Burton Christa Burton Lillian Sandra
Burton Christa Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Lillian Sandra
Christa Burton Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Darrah Tijuana Lillian Sandra
Tijuana Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Ryan O. Rupert Burton Lillian
Rupert Kidnap Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Darrah Sandra
Ryan O. Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Christa Sandra
Andrew Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon
Osten Nicole Ryan S. Lillian
Shawn Burton Michelle Trish Jon
Trish Burton Michelle Rupert
Michelle Christa Shawn
Ryan S. Nicole Osten

  Both tribes lost a challenge to the Outcast Tribe composed of the first 6 departed players; as a result, both tribes had to vote out a player.

 Osten chose to quit the game, claiming that his body was breaking down and his health was more important to him than a million dollars.

 Rupert abstained from the vote, as he was captured by Morgan.

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