Season 9

Episode Guide

They Came At Us With Spears!

S9 E1
Sep 17, 2004
Eighteen castaways, separated into two tribes of men vs. women, are stranded on the remote islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

Burly Girls, Bowheads, Young Studs and the Old Bunch

S9 E2
Sep 24, 2004
A tribe deals with very grim conditions as one castaway has a tearful meltdown after finding maggots in the tribe's food.

Double Tribal, Double Trouble

S9 E3
Oct 1, 2004
Post-Tribal Council fallout leaves one Survivor feeling the heat from tribemates.

Now That's a Reward!

S9 E4
Oct 8, 2004
Tempers flare at both camps after the double Tribal Council while alliances seem clearly drawn and several Survivors have trouble holding back their frustration.

Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!

S9 E5
Oct 15, 2004
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 things up for the tribes. A trip for one tribe leads to bonding and makes one castaway very happy. One castaway is caught by a tribemate while attempting to communicate secretly with a member of the opposing tribe.

Hog Tied

S9 E6
Oct 22, 2004
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's chance of winning be hurt by a member's fear of handling pigs? Things get very relaxed at one camp, where one castaway decides to do some nude sunbathing, and a walk to gather food fuels an alliance. Conflicted over how to vote in the upcoming Tribal Council, one castaway prays for a sign to guide the decision. POOF! The sign appears.

Anger, Threats, Tears .. And Coffee

S9 E7
Oct 29, 2004
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 Survivor, in danger of being voted off, wins a Challenge for the tribe, thus buying more time on the island. A potential target at Tribal Council, one Survivor tries to convince the rest that another tribemate should be next to go.

Now the Battle Really Begins

S9 E8
Nov 5, 2004
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 possible tribal merge leads one Survivor to make one-on-one pacts with numerous others. One castaway gets into a war of words with a tribemate after being told what to do.

Gender Wars .. And It's Getting Ugly

S9 E9
Nov 12, 2004
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 screw over their tribemates. Hatred drives two Survivors to serious lobbying to get each other voted out. One Survivor's guilt over aligning with a faction is exacerbated by a tribemate's words.

Culture Shock and Violent Storms!

S9 E10
Nov 19, 2004
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 tumultuous night in which one castaway struggles to keep the camp together, it is decided that the most useless tribemate should go. One Survivor is torn between joining a new alliance or thwarting an existing one.

Surprise! And.. Surprise Again!

S9 E11
Nov 26, 2004
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 reunion with their loved ones. But only one castaway gets quality time with their loved one. At the Immunity Challenge, castaways are surprised to get special help for the competition. One Survivor approaches a tribemate with a plan for the upcoming Tribal Council vote. Caught off-guard, the tribemate tries to deflect the vote. How will the voting go down?

Now Who's In Charge Here?!

S9 E12
Dec 3, 2004
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 castaway attempts to sway an undecided tribe member going into a crucial Tribal Council.

Eruptions of Volcanic Magnitude

S9 E13
Dec 9, 2004
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 whereabouts of some buried provisions. When a tribemate catches two Survivors talking strategy, an altercation erupts that makes everyone realize what's at stake.

Spirits and the Final Four

S9 E14
Dec 13, 2004
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 in a feast, but one Survivor is annoyed by the company. Two final and most crucial Immunity Challenges play out and in the end, only two remain. Who will be the Final Two to face the Jury and be crowned Sole Survivor?

Live Reunion Show

S9 E15
Dec 13, 2004
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.