Season 12: Episode 12 - DUPED!: Shane Smoked
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

On night 32, Shane Powers, the 35-year-old owner of an entertainment marketing company, is stunned when he's betrayed by his alliance and falls in a 3-2 split decision. Worried that Shane is a threat to go to the Final Two on the coattails of Challenge superstar Terry, Shane's allies, Cirie and Aras, join forces with Danielle to make Shane the 12th castaway voted out of SURVIVOR: PANAMA--EXILE ISLAND. Shocked by the outcome, Shane's Final Words communicate his utter disbelief: "I got duped. I was blindsided. I really thought that Cirie, Aras and me were locked in."

Returning to camp after a surprising Tribal Council in which Courtney was covertly voted off for fear that she was too attractive, especially to Shane, as a Final Two partner, Shane demands an explanation from his alliance for the last-minute vote change. Aras and Cirie team up to cover their tracks by coming up with a story about Courtney wanting to vote out Aras. Cirie explains, "Coming back from Tribal was a little bit uncomfortable, because Shane wanted to go to the Final Two with Courtney. So to reassure Shane, Aras and I came up with a story that we couldn't tell him we decided to vote Courtney because we didn't have time." Their lie is convincing, and Shane even admits, "I'm just so happy [Courtney's] gone. Couldn't have happened to a loopier broad."

Terry was also double-crossed at Tribal when Danielle, who was supposed to be allied with Terry and Courtney, voted with Aras and Cirie to take down Courtney. Terry laments, "Danielle and myself, we were going to take Courtney to the Final Three. We shook hands on it, we looked each other in the eye, and I was lied to. So as far as I'm concerned, if Danielle is the next one on the chopping block, then that's fine with me."

The tribe convenes with host Jeff Probst, who explains that this Reward Challenge combines elements of past Challenges put together in a four-stage obstacle course. First, the five tribemates will dig in a circle of sand, each looking for a bag. The first four to find their bag move on to the second round. In the second round, they will carry their bags with them to untie a wooden snake. The first three to get to the finish with both bag and snake proceed to the third round. The third round, they will carry the bag and snake as they race over a sand hill and into a water pit, where they will untie a large fish. The first two to get to the finish with fish, bag and snake will move on to the final round. In the last round, the last two standing will go head-to-head, carrying all three items that they have collected through a series of wooden tunnels and towers. The first person to the finish wins the Reward: face-to-face in person with a loved one. The winner of the Challenge will be responsible for allocating who wins love and how much love they get.

All five Survivors dive into the sand, digging furiously for their bags. Danielle is first to secure a bag and cross the line, followed in quick succession by Terry and Aras. Shane is stunned when Cirie comes up with her bag first, making Shane the first eliminated. In the second round, Terry and Aras get to their snakes first, but Danielle is quickest to untie her snake and cross the line with it. Aras finishes soon after, with Terry hard on his heels, thus securing the top three spots and eliminating Cirie. With snake and bag in hand, Terry, Aras and Danielle sprint over the hill and into the moat to untie their fish. Aras flies through his knot to untie his fish and crosses the line first. Danielle and Terry are neck and neck, racing to untie their knots, but Terry has the edge, untying his fish and crossing the line. As the last round begins, Terry drops his fish, giving Aras a slight lead as they hit the tunnels and towers. Terry closes the gap and squeaks past Aras at a crossroad in the game. But when Aras drops his bag and has to go back to the beginning, Terry takes the advantage, crossing the line with all three items and winning the Reward.

With the power to choose who will spend time with their loved one, Terry makes his selections. After choosing his wife, Trish, and Shane's son, Boston, to accompany him and Shane to a villa for an overnight stay, Terry sends Cirie's husband, H.B., back to camp, gives Aras a hug from his mom. Danielle is given only a few seconds to talk to her mom, Denise, before being banished to Exile Island.

Marooned on Exile Island, Danielle focuses her anger on Terry for limiting her family time and sending her into isolation. She exclaims, "Maybe this is Terry's head right now," swiftly slicing her machete through a coconut. Danielle laments, "Terry, he's out for me. He's pissed off because I basically ruined his strategy plan to take Courtney to the Final Two. And you know what? I don't care."

Back at camp, H.B. is getting a crash course in camp life. After a quick tour of the Gitanos' humble abode, it's apparent that H.B. is a fish out of water. It is also apparent to Cirie that she has come a long way in the game. Cirie explains, "Seeing H.B. here green, not really knowing anything, it helped me a little bit to appreciate how far I've come. It almost makes me feel like I've kind of underestimated myself for 35 years. And now it's like damn, you can do anything."

At a beautiful Panamanian villa, Terry and Shane raid a fully stocked kitchen as their loved ones look on in awe. Terry's wife, Trish, is stunned by the condition her husband is in. Having shed several pounds and sporting an overgrown beard, Terry's transformation is dramatic. After a snack, Shane and Boston take a minute to catch up. Not having been able to talk with his son, Shane recounts every detail of his experience in the game. Meanwhile, Terry reveals the hidden Immunity Idol to the only person he can trust, Trish. Sitting at the picnic table, the conversation turns to strategy, with Trish taking great interest in the game. Shane is struck by Trish's competitiveness, noting, "Terry's wife Trish is more competitive than Terry, so she was the one who wanted to talk about strategy." As darkness falls, the two weary Survivors cling to the little time they have left with their loved ones.

Back at Gitanos, Cirie puts H.B. to work around camp while she and Aras take it easy. H.B. is frank: "Cirie and Aras have been working me like a dog, and it's bugging me a little bit." But he continues, "I know that I'm not going to be here long, so I'm going to help as much as I can." As the boat arrives to pick up H.B., he and Cirie are emotional. Recognizing the sacrifice Cirie is making for their family, he breaks down. "Words can't even express how I feel just to know that Cirie is doing this for our family," he says admiringly. "It's wonderful to see that she would come out here and take this risk for us. She's my hero." As H.B.'s boat dwindles into the distance, Cirie is reflective, "Having H.B. in camp brought back why I'm here. I'm not just here for me. I'm here for us as a family. I want H.B. to have a better life. I want us to have a wonderful life"

As soon as one boat leaves the Gitanos, another one approaches. Cirie and Aras greet Terry and Shane as they arrive, fresh from an overnight visit with their loved ones. As soon as Terry hits the beach, he starts defending his choices at the Reward Challenge, stating that spouses take priority over moms. Offended by Terry's statement, Aras promptly speaks up to defend the value of his relationship with his mother. Aras feels disrespected, while Terry observes something in Aras' character that he hasn't noticed before. Terry intones, "I like the fact that Aras came unglued. It showed a part of him that I haven't seen and maybe a little crack that I could take advantage of."

The Gitanos are reunited with Danielle as they convene with Jeff Probst, who explains that the Immunity Challenge will test the Survivors' balance and accuracy. Each tribe member will stand on a very small perch at the top of a 20-foot poll in the water. When the game begins, they will lower a bucket into the water to fill it, then pour from the bucket into a very narrow bamboo shoot. As the bamboo shoot fills up with water, it will raise a flag. Once the flag is high enough to reach, they must carefully grab it and raise it above their head.

With Immunity on the line, the Survivors fling their buckets into the water below. After several attempts, Terry is first to figure out how to accurately pour the water into the bamboo shoot. Cirie, Aras and Danielle are gaining on Terry, while Shane is left in the dust, unable to figure out how to pour the water efficiently. Danielle and Terry are neck and neck, with Aras hot on their heels and Cirie not far behind. Terry takes the lead again, but Aras quickly catches up to him as they race to get their flags. It comes down to the last bucket raising the flag just within the reach of Terry, who hoists the flag high above his head to win individual Immunity for the fifth consecutive time.

With the Tribal Council vote looming, Shane and Terry are comfortable, feeling that Danielle is sure to be the next one to go. Terry, now resolved to take Shane to the Final Two, is looking past this Tribal Council and ahead to the Final Four. Unbeknownst to Shane, Aras, Danielle and Cirie have allied to vote out Shane. Aras, feeling that Shane broke the alliance when he planned to take Courtney to the Final Two, has no qualms about voting him out. Shane, clearly on the bubble, is oblivious to his impending doom. "I think I've set myself up so that I'm safe," he boasts. "I feel like at this point I could be anybody. I feel like I could."

At Tribal Council, Shane is blindsided, coming out on the short end of a 3-2 split decision. Stunned by the betrayal, Shane becomes the 12th castaway voted out of SURVIVOR: PANAMA--EXILE ISLAND.