For the first time in Survivor history, the game begins with a battle of the sexes. The eight men -- Ryan Aiken, Alex Bell, Rob Cesternino, Dave Johnson, Butch Lockley, Daniel Lue, Roger Sexton and Matthew "Mateo" von Ertfelda -- make up the Tambaqui Tribe (wearing blue). The eight women -- Deena Bennett, Jeanne Hebert, Janet Koth, Shawna Mitchell, Jenna Morasca, Christy Smith, Heidi Strobel and JoAnna Ward make up the Jaburu Tribe (wearing yellow).
A tropical downpour soaks the women's tribe and one of women is secretly hiding granola bars.
For the Reward Challenge, the girls win soap and shampoo. Heidi, Shawna and Jenna bathe topless while the men begin to speculate about which women they may have a chance with. The girls promise they'll go topless in front of the men if they need to secure their votes in the future.
The men win a feast and take an excursion and purposely leave Matthew behind, leaving him to plan his mode of survival in the game. Meanwhile, after Shawna becomes ill, the alliance in the women's tribe may crumble.
Just as the men are getting comfortable with their severe environment, Alex is injured with a minor cut. In a twist in the game, Dave and Jenna are forced to mix up the tribes to include men and women for each. Shawana suddenly feels better once the guys join Jaburu.
Alex and Shawna's relationship grows to new levels, and is put to the test when Matthew develops an interest in her Shawna.
Christy asks her tribe why she was spared and Butch calls her work during the reward challenge, a defining moment.
The tribes merge into one, Jacar.
Jenna and Heidi strip naked in an attempt to gain food items during a challenge and Alex struggles with Shawna's departure.
After being surprised by Roger being voted out, Dave & Butch wake up to make a dock so that the rest of the castaway's won't get wet. Rob becomes jealous when he sees Dave climbing a tree. At the reward challenge, the nine are split into three teams of three. In the first round; Dave, Alex, and Deena win. In the final round Dave wins and brings Deena with him for ice cream and a bath. Jenna & Heidi complain about Dave getting to eat for the 3rd Time, and bathing for the 2nd time. Dave & Deena enjoy their ice cream and Dave asks Deena if he's next. Deena admits to Dave that it's between him and Matthew. Dave & Deena return to camp where they want supper. Jenna becomes pissed and calls Deena a fat cow. Rob becomes jealous when Heidi spoons with Dave and fears Heidi may double cross him. The survivors receive a mask for everyone and they dress it up like themselves. At Immunity, they learn that each survivor has 3 ropes holding the wood and after the 3rd chop to their mask the wood will break their mask. Matt is eliminated first followed by Dave, Alex, Rob, Butch, Deena, Christy & Heidi, as Jenna wins Immunity.
Jenna & Deena promise Rob that Dave is going but Rob fears that Heidi won't vote for Dave. At Tribal Council, Matt receives a vote, but Dave is voted out with eight votes and becomes the 1st Jury Member.
Alex wins a reward to a cafe which involved in which the survivors had to shoot various weapons at a target. He was allowed to chose one person and chose Jenna to come with him. Back at camp, Deena approached Rob and Heidi to vote out Alex because he was a threat in challenges which surprised them and feel betrayed. When they got back, Heidi told Jenna and Alex about Deena's plan and tried to vote her out. Matt won the immunity challenge which they had to eat various gross bugs. With him safe, Rob Alex, Jenna, and Heidi decided to vote out Deena.
A recap of the events in the Amazon so far, as well as new footage including Christy teaching sign language to her new tribe.
A reward challenge turns into an auction for letters from home and tribe members comfortable in their alliances take it easy.
Jenna tells the entire tribe about Rob's secret plans, revealing his strategies to everyone.
Feeling ostracized and betrayed, Jenna and Heidi refuse to stay in the game feeling that way.
A fire rages through the camp and destroys everything.
The Sole Survivor in the Amazon is crowned as the reality series wraps up its sixth edition. The Final Four players are whittled down to two and the seven-person jury votes for the winner. "It's a toss-up when we get to the Final Two", says host Jeff Probst. "It's not a sure thing". The big change in the finale, says Probst, is that the concluding vote takes place immediately following the last Immunity Challenge. "There's no time to think about it", he says.
The 16 players are reunited in New York City. Jeff Probst is the host.