Season 1, Episode 9 Old and New Bonds
First Aired: July 26, 2000
The contestants participate in a reward challenge for a barbecue by swinging along a rope course. For immunity, they become pieces on a huge board game called “Squared Off.” “It's the equivalent of playing chess with eight people,” says host Jeff Probst. Also: one of the contestants celebrates a birthday “by running around in [his or her] birthday suit all day long, which causes a lot of excitement,” says Probst. And a ninth person is voted off the island.
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- Premiered: May 31, 2000
- Rating: TV-PG
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- Premise: The show that launched a cultural (and ratings) phenomenon, and still arguably the class of the reality genre, what executive producer Mark Burnett prefers to call 'nonscripted drama.' It began with 16 people marooned on an island, working together to surv… (more)