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S17 Official Logo
Filming location Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve, Estuaire, Gabon, Africa
Winner Danny "GC" Brown (4-3)
Season run 12-28-08
– 06-13-09
No. of episodes 14
No. of days 39
No. of survivors 18
Tribes      Fang
     Kota
     Babongo
All-Stars: Samoa Danny "G.C." Brown
Randy Bailey
Dan Kay
Crystal Cox
Ace Gordon
Season chronology
Previous Survivor: Micronesia Fanfic
Next Survivor: Tocantins Fanfic


Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden is a fanfic based on the seventeenth season of the CBS reality television series Survivor. The premiere aired December 28, 2008. It marks the first time that Survivor was shot in high definition, with Sony XDCAMs.

Host Jeff Probst has stated that temptation and consequence will be major themes this season. Players sent to "Exile" (no longer Exile Island) will receive a clue to the whereabouts of a hidden Immunity Idol that is located back at their own camp. For the first time, exiled contestants will also have the option of taking comfort items to make their stay more enjoyable. If they do so, their entire tribe will be given a disadvantage at the next Immunity Challenge. After the merge, the Comfort twist remained, with players taking an individual disadvantage at the next Immunity Challenge if they opted for the comfort items.

Episode 8 also included a completely new twist. On Day 19, both tribes went to Tribal Council. Host Jeff Probst offered the remaining castaways a bribe of $50,000 to leave the game. In the end, Corinne Kaplan took the bribe and snuffed out her own torch, removing herself from the game in one of the most controversial twists the show has ever seen.

Survivor: Gabon marks the first time a castaway was blindsided while in possession of two hidden Immunity Idols. In Episode 6, Ace Gordon found the Fang tribe's idol after being given clues by Paloma Soto-Castillo and keeping it entirely for himself. In Episode 8, Corinne Kaplan secretly gave Ace her Kota's idol that she found during the previous episode. But in Episode 9, Ace was blindsided and did not play either of his idols at Tribal Council. The idols were then rehidden on Exile. Dan Kay was the next to find the idol when he was sent to Exile in Episode 10. He played the idol in the same episode, eliminating Ken Hoang, who had the second-highest number of votes. The idol was then rehidden again in Episode 11 and was discovered by Randy Bailey. Outraged by the loss of his ally Ken, Randy accomplished his long-time goal when he burned the idol but kept its remains in his possession, effectively eliminating it from the rest of the game. The idol was not subsequently rehidden.

Survivor: Gabon marks the first time in Survivor history that the Final Three contestants were all men. In the end, maintenance man and aspiring rapper Danny "GC" Brown defeated Randy Bailey in a 4-3 vote.

Danny "GC" Brown, Randy Bailey, Dan Kay, Crystal Cox and Ace Gordon returned to Survivor All Stars: Samoa where they placed 11th, 20th, 6th, 5th and 10th respectively. It's also been annouced that Dan Kay and Crystal Cox will return to compete in Survivor: Redemption Island.

ContestantsEdit

Contestant Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Kelly Czarnecki
22, Buffalo Grove, IL
Kota 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
Susie Smith
47, Charles City, IA
Kota 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
Michelle Chase
24, Los Angeles, CA
Fang 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
6
Matty Whitmore
29, Pacific Palisades, CA
Kota 4th Voted Out
Day 11
6
Gillian Larson
61, Temecula, CA
Fang Fang 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper
29, Brooklyn, NY
Kota Fang 6th Voted Out
Day 17
11
Robert "Bob" Crowley
57, Portland, ME
Kota Kota 7th Voted Out
Day 18
31
Corinne Kaplan
29, Los Angeles, CA
Fang Kota Bribed2
Day 19
1
Marcus Lehman
28, Atlanta, GA
Kota Kota Babongo Eliminated
Day 21
0
Ace Gordon
27, Naples, FL
Fang Fang 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
6
Ken Hoang
22, Westminster, CA
Fang Fang 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
3
Crystal Cox
29, Durham, NC
Kota Fang 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
7
Jacquie Berg
25, Santa Barbara, CA
Kota Kota 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
3
Charlie Herschel
29, New York, NY
Fang Kota 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
6
Paloma Soto-Castillo
24, Downey, CA
Fang Fang 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
5
Dan Kay
32, Boston, MA
Fang Kota 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
163
Randy Bailey
49, Eagle Rock, MO
Fang Fang Runner-Up 7
Danny "GC" Brown
26, Portland, OR
Kota Fang 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.

Note 1: Three additional votes were cast against Bob in the tiebreaker in Episode 7.

Note 2: On Day 19, Jeff Probst offered a bribe of $50,000 to the castaway who would snuff their own torch and take themselves out of the game. Corinne took the bribe and left the game.

Note 3: One additional vote was cast against Dan in the tiebreaker in Episode 7. Dan also played the Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore four votes against him were not counted.

The gameEdit

Episode Titles Air Date Challenges Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"I'm Actually Pretty
Intelligent"
December
28, 2008
None Fang None Kelly 7-1-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
The Best of Times and
the Worst of Times
January
3, 2009
Fang Fang Susie Susie 6-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"We Won A Date
With Jeff Probst!"
January
10, 2009
Kota Kota Gillian Michelle 6-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
Crossing the Street? January
18, 2009
Kota Fang Randy Matty 4-3 4th Voted Out
Day 11
The Great Tribal Divide February
1, 2009
Kota Kota Paloma Gillian 4-3-1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
If You Play With Fire,
You Get B...?
February
16, 2009
Fang Kota Corinne Sugar 5-1-1 6th Voted Out
Day 17
"It's Been Fun But It
Hasn't Been Real Fun"
February
24, 2009
Fang4 None5 Bob 3-3
3-16
7th Voted Out
Day 18
Jacquie5
Do Not Pass Go! March
10, 2009
None7 Crystal None7 Corinne No Vote Bribed2
Day 19
Marcus 5-5 Eliminated
Day 21
Pride Cometh
Before the Fall
April
24, 2009
GC
[Ken, Jacquie]
Charlie Dan Ace 6-3 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
The Beginning
of the End
April
30, 2009
Survivor
Auction
Crystal Dan8 Ken 3-13 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
"It's Gonna Suck
for Them Too"
May 9,
2009
Crystal
[GC]
Randy Randy Crystal 4-3 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Apple in the
Garden of Eden
May 19,
2009
Jacquie Dan GC Jacquie 3-2-1 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
The Burn of
the Blindside
May 27,
2009
GC
[Paloma]
Paloma Dan Charlie 3-2 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
"I'm the
Underdog Now"
June 13,
2009
None GC None Paloma 2-29 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
GC Dan 1-0 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion June 13,
2009
Jury Vote Randy 4-3 Runner-Up
GC 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.

Note 4: Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.

Note 5: In winning the challenge, Fang won the right to "kidnap" a member of Kota and take them on the Reward. The person would then return to Tribal Council that night with individual Immunity. Fang chose Jacquie. There was also no Exile due to this twist.

Note 6: The vote was initially tied 3-3 between Bob and Dan. In the re-vote, Marcus changed his vote to Bob, making the vote 3-1.

Note 7: Due to the bribe twist and the merge, there was no Reward Challenge and therefore no Exile in Episode 8.

Note 8: In the Survivor Auction, Dan bid on a mystery item and unknowingly "won" a trip to Exile.

Note 9: Paloma lost in the fire-making tiebreaker challenge.

Episode 1: "I'm Actually Pretty Intelligent"Edit

Eighteen Americans embarked on the adventure of a lifetime in Gabon, a remote country in west-central Africa. As two separate tribes, Fang and Kota, they faced a difficult hike to their camps. Kota, the yellow tribe, got off to a slow start, due to Susie's lack of athletic ability and her need to take a "bathroom break." At Fang, Ace, Corinne, and Michelle immediately set themselves apart from the group by trying to hurry along their tribemates. A struggle for power also emerged between Ace and Dan, who both seemed like natural leaders. Once both tribes reached their camps, they struggled to create fire and found their water to be extremely dangerous to drink unboiled. At Kota, Crystal and Susie felt an immediate bond as mothers and made a pact to watch out for each other. Before the Immunity Challenge, Ace suggested to the rest of Fang to lie to the other tribe about making fire so they appear as the stronger tribe. At the first Immunity Challenge, it was Kelly who slowed Kota down and Fang claimed both fire and Immunity. At Kota, Matty and Kelly formed a tight friendship and alliance and immediately began to target Susie for struggling during the hike. But when G.C. told Crystal, she turned the tribe on Kelly for her weak performance during the challenge. At the last minute, Kelly and Matty then turned their target to Crystal as both a strategic and physical threat. At Tribal Council, after some harsh words between Kelly and Crystal, Kelly and Matty split their votes between Susie and Crystal. But it became painfully obvious they were alone, as the rest of Kota voted Kelly out.

  • Immunity Challenge: Six tribe members will be belted together. They will race through a swamp, up and over a 15’ A-frame wall, and under a bamboo crawl. They’ll then dig up three bags of puzzle pieces, crawl under one final gate, and make their way to the finish, where the three remaining tribe members will use those pieces to solve a puzzle. First tribe to solve it correctly wins the challenge.

Episode 2: The Best of Times and the Worst of TimesEdit

Kota returned from their first Tribal Council and Matty felt the pressure of being next on the chopping block. After Bob made fire for the tribe, everyone was annoyed by Susie's constant paranoia about wild animals. On Day 4, Dan also made fire for Fang. Later that day, he made an alliance with fellow lawyer Charlie and the two of them included Paloma and Ace in the fold to form the "Powerhouse" group. The tribes squared off in their first Reward Challenge, where Susie slowed down the yellow tribe and Fang won fishing gear. On the advice of Ken, they then chose to send Susie to Exile, and in a twist, the person sent to Exile is given a choice between getting a clue for the hidden Immunity Idol or indulging in comfort. However, choosing the comfort would result in their tribe getting a penalty in the next Immunity Challenge. At Fang, Dan proved his worth further when he caught a bunch of fish for the tribe. However, some drama was caused when Gillian refused to eat the fish caught because she felt she wasn't part of the win for sitting out the challenge. On Exile, Susie discovered the idol was at each tribe's camp and decided to tough it out to avoid the penalty and experienced a rough night in the wilderness. At Kota, Marcus, Bob, Jacquie, and Sugar formed the secret "Upper Hand" alliance to counter the alliance between Crystal, Susie, and G.C. At the second Immunity Challenge, Fang claimed their third victory in a row. Back at Kota's camp, the "Upper Hand" decided to vote against Susie for being a weakness and her alliance, while Crystal tried in vain to convince them to vote for Matty. At Tribal Council, Sugar accidentally outed her alliance to the tribe, and while Crystal and Susie stuck together to vote for Matty, G.C. joined the "Upper Hand" and Matty to vote out Susie.

  • Reward Challenge: Each tribe will divide into four pairs; each pair will be tethered together by rope. One pair at a time races up a ramp, across a net run, and up a rope spider web. They'll grab a flag attached to the web, climb back down the web and make their way back to the start. When they have all four flags, they’ll attach them to a flag pole. The entire tribe will then turn a turnstile, which will raise the flags. First tribe to raise their flags wins Reward.
  • Reward: Fishing gear: hooks, line, netting, worms, traps, and a spear.
  • Immunity Challenge: Each tribe will designate four choppers and three puzzle builders. The four choppers will race one at a time to cut through wooden beams, concealing ropes. Once they cut through the ropes, they’ll release a bundle of planks. Once they have the planks, they’ll race ahead to the next station and hand off the machete to the next person. Once they’ve retrieved all four bundles, they’ll take the planks to the hill, where three different tribe members will untie them and use them to fill in gaps in the track. Once the track is complete, all seven tribe members who’ve participated thus far will get in the cart. That leaves one tribe member left, who will take a machete and chop the final rope that will release the cart and send it down the hill. First tribe to the finish wins Immunity.

Episode 3: "We Won a Date with Jeff Probst!"Edit

After Tribal Council, G.C. explained his vote for Susie and reaffirmed his trust in Crystal. In exchange, Crystal told G.C. the next day about the hidden Immunity Idol at their camp. Meanwhile, Marcus, Jacquie, and Bob chastised Sugar for outing their secret alliance at Tribal Council. Though the three Kotas considered replacing her with Matty in their alliance, they decided to stick together with Sugar and vote out Crystal next. At Fang, Dan and Charlie decided to show their trust in Ace by letting him pick the fifth member in their "Powerhouse" alliance; however, they were less than thrilled at his choice, Corinne. Before the Reward Challenge, Kota decided to elect high school teacher Bob as their leader. And Kota managed to win their first challenge and comfort, and chose to send Gillian to Exile. While Kota celebrated, Gillian enjoyed her time on Exile, wanting to show her tribe that she can tough it out. At Fang, Michelle hammered into Ken and Dan for screwing up the puzzle and costing Fang the win. Kota continued their winning streak at the Immunity Challenge, where cocky boxer Michelle was thrown around by larger Crystal. Back at Fang's camp, Corinne almost immediately targeted Michelle for her negativity and insults towards other tribemates. Michelle, meanwhile, tried to turn the tribe against Corinne for personal reasons. At Tribal Council, Corinne and Michelle went all out on each other, while Ken and Gillian ruffled Corine's feathers when he said she had a negative attitude. However, though Charlie and Paloma decided to vote for Gillian to keep their alliance a secret, Michelle got votes from everyone else and was voted out.

  • Reward Challenge: Six tribe members will push a large boulder along a marked course. Along the way, they will crush the tiles at four stations, revealing puzzle pieces. The other tribe member will follow close behind and pick up those puzzle pieces as they go. Once they have all four bundles, two tribe members will use those pieces to solve a Tetris-style puzzle by placing them onto a board with letters. If they solve it correctly, they’ll leave 10 letters uncovered. Those letters, in order, will form a 10-letter word. First tribe to get it right wins Reward.
  • Reward: Blankets, hammock, pillows, and a mosquito net.
  • Immunity Challenge: Both tribes will start on floating platforms. Each round, a ball is tossed into the water. Three members from each tribe will dive in and attempt to get that ball back to shore and to their tribe’s finish mat. To score, they have to have at least one hand on the ball while any part of their body touches the finish mat. First tribe to score two points wins Immunity.

Episode 4: Crossing the Street?Edit

After Tribal Council, Corinne promised to the tribe that she would change her negative attitude, though she started to secretly plot revenge against her tribe. At Kota, Matty was completely drained, and his bad attitude and rude remarks did not reflect well on his tribe. At the Reward Challenge, Kota clinched their third victory in a row, winning a series of luxuries, while Ken and Gillian secretly conspired about Fang getting rid of the weak. Kota sent Randy to Exile and relished in their victory; even Matty became greatly revitalized. On Exile, Randy decided having the hidden Immunity Idol would be too dangerous. At Fang, Corinne and Ace's annoying personalities made Dan and Charlie consider other strategic options. Charlie in particular went to Gillian, the "outsider of the outsiders" and promised her safety. However, their strategy came to naught when they slaughtered Kota in the Immunity Challenge, sending the yellow tribe to Tribal Council for the third time. Back at Kota's camp, the "Upper Hand" alliance of Marcus, Jacquie, Bob, and Sugar decided on voting out Matty for his lack of spirit. While Marcus kept Matty under the guise and told him to vote Crystal, Matty joined up with Crystal and GC to try to break up the powerful alliance of four and target Sugar. They then went to Marcus, claiming that Sugar, Bob, and Jacquie's bond was too close for comfort. At Tribal Council, Matty and Sugar stated their case to an undecided Marcus. In the end, the physician chose to honor his alliance and Matty was voted out.

  • Reward Challenge: Each tribe will start with a large pile of tribe-colored balls. They will toss a ball to the next tribe member, through holes in two walls, while members of the other tribe use wooden clubs and will attempt to knock that ball away and prevent it from going through. Once they get three balls to the end, two tribe members will take those balls and maneuver them, one at a time, through a table maze and into the final hole. First tribe to get all three balls through the maze and in the hole wins Reward.
  • Reward: Fishing gear, a collection of oil and spices, a boiling pot, and potatoes.
  • Immunity Challenge: One member from each tribe will sit in a boat, while three members from the opposing team use buckets of water to try and sink them. The person in the boat will have to bail the water out as fast as possible to stay afloat, using only their hands. First tribe to sink the other tribe’s boat three times wins Immunity.

Episode 5: The Great Tribal DivideEdit

Both tribes seemed to have their plans set out in front of them. The "Upper Hand" alliance of Bob, Jacquie, Marcus, and Sugar planned to take out Crystal next, while at Fang Charlie and Paloma bitched about Corinne while Randy told his ally Ken about his plan to destroy the hidden Immunity Idol. Both tribes were shaken up, however, by a tribe swap. Marcus and Paloma were randomly picked as captains and picked new tribes. The new Fang tribe consisted of: Paloma, Crystal, Ace, GC, Randy, Sugar, Ken, and Gillian. The new Kota tribe consisted of: Marcus, Dan, Jacquie, Charlie, Bob, and Corinne. The new tribes squared off immediately in a Reward Challenge, where the smaller, yet physically-dominant Kota won Reward after Sugar botched many shots for Fang. Dan convinced the new Kota tribe to send the seemingly-weak Paloma to Exile. On the new yellow tribe, Dan and Charlie were worried about the 3-3 split between Fang and Kota members and considered voting out Corinne; they were hoping that sending Paloma to Exile would help her find the idol. On Exile, Paloma ended up taking the comfort and penalty in the next Immunity Challenge, figuring she had the numbers in her tribe. The penalty ended up costing the red tribe, as Kota continued their winning streak and won Immunity. At camp, the targets turned quickly from Crystal to Sugar to Paloma. Ace decided to join up with Ken and Randy to form a "Villians" alliance, while Paloma approached Ace about keeping her around in exchange for clues to the Idol. Given this new deal, he went back to Ken and Randy and agreed to vote for the weak link, Gillian. However, while the men were away, Paloma and Gillian secretly searched for the Idol. At Tribal Council, Gillian and Ken were pointed out as weak links, while Sugar and Crystal argued about Sugar's place in the tribe. But in the end, though Crystal recieved 1 vote and Sugar recieved 3, Crystal and GC joined up with Ken and Randy to vote out Gillian.

  • Reward Challenge: One person from each tribe will alternate launching balls downfield to their tribemates who will attempt to catch the balls using a catch basket. Each time they catch a ball, they score a point. They can catch any ball from either tribe member at any time. First tribe to five wins Reward.
  • Reward: A picnic of bread, veggies, meat, cheese, and wine.
  • Immunity Challenge: Four members from each tribe will alternate throwing rocks at ceramic tiles. Each time they break a tile, they release a bundle of puzzle pieces. Once they’ve collected all the bundles, two tribe members will assemble the puzzle. The edges of each puzzle piece must match the color of the piece next to it. First tribe to solve the puzzle correctly wins Immunity.

Episode 6: If You Play With Fire, You Get B...?Edit

On Day 15, Paloma fulfilled her promise and gave the clues to the hidden Immunity Idol to Ace. While she led the rest of the tribe away, Ace found the Idol and tried to lead Paloma astray by lying that he had not found it. Meanwhile, Corinne made a huge threat to Charlie and Dan and claimed that if they voted her out, Ace would vote out Paloma and vice versa. An uneasy Dan and Charlie were then forced to uphold their "Powerhouse" alliance. At the Reward Challenge, Fang surprisingly came from behind to win pizza, brownies, and beer. They also sent Corinne to Exile, whose hate for Kota got the best of her and decided to take the comfort. While Fang relished in their victory, Dan and Charlie regrouped and focused on getting out Marcus. On the other side of Kota, Jacquie was becoming more and more apprehensive about possibly having to choose between Marcus and Bob. However, despite Corinne's penalty and her obvious effort to throw the challenge, Kota slaughtered Fang in a very physical Immunity Challenge; and during the challenge, Dan secretly told Paloma to not get rid of Ace because of Corinne. Back at Fang, Ace almost immediately started to target Paloma, while Paloma took Dan's comment to heart and joined up with Sugar. Though a teary-eyed Sugar tried to appeal to Ken and Randy to vote off Crystal, they wouldn't have it. At Tribal Council, Sugar and Ace went through with their plans and voted for Crystal and Paloma, respectively. However, the alliance of G.C., Crystal, Ken, and Randy joined up with Paloma to vote Sugar out.

  • Reward Challenge: Each tribe will race to arrange a series of logs from shortest to tallest as they build a staircase to the top of the tower. Once they’ve completed the staircase, three tribe members will sail down a zip line, retrieve a set of sprocket-shaped puzzle pieces, and race back to the top of the tower. Then the next person goes. The three remaining tribe members will then arrange those seven pieces so they work together, allowing them to raise a flag. First tribe to raise their flag wins Reward.
  • Reward: Pizza, beer, and brownies.
  • Immunity Challenge: Both tribes will be connected to each other with a common rope. Their objective is to retrieve a tribe flag. Each time they do, they score a point for their tribe. In addition, there’s a rope at each end of the field. If they get to it, they can use it to pull themselves to their flag. At any time during the challenge, tribe members can go back and try to interfere with the other tribe to impede their progress. First tribe to score two points wins Immunity.

Episode 7: "It's Been Fun But It Hasn't Been Real Fun"Edit

On Night 17, Corinne snuck around camp while her tribemates were sleeping and managed to find the hidden Immunity Idol on Kota. At Fang, after being kept out of the loop in the last vote, Ace showed Ken and Randy the hidden Immunity Idol he found to keep them in his alliance and turn them against Paloma. Though the two men went along, Randy expressed doubts about allying with someone strictly based on the fact that they had the idol. At the challenge, Dan fumbled from the start, allowing Fang to take the lead. They never gave it away and won a trip to an oasis and Immunity for the first time as a new tribe. However, a twist came with the challenge: instead of sending someone to Exile, Fang got to chose a member of Kota to "kidnap" and take on the Reward with them. This person would also return to Tribal Council that night with Individual Immunity. Fang chose Jacquie, though Ace expressed concern. At the Reward, everyone relaxed and enjoyed their win, and while Randy did freak everyone out with his nudity, he also pulled Jacquie aside and made a pact to keep her around after the merge. At Kota, Corinne made one of the boldest moves in Survivor history and announced to the tribe that she had the hidden Immunity Idol to avoid any plotting against her. Their original plan squashed, Marcus and Bob decided to vote for Dan. But Charlie, Dan, and Corinne wanted to vote off Marcus, and to avoid forcing a tie they went to Bob for a fourth vote. Bob refused, but did mention he would want to vote off Marcus down the line. They then went to Marcus and used this information, trying to get him as a fourth vote against Bob. At Tribal Council, tribal lines originally stuck and the vote was tied 3-3. But when Bob revealed to Marcus what he told the former Fangs was true, he did not take that kindly and changed his vote in the re-vote, sending the former leader of Kota home.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Three tribe members will begin locked in floating cages. Another tribe member will head out with a ring of keys to unlock the first tribe member from the cage. Once that person is free, they must then race across a series of lily pads to free the second member from a locked cage. Once the fourth tribe member is free from their cage, that tribe member and the rescuer get onto a boat where another tribe member is waiting with yet another ring of keys. Together they will paddle to shore, picking up their other stranded tribe members as they go. Once they’re back to shore, two tribe members will hop onto a sled; the other four will pull them. When they reach the gate, they’ll use their final ring of keys to open three locks and race to your finish mat. They must then form a human pyramid. The person on top will pull a pin, which will raise a fire wok and ignite the top of the platform. First tribe to finish wins the challenge.
  • Reward: A trip to an exotic oasis.

Episode 8: Do Not Pass GoEdit

After Kota's intense Tribal Council, Marcus apologize to Jacquie for changing his vote, though she was now wary of her position in the game. Though she was not alone; everyone's position in the game was threatened to be changed when a new twist sent both tribes to Tribal Council, where Jeff Probst offered the castaways a $50,000 bribe to snuff their own torch and leave the game. Despite having the hidden Immunity Idol, Corinne's greed got the best of her and she chose to take herself out of the game, leaving the remaining 10 castaways to live together at Fang's camp. With the two tribes living together, old friends Charlie and Paloma re-united, though everyone was still playing tribal lines as if there was no merge. On Day 21, Ace discovered that Corinne had slipped her hidden Immunity Idol in his bag before leaving, making him now the most powerful man in the game with two idols. At the Immunity Challenge, all paranoia was resolved when the two tribes finally merged. The castaways' measure of time was tested, though Randy, Ken, and Ace showed cockiness by purposefully sitting out of the challenge to partake in a feast. In the end, Crystal dominated and took home the first individual Immunity. At camp, the newly merged tribe named themselves Babongo, though the tribe was extremely divided between the "evil" of Ace, Randy, Ken, Crystal, and GC versus the "good" of Dan, Charlie, Paloma, Jacquie, and Marcus. The "good" alliance decided to vote off Randy for his shady deals, while the "evil" alliance targeted the leader of the opposition, Dan. Loyalties seemed to waver, though, when GC and Crystal considered voting Randy and Randy tried to convince Jacquie to throw away a vote to Marcus to get a majority. But at Tribal Council, the alliances held strong and there was a deadlocked tie. In the purple rock tiebreaker, it was Marcus who took the fall, eliminating him from the game.

  • Immunity Challenge: Each castaway will take a spot on a very thin balance beam. Their goal is to estimate when they've been on the beam for exactly one hour. When they think it’s been an hour, they’ll call it out and jump into the water. The person who steps off of the beam closest to the one hour mark without going over wins Immunity.

Episode 9: Pride Cometh Before the FallEdit

After an intense Tribal Council, Randy, Ken, and Ace were elated that their alliance was in control, while Dan, Jacquie, Charlie, and Paloma worried about who would be the next from their alliance to leave. The Reward Challenge tested who was most popular among the castaways; thanks to his alliance, GC won a trip on an African safari. He surprisingly chose Ken and Jacquie to go with him, angering both Crystal and Randy. GC also chose to send Dan to Exile. On Exile, Dan suffered miserably, while GC, Ken, and Jacquie had the time of their lives at the safari and barbeque feast that followed. At camp, paranoia set in, as Randy started spreading suspicion that GC was conspiring with the other alliance against him. Once the three returned from Reward, Crystal told GC what Randy was saying, prompting a shouting match between the two men that ended with GC promising his loyalty to their alliance. At the Immunity Challenge, Charlie ended up beating the wits of Ken and won Immunity, protecting himself. Back at camp, it seemed like the plan was to get rid of Dan. But Charlie, Dan, and Paloma tried to turn the game in their favor by going to Crystal and telling her that Ace has the two hidden Immunity Idols. This shocked Crystal, as Ace had never told her or GC about the idols. When Crystal told GC, they decided to give their word to the "good" alliance, though they found themselves caught in the middle. At Tribal Council, Ace displayed his usual cockiness by not playing either of his idols. However, GC and Crystal decided to join up with Jacquie, Paloma, Charlie, and Dan to blindside Ace, taking out the leader of the "evil" alliance, eliminating two idols from the game, and leaving Ken and Randy in a tough situation to face.

  • Reward Challenge: Behind Jeff are nine colored ladders; one for each castaway. In front of them are six rungs. One at a time, they’ll take two rungs, come up, and place those rungs into two different tribe members’ ladders. They cannot place a rung into your own ladder. First person to have their ladder completed with six rungs and climb to the top wins Reward.
  • Reward: A four-hour African safari and a barbeque feast.
  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways will study the features of a Gabonese mask. Each round, Jeff will give them a different configuration of that mask. They’ll then have a minute to study it and successfully recreate the mask. Get it right, they stay in. Get it wrong, they’re out. Last person left standing wins Immunity.

Episode 10: The Beginning of the EndEdit

Ken and Randy found themselves up the creek without a paddle after Ace's blindside at the last Tribal Council. While Ken laid low and tried to bond with the other alliance, Randy immediately lashed out at Crystal and GC and refused to interact with anyone else. But Ken and GC reaffirmed their alliance, and Ken made a plan to take control of the game once again. The castaways bid on various objects in the Survivor auction. Dan, under the impression he would be getting a trip away from camp, bid all his money and won, only to find he was going to Exile. And in a move to try to get Crystal back over to his side, Randy let her have a care package from home. After relishing in her reward, Crystal was also on board, and the "evil" alliance was back together and ready to take out Dan. Unfortunately for them, Dan solved the clues and found the hidden Immunity Idol on Exile. Back at camp, not realizing what had just happened, Crystal went to Jacquie to try to break up the power alliance of Dan, Charlie, and Paloma. The Immunity Challenge tested the castaways' more cautious skills, and it was Crystal who walked away with immunity for the second time. Before Tribal Council, the "evil" alliance first told Jacquie to vote Paloma, then fumbled with the idea of Dan having the Idol and instead changed their target to Dan, figuring he would give his Idol to someone else. Meanwhile, Dan showed Charlie and Paloma the Idol he found, and promised he would give it to one of them if needed. At Tribal Council, the plan went through when Ken, Randy, GC, and Crystal voted Dan (Jacquie was still in the dark and voted Paloma due to fear that she'd tell the other alliance). Unfortunately for them, Dan played the Idol and negated all the votes against him. The person with the second-highest amount of votes (and the person who the "good" alliance voted for), Ken, went home instead, leaving Randy in an even more desperate situation than before.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways will race across a series of multi-level balance beams carrying a bag of puzzle blocks. When they reach the finish, they’ll head back to the start and do it again. The first three people to get to the finish with all three bags move on to the final round. In the final round, they will empty your bags, filled with puzzle blocks. They must arrange those puzzle blocks along a multi-angled platform while avoiding trip wires, which could tip their blocks, forcing them to start over. Their goal is to arrange their blocks so they will fall one into another, like dominoes, raising a flag. First person to raise their flag wins Immunity.

Episode 11: "It's Gonna Suck for Them Too"Edit

Randy was once again fuming after he lost his only friend in the game, Ken. Meanwhile, Jacquie found herself caught between alliances when she was caught for voting against Paloma. On Day 28, Randy and Jacquie made a Final 2 alliance, though Jacquie told him they needed the hidden Immunity Idol to break up GC and Crystal. The Reward Challenge showed the castaways' true opinions of each other; after some interesting and hurtful answers, Crystal won her third individual challenge. While her and GC experienced a tribal feast and dance, back at camp the Kota alliance of Dan, Charlie, and Paloma tried to convince Jacquie to join back up with them. After the Reward, Crystal yelled at Jacquie for her indecisiveness. On Exile, Randy found the Idol, but he finally accomplished his long-time goal and burned it, officially taking it out of the game. The day kept getting better for Randy when he won a much-needed Immunity in an endurance challenge. Back at camp, Randy showed the burned Idol to everyone, and the Fang alliance set their sights on Charlie to try to break up the powerful trio. But the Kota alliance made a last-ditch effort when Paloma tried to talk Jacquie into voting Crystal by offering her a Final 2 alliance. At Tribal Council, Randy's dirty laundry was aired, though Paloma was a bit too mean-spirited towards him. And it got even worse for Randy when Jacquie joined with the Kota alliance for several reasons (Randy destroying the Idol, Paloma's Final 2 deal, and Jacquie's general dislike of Crystal) to blindside Crystal, eliminating another member of the Fang alliance.

  • Reward Challenge: Each castaway will answer a series of questions about their tribemates in private. Jeff will tally the results and then ask them those same questions again, only this time they’re trying to guess whose name came up the most often from the group. Each time they answer correctly they get to chop one rope of another tribe member. When they've chopped all three ropes, that person is out of the challenge. Last person left standing wins Reward.
  • Reward: A trip to a Gabonese village, with a feast and dance ceremony.
  • Immunity Challenge: With their arms outstretched, the castaways will use the tops of their hands to hold two poles against an overhead board. If they lower their arms even slightly, they’ll release the pressure on the poles, the poles’ll drop. When the poles drop, they’re out of the challenge. The last person left standing wins Immunity.

Episode 12: Apple in the Garden of EdenEdit

After yet another blindside that eliminated another member of the Fang alliance, Randy and GC seemed to be left up the creek without a paddle. But on Day 31, Paloma and Charlie brought up eliminating Dan before the Final Three to prevent him from going to the finals. But Randy didn't make his case any better when he personally antagonized everyone in the "Powerhouse" alliance, even going so far as to making fun of Charlie for his homosexuality. At the Reward Challenge, Jacquie won an overnight trip to a gorilla sanctuary. However, she was thrown for a loop when her mom showed up to go on the trip with her. But Jeff had a deal for her; if she gave up the trip and her loved one, everyone else would get to see their loved ones. Jacquie decided to keep her mom in Gabon, shocking some of the other castaways, and sent GC to Exile. On Exile, GC took advantage of the comforts awaiting him and accepted the penalty in the Immunity Challenge to get strong. Back at camp, the Powerhouse was fairly ticked at Jacquie for her decision, allowing Randy to try to plot against her, while Jacquie enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience with her mom. When she returned back to camp, Randy exaggerated the Powerhouse's comments to her, trying to coerce her into joining up with him again; but Jacquie saw through his lies and swore to vote him out. In a close Immunity Challenge, Dan narrowly beat Jacquie. Before Tribal Council, Randy was set on voting for Paloma, and it seemed the Powerhouse were also set on voting for Randy. But GC came to Dan and Charlie about Jacquie's flipping and her strength in challenges. And at Tribal Council, GC's plan came to fruition when him, Charlie, and Dan teamed up to vote Jacquie out of the game.

  • Reward Challenge: Each castaway will start in the outermost zone of a giant target. Jeff will ask them a series of questions about Gabon. Each time they answer correctly, they’ll move one zone closer to the center. If they’re the last person left in a zone that everyone else has already moved beyond, they’re out of the challenge. First person to get to the center of the target wins Reward.
  • Reward: An overnight trip to Loango National Park and a trip to a gorilla sanctuary with the castaway's respective loved one.
  • Immunity Challenge: Each castaway will make their way through three cages. In the first cage, they’ll have to untie a series of knots and get themselves through a gate. In the second cage, they’ll dig under the wall and into the third cage. In the third cage, they’ll find sticks and rope scattered on the ground to build a pole long enough to retrieve three sets of keys. They'll then use the keys to unlock the locks and climb through the final gate. First person to get on the finish mat wins Immunity.

Episode 13: The Burn of the BlindsideEdit

Though the Powerhouse alliance remained in the game yet again, Charlie was once again expressing doubts about letting Dan get close to the Final 2, though Dan made him promise they would go to the end together. At the Reward Challenge, GC pulled through to win a new car and a trip to a Gabonese school. While Paloma and GC traveled to the village and were overcome by the reactions of the people around them, Dan decided to mimic GC's strategy and took the comfort on Exile in hopes of getting stronger for the next challenge. Little did he know that back at camp, Charlie was plotting against Dan, listing his numerous threats. The plans solidified at the Immunity Challenge, when Charlie helped Paloma slide her way to a win. At camp, it seemed like Dan was destined to leave when Randy told him of Charlie's plans. Initially, Dan seemed fine with his lingering boot and acted graceful towards Charlie. But once his back was turned, Randy suggested a plan to Dan to get rid of Charlie. Absolutely shocked that his long-time enemy would do this, Dan joined up with Randy and the two of them went to GC for a third vote. At Tribal Council, Dan fooled Charlie and Paloma when he acted prepared for the vote. But the two were thrown for a loop with GC, Randy, and Dan voted Charlie out, leaving the Powerhouse in shambles.

  • Reward Challenge: For the first round, all five castaways will race to throw rocks at tiles. When they break their tile, they'll drop a set of sprocket-shaped puzzle pieces. The first four to break their tile move on to the next round, where they will race up and over a 15’ A-frame wall and dig for a second set of puzzle pieces. First three to uncover their puzzle pieces move on to the next round. For the third round, they’ll arrange those seven puzzle pieces so they work together, allowing them to lower a ball. The first two to release the ball move on to the final round. For the final round, they will use that ball to navigate a table maze. If the ball falls in a hole, they start over. First person to get their ball into the finish net wins Reward.
  • Reward: A 2009 Ford F350 Super Duty truck and a trip to a Gabonese school to deliver supplies.
  • Immunity Challenge: Each castaway will have three pucks. One at a time, they’ll slide their pucks across a board that’s been divided into zones each worth different point values, ranging from 1 to 5. At the end of three rounds, the person whose pucks add up to the highest score wins Immunity.

Episode 14: "I'm The Underdog Now"Edit

After Charlie's blindside, it seemed the new alliance of Randy, Dan, and GC would hold thorough and Paloma would be the next to go. This plan was further cemented when GC won Immunity. Back at camp, after unsuccessfully convincing Dan to turn on his new alliance, she decided to target Dan once again. She went to GC for a second vote, and he heavily weighed his options, looking at Dan's performance in the Immunity Challenge and the possibility of an alliance between him and Randy. At Tribal Council, GC let his paranoia take over when he forced a tie between Dan and Paloma. In the fire-making tiebreaker, Dan escaped the vote once again and won the challenge, eliminating Paloma from the game.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways will make their way up and through a vertical maze, collecting five bags of puzzle pieces. Each time they get a bag, they must make their way back through the maze to the starting platform, drop the bag, and then head out to find another one. Once they’ve collected all five bags of puzzle pieces, they will use those pieces to construct a replica of a Gabonese hut. First person to build it correctly wins Immunity.

GC was left up the creek without a paddle after his attempt to eliminate Dan and the Final 2 alliance of Dan and Randy. On Day 38, the Final 3 acknowledged the 15 other fallen comrades, before facing their final Immunity Challenge. In a much-needed win, GC pulled out a victory and a spot in the Final 2. He refused to hear any pleas until Tribal Council, where Randy talked about his reputation with the jurors and Dan cited the "good vs. evil" conflict. When it came to the vote, GC chose a better chance at winning, voting Dan out and finally eliminating him from the game.

  • Immunity Challenge: Each castaway will take a spot on a ring that is suspended over the water. They’ll have their feet on one end, hands on the other end, stretched over that ring. They are going to do this for as long as they can. After one hour, they will have to choose only one hand for the rest of the challenge. If either of their feet or their hands come off the ring at any time, for any reason, except at the one hour mark, or if any other part of their body touches the ring at any time for any reason, they’re out of the challenge. Last person left holding on to their ring wins Immunity.

Randy and GC celebrated their success as the Final 2 on Day 39, before facing their final Tribal Council. In their opening statements, GC talked about his personality and his need for the money, while Randy claimed himself as brilliant for the moves he made. While some jurors like Ace criticized GC for playing the socioeconomic card and not showing any moves until Day 30, Randy ruffled several jurors' feathers (mainly Crystal) with his comments. In the end, though Randy got votes from his friends Ace, Ken, and Jacquie, GC easily wrapped up the other 4 votes and became the Sole Survivor.

Voting historyEdit

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: Kelly
7/9 Votes
Susie
6/8 Votes
Michelle
6/9 Votes
Matty
4/7 Votes
Gillian
4/8 Votes
Sugar
5/7 Votes
Tie6 Bob
3/4 Votes6
Corinne
No Vote10
Marcus
0 Votes11
Ace
6/9 Votes
Ken
3/4 Votes3
Crystal
4/7 Votes
Jacquie
3/6 Votes
Charlie
3/5 Votes
Tie Paloma
No Vote
Dan
1 Vote
Voter Vote
GC Kelly Susie Sugar Gillian Sugar Dan Ace Dan Charlie Jacquie Charlie Dan Dan
Randy Michelle Gillian Sugar Dan Dan Dan Charlie Paloma Charlie Paloma
Dan Michelle Bob None6 Randy Ace Ken Crystal Jacquie Charlie Paloma Win9
Paloma Gillian Sugar Sugar Randy Ace Ken Crystal Randy Dan Dan Lose9
Charlie Gillian Bob Bob Randy Ace Ken Crystal Jacquie Dan
Jacquie Kelly Susie Matty Dan Dan Randy Ace Paloma Crystal Randy
Crystal Kelly Matty Sugar Gillian Sugar Dan Ace Dan Charlie
Ken Michelle Gillian Sugar Dan Dan Dan
Ace Michelle Sugar Paloma Dan Dan
Marcus Kelly Susie Matty Dan Bob Randy
Corinne Michelle Bob Bob
Bob Kelly Susie Matty Dan None6
Sugar Kelly Susie Matty Crystal Crystal
Gillian Michelle Sugar
Matty Susie Susie Sugar
Michelle Corinne
Susie Kelly Matty
Kelly Crystal
Jury Vote
Finalist: Randy
3/7 Votes
GC
4/7 Votes
Juror Vote
Dan GC
Paloma GC
Charlie GC
Jacquie Randy
Crystal GC
Ken Randy
Ace Randy

Note 10: Corinne took the bribe and took herself out of the game. No vote occured for her removal.

Note 11: Because the vote was deadlocked, the Survivors had to draw rocks in order to determine who would be eliminated. Marcus selected the purple rock, and therefore became the ninth castaway to leave the game.

RatingsEdit

U.S. standard ratingsEdit

# Episode Rating
1 "I'm Actually Pretty Intelligent" 8.786
2 The Best of Times and the Worst of Times 8.474
3 "We Won A Date With Jeff Probst!" 8.589
4 Crossing The Street? 8.422
5 The Great Tribal Divide 8.575
6 If You Play With Fire, You Get B...? 9.186
7 "It's Been Fun But It Hasn't Been Real Fun" 9.414
8 Do Not Pass Go! 9.208
9 Pride Cometh Before the Fall 8.596
10 The Beginning of the End 8.972
11 "It's Gonna Suck for Them Too" 9.038
12 Apple in the Garden of Eden 8.935
13 The Burn of the Blindside 9.490
14 "I'm The Underdog Now" 8.920

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