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Survivor: Fiji
Winner Earl Cole
Presented by Jeff Probst
No. of episodes 14
No. of days 39
No. of survivors 19
Production
Location(s) Macuata, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Filming dates October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30)
– December 7, 2006 (2006-12-07)
Broadcast
Original run February 8, 2007 (2007-02-08) – May 13, 2007 (2007-05-13)
Chronology
Preceded by Survivor: Cook Islands
Followed by Survivor: China

Survivor: Fiji is the fourteenth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season was filmed in the Fiji Islands. The premiere of Fiji aired on February 8, 2007. The two-hour season finale aired on May 13, 2007, followed by the Reunion show live from Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Host Jeff Probst has gone on record declaring the season as one of his least favorite seasons.[1] Applications were due June 16, 2006. The complete season (including the live Reunion show) was released on DVD on December 11, 2012, available exclusively through Amazon.com.

In a twist from previous seasons of Survivor, all contestants participated in at least one challenge before being split into two tribes and moving to two different tribe camps. One camp (built by all contestants in the initial challenge), Moto, was furnished with several luxuries, including shelters built from pre-cut wood, a kitchen area with dishware, a shower, a toilet, furniture, and the means to maintain fire. The other camp, Ravu, was given merely a pot and a machete to survive. During the broadcast of the season, host Jeff Probst admitted that this concept did not play out quite as the producers hoped, as it led to the "haves" tribe predictably dominating in the challenges over the "have-nots" week after week.[2] Exile Island returned once again for Fiji, with new twists. Unlike previous seasons, there were two hidden immunity idols, with one hidden at each camp. The idol now had to be played before Jeff read the results of the voting, rather than after. Once a hidden immunity idol was used, it was rehidden rather than discarded. The idols were good through the final five. The winner, Earl Cole, was unanimously selected by the jury. Yau-Man Chan reported that Andria (Dre) "Dreamz" Herd and Cassandra Franklin received $100,000, as they both received the same amount of votes for Sole Survivor (zero) and tied for second place. He also reported that he received $60,000 for coming in fourth.[3]

This was the first season of Survivor to have an odd number of castaways, with 19. Melissa McNulty would have been the twentieth castaway, but dropped out the night before the show because of panic attacks and irritable bowel syndrome.[4][5] Due to the timing and lack of alternates, her spot could not be replaced.[6] Gary Stritesky was the only contestant who applied to be on the show; McNulty and the other 18 contestants were recruited.[7] The cast retained the same amount of diversity as the previous season, Survivor: Cook Islands, in a conscious effort intended to show that the racial diversity of Survivor: Cook Islands was not just a ratings stunt.[6]

Contestants[edit]

Yau-Man Chan came in fourth place and was the ninth jury member
Earl Cole, winner of Survivor: Fiji

Yau-Man Chan later appeared in Survivor: Micronesia where he was the third contestant and second returning player to be voted out. He was asked to return for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains but turned the offer down due to work obligations.[8]

List of Survivor: Fiji contestants
Contestant Original tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Finish
DeBen, JessicaJessica DeBen
27, Los Angeles, California
Ravu 20 20 1st voted out
Day 3
Durousseau, EricaErica Durousseau
27, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Ravu 20 20 2nd voted out
Day 6
Kwan, SylviaSylvia Kwan
52, Malibu, California
Ravu1 20 20 3rd voted out
Day 8
Stritesky, GaryGary Stritesky
55, Rochester, Minnesota
Moto 20 20 Quit due to illness
Day 10
Gomez, LilianaLiliana Gomez
25, Oxnard, California
Moto 20 20 4th voted out
Day 11
Verreos, RitaRita Verreos
38, San Antonio, Texas
Ravu 20 20 5th voted out
Day 14
Robinson, AnthonyAnthony Robinson
32, Compton, California
Ravu Ravu 20 6th voted out
Day 16
Reid, James "Rocky"James "Rocky" Reid
28, San Diego, California
Ravu Ravu 20 7th voted out
1st jury member
Day 19
Linares, Lisette "Lisi"Lisette "Lisi" Linares
36, Las Vegas, Nevada
Moto Ravu2 20 8th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 21
Yi, MichelleMichelle Yi
23, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ravu Moto Bula Bula 9th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 24
Rivera, EdgardoEdgardo Rivera
28, Miami, Florida
Moto Ravu 10th voted out
4th jury member
Day 27
Lee, MookieMookie Lee
25, Chicago, Illinois
Ravu Ravu 11th voted out
5th jury member
Day 30
Angarita, Alejandro "Alex"Alejandro "Alex" Angarita
28, Sacramento, California
Moto Ravu 12th voted out
6th jury member
Day 33
Kimball, StacyStacy Kimball
27, Boulder, Colorado
Moto Moto 13th voted out
7th jury member
Day 36
Bernis, Kenward "Boo"Kenward "Boo" Bernis
34, Lafayette, Louisiana
Moto Moto 14th voted out
8th jury member
Day 37
Chan, Yau-ManYau-Man Chan
54, Fresno, California
Ravu Moto 15th voted out
9th jury member
Day 38
Herd, Andria (Dre) "Dreamz"Andria (Dre) "Dreamz" Herd
25, Wilmington, North Carolina
Moto Ravu Runner-up3
Franklin, CassandraCassandra Franklin
42, San Francisco, California
Moto Moto Runner-up3
Cole, EarlEarl Cole
35, Santa Monica, California
Ravu Moto Sole Survivor

^1 Sylvia was given the task of dividing the tribes. She was sent to Exile Island and told she would join whichever tribe lost the Immunity Challenge after that tribe voted off a member. Because Ravu lost the Immunity Challenge, Sylvia became a member of Ravu.
^2 Lisi was not picked in the tribal switch. She was sent to Exile Island and would join the tribe that lost the Immunity Challenge. Because Ravu lost the challenge, Lisi became a member of Ravu.
^3 Dreamz and Cassandra were considered co-runners up due to being tied at zero votes each in the final Tribal Council vote, and both awarded the second place monetary prize. Yau-Man was awarded the third place prize.

Season summary[edit]

Due to one player dropping out prior to the game, the season started with 19 players. After arriving at their beach as one group, instructions and materials for building a camp were dropped from a plane. Before the first challenge, the castaways were divided into two tribes by Sylvia, appointed for her leadership in building the camp, who was sent to Exile Island due to the odd number of players. After the challenge, the winning team, Moto, returned to the constructed camp, while the losing team, Ravu, was directed to a different beach where only meager supplies awaited them; Sylvia joined Ravu shortly afterwards. While both tribes vied equally in challenges, it was clear Moto was in much better shape due to the better camp, winning every single challenge. On Ravu, an alliance between Earl and Yau-Man was formed. When Earl was sent to Exile Island, he conspired with Yau-Man to find a hidden immunity idol located at the camp, which Yau-Man did.

A tribal shuffle served to further alliances; Earl and Yau-Man brought Michelle, Cassandra and Boo into their fold, while Alex became the leader of an alliance between himself, Mookie, Edgardo, and Dreamz, titling themselves the "Four Horsemen". Mookie found the other hidden immunity idol, but decided not to tell Dreamz because of the latter's untrustworthiness. The tribes merged at the original Moto camp, stripped of their original structures and luxuries. The first post-merge immunity challenge divided the contestants into two randomly selected teams, putting Michelle with most of the Horsemen, and leading to her being voted out. After Dreamz discovered his alliance had neglected to tell him about Mookie's idol, he defected to Earl's alliance and worked with them to trick Mookie into misplaying his idol, resulting in the systematic eliminations of the three loyal Horsemen.

The reward challenge played by the final six players was for a truck. Yau-Man won the challenge, but made a deal with Dreamz to trade the truck in exchange for the final challenge's immunity necklace should Dreamz win it. While Dreamz attempted to get out of the deal by targeting Yau-Man immediately, Yau-Man played his idol and Stacy was sent home, followed by Boo for being a physical threat. Dreamz won the final immunity challenge, but reneged on his deal with Yau-Man at the subsequent Tribal Council; Yau-Man was the final player voted out. At the final Tribal Council, Dreamz' actions and Cassandra's quiet game led the jury to vote unanimously for Earl.

Challenge winners, exiles, and eliminations by episode
Episode title Original air date Challenge winner(s) Exiled Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
"Something Cruel Is About to Happen ... Real Soon" February 8, 2007 Moto4 Sylvia1 Jessica 1st voted out
Day 3
"Snakes Are Misunderstood ... We Have an Understanding Now" February 15, 2007 Moto4 Earl5 Erica 2nd voted out
Day 6
"This Is Not Survival ... It's a Thrival" February 22, 2007 Moto Moto Sylvia Sylvia 3rd voted out
Day 8
"Let's Just Call Jeff on the Jeff Phone" March 1, 2007 Moto Moto6 Yau-Man Gary Quit due to illness
Day 10
(Ravu) Liliana 4th voted out
Day 11
"Love Many, Trust Few, Do Wrong to None" March 8, 2007 Moto Moto Earl Rita 5th voted out
Day 14
"I've Got Strength Now to Carry the Flag" March 21, 2007 None7 Moto Lisi2 Anthony 6th voted out
Day 16
"An Evil Thought" March 29, 2007 Ravu Moto Earl Rocky 7th voted out
1st jury member
Day 19
"So You Think You Can Meke?" April 5, 2007 Moto Moto Lisi Lisi 8th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 21
"Are We Gonna Live on Exile Island?!" April 12, 2007 Boo, Cassandra, Earl,
Edgardo, Yau-Man4
None8 Michelle 9th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 24
"It's a Turtle?!" April 19, 2007 Cassandra,
[Boo, Dreamz, Yau-Man]
Yau-Man Mookie Edgardo 10th voted out
4th jury member
Day 27
"Blackmail or Betrayal" April 26, 2007 Alex, Dreamz,
Earl, Stacy
Stacy Boo Mookie 11th voted out
5th jury member
Day 30
"A Smile, Velvet Gloves and a Dagger in My Pocket" May 3, 2007 Boo, Dreamz,
Yau-Man
Boo Earl Alex 12th voted out
6th jury member
Day 33
"I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal" May 10, 2007 Yau-Man
(Dreamz),9
Boo, Stacy
Boo Yau-Man Stacy 13th voted out
7th jury member
Day 36
"You've Got That Puzzled Look" May 13, 2007 None Yau-Man None Boo 14th voted out
8th jury member
Day 37
Dreamz Yau-Man 15th voted out
9th jury member
Day 38
"Reunion" May 13, 2007 Jury vote
Dreamz Runner-up
Cassandra Runner-up
Earl 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.

^4 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenges.
^5 Earl was exiled in episode two and did not return to his tribe until after Tribal Council, meaning he could not be voted out or participate in the vote.
^6 Moto won the immunity challenge, but received a message which forced them to choose between keeping their luxurious camp or keeping immunity. The Moto tribe chose their camp and gave immunity to Ravu.
^7 There was no Reward Challenge due to a tribe mix-up.
^8 The ten remaining Survivors were merged on Exile Island, therefore nobody was exiled.
^9 Yau-Man made a deal with Dreamz to give the reward to Dreamz in exchange for the possibility of a future Individual Immunity.

Episodes[edit]

Episode
#
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
Rating/Share
18-49
1 "Something Cruel Is About to Happen...Real Soon" February 8, 2007 16.44 5.7/15

The castaways arrived on an island with no instructions and were not split into tribes. After some time, a box was parachuted, which contained plans for a luxurious shelter using the provided building supplies. The castaways spent the next two days constructing the shelter from the plans under the primary direction of Sylvia. At the combined Reward and Immunity Challenge, the castaways were asked who the leader was during construction and unanimously named Sylvia. Sylvia was told to split the castaways into two tribes, Moto and Ravu, but was then exiled. She would be immune from Tribal Council and would join whichever tribe lost the Immunity Challenge.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Both tribes race chariots across a course with stops at which the tribe members riding on the chariots untie three bags containing puzzle pieces. Once all bags and a small tribe flag are retrieved, the tribes race to the puzzle table to solve the puzzle, revealing the three-number combination to a wheel containing a knife. With this knife, the tribe cuts a rope raising the tribe's flag to win reward and immunity. The reward allowed the winning tribe to live at the luxury camp built upon arrival.
Ravu lost the challenge and was sent to a new island with only one pot and a machete. Moto returned to the original tribe to live in the shelter built on day one and two with additional amenities. James (self-nicknamed "Rocky"), Erica, and Jessica formed a strong alliance, while the other six formed a looser alliance. Jessica was blamed for losing the challenge and being under the radar, and was voted out.
2 "Snakes Are Misunderstood...We Have an Understanding Now" February 15, 2007 16.08 5.6/15

Ravu continued to suffer from dehydration and were reduced to licking water off of leaves, though they found a supply of pineapples in addition to their coconut supply. At Moto, the castaways continued to live a cushy life at their camp. Boo injured himself in the eye and then shortly thereafter cut himself with an ax while chopping wood, and then the hammock he was lying on fell down. On day 5, Sylvia returned from Exile Island and immediately declared that she felt like an outcast. Her tribemates were annoyed by her perceived bossiness and the fact that she had plenty of water to drink on Exile Island.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Each tribe will paddle a canoe out and around their tribe flag. While the tribes are heading back to shore the must collect four supply crates. Once they pass a crate, one tribe member must connect the crate to the boat. After getting to shore, they must get the crates to their tribe mat. Once the tribes get all four crates they must untie them to get six puzzle pole pieces and a flag. The first tribe to solve the pole puzzle and raise their tribe flag wins reward (fishing gear) and immunity, and the ability to send a member of the losing tribe to Exile Island.
In a close race, Moto pulled out another win and chose Earl to go to Exile Island. Anthony lobbied to vote out Sylvia for being the outsider and disrupting the tribe's chemistry. However, Erica's panicking during the challenge caused a movement against her that resulted in her elimination.
3 "This Is Not Survival...It's Thrival" February 22, 2007 13.47 4.6/12

Michelle finally started a fire at Ravu using Yau-Man's glasses. Michelle used Yau-Man's glasses because the thicker bifocals concentrated the light better than her own glasses.

  • Reward Challenge: One member from each tribe will face head to head on a slippery course to receive a number ball. Once the tribe member is on the course they must get the ball and throw it into a basket. First tribe to six, wins one of three choices of reward: Either luxury items from home, a duplicate set of fishing gear, or a basket of fresh fruit.

Despite Ravu's momentum from starting a fire, it failed to carry over to the Reward Challenge as they lost yet again, though they did gain flint for successfully earning fire on their own. Moto opted to have a second set of fishing gear as reward instead of their luxury items or fresh fruit. Moto also won the right to send somebody to Exile Island and they selected Sylvia to go for a second time. After the Reward Challenge when Moto returned to camp, Gary felt dizzy and complained of chest pain, thinking that it may have been a cracked rib suffered during the Reward Challenge. The medics were called in and he was cleared to continue, though his tribe encouraged him to not be afraid to call for medical help should he not be able to breathe. This deflated some of Moto's elation of the Reward win.

  • Immunity Challenge: Tribes are challenged to eat Fijian dishes, such as giant clam, octopus tentacles, peanut worms, [sea cucumbers], fish eyes and pig snouts in a series of 1-on-1 matches. The first tribe to win four matches wins.
At the Immunity Challenge, tempers flared after some taunting by Mookie, but Moto was able to continue their win streak. Sylvia, knowing she was vulnerable from the previous vote and her performance at the Reward Challenge, attempted to find the idol at camp using the three clues she had, but was unsuccessful and subsequently voted out at Tribal Council.
4 "Let's Just Call Jeff on the Jeff Phone" March 1, 2007 14.67 5.0/13

Gary continued to suffer from vertigo due to an allergic reaction brought on by bug bites.

  • Reward Challenge: Each tribe will stand on a balance beam. One at a time a tribe member must pass through a tribe member to get to the finish platform. First tribe to have all tribe members on the platform wins fish, rice, spices, pillows, blankets, and a king size bed.

Moto came up with a great strategy to win the Reward Challenge after initially falling behind to win the challenge. Moto chose to send Yau-Man to Exile Island, and a frustrated Rocky threw a temper tantrum after his tribe's fifth consecutive loss. On Day 10, Gary decided that his condition was not getting any better and he pulled himself from the game.

  • Immunity Challenge: Four tribe members will begin locked in floating cages. One tribe member will start on shore and race out to unlock the first cage, releasing the first tribe member. The newly freed tribe member will run across floating lily pads to free the next member in a locked cage. Once the fourth tribe member is freed from their locked cage, those tribe members will get on a boat where another tribe member will be waiting with a ring of keys. The teams will paddle back to shore, picking up the stranded tribemates along the way. Once back, the Survivors will form a human pyramid. The person at the top will use a ring of keys to unlock a series of pad locks, freeing their last tribe member from the last cage. The first tribe to get all members back on their tribe mat wins Immunity.
Rocky decided to motivate his tribe by wearing one of the women's pink tops to the Immunity Challenge, but this did not help as Moto's winning streak continued. In a twist, Moto opened a sealed bottle that contained a note that forced them to either give up their luxurious camp or their immunity. Moto decided to keep their comfort and go to Tribal Council. The alliance of Alex, Boo, Edgardo, Lisi, and Stacy discussed voting strategies for tribal council, and decided to target Liliana after viewing Dreamz as an asset for the tribe and Cassandra as harmless. The decision was motivated after Liliana gave the men a sports massage, which Lisi saw as deceptive. Alex was initially against this decision as he feels Liliana was about as strong as the men of the tribe, and preferred to eliminate weak link Cassandra instead. Despite that, the alliance stuck with their decision and Liliana was voted out.
5 "Love Many, Trust Few, Do Wrong to None" March 8, 2007 13.81 4.6/12

Earl and Yau-Man discussed their clues about the Hidden Immunity Idol. Earl took the tribe on a hunting expedition, leaving Yau-Man to dig for the Idol, but his search turned up nothing.

  • Reward Challenge: The Survivors will square off, one on one, on a platform. Using large padded bags they will battle sumo style, knocking the other tribe member off the platform to score a point for their tribe. The first tribe to score seven points wins two items chosen from a catalog by each tribe.

At the Reward Challenge, Moto crushed Ravu and opted to send Earl back to Exile Island. Lisi and Stacy upset Alex and Edgardo by going on a power trip, treating Cassandra and Dreamz rudely. Dreamz decided that he and Cassandra would flip to the other side after the unspoken alliance's effort to smooth things over rang hollow.

  • Immunity Challenge: Scattered in a field are 30 boards. Each board has a number or a word painted on it. One tribe at a time will send a member out to reveal two boards. If the numbers or words on the boards match, they’ll score a point for their tribe. The first tribe to seven points wins Immunity. To make things more difficult, there are 4 dummy boards on the course without a match.
Moto won a close Immunity Challenge to remain undefeated. Rita annoyed Rocky with her chitchatting with Michelle and she was voted out.
6 "I've Got Strength Now to Carry the Flag" March 21, 2007 12.78 4.2/12

After receiving tree mail, Moto and Ravu head to what they believed was a Reward Challenge. Jeff asked the tribes to volunteer one member from each tribe; Earl from Ravu and Edgardo from Moto volunteered, and were instructed to begin the selection of new tribes by schoolyard pick. An upset Lisi was not picked and was sent to Exile Island. Edgardo and Earl then played Rock, Paper, Scissors for the right to draw from a bag that contained Moto and Ravu buffs to see which tribe went to which camp and Edgardo drew the less luxurious Ravu camp. The new Moto tribe became Earl, Yau-Man, Cassandra, Boo, Michelle, and Stacy, with the new Ravu being Rocky, Dre, Mookie, Edgardo, Anthony, and Alex. Cassandra, who had been weak without any alliance in the old Moto tribe quickly warmed up to the new members. Over at Ravu, the new members didn't let their worse camp deter them from strengthening the team with their positive attitude and good health.

  • Immunity Challenge: Each tribe will be belted into a large six point sliding hub resembling a star. By shifting, sliding and adjusting each other they will maneuver through a course of bamboo poles. Along the way the tribes will pass through five gates. Making things more difficult, the tribe paths intersect at four points in the course, which could result in the two tribes colliding before reaching the finish line. The first tribe to get all their members across finish line wins Immunity.
Despite their renewed attitude, Ravu was not able to win the closely contested Immunity Challenge. At the Ravu camp, two heads were on the chopping block: Anthony for being seen as weak and Rocky for his obnoxious behavior. Things became tense at Tribal Council, when Anthony unleashed some pent up anger at Rocky. When it came to the vote, Anthony was voted out, and Lisi joined the Ravu tribe.
7 "An Evil Thought" March 29, 2007 13.71 4.5/14

Lisi joined the Ravu tribe after spending two days on Exile Island. Dreamz immediately saw Lisi as an outsider and the weakest person, as well as being annoying. Earl took his tribemates to try to retrieve Moto's stranded boat, leaving Yau-Man to search for the hidden immunity idol. Using Moto's digging tools, Yau-Man found the hidden immunity idol and vowed to share the idol with Earl.

  • Reward Challenge: Each tribe will use a flamethrower to launch fireballs at three separate targets. Each time they hit a target it will burst into flames. The first tribe to ignite all three of their targets wins a reward of traveling via seaplane, the winning tribe will be taken to a private Fijian arcade where they will enjoy an afternoon of foosball, bowling and billiards while consuming hotdogs and beer.

At the reward challenge, Dreamz's perfect aim led Ravu to finally break their losing streak. Ravu sent Earl to Exile Island, and they enjoyed their reward. After suffering stomachaches from gorging on too many hot dogs, Rocky (the only one who moderated and ended up without a stomachache) told them that "it is what it is." Although Lisi was planned as the next to go if Ravu lost immunity, the others were fed up with Rocky's harsh attitude and did not want to suffer the same fate as Anthony. Yau-Man made a fake hidden immunity idol and buried it where he found the real immunity idol, although not as deep so it will be easier to find.

  • Immunity Challenge: Each tribe will designate one person to be the caller while the rest of the tribe is blindfolded. One at a time, the caller will guide their tribe out into a field where five skulls are hanging. Using a Fijian war club one player must smash a skull, releasing a bundle of tiles trapped inside. While still blindfolded that player must then find the tiles, take them to their puzzle board and race back to the start. Then the next person will go. Once the tribes collect all five bundles of tiles, the entire tribe will race to unscramble the them and decipher a two-word phrase (Cannibal Isles). The first tribe to correctly solve the phrase wins Immunity.
At the immunity challenge, Ravu and Moto were neck and neck, but Moto finished the puzzle quicker to win immunity. Knowing she was next and wanting to keep herself in the game, Lisi told Alex the clues she got from Exile Island to the whereabouts to the hidden immunity idol on Ravu. Alex and Edgardo then concluded that they preferred Lisi's loyalty over Rocky's strength and attitude. Dreamz agreed with them, but Mookie still felt taking out physically strong Rocky was too risky and wanted the weaker Lisi out. In the end, loyalty outweighed physical strength as Rocky was voted out, becoming the first member of the jury.
8 "So You Think You Can Meke?" April 5, 2007 13.58 4.3/13

While Dreamz and Lisi slept, Alex, Edgardo, and Mookie found the hidden Immunity Idol using the clues that Lisi told Alex. The three men decided not to tell Dreamz or Lisi that they found the idol, though Lisi figured out that Alex told Mookie about the clues. Alex stated that they would share the idol, but Mookie made it clear that he had primary control of the idol because he dug it up. After Lisi mocked the idea that anyone else had found the idol, Mookie had some fun by helping her dig in the spot where he'd already found it.

  • Reward Challenge: Both tribes were taught a Meke, a traditional Fijian dance. Each tribe will perform this Meke in front of Fijian judges who are experts in Fijian dance. They will be judged on three criteria: appearance, authenticity and spirit. Winners will indulge in a Fijian feast of chicken, pork and seafood while enjoying Fijian entertainment.

At the Reward Challenge, both Moto and Ravu tied for both appearance and spirit, but Moto beat Ravu in the dance (moves and timing) category. Moto enjoyed a traditional Fijian feast with the natives while Ravu's morale sunk. Lisi struggled at Exile Island during the thunderstorm.

  • Immunity Challenge: Using three different weapons, tribes will test their skills. The first round is blowing darts, one shot per tribe member, and whoever gets closest to the bull’s eye scores one point for their tribe. The second round is spear throwing; the closest to the bull’s eye scores two points for their tribe. For the final round they would shoot a bow and arrow, with the tribe member to hit closest to the bull’s eye scoring three points. The tribe with the most points wins Immunity.
Moto continued their winning streak by winning all three rounds of the immunity challenge, with Yau-Man showing off some unorthodox but successful techniques in spear throwing and archery. A frustrated Lisi told her tribe that she wanted to be voted out, which made Dreamz happy because he'd never gotten along with her. Lisi then changed her mind and hoped that Alex and Edgardo would vote out Dreamz, but the tribe had enough and decided to vote out Lisi.
9 "Are We Gonna Live on Exile Island?!" April 12, 2007 14.25 4.5/13

On day 22, the tribes received tree mail that told them to paddle immediately to Exile Island and to not take any of their rewards with them. When they arrived, they discovered a box in the tower on the island with purple buffs and a note telling them that they were now a merged tribe and they were to return to the Moto camp. When they arrived, everything had been removed and the castaways would have to rebuild from scratch. All the castaways started scrambling for new alliances or tried to bring back together old ones. Michelle chose the name Bula Bula for the merged tribe, meaning "hello hello." At the combined Reward and Immunity Challenge, the castaways were randomly split into two competing teams consisting of a green team (Alex, Dreamz, Michelle, Mookie, and Stacy) and an orange team (Boo, Cassandra, Earl, Edgardo, and Yau-Man). The winning team would be immune and not attend Tribal Council, and the losing team would immediately open a note containing instructions.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Shown a large Fijian mask, teams are to memorize the symbols and their arrangement on the mask. Teams will paddle down a river to three stations to retrieve three bundles of puzzle pieces. Once they have retrieved all three bundles, they'll paddle to the finish where two tribe members from each team will then use those pieces to construct six of the symbols from their Fijian mask. The team would then have to place the six symbols on the correct positions on their team mask. The first team to place the symbols in the correct order on their team mask wins a feast of massive slabs of steak, veggies and seasoning, and a few bottles of wine.
Leading from the start, the orange team won the combined Reward and Immunity Challenge, leaving Alex, Dreamz, Michelle, Mookie, and Stacy to go to Tribal Council. The note revealed that they were to go to Tribal Council immediately and were not allowed to discuss anything or strategize. When they got to Tribal Council, Jeff asked each Survivor to tell him a good reason to vote out another castaway. Through this, Alex implied that he was voting for Michelle. Dreamz decided to also vote for Michelle, and she was sent to the jury.
10 "It's a Turtle?!" April 19, 2007 13.33 4.5/13

After half the tribe returned from the previous Tribal Council, tensions were high as everyone knew the next vote would decide the game between the two alliances: Earl and Yau-Man's Ravu alliance, and Moto's "Four Horseman." Michelle's ouster caused Boo, Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man to regroup and make a new strategy.

  • Reward Challenge: After answering a series of questions in private, Jeff will ask the questions again, but this time Survivors will guess what the tribe as a whole answered. Each time someone gets an answer correct, they will smash a tower belonging to another tribe member. When all three towers are gone, that person is out of the game. The last person standing wins a huge barbecue and a night aboard a 70-foot luxury yacht.

Cassandra won the first individual Reward Challenge, sending Mookie to Exile Island, and bringing along Boo, Dreamz, and Yau-Man on a private yacht trip. During the challenge, which involved each tribe member guessing which competitors were named by the others for numerous questions, Stacy received several negative titles, including "Who do you NOT want to see after the game is over?" and "Who wasted this great opportunity?". On the yacht, Cassandra and Yau-Man talked Dreamz into their alliance.

  • Immunity Challenge: The survivors will use their arms to brace themselves between two walls, while their feet are positioned on very narrow footholds. Every 30 minutes Survivors will step down to an even smaller foothold. When they reach the third and final foothold they will stay there as long as they can. When someone falls off, they’re out. The main rule: no hips, no back, and no butts. Arms and feet only. Last person standing wins individual Immunity.

The first individual Immunity Challenge was won by Yau-Man. In the ensuing scramble to decide the vote at Tribal Council, the self-titled "Four Horsemen" of Alex, Dreamz, Edgardo, and Mookie figured that Earl must have the other hidden Immunity Idol and planned to vote him off. Both Alex and Yau-Man tried to convince Stacy to join their alliances. In the end, Stacy sided with Yau-Man. Alex, Edgardo, and Mookie told Dreamz that they found the hidden immunity idol at Ravu, which caused Dreamz to waver because they kept it a secret from him.

Dreamz jumped sides and told Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man that Mookie had found an Immunity Idol. Initially, the group of Boo, Cassandra, Dreamz, Earl, Stacy, and Yau-Man decided to target Alex. Feeling threatened, Alex asked Mookie to discretely give him the hidden Immunity Idol for protection at Tribal Council. Dreamz noticed this exchange and told the Earl's alliance of the swap, and the same group decided to change the target to Mookie. Edgardo later suggested to the Four Horsemen that they vote off Cassandra instead, as she was a strong middle player in the game and if Earl did have the Immunity Idol, their plan may backfire. Seeing that Dreamz may have been playing both sides of the game and hoping to improve her standing with her critical teammates, Stacy suggested to Boo, Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man that they vote off Edgardo and not tell Dreamz about this change; regardless of whether Alex and Mookie had the idol (facts unsure by Dreamz's double-sided dealings), Edgardo would be left unprotected and be voted off if the 5-member alliance held. This would also confirm whether Dreamz was trustworthy and cost the Four Horsemen use of the idol. At Tribal Council, Alex played the hidden Immunity Idol, but for naught as he received no votes, and the Earl-led alliance stuck to their plan and voted out Edgardo. Jeff noted the Immunity Idol would be re-hidden with new clues available on Exile Island.
11 "Blackmail or Betrayal" April 26, 2007 13.83 4.6/14

With Edgardo gone and Dreamz having defected, the "Four Horsemen" alliance collapsed. Alex and Mookie confronted Dreamz about why he double crossed them at Tribal Council, but Dre tried to cover because he noted he needed their votes if he was to make it further in the game.

  • Reward Challenge: The tribe will be randomly divided into two teams, and one person from each team will launch balls from a platform out into the muddy field. The other teammates will attempt to catch the ball using a basket. Each time someone catches a ball they score a point for their team, regardless of which team's ball they catch. The first team to score five points wins. For the reward, a seaplane will take the winning team to a luxury spa resort where they will have a hot shower, dinner and a night in a bed.

Boo struggled in the Reward Challenge when he injured his knee, but he popped it back into place and continued playing. Alex, Dreamz, Earl, and Stacy won the reward and sent Boo to Exile Island. At the spa, Alex scrambled to see if he could get any support from his fellow tribemates, but he could not. Alex and Mookie figured that Yau-Man had the other hidden Immunity Idol from the Moto camp and confirmed this when they searched through his personal belongings. They plotted to confront Yau-Man about the idol at Tribal Council to either get him to lie about having the idol or stir up trouble by casting doubt among his alliance. However, Cassandra and Stacy were nearby, attempting to eavesdrop on the conversation. Although they only heard small parts of the conversation and didn't learn exactly what their adversaries were planning, they were spotted by Mookie and Alex, who then decided to confront Yau-Man immediately. They attempted to blackmail Yau-Man into telling his alliance about the hidden Immunity Idol or they would tell them. Yau-Man decided to tell the members of his alliance, but the strongest reaction was anger that Alex and Mookie went through Yau-Man's personal bag.

  • Immunity Challenge: Testing their memory, each Survivor will secretly select three squares on a grid, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The goal is to knock out their opposing teammate by guessing squares and bombing them one by one. The last person with squares still left on the board wins individual Immunity.
At the Immunity Challenge, Stacy won immunity by taking out Yau-Man and Alex. Boo convinced his alliance that it would be better to split the votes between Alex and Mookie, just in case either of them had found the remaining idol, even though neither of them had any clues about the rehidden idol. At Tribal Council, it was admitted openly that Yau-Man had the hidden Immunity Idol and that Alex and Mookie were on the outside. The six-person alliance held to their plan of splitting their vote between Mookie and Alex, but Alex voted against Mookie to successfully avoid a tie. Mookie became the fifth member of the jury, leaving Alex the sole outsider remaining.
12 "A Smile, Velvet Gloves and a Dagger in My Pocket" May 3, 2007 13.74 4.6/14

Alex went into self-declared "ninja" mode trying to stay out of everybody's way and just observing the others looking for possible ways to continue in the game. Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man discussed the options for who is the fourth member of the "Core Four" alliance with Cassandra and Earl preferring Dreamz and Yau-Man preferring Stacy.

  • Reward Challenge: Using only their teeth, Survivors will rip pieces of meat off large chunks of pork, filling their individual plates. The three with the most meat on their plates wins a trip to a Fijian rain forest for a river rafting adventure. The person with the most meat on their plate would receive an advantage in the next Immunity Challenge.

At the Reward Challenge, the winner and the first two runners-up were taken on a river rafting excursion. The winner of the challenge also received an advantage to the next Immunity Challenge. Boo won the challenge by a wide margin with Yau-Man and Dreamz as runners-up. Boo selected Earl to go back to Exile Island. In a surprise, the three castaways on the trip received letters from home. Alex noticed the others complaining about Boo being too talkative, so he approached Dreamz about convincing the others to vote Boo out before Alex.

  • Immunity Challenge: Survivors will race to dig up three climbing steps buried randomly in the sand. The first two people to find their climbing steps and cross the finish line will join Boo in the final stage. There they will use those climbing steps to ascend to the top of a 12-foot pole and retrieve their flag. The first person to retrieve their flag at the top of the pole wins individual Immunity.
At the Immunity Challenge, Boo's advantage turned out to be a free pass to the final round of the challenge, where he was joined by Dreamz and Alex. However, the energy expended by Alex and Dreamz was too much for them to overcome and Boo won Individual Immunity for the first time. With Boo winning immunity, Alex tried to convince Cassandra, Dreamz, and Earl that now was the time to vote out Yau-Man, but his efforts were for naught and he was unanimously voted out.
13 "I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal" May 10, 2007 13.77 4.4/14

Boo made himself a hideout near the well to overhear conversations thinking that he would be the next one voted out. Earl discussed with his alliance that Boo would be indeed the next voted out.

  • Reward Challenge: Split into groups of three and tied together, they will maneuver over a series of see-saws, climb up and through a cargo net tower to a sand pit, dig up a hatchet and chop through a rope to release a box. The first team to release the box wins reward. In addition, those three will also compete against each other in a hatchet-throwing contest for the keys of the 2008 Ford Super Duty. The winning team will drive in the truck, delivering the box as well as a trailer carrying a mobile school office to a local Fijian school. While there, they will have a picnic lunch with the children.

At the Reward Challenge, Yau-Man won a new truck, but then dealt the truck to Dreamz in exchange for Individual Immunity should Dreamz win Individual Immunity at a prospective final four. Yau-Man also decided to send himself to Exile Island. In his new truck, Dreamz, Boo, and Stacy delivered school supplies and a teacher's office to the local school as part of the reward. After Dreamz returned from the trip, he plotted with Cassandra and Stacy to vote out Yau-Man after realizing what Yau-Man's strategy was regarding giving him the truck, also noting that the deal wouldn't be broken if he voted out Yau-Man before the final four.

  • Immunity Challenge: On platforms in the ocean, Survivors will toss a ball attached to a rope into a hoop to pull down a balance beam. From there, they'll cross to the finish. The first four will move on and do it again, with the first two to cross moving into the final round. They'll once again lower a balance beam, then move onto another beam to a small perch. Balancing on that perch, they will use a grappling hook to fish for a buoy. The first one to raise their buoy wins Individual Immunity.
At the Immunity Challenge, Boo, Dreamz, Earl and Yau-Man moved on to the second round. Yau-Man and Boo then moved on to the final round. Boo won immunity for the second time in a row, throwing the alliance's plans into disarray. Earl found the Hidden Immunity Idol using the third clue that Yau-Man received. Feeling bad vibes leading up to Tribal Council and Stacy's hinting that his alliance would split a vote, Yau-Man played his Hidden Immunity Idol. The plans to eliminate Yau-Man backfired as the four votes cast against him were negated, and a surprised Stacy was voted out.
14 "You've Got That Puzzled Look" May 13, 2007 13.63 4.6/13

After Tribal Council, Earl tried to figure out his standing with his alliance after he was kept out of the loop about the plan to vote Yau-Man out.

  • Immunity Challenge: Survivors will make their way blindfolded through a massive five-section maze. Each will be assigned a uniquely shaped medallion, negotiating the maze till they find a key station. They will feel for the shape that matches their medallion to retrieve their specific key. After making their way to the correct drawbridge they will use their key to unlock it, lower it and cross over to the next section of the maze. If they get lost at any point, there are guide posts in each section of the maze that would help them to find their way. The first person to get all five keys and cross all five drawbridges wins Immunity.

At the Immunity Challenge, Yau-Man won immunity. Boo tried to stay in the game by trying to persuade Earl and Yau-Man to vote out Dreamz, but he did not succeed and Boo was voted out.

  • Immunity Challenge: Survivors will lie on their backs on an elevated plank at an angle holding onto a wooden handle. Making things more difficult, water will stream out of a barrel, making the plank slippery. They would start at a 35° angle at the beginning of the challenge. Every five minutes, Jeff will increase the angle of the plank, making it steeper and harder to hang onto. When they can’t hang on any longer, they'll let go and slide down the plank, landing in a pool of water. If the castaway slides down the plank, they would be eliminated from the challenge. The last person hanging on wins Individual Immunity.
The final Immunity Challenge was won by Dreamz when he outlasted Yau-Man. At Tribal Council, Dreamz reneged on his agreement with Yau-Man to hand over the immunity necklace as Dreamz, correctly, felt that if he handed the necklace over, he would be voted out. Dreamz kept the immunity necklace in the end. With Yau-Man's agreement broken, he was voted out. At the final Tribal Council, the jury saw Dreamz as disloyal and deceptive, Cassandra as greedy and undeserving, and Earl being the only one of the three that played the game respectably. Earl received the unanimous vote of the jury and became the fourteenth Sole Survivor.
15 "Reunion" May 13, 2007
The castaways return to discuss the season with host, Jeff Probst.

Voting history[edit]

Pre-Merge
Original Tribes Switched Tribes
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Day 3 6 8 10 11 14 16 19 21
Eliminated Jessica Erica Sylvia Gary Liliana Rita Anthony Rocky Lisi
Votes 6–1–1–1 6–2 4–3–1 None12 6–1–1 5–2 5–1 4–2 4–1
Voter Vote
Earl Jessica Exiled11 Sylvia Rita
Cassandra Lisi
Dreamz Liliana Anthony Rocky Lisi
Yau-Man Jessica Erica Sylvia Rita
Boo Liliana
Stacy Liliana
Alex Liliana Anthony Rocky Lisi
Mookie Jessica Erica Anthony Rita Anthony Lisi Lisi
Edgardo Liliana Anthony Rocky Lisi
Michelle Jessica Erica Sylvia Anthony
Lisi Liliana Exiled13 Rocky Dreamz
Rocky Mookie Erica Anthony Rita Anthony Lisi
Anthony Jessica Sylvia Sylvia Rita Rocky
Rita Jessica Erica Earl Anthony
Liliana Cassandra
Gary
Sylvia Exiled10 Erica Anthony
Erica Yau-Man Sylvia
Jessica Rita
Post-Merge

^10 Sylvia was given the task of dividing the tribes. She was sent to Exile Island and told she would join whichever tribe lost the Immunity Challenge after that tribe voted off a member. Because Ravu lost the Immunity Challenge, Sylvia became a member of Ravu.
^11 Earl was exiled in episode two and did not return to his tribe until after Tribal Council, meaning he could not be voted out or participate in the vote.
^12 No vote: Gary was evacuated due to medical reasons.
^13 Lisi was not picked in the tribal switch. She was sent to Exile Island and would join the tribe that lost the Immunity Challenge. Because Ravu lost the challenge, Lisi became a member of Ravu.
^14 Half of Bula Bula was immune due to winning the Reward/Immunity Challenge, therefore was not present at Tribal Council and did not participate in the vote.
^15 Yau-Man played the hidden Immunity Idol, therefore the four votes against him were not counted.

Filming locations[edit]

Survivor: Fiji was filmed in the eastern region of the Macuata province, on Fiji's second largest island, Vanua Levu, about 15 miles (24 km) from the town of Labasa. Tribal Council, the production camp ("Tent City"), and several challenges were located in close proximity to the village of Vunivutu. Other challenges were held on Katawaqa Island, Tivi Island, Vatudamu Point, and fields along the Wainikoro River. The Moto (and later Bula Bula) tribe lived on a peninsula in Vunivutu Bay, while the Ravu tribe lived on Druadrua Island under much harsher conditions. Exile Island's actual name is Sausau Island. Reward getaways included trips to the Namale Resort and Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort in the town of Savusavu, as well as a rafting excursion on the Navua River on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu.

Political turmoil in Fiji[edit]

On December 5, 2006 (two days before the final Tribal Council), a coup d'état was initiated by Fiji's military leader, Frank Bainimarama. While there was some speculation that a full evacuation of the Survivor crew members from Fiji would take place, only a few crew members on the mainland were relocated to the second-smallest island. However, the political turmoil prior to the coup did prevent the families of the cast members from coming to Fiji to participate in a reward challenge (as usually occurs on Survivor) that occurred towards the end of filming.

References[edit]

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