Survivor: David vs. Goliath

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Survivor: David vs. Goliath
Survivor David vs Goliath.png
Presented byJeff Probst
No. of days39
No. of castaways20
WinnerNick Wilson
Runner-upMike White
LocationMamanuca Islands, Fiji
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 26 (2018-09-26) –
December 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)
Additional information
Filming datesMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29) – May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)
Season chronology
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Survivor: David vs. Goliath is the 37th season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season features 20 new contestants divided into two tribes embodied by two biblical figures: "David", composed of ten underdogs who constantly have to overcome obstacles, and "Goliath", composed of ten overachievers who have used their advantages in life to excel in their fields. The season premiered on September 26, 2018, with an extended 90-minute episode,[1] and concluded with a live season finale on December 19, 2018, where Nick Wilson was named the winner over Mike White and Angelina Keeley in a 7–3–0 vote.

This season was the sixth to be filmed in Fiji.[2] Due to Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni striking during the season's filming, the castaways and crew were evacuated for two days, the second such occurrence on Survivor following Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, which had also been filmed in Fiji two years earlier.[3]

A DVD release of the season was released by Amazon.com on July 17, 2019.

Contestants[edit]

Notable contestants from this season include filmmaker and two-time The Amazing Race contestant Mike White, and professional wrestler and Tough Enough III co-winner John Hennigan.

List of Survivor: David vs. Goliath contestants
Contestant Original tribe Switched tribe[a] Merged tribe Finish
Pat Cusack
41, Watervliet, New York
David Medically evacuated
Day 3
Jessica Peet
19, Lakeland, Florida
David 1st voted out
Day 6
Jeremy Crawford
39, New York City, New York
Goliath 2nd voted out
Day 9
Bi Nguyen
28, Houston, Texas
David Quit
Day 10
Natalia Azoqa
26, Irvine, California
Goliath Vuku 3rd voted out
Day 11
Natalie Cole
57, Los Angeles, California
Goliath Jabeni 4th voted out
Day 15
Lyrsa Torres
36, Boston, Massachusetts
David Jabeni 5th voted out
Day 17
Elizabeth Olson
31, Longview, Texas
David Vuku Kalokalo 6th voted out
1st jury member
Day 20
John Hennigan
38, Los Angeles, California
Goliath Tiva 7th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 22
Dan Rengering
28, Gainesville, Florida
Goliath Tiva 8th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 25
Alec Merlino
24, San Clemente, California
Goliath Vuku 9th voted out
4th jury member
Day 28
Carl Boudreaux
41, Houston, Texas
David Vuku[b] 10th voted out
5th jury member
Day 30
Gabby Pascuzzi
25, Denver, Colorado
David Tiva 11th voted out
6th jury member
Day 32
Christian Hubicki
32, Tallahassee, Florida
David Tiva 12th voted out
7th jury member
Day 35
Davie Rickenbacker
30, Atlanta, Georgia
David Vuku 13th voted out
8th jury member
Day 36
Alison Raybould
28, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Goliath Tiva 14th voted out
9th jury member
Day 37
Kara Kay
30, San Diego, California
Goliath Vuku Eliminated
10th jury member
Day 38
Angelina Keeley
28, San Clemente, California
Goliath Jabeni 2nd runner-up
Mike White
47, Los Angeles, California
Goliath Jabeni Runner-up
Nick Wilson
27, Williamsburg, Kentucky
David Jabeni Sole Survivor
Notes
  1. ^ After the tribe switch, the David and Goliath tribes were renamed to Vuku and Jabeni, respectively.
  2. ^ Carl was initially exiled after not drawing a buff during the tribe swap. He joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Vuku, directly after their Tribal Council.

Future appearances[edit]

Nick Wilson will return for Survivor: Winners at War.[4]

Season summary[edit]

The 20 new castaways were divided into two tribes based on adversity: David (underdogs) and Goliath (overachievers). Due to a series of injuries, the David tribe were down in numbers when the tribes were shuffled; on all three new tribes, the Goliaths held the majority. However, the Davids were able to take advantage of the dissension among the Goliaths, working with them to eliminate several Goliaths.

The Goliaths entered the merge in the majority. While the Goliaths tried to decimate the David alliance, the Davids’ sharp strategizing and well-timed playing of advantages put them in the majority. Christian and Gabby then betrayed their David alliance to eliminate Carl, which ultimately turned the other Davids against them; Mike from the Goliath alliance used the opportunity to lead the charge to eliminate the rest of the Davids. However, Nick from the David tribe won the last three immunity challenges, making his way to the end of the game with Goliaths Mike and Angelina. The jury respected Nick's social game and ability to fight his way out of being an underdog more than Mike's late-game strategic emergence and Angelina's manipulative gameplay, resulting in Nick's victory.

Challenge winners and eliminations by episodes
Episode title Original air date Challenge winner(s) Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
"Appearances are Deceiving" September 26, 2018 David Pat Medically evacuated
Day 3
Goliath
"The Chicken Has Flown the Coop" October 3, 2018 Goliath Jessica 1st voted out
Day 6
"I Am Goliath Strong" October 10, 2018 David Jeremy 2nd voted out
Day 9
"Time to Bring About the Charmpocalypse" October 17, 2018 Carl[a] Bi Quit
Day 10
Tiva Natalia 3rd voted out
Day 11
Jabeni
"Jackets and Eggs" October 24, 2018 Vuku Vuku Natalie 4th voted out
Day 15
Jabeni Tiva
"Aren’t Brochachos Just Adorable?" October 31, 2018 Tiva Tiva Lyrsa 5th voted out
Day 17
Jabeni Vuku
"There's Gonna Be Tears Shed" November 7, 2018 None[b] Alison Elizabeth 6th voted out
1st jury member
Day 20
"You Get What You Give" November 14, 2018 Alec,
Alison,
Christian,
Gabby,
John,
Nick
Dan John 7th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 22
"Breadth-First Search" November 21, 2018 Alec,
Dan,
Davie,
Kara,
Mike
Alec Dan 8th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 25
"Tribal Lines Are Blurred" November 28, 2018 Alec,
Alison,
Christian,
Gabby,
Mike
Christian Alec 9th voted out
4th jury member
Day 28
Carl,
Davie,
Kara,
Mike
Davie Carl 10th voted out
5th jury member
Day 30
"So Smart They're Dumb" December 5, 2018 Angelina,
Nick
[Davie,
Mike]
Kara Gabby 11th voted out
6th jury member
Day 32
"Are You Feeling Lucky?" December 12, 2018 Davie
[Kara,
Nick]
Mike Christian 12th voted out
7th jury member
Day 35
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" December 19, 2018 Nick
[Angelina,
Mike]
Davie 13th voted out
8th jury member
Day 36
None Nick Alison 14th voted out
9th jury member
Day 37
Nick
[Angelina][c]
Kara Eliminated[c]
10th jury member
Day 38
"Reunion Special" Jury vote
Angelina 2nd runner-up
Mike Runner-up
Nick Sole Survivor
  1. ^ Carl drew a package without a buff during the tribe swap. As a result, he was exiled and joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Vuku, directly after their Tribal Council.
  2. ^ There was no reward challenge due to the merge.
  3. ^ a b For winning the final Immunity Challenge, Nick had to assign additional immunity to another castaway, with the remaining two competing in a fire-making challenge to determine the third finalist; he gave additional immunity to Angelina, and Mike defeated Kara in the fire-making challenge.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleRating/share
(18-49)
Weekly
rank
Original air dateUS viewers
(millions)
5411"Appearances are Deceiving"1.7/7[5]N/ASeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)7.83[5]

Host Jeff Probst explained the theme of the season before asking the Goliath tribe to choose who they perceived to be the weakest man and weakest woman on the David tribe, and to choose their own strongest man and strongest woman. They picked Christian & Lyrsa from the Davids and John & Alison from their tribe to run a reward challenge. The Davids got to choose which tribe completed which task in the challenge.

  • Reward Challenge: One pair from each tribe will have to cross either a balance beam over water, plank bridge, or two person balance beam, then go through a crawl under, net tunnel, or rope tunnel, then transfer 30 sandbags from one platform to another, complete a slide puzzle, or complete a 15 piece puzzle. Once they are done, they will climb out to get a shelter-making kit. The first tribe to get the kit wins it.

Christian's quick solving of the slide puzzle led him and Lyrsa to win the kit for the Davids. At their camp, Pat took charge of building the shelter, but his bossy nature got on some of his tribemates' nerves. Nick spent more time making alliances rather than helping at camp, which frustrated Carl. Bonds formed between Christian & Gabby, Elizabeth & Lyrsa, and Carl & Davie. On Goliath, Dan felt an attraction towards Kara, while Natalia was put off by Natalie's orders to build the shelter despite not working herself. Everyone searched for an idol, which Dan, Kara, and Natalia eventually found, and Dan kept. Throughout the first few days, heavy rain pounded both tribes.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Castaways will have to sprint through an obstacle to a sand pit where one person from each tribe will have to dig under a log. After getting through the log, the first person will grab a machete and chop rope to release a set of ladders. The second tribe will have to untie knots instead. They will then pole vault on a platform. Once everyone is across the pole vault, they will then need to solve a number puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle wins immunity and flint.

Goliath held off David's comeback to win immunity. The boat ride back to the David camp encountered rough waters, and Pat sustained a back injury that required the medical team's attention. Medical decided that Pat's injury was too severe for him to continue, and they evacuated him from the game. Jeff then cancelled Tribal Council and gave David flint. The epilogue at the end of Pat's final words revealed that he received treatment after production for this season concluded, and has since made a full recovery.

5422"The Chicken Has Flown the Coop"1.5/7[6]N/AOctober 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)7.27[6]

The cyclone continued through the night, and Jeff provided a firemaking kit and tarp to each tribe. At the David camp, Christian and Nick aligned, and Davie found an idol. Carl, wanting to keep the tribe strong, targeted Lyrsa. Elizabeth warned Lyrsa that she was in danger, and she targeted Carl in retaliation. At the Goliath camp, Dan and Kara's connection raised red flags with their tribemates. Jeremy found Dan's idol hidden in his coat and told Mike about it. Still, most of the tribe affirmed their desire to vote out Natalie, but John told her that she was a target, in an attempt to align with her. Jeremy then tried to convince Natalie to change her ways, but it only made him want to target her more.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: One member from each tribe will climb a ladder using two rungs to retrieve a key, which will unlock their boat. They will then paddle out to retrieve bags of puzzle pieces and return to shore where five castaways will need to balance a table and complete a block puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle wins immunity and a fishing kit.

Goliath won the grueling challenge. Bi and Jessica told Gabby that Lyrsa would go home, but Gabby was paranoid over the lack of further information. Elizabeth suggested targeting Jessica for her social connections to Carl, Bi, and Davie. Christian and Nick were the swing votes; at Tribal Council, they voted against Jessica, sending her out of the game.

5433"I Am Goliath Strong"1.6/7[7]19[8]October 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)7.65[7]

After returning from Tribal Council, Bi blamed Gabby for Jessica’s blindside, and Nick played off of that to keep the heat off him. Christian and Gabby continued to bond. At the Goliath camp, a paranoid Jeremy held a tribal meeting to put an end to the side conversations happening within the tribe, and his feud with Natalie continued. Mike became wary of Jeremy's behavior, and considered turning against him.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: One member of each tribe would have to untangle a rope. Then, three members would have to work together to untangle three ropes. Following this, two members of each tribe would attempt to use the ropes to lasso and pull in a platform on which two members will build a four-piece pyramid puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle wins immunity and comfort items.

David won the challenge. Bi sprained her MCL, but was cleared by medical to continue. Most of the Goliaths were set to vote out Natalie, but Angelina vehemently campaigned for Jeremy’s elimination, arguing that he would become a bigger threat in the future. At Tribal Council, Angelina got her way, and Jeremy was unanimously voted out.

5444"Time to Bring About the Charmpocalypse"1.4/6[9]22[10]October 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)7.21[9]

When the tribes congregated on day 10, Bi announced her withdrawal from the game due to her MCL sprain, not wanting to risk further damage as an athlete. After Bi left, a tribe swap took place. The David and Goliath tribes were respectively renamed Vuku and Jabeni, while a third tribe, Tiva, was introduced. Vuku consisted of Alec, Davie, Elizabeth, Kara, and Natalia. Jabeni consisted of Angelina, Lyrsa, Mike, Natalie, and Nick. Tiva consisted of Alison, Christian, Dan, Gabby, and John. Carl was exiled after drawing an empty package, and the Goliaths held a 3-2 majority on all three tribes.

On Exile Island, Carl followed a clue to a new advantage called an idol nullifier. He would play it against a person he believed would play an idol at any given Tribal Council, and if he was correct, the idol would be voided. If he was wrong, the advantage would be wasted and remain anonymous. At Vuku, Davie tried to get Alec on his side, while Elizabeth bonded with Kara, to Natalia’s chagrin. At Jabeni, Natalie’s bossiness persisted, while Nick and Mike aligned. At Tiva, Christian befriended Dan and John, and Gabby felt like she was on the outs.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: One member from each tribe would sit on a wheelbarrow, directing two blindfolded members to push them through a series of obstacles: first a set of speed bumps, then a maze, and finally a balance beam. At the end of the beam, the caller would retrieve a ball, then direct the two other blindfolded members to navigate the ball through a table maze and into a slot. The first two tribes to get their ball into the slot would win immunity, but the first tribe to finish would also win a reward of pastries and coffee.

Tiva placed first and Jabeni placed second. Elizabeth immediately had Davie help her look for an idol, but unbeknownst to her, he had already found it at that campsite. The Goliaths initially decided to stick together, which prompted Davie to tell them that Elizabeth targeted Natalia, in an effort to save himself. However, this increased Natalia’s paranoia, and Alec considered siding with the Davids to blindside her. At Tribal Council, Alec began whispering to Elizabeth, much to his Goliath allies' surprise. He decided to betray the Goliath alliance, voting with Davie and Elizabeth to eliminate a bitter Natalia, who falsely believed Kara was in on the plan. Carl then joined the Vuku tribe, giving the Davids a 3-2 advantage.

5455"Jackets and Eggs"1.5/6[11]23[12]October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)7.37[11]

The morning after Natalia’s blindside, Kara questioned her place in the game and felt like an outcast. Another cyclone rocked the camps; all the castaways were evacuated to a safe location, putting the game on hold. After the storm subsided, all three camps were completely demolished.

  • Reward Challenge: Two tribe members will use poles to knock out sandbags from an overhanging net. Once they have all their sandbags, they will untie a slingshot used to get the sandbags into two baskets, which will raise a flag. The first tribe to finish wins chickens, and the second tribe to finish wins a dozen eggs.

Vuku placed first and Jabeni placed second. At Jabeni, Natalie and Lyrsa argued over when to boil the eggs. At Vuku, Kara threw Alec under the bus to the former Davids, causing Elizabeth to mistrust Kara. At Tiva, Dan, John, and Christian formed an alliance they dubbed the “Brochachos.” Dan searched for an idol at the new camp and found a clue saying the idol was hidden at the challenge.

  • Immunity Challenge: Tribes will have to race over an obstacle. They will then need to raise a ladder, where one person will take a rope, which the remaining members will use to close a bridge. Once they are across the bridge and down a fireman's pole, one person will need to untie a bag containing a ball. They will then use the ball and attempt to navigate it through a vertical snake maze to get the ball into a slot. The first two tribes to complete the maze win immunity.

Vuku placed first and Tiva placed second, and Dan was able to snatch the idol without being caught. The Goliaths initially agreed on voting out Lyrsa, but Nick was offended when Angelina and Natalie asked for his or Lyrsa’s jacket in exchange for sparing them; he and Lyrsa then tried to convince Mike to turn against Natalie. At Tribal Council, Mike cast the deciding vote against Natalie, sending her out of the game.

5466"Aren’t Brochachos Just Adorable?"1.3/6[13]24[14]October 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)7.06[13]

The following morning, Angelina revealed her vote against Lyrsa was just a ruse to try and get Natalie’s jacket, turning the tribe against her. At Tiva, Christian tried to catch some fish but came up empty-handed.

  • Reward Challenge: One tribe member from each tribe is strapped to a bag full of coconuts, which is carried by the remaining three members of the tribe. They will race out to the beach, where the person strapped will climb over an obstacle to get four rings on a balance beam, while the other tribe members will need to hold up the coconut bag in order to create slack. They will then toss the rings onto four pegs; the first tribe to do this wins cooking utensils, spices, herbs, and kebabs. The second tribe to finish wins two kebabs.

Tiva placed first and Jabeni came from way behind to place second after Vuku blew their massive lead during the tossing stage. At Tiva, Gabby confided in Alison about her fears of being on the bottom, and they bonded. At Vuku, the bamboo on the shelter bed was a strain on Elizabeth’s already sore back, and her attempts to resolve the situation put her at odds with Carl and Davie.

  • Immunity Challenge: Tribes will need to carry a large saucer to a water tower to fill it with water. They will then need to carry it back to fill a well to release puzzle pieces. The first two tribes to finish their puzzle on the saucer win immunity.

Tiva and Vuku blew out Jabeni. Lyrsa showed hesitance to work with Angelina when asked, making Angelina target her in retaliation. Lyrsa tried to turn Mike against Angelina, while Angelina tried to turn Nick against Lyrsa. Mike and Nick weighed their options; at Tribal Council, they voted to eliminate Lyrsa from the game, giving the Goliaths the overall majority.

5477"There's Gonna Be Tears Shed"1.6/7[15]15[16]November 7, 2018 (2018-11-07)7.69[15]

On day 18, the three tribes merged on Tiva’s beach. Carl told Angelina about Alec flipping on Natalia before beginning to rally votes against Elizabeth. Dan and Kara were reunited, and some of the Goliaths (especially Angelina and Dan) wanted to stick to original tribal lines. Angelina campaigned against Christian as the perceived leader of the Davids. However, Alec had other ideas and established a cross-tribe alliance between himself, Alison and Mike from the Goliaths and Christian, Gabby and Nick from the Davids; Christian dubbed the alliance the "Strike Force." Elizabeth was annoyed by Dan and Kara whispering late into the night and told Alec that she was considering blindsiding Dan, but Alec told Dan, which set him against Elizabeth.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways must swing a long pendulum through a frame around a statue while standing on a beam. If at any point their statue tips over, their pendulum stops moving, or they step off the beam, they are eliminated from the challenge. The last person standing wins immunity.

Alison outlasted Elizabeth to win immunity. Dan convinced the Goliath alliance to change their target back to Elizabeth; though Angelina continued to rally against Christian, her Goliath tribemates were unwilling to change their minds. Upset about not getting her way and feeling like her allies were undermining her, Angelina told Elizabeth about the other Goliaths targeting her. An angry Elizabeth then went to Gabby, who pitched an idea to blindside Angelina. At Tribal Council, Angelina was accused of jury management (particularly by Gabby) when asked about her conversation with Elizabeth, but ultimately, Elizabeth was unanimously sent to the jury.

5488"You Get What You Give"1.4/6[17]25[18]November 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)7.20[17]

After Tribal Council, Angelina lied to her tribemates saying Elizabeth went to her about who the target was, but everyone saw through her ruse. The next morning, Mike questioned Gabby's commitment to the Strike Force due to her comments at the previous Tribal Council, and considered betraying the alliance. Davie and Nick found a clue to an advantage, which Nick found with Carl's help; the advantage gave Nick the ability to steal another player's vote at an upcoming Tribal Council, prohibiting them from voting and allowing him to vote twice. Carl also told Davie and Nick about his idol nullifier, but Davie stayed quiet about his hidden immunity idol.

  • Reward Challenge: Divided into two teams of six via schoolyard pick, each castaway has to hold a ten pound sandbag tied to a trough above them. Every fifteen minutes one person must drop out of the challenge, giving their bag to someone else on their team. The team that outlasts the other wins twelve pizzas back at camp.

Alec, Alison, Christian, Gabby, John, and Nick won reward. Mike pulled aside the rest of the Goliaths and suggested targeting Christian for his strong gameplay, which Angelina took as sexism due to a man suggesting the same idea she did and getting more people on board with it.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways must stand on a small perch while holding a buoy with two handles. The last person left standing wins immunity.

Dan won immunity. Angelina was paranoid over the possibility of Christian having an idol, and Alec told Nick that Christian was in danger. Nick and Davie debated playing their advantages to save Christian, but were hesitant to use them so early in the game. At Tribal Council, Nick chose not to use his vote stealer, but Davie played his idol on Christian. Angelina begged Dan to do the same for her, which he did. The Goliaths' seven votes against Christian were nullified. The Davids split their votes between John and Angelina; Carl and Gabby's votes against Angelina were negated, but Christian, Davie and Nick's votes against John sent him to the jury.

5499"Breadth-First Search"1.3/6[19]18[20]November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)7.09[19]

After John's blindside, Alec, Alison, and Kara held a discussion on the beach to regroup, making Dan feel left out. After a disagreement, Kara distanced herself from Dan.

  • Reward Challenge: Randomly divided into 2 teams of 5 (with one castaway having no chance at reward), castaways must traverse an obstacle course, solve a combination lock, and complete a snake puzzle to win a feast of burgers and beverages.

Alec, Dan, Davie, Kara, and Mike won reward. Gabby tried to turn Alison against Dan, while Mike affirmed his desire to stay loyal to the Goliaths. The Davids woke up early to search for a new idol, which Christian found.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways must cross three balance beams while balancing a ball on a paddle, then guide each ball, one at a time, down a curved track to sink it in a hole. The first to do this wins immunity.

Alec won immunity. Kara worked on convincing the Davids to join in a split-vote scenario between Angelina and Dan, but Alison decided to stick with the Goliaths' original plan to eliminate Christian. While the Goliaths planned their strategy, the Davids debated which of their advantages to play: Nick's vote stealer, Christian's idol, and Carl's idol nullifier. At Tribal Council, Nick used his advantage to steal Alison's vote, prompting Alec and Kara to vote against Angelina. Dan played his idol for himself, but Carl used his idol nullifier against Dan, sending him to the jury with the Davids' six votes.

55010"Tribal Lines Are Blurred"1.6/7[21]18[22]November 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)7.60[21]

After another big blindside, Angelina accused the rest of the Goliaths for voting against her, and vowed revenge. Nick and Davie woke up early the next morning to search for a new idol, and Nick found a clue saying the idol was on the other side of the island and that he’d have to wait until dark to find it.

  • Reward Challenge: Randomly divided into 2 teams of 5, castaways will race out to a rope bridge. Once everyone is across the bridge, they will need to toss a set of poles onto rungs. The first team to do this wins a Survivor picnic with wraps and wine.

Alec, Alison, Christian, Gabby, and Mike won and discovered letters from home while on reward. At camp, Carl began to rally votes against Alec for being a physical threat, but Kara and Gabby disliked how Carl suggested it openly in front of other Goliaths. Nick snuck off that night and retrieved the idol with only Davie knowing.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways will balance their feet on a narrow perch while holding a handle above their head. If at any point, they let go of their handle or a foot comes off the perch, they are out of the challenge. The last person left standing wins immunity.

Before the challenge, Jeff tempted the castaways with food, which Angelina, Carl, and Nick took. Christian outlasted Alec after more than 5 hours for immunity. Carl continued to campaign against Alec, but Gabby and Christian considered turning against Carl. However, at Tribal Council, Alec was unanimously sent to the jury.

After Tribal Council, Christian comforted Alison, who was saddened over Alec's elimination.

  • Reward Challenge: Divided into 2 teams of 4 via schoolyard pick (with one castaway having no chance at reward), castaways will swim to a platform and dive into the water to release two lines of buoys. They will need to find the five marked buoys, which they will get into 5 nets. The first to do this wins an afternoon cruise and a feast.

Carl, Davie, Kara, and Mike won reward. At camp, Gabby plotted with Christian and Alison to vote Carl out. That night, Carl suggested to Kara that they vote out Alison next, but Kara secretly was not on board; Carl also prepared to tell Gabby that Angelina would be the target so that Gabby wouldn’t be paranoid. The next day, since the tribe’s rice supply was running low, Angelina prepared to negotiate a trade with Jeff without consulting her tribemates, proposing all the fishing gear, most of the cookware, and most of the comfort items for more rice, to which the tribe ultimately agreed despite not liking her approach.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways will race over an A-frame while collecting a string of blocks. They will then spin a pole to get another string and cross a balance beam that has a third string. They will use the blocks to solve a word puzzle; the first to solve their puzzle wins immunity.

Angelina’s offer was immediately refused, and Jeff asked one castaway to forfeit their shot at immunity to get the rice, which Angelina did. Davie edged out Alison for immunity. Gabby and Christian decided to make the move against Carl, while the rest of the Davids targeted Alison. Mike was the swing vote to decide whether Carl or Alison would be eliminated; at Tribal Council, he voted to send Carl to the jury.

55111"So Smart They're Dumb"1.5/7[23]18[24]December 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)7.51[23]

Upon returning from Tribal Council, Nick was upset with Christian over Carl’s elimination. The following morning, the castaways were reunited with their loved ones: Davie’s mother Hazel, Alison’s mother Willa, Kara’s brother Eric, Nick’s father Jim, Gabby’s mother Encarnita, Angelina’s mother Anna, Mike’s boyfriend Josh, and Christian’s girlfriend Emily.

  • Reward Challenge: Randomly divided into pairs, castaways will race through the water and crawl under an obstacle. Once on shore, pairs will need to dig for a ring of keys to release a pair of balls. The first pair to get their balls on a narrow perch win a barbecue with their loved ones.

Angelina and Nick won reward, choosing Davie and Mike to join them. They voiced their intentions to reach the final 4 together, but Davie was concerned over his place in the alliance. At camp, Gabby told Alison and Kara she wanted to blindside Christian and play a more independent game.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways will have to balance on a narrow perch, while balancing a pole in their palm connected to a bucket of water. If their bucket falls or they step off the perch, they are out of the challenge. The last person left standing wins.

Kara outlasted Davie for immunity. Christian targeted Alison, while Gabby tried to sway Nick and Davie into blindsiding Christian. While Nick was on board, Davie told Christian he was in danger. Mike suggested to Nick and Angelina that they target Gabby in case Christian had an idol, and Nick confirmed that Christian did. At Tribal Council, Christian played the idol on himself after some consideration, negating 5 votes, and Gabby was sent to the jury with Mike and Angelina’s votes.

55212"Are You Feeling Lucky?"1.5/7[25]12[26]December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)7.77[25]

After Gabby's elimination, Nick made a fake idol and "found" it under the raft in front of Angelina, Christian, and Mike so that they wouldn't search for a real one. However, Davie was leery of Nick's ruse and searched for an idol himself. He also told Christian that Nick possibly had two idols and that he planned to blindside Nick.

  • Reward Challenge: Attached to a rope, castaways will need to first race through a series of obstacles to untangle their rope. If they have enough, they will then need to go through a second set of obstacles in order to reach a table of sandbags. Using the sandbags, they must attempt to knock down a tower of blocks. The first castaway to completely knock down their block tower wins a helicopter ride to the Mala Mala club.

Davie won reward and chose Nick and Kara to join him. Angry over not getting picked, Angelina selfishly made the rest of the rice to get back at them. On reward, Davie told Kara he was ready to bring in Alison and Christian to make a move against Nick. Kara went to Alison about the plan, but Alison also went to Mike, who was uncertain about turning against Nick. The next morning, Davie continued his search for an idol and found a clue. The idol Davie found was only good for the next Tribal Council, but he could wager his next vote for a chance to extend the idol's worth for two more councils; he chose not to.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways must stand on a small log while balancing a ball on a wooden disc. At regular intervals, more balls will be added onto the plate until there are three balls, which will increase difficulty. If at any time a ball falls off the disc or a castaway loses their footing on the log, they will be eliminated. The last castaway standing wins.

Mike outlasted Alison for his first individual immunity win. Nick realized that Alison was a physical threat, but Mike tried to target Christian. Nick told Davie his raft idol was fake, and Davie agreed to vote against Alison with him. Mike then pulled Nick aside and told him that Davie had targeted him earlier, before trying to get Nick on board with voting out Christian before Davie. At Tribal Council, Davie played his idol on himself, prompting Nick to play his fake idol to get a read on his tribemates' reactions. He then played his real idol on himself but received no votes. Davie negated only 2 votes, and Christian was sent to the jury with 3 votes.

55313"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"1.5/7[27]6[28]December 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)7.72[27]

The next morning, everyone searched for an idol, with Angelina finding a clue saying the idol was on top of a tall rock and that she needed to dig out a ladder to get it. She dropped the clue while retrieving the ladder, and she was unable to get the idol. She then manipulated her tribemates again, saying she had a big fall.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Castaways will have to race through a series of obstacles. They will then need to toss a ball on a rope to release a set of stairs. After, they will need to attempt to build a staircase, allowing them to get on top of a tower. Finally, they will solve a 63-piece puzzle. The first person to finish their puzzle wins immunity and a feast of spaghetti and cake.

Nick won immunity and chose to share his reward with Angelina and Mike. While on reward, Angelina directed Nick and Mike to help her get the idol, which she did. Nick and Angelina both wanted Alison out, and Angelina coldly told Alison she was on the chopping block, but Mike tried to turn the vote against Davie for being a jury threat and a close ally to Nick. Mike played to Angelina's ego, as she arrogantly and delusionally felt like she controlled the last 2 votes, so that Angelina would vote against Davie. At Tribal Council, Angelina joined in Mike's plan to send Davie to the jury.

An angry Nick confronted Angelina and Mike over Davie's blindside, and worked to ensure Alison would go home next.

  • Immunity Challenge: Castaways will stand on a perch, and use a leaky bucket to fill a chute to obtain a key. Once they have a key, they can unlock a set of block puzzle pieces. First castaway to finish their puzzle wins.

Nick won immunity again. Angelina told Mike to tell Alison and Kara to vote Angelina out so that she'd play her idol; Angelina then made a fake idol for Alison to find, out of a personal dislike towards her and wanting to embarrass her to add insult to injury. Kara got an idea to blindside Mike for his strong social game, and Nick considered joining her in that move. Meanwhile, Alison found the fake idol, much to Angelina's pleasure. At Tribal Council, Mike was offended when Alison called him a threat. Alison played the fake idol, which was tossed into the fire, and Angelina played her real idol but negated no votes. Alison voted against Mike, and everyone else voted against her, sending her to the jury.

  • Immunity Challenge: With one hand tied behind their back, each castaway must drop a ball into a metal chute. The ball will travel down a spiraling metal track and exit out of one of two points. The contestant must catch the ball and drop it back into the chute at the top. At designated intervals, an additional ball is added to the track until eight balls are simultaneously in play. If a ball exits the track and is not caught at any time, the castaway is eliminated from the challenge. The last person standing wins.

Nick won his third consecutive immunity challenge. He voiced his intention to take Angelina to the end, prompting Kara and Mike to practice making fire. Mike ultimately beat Kara to join Nick and Angelina as finalists, making Kara the final member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Angelina focused on her rice negotiation, deceit and manipulation. Nick highlighted on his social game and his role as an underdog, as well as opening up about his mother's death from a drug overdose. Mike said that, even though at the beginning he was mostly there for the experience instead of the money, he was the one who orchestrated several late votes, and played the strongest social game.

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At the live reunion show, Nick was named Sole Survivor in a 7-3-0 decision. The castaways discussed the season with Jeff Probst.

Voting history[edit]

Original tribes Switched tribes Merged tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Day # 3 6 9 10 11 15 17 20 22 25 28 30 32 35 36 37 38
Eliminated Pat Jessica Jeremy Bi Natalia Natalie Lyrsa Elizabeth John Dan Alec Carl Gabby Christian Davie Alison Kara
Votes None[a] 5–4 9–1 None[b] 3–1–1 3–2 3–1 12–1 3–0–0[c] 6–3–2[d] 9–1 5–4 2–1–0[e] 3–2–0[f] 4–2 4–1 Challenge[g]
Voter Vote
Nick Jessica Natalie Lyrsa Elizabeth John Dan Dan[h] Alec Alison Christian Christian Alison Alison Immune[g]
Mike Jeremy Natalie Lyrsa Elizabeth Christian Christian Alec Carl Gabby Davie Davie Alison Win[g]
Angelina Jeremy Lyrsa Lyrsa Elizabeth Christian Christian Alec Alison Gabby Christian Davie Alison Saved[g]
Kara Jeremy Davie Elizabeth Christian Angelina Alec Carl Christian Christian Davie Alison Lose[g]
Alison Jeremy Elizabeth Christian None[h] Alec Carl Christian Davie Davie Mike
Davie Lyrsa Natalia Elizabeth John Dan Alec Alison Christian Alison Alison
Christian Jessica Elizabeth John Dan Alec Carl Alison Alison
Gabby Jessica Elizabeth Angelina Dan Alec Carl Christian
Carl Lyrsa Exiled[i] Elizabeth Angelina Dan Alec Alison
Alec Jeremy Natalia Elizabeth Christian Angelina Carl
Dan Jeremy Elizabeth Christian Christian
John Jeremy Elizabeth Christian
Elizabeth Jessica Natalia Angelina
Lyrsa Jessica Natalie Angelina
Natalie Jeremy Lyrsa
Natalia Jeremy Elizabeth
Bi Lyrsa
Jeremy Natalie
Jessica Lyrsa
Pat
Jury vote
Episode # 13
Day # 27
Finalist Angelina Mike Nick
Votes 7–3–0
Juror Vote
Kara Mike
Alison Mike
Davie Nick
Christian Mike
Gabby Nick
Carl Nick
Alec Nick
Dan Nick
John Nick
Elizabeth Nick
  1. ^ No vote; Pat was medically evacuated from the game.
  2. ^ No vote; Bi chose to quit the game due to an injury.
  3. ^ Davie and Dan both played hidden immunity idols on Christian and Angelina, respectively. Therefore, seven votes against Christian and two votes against Angelina were not counted.
  4. ^ Dan played a hidden immunity idol on himself, but Carl played an idol nullifier on him, therefore the effects of his idol were negated and the 6 votes against him were still counted.
  5. ^ Christian played a hidden immunity idol on himself, therefore five votes against him were not counted.
  6. ^ Davie played a hidden immunity idol on himself, therefore two votes against him were not counted.
  7. ^ a b c d e For winning the final Immunity Challenge, Nick had to assign additional immunity to another castaway, with the remaining two competing in a fire-making challenge to determine the third finalist; he gave additional immunity to Angelina, and Mike defeated Kara in the fire-making challenge.
  8. ^ a b Nick used his vote stealer on Alison, therefore Alison was ineligible to vote whereas Nick cast two ballots.
  9. ^ Carl was exiled after drawing a package containing no buff during the tribe switch. He joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Vuku, after their Tribal Council.

Reception[edit]

Survivor: David vs. Goliath has received universal acclaim, with many considering it one of the best seasons in the show's history due to its strategic play, unpredictability, and memorable contestants, particularly Christian Hubicki, Angelina Keeley, Davie Rickenbacker, and Mike White. The Tribal Councils also received praise for being entertaining and unpredictable, with the councils in the eighth and ninth episodes, during which the former Davids used game advantages to vote out former Goliaths John and Dan despite not having the numbers on their side, earning particular attention as impressive and smartly executed blindsides, and have been hailed by several media outlets as two of the best Tribal Councils in Survivor history.

Nicole Clark of Vice called the season "the best thing on TV this year", and "one of the best [seasons] in recent history", praising the cast and memorable Tribal Councils. She concluded: "It’s a rollicking clusterf**k to watch, one that only gets more and more convoluted as the season develops. If you’re a potential Survivor fan looking for a season to start with, this is the one to pick."[29] Joe Reid of Decider argued that David vs. Goliath was potentially the best season of the show, stating "Up until now, the closest thing to a consensus choice for Best Survivor Season Ever has been season 20: Heroes vs. Villains. That was an all-star season full of returning players, which meant it had the advantage of characters we loved and had long histories with, playing with and against their own reputations. Consider that David vs. Goliath was starting from scratch and you’ll see why this season has been getting such respect." He felt that "the ready-made underdog storyline worked wonders", that the season had "more memorable, sharable (sic) moments than any season in recent memory", and that it "has been hugely satisfying to both halves of the Survivor fan brain: the half that craves clever, savvy game play and the half that craves big, memorable characters. It’s harder than you think to marry the two."[30]

Josh Wigler of The Hollywood Reporter called it "one of the most consistently exhilarating seasons in recent memory" and "one of the most exciting iterations of the CBS reality franchise", adding,"Years from now, when Survivor fans look back on the events of David vs. Goliath, a slew of memories are likely to come to mind: the season-opening medical evacuation, Natalie Napalm and 'Jacketgate,' just to name a few."[31][32] In an article published two thirds into the season, Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly claimed that while "[not] every episode this season has been A+++", "every episode has had something. Every episode has earned its keep. Every episode has felt like it is moving the story forward. Yes, the cast is better, but the editing and the storytelling have been better as well." Ross ranked David vs. Goliath as the fifth-best season of the series, only behind Borneo and Micronesia (tied for first), Heroes vs. Villains, and Cagayan.[33] After the ninth episode, FanSided stated, "Let’s be thankful for just how great the season has gone.”[34] Lauren Piester of E! called David vs. Goliath "One of the best seasons of Survivor ever".[35]

In an interview in November 2018, Jeff Probst acknowledged the cast of David vs. Goliath as "one of the best groups we’ve ever had."[36] He also highly praised the Tribal Councils in episodes eight and nine, calling the first "a total shocker and a brilliant move" and the second "a historic Survivor moment" and "all we could have ever dared dream when we put the Nullifier into this season."[32][37]

Controversy[edit]

Just a week after filming ended for the season, Alec Merlino posted a picture with fellow contestant Kara Kay onto his Instagram account with the caption "F*** it". While Inside Survivor had already reported that both Kay and Merlino had been highly speculated to have been contestants on the show, many fans saw Merlino's actions as a flagrant violation of the non-disclosure agreement that cast members must sign prior to the official reveal. TMZ reported that Merlino had been banned from the reunion episode due to his actions, where he was ultimately not present.[38]

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