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"Fallen Comrades"
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Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring Immunity Challenge
Appearances: Borneo
The Australian Outback
Africa
Marquesas
San Juan del Sur

Fallen Comrades is a recurring challenge in the early seasons of Survivor.

Rules

The remaining contestants answers questions about the eliminated contestants. The castaway to score the most questions correctly or the one who correctly answers ten questions first wins.

History

Fallen Comrades was first used in Borneo as the final four Immunity Challenge. After a very close contest, it ultimately came down to Kelly Wiglesworth and Susan Hawk. The tiebreaker question was "What was Sonja's last name?" Susan did not know, while Kelly correctly answered "Christopher" and won immunity.

In The Australian Outback, the challenge was used as the Final Immunity Challenge, in which Colby Donaldson narrowly won over Tina Wesson.

In Africa, this was used as the final four Immunity Challenge. Tom Buchanan initially had the lead, but Kim Johnson and Lex van den Berghe caught up. The final question was "Which contestant had no piercings, including their ears?" Tom incorrectly answered Jessie Camacho, Kim J. answered Kelly Goldsmith, while Lex answered Lindsey Richter. Kim J. was awarded the point and won immunity.

In Marquesas, this used as the final four Immunity Challenge. Everyone was relatively even. However, Vecepia Towery won when she correctly answered the question, "What branch of the military did John train to be a registered nurse?" She answered the Air Force, whilst the others answered the Army, thus giving her immunity.

In San Juan del Sur, the challenge was for individual reward and was conducted in a manner similar to Q and A, except with questions about castaways who were in the game post-merge. In each round, everyone who answered the question correctly would get to chop a section of another person's rope. Once a rope was chopped three times, a large rock would drop on a skull and that player would be out of the challenge. The majority Fab Five alliance of Baylor Wilson, Jaclyn Schultz, Jon Misch, Missy Payne, and Natalie Anderson immediately targeted the minority alliance of Reed Kelly, Alec Christy, and Keith Nale and systematically eliminated all three of them by the end of the first two questions. After the second question, it became apparent that the remaining five were planning to manipulate the game to ensure that Missy would win. As a result, rather than waste time conducting the challenge, host Jeff Probst ended the challenge and announced Missy as the winner.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Borneo
"The Final Four"
Individual Immunity S1 kelly t
Kelly Wiglesworth
The Australian Outback
"The Most Deserving"
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
S2 colby t
Colby Donaldson
Africa
"The Final Four: No Regrets"
Individual Immunity S3 kimj t
Kim Johnson
Marquesas
"The Sole Survivor"
Individual Immunity S4 vecepia t
Vecepia Towery
San Juan del Sur
"Kind of Like Cream Cheese"
Individual Reward S29 missy t
Missy Payne

Gallery

Trivia

  • All winners of this challenge have made it to Final Tribal Council.
  • Vecepia Towery is the only Sole Survivor to win this challenge.
    • Every other winner became the eventual runner-up of their season.
  • Colby Donaldson is the only male to win this challenge.
  • Missy Payne is the only person to win this challenge and finish in third place.
  • This challenge, along with Survivor Quiz Show and Chinese Zodiac Symbols, are the only recurring challenges to be used at Tribal Council.
  • There was some controversy surrounding the challenge when it was used in Africa. The anomaly was the final question ("Which female contestant has no piercings?") The official answer, given by Kim Johnson to earn the win, was Kelly Goldsmith. Lex van den Berghe answered the question with Lindsey Richter's name, who, unknown to the producers, also had no piercings. After the producers were alerted to the mistake, both third-place finisher Lex and fourth-place finisher Tom Buchanan were awarded the $100,000 runner-up prize instead of the traditional third and fourth place earnings.
  • Eliza Orlins used this challenge as part of her jury speech on Micronesia.[1]
  • This challenge currently holds the record for the longest time in between a recurring challenge's use, with a span of 25 seasons in between Marquesas and San Juan del Sur.

References