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"Going for the Oscar"
Episode Information
Season: China
Episode Number: 12/14 (212)
Original Release: December 6, 2007
Viewership (in millions): 13.86[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.5/N/A Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Ready to Bite the Apple"
Next: "Hello, I'm Still a Person"

Going for the Oscar is the twelfth episode of Survivor: China.


Day 31

Day 32

Day 33



Challenge: Marco Polo
Blindfolded players and their also-blindfolded loved ones are at opposite ends of a maze. Calling to each other, they must reunite and make it to the large platform in the center of the maze. First pair to do so wins.
Reward: A boat trip and a feast with loved ones, an overnight stay at camp for loved ones, and the right to a phone call home.
Winner: Denise Martin (shared with Amanda Kimmel and Todd Herzog)

Reward Challenge: Marco Polo
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S15 denise t
S15 amanda tS15 courtney tS15 erik tS15 peihgee tS15 todd t
Amanda, Courtney, Erik, Peih-Gee, & Todd


Challenge: Swamp Donkeys
Attached to a rope, the final six must run down a swampy course (going over and under a series of hitching posts as necessary) to a color-coded set of boxes. They will then untie a box, open it, choose the correct statement about Chinese inventions from two options displayed, and take the corresponding key back to the start to open a lock if correct. First player to open all three of their locks and raise a flag wins.
Winner: Peih-Gee Law

Immunity Challenge: Swamp Donkeys
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S15 peihgee t
S15 amanda tS15 courtney tS15 denise tS15 erik tS15 todd t
Amanda, Courtney, Denise, Erik, & Todd

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 11:
Hae Da Fung
S15 erik t
Erik (4 votes)
S15 amanda tS15 courtney tS15 denise tS15 todd t
Amanda, Courtney, Denise, & Todd
S15 todd t
Todd (2 votes)
S15 erik tS15 peihgee t
Erik & Peih-Gee
S15 erik bw
Erik Huffman

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Erik) Erik, you know I think you're fabulous, and you've played this game with a lot of heart and honesty and trust. I admire it. Um, you know why you're getting this vote tonight, and I'm sorry. And I hope we can be friends later. Thank you. Bye.


(votes for Erik) It's either gonna be me or you tonight, I'm not ready to go, so G.


(votes for Todd) Um, sorry, man. This is purely strategic, and I made a promise to an old friend.


(votes for Erik) You're the nicest person in the world, and I feel really bad. I almost hope you have like a little trick up your sleeve. Sorry.


(votes for Todd) Too many people said they couldn't trust you, and you're my only hope to swing the vote. Sorry.


(votes for Erik) Erik, I really like you. I'm sorry I have to do this. It's probably the biggest mistake I'm gonna make in this game. Good luck to you, man.


Final Words

I wanted to go all the way to the top in this game, but, unfortunately, today was my day. I think I can always look back and say, "Well, I could have done this differently or I could have done that," but I'm mentally and physically and emotionally exhausted. I made it 33 days. I'm really proud of myself. The five remaining contestants are going to batlle it out, and I'm really curious to see who comes out on top.

Erik Huffman

Still in the Running

S15 chicken bw
S15 ashley bw
S15 leslie bw
S15 dave bw
S15 aaron bw
S15 sherea bw
S15 jaime bw
S15 frosti bw
S15 james bw
S15 erik bw
Hae Da Fung
S15 amanda t
Hae Da Fung
S15 courtney t
Hae Da Fung
S15 denise t
Hae Da Fung
S15 peihgee t
Hae Da Fung
S15 todd t


  • With Erik's elimination, Peih-Gee is the only former Zhan Hu member remaining.
    • Also, with Erik's elimination, Todd is the only male left in the game.


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