Survivor is the biggest social experiment on television and this season it was taken to another level. Eighteen castaways were divided into three tribes based on the personality traits they use most in their daily lives: Brawn, Brains, and Beauty. The only question was which quality would prove the most valuable? The Brawn tribe quickly lived up to their name putting their muscles to good use and building a strong tribe. The Beauty tribe thrived as well, turning a tough game into a virtual vacation. But the Brain tribe was a different story. They overthought everything and it was a disaster. They were one of the worst tribes in Survivor history. They couldn't get along and couldn't win a challenge. Fortunately for them there was a twist in the game. After the switch, the three remaining Brain members were all on the new Aparri tribe where they found themselves in unfamiliar territory – at the top of the food chain. Over at the new Solana tribe, Brawn had a five to two advantage over LJ and Jefra but math was never their strong suit and they began to turn on each other. Cliff was blindsided in a shocking vote and when they couldn't get along, Lindsey just plain quit. When the tribes merged the division of power was clear and a new Idol with different powers was put in play. But the first Tribal Council after the merge turned out to be a defining moment: multiple Idols were played, Kass flipped on her alliance and the most confident tribemember was blindsided. From that point on there was only one rule for Survivor: Cagayan – play hard or go home. There were things we've never seen before, battles for Hidden Immunity Idols, drawing rocks for an advantage, and even a spy shack. There were also Immunity runs, blunders, Idol finds, and good old fashioned blindsides. When all the dust settled, two Brain and three Brawn remained and the last Tribal Council was no different than the rest. Tony bluffed about his powerless Idol that he's hoping will be his ticket to the end. There was another devastating blindside and Spencer was left at the bottom once again. Four are left. Tony – this New Jersey cop will stop at nothing to win the game. He's found three Immunity Idols and has orchestrated multiple blindsides. Will his aggressive game get him to the end or will it backfire? Woo – this martial arts instructor is a social and physical threat but to get to the end it would take something different from within. Kass – she nicknamed herself "Chaos Kass" and it wasn't far from the truth. She has been the center of conflict and never afraid to change the game. She'll take down anyone who stands in her way. Spencer – his game has been one wild ride. He's gone from top to bottom more than any other Survivor but through it all he has never given up. Will this underdog finally catch a break? Find out tonight who will win the million dollar price and title of Sole Survivor.
I'm a little bit sad that I had to oust one of my best allies, one of my most loyal, most honest, most sincere, most genuine ally, which was Trish. But I had no choice but to stick to the plan of the vote and I feel horrible about it. But I think it was the most strategic move for me to make.
I can't believe I'm at the Final 4. I mean, getting thrown under the bus time after time after time. I'm amazed that I'm here but Tribal was demoralizing when Tony pulled out his second Idol that looked similar to the normal Idol, that was heavier and tied around a string.
Back home in the motherland I'm a police officer. I can't be corrupt. Out here, all I'm doing is bluffing and I'm lying my ass off. I've been telling them about this special Idol now. Just planting the seed in their head that I'm gonna use it but I've been bluffing saying that I can use it for Final 4. But right now, this Idol is nothing more than a souvenir. It's useless in this game because today was the last day I could use it at this Tribal Council. The only thing that I have going for me right now is my bluff. But if I don't pull this off and I don't win an Individual Immunity Necklace, I might be in serious trouble so close to the end where it's going to hurt the most.
Tony is an idiot, paranoid and emotional. And last night he made a paranoid decision. He didn't think about it. He didn't think that people were capable of disliking Trish when in reality I'm pretty sure almost everyone dislikes Trish. I think they made a mistake yesterday in voting out Trish. But it wasn't me so I don't care. And Tony, I mean he's got all these Idols but he hasn't had to do much. He was on a winning team all the way up to the merge.
We were laying around and it was like the Love Boat showed up and there was my husband. This is a huge part of anyone out here's life. So, yeah, I might cry. (grins) Damn it, I'm not supposed to be... where's my devil's horns?
I'm looking around, I'm looking around like please, I was looking for my wife and I didn't see my wife and... (takes deep breath) I've seen my best friend Arnold and it sucks because I was anticipating my wife, you know, I was looking forward to seeing my wife but I just don't think she could leave a four month old baby home to come out here. I mean it was hard enough for me to do it but I know it was in her mom's hands. Arnold told me everything about my little baby. He told me... (stands up, looks away from the camera and wipes tears) He told me that my baby is almost twice the size. I was so happy to hear that, you know, it was like my daughter is in her mom's hands, I'm at peace.
We got a basket of mango juice and grape juice... Oh! So good! And then we have a fat thing of crunchy peanut butter that I've been dreaming of since for the past 37 Days. So you know, we're sitting there and you know I'm like "Hey! You wanna check, you check out Tree Mail?"
I'm gonna win this Immunity Challenge. Just picture it now: Sole Survivor – Yung Woo Hwang, winner of a million dollars! And I can picture proposing to Christina Hamilton, my lovely girlfriend, after getting permission from her mom and dad of course. Starting my family, starting life, but you know, one step at a time.
I have to go into this Immunity Challenge out for blood, ready to win at all costs because this is it! This is my shot at the million dollars right in front of me. It's do or die and I don't plan on dying.
I had to win and it meant so much. And so losing in itself is devastating but to lose to a brain dead weasel like Kass, that's the most humiliating way I coulda lost today. But I care too much to go out of the game like this without doing everything I can. It's time to play my ass off.
The best part of today is I get to send Spencer home and it levels the playing field. It gives me a far better shot at winning. My plan when I flipped was to go to the end with two Brawns. Today I sealed my fate. I'm going with two Brawns. And I feel good against either Woo or Tony.
Spencer, Kass and Woo are still under the impression that I have an Idol that I can use at Final 4. That's why I feel safe. But all I wanted was to wear one Immunity Necklace, one time. And I'm crying about I didn't even get a chance to wear an Immunity Necklace and Spencer says "Hold on, Tony. That's what I want to talk to you about."
I'm trying to make a pitch to Tony to keep me, believing it's a Final 2 and believing that that's the best way for him to get to the end. At Final 4, a tie is a fire-making competition. A tie is a lot better than going home. Tony is my last hope.
So I sit down with Kass and she's like "We're voting for Spencer." Phew! I'm like "Alright, good!" But Spencer is still making moves. Being tired, being hungry, being thirsty, I don't recall what happens if it's a tie in a Final 4. Um. How is that work? I know I won't be able to vote. Spencer won't be able to vote. Then if it goes to another tie then man, we're gonna have to draw rocks? (confused) The Jury? We fight for it? I don't know! What happens?! Is the first one to be able to make a fire? Anything could happen at Tribal Council.
I know I'm voting Spencer and I know Woo is voting Spencer. If Tony and Spencer vote Woo it could end up a tie which is broken at this stage by a fire-making challenge. Does Tony wanna force that? Spencer would probably love to try that or try anything. And either way is not me so fire-off, do whatever you boys wanna do to mettle with your game but I'm sitting pretty and I'm not handling my necklace to anyone. (grins)
Tribal tonight, things went as planned surprisingly for once and Spencer went home. I mean there's always an excitement that you make the Final 3. It's supposed to mean something special. Instead we come back and we realized one of the three of us is going home and I think the boys are more depressed about it than me because they may have to go at each others throats.
Kass pretty much said that she has a better chance at beating me at the Final Tribal Council so if she wins tomorrow's Final Immunity Challenge chances of her taking me with her seems good. And if I win, I'll take Kass to the end as well.
If you're in the Olympics and you run the marathon and you lose by half a second, that's how I feel. It's crazy. And I needed it. I needed to be able to make this decision. I think Woo might be able to beat me, I don't know. I hope he thinks so.
Growing up in taekwondo, I won Junior Olympic Championships, I won National Championships, I won Grand Championships. (holds Immunity Necklace) This right here my friend definitely takes the cake. I won the ultimate prize. Yeah! Stoked! I was psyched to be wearing this but then again I got kinda this uneasy feeling in my stomach, like man, the fact that I now have to choose either Tony or Kass to come with me, is so nuts.
My argument to Woo is a pretty valid argument. Woo has based this game around loyalty, honor, integrity and so I'm telling him "Woo, Final 2, for you to oust me now, you just threw your gameplan out the window!"
Woo is like Fabio – winner of Survivor: Nicaragua – he's a cute surfer dude who's just been like (imitating Woo) "Dude! Awesome! Cool! What do you want me to do? How do I spell their name?" It's horrifying. The person who hasn't made a decision the whole game is in charge of my fate!
I would feel more comfortable sitting at the end with Tony. This is the guy I started with, this is the guy I committed myself with. But at the end of the day, like taking Tony means my chances of winning are not so great. If I take someone like Kass, you know, and I break my loyalty with Tony it completely contradicts who I am and I become the biggest hypocrite. So it's tough. I wanna be the Sole Survivor and to have a million dollars.
Prior to Tribal Council I was having a really tough time. It's not an easy decision to make but my decision tonight is a big power move that I can finally claim as my own. So what really got me to lean more towards taking Tony was what I thought the jury would respect. I know that taking Tony could jeopardize my chances of winning the million dollars but taking him just felt right. In a martial arts tournament if I went up against someone who wasn't as talented as I was that victory wouldn't be as sweet. You wanna go up against someone who is just as strong, maybe even stronger, so if you do win it's that much more honorable.
I'm still in Survivor mode. As a matter of fact, there was a clue in the basket. I've seen the clue and automatic I went into my basic instinct. So you know, Woo is cooking up the food and as I'm talking to him I grab the clue, put it in my pocket and I was like "What else could this be? Maybe it's a free vote or something!" you know. I don't know what it was. So then I took it behind Woo's back and I started reading it and it just gave me a hint about going to the back of the camp and there's another surprise waiting for me. So I said "Let me just go see what this is." And it was a mirror with a scale. I looked in the mirror and thank God it didn't crack.
I came out here not knowing anything about making fires, not knowing anything about cutting palm fronds, I never held a machete in my hand in my life. I just used my common sense. Throughout this game, Tony had so many names: Tony In Trouble, Tony In Charge, Tony In The Driver Seat, Tony In Control. Today, I feel like I'm a Tony In Need of a Million Dollars. The million dollars was my main priority to come out here to better my life, better my wife's life and all my wife wants is a pink chandelier for my baby daughter. And my baby daughter is going to have a beautiful pink chandelier when I get back home.
I'm here. I made the Final 2. It's a dream come true. Oh man, I want this more than anything. I'm gonna go into Tribal Council and I'm going to let the jury know exactly how I felt about the game. I'm a martial arts instructor and we abide by the 5 codes of taekwondo: discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect, harmony between mind and body. I did a valiant effort abiding and honoring those codes of conduct throughout this gameplay and no one can question me on that. I'm going in with 50% chance of winning a million dollars. It means a jump start to my future. To start up my taekwondo studio I always dreamed of. To engage my girlfriend Christina and to have a family. Being able to help my father retire. My mother who suffered a heart attack and is disabled. So I can change their lives, you know. It's a blessing, man, and it all stems down to being positive, never losing hope, and staying true to yourself, believing in yourself. Man, I'm this close, this close.
Challenge:Vertigo The castaways start on a tall perch where they have to gather water with a bucket and a long rope. Then, the water must be poured into a chute, which causes a pole with a key at the top to rise. Once the castaway is able to reach the key, they must head over to shore and work on a block puzzle. The first person to complete the puzzle wins. Winner:Kass McQuillen
The Final Three have to race out into a maze with turnstiles (most of which move freely, while some cannot move, blocking the path) where they have to collect four medallions. Once they have all four medallions, they then have to use them to open a chest, inside of which are puzzle pieces in the form of wooden cogs. Once the puzzle is put together, they then have to turn the cog raising a flag. The first player to raise the flag wins immunity. Winner:Woo Hwang
I gave the only argument I could at Tribal Council. It was tough. I'm heated. Survivor isn't a game to me; Survivor is a passion for me, so thirty-seven days of Survivor being my life and then that being over is a tough pill to swallow. I think I learned a lot from the game, and something can come of this misery that was Survivor.
Woo, stupid, stupid, stupid. I think you made a horrific million dollar decision. I think you actually could've beaten me. I'm very pleased with the game I played. Some people will hate me. Some people will appreciate that I'm a fan and I played hard, and I played to win. In the end, I had a hell of a time.
Jeff Probst made a deal with Spencer Bledsoe prior to the season, in which Probst, who thought Spencer had no chance of winning, would write and read a letter to Spencer at the Reunion Show if Spencer won. At the Reunion, Probst publicly apologized to Spencer for his pre-judging at the beginning of the season. Despite Spencer not winning, Jeff wrote Spencer a letter around Day 15, which he mailed to himself and gave to Spencer at the live show.
This is the first finale that held live intermissions before and after the commercial breaks.
The title of the episode was said by Spencer Bledsoe when talking about making it to the end of the game.