|Episode Number:||14/15 (396)|
|Original Release:||May 12, 2013|
|Viewership (in millions):||10.16|
|Previous:||"Don't Say Anything About My Mom"|
Last Push is the season finale of Survivor: Caramoan.
As the Enil Edam tribe walk their way back to camp from Tribal Council, Erik Reichenbach tells his tribe he is very dizzy. Jeff Probst comes in with the Survivor Medical Team to check Erik's condition, where Dr. Joe deduces that Erik's body could no longer cope with malnourishment and dehydration. As the medics put an intravenous drip on Erik, Eddie Fox, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) by profession, explains to Erik his health status. Dr. Joe then declares that due to Erik's health being dangerously debilitating, he does not allow him to continue on the competition.
|“||As Brenda left Tribal Council, I looked at Erik and it looked to me he's stunned by the vote because he wasn't aware of it.||”|
|“||When I looked at Erik, I saw somebody that was very dazed and looked disoriented and was kind of out of it.||”|
With no other choice other than accept his fate, Erik says his goodbyes to his tribemates and vice versa. Jeff reminds the four remaining castaways that despite Erik's evacuation, the game continues on. The final four castaways then continue to walk back to camp.
|“||Erik's gone. There's four of us now. This opens the door hugely for me to kind of sneak myself in there and make a major play.||”|
Returning to camp, the final four discuss the evacuation, expressing sadness about Erik's sudden elimination. John Cochran realizes the game is back on, and starts strategizing once again. After several Tribal Councils trying to oust Eddie, if it weren't for bigger strategic threats Andrea Boehlke and Brenda Lowe, the Harvard law graduate finally flirts with the idea of working with him because he is the most likely to win the remaining challenges, ostensibly having a big say as to who goes at the Final Tribal Council. While Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman were already asleep, Cochran makes his move on Eddie, where Eddie agrees to make a Final Three deal with him, stating that Dawn is a bigger threat than Sherri.
|“||We kind of exchanged a few sad pleasantries about the sad state of affairs, and I'm already thinking about the game. My first thought is I have to be the first person to get to Eddie. Eddie is somebody who I haven't bonded that closely but I have to be in his good graces because he is most likely to win the next Immunity Challenges and to be in the position of power to determine who goes at the Final Three.||”|
|“||We vote out Dawn next. Sherri comes in third. Cochran comes in second, and I come in first and I win the million dollar prize.||”|
Still not getting over the fact that Erik was pulled from the game, the remaining contestants try to get a better understanding of where they stand and who they want in the final 3. Eddie and Sherri talk about voting out Dawn, while Dawn comes up to Cochran since she is worried but Cochran, once again, reassures her. However, he does consider voting Dawn out. At the challenge, it is revealed to be a Reward Challenge as anticipated, but the reward is an advantage to the next challenge (the Final Immunity Challenge). Eddie was hoping the reward would be food-related, but he is happy with this reward because he really need to win final immunity, as he believed he would be the likely top target otherwise. The challenge proved interesting as the leaders continued to fall back behind, but ultimately Cochran managed to win the challenge and the advantage. Since Cochran has the advantage, the others try harder to ensure that Cochran is willing to go to the final three with them. Eddie pitches his plan to vote out Dawn, which Cochran neither confirms nor denies.
Challenge: Teeter Tower
The castaways would use one hand to hold on to a rope to steady a balancing board. With the other hand, they would build a house of cards with wooden tiles on one end of the balancing board. The first castaway to build a tall enough house of cards to reach the finish mark would win.
Reward: An advantage in the next Immunity Challenge.
Winner: John Cochran
Challenge: Vertically Challenged
The castaways would race up a three-story tower to retrieve a bag of puzzle pieces tied to a post and then slide down a water slide. Two more puzzle piece bags would need to be retrieved before the castaways could start on their puzzle. The first castaway to assemble their puzzle would win. For winning the reward challenge, Cochran had the advantage of having his puzzle bags already untied.
Winner: John Cochran
|Removed from Camp|
| Tribal Council 14:|
Eddie (3 votes)
Cochran, Dawn, Sherri
Dawn (1 vote)
| VOTED OUT:|
Cochran's vote was not shown during his confessional.
|“||(voting for Dawn) Sorry, Dawn. Me or you.||”|
|“||(voting for Eddie) Please go home.||”|
|“||(voting for Eddie) I think you're the only person out there that could beat me, so you gotta go.||”|
|“||I think Sherri has a 0% chance of winning, which is why she is going to the final three. I feel like if I would've gone to the final three, first place was mine for the final taking. So, to be honest as much as, you know, it sucks, I'm pretty happy with how I ended up. The fact that it's a Fans vs. Favorites season and that I made it to fourth really speaks a large volume to how I played, and I really wish I was gonna be there in the morning, but I'm out tonight, that's-- that's how it went today.||”|
Final Tribal Council
| Tribal Council 15:|
| Voted for|
Cochran (8 votes)
Andrea, Brenda, Eddie, Erik, Malcolm, Michael, Phillip, Reynold
Dawn (0 votes)
Sherri (0 votes)
| Sole Survivor:|
Malcolm's vote was not shown during his confessional.
|“||(voting for Cochran) Cochran, my Intelligentsia Attaché, you did a wonderful job. I'm very proud of you, and thanks for joining Stealth "R" Us and doing right by the Fans and the Favorites.||”|
|“||(voting for Cochran) This is not the name I thought I'd be writing down tonight.||”|
Behind the Scenes
Life At Ponderosa
- This episode aired on Mother's Day.
- In this episode, Erik Reichenbach becomes the first person to be medically evacuated in the finale episode of a season.
- His evacuation is the latest evacuation in Survivor history, occurring on Night 36.
- This is the second consecutive finale episode to have a Reward Challenge on Day 37.
- Same as the Reward Challenge from last season's finale, the reward for winning the challenge is an advantage at the Final Immunity Challenge.
- However, had Erik not being pulled from the game on Night 36, it would have been an Immunity Challenge.
- The Teeter Totter challenge was a throwback of the penultimate Immunity Challenge in Survivor: South Pacific, Dawn Meehan and John Cochran's original season. However, Dawn and Cochran were already eliminated from the game when the challenge was administered in that season.
- This episode is currently the last finale episode to feature the Rites of Passage.
- This is the second consecutive finale episode to have someone be tied for runner-up after Survivor: Philippines (first were Lisa Whelchel and Michael Skupin who both received one jury vote, then Dawn and Sherri who received no votes).
|Survivor: Caramoan Episodes|
"She Annoys Me Greatly" · "Honey Badger" · "There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay" · "Kill or Be Killed" · "Persona Non Grata" · "Operation Thunder Dome" · "Tubby Lunchbox" · "Blindside Time" · "Cut Off the Head of the Snake" · "Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest" · "Come Over to the Dark Side" · "The Beginning of the End" · "Don't Say Anything About My Mom" · "Last Push" · "Reunion"