"Million Dollar Decision"
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: San Juan del Sur
Episode Number: 7/15 (433)
Original Release: November 5, 2014
Viewership (in millions): 9.31[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 2.3/7
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Make Some Magic Happen"
Next: "Wrinkle in the Plan"

Million Dollar Decision is the seventh episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur.


Day 16

Day 17

Day 18


Immunity Challenge: Take the Reins
Each person is going to balance a ball on a disc, which is attached to ropes. At regular intervals, they will each move their hands farther back on the rope making it more difficult to balance. After 25 minutes, a second ball will be added. If at any point a ball drops, that person is out of the challenge. The last person left standing wins immunity.
Winner: Keith Nale

Tribal Council

Removed from Camp
S29 julie bw
Julie McGee

Final Words

This has been mentally exhausting and I think I'm going to have to deal with a lot of backlash but I was the one here. I was the one living it, I was the one not eating, I was the one close to dehydration, I was the one in the heat, I was the one missing my loved one with no communication for three weeks. Only I know how tough this was on me.

Julie McGee

Still in the Running

S29 nadiya bw
S29 val bw
S29 john bw
S29 drew bw
S29 kelley bw
S29 dale bw
S29 julie bw
S29 alec t
S29 baylor t
S29 jaclyn t
S29 jeremy t
S29 jon t
S29 josh t
S29 keith t
S29 missy t
S29 natalie t
S29 reed t
S29 wes t


Behind the Scenes

  • I Was Nervous: Jaclyn elaborates on the excitement of making the merge, noting that she and Jon had not expected to both make it to that point. She also reflects on her time in the game with and without her boyfriend, and enthuses about the exciting experience of the merge feast.[2]
  • The Naming of the Tribe: Reed discusses the process of naming the tribe, and his excitement at being the one to coin the name Huyopa.
  • Tribe Name & Flag: Baylor details her involvement, with Jaclyn, Julie and Natalie, in painting the tribe flag, drawing on her cheerleading experiences - and reveals Keith Nale's artistic side as he was responsible for etching the emblem on the flag in charcoal.


  • This episode is the second to have "Million Dollar" in its title, the other being "Million Dollar Question".
    • The phrase "million dollar" was said many times during the episode:
      • Jaclyn said that picking the alliance to side with would be a "million dollar decision".
      • Julie said that her quit might be a "million dollar quit" that could affect her alliance.
      • Jeff Probst said "million dollar break" to the Huyopa tribe after saying that Tribal Council is postponed after Julie's quit.
  • Julie becomes the twelfth castaway to quit the game.
  • After reading the announcement of the merge, Jon told his girlfriend Jaclyn they could still date each other. This was a reference to Kat Edorsson's phrase in the original Blood vs. Water season, "Who wants to date someone who does not make it to the merge?" after being voted out.
  • This is the first episode since "The Dragon Slayer" that Tribal Council is not visited right after the merge due to a quit or evacuation.
  • Wes celebrated his 24th birthday on Day 17.
  • Keith is the second contestant named Keith to win the first individual Immunity Challenge, after Keith Famie in Survivor: The Australian Outback.