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"Million Dollar Decision"
San juan del sur julie quitsMissing John and feeling ostracized by the tribe, Julie decides to quit the game.
Episode Information
Season: San Juan del Sur
Episode Number: 7/14 (406)
Original Release: November 5, 2014
Viewership (in millions): 9.31[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 2.3/7
CBS.com Summary: Link
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Previous: Make Some Magic Happen
Next: Wrinkle in the Plan
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Million Dollar Decision is the seventh episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur.

The merge episode followed the battle of two alliances, led by Jeremy Collins and Josh Canfield on the new Huyopa tribe, particularly for the allegiance of swing votes Jaclyn Schultz and Jon Misch. The episode also centered on Julie McGee, who felt alone without her boyfriend and was ostracized by the tribe after hoarding trail mix, and her decision to quit the game.

Story

Previously On... Survivor: Hunahpu was starving and decided to trade nearly everything for a bag of rice. And no one felt it more than Julie. But despite losing everything, Hunahpu won the Immunity Challenge. Back at camp, Dale was in trouble and hoped his fake Immunity Idol could keep him in the game. Worried that the Idol was real, the majority alliance decided to split the vote between Dale and their ally, Keith. And at Tribal Council Keith was shocked to get votes but in the end, it was Dale who was sent home leaving Keith confused and in the dark. Twelve are left. Who will be voted out tonight?

Jeff Probst


Day 16

Last night we voted Dale out but there's been so much paranoia and talk of him having an idol we decided that Baylor and I would write Keith but I had some reserve about it 'cause I knew we're going to sit pretty. No one likes have their name written down.

Missy Payne


When I saw my name come up twice at Tribal I said "What in the world, are you kidding me?! My name wasn't in the plan. Did I miss the memo?"

Keith Nale


It was Missy and Baylor that voted for me and they give me some lame excuse. Well, I need somebody to stays loyal. Shoot, I'm done with y'all. I'll leave you hanging dry and high.

Keith Nale


We got our Tree Mail that basically said we were merged and it was a mixed emotion feeling at that point because we needed to get rid of Jeremy and we didn't do it when we had the chance because we've not gone to Tribal with this full tribe. So now it makes it a little more precarious to get Jeremy out but we can do this.

Josh Canfield


In this game I always say like it goes, you have ups and downs, ups and downs... and I was down. At Hunahpu, Reed and Josh were in charge and they ran it and I took a backseat and that's alright, you know, you guys have your fun. But its merge time. Now its time to go and I want to crush 'em.

Jeremy Collins


We got Tree Mail that said pack your things, we are merging. I'm really excited. It's a big milestone for me and Jon to have made the merge together. We never thought that this would have happened. Now here we are both going into it, Day 16 at the merge and once we get to the other side we'll feel it out. Because we're definitely keeping our options open.

Jaclyn Schultz


Coming into the merge, its a whole new chapter. We're all coming back together, you're trying to figure out what still stands, what has dissipated and then there's this Blood vs. Water element. Have a natural alliance that's built in that's so apparent and then you have people that don't have their Loved Ones in the game anymore so it's going to be interesting to see what happens.

Reed Kelly


Having absolutely nothing for 16 days and then seeing this giant feast waiting and its got cheese, and trail mix, and booze, and lobster, and shrimp, and it was awesome!

Jon Misch


On our previous tribe we just had one couple and that was Reed and Josh. That was a little annoying, you know, kind of seeing them having their lover's vacay. But now that we're merged we have multiple Loved Ones together and its really tough on me, is I miss my boyfriend John. I kind of want to separate myself from the group and go and cry a little bit.

Julie McGee


That feast was the number one highlight of this game so far. I mean, everything was great. We got to take all the food left we had home so we'll have a feast tomorrow too.

Wes Nale


I'm exited to play with Wes. Its been sixteen days and um yeah, it was good to see him. So I could care less about Missy and Baylor (spits).

Keith Nale


The game all of a sudden is like speeding 'cause you're doing so much. You're going through exhaustion, you're going through this mental mind craziness and then to add on to all that the elements out here, it's not easy. But now we're merged and it's a little daunting with so many people and it's a little scary and it's a little uncomfortable because this is where you make or break if you're going to have the numbers for the rest of this game.

Josh Canfield


The merge is a milestone but I think even more than that this is where the game starts, its like the first half of the game is, those are the prelims, you know. This is a total different level of play, like we have to all step our games up.

Jeremy Collins


The only way I'm going to continue on in this game is if I can keep numbers so I have myself, Nat, always Julie. Julie is just a number. Now I need to get two couples, Jon, Jaclyn and Missy and Baylor.

Jeremy Collins


As soon as I got here there was a few people I wanted to talk to but Jon was number one on the list.

Jeremy Collins


The first vibe I got from Jon was a good vibe. He has Jaclyn. I said alright we're good, we're back together, we're moving forward.

Jeremy Collins


Missy's been with me since Day 1. I know I have Missy and Missy will bring Baylor. We have seven, that's all we need.

Jeremy Collins


I'll tell you what, alliances are crazy right now and there's a lot of mayhem, and a lot of talking going on. I think Jeremy's been talking to everyone. He's trying to just gather his troops around because he knows that it could be the couples. The goal is just to make sure that Jeremy doesn't get the numbers before we get the numbers, 'cause if not, I'm screwed.

Josh Canfield


Day 17

Wesley's birthday is today. As a matter of fact, I woke up this morning and forgot all about it and then uh, Josh wished him Happy Birthday before I did.

Keith Nale


Yeah I did forget for a minute but uh, no big deal. I finally remembered and wished him Happy Birthday and everything's, everything's good. Happy Birthday right here on the beach.

Keith Nale


There are four people who are singles and eight people who are couples so I'm thinking: why don't we stick together as couples and be able to get down to numbers with the people we love? Right now my tightest alliance is me and Reed, Alec, Wes and Keith but that's still five. We need at least seven so I think I can still get Baylor to vote with me, um, because I did save her once and Missy is gonna transfer with Baylor to me.

Josh Canfield


That's difficult because my mom has a bunch of alliances, I only have one, strong one with Josh and she's with Jon, Jaclyn, Jeremy, Natalie so being aligned with Josh still is really difficult for me right now. Starting off this game, me and Josh immediately aligned and he pretty much protected me. That's what's hardest for me, is you know, being like thank you so much for helping me, now I have to vote you out.

Baylor Wilson


I chatted to Baylor and I was like: "I saved your life and now we come over here and you're just gonna not, like ignore that completely?" Like I honestly was a little hurt.

Josh Canfield


Baylor is 20 and sometimes she acts like she's 30 and sometimes she acts like she's 10. She has this need to please but she's gonna have to figure out how to handle her heart 'cause she does have a sweet heart, um, when it comes down to voting Reed or Josh out.

Missy Payne


I mean I know she respects me but the difference is she's coming to me and asking me questions and it feels pretty good because it's like OK, yeah I've made some bad decisions in my life, she's had to stand by and watch 'em and I felt really pretty crappy about that. No mom is proud of being divorced one, two or three times and especially to have your kid have to watch you go through it but it's like I get to kind of redeem myself here and she's watching it because no she's back to being my kid and she's listening to me and I'm like: "look, trust me on this, follow my lead, get in the backseat and let me drive, we're going to head down this path and we're going to be fine but you got to listen to me".

Missy Payne


I feel like the time that Baylor was away from me that she really got under her mom's influence in diverting her away from myself and Reed so now I've no other options. Besides Jon and Jaclyn, we have to make a play for these people or we will be out of the numbers.

Josh Canfield


Josh approached Jaclyn and I and said you know, "we would love to work with you". Once again we find ourselves in the middle. Seems that Jaclyn and I became a power couple once the tribe swap happened when two couples, we were kind in the middle and both of them needed our help. So we're being given a lot of opportunities to control our fate.

Jon Misch


It's the exact same story again with me and Jon. We are for sure in the middle so it's like which way do me and Jon go? It's really stressful because one wrong vote could be a million dollar decision.

Jaclyn Schultz


Day 18

I know that everybody is looking out for any food that's just laying around and at this point I still have a little trail mix I took from the feast but um, I'm keeping them in my bag and now I feel a little guilty, I feel like I need to throw it out or something because everybody else has munched out of everything that they had already. If I showed everybody what I had it would be gone like that. I was smart enough to gather it then it's mine. I got some of the leftover nuts, a few apricots and a few dates and I'll share with who I like.

Julie McGee


Missing trail mix. We found out Julie has it in her bag. The smallest girl here. It is one of the most selfish things you could do in Survivor, I feel like, so a lot of people are pissed off at her for that and we're probably going to take it from her bag and eat it all.

Wes Nale


At home OK, take trail mix. OK, no big deal, yeah it's trail mix. Who cares? Here, we don't have anything to eat. She's selfish and she's awful and I can't trust someone in my alliance who's stealing people's food. It's ridiculous!

Jon Misch


It was the weirdest thing when I walked back up to camp. It was literally like you could just slice the tension with a knife. I'm a pretty observant person. It doesn't take a brilliant person to figure out what's going on right here. I'm feeling some of my tribemates know that I was hoarding or stealing trail mix and right now I feel like I got a fire under my butt so things don't look so good for me right now.

Julie McGee


I'm definitely in the most precarious situation I've been in, in this game yet. Without Jon and Jaclyn on board it's still not a majority. I think my name will be on the chopping block so I'm just going to go out there and try to win and fight 'till the end.

Josh Canfield


It's crazy, I won Immunity. It come down to me and Wesley. I'm not ready to turn over the reins to him but uh, tonight is critical. We'll know exactly where everybody stands after tonight's vote.

Keith Nale


My first individual Immunity Challenge, first one out. This is ridiculous. I thought I'd kill these challenges. I'm terrible at these challenges. I was out before an old guy, a mom, Ju... (laughs) I was out before Julie. I was out before Julie! But going into the Tribal Council tonight I feel like I'm safe, I feel like we have the numbers.

Jeremy Collins


I heard Alec's little punk butt saying something about trail mix and I'm definitely angry but um, I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm just, I'm, I'm really lost, I'm feeling really low, I'm feeling lost and confused.

Julie McGee


She stole food and put it in her bag and didn't share with anybody and it's obnoxious, it really is but Julie goes home well then that hurts us. One messed up vote at Tribal can kind of throw this whole plan into the toilet.

Missy Payne


I needed to talk to somebody. I feel like I could trust Missy but when she told me to "stick it out, I'm here for you, I'm your Loved One, I'm you're Loved One" when John's gone, "and just do this, we need you". I get it, I'm a smart gal. They need me because they want to get further based on using me. Hey, I'm not going to hate 'em for it, the way the game goes but I see clearly what that is and I can make a decision right now based on what I need.

Julie McGee


Josh is the only one in Josh's alliance that is playing the game. If you take him out, it's over!

Jeremy Collins


This is my home turf but I have to give Jeremy props because he is playing this game and actually he's playing it well. It just is opposite to what I'm doing and so it's frustrating. We have to get Jaclyn and Jon. It would make sense to go couples together and singles out. Blood vs. Water, that's what this game is about. Why don't we get rid of the people who don't have their Loved Ones anymore?

Josh Canfield


After looking at the options, feeling out the people, I've found myself making a complete 180 in terms of what alliances I am supporting.

Jon Misch


Looks like we're going to be going on the couples train and voting Jeremy out today. I've preached against jumping ship before because if you jump ship you're going to be on the bottom of the totem pole but we are a couple so going with Josh, Reed, Alec, Wes and Keith has more long term potential with fewer bumps in the road.

Jon Misch


I never thought in my wildest dreams that Blood vs. Water would be this difficult. It has been the longest 3 weeks of my life away from the man I love and it's like taking a toll on me.

Julie McGee


As soon as Jeff says Julie's gone I instantly think about the numbers. She was my number, you know I needed that. And so now I could be going home tonight.

Jeremy Collins


Julie quit the game which puts Jeremy and that alliance a little more at unease because they have one less number and I'm happy about that because our odds are better at Tribal tonight to get Jeremy out.

Josh Canfield


I do feel like with Julie's early exit it was not on our side 'cause we wanted to get Jeremy out right then and that plan was solid it seemed like, but Jeremy hopefully is on borrowed time now and I don't think he even realized. I think he thinks that Reed or myself would be gone today and there was a 20% chance of that happening but I think there was an 80% chance of Jeremy leaving.

Josh Canfield


Yeah Julie kind of messed it up. I wanted Josh out of the game. I feel like it bothered me more than everybody else. I'm upset that she left because she really messed up my plans.

Jeremy Collins


Challenges

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

Immunity Challenge: Take the Reins
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Castaway S29 keith t
Keith
S29 wes t
Wes
S29 jon t
Jon
S29 josh t
Josh
S29 natalie t
Natalie
S29 jaclyn t
Jaclyn
S29 alec t
Alec
S29 baylor t
Baylor
S29 reed t
Reed
S29 julie t
Julie
S29 missy t
Missy
S29 jeremy t
Jeremy

Tribal Council

Removed from Camp
QUIT:
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

Coyopa
S29 alec t
Alec
S29 baylor t
Baylor
S29 dale bw
Dale
S29 jaclyn t
Jaclyn
S29 john bw
John
S29 josh t
Josh
S29 nadiya bw
Nadiya
S29 val bw
Val
S29 wes t
Wes
Hunahpu
S29 drew bw
Drew
S29 jeremy t
Jeremy
S29 jon t
Jon
S29 julie bw
Julie
S29 keith t
Keith
S29 kelley bw
Kelley
S29 missy t
Missy
S29 natalie t
Natalie
S29 reed t
Reed

Trivia

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.

Other

  • 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 Schultz said that picking the alliance to side with would be a "million dollar decision".
      • Julie McGee 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 McGee becomes the twelfth castaway to quit the game.
  • After reading the announcement of the merge, Jon Misch told his girlfriend Jaclyn Schultz 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 Nale celebrated his 24th birthday on Day 17.
  • Keith Nale is the second contestant named Keith to win the first individual Immunity Challenge, after Keith Famie in Survivor: The Australian Outback.

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