|"Million Dollar Question"|
|Episode Number:||14/15 (381)|
|Original Release:||December 16, 2012|
|Viewership (in millions):||11.46|
|Previous:||"Gouge My Eyes Out"|
Million Dollar Question is the season finale of Survivor: Philippines.
Denise tries to make a deal with Malcolm, but he is hesitant. Later, Denise tries to make a deal with Lisa and Michael for the Final Three, but Lisa and Michael made the same deal with Malcolm during their previous reward. During the Reward Challenge, Malcolm wins and receives an advantage in the final Immunity Challenge. The other castaways claimed things like "Malcolm doesn't need an advantage" and "he would be tough to beat without immunity".
Denise, Lisa, and Michael enjoyed the traditional Day 39 breakfast. Before the three headed to the Final Tribal Council, they set their shelter ablaze. At the Final Tribal Council, the three made their opening statements to the jury. The jury made their statements to the three and questioned them about their game play. Artis took his statement to attack the three for betraying alliances. Carter asked Michael why he voted him out. Pete questioned Lisa over her perceived betrayal of the former Tandang members. He questioned Denise about why she played a better game than Lisa or Michael. RC questioned Michael about his role in her being sent to the jury. Malcolm also questioned Denise about why she played a better game than the other two. Jeff asked Michael if he was a person who made things happen, watched things happened, or wonder what just happened. He then asked Lisa to give him examples of her not playing in the middle and being assertive. Abi-Maria asked all three why they deserved her vote. Jonathan spent his time attacking the final three and revealing Lisa's past as a television star to the jury. When the final vote came, the jury decided that Denise was the most deserving and awarder her the title of Sole Survivor by a vote of 6–1–1.
Challenge: Dragon Slayer
Castaways must make their way through various obstacles on a course, obtaining three bags of puzzle pieces along the way. Once they have all three bags, they will return to the start, where they will use the puzzle pieces to assemble a dragon puzzle. The first person to do this will win reward.
Reward: An advantage in the Final Immunity Challenge.
Winner: Malcolm Freberg
Challenge: The Ball Drop
Castaways must balance a small metal ball on a wooden cylinder, while holding the center cylinder in place with two wooden handles. Every 5 minutes, new pieces will be added, making it harder to balance the ball on the center cylinder. The castaway who balances their ball the longest will win immunity.
Additional Stipulation: As Malcolm won the last Reward Challenge, he had an advantage in this Immunity Challenge. If Malcolm's ball were to drop, he would be given a second chance and allowed to place the ball back on the center cylinder.
Winner: Michael Skupin
| Tribal Council 14:|
Malcolm (3 votes)
Denise, Lisa, Michael
Denise (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
|“||(voting for Malcolm) Hey, Malcolm. I completely respect the way you play the game, but I tried to approach you, and you didn't give me a commitment. So, I helped make your bed.||”|
|“||(voting for Denise) (sighs) It sounds like it's either me or you tonight. Um...(expletive censor)||”|
|“||Maybe I pushed too hard, I leveraged too much. I had them so driven to finally play the game and see threats, and they finally saw me as a threat. It's just, I'm pissed off that I'm not gonna be at the end. Right now, it's painful for a lifelong fan.||”|
Final Tribal Council
| Tribal Council 15:|
| Voted for|
Denise (6 votes)
Abi-Maria, Artis, Jeff, Jonathan, Malcolm, Pete
Lisa (1 vote)
Michael (1 vote)
Lisa Whelchel and Michael Skupin
| SOLE SURVIVOR:|
|“||(voting for Lisa) The minute I got on the raft, I wanted you gone because I knew what a threat you really were, so you certainly deserve this vote.||”|
|“||(voting for Denise) You played a pretty flawless game. My congratulations to you. It hurts, but you did great.||”|
|“||(voting for Michael) You're a good dude. I hope other people recognize the type of game you played out here.||”|
Behind the Scenes
Life at Ponderosa
Malcolm is warmly received by the other jurors, with Carter handing him a bottle of beer. Malcolm vents his frustration on how close he was to making Day 39 before going for his post-game medical, where he lost a total of 10 pounds, which surprised him as he said that he "wasn't that skinny since middle school".
The next day, the jurors prepare for the Final Tribal Council by pondering on their speeches.
- This is the first episode since "Create a Little Chaos" in which a member of the original Matsing tribe is voted out.
- The name of the Reward Challenge, Dragon Slayer, is a reference to Coach Wade's moniker.
- This episode shares many things in common with Survivor: China's "A Slippery Little Sucker".
- This is the first finale to have both a recurring Final Immunity Challenge and a Final Three.
- This is the third consecutive finale where a female who started on a blue tribe wins the season.
- The next female Sole Survivor, Natalie Anderson, would later also start on a blue tribe.
- Dalton Ross from Entertainment Weekly heavily criticized the inclusion of an advantage for the Final Immunity Challenge, claiming that it is the most important challenge of the game and should be kept fair.
- This is the first episode since "You've Got That Puzzled Look" where there are co-runners up and the first since "A Slippery Little Sucker" where all of the final three receive votes to win from the jury.
- This episode is the first since "The Good Guys Should Win in the End" from Survivor: Gabon where only one person wins individual reward.
|Survivor: Philippines Episodes|
"Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops" · "Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights" · "This Isn't a 'We' Game" · "Create a Little Chaos" · "Got My Swag Back" · "Down and Dirty" · "Not the Only Actor on This Island" · "Dead Man Walking" · "Little Miss Perfect" · "Whiners Are Wieners" · "Hell Hath Frozen Over" · "Shot into Smithereens" · "Gouge My Eyes Out" · "Million Dollar Question" · "Reunion"