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"Million Dollar Question"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Philippines
Episode Number: 14/15 (381)
Original Release: December 16, 2012
Viewership (in millions): 11.46[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 3.2/8
CBS.com Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Gouge My Eyes Out"
Next: "Reunion"
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Million Dollar Question is the season finale of Survivor: Philippines.

Story

Night 36

Day 37

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".

Day 38

Day 39

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.

Challenges

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

Day 38

Tribal Council 14:
Dangrayne
Voted
Against
Voter
S25 malcolm t
Malcolm (3 votes)
S25 denise tS25 lisa tS25 michael t
Denise, Lisa, Michael
S25 denise t
Denise (1 vote)
S25 malcolm t
Malcolm
VOTED OFF:
S25 malcolm bw
Malcolm Freberg

Voting Confessionals

(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.

Denise


(voting for Denise) (sighs) It sounds like it's either me or you tonight. Um...(expletive censor)

Malcolm



Final Words

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.

Malcolm Freberg



Final Tribal Council

Tribal Council 15:
Jury Vote
Voted for
Winner
Voter
S25 denise t
Denise (6 votes)
S25 abimaria tS25 artis tS25 jeff tS25 jonathan tS25 malcolm tS25 pete t
Abi-Maria, Artis, Jeff, Jonathan, Malcolm, Pete
S25 lisa t
Lisa (1 vote)
S25 rc t
R.C.
S25 michael t
Michael (1 vote)
S25 carter t
Carter
RUNNERS-UP:
S25 lisa bwS25 michael bw
Lisa Whelchel & Michael Skupin
SOLE SURVIVOR:
S25 denise t
Denise Stapley

Voting Confessionals

(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.

R.C.


(voting for Denise) You played a pretty flawless game. My congratulations to you. It hurts, but you did great.

Jonathan


(voting for Michael) You're a good dude. I hope other people recognize the type of game you played out here.

Carter



Final Results

 Zane
18th
S25 zane bw
 Roxanne
17th
S25 roxanne bw
 Angie
16th
S25 angie bw
 Russell
15th
S25 russell bw
 Dana
14th
S25 dana bw
 Dawson
13th
S25 dawson bw
 Katie
12th
S25 katie bw
 R.C.
11th
S25 rc bw
 Jeff
10th
S25 jeff bw
 Artis
9th
S25 artis bw
 Pete
8th
S25 pete bw
S25 jonathan bw
 Carter
6th
S25 carter bw
S25 abimaria bw
 Malcolm
4th
S25 malcolm bw
 Lisa
2nd/3rd
S25 lisa bw
 Michael
2nd/3rd
S25 michael bw
 Denise
Winner
S25 denise t

Trivia

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.

Other

  • 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".
    • There was one Reward Challenge and one Immunity Challenge.
    • Both runners-up received no votes against them during the game.
    • All three finalists received at least one vote from a juror.
    • The final four included a contestant named Denise.
  • 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.

References

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