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"Say Goodbye to Gabon"
Gabon F5
The Final Five of Gabon.
Episode Information
Season: Gabon
Episode Number: 14/14 (242)
Original Release: December 14, 2008
Viewership (in millions): 13.77[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.4/11 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The Good Guys Should Win in the End"
Next: "Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start"
(next season)

Say Goodbye to Gabon is the finale episode of Survivor: Gabon.


Day 37

Day 38

Day 39


Immunity (Day 37)

Challenge: A-Mazing Gabon
The castaways would have to dig a hole under a wall, cross a maze made out of planks, and untie a series of knots that would open a gate that led to a maze with 25 Gabonese huts. In three of the huts would be a bag of puzzle pieces. One puzzle bag at a time would need to be retrieved from the maze and dropped off at the finish platform. Once all three bags were retrieved, the first castaway to correctly assemble the puzzle would win.
Winner: Bob Crowley

Immunity Challenge: A-Mazing Gabon
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S17 bob t
S17 ken tS17 matty tS17 sugar tS17 susie t
Ken, Matty, Sugar, & Susie

Immunity (Day 38)

Challenge: House of Cards
The castaways would be given 200 wooden tiles. The first castaway to use the tiles to build a house of cards 10 feet (3.0 m) tall would win. If after 30 minutes, no castaway has built the house of cards to over 10 feet (3.0 m) tall, the castaway who builds the tallest house of cards at the end of the time limit would win.
Winner: Susie Smith

Immunity Challenge: House of Cards
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S17 susie t
S17 bob tS17 matty tS17 sugar t
Bob, Matty, & Sugar

Tribal Council

Day 37

Tribal Council 14:
S17 ken t
Ken (4 votes)
S17 bob tS17 matty tS17 sugar tS17 susie t
Bob, Matty, Sugar, & Susie
S17 susie t
Susie (1 vote)
S17 ken t
S17 ken bw
Ken Hoang

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Ken) I don't know if this really is going to be a blindside or not but I guess we'll see cause I could be going home. Good luck Ken, love ya.

Susie Smith

(votes for Susie) Susie, I'm real proud that you got this far, and I hope you the best.

Ken Hoang

(votes for Ken) Sometimes you're Smeagol and sometimes you're Gollum, good game but it's all inferno? I'll ever know?

Sugar Kiper

(votes for Ken) Kenny, your game is no longer effective, your time in Gabon is over.

Matty Whitmore

(votes for Ken) Ken, you shouldn't have done that.

Bob Crowley

Final Words

Definitely game over for Kenny. And just like in a video game, sometimes it doesn't go your way and you lose. I thought I did extremly well in this game. I was playing a lot of people and in the end I got played myself and hope for them the best. They got me good.

Ken Hoang

Day 38

Tribal Council 15:
Against (Tie)
Voter Tiebreaker
S17 bob t
Bob (2 votes)
S17 matty tS17 susie t
Matty & Susie
S17 matty t
Matty (2 votes)
S17 bob tS17 sugar t
Bob & Sugar
S17 matty bw
Matty Whitmore

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Bob) You know, in a short amount of time, Bob, you've made an impact on my life, and I truly respect the game that you have played.

Matty Whitmore

(votes for Bob) You are exactly Run Around, hey, you played an awesome game, total respect for you.

Susie Smith

(votes for Matty) Hey Matty, a little love from my friends, you may have a little competition tonight.

Bob Crowley

(votes for Matty) Dude, I meant it when I said I love you, but I also love Bob, and I've saved you each once, so now I'm going to leave it up to fate. Good luck with the fire challenge.

Sugar Kiper

Final Words

I've learned more about myself and about life in the last 38 days than I ever have. I grew up quick. And I'm grateful to have this opportunity, and I wouldn't trade it in for the world.

Matty Whitmore

Final Tribal Council

Tribal Council 16:
Jury Vote
Voted for
S17 bob t
Bob (4 votes)
S17 charlie tS17 corinne tS17 marcus tS17 randy t
Charlie, Corinne, Marcus, & Randy
S17 susie t
Susie (3 votes)
S17 crystal tS17 ken tS17 matty t
Crystal, Ken, & Matty
S17 sugar t
Sugar (0 votes)
S17 sugar bw
Sugar Kiper
S17 susie bw
Susie Smith
S17 bob t
Bob Crowley

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Susie) Susie, you and I were friends from Day 1, and we are friends on Day 39. Spend it wisely.

Matty Whitmore

(voting for Bob) You did an awesome job surviving in Africa. I'm just not sure how you survive the real world.

Corinne Kaplan

(votes for Bob) All three of you, KISS MY ASS!

Randy Bailey

Final Results

S17 michelle bw
S17 gillian bw
S17 paloma bw
S17 jacquie bw
S17 gc bw
S17 kelly bw
S17 ace bw
S17 dan bw
S17 marcus bw
S17 charlie bw
S17 randy bw
S17 corinne bw
S17 crystal bw
S17 ken bw
S17 matty bw
S17 sugar bw
S17 susie bw
S17 bob t


  • When Jeff started talking with Corinne, the audience booed her and she responded by blowing them kisses.
  • Bob won the Fan Favorite Award over Sugar and Matty.


Behind the Scenes

Life at Ponderosa

  • The final 3 are glad the game is over. They arrive at Ponderosa and have some fun by eating, drinking and dancing with the others. The next day, everybody is ready to go home and talk about their experience playing Survivor.[2]


  • The Day 37 Tribal Council is the only time when Susie's name was written down on parchment and she didn't get 3 votes.

Episode Title

  • The title was said by Matty in his voting confessional against Ken. 


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