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Survivor: Marquesas
Marquesas NB
Season 4
Filming Location Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands
Season Run February 28, 2002 - May 19, 2002
Filming Dates November 12, 2001 - December 20, 2001
Survivors 16
Winner Vecepia Towery
Runner(s)-up Neleh Dennis
Tribes ██ Maraamu
██ Rotu
██ Soliantu
Returnees Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien (8)
Rob Mariano (8, 20, 22)
Viewership (in millions) 20.77[1]
Cast
Marquesas Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor 04 Marquesas Intro ( FULL HD )00:58

Survivor 04 Marquesas Intro ( FULL HD )

Series Chronology
Previous Season Africa
Next Season Thailand

Survivor: Marquesas is the fourth installment of the reality television show Survivor. It premiered on February 28, 2002 and ended May 19, 2002. The season was filmed from November 12 to December 20, 2001 on the island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.

Vecepia Towery beat Neleh Dennis to become the winner of this season, and received the $1,000,000 prize.

DevelopmentEdit

Originally, Jordan was supposed to be the location of the fourth season. Mark Burnett wrote in his autobiography "Jump In" that the Survivor team were in pre-production of Survivor: Arabia - the outline for the opening involved the Survivors boarding a train, then riding on camels to their camp sites. Eventually, as a result of the September 11 attacks and the political situation in the Middle East, CBS were forced to use another place for the show. The Marquesas were chosen as the backup location.

Twist/ChangesEdit

  • Meager supplies: For the first time, the castaways were not given any food rations (such as a limited supply of rice or canned goods). Both tribes' supply crates were drastically reduced to only a magnifying glass, three pans, a fillet knife, two water containers and a magnifying glass, but no food items whatsoever.
  • Tribe Switch: Similar to the previous season, three contestants from both tribes are transferred to their rival tribe.
  • Immunity Necklace: Starting with this season, the winner of the Immunity Challenge reserve the right to transfer the Immunity Necklace to another player, keeping the recipient safe instead and leaving the original wearer vulnerable.
  • Purple Rock tiebreaker: In case of a deadlocked tie and there are no consensus as to how will the vote go, everyone, including people who did not receive votes except the owner of the Immunity Necklace, will pick a rock from a bag. Inside the bag there is one purple rock, and the contestant who gets it will be automatically eliminated from the game.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S4 peter t Peter Harkey
44, Millis, MA
Maraamu 1st Voted Out
Day 3
5
S4 patricia t Patricia Jackson
49, Lugoff, SC
Maraamu 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
S4 hunter t Hunter Ellis
33, La Jolla, CA
Maraamu 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4
S4 sarah t Sarah Jones
24, Newport Beach, CA
Maraamu Maraamu 4th Voted Out
Day 12
11
S4 gabriel t Gabriel Cade
23, Celo, NC
Rotu Rotu 5th Voted Out
Day 15
7
S4 gina t Gina Crews
28, Gainesville, FL
Maraamu Maraamu 6th Voted Out
Day 18
3
S4 rob t Rob Mariano
25, Canton, MA
Maraamu Rotu Soliantu 7th Voted Out
Day 21
8
S4 john t John Carroll
36, Omaha, NE
Rotu Rotu 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
8
S4 zoe t Zoe Zanidakis
35, Monhegan Island, ME
Rotu Rotu 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
8
S4 tammy t Tammy Leitner
29, Mesa, AZ
Rotu Rotu 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
5
S4 robert t Robert DeCanio
38, Queens, NY
Rotu Rotu 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
6
S4 sean t Sean Rector
30, Harlem, NY
Maraamu Rotu 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
7
S4 paschal t Paschal English
56, Thomaston, GA
Rotu Maraamu Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 37
0
S4 kathy t Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien
47, Burlington, VT
Rotu Maraamu 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
5
S4 neleh t Neleh Dennis
21, Layton, UT
Rotu Maraamu Runner-Up 4
S4 vecepia t Vecepia Towery
36, Portland, OR
Maraamu Rotu Sole Survivor 2

Season SummaryEdit

The two tribes, Rotu and Maraamu , as in previous seasons, were assembled before the game. From the beginning, Rotu prospered as a unified, hard-working tribe, while the Maraamu tribe quickly became divided between the leaders (headed by Hunter Ellis), and the workers (led by Rob Mariano). These differences heavily reflected on the first Immunity Challenges, as Maraamu lost five in a row. These losses sent Maraamu to Tribal Council on three consecutive occasions. There, the alliance made between Rob, Sarah Jones, Sean Rector, and Vecepia Towery soon took action eliminating their rivals: Peter Harkey, Patricia Jackson and Hunter, leaving Gina Crews as the outsider.

On Day 10, a random Tribe Switch sent Rob, Sean, and Vecepia to Rotu, while Paschal English, Neleh Dennis, and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien joined Maraamu. With her entire alliance taken away to Rotu, Sarah was left alone with Gina and was voted out after Maraamu's fourth immunity loss. After Sarah's elimination, the new Maraamu tribe, now a paltry tribe of four, went on to win three consecutive challenges. As Maraamu came together, Rotu began to fall apart when Gabriel Cade's different perspective to the game led to John Carroll's decision to get rid of him. With Gabe gone, Rob, Sean and Vecepia found themselves at the mercy of an alliance of four: John, Zoe Zanidakis, Robert DeCanio, and Tammy Leitner. John initially promised that his next target would be the members of the new Maraamu Tribe, and he and Boston Rob shook on the deal, though neither one intended on keeping their promises. In the next challenge Rob led Rotu to a comeback victory, sending Maraamu back to Tribal Council, where Gina was outnumbered by her new tribemates and eliminated from the game, leaving the Maraamu tribe to three.

Before the two tribes merged on Day 19, Rob and Kathy were sent to a meeting in which they had to decide on a name, flag and location for their new tribe. Kathy came up with Soliantu - a word, that is supposed to mean "Sacred Allegiance to the Sun". During the meeting, Rob convinced Kathy that the Rotu tribe intended to vote her out first, and she decided her only option was to prevail in the first Individual Immunity Challenge. With this, Kathy persevered and won, resulting in her receiving the Individual Immunity Necklace. The newly-merged tribe then eliminated Rob due to him being a great threat and causing a great deal of stress in the camp. After Rob's elimination, the Rotu Four became arrogant and careless. They ganged up against the other five castaways in the next Immunity Challenge, showing them the exact order in which they will be sent home. With their fates seemingly obvious, the remaining five decided to act while they still had the numbers advantage, and at the evening's Tribal Council, John was blindsided. Outnumbered by Kathy's new alliance, the remaining members of the "Rotu Four" were subsequently eliminated. With the "Rotu Four" gone and in the jury, the final five resumed their previous factions: Paschal and Neleh against Sean and Vecepia, each pair vying for Kathy's vote. After heated discussion in Tribal Council, Kathy sided with Paschal and Neleh and voted out Sean.

Vecepia, the odd-person out in the alliance, went on to win the next Immunity Challenge; and at Tribal Council, Kathy publicly approached Vecepia to form a voting bloc to take them both to the final two as she knew Paschal and Neleh will never turn on each other. Vecepia agreed to the deal, and they both voted for Neleh, resulting in a tie between her and Kathy. With the vote being deadlocked, a draw of rocks would decide who will go next. Oddly, Paschal, the only other person than Vecepia who didn't have votes, drew the purple rock and was eliminated. When Kathy dropped out at the Final Immunity Challenge, Vecepia went back on her word, and offered Neleh to step down if she took her to the final. Neleh agreed, and Kathy became the final member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Neleh and Vecepia were met with a bitter jury as they were grilled for hiding behind religion to use a form of guilt-free deception. Neleh was castigated by the former "Rotu Four" alliance for initially accepting she would have been contented by reaching the jury phase, only to turn on her word while Vecepia was chastised for constantly shifting from alliance to alliance and was met with heavy disdain for betraying Kathy after publicly aligning with her. Ultimately, it was Vecepia who was crowned Sole Survivor after a close 4-3 vote, and became the first African-American victor.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 Back to the Beach February 28, 2002 None Rotu Peter 5-2-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
23.19 9.1/22
2 Nacho Momma March 7, 2002 Rotu Rotu Patricia 4-3 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
23.40 9.4/23
3 No Pain, No Gain March 13, 2002 Rotu Rotu Hunter 4-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
20.10 8.9/24
4 The Winds Twist March 20, 2002 None Rotu Sarah 4-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
N/A N/A
5 The End of Innocence March 28, 2002 Maraamu Maraamu Gabriel 7-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
N/A 8.2/22
6 The Underdogs April 4, 2002 Maraamu Rotu Gina 3-1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
N/A N/A
7 True Lies April 11, 2002 None Kathy Rob 7-2-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
N/A 7.7/N/A
8 Jury's Out April 18, 2002 Kathy Tammy John 6-3 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
19.88 8.0/23
9 Look Closer: The First 24 Days April 24, 2002 Recap Episode N/A N/A
10 Two Peas in a Pod April 25, 2002 Paschal, Sean Tammy Zoe 7-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
19.42 7.8/20
11 The Princess May 2, 2002 Paschal
[Neleh]
Robert Tammy 5-2 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
19.60 7.8/21
12 Marquesan Vacation May 9, 2002 Kathy Vecepia Robert 5-1 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
20.83 8.1/22
13 A Tale of Two Cities May 16, 2002 Sean Kathy Sean 3-2 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.15 7.5/20
14 The Sole Survivor May 19, 2002 None Vecepia Paschal 2-2;
Tiebreaker
1
Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 37
25.87 10.4/23
Neleh Kathy 1-0 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Neleh 4-3 Runner-Up 18.30 8.3/N/A
Vecepia Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 With a deadlock tie between Kathy and Neleh, the Purple Rock tiebreaker was used, eliminating Paschal (despite not having any votes against him).


Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Marquesas Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S4 peter t
Peter
S4 patricia t
Patricia
S4 hunter t
Hunter
S4 sarah t
Sarah
S4 gabriel t
Gabriel
S4 gina t
Gina
S4 rob t
Rob
S4 john t
John
S4 zoe t
Zoe
S4 tammy t
Tammy
S4 robert t
Robert
S4 sean t
Sean
S4 paschal t
Paschal
S4 kathy t
Kathy
S4 neleh t
Neleh
S4 vecepia t
Vecepia
Vote: 5-2-1 4-3 4-2 4-1 7-1 3-1 7-2-1 6-3 7-1 5-2 5-1 3-2 2-2 No Vote 1-0 4-3
Vecepia Sarah Patricia Hunter Gabriel Rob John Zoe Tammy Robert Neleh Neleh Jury Vote
Neleh Sarah Gina Rob John Zoe Tammy Robert Sean Kathy Kathy
Kathy Sarah Gina Zoe John Zoe Tammy Robert Sean Neleh Neleh
Paschal Sarah Gina Rob John Zoe Tammy Robert Sean Kathy Eliminated Neleh
Sean Sarah Patricia Hunter Gabriel John John Zoe Tammy Robert Neleh Vecepia
Robert Gabriel Rob Sean Zoe Vecepia Sean Vecepia
Tammy Gabriel Rob Sean Zoe Vecepia Vecepia
Zoe Gabriel Rob John Robert Neleh
John Gabriel Rob Sean Vecepia
Rob Peter Patricia Hunter Gabriel John
Gina Peter Sarah Sarah Sarah Kathy
Gabriel Rob
Sarah Peter Patricia Hunter Kathy
Hunter Peter Sarah Sarah
Patricia Peter Sarah
Peter Patricia

Notes:

  • On Day 37, Paschal drew the Purple Rock, sending him home (despite not having any votes against him).

ReceptionEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This was the first season in which the finalists were of the same gender.
  • Jeff Probst said that Survivor will never use the Marquesas as a location again, solely because of the painful bites from the native no-no sandflies.
  • For the first time the loved ones of castaways were on location during the loved ones Reward Challenge (in Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: The Australian Outback only the winner's loved one visited the castaways).
  • For the first time two different contestants won the penultimate and final Immunity Challenges.
  • This is the first season to utilize the Rock Drawing tiebreaker.
  • This is the first time that both original tribes were represented in the Final Tribal Council.
  • This is the first season in which both finalists had votes against them during the game.
  • This is the first season to have a male as the first person voted out.

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