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Survivor: Thailand
Thailand NB
Season 5
Filming Location Ko Tarutao, Satun Province, Thailand
Season Run September 19, 2002 - December 19, 2002
Filming Dates June 10, 2002 - July 18, 2002
Survivors 16
Winner Brian Heidik
Runner(s)-up Clay Jordan
Tribes ██ Chuay Gahn
██ Sook Jai
██ Chuay Jai
Returnees Shii Ann Huang (8)
Viewership (in millions) 21.21[1]
Cast
Thailand CastPhoto
Opening Sequence
Survivor 5 Thailand opening credits01:01

Survivor 5 Thailand opening credits

Series Chronology
Previous Season Marquesas
Next Season The Amazon

Survivor: Thailand was the fifth season of Survivor. It was won by Brian Heidik, who defeated Clay Jordan by a 4-3 vote.

In 2011, the season was released on DVD exclusively through Amazon.com.

DevelopmentEdit

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Twists/ChangesEdit

  • Tribes chosen by oldest contestants: Unlike the previous four editions where the producers pre-selected the contestants' tribe affiliations, this season had the contestants choose their own tribemates. The fact that elders are given utmost respect in Thailand was incorporated into the game by allowing the eldest male contestant, Jake Billingsley, and the eldest female contestant, Jan Gentry, to divide the rest of the group into two tribes.
  • Camp with advantages and disadvantages: Similar to the previous season, the tribes had camps with pros and cons. Camp Chuay Gahn is virtually a cave, thus making shelter a non-issue, though its water source was on the other side of the island. Sook Jai's camp has a nearby water hole, though they have to make their own shelter.
  • Mutiny: On Day 14 the castaways were invited to change tribe affiliations at will.
  • Pre-Merge Survivor Auction: For the first (and so far only) time in the history of the series the Survivor Auction was held during the game's tribal phase. The auction itself was a bidding competition between the two tribes and not between individuals.
  • Fake Merge and Delayed Merge: On Day 19, the Sook Jai tribe was instructed to move to Chuay Gahn's old camp. This created a situation where the two tribes lived at the same camp without being merged (as they were soon to find out). The actual merger took place six days later, on Day 25.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S5 john t John Raymond
40, Slidell, LA
Chuay Gahn 1st Voted Out
Day 3
6
S5 tanya t Tanya Vance
27, Kingsport, TN
Chuay Gahn 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
S5 jed t Jed Hildebrand
25, Dallas, TX
Sook Jai 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
S5 ghandia t Ghandia Johnson
33, Denver, CO
Chuay Gahn 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5
S5 stephanie t Stephanie Dill
29, Fayetteville, AR
Sook Jai 5th Voted Out
Day 15
5
S5 robb t Robb Zbacnik
23, Scottsdale, AZ
Sook Jai 6th Voted Out
Day 18
5
S5 shiiann t Shii Ann Huang
28, New York City, NY
Sook Jai 7th Voted Out
Day 21
10
S5 erin t Erin Collins
26, Austin, TX
Sook Jai 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
3
S5 ken t Ken Stafford
30, Brooklyn, NY
Sook Jai Chuay Jai 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
6
S5 penny t Penny Ramsey
27, Plano, TX
Sook Jai 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
5
S5 jake t Jake Billingsley
60, McKinney, TX
Sook Jai 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
7
S5 ted t Ted Rogers, Jr.
37, Durham, NC
Chuay Gahn 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
7
S5 helen t Helen Glover
47, Middletown, RI
Chuay Gahn 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
5
S5 jan t Jan Gentry
53, Tampa, FL
Chuay Gahn 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
5
S5 clay t Clay Jordan
46, Monroe, LA
Chuay Gahn Runner-Up 3
S5 brian t Brian Heidik
34, Quartz Hill, CA
Chuay Gahn Sole Survivor 0

Season SummaryEdit

The game began with the contestants being brought to the island in two boats, one for each gender. This led the contestants to assume that the tribes would be divided by gender. However, this theory was proved wrong when Jake Billingsley and Jan Gentry, the eldest male and female contestants, were given the opportunity to select their own tribemates (as Thai culture stated that elders received utmost respect) - a first in the series. Ultimately, Jan's picks were mostly older, weaker contestants (much to the ire of her teammates), and this left Jake to pick the younger, more athletic players. Jake and Jan were then asked to choose one of two campsites for their tribe dwellings, with contrasting advantages and disadvantages. Jan's pick was a campsite with a cave (eliminating the need of creating a shelter) but a campsite with the difficulty to find its water source, while Jake chose the other camp, a beach that has a nearby water source, but difficult to build a shelter.

After six days of competition, the younger (albeit turmoil-stricken) Sook Jai tribe dominated the elderly Chuay Gahn tribe in challenges, with Chuay Gahn's members immediately decimated to six, with the loss of John Raymond and Tanya Vance. Chuay Gahn's fortunes turned around after the first losses, and they went on to win the next Reward Challenge and then the Immunity Challenge, thus temporarily sending Sook Jai to Tribal Council. The lack of shelter at Sook Jai proved to be a source of tension in the tribe, as the tribe members quickly became divided between those who worked on building the shelter and those who gathered water and food. Jed Hildebrand, Robb Zbacnik, and Stephanie Dill ignored the shelter work, separated themselves from the rest of the tribe, and chose to sleep on the beach rather than in the shelter. This situation helped to create two alliances within the tribe.

Despite their newly-found vigor, Chuay Gahn also had their share of mishaps, when Ghandia Johnson accused Ted Rogers, Jr. of having sexual advances with her, which the latter denied. This argument threatened the unity within the tribe, and as a result they lost another Immunity Challenge. Ghandia tried to make an all-female voting alliance with Jan and Helen Glover, but Helen sided with the men to get rid of Ghandia. After Ghandia's elimination, Chuay Gahn finally pulled it together. They managed to win the next two Immunity Challenges. Meanwhile on Sook Jai, the core alliance of Jake, Penny Ramsey, Shii Ann Huang, and Ken Stafford eliminated the alliance outsiders Stephanie and Robb, thus evening up the tribes with five members apiece.

On Day 19, a twist in the game sent Sook Jai to live together with the Chuay Gahns at their camp, making everybody believe that a merge had occurred. With this, Sook Jai member Shii Ann, who deemed herself as the lowest-ranking person in her alliance, made a voting bloc alliance with the Chuay Gahn members to ensure her safety. However, in a shocking announcement at the seventh Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst revealed that the tribes weren't merging yet, they were just living together on one beach. With Sook Jai suffering two Immunity losses in a row, Shii Ann and Erin Collins paid the price, dwindling the once strong Sook Jai tribe to a paltry three members against Chuay Gahn's five.

On Day 25, the two tribes finally merged into the Chuay Jai tribe, but the deficit Sook Jai faced entering the merge overwhelmed them, and they were systematically eliminated. With only Chuay Gahn members left, the remaining survivors were faced with the reality of having to vote one of their own out. Helen and Ted quickly targeted Clay Jordan for his lack of work ethic. However, Brian Heidik, who had made separate alliances with three of the four other people, used his influence to manipulate the vote to his liking. At the next three Tribal Councils, Brian swerved the vote in the direction of Ted, whom he perceived as the biggest physical threat, then Helen, for catching her playing both sides and, finally, Jan, for being well-liked.

At the Final Tribal Council, Brian was castigated for breaking friendships to further his interests, while Clay was admonished for his racist remarks and his poor work ethic. Eventually, Brian's athleticism and superb strategy awarded him the Jury votes he needed to win the title of Sole Survivor.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 The Importance of Being Eldest September 19, 2002 None Sook Jai John 6-1-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
23.05 9.6/28
2 The Great Divide September 26, 2002 Sook Jai Sook Jai Tanya 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
21.72 8.6/21
3 Family Values October 3, 2002 Chuay Gahn Chuay Gahn Jed 5-3 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
20.60 8.5/N/A
4 Gender Bender October 10, 2002 Sook Jai Sook Jai Ghandia 4-2 4th Voted Out
Day 12
21.16 8.6/22
5 The Ocean's Surprise October 17, 2002 Survivor
Auction
Chuay Gahn Stephanie 5-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
N/A 8.3/23
6 The Power of One October 24, 2002 Sook Jai Chuay Gahn Robb 5-1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
20.80 8.4/N/A
7 Assumptions October 31, 2002 None Chuay Gahn Shii Ann 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
N/A 7.5/N/A
8 Sleeping with the Enemy November 7, 2002 None Chuay Gahn Erin 3-1 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
N/A N/A
9 Desperate Measures November 14, 2002 Brian Clay Ken 5-3 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
21.62 8.6/22
10 While the Cats Are Away November 21, 2002 Brian
[Clay]
Helen Penny 4-2-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
N/A N/A
11 The First 30 Days November 28, 2002 Recap Episode N/A N/A
12 A Big Surprise... and Another December 5, 2002 Helen Ted Jake 5-1 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
21.50 8.6/N/A
13 The Tides Are Turning December 12, 2002 Ted
[Helen]
Brian Ted 4-1 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.00 7.4/N/A
14 Slip through Your Fingers December 19, 2002 None Brian Helen 3-1 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
24.08 9.9/26
Brian Jan 1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Clay 4-3 Runner-Up 20.42 9.2/24
Brian Sole Survivor

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Thailand Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14
Eliminated: S5 john t
John
S5 tanya t
Tanya
S5 jed t
Jed
S5 ghandia t
Ghandia
S5 stephanie t
Stephanie
S5 robb t
Robb
S5 shiiann t
Shii Ann
S5 erin t
Erin
S5 ken t
Ken
S5 penny t
Penny
S5 jake t
Jake
S5 ted t
Ted
S5 helen t
Helen
S5 jan t
Jan
S5 clay t
Clay
S5 brian t
Brian
Vote: 6-1-1 5-2 5-3 4-2 5-2 5-1 4-1 3-1 5-3 4-2-1 5-1 4-1 3-1 1-0 4-3
Brian John Tanya Ghandia Ken Penny Jake Ted Helen Jan Jury Vote
Clay John Tanya Ghandia Ken Jake Jake Ted Helen
Jan John Tanya Clay Ken Penny Jake Ted Helen Brian
Helen Clay Tanya Ghandia Ken Penny Jake Ted Jan Brian
Ted John Tanya Ghandia Ken Penny Jake Jan Brian
Jake Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Erin Ted Jan Jan Brian
Penny Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Erin Ted Jake Clay
Ken Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Erin Ted Clay
Erin Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Ken Clay
Shii Ann Jed Stephanie Robb Penny
Robb Shii Ann Shii Ann Shii Ann
Stephanie Shii Ann Shii Ann
Ghandia John Helen Clay
Jed Shii Ann
Tanya John Helen
John Ghandia

ReceptionEdit

The season was infamous for its lack of likeable cast members, most of them remembered as mean-spirited and hostile, while others didn't live up to expectations. The host Jeff Probst himself declared this season as his least favorite, even calling its top four contestants the "least likeable" ever.[3][4]

TriviaEdit

  • This season marks the first time that Jeff Probst could not determine against whom a vote was cast. In the episode Gender Bender, Clay cast a vote for Ghandia that read "Bye Bye Denver Diva". Probst actually had to ask whoever cast the vote to explain what it meant.
  • This was the first time that the Jury phase began before the merge.
  • This is also the first time that the winner won the Final Immunity Challenge.
  • This season is tied with Survivor: Fiji for having the least number of players to return in a future season, prior to Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, with only 1.
  • This season marks the first time two tribes lived on one beach without being merged as part of the Fake Merge twist. This concept would later be used as the central twist in Survivor: One World.
  • This season is the first to have an all-male final two.
  • Thus far, it is the only season to feature the Survivor Auction before the merge, with tribes competing.
  • Thus far, it is the season to have the fewest castaways comprise the merged tribe with eight.
  • This season marks the first time that the castaway's loved ones were able to compete alongside them in an Immunity Challenge.
  • This was the first season in which Jeff Probst hosted Reunion Show.
  • This is the first season to feature an Asian American contestant.
  • This is the first season not to include any LGBT contestants.
  • This is the first season to not feature a tie vote or tiebreaker challenge.
  • The season's jury phase mirrors to that of Survivor: Borneo, where one tribe got systematically voted out, leaving the five representatives of the other tribe by Day 34. Then, at the Final Tribal Council, three of the four members of the obliterated tribe voted for the eventual runner-up, then the fourth member, plus the jurors from the other tribe voted for the winner.
  • This was the first season not to feature a Survivor Smorgasbord for the second Immunity Challenge. Instead, it was incorporated as part of the Loved Ones Challenge, with the loved ones having to eat the disgusting food in order to spend time with their respective castaway.
  • This is currently the only season where all the tribe names are composed of two words.

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