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Susan Hawk
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Contestant Profile
Birth Date August 17, 1961 (1961-08-17) (age 53)
Hometown Waukesha, Wisconsin
Occupation Truck driver

Survivor: Borneo

Tribe(s) Tagi
Rattana
Placement 4/16
Challenge(s) Won 5
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 37

Survivor: All-Stars

Tribe(s) Chapera
Placement 13/18
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 0
Day(s) Lasted 16
Gallery
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Susan "Sue" Hawk was a contestant on Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: All-Stars.

She is best remembered for the infamous "Snakes and Rats" speech during the Final Tribal Council of Borneo and the grindgate incident between her and Richard Hatch in All-Stars.

Profile

Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Susan attended Waukesha South Campus High School. Currently employed as a truck driver, she previously owned and operated a hunting and fishing camp in N.W. Ontario, Canada. Prior to that, she worked as a horse trainer and a waitress/bartender.

Susan's three favorite hobbies are hunting, swimming and fishing. She enjoys hunting birds with her dogs, Ellie and Stinky. She describes herself as motivated, resourceful, and flexible. Her favorite television shows are "The Drew Carey Show" and "Who's Line is It Anyway?" Her favorite feature film is "Papillion" (starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman) and she prefers to listen to 60's and 70's rock and roll music.

A perfect day for Susan begins at 2:00 AM to walk the dogs. She would be at work by 5:00 AM delivering concrete, and be home by 6:00 PM for a quick run in the woods with husband, Tim, and of course Ellie and Stinky, who would be looking for pheasants. Returning home, they would eat dinner and retreat to the hot tub for a romantic evening.

Susan currently resides in Palmyra, Wisconsin. She is a member of the Wisconsin Road Team, an organization of truck drivers that travel throughout the state to teach student drivers how to share the road safely with big trucks. Her birth date is August 17, 1961.

Survivor: Borneo

I plead to the jury tonight to think a little bit of the island we have been on. This island is full of, pretty much, only two things - snakes and rats. And in the end of Mother Nature, we have Richard The Snake, who knowingly went after prey; and Kelly, who turned into the rat that ran around like rats do on this island, trying to run from the snake. I believe we owe it to the island spirits we have come to know to let it end in the way that Mother Nature intended: For the snake to eat the rat.

–Sue Hawk's infamous "Snakes and Rat" speech


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During the original Survivor season she was a fan favorite and even celebrities, such as Rosie O'Donnell, were rooting for the working-class, midwestern truck driver, who presented herself as outgoing, open, and opinionated. Hawk seemed to get far in the game by using her secret alliance with Richard Hatch, Kelly Wiglesworth, and Rudy Boesch during a time when other cast members did not yet use alliances, and several even considered allied voting to be "cheating". Hawk liked being viewed as a stupid redneck during the game, and kept her intelligence hidden in order to throw off her opponents.

As the fourth-place finisher, she launched into her "rats and snakes" speech about the top two, Richard and Kelly. In her speech, she said there are only two things on the entire island: rats and snakes. Richard was a snake scouring the jungle for prey and Kelly a rat, who just aimlessly wander around the jungle, and Hawk told the Jury members that they should obey the laws of nature by letting the snake eat the rat. She also told Kelly that if she ever saw her in a desert, dying of thirst, she would not stop to give her a sip of water and that she'd like to see the vultures get her and devour her. This resulted in angering Colleen Haskell and Gervase Peterson, who voted for Kelly. Nevertheless, Hatch still won 4-3.

The "rats and snakes" moment is arguably the most remembered moment in Survivor history, as the season one finale was the highest rated episode of Survivor to date and it was the first time in Survivor that anyone ever expressed such bitterness and anger. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list."

Voting History

Susan's Voting History
Episode
Susan's
Votes
Voted Against
Susan
1
Sonja
-
2
Tagi Tribe Immune
3
Stacey
-
4
Tagi Tribe Immune
5
Dirk
Dirk
6
Tagi Tribe Immune
7
Gretchen Gervase
8
Greg
-
9
Jenna
-
10
Gervase
-
11
Colleen
-
12
Sean
Sean
13
Richard
Richard, Rudy;
Kelly, Rudy1
Voted Off, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Richard

Note:

^1 In The Final Four, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Richard and Susan, forcing a revote. Kelly changed her vote from Richard to Susan, eliminating the latter.


Survivor: All-Stars

Hawk returned to Survivor in 2004, for the special Survivor: All-Stars competition.

Being a member of the dominant Chapera tribe, Hawk enjoyed a long winning streak, although she was targeted by her tribemates for being opinionated and lonesome. Despite this, she managed to survive Chapera's first Tribal Council in Day 12.

After a game-changing twist, where a rival tribe Saboga lost a special reward challenge, and their members to be transferred to them and to the other opposing tribe Mogo Mogo. Chapera chose Rupert Boneham and Sue's fellow Borneo castmember Jenna Lewis (much to Sue's delight). Sue's confidence was completely shattered during the following Immunity Challenge, where they were to traverse a series of balance beams. Her Borneo tribemate Richard Hatch (a member of Mogo Mogo) accidentally rubbed up against her, leaving her totally distraught, despite her tribe winning the challenge. At the subsequent episode, Hawk seemed to become more and more angered, embarrassed, and upset over the incident. At the next reward challenge, Survivor host Jeff Probst made a passing reference to the incident, which prompted Hawk to respond with a very angry speech, accusing Probst of making light of something that Hawk viewed as harassment. Due to the nature of the show, Hawk's competitors were unsure how much of her emotion was real and how much was part of the game. Despite the fact that Hatch had been eliminated on the prior episode, Hawk claimed that "her mind left the game 24 hours ago" and decided to remove herself from the stress of the game in order to be with her husband again.

Statistics of Susan Hawk
Longevity
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 53
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 11
Individual wins 0
Total 11
Tribal Council
Total votes received 7
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

Voting History

Susan's Voting History
Episode
Susan's
Votes
Voted Against
Susan
1
Chapera Tribe Immune
2
Chapera Tribe Immune
3
No Tribal Council
4
Rob C.
-
5 Chapera Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
Quit, Day 16

Post-Survivor

Sue and her husband currently lives in a 60-acre (240,000 m2) ranch near Clever, Missouri.

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Borneo

All-Stars

Trivia

  • Sue is the first contestant to ever cast a vote at Tribal Council.
  • Sue is the first contestant to be voted out after a revote caused by a tie.
  • Sue is the third person to quit from the show, following Osten Taylor and Jenna Morasca.
  • Sue's "rat and snake" speech became widely memorable as the first time any juror had expressed bitterness and anger towards the Final Two. Since Survivor: Borneo, many jurors have followed in Sue's footsteps and berated the Final 2/3.
  • Sue was a member of the first successful alliance in Survivor history consisting of herself, Kelly Wiglesworth, Richard Hatch, and Rudy Boesch.
  • Sue's luxury item in Borneo were Tweezers.

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