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"The Final Four (Borneo)"
Borneo the final four
With no more competition, the Tagi Alliance is finally forced to turn on itself.
Season Borneo
Episode Number 13/13 (013)
First Broadcast August 23, 2000
Viewership (in millions) 51.69[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 22.8/54
CBS Summary Link
Episode Chronology
Previous Death of an Alliance
Next Stranded
(next season)

The Final Four is the season finale of Survivor: Borneo.


Day 37Edit

In Tree Mail, the group receives photos of the twelve fallen castaways. They speculate that the challenge will require them to answer questions about their "fallen comrades." The group reports straight to Tribal Council, where they will have their challenge and then immediately vote someone off. Sure enough, the challenge is a quiz about the other castaways. Sue and Kelly each do well, but Kelly wins the tiebreaker when she remembers Sonja’s last name. Kelly wins her third straight Immunity Challenge.

The vote commences, and ends up as a 2-2 tie: Kelly and Sue vote for Richard, while Rudy and Rich vote for Sue. Jeff announces that Tribal Council will go on as long as it takes until the tie is broken. Rich and Sue each make a statement of why they deserve to stay more, and Rudy and Kelly go to vote again. Rudy is stuck in voting for Sue, while Kelly blindsides Sue by voting her as well. With both Rudy and Kelly voting for Susan, the truck driver met her demise.

Day 38Edit

Jeff wakes up the castaways early on Day 38 to lead them to their final Immunity Challenge. During the walk, the final three pass the torches of all the players voted out of the game: Sonja, B.B., Stacey, Ramona, Dirk, Joel, Gretchen, Greg, Jenna, Gervase, Colleen, Sean, and Sue. The Immunity Challenge is simple: all the castaways need to do is keep their hands on the immunity idol for as long as they can. The last one person standing wins. After two and a half hours, nobody has budged. Suddenly, Rich makes a decision to voluntarily let go of the idol, leaving Rudy and Kelly to fight it out. At the four-hour point, Jeff asks Rudy and Kelly to switch positions. While doing so, Rudy absent-mindedly takes one hand off the idol, disqualifying himself. Kelly wins Immunity for the fourth and final time. Back at camp, Kelly basks in her victory, while Rudy curses himself for making a dumb mistake that may have cost him a million dollars. At Tribal Council, Jeff lays out the situation: Rudy and Rich’s votes cancel each other out, so the only person voting will be Kelly. She writes down the name: it’s Rudy. After 38 days, the popular, crusty Navy SEAL has finally been eliminated. The final showdown is set: Richard vs. Kelly. Jeff reminds them that the game is in the jury’s hands now.

Day 39Edit

On Day 39, the final two burn most of their camp supplies, then head off to their last Tribal Council. Jeff explains that Kelly and Rich will each make an opening statement, then face a question from each jury member. Kelly tells the jury that she cared about everyone in the game. Richard, meanwhile, argues that he played the game the best. Gervase is the first jury member to speak, and asks Rich and Kelly what they wish they could change. Richard says he put too much trust in others, while Kelly says she wishes she’d never joined an alliance. Next up is Jenna, who asks Rich and Kelly to pick two castaways they’d like to see in the final two. Rich names Greg and Rudy; Kelly picks Sonja and Gretchen. Sean doesn’t ask a question, but comments that he had a great time and loved everyone. Colleen asks what character traits got Rich and Kelly to the final two. Kelly credits her faith; Richard praises his observation. Colleen is confused by the "observation" remark, since Richard didn’t seem to know anyone very well, but Richard says he’s referring to game observation. Rudy gets up to say that he feels dumb for taking his hand off the idol in the last challenge. Greg asks Rich and Kelly to pick a number between 1 and 10. Rich: "7." Kelly: "3." Sue is the last to speak, and she delivers an astounding rant against both of the finalists, particularly Kelly. First, she calls Richard "a bit of a loser in life." Then, she tears into Kelly. She points out that Kelly, a rafting guide, "got stomped" in an early rafting challenge by Gervase, who had never rowed in his life. She says she once considered Kelly a friend but now sees her as "two-faced and manipulative" and a total failure. She then adds, "If you were laying there, dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water. I would let the vultures take you." Sue concludes her speech by calling Richard a "snake" and Kelly a "rat," and says that it’s only fitting "for the snake to eat the rat." After the jury recovers from her tirade, it’s time to vote. Gervase votes for Kelly, then lands a dig at Sue: "That’s what we call a sore loser." Jenna and Colleen also vote for Kelly. Meanwhile, Richard snags votes from Sean, Sue, and Rudy. Greg sniffs his marker before casting the deciding vote. Jeff reveals the votes one by one, and finally reaches the seventh and decisive vote. "The winner of the first Survivor competition"—Jeff flips over the vote--"is Rich."

Rich celebrates and hugs everyone. One million dollars and a new car go to Richard Hatch, the first Sole Survivor.


Immunity (Day 37)Edit

Challenge: Fallen Comrades
The final four castaways will be quizzed about their fallen cast members. Most correct answers would win Immunity.
Winner: Kelly Wiglesworth

Immunity Challenge: Fallen Comrades
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S1 kelly t
S1 richard tS1 rudy tS1 susan t
Richard, Rudy & Susan

Immunity (Day 38)Edit

Challenge: Hands on a Hard Idol
Each tribe member held on to the immunity idol while standing on a small log. The person who lasted the longest wins Immunity.
Winner: Kelly Wiglesworth

Immunity Challenge: Hands on a Hard Idol
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd
Time Elapsed 4 hr 2 hr 30 mins
Castaway S1 kelly t
S1 rudy t
S1 richard t

Tribal CouncilEdit

Day 37Edit

Tribal Council 13:
First Vote Revote
(Susan & Richard ineligible to vote)
Voter Voted
S1 susan t
Susan (2 votes)
S1 richard tS1 rudy t
Richard & Rudy
S1 susan t
Susan (2 votes)
S1 kelly tS1 rudy t
Kelly & Rudy
S1 richard t
Richard (2 votes)
S1 kelly tS1 susan t
Kelly & Susan
S1 richard t
Richard (0 votes)
S1 susan bw
Susan Hawk

Voting Confessionals (first vote)Edit

Susan’s first confessional is currently unavailable.

Her number's up.


Who knows why.


It's time for Rich to get off the stage.


Voting Confessionals (revote)Edit

Kelly’s second confessional is only available on DVD.

Gotta go with, uh, my gut and, uh, the competition, although, uh-- That's it.


Same reason.


Final WordsEdit

Day 38Edit

Tribal Council 14:
S1 rudy t
Rudy (1 vote)
S1 kelly t
S1 rudy bw
Rudy Boesch

Voting ConfessionalsEdit

Kelly’s confessional is only available on DVD.

I think I probably have a better shot at winning against Rich than against Rudy.


Final WordsEdit

I never thought I'd come this far and, I got three votes, then I got two votes, then I got one vote and then they forgot about me and I figured I'm right in the middle where I wanna be now and uh, I didn't get a, today's the first time I got a vote since, a month ago and it was the fatal vote.


Final Tribal CouncilEdit

Tribal Council 15:
Jury Vote
Voted for
S1 richard t
Richard (4 votes)
S1 greg tS1 rudy tS1 sean tS1 susan t
Greg, Rudy, Sean & Susan
S1 kelly t
Kelly (3 votes)
S1 colleen tS1 gervase tS1 jenna t
Colleen, Gervase & Jenna
S1 kelly bw
Kelly Wiglesworth
S1 richard t
Richard Hatch

Voting ConfessionalsEdit

Greg’s confessional is only available on DVD.

I mean come on, man. Everybody guesses seven. It wasn't seven. It was nine. Nine was the number. But by a lucky happenstance, you are close.


I'm choosing Kelly. I think Kelly displayed a lot aspects that I think are a survivor. She befriended me, and whether that was part of friendship or strategy, it was all a part of the game. She played it well, she proves that by sitting up there. She endured not only the physical but the emotional especially after the last speech. I felt for her. I think she is a good person. I think if she lied, cheated and manipulated, it is in the spirit of the game.


My vote is for Kelly. I feel Kelly played this game better than anybody else. She came into this thing, she formed her alliance, played both sides of the fence, did her lying thing, but you know what? When it comes down to it, that's all good; that's what this game is about. She did it better than anyone else. She stayed low under the radar, and just did her thing, and I think she really deserves it more than anyone else here. And just one other thing: Sue's comments? That's what we in my home town call a sore loser; 'cause while Sue was backstabbing, and throwing the knives everywhere, she was happy. And if she was sitting in Kelly's spot right now, she'd only be thinking about nothing but the million dollars, and that's it. That just goes to show you how tripe she is. "It disgusts me what she just did! It was so foul. You know, Sue put knives in my back. Sue talks about a rat and a snake; well, Sue formed her alliance--that's her little snake part; and then she did the rat part when she lied in Colleen's face when she asked if she voted for her. And that just goes to show you how people play this game; if it's saving their butt, they'll do anything to save their butt. And when they're out of this game, they cry about it! They bellyache about it the whole stinking time, and it makes me sick. So Kelly, I hope you win it, and after you win it, you can stuff it in Sue's face.


This is awful, really, you know what, you can do with it what you want, I don't care. I'm changing my vote. I came here voting for the other person. What got me tonight was, you said 'will' is required in this game and it's something you had. I know you wanted it really, really bad, and Rich doesn't need it. So, buy a raft and start an adventure and do something good with it. That's all.


It's been a long contest. The general sentiment of the jury is that this contest has degenerated from a contest of who's more deserving to the least objectionable. I don't think either of you are truly deserving, but I'm voting for Rich, because Kelly was more deceptive, more manipulative, more double-faced than Richard.


As I stated Rich, I admire your strong work ethic. So, you can have it.


We had an alliance until the end, and I'm fulfilling my obligation.


Final WordsEdit

Final ResultsEdit

S1 bb bw
S1 colleen bw
S1 gervase bw
S1 greg bw
S1 gretchen bw
S1 jenna bw
S1 joel bw
S1 ramona bw
S1 dirk bw
S1 kelly bw
S1 richard t
S1 rudy bw
S1 sean bw
S1 sonja bw
S1 stacey bw
S1 susan bw


The reunion was hosted by Bryant Gumbel. The sixteen castaways were reunited and recalled their experiences while on the island.


Behind the scenesEdit


  • This episode marks the first tie-vote and re-vote in Survivor history.
  • This finale is the only one to end on set rather than on a live sound stage.
  • The Jury members who voted for Kelly were all from the former Pagong tribe, minus Greg, who voted for Rich alongside the Tagi jurors. This would happen again in Survivor: Thailand where Clay Jordan won all but one Sook Jai jurors while eventual winner Brian Heidik received the winning voted from his original tribe, Chuay Gahn.
  • 6 of the 7 (83%) jury members had their confessionals revealed onscreen, three jurors voted for Richard and the other three for Kelly. Greg’s vote was not shown, likely to extract suspense.
  • At the Final Tribal Council, the ex-Pagong members asked questions while the ex-Tagi members made comments.
  • This episode is the most viewed in Survivor history with 52 million people tuning in.


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