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"The Sole Survivor"
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Marquesas
Episode Number: 14/14 (056)
Original Release: May 19, 2002
Viewership (in millions): 25.87 (finale)[1]
18.30 (reunion)
Ratings/Share (18-49): 10.4/23 (finale)
8.3/Unavailable (reunion) Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "A Tale of Two Cities"
Next: "The Importance of Being Eldest"
(next season)

The Sole Survivor is the season finale of Survivor: Marquesas.


Night 36

Day 37

Day 38

Day 39


Challenge: Fallen Comrades
Jeff would ask the contestants questions about the eliminated contestants and about events that had occurred earlier in the season. The first contestant to get ten questions right wins Immunity.
Winner: Vecepia Towery

Immunity Challenge: Fallen Comrades
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S4 vecepia t
S4 kathy tS4 neleh tS4 paschal t
Kathy, Neleh, Paschal

Challenge: Hard Idol
Each tribe member held on to the Immunity Idol while standing on a small pedestal. The person who lasted the longest wins Immunity.
Winner: Neleh Dennis

Immunity Challenge: Hard Idol
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd
Time Elapsed 4 hr 31 min 4 hr 30 min
Castaway S4 neleh t
S4 vecepia t
S4 kathy t

Tribal Council

Day 37

Tribal Council 13:
S4 kathy t
Kathy (2 votes)
S4 neleh tS4 paschal t
Neleh, Paschal
S4 neleh t
Neleh (2 votes)
S4 kathy tS4 vecepia t
Kathy, Vecepia
S4 neleh tS4 kathy t
Neleh, Kathy (2 votes each)

Rock Draw
(Vecepia exempted from draw)
Participant Result
S4 kathy t
S4 neleh t
S4 paschal t
S4 paschal bw
Paschal English

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Kathy) Simply an amazing woman.

Paschal English

(voting for Kathy) Kathy, my note-- my vote tonight is for you. Um, I said I would never ever vote against Paschal. It looks like it's going to be a tiebreaker and I'm definitely not ready to leave.

Neleh Dennis

Final Words

It's been an amazing experience. Uh, I've met some wonderful people and made some lifelong friends. And to the competitors that remain, I wish each of them luck. They're all worthy. And to the other Jury members, I look forward to being part of you.

Paschal English

Day 38

Tribal Council 14:
S4 kathy t
Kathy (1 vote)
S4 neleh t
S4 kathy bw
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien

Voting Confessionals


Final Words

Sixteen total American strangers hit this island. First thing off the bat, we are working as a team. It was done with positive attitudes, integrity, oh, honesty-- that might have been a little shaky at times. It's the relationships and how you can improve upon them that I'm taking away but, uh, I loved it.

Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien

Final Tribal Council

Tribal Council 15:
Jury Vote
Voted for
S4 vecepia t
Vecepia (4 votes)
S4 john tS4 robert tS4 sean tS4 tammy t
John, Robert, Sean, Tammy
S4 neleh t
Neleh (3 votes)
S4 kathy tS4 paschal tS4 zoe t
Kathy, Paschal, Zoe
S4 neleh bw
Neleh Dennis
S4 vecepia t
Vecepia Towery

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Vecepia) (sigh) This was an unbelievably hard decision. I hoped Neleh would really come forward and tell me, "Sorry, I betrayed you. I lied to you." That didn't happen. V, you came in the backdoor. You flew under the radar. It's not my style, but you played the game, and I appreciate you answering, uh, answering your questions honestly. And, uh, you go, girl!

John Carroll

(voting for Neleh) More honest, less deceitful, and always completed the race whether she was first or last. Very deserving.

Paschal English

(voting for Vecepia) Yo, we did it, baby. Even though it was a tough road, better you than me, sweetie. You deserve this. I know you're gonna represent. It ain't even about a million dollars, but if you do happen to win (chuckles and imitates Dr. Evil from Austin Powers movies) one million dollars... (laughs) hook a brother up, you know? Help me pay my rent, you know? Hook it up so that we can do this right. But all the love to you, sister. After it's all said and done, we definitely gonna do some chicken and waffles and we'll hook it up, but... God is good, remember that. Whatever the outcome is, you know, put Christ first and it's all gonna fall into place. So, I love you, sister. Keep your head up and good luck.

Sean Rector

(voting for Neleh) Going to make this short and sweet. "V" is not for victory tonight. Neleh is the Survivor here.

Zoe Zanidakis

Final Results

S4 peter bw
S4 patricia bw
S4 hunter bw
S4 sarah bw
S4 gabriel bw
S4 gina bw
S4 rob bw
S4 john bw
S4 zoe bw
S4 tammy bw
S4 robert bw
S4 sean bw
S4 paschal bw
S4 kathy bw
S4 neleh bw
S4 vecepia t


  • The reunion began with Rosie O'Donnell riding on the back of a motorcycle with a mysterious motorcycle driver. The driver of the motorcycle took off his helmet and was revealed to be The Australian Outback runner-up Colby Donaldson, getting an applause from the audience. Rosie started chatting with Colby until he politely told her to get off the bike because she had a reunion to host.
  • Rosie sang an song and mentioned some of the castaways in the song.
  • Rosie gave Neleh two caps, one saying "Oh My Heck" and the other saying "This Sucks".
  • Rosie O'Donnell made all but Vecepia taste "yucky" in order to win a mystery prize. In reality the "yucky" stuff was really gummy worms. She told them they had five seconds to eat the "yucky" stuff. Everybody finished their gummy worms and were rewarded with DVD's of the first four seasons of the show. She then also surprised everyone by giving them all a new car.
  • Rosie had Paschal's wife Beverly join everybody on stage at the end of the reunion.


  • This is the first episode in which the rock drawing tiebreaker has been used. It would later be used in "Out on a Limb".
    • Under the normal rules of the rock drawing tiebreaker, the tied castaways would not draw rocks. However, this provision does not apply at the Final Four, because only one person would draw a rock in that scenario. As such, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien and Neleh Dennis both drew rocks. Jeff Probst acknowledged the mistake.[2]
  • This episode marked the first time Paschal English did not vote against the person eliminated. It should be noted, however, that the eliminated person was Paschal himself.
  • This episode marks the first time a jury member is absent at Tribal Council, when Paschal was revealed to have passed out immediately after his elimination and was hospitalized, missing the Day 38 Tribal Council. Paschal was able to return and serve as a jury member in the Final Tribal Council.
  • This is the first season finale in which members of both original tribes are still in the game.
  • During the original broadcast of the episode, previous castaways Susan Hawk, Richard Hatch, Ethan Zohn, and Tina Wesson would appear live respectively going into commercial breaks chatting with Rosie O'Donnell.
  • This season's reunion show is the last one to not be hosted by Jeff Probst.


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