The Final Four

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 8/23/00
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  • Episode Description
  • We're down to the Final Four - Richard, Kelly, Rudy and Susan, the original Tagi alliance. With alliances being formed and broken at a rapid rate, friendships crumble, and when Kelly wins Immunity at the first challenge, Susan is voted off of the island (following a tie vote between her and Richard). Then, the three remaining Survivors are forced to take a ceremonious walk past the extinguished torches of their old tribemates, and take part in an endurance challenge that pushes them to their limit. Kelly wins Immunity for the second time in only a few days, and, with the sole vote cast at Tribal Council, votes Rudy off of the island, propelling herself and Richard into the final two. Following an emotional final Tribal Council, in which the two Survivors make their opening and closing speeches, and are interrogated by each member of the Jury, the seven former members of Ratanna cast their votes for who they want to win. In the end, it comes down to a 3-3 vote between the pair. Greg casts the deciding vote, and with a 4-3 majority, Richard Hatch, the 39-year-old Corporate Trainer from Rhode Island, wins Survivor, and walks away with $1million.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Susan Hawk

    Herself (Season 1 and 8)

  • Gervase Peterson

    Himself (Season 1)

  • Joel Klug

    Himself (Season 1)

  • Jenna Lewis

    Herself (Season 1 and 8)

  • Dirk Been

    Himself (Season 1)

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Great Finale and Winner

    By adamdecker399, Sep 23, 2015

  • Great ending to a great season.

    By rocket16, Jul 25, 2007

  • A speech that might be too awesome to believe.

    By LarryParker, May 11, 2007

  • Richard won...

    By wishuponthemoon, Jul 10, 2006

  • The last great event

    By OnlyTheHunter, Dec 30, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Susan: (To Kelly) You will not get my vote. My vote will go to Richard. And I hope that is the one vote that makes you lose the money. If it's not, so be it, I'll shake your hand, and I'll go from here, but if I were ever to pass you along in life again, and you were laying there, dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water. I would let the vultures take you and do whatever they want with you, with no ill regrets. I plead to the jury tonight to think a little bit about the island that we have been on. This island is pretty much full of 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 the rats do on this island, trying to run from the snake. I feel we owe it to the island spirits that we have come to know, to let it be in the end the way Mother Nature intended it to be, for the snake to eat the rat.

    • Colleen: (Casting her vote for Kelly) So, buy a raft and start an adventure tour or something…and maybe it’ll make you nice or something. Okay. That’s all.

    • Rudy: (During his jury speech) I don’t have anything to say, I just wanna let everyone know how stupid I feel for letting go of that pole yesterday.

    • Kelly: The only thing that kept me in this game this far is that stupid necklace.

    • Sean: (To Richard) Your FNF idea, Fat Naked Fag, is funny, but Fat Naked Fag with a million dollars is even funnier.

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    Notes (5)

    • This was the last episode to be broadcast in the show's original timeslot Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. until season 21 in 2010.

    • When the final Tribal Council arrives, Richard is rewarded with the title of the first Survivor winner, as well as one million dollars and a brand new car.

    • At the final regular Tribal Council, Kelly, the only person whose vote is relevant, casts her vote for Rudy, thus sending him to the jury and bringing she and Richard into the final two. At 72, Rudy is the oldest castaway to ever play the game.

    • At the first Tribal Council in this episode, Susan is voted out of the island after a tie-breaker between she and Rich.

    • Kelly wins the two Immunity Challenges in this episode.

    Trivia (6)

    • This was a two hour episode (and was followed by a reunion show). An amazing 52 million viewers watched this season finale.

    • Kelly won four individual immunity challenges, a "Survivor" series record for female contestants that still stands after 21 seasons.

    • In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Host Jeff Probst rated this season as his favorite of seasons 1-9. He said that the series’ “virgin season” was “solid,” and that the cast really made the show. He named Sue Hawk’s infamous "Rats and Snakes" speech as “the greatest Survivor moment.” TV Guide and TV Land also named Sue's speech as one of the most memorable moments in television history.

    • This episode features Richard Hatch walking through an airport and getting into his brand new car. This scene had to be filmed four different times, each with a member of the final four in order to keep the secret of who really won.

    • This is the only time in which the revealing of the final votes is taped, while still at Tribal Council.

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