Season 1 Episode 13

The Final Four

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Aug 23, 2000 on CBS
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Episode Summary

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

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  • Great Finale and Winner

    So many people tend to think that Kelly should have won this Survivor season. But, it's not always the strongest players that deserve the win. Richard did a lot of huge moves throughout the game. He helped create and maintain an alliance that brought him all the way to the end. At the final immunity challenge he made another bold move and risk when he took his hand off and let the other two people decide what to do. He knew that either one would bring him to the end and that's one of many things to love about Richard. So many people have negative thoughts about Sue. But let's face it: she was betrayed by one of her closest friends and had a right to be upset about it. Also, Greg never intended to vote for Kelly and was trying to mock the serious nature of tribal council with his jury question. Overall, regardless of my strange rambling in this review, we are left with one of Survivor's greatest episodes that few others in the future could compete with.moreless
  • Great ending to a great season.

    The episode starts with the final four realizing how close they are to they money and how much weight they have lost. Kelly won the immunity challenge and the vote was tied between Sue and Rich, but Kelly changed her vote, voting out Sue. At the next immunity challenge, Kelly won again ad had to chose between voting out Rich or Rudy. In the end, she voted out Rudy making Rich her opponent in the final 2. The final tribal council, Sue gave the "rats and snakes" speech to Kelly for being a liar. Sue was just being a sore loser and trying to get everybody to vote for Rich. When the votes came in Kelly recieved three votes and Rich had four making him the winner. This was a great season with a deserving winner with many memorable moments especially Sue's speech at the last tribal councilmoreless
  • A speech that might be too awesome to believe.

    On the one hand, the final two speech that Sue Hawk gave was one of the great moments on TV history. On the other hand, reality TV isn't totally real. Before that speech, Sue hadn't come across as an intelligent person. But suddenly, all by herself, she writes, memorizes and flawlessly delivers a spectacular speech? She may have had some "help" crafting that speech from some Survivor staffer or three.

    No matter what really happened, this episode was fresh, shocking, and it will never be topped by any future Survivor episode.

    Although when Richard Hatch later got jailed in real life for tax evasion on his $1,000,000, that sort of added poetic justice to this episode.moreless
  • Richard won...

    I thought the whole first season was horable after I bought it on DVD, But just the fact that after watching it and seeing the realization that Richard won, it disgusts me.

    I really felt bad for Kelly during Sue\\\'s speech. Kelly deserved to win. She won more challenges and playing stragedy and lied and backstabbed and did everything a true survivor needs to do to win. All Richard hatch did was catch fish, and run around naked. I think Greg should have voted for Kelly. I thought his \\\"Pick a number between 1 and 10\\\" thing was just ridiculous.

    All in all, Kelly should have wonmoreless
  • The last great event

    The finale of the intial Survivor was barely half of the rating of the top ten shows of all time, but it was bigger than most anything else in the last few years. While the networks don't command the same monopoly, this show got people talking.

    The finale of season 1 set the tome for the rest to follow - the pace is a bit slower, with more character interaction and reflection.

    Jeff Probst admitted on the DVD commentary that one stray camera they used happend to catch Rudy's hand slipping off the immunity idol, which was the dramatic moment for most fans. They learned to be better prepared after that.

    The Sue Hawk speech is memorable - but people also should remember that in his final voting confessional, Gervase rebutted Sue strongly, airing the longest confessional shown in Survivory history.

    This would be the only time the players knew the winner on the spot as it happened. While the live voting they do at the reunion does work, it is fun to see the jury greet Richard and Kelly at the end.

    Fortunately, CBS stopped ordering contestants to say "last week" when mentioning someone voted off. It is a sticking point this season.moreless
Susan Hawk

Susan Hawk

Herself (Season 1 and 8)

Gervase Peterson

Gervase Peterson

Himself (Season 1)

Joel Klug

Joel Klug

Himself (Season 1)

Jenna Lewis

Jenna Lewis

Herself (Season 1 and 8)

Dirk Been

Dirk Been

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Sonja Christopher

Sonja Christopher

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • This episode was filmed on April 20, 2000.

  • 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.

    • Colleen: This is a really difficult vote because doesn't anyone really think, "Go Kelly! She's number one!" or, "Rich…glad he made it to the final two"? No! I think we all just wanna end it, really.

    • Greg: I feel like Kelly went through several identity crises on TV – not identity crises, just different identities.

    • Kelly: I regret trusting Sue, being vulnerable to her, because that hurt me…in a lot of ways.

    • Rudy: I got three votes, and then I got two votes, and then I got one vote, and then they all forgot about me.

    • Jeff: (Snuffing Rudy's torch) In this case, Kelly has spoken.

    • Kelly: (Denying Jeff's temptation) I know what oranges smell like.
      Jeff: You don't know what these oranges smell like.

    • Rudy: I gave away a million bucks. I would've won a million bucks if I'd have kept on holding that. Ain't nobody's fault but mine.

    • Susan: (In her final words) This was a lot easier, for me, than driving a truck through Chicago every day of the week.

    • Rudy: (Deadpan, casting a vote for Susan) Her time was up.

    • Kelly: (Casting a vote for Richard) It's time for Rich to get off the stage.

    • Rudy: (About the Immunity Challenge) I think the challenge will be questions about these people – how old they ware, what they do for a living – which I don't know. And I don't care.

    • Rudy: In order to win the money, you gotta make an alliance or go home.

    • Kelly: I'm in it for me now, and everybody else can kiss my ass.

    • Rudy: (voting for Richard to win) We had an alliance to the end, and I'm fulfilling my obligation.

    • Kelly: I've lost some weight, I've lost some muscle, I've lost some sanity…

  • 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.