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Tom is only the fourth married contestant to ever win the game, joining Tina Wesson, Brian Heidik, and Sandra Diaz-Twine. He is also only the third father (three children) to win, along with Richard Hatch (son) and Brian (son).
Tom's win means there are now an equal amount of male and female winners (5 male winners and 5 female winners). Tom is also the fourth castaway to win the final immunity challenge and then win the game. It is also the first time that two men have won "Survivor" in a row.
With the tie at the Final Four Tribal Council between Jennifer and Ian, this marks the 3rd tie of the season for Palau, the most ties in a season in Survivor history.
At 11 hours and 55 minutes, the final Immunity Challenge in this episode is the longest challenge ever.
Including the two Individual Immunities from this episode, Tom becomes the castaway with the most combined wins for an Immunity Challenge (tribal and individual) with 12 total challenges (7 tribal and 5 individual wins). He also is now tied with Colby (season 2) for the most individual immunity wins (5).
This was the first season since the Outback season not to have a female win an individual immunity challenge. This season also had the fewest (two, Tom and Ian) individual immunity winners of any season thus far.
This episode marks the first time in the history of Survivor that a contestant is verbally voted off without a torch or vote tally. It is also the first time a Tribal Council was held at the Immunity Challenge location, when Ian decided to leave the game in order to win back the friendship of Katie and Tom, which he lost by saying a stupid comment.
Following the end of this season, in June 2005, the Outdoor Life Network gained the rights to air cable re-run episodes of the first ten seasons of Survivor, the first network to do so.
This episode originally aired at 9:00pm due to a Presidential speech at 8:00pm. However, it aired in its regular timeslot in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Janu is the fourth castaway in Survivor history to voluntarily leave the game (after Osten in Pearl Islands and Jenna M. and Sue in All-Stars). After Osten, she is the second castaway to allow her torch to be laid down. She is the first contestant to quit the game and still be allowed a goodbye speech during the closing credits.
Survivor: Palau has now had four castaways eliminated from the game without a Tribal Council vote during their respective episode throughout one season (Wanda, Jonathan, Bobby Jon and now Janu), a series record. Survivor: All-Stars previously held the record with two (Sue and Jenna M.).
For the second time this season, Jeff does not say "The tribe has spoken" after extinguishing a contestant's torch.
For the first time, a castaway is forced to be exiled for one night away from their tribe.
Janu is the second castaway in Survivor history to be a member on the jury without having been voted out of the tribe (Paschal in Marquesas was eliminated without being voted out and was a jury member). She is also the first to be allowed to be a jury member after voluntarily leaving the game.
For the first time in the series, the newly-merged tribe does not come up with a new name and is not required to wear new buffs. This is because there was no official merger, another Survivor first.
Including all specials, reunions and re-cap episodes, this is the 150th episode of Survivor.
By the end of this episode, Ulong has been reduced to only one tribe member. This is the smallest tribe in Survivor history.
Rather than have the two Ulong members vote someone out, a challenge was held where the loser was eliminated. This is the first time in which a challenge has decided who would be leaving the game.
Jeff does not say "The tribe has spoken." in this episode. During Bobby Jon's final speech, a montage of Ulong moments from the episode is shown as there are no votes to show.
This episode makes Stephenie the only Survivor contestant (as part of a tribe and as a juror) to attend every Tribal Council in a season. She attended the first 10 as a player and the last five Tribal Councils as a juror. She did not attend the Koror Tribal Council that Willard was voted out at, although she did go with Ulong immediately following that.
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