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Sugar joins Kelly Wiglesworth from Borneo, and Courtney Yates and Amanda Kimmel from China as the only players ever to reach the final without a single vote cast against them during the course of the season and not win the game.
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper did not have a single vote cast against her all the way to the final, and received no votes to win at the final. Thus, she holds the unique distinction of playing an entire season without her name being written down at any Tribal Council.
At age 58, Bob becomes the oldest "Survivor" winner and is also now the oldest player ever to reach a final, surpassing Kim Johnson of "Africa" (season 3), who was 56 at time of filming. Bob is also the sixth parent and fourth father to win the game, the first in either category since Tom Westman from Palau. He is also the first married winner since Tom.
Not including any specials, reunions or re-cap episodes, and only counting episodes with game play in them, this is the 230th episode of Survivor.
The episode's title refers to Sugar telling Bob her opinion on how she wants to play the game.
With Randy's ouster, this marks the third time in series history that five consecutive male players have been eliminated in a series. The other times were Pearl Islands and Guatemala. This is also only the second time that the first three jury members in a season are male (once again in Guatemala).
Charlie's ouster breaks a string of three consecutive seasons in which a female has been the first boot after the tribal merge. Prior to that, the only time in which this happened was in the first season (Gretchen in Borneo).
This episode was dedicated to the memory of Marjorie (Marge) E. Boesch. She and Rudy Boesch were married for 53 years until she passed away November 1, 2008.
Sugar is sent to Exile Island for the fifth time, setting a new "Survivor" series record since the inclusion of Exile Island.
With Jacquie's ouster, this is the third time ever that the first four contestants eliminated in a season are female. It occurred first in Exile Island (Tina, Melinda, Misty, Ruth Marie) and then in Fiji, where the first five eliminated by Tribal Council vote were female (Jessica, Erica, Sylvia, Liliana, and Rita). Gary in Fiji was eliminated before Liliana, but his was due to medical reasons.
Crystal Cox (track) is the sixth professional athlete but the first female to compete in the game, joining Ethan Zohn (soccer), Ted Rogers, Jr. (pro football), Aras Baskauskas (pro basketball overseas), Travis Sampson (wrestling), and Gary Hogeboom (pro football).
Michelle is the youngest female contestant ever to be voted off "Survivor" first, at 24 years, 6 months at time of airing of the first episode. Nicole Delma of Pearl Islands was also 24, but was also one day shy of her 25th birthday at the time the premier episode aired.
Ryan "Ryno" Opray from "Survivor: Pearl Islands" makes a live cameo in the audience when Mary says she loves him.
All three of the remaining favorites improved on their previous finishes. Parvati was most improved on her previous seventh place finish in "Cook Islands", by coming in 1st in Micronesia. Amanda improved on her 3rd place finish in "China" by finishing 2nd in Micronesia. Finally, Cirie improved in Micronesia coming in 3rd compared to her previous finish of 4th place in "Panama".
For the first time in "Survivor" history, the final four contestants are all females. It was also the first time that an eight member jury decided the winner at the end.
From a production point of view, for a final five situation, this episode marks the first time that every vote was revealed before Jeff's official tally of the vote.
Erik is the final male player to be eliminated from the game, and his ouster guarantees the first female "Survivor" winner since Danni Boatwright in Guatemala in season 11.
Amanda has now lasted 36 days in this "Survivor" installment. Combined with her 39 days in China, she now holds the record for longest time playing as a "Survivor" contestant. She breaks the previous record held by Tom Buchanan, who played for 73 days total in two appearances (37 in Africa, 36 in All-Stars).
Erik is the second castaway ever (Jolanda Jones from Palau was the first) to win an individual immunity challenge and get voted off in the same episode. He is also the first castaway ever to surrender immunity to another player at Tribal Council and end up being voted off.
This is the first time in series history that two contestants are eliminated in a single post-merge episode.
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