Million Dollar Decision is the seventh episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur.


Day 16

Day 17

Day 18


Immunity Challenge: Take the Reins
Each person is going to balance a ball on a disc, which is attached to ropes. At regular intervals, they will each move their hands farther back on the rope making it more difficult to balance. After 25 minutes, a second ball will be added. If at any point a ball drops, that person is out of the challenge. The last person left standing wins immunity.
Winner: Keith Nale

Tribal Council

Removed from Camp
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Julie McGee

Final Words

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This has been mentally exhausting and I think I'm going to have to deal with a lot of backlash but I was the one here. I was the one living it, I was the one not eating, I was the one close to dehydration, I was the one in the heat, I was the one missing my loved one with no communication for three weeks. Only I know how tough this was on me.

Still in the Running

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Behind the Scenes

  • I Was Nervous: Jaclyn elaborates on the excitement of making the merge, noting that she and Jon had not expected to both make it to that point. She also reflects on her time in the game with and without her boyfriend, and enthuses about the exciting experience of the merge feast.[2]
  • The Naming of the Tribe: Reed discusses the process of naming the tribe, and his excitement at being the one to coin the name Huyopa.
  • Tribe Name & Flag: Baylor details her involvement, with Jaclyn, Julie and Natalie, in painting the tribe flag, drawing on her cheerleading experiences - and reveals Keith Nale's artistic side as he was responsible for etching the emblem on the flag in charcoal.


  • Julie becomes the twelfth castaway to quit the game.
  • After reading the announcement of the merge, Jon told his girlfriend Jaclyn they could still date each other. This was a reference to Kat Edorsson's phrase in the original Blood vs. Water season, "Who wants to date someone who does not make it to the merge?" after being voted out.
  • This is the first episode since "The Dragon Slayer" that Tribal Council is not visited right after the merge due to a quit or evacuation.
  • Wes celebrated his 24th birthday on Day 17.
  • Keith is the second contestant named Keith to win the first individual Immunity Challenge, after Keith Famie in Survivor: The Australian Outback.

Episode Title

  • The title of the episode was said by Jaclyn about her and Jon having to choose between Josh's or Jeremy's alliances.
  • The phrase "million dollar" was said several times during the episode:
    • Julie said that her quit might be a "million dollar quit" that could affect her alliance.
    • Jeff Probst described the cancellation of Tribal Council as a "million dollar break" to the Huyopa tribe.


Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episodes

"Suck It Up and Survive" · "Method to This Madness" · "Actions vs. Accusations" · "We're a Hot Mess" · "Blood Is Blood" · "Make Some Magic Happen" · "Million Dollar Decision" · "Wrinkle in the Plan" · "Gettin' to Crunch Time" · "This Is Where We Build Trust" · "Kind of Like Cream Cheese" · "Still Holdin' On" · "Let's Make a Move" · "This Is My Time" · "Reunion"

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