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Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars is the ninth episode of Survivor: Gabon.

Story

Day 28

Day 29

Day 30

Challenges

Challenge: Survivor Auction
Players will be given $500 to be used for the auction. Players may share money and items. Auction will end without notice.
Items Earned:

Purchase Breakdown
Item Winner Bid
Three Beers & Peanuts S17 randy t
Randy
$180
Covered Item (Send Yourself or Someone Else to Exile Island and Take Their Money)
Ken decided to send Bob.
S17 ken t
Ken
$340
Covered Item (Peanut Butter & Chocolate) S17 sugar t
Sugar
$340
Bubble Bath and a Change of Clothes S17 susie t
Susie
$340
Hamburger & Fries S17 matty t
Matty
$400
Covered Item (Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and a Glass of Wine) S17 randy t
Randy
$280
Advantage in the Upcoming Immunity Challenge S17 corinne t
Corinne
$500
Covered Item (Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Tribe)
This item was said to be for the entire tribe. Randy shared a cookie with everyone, although Sugar initially refused it, then accepted Randy's cookie and gave it to Matty.
S17 randy t
Randy
$20

Challenge: The Domino Effect
In the first round, the castaways would race across a series of balance beams carrying a bag of puzzle blocks. The first two castaways to bring all three of their bags would go to the final round in which each player must stack all of their pieces like a line of domino tiles while avoiding ropes that would topple the tiles that were already stacked. Once all of the blocks were properly stacked, the castaway would start a chain reaction which would release a flag. The first castaway to raise their flag would win.
Additional Stipulation: For purchasing the Challenge Advantage during the auction, Corinne Kaplan is allowed to forgo the first part of the challenge, skipping directly to the finals.
Winner: Ken Hoang

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 11:
Nobag
Voted
Against
Voter
S17 randy t
Randy (5 votes)
S17 crystal tS17 ken t
S17 matty tS17 sugar tS17 susie t
Crystal, Ken, Matty, Sugar, Susie
S17 susie t
Susie (3 votes)
S17 bob tS17 corinne tS17 randy t
Bob, Corinne, Randy
VOTED OUT:
S17 randy bw
Randy Bailey

Voting Confessionals

Sugar, Randy, and Crystal's confessionals and an edited version of Corrine's confessional were shown in the episode.

S17 matty t
Matty

(voting against Randy) Randy, you're still my boy, I hope we can hang out when this is all over with, but I think you're done playing the game, and I'm going to miss you, bro.

S17 corinne t
Corinne

(voting against Susie) I'm holding this up for a minute so it seems like I am voting for Randy. I'm voting you, Susie, because payback is a bitch.

S17 bob t
Bob

(voting against Susie) Sorry Susie, it's a game.

S17 sugar t
Sugar

(voting against Randy) You are a disgusting, old, hot headed, chauvinistic alcoholic bigot, and you need to grow up before you die alone. Loser!

S17 susie t
Susie

(voting against Randy) Hey Randy, I forgive you for being nasty to me today, I wish you happiness. Good luck.

S17 randy t
Randy

(voting against Susie) This vote is not strategic, it's strictly personal.

S17 ken t
Ken

(voting against Randy) Randy, I hope you learn from this. Maybe you'll be happy after this and not disrespect so many people. I don't have anything against you, I hope you take care.

S17 crystal t
Crystal

(voting against Randy) (loudly) YOU HAVE MADE MY LIFE HELL FROM DAY ONE. FORGET YOU, GO HOME, GOODBYE.


Final Words

S17 randy bw
Randy

Being voted out by these bozos is probably one of the best accolades anyone could get. To hell with these freaking people. I hope Corinne does well if she was not in on today's plot, and I don't think she was. You know, most of the others with the exception of Matty, I hope they get bit by a big green mamba.


Still in the Running

 Michelle
18th
S17 michelle bw
 Gillian
17th
S17 gillian bw
 Paloma
16th
S17 paloma bw
 Jacquie
15th
S17 jacquie bw
 GC
14th
S17 gc bw
 Kelly
13th
S17 kelly bw
 Ace
12th
S17 ace bw
 Dan
11th
S17 dan bw
 Marcus
10th
S17 marcus bw
 Charlie
9th
S17 charlie bw
 Randy
8th
S17 randy bw
 Bob
Nobag
S17 bob t
 Corinne
Nobag
S17 corinne t
 Crystal
Nobag
S17 crystal t
 Ken
Nobag
S17 ken t
 Matty
Nobag
S17 matty t
 Sugar
Nobag
S17 sugar t
 Susie
Nobag
S17 susie t

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

Life at Ponderosa

Other

  • This episode was voted the 18th best Survivor episode of all time in the "Top 25 Greatest Episodes of all time" poll by Survivor Oz in 2015.
  • Through an email conversation with Mario Lanza, the author of "The Funny 115" and host of the Survivor Historians podcast, Randy Bailey revealed that his blindside was heavily edited to make it seem that he was surprised to find out that the idol Bob Crowley gave him was fake. Randy explained that he knew Bob's idol was fake, and his stunned reaction was taken from the previous week's episode.[2]
  • This episode marks the first time that a person possessed an advantage for the Immunity Challenge, but did not go on to win the challenge. 

Episode Title

  • The episode title was said by Corinne Kaplan after getting the money for the auction. She followed it by saying "except a million."

References

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