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.png
Randy
$180
Covered Item (Send Yourself or Someone Else to Exile Island and Take Their Money)
Ken decided to send Bob.
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Ken
$340
Covered Item (Peanut Butter & Chocolate) S17 sugar t.png
Sugar
$340
Bubble Bath and a Change of Clothes S17 susie t.png
Susie
$340
Hamburger & Fries S17 matty t.png
Matty
$400
Covered Item (Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and a Glass of Wine) S17 randy t.png
Randy
$280
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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.
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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
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Randy (5 votes)
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Crystal, Ken, Matty, Sugar, Susie
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Susie (3 votes)
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Bob, Corinne, Randy
VOTED OUT:
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Randy Bailey

Voting Confessionals

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

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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.

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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.

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Bob

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

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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!

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Susie

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

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Randy

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

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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.

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Crystal

(voting against Randy) (loudly) You have made my life hell from Day One! Forget you, go home, goodbye!


Final Words

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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
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 Gillian
17th
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 Paloma
16th
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 Jacquie
15th
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 GC
14th
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 Kelly
13th
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 Ace
12th
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 Dan
11th
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 Marcus
10th
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 Charlie
9th
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 Randy
8th
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 Bob
Nobag
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 Corinne
Nobag
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 Crystal
Nobag
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 Ken
Nobag
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 Matty
Nobag
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 Sugar
Nobag
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 Susie
Nobag
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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

Survivor: Gabon Episodes

"Want to See the Elephant Dung?" · "She Obviously Is Post-Op!" · "It Was Like Christmas Morning!" · "This Camp Is Cursed" · "He's a Snake, but He's My Snake" · "It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl" · "Apple in the Garden of Eden" · "The Brains Behind Everything" · "Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars" · "I Was Put on the Planet for This Show" · "The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy" · "The Good Guys Should Win in the End" · "Say Goodbye to Gabon" · "Reunion"

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