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Say Goodbye to Gabon is the season finale of Survivor: Gabon.

Story

Day 37

Day 38

Day 39

Challenges

Challenge: A-Mazing Gabon
The castaways would have to dig a hole under a wall, cross a maze made out of planks, and untie a series of knots that would open a gate that led to a maze with 25 Gabonese huts. In three of the huts would be a bag of puzzle pieces. One puzzle bag at a time would need to be retrieved from the maze and dropped off at the finish platform. Once all three bags were retrieved, the first castaway to correctly assemble the puzzle would win.
Winner: Bob Crowley

Challenge: House of Cards
The castaways would be given 200 wooden tiles. The first castaway to use the tiles to build a house of cards 10 feet (3.0 m) tall would win. If after 30 minutes, no castaway has built the house of cards to over 10 feet (3.0 m) tall, the castaway who builds the tallest house of cards at the end of the time limit would win.
Winner: Susie Smith

Tribal Council

Day 37

Tribal Council 14:
Nobag
Voted
Against
Voter
S17 ken t
Ken (4 votes)
S17 bob tS17 matty tS17 sugar tS17 susie t
Bob, Matty, Sugar, Susie
S17 susie t
Susie (1 vote)
S17 ken t
Ken
VOTED OUT:
S17 ken bw
Ken Hoang

Voting Confessionals

S17 susie t
Susie

(voting against Ken) I don't know if this really is going to be a blindside or not but I guess we'll see cause I could be going home. Good luck Ken, love ya.

S17 ken t
Ken

(voting against Susie) Susie, I'm real proud that you got this far, and I hope you the best.

S17 sugar t
Sugar

(voting against Ken) Sometimes you're Smeagol and sometimes you're Gollum, good game but it's all over now.

S17 matty t
Matty

(voting against Ken) Kenny, your game is no longer effective, your time in Gabon is over.

S17 bob t
Bob

(voting against Ken) Ken, you shouldn't have done that.


Final Words

S17 ken bw
Ken

Definitely game over for Kenny. And just like in a video game, sometimes it doesn't go your way and you lose. I thought I did extremly well in this game. I was playing a lot of people and in the end I got played myself and hope for them the best. They got me good.


Day 38

Tribal Council 15:
Nobag
Voted
Against
Voter
S17 bob t
Bob (2 votes)
S17 matty tS17 susie t
Matty, Susie
S17 matty t
Matty (2 votes)
S17 bob tS17 sugar t
Bob, Sugar
TIE:
S17 bob tS17 matty t
Bob, Matty (2 votes each)

Tiebreaker Challenge:
Bob vs. Matty
Participant Result
S17 bob t
Bob
Won
S17 matty t
Matty
Lost
VOTED OUT:
S17 matty bw
Matty Whitmore

Voting Confessionals

S17 matty t
Matty

(voting against Bob) You know, in a short amount of time, Bob, you've made an impact on my life, and I truly respect the game that you have played.

S17 susie t
Susie

(voting against Bob) You are exactly Run Around, hey, you played an awesome game, total respect for you.

S17 bob t
Bob

(voting against Matty) Hey Matty, a little love from my friends, you may have a little competition tonight.

S17 sugar t
Sugar

(voting against Matty) Dude, I meant it when I said I love you, but I also love Bob, and I've saved you each once, so now I'm going to leave it up to fate. Good luck with the fire challenge.


Final Words

S17 matty bw
Matty

I've learned more about myself and about life in the last 38 days than I ever have. I grew up quick. And I'm grateful to have this opportunity, and I wouldn't trade it in for the world.


Final Tribal Council

Tribal Council 16:
Jury Vote
Voted for
Winner
Voter
S17 bob t
Bob (4 votes)
S17 charlie tS17 corinne tS17 marcus tS17 randy t
Charlie, Corinne, Marcus, Randy
S17 susie t
Susie (3 votes)
S17 crystal tS17 ken tS17 matty t
Crystal, Ken, Matty
S17 sugar t
Sugar (0 votes)
None
SECOND RUNNER-UP:
S17 sugar bw
Sugar Kiper
RUNNER-UP:
S17 susie bw
Susie Smith
SOLE SURVIVOR:
S17 bob t
Bob Crowley

Voting Confessionals

S17 matty t
Matty

(voting for Susie) Susie, you and I were friends from Day 1, and we are friends on Day 39. Spend it wisely.

S17 corinne t
Corinne

(voting for Bob) You did an awesome job surviving in Africa. I'm just not sure how you survive the real world.

S17 randy t
Randy

(votes for Bob) All three of you, KISS MY ASS!


Final Results

 Michelle
18th
S17 michelle bw
 Gillian
17th
S17 gillian bw
 Paloma
16th
S17 paloma bw
 Jacquie
15th
S17 jacquie bw
 G.C.
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
 Corinne
7th
S17 corinne bw
 Crystal
6th
S17 crystal bw
 Ken
5th
S17 ken bw
 Matty
4th
S17 matty bw
 Sugar
3rd
S17 sugar bw
 Susie
2nd
S17 susie bw
 Bob
Winner
S17 bob t

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

Life at Ponderosa

  • The final three are glad the game is over. They arrive at Ponderosa and have some fun by eating, drinking and dancing with the others. The next day, everybody is ready to go home and talk about their experience playing Survivor.[2]

Other

  • The Day 37 Tribal Council is the only time when Susie's name was written down on parchment and she didn't get 3 votes.
  • In a 2019 interview, Jeff Probst explained how the original votes were almost not read live: A former producer who was in charge of bringing the votes to the finale forgot to bring them. A crew member, Chris Campbell, one of only three producers who knew the combination to the safe where the votes were kept, rushed to the CBS offices on a motorcycle 30–40 minutes before the live show. He broke through a glass panel of the locked production office, collected, and faxed the votes to another producer Dan Munday, who traced the votes by hand. The votes were successfully reproduced shortly before the live show. About two minutes before the votes were to be read, Campbell returned with the original votes, and Probst swapped out the traced ones with the authentic ones mere moments before he headed on stage.[3] 

References

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