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Susan "Sue" Hawk is a contestant from Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: All-Stars.

In Borneo, Sue was part of the dominant Tagi Alliance, which allowed her to make it to the final four. However, after a tie at Tribal Council between her and Richard Hatch, her close friend Kelly Wiglesworth changed her vote to her during the revote, eliminating her from the game. At the Final Tribal Council, Sue lashed out at both Kelly and Richard with her infamously impassioned "rats and snakes" speech.

In All-Stars, Sue made enemies within the Chapera tribe, especially with Tom Buchanan, due to her abrasive personality. However, she hit her breaking point when she felt that she was sexually violated by fellow Borneo castaway Richard Hatch during the a challenge. Emotionally distraught by the incident, she lashed out and quit the game two days later.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Susan attended Waukesha South Campus High School. Currently employed as a truck driver, she previously owned and operated a hunting and fishing camp in N.W. Ontario, Canada. Prior to that, she worked as a horse trainer and a waitress/bartender.

Susan's three favorite hobbies are hunting, swimming and fishing. She enjoys hunting birds with her dogs, Ellie and Stinky. She describes herself as motivated, resourceful, and flexible. Her favorite television shows are "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line is It Anyway?" Her favorite feature film is "Papillion" (starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman) and she prefers to listen to 60's and 70's rock and roll music.

A perfect day for Susan begins at 2:00 AM to walk the dogs. She would be at work by 5:00 AM delivering concrete, and be home by 6:00 PM for a quick run in the woods with husband, Tim, and of course Ellie and Stinky, who would be looking for pheasants. Returning home, they would eat dinner and retreat to the hot tub for a romantic evening.

Susan currently resides in Palmyra, Wisconsin. She is a member of the Wisconsin Road Team, an organization of truck drivers that travel throughout the state to teach student drivers how to share the road safely with big trucks. Her birth date is August 17, 1961.[1]

After finishing fourth on Survivor: Borneo, Susan Hawk and her husband, Tim, moved from Palmyra, Wisconsin, to Las Vegas, where she opened a juice bar called "Juices Wild." She has also been employed as a correspondent for the TV Guide Channel and has written numerous articles for their magazine.

Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Susan attended Waukesha South Campus High School. She was previously employed as a truck driver and, before that, owned and operated a hunting and fishing camp in Ontario. She has also worked as a horse trainer and a waitress/bartender.

Susan's three favorite hobbies are hunting, swimming and fishing. She enjoys hunting birds with her three dogs. She describes herself as motivated, resourceful and flexible. Her favorite television shows are "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line is It Anyway?" Her favorite feature film is "Seabiscuit," and she prefers to listen to 60s and 70s rock and roll music.

A perfect day for Susan begins at 2:00 am, when she walks the dogs. She would be at work by 5:00 am delivering concrete and home by 6:00 pm for a quick run in the woods with Tim and their dogs, who would be looking for pheasants. Returning home, they would eat dinner and retreat to the hot tub for a romantic evening.

Susan's birth date is August 17, 1961.[2]

Survivor

Borneo

I plead to the jury tonight to think a little bit about the island that we have been on. This island is pretty much full of only two things: snakes and rats. And in the end of Mother Nature, we have Richard The Snake, who knowingly went after prey; and Kelly, who turned into the rat that ran around like the rats do on this island, trying to run from the snake. I feel we owe it to the island spirits that we have learned to come to know, to let it be in the end the way Mother Nature intended it to be...for the snake to eat the rat.

–Sue's infamous "Snakes and Rats" speech


Susan seemed to get far in the game by using her secret alliance with Richard Hatch, Kelly Wiglesworth, and Rudy Boesch during a time when other cast members did not yet use alliances, and several even considered allied voting to be "cheating". Susan liked being viewed as a stupid redneck during the game and kept her intelligence hidden in order to throw off her opponents.

As the fourth-place finisher, she became a member of the jury. At the Final Tribal Council she launched into her infamous "Snakes and Rats" speech about the top two, Richard and Kelly. In her speech, she said there are only two things on the entire island: rats and snakes. Richard was a snake scouring the jungle for prey and Kelly a rat, who just aimlessly wanders around the jungle trying to avoid the snake. Susan told the jury members that they should obey the laws of nature by letting the snake eat the rat. She also told Kelly that if she ever saw her in a desert, dying of thirst, she would not stop to give her a sip of water and that she'd like to see the vultures get her and devour her. This resulted in angering Colleen Haskell and Gervase Peterson, who voted for Kelly. Nevertheless, Hatch still won 4-3.

The "rats and snakes" moment is arguably the most remembered moment in Survivor history, as the season one finale was the highest rated episode of Survivor to date and it was the first time in Survivor that anyone ever expressed such bitterness and anger. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list.

Voting History

Susan's Voting History
Episode Susan's
Votes
Voted Against
Susan
1 Sonja -
2 Tagi Tribe Immune
3 Stacey -
4 Tagi Tribe Immune
5 Dirk Dirk
6 Tagi Tribe Immune
7 Gretchen Gervase
8 Greg -
9 Jenna -
10 Gervase -
11 Colleen -
12 Sean Sean
13 Richard;
Ineligible
Richard, Rudy;
Kelly, Rudy1
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Richard

^1 In "The Final Four", the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Susan and Richard, forcing a revote. Kelly changed her vote to Susan on the revote, eliminating her from the game.

All-Stars

Susan returned to Survivor for the special Survivor: All-Stars competition.

Being a member of the dominant Chapera tribe, Susan enjoyed a long winning streak, although she was targeted by her tribemates for being opinionated and lonesome. Despite this, she managed to survive Chapera's first Tribal Council on Day 12.

After a game-changing twist, where a rival tribe Saboga lost a particular Reward Challenge, their members were transferred to Chapera and to the other opposing tribe Mogo Mogo. Chapera chose Rupert Boneham and Sue's fellow Borneo cast-mate Jenna Lewis to join the tribe, much to Sue's delight. Sue's confidence was completely shattered during the following Immunity Challenge, where they were to traverse a series of balance beams. Her Borneo tribe mate Richard Hatch (a member of Mogo Mogo) rubbed up against her while naked during the challenge, leaving her totally distraught, despite her tribe winning the challenge. At the subsequent episode, Susan seemed to become more and more angered, embarrassed, and upset over the incident. At the next Reward Challenge, Survivor host Jeff Probst made a passing reference to the incident, which prompted Susan to respond with a furious speech, accusing Probst of making light of something that Susan viewed as harassment. Due to the nature of the show, Susan's competitors were unsure how much of her emotion was real and how much was part of the game. Despite the fact that Richard had been eliminated on the prior episode, Susan claimed that "her mind left the game 24 hours ago" and decided to remove herself from the stress of the game in order to be with her husband again.

Voting History

Susan's Voting History
Episode Susan's
Votes
Voted Against
Susan
1 Chapera Tribe Immune
2 Chapera Tribe Immune
3 No Tribal Council
4 Rob C. -
5 Chapera Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
Quit, Day 17

Post-Survivor

Trivia

  • Susan and Dirk Been are the first two contestants from Wisconsin.
    • Susan is also the first contestant from Nevada, being a resident of that state by the time she competed on All-Stars. This makes Susan one of three first contestants to represent two different states (the others are Colby Donaldson and Jenna Lewis who had moved to California from Texas and New Hampshire, respectively).
  • Susan's luxury item in Borneo was a pair of tweezers.
  • Susan is the first contestant ever to cast a vote at Tribal Council. She voted against Sonja Christopher.
  • Susan was known for her poor spelling when casting votes (i.e. "Souna", "Derk", "Grechen", "Jeanne", and "Gervis").
  • Susan is the first contestant to be voted out after a revote caused by a tie.
  • Susan's "rats and snakes" speech became widely memorable as the first time any juror had expressed bitterness and anger towards the finalists. Since Borneo, many jurors have done the same and berated the finalists.
  • Susan is the third person to quit the game, following Osten Taylor and Jenna Morasca.
    • Susan's quit in All-Stars marked the first time that two castaways left a season without being voted out.

References

Survivor: Borneo Castaways
 B.B.
Pagong
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 Colleen
Pagong
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 Dirk
Tagi
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 Greg
Pagong
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 Gretchen
Pagong
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 Jenna
Pagong
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 Joel
Pagong
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 Kelly
Tagi
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 Ramona
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 Richard
Tagi
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 Rudy
Tagi
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 Sean
Tagi
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 Sonja
Tagi
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 Stacey
Tagi
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 Susan
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Survivor: All-Stars Castaways
 Alicia
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 Amber
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 Colby
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 Ethan
Saboga
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 Jenna L.
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 Jenna M.
Mogo Mogo
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 Jerri
Saboga
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 Kathy
Mogo Mogo
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 Lex
Mogo Mogo
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 Richard
Mogo Mogo
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 Rob C.
Chapera
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 Rob M.
Chapera
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 Rudy
Saboga
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 Rupert
Saboga
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 Shii Ann
Mogo Mogo
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 Susan
Chapera
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 Tina
Saboga
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