Survivor 17: Gabon calendar
S17: Gabon calendar
By: Jeff Pitman | Last updated: December 31, 2020
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Pre-game Ep1: Want to See the Elephant Dung? (Pt. 1)
Ep2: Want to See the Elephant Dung? (Pt. 2)
Day 0
(June 22)

Pre-game press interviews?
Day 1
(June 23)

Ep.1 RC: One for All

Ep.1 RC: One for All

Ep.1 RC: One for All

After being divided by chain pick, led off by elders Bob and Gillian, the newly formed Kota and Fang tribe face off for reward. Entire tribe must race through a valley and up a steep hill. First person from each tribe to finish wins an individual immunity idol, good at their first Tribal Council. First complete tribe to cross the finish line wins an extra bag of corn and beans. Marcus are GC first finishers, Michelle right behind GC for Fang. Rest of Kota arrives together, quickly, Fang slowly. Kota wins the extra food.

 Next: Ep.1 IC →

Ep1 RC: "One For All" - Kota wins food; Marcus & GC win individual immunity.
Day 2
(June 24)
Day 3
(June 25)

Ep.1 IC: Temptation Valley

Ep.1 IC: Temptation Valley

Ep.1 IC: Temptation Valley

Six tribe members are tethered together, and must cross a swamp, a net obstacle, go over and under hitching posts, then dig up three bags of puzzle pieces from a sand pit. They then take the three bags to the three puzzle people (Bob, Sugar, Paloma; Randy, Susie, Gillian). Kota takes a huge lead in the digging phase, gets their third bag before Fang even has one. Kota completes their puzzle just as Fang finally arrives with their bags. Kota wins immunity and flint.

← Previous: Ep.1 RC Next: Ep.2 RC/IC →

Ep1 IC: "Temptation Valley" - Kota wins.

TC1 - Michelle voted out (8-1), 17 left.
Day 4
(June 26)
Day 5
(June 27)

Ep.2 RC/IC: Lemme Go Rock 'n' Roll

Ep.2 RC/IC: Lemme Go Rock 'n' Roll

Ep.2 RC/IC: Lemme Go Rock 'n' Roll

Paloma sits out. Challenge: as seen in Africa (more or less). Both tribes must roll a large "boulder" through a series of gates, and must retrieve two keys along the way, to open a final locked gate. First tribe to reach the finish line and place their boulder in the cradle wins immunity and fishing gear. Results: It's fairly close, but Fang loses again.

← Previous: Ep.1 IC Next: Ep.3 RC →

Ep2 RC/IC: "Lemme Go Rock 'n Roll" - Kota wins; Dan exiled.
Day 6
(June 28)

Dan returns from exile.

TC2 - Gillian voted out (7-1), 16 left.
Ep3: She Obviously Is Post-Op! Ep4: It Was Like Christmas Morning! Ep5: This Camp Is Cursed
Day 7
(June 29)

Ep.3 RC: Kicking and Screaming

Ep.3 RC: Kicking and Screaming

Ep.3 RC: Kicking and Screaming

As first seen in Cook Islands. Ken sits out for Fang; Corinne, Jacquie, Kelly sit out for Kota. A pair of contestants from one tribe must pull an opposing contestant off of a pole, through the sand, and across a finish line to score a point. First tribe to two points wins comfort items (blankets, pillows, etc.). Rd.1: Marcus/Charlie vs. Dan; Matty/GC vs. Ace - Kota scores (K1, F0). Rd.2: Crystal/Randy vs. Paloma; Sugar/Bob vs. Susie - Fang scores (K1, F1). Rd.3: Marcus/Bob vs. Dan; Crystal/Matty vs. Ace - Fang scores, and wins 2-1!

← Previous: Ep.2 IC Next: Ep.3 idol →

Ep3 RC: "Kicking and Screaming" - Fang wins; Sugar exiled.

Ep.3 idol: Sugar

Ep.3 idol: Sugar

Ep.3 idol: Sugar

Sugar arrives at Exile, and chooses the idol clue option. She quickly solves the one that stumped Dan, but it turns out the idol is not in the sandy crater, that's just another clue. She ends up following three more clues total, eventually grabbing the idol.

← Previous: Ep.3 RC Next: Ep.3 IC →

Sugar finds an idol.
Day 8
(June 30)
Day 9
(July 1)

Sugar returns.
Ep.3 IC: Lake Launch

Ep.3 IC: Lake Launch

Ep.3 IC: Lake Launch

Paloma, Sugar sit out. Six tribe members must slide down a water slide, go out in the water to retrieve a number tile, and run it back up the hill to the combo lock/crate. One person (Bob, Ken) must use the tiles to solve a combo lock, unlock a crate, retrieve an axe, and chop a rope to raise the tribe flag. Kota is first to retrieve all their number tiles, but Ken solves the combo faster than Bob, giving Fang the win.

← Previous: Ep.3 idol Next: Ep.4 swap →

Ep3 IC: "Lake Launch" - Fang wins.

TC3 - Paloma voted out (7-2), 15 left.
Day 10
(July 2)

Ep.4 tribe swap

Ep.4 tribe swap

Ep.4 tribe swap

Contestants are given pads to write on, and told to rank their tribemates from first to last. Probst then averages the rankings, and everyone stands on poles from #1 to #8, in view of the other tribe. Orders: Fang - 1. Matty, 2. Dan, 3. Randy, 4. Crystal, 5. Ken, 6. GC, 7. Susie; Kota - 1. Marcus, 2. Ace, 3. Bob, 4. Charlie, 5. Jacquie, 6. Corinne, 7. Sugar, 8. Kelly. Probst tells the tribes they're now picking new tribes. Matty and Marcus remain with their original tribes, and lead off a new chain pick.

← Previous: Ep.3 IC Next: Ep.4 IC →

Tribe swap: Sugar unpicked and exiled again.
Day 11
(July 3)
Day 12
(July 4)

Ep.4 IC: Big Oar Deal

Ep.4 IC: Big Oar Deal

Ep.4 IC: Big Oar Deal

Each contestant has an inner tube-sized "raft," and a paddle that doubles as a lacrosse stick. They must race in the water to the ball, pass it to each other, and try to score a goal. First tribe to three points wins. Ace, Bob play goalkeeper for the first point. Results: Marcus passes to Randy, Randy scores! (K1, F0). Marcus passes to Randy again, this time with no keeper, Randy scores again! (K2, F0). Matty in as keeper, Randy shoots, misses. Dan shoots, misses. Randy shoots again, scores. Kota wins, 3-0!

← Previous: Ep.4 swap Next: Ep.5 RC →

Ep4 IC: "Big Oar Deal" - Kota wins.

TC4 - Jacquie voted out (5-2), 14 left.

Sugar joins Kota.
Day 13
(July 5)

Ep.5 RC: Fruit Flies

Ep.5 RC: Fruit Flies

Ep.5 RC: Fruit Flies

Tribes must toss fruit through the holes in two net walls, without dropping the fruit. The opposing tribe has one person at each wall (Crystal, Ace; Bob, Charlie) with bats to knock the fruit away. Initial throwers: GC, Marcus. At the end, Probst weighs fruit baskets, tribe with most fruit wins the fruit plus a living herb garden and spices. Results: Kota wins, 18 lbs to 16 lbs; Sugar exiled again.

← Previous: Ep.4 IC Next: Ep.5 IC →

Ep5 RC: "Fruit Flies" - Kota wins. Sugar exiled again.
Ep5: This Camp Is Cursed Ep6: He's a Snake, But He's My Snake Ep7: It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl
Day 14
(July 6)
Day 15
(July 7)

Sugar returns.
Ep.5 IC: Cliff Bowling

Ep.5 IC: Cliff Bowling

Ep.5 IC: Cliff Bowling

Tribe members throw wicker balls down the hill, through obstacles, trying to score points. Dan and Ace are blindfolded, have shields to stop the balls. Randy (Kota) and Sugar (Fang) are callers, directing their positioning. Tribe with the most points after 5 balls wins. Scoring - Rd.1: Fang 5 (5-Matty), Kota 2 (2-Charlie) 2. Rd.2: Fang 5 (0-GC, blocked by Dan), Kota 4 (2-Susie). Rd.3: Fang 7 (2 - Kelly), Kota 4 (0-Marcus, blocked by Dan!). Rd.4: Fang 7 (0-Crystal, blocked by Dan), Kota 6 (2-Corinne). Rd.5: Fang 7 (0-Ken, blocked by Dan), Kota 8 (2-Bob, with an assist by Randy, who tells Ace to freeze). Kota wins, 8-7.

← Previous: Ep.5 RC Next: Ep.6 RC →

Ep5 IC: "Cliff Bowling" - Kota wins.

TC5 - GC voted out (6-1), 13 left.
Day 16
(July 8)

Ep.6 RC: Snake in the Grass

Ep.6 RC: Snake in the Grass

Ep.6 RC: Snake in the Grass

Corinne sits out. A dry-land Hot Pursuit. Each tribe is tethered to a 20-foot-long, 200-lb snake. They must chase the other tribe around an oval track until they catch them. People can drop out, but that leaves more weight for the remaining people to carry. Results: Fang dragging early, Sugar and Ken drop out, then Kelly. Susie drops out for Kota. Crystal then drops, leaving just Ace and Matty carrying Fang's snake, vs. five Kota guys. Kota wins easily. They get coffee, tea, and pastries, and exile Sugar again.

← Previous: Ep.5 IC Next: Ep.6 IC →

Ep6 RC: "Snake In the Grass" - Kota wins; Sugar exiled.
Day 17
(July 9)
Day 18
(July 10)

Sugar returns.
Ep.6 IC: Jungle Relay

Ep.6 IC: Jungle Relay

Ep.6 IC: Jungle Relay

Susie sits out. In pairs (1. Bob/Randy; Kelly/Sugar, 2.Corinne/Charlie; Ace/Crystal, 3.Dan/Marcus, Matty/Ken) tribes must retrieve 3 pairs of flag pieces from an obstacle-strewn course. Each pair has to run further, facing more obstacles. Then they must assemble and raise the flag. Results: Kelly/Sugar put Fang in a deep hole, but Crystal/Ace make up ground, and Matty/Ken pass Kota. But on the puzzle, Ace takes over, refuses to let others help, and completely blows it. Kota wins.

← Previous: Ep.6 RC Next: Ep.7 RC →

Ep6 IC: "Jungle Relay" - Kota wins yet again.

TC6 - Kelly voted out (5-1), 12 left.
Day 19
(July 11)

Day 20
(July 12)

Ep.7 RC: Elephant Eggs

Ep.7 RC: Elephant Eggs

Ep.7 RC: Elephant Eggs

Corinne, Charlie sit out. Side by side, each tribe tries to play keep away, tossing a breakable ball among three tribe members, while one member of the other tribe attacks, and tries to smash the ball on the ground. First attacker to do so scores a point. First tribe to three points wins a getaway picnic reward. Rd. 1: Attackers - Ace, Randy. Randy tackles Ken, Kota scores (1-0). Rd. 2: Attackers - Bob, Sugar. Bob blocks Ace's throw, Kota scores (2-0). Rd. 3: Attackers - Dan, Matty. Dan blocks Ace's throw, Kota wins, 3-0.

← Previous: Ep.6 IC Next: Ep.7 IC →

Ep7 RC: "Elephant Eggs" - Kota wins; Sugar exiled fifth straight time.
Ep7: It All Depends ...
Ep8: Apple In the Garden of Eden Ep9: The Brains Behind Everything
Day 21
(July 13)

Sugar returns.
Ep.7 IC: Lake Log Jam

Ep.7 IC: Lake Log Jam

Ep.7 IC: Lake Log Jam

It's a log roll, but instead of tribal immunity, it's for individual immunity, and each tribe must (separately) attend Tribal Council and vote someone out. Rd.1: Ace d. Dan; Charlie d. Crystal; Marcus d. Matty; Randy d. Susie; Sugar d. Kenny; Bob d. Corinne. Rd.2: Ace d. Charlie (close), Marcus d. Randy, Sugar d. Bob. Rd.3: 3.Sugar, 2.Ace, 1.Marcus wins. Marcus gives second immunity to… Sugar. Bob, Charlie, Randy - tied, 4th; rest - tied, 7th.

← Previous: Ep.7 RC Next: Ep.8 swap →

Ep7 IC: "Lake Log Jam" - Marcus wins, gives Sugar immunity.

TC7 - Ace voted out (3-2), 11 left.
TC8 - Dan voted out (4-3), 10 left.
Day 22
(July 14)

Ep.8 fake merge/ second swap

Ep.8 fake merge/ second swap

Ep.8 fake merge/ second swap

Both tribes receive treemail promising food at the beach. Given that it's now Day 22, everyone concludes this is most likely the merge feast. Upon arriving and seeing the food, there's a closed box on the table, with a note saying the feast is over as soon as they open the box. So everyone eats. After an idol excursion (Kenny spies the note under the box, is caught, everyone reads it, Randy finds it), they finally open the box. The first note instructs everyone to draw rocks from a bag. The second tells them they've swapped: rocks with odd numbers go to one tribe, even numbers to the other. Nobody is pleased.

← Previous: Ep.7 IC Next: Ep.8 idol →

Swap/ fake merge: two new tribes of five.

Ep.8 idol: Randy

Ep.8 idol: Randy

Ep.8 idol: Randy

During the feast, Ken sees a note tucked under the mysterious box, with the word "immunity" showing. He tries to grab it undetected, but is quickly caught. Charlie reads it alongside him, so he decides to let the whole group see it. Randy quickly identifies the spot where the idol is hidden from the clue, and digs it up in seconds. He places it on the table, says anyone can take it if they want. All decline, so as not to look like a snake. As the Kota six have a majority in the group of ten, he and Marcus propose throwing the idol into the ocean, so that nobody is tempted to take it. They follow through. Randy declares himself King of Gabon for this, two days before Marcus is voted out.

← Previous: Ep.8 swap Next: Ep.8 IC →

Randy finds idol, sets it adrift in the ocean.
Day 23
(July 15)
Day 24
(July 16)

Ep.8 IC: Keep It Up

Ep.8 IC: Keep It Up

Ep.8 IC: Keep It Up

Contestants must hold up a pole with the back of each hand, pressing the poles against an overhead beam. Challenge lasts as long as each tribe has someone is still in. Results: 10.Crystal out (1 sec), 9.Sugar (10 sec), 8.Susie, 6-tie.Randy & Corinne, 5.Kenny, 4.Marcus, 3.Charlie, 2.Bob, 1.Matty wins (for Fang). Technically a tribal challenge, but one that appears individual.

← Previous: Ep.8 idol Next: Ep.9 RC →

Ep8 IC: "Keep It Up" - Matty/ Fang wins.

TC9 - Marcus voted out (3-2), 9 left.
Day 25
(July 17)

Ep.9 RC: Super Golf

Ep.9 RC: Super Golf

Ep.9 RC: Super Golf

Corinne sits out.Tribes must use a large slingshot to fire "golf" balls on a giant course. Fewest number of shots per hole wins a point. Best two out of three wins an overnight getaway trip to a local village with a feast, dancing. For Fang, Matty/Randy shoot, trade of holding slingshot side with Charlie. Sugar literally does nothing. For Kota, Bob shoots long/Ken short, Crystal/Susie hold the slingshot, Ken anchors Susie. Results... Hole 1: Kota wins, with 3 (Fang 3+). Hole 2: Fang wins, with 3 (Kota 3+). Hole 3: Fang wins, with 4 (Kota 4+). Fang wins reward, Bob exiled.

← Previous: Ep.8 IC Next: Ep.9 IC →

Ep9 RC: "Super Golf" - Fang wins; Bob exiled.
Day 26
(July 18)
Day 27
(July 19)

Bob returns, tribes merge.
Ep.9 IC: Fired Up

Ep.9 IC: Fired up

Ep.9 IC: Fired Up

Super-basic firemaking challenge, as in F4 tiebreakers, but with nine people, and for individual immunity. Make a fire with flint and steel, burn through a rope. All is provided. Susie is the first to make a flame, then Sugar. 1.Susie wins, 2. Sugar. Rest tied for third, no flame.

← Previous: Ep.9 RC Next: Ep.10 auction →

Ep9 IC: "Fired Up" - Susie wins.

TC10 - Charlie voted out (5-4), 8 left.
Ep10: Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars Ep11: The Good Things In Life Aren't Easy Ep12: The Good Guys...
Day 28
(July 20)

Ep.10 non-RC: Survivor auction

Ep.10 non-RC: Survivor auction

Ep.10 non-RC: Survivor auction

Standard format, $500 per person. Item 1: 3 beers, dish of peanuts - $180 to Randy. Item 2 (covered): Send yourself or someone else to Exile - $340 to Ken, he sends Bob, gets Bob's money. Item 3 (covered): Chocolate, peanut butter - $340 to Sugar. Item 4: Hot bath and clean clothes - $340 to Susie. Item 5: Burger, fries, soda - $400 to Matty. Item 6 (covered): Spaghetti, wine - $280 to Randy. Item 7: IC advantage - $500 to Corinne. Item 7 (covered, for tribe): Plate of cookies - $20 to Randy (Sugar gives hers to Matty, Randy gives half of his to Corinne, half to Matty).

← Previous: Ep.9 IC Next: Ep.10 IC →

Ep.10 Non-RC: Survivor auction; Bob exiled again
Day 29
(July 21)
Day 30
(July 22)

Bob returns.
Ep.10 IC: The Domino Effect

Ep.10 IC: The Domino Effect

Ep.10 IC: The Domino Effect

Rd.1: Race across a series of balance beams, carrying one of 3 bags of puzzle blocks (one at a time). First three advance. Corinne bought IC advantage at auction, lets her advance directly to final round. Rd.1 results: Matty-3, Ken-3 advance. 4-tie. Bob-2, Susie-2, 6.Crystal-1, 7-tie: Randy, Sugar-0. Rd.2: Arrange blocks like dominoes, knock them all over to release a ball, raise a flag (avoid trip wires). Ken is first to try, but his stops before the end. Then all three make domino attempt at same time. Corinne and Matty's stop before the end, Ken wins.

← Previous: Ep.10 auction Next: Ep.11 RC →

Ep10 IC: "The Domino Effect" - Ken wins.

TC11 - Randy voted out (5-3), 7 left.
Day 31
(July 23)

Ep.11 RC: Now or Never

Ep.11 RC: Now or Never

Ep.11 RC: Now or Never

Prior to the challenge, everyone gets short video messages from home on a phone. All draw rocks, Crystal and Susie are captains, choose teams. Neither chooses Corinne, so she sits out, can't get reward. Challenge: In teams of three, retrieve sprocket-shaped discs from swamp, arrange them to turn a crank, raise a flag. Winning team then faces off individually to solve slide puzzle. Teams: Crystal-Sugar-Bob, Susie-Matty-Kenny. Bob's team last to return with pieces, still wins. Rd.2: Bob wins, Sugar, Crystal tied for second.

← Previous: Ep.10 IC Next: Ep.11 IC →

Ep11 RC: "Now or Never" - Bob wins (loved ones visit, no exile).
Day 32
(July 24)
Day 33
(July 25)

Ep.11 IC: Q&A Bombs Away

Ep.11 IC: Q&A Bombs Away

Ep.11 IC: Q&A Bombs Away

First stage: Probst asks Gabon trivia questions, correct answer earns a ball. Second stage: Then everyone takes turns throwing their balls downhill into a target, closest to the center wins. Ball count: Ken-2, Matty-2, Sugar-4, Susie-1, Bob-3, Corinne-3, Crystal-1. Shots: Ken-6th ring, Matty-4th, Sugar-6th, Susie-6th (out), Corinne-5th, Bob-3rd, Crystal-5th (out); Ken-4th (out), Matty-7th (out), Sugar-4th, Corinne-5th, Bob-1st, Sugar-4th, Corinne-7th (out), Bob-2nd, Sugar-3rd. Placement: 1. Bob wins, 2. Sugar, 3-tie. Ken, Matty; 5-tie. Crystal, Corinne; 7. Susie.

← Previous: Ep.11 RC Next: Ep.12 RC →

Ep11 IC: "Q&A Bombs Away" - Bob wins.

TC12 - Corinne voted out (4-3), 6 left.
Day 34
(July 26)

Ep.12 RC: Swamp Monkeys

Ep.12 RC: Swamp Monkeys

Ep.12 RC: Swamp Monkeys

Contestants must race through the swamp, across a series of obstacles, retrieve a ball, go back, shoot a basket. Repeat three times. First to three baskets wins. Results: Matty-1, Ken-1, Bob-1, Matty-2, Bob-2, Ken-2, all three guys taking final shot, Bob-3 wins! Bob gets helicoptered to overnight stay at gorilla reserve, picks Ken and Crystal to join him. Bob exiles Susie.

← Previous: Ep.11 IC Next: Ep.12 IC →

Ep12 RC: "Swamp Monkeys" - Bob wins; Susie exiled.
Ep12: The Good Guys Should Win in the End Ep13: Say Goodbye to Gabon (Season finale) Game over Game over
Day 35
(July 27)

Bob, Ken and Crystal return to Nobag.
Day 36
(July 28)

Susie returns.
Ep.12 IC: Mask Match

Ep.12 IC: Mask Match

Ep.12 IC: Mask Match

While blindfolded, contestants must examine a Gabonese mask, grab one of three bags of puzzle pieces, cross an obstacle course, then recreate the mask using the pieces. Results: Bob wins. Matty first to three bags, Crystal way off course, as is Susie. 1.Bob, 2-tie.Matty, Ken; 4-tie.Crystal, Susie, Sugar.

← Previous: Ep.12 RC Next: Ep.13 Final 5 IC →

Ep12 IC: "Mask Match" - Bob wins again.

TC13 - Crystal voted out (4-[0]), 5 left.
Day 37
(July 29)

Ep.13 Final 5 IC: A-Mazing Gabon

Ep.13 Final 5 IC: A-Mazing Gabon

Ep.13 Final 5 IC: A-Mazing Gabon

Contestants must dig under a wall, cross a maze of balance beams, then enter a maze filled with Gabonese huts. Three huts have bags of puzzle pieces, which must be taken through the maze to a puzzle table. When all three bags found, finish the puzzle in the shape of a Gabonese hut. Sugar is first to 3 bags, then Bob, Matty, Kenny. 1.Bob, 2.Sugar (almost done), 3-tie.Kenny, Matty, 5.Susie (stuck on two bags).

← Previous: Ep.12 IC Next: Ep.13 Final 4 IC →

Ep13 F5 IC: "A-Mazing Gabon" - Bob wins.

TC14 - Ken voted out (4-1), 4 left.
Day 38
(July 30)

Ep.13 Final 4 IC: House of Cards

Ep.13 Final 4 IC: House of Cards

Ep.13 Final 4 IC: House of Cards

Contestants are given 200 wooden cards. First to get their house of cards to 10 feet tall wins (or highest after 30 minutes) wins. Results: Sugar repeatedly makes rapid, tall houses that collapse around 7 feet. With one minute left, Susie pauses at 8 feet. 1.Susie (8 ft), 2.Matty (7 ft), 3-tie.Bob, Sugar (both collapsed in final minute).

← Previous: Ep.13 Final 5 IC Next: Final Tribal Council →

Ep13 F4 IC: "House of Cards" - Susie wins.

TC15 - Matty voted out (2-2, loses at fire), 3 left.
Day 39
(July 31)

Final Tribal Council and jury vote

Final Tribal Council and jury vote

Final Tribal Council and jury vote

Susie, Bob, and Sugar face a grilling from the seven jurors, and defend (more or less) their games. Bob and Susie each assert they made no moves, but still deserve to win. Sugar apologizes for one move and tells Randy to screw off for the other. In the end, it's a tight vote, with Bob winning 4-3 over Susie. Sugar receives no jury votes.

← Previous: Ep.13 Final 4 IC 

Final Tribal Council and jury vote on final three - Bob wins over Susie, Sugar: 4-3-0.
(August 1)


Departure: contestants return to the U.S.
(August 2)


Inevitable Facebook and/or MySpace contestant activity resumes.

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