Gervase Peterson - Survivor: Borneo, Survivor: Blood vs. Water
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 69.5 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Borneo (2000) - 7th place, 10th out - 3rd juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 10, "Crack In the Alliance" (Day 30).

Survivor: Blood vs. Water (2013) - 3rd place, no jury votes.

  • Received zero jury votes, to finish third (7-1-0) in Episode 14, "It's My Night."

Gervase Peterson - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S1: Borneo 2.89 9.07 0.32 1 6 7 0.13 0.40 - - - 0.45 3.29
S27: Blood vs. Water 1.91 10.11 0.19 10 4 11 0.90 3.18 0 8 0.00 1.09 5.09
Career 4.81 19.18 0.25 11 10 18 0.61 2.10 0 8 0.00 0.85 4.42
Gervase Peterson - Challenge record
  • S1 logo Borneo challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Buggin' Out - Ep2 IC
    Buried Treasure - Ep4 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-11; 2 sit-outs)

    • Borneo Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Quest for Fire" - Pagong wins.
    • Borneo Ep. 2 RC: (Unaired) - Pagong wins, apparently.
    • Borneo Ep. 2 IC: "Buggin' Out" - Gervase is chosen by Tagi to eat in the tiebreaker round, loses. Pagong loses.
    • Borneo Ep. 3 RC: "In from the Deep" - Gervase's poor swimming holds Pagong back, and they lose.
    • Borneo Ep. 3 IC: "Rescue Mission" - Pagong wins.
    • Borneo Ep. 4 RC: "SOS Signal" - Tagi uses color and synchronized motion better, Pagong loses.
    • Borneo Ep. 4 IC: "Buried Treasure" - Gervase runs (and rests) through the jungle for the key, Pagong loses.
    • Borneo Ep. 5 RC: "Choose Your Weapon" - Gervase sits out; Pagong (mostly Joel) wins.
    • Borneo Ep. 5 IC: "Shipwrecked" - Gervase outpaddles Kelly, and Pagong wins again.
    • Borneo Ep. 6 RC: "Abandoned Barracks" - Retrieves a can opener, and Pagong wins.
    • Borneo Ep. 6 IC: "Obstacle Course" - Does not compete, Pagong loses.


    End of the Line - Ep8 IC
    Bamboozled - Ep10 RC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-7): (Mean % finish: 71%)

    • Borneo Ep. 7 IC: "Snake Island Relay" - Gervase holds his breath the longest in the first round, but is a distant third in Rd. 2 (3rd/10).
    • Borneo Ep. 8 RC: "Survivor Archery" - Hits the target with his one shot, at least. Doesn't win (top 5/9).
    • Borneo Ep. 8 IC: "End of the Line" - Gervase wins! (1st/9).
    • Borneo Ep. 9 RC: "Out on a Limb" - Fourth place? (4th/8).
    • Borneo Ep. 9 IC: "Squared Off" - Sixth person eliminated (3rd/8).
    • Borneo Ep. 10 RC: "Bamboozled" - Barely survives the 1st round, then narrowly beats Hatch. Gervase wins! (1st/7).
    • Borneo Ep. 10 IC: "Fast Fire" - Has problems with his torch, last to start fire (7th/7).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Borneo: None.
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    In the Barrel - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-7):

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Swims and rows (sort of) for Galang, Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 2 RC/IC: "In The Barrel" - Throws skee-balls for Galang; Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo at Sea" - Loses his bout to Brad, but Galang wins, 5-3.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Boats, Brains and Brawn" - Paddles for Galang; Galang wins again.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Slide Show" - Loses to both Hayden and Caleb; Galang finally loses one.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Buoy Oh Buoy" - Now with Tadhana, dives & swims (with Aras). Tadhana wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Chain Reaction" - Retrieves puzzle pieces, Tadhana wins again.


    Ram-Ball On - Ep12 RC/IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-9): (Mean % finish: 62%)

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 8 IC: "Flash Back" - Finishes third, behind Aras & Vytas (3rd/11).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 10 IC: "Pesky Palate" - Makes it to final round, finishes second (2nd/10).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 9 IC: "Balancing Point" - Fourth person eliminated (6th/9).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 10 RC/IC: "Splash Back" - Third person to drop out (6th/8).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 11 IC: "Wrist Assured" - Does not compete, opts to eat instead (bottom 3/7).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 12 RC/IC: "Ram-Ball On" - Gervase wins! (1st/6).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 13 RC/IC: "Pulled Up" - Comes within two words of winning, starts over (bottom 4/5).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 14 Final 5 IC: "A Bit Tipsy" - Comes close, but does not win (bottom 4/5).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 14 Final 4 IC: "Rise To It" - Again comes close, doesn't win (2nd/4).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Blood vs. Water: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 11
    Played: 18
    Win%: 0.61
    Sat out: 2
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 3
    Played: 16
    Win%: 0.19
    Mean% Finish: 66%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Gervase Peterson - Tribal Council record
  • S1 logo Borneo Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep2 Tribal Council
    Ep10 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Borneo: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/7):

    RECORD: Gervase attended Tribal Council 7 times in Borneo, but voted for the person booted only once. His 1/7 times voting for the bootee is the lowest all-time percentage among contestants with at least 5 Tribal Council appearances.


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • Borneo, Ep. 7: One vote, from Jenna L.
    • Borneo, Ep. 9: Five votes, from Richard, Kelly, Rudy, Sue, and Sean (voted out, 5-2).


    Jury votes made (0/1):

  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/1; 2 votes voided):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Gets handed an idol by Tyson, plays it, successfully voiding Ciera and Tina's votes against him.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (10/11):


    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 1: One vote, from Aras (Morning 1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 13: Two votes, from Hayden and Ciera.
    • [Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Two votes, from Ciera and Tina, cancelled out by playing Tyson's idol].
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): One vote, from Tina.


    Jury votes received (0/8):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14: Received no jury votes, finished 3rd (7-1-0, behind Tyson Apostol and Monica Culpepper).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 2
  • Voting record
    VFB: 11
    Tribals: 18
    VAP: 10
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 0
    Received: 0
    Total jurors: 8
Gervase Peterson - Pictures
  • S1 logo Borneo image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Gervase Peterson - Interviews
Gervase Peterson - Bios
  • S1 logo Borneo bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his official CBS Survivor: Borneo bio page:


    "Gervase hails from Philadelphia and currently lives in Willingboro, New Jersey. He is a youth basketball coach and his previous occupations include an auditor, a field representative for Nielsen Media Research and a test technician for I.B.M. He attended Lincoln Technical Institute for two years.


    Gervase's proudest accomplishment is living to the age of 30. His perfect day would consist of playing with his kids, enjoying a game of basketball and football, followed up by a large incredible meal. His hero is his mother for all the sacrifice and love she gave after his father passed way when he was fifteen years old.


    His three favorite hobbies are watching movies, basketball/football and anything revolving around actress Salma Hayek. Gervase describes himself as confident and responsible, but has trouble dealing with indecisive people who are afraid of trying new things. His birth date is Nov. 2, 1969."

  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his (and Marissa's) pre-game interview with EW's Dalton Ross:


    "Producers went old-school when they reached all the way back to season 1 to bring back Gervase, but he insists the game has not passed him by. 'I'm a student of the game,' he claims, 'I've been studying this game for 13 years. Studying it!' But then he says this: 'There's a couple of other people here who, I have no idea who they are. I don't know 'em from Adam, and I don't know how they were on their season or what they've done.' (That doesn't sound like the most dedicated student, if you ask me.) Well, at least if Gervase doesn't win this time around he has a potential consolation prize awaiting him. Says the niece he brought along for the ride: 'I already told him after I win, I'll give him $100,000 — untaxed.'"


    From his (and Marissa's) official CBS bio page:

    "Relationship to Significant Castaway: Marissa’s Uncle
    Previous Season: Survivor: Borneo – 3rd jury member
    Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
    Occupation: Cigar Lounge Owner
    Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? I wanted to return to Survivor because I felt that I could win the game if given another chance, and what better way to play than to play with my niece, Marissa. She is just as driven, focused and competitive as me. This is the ultimate experience and I get to share it with her."