It's the end! Who will win? Not Ken, as he's voted out when Bob wins the immunity challenge (although not the fashion contest. Each contest got fabric and war paint to dress up as warriors. While Susie went gothic black and looked cool, Bob went red and almost naked. It was awkward.) and again refuses to give it to him, pointing out quite rightly that he wasn't about to give Ken immunity after finding out that Ken planned to turn around and vote him out. Ken goes out well, though, telling his former tribemates to have fun.
The next day, the Final Four pay their respects to their fallen tribes mates and then head to their final immunity challenge, where they have to build a house of tile cards ten feet tall. Sugar goes for speed over stability, building tall towers that collapse before they hit the ten foot mark. It soon becomes a race to get the highest tower before time's up, and Susie is in the lead before she smartly decides to stop building so as not to risk knocking her tower over. Meanwhile, Bob finally comes across an immunity challenge he can't win. Matty gets close, but in the end, Susie wins her second immunity challenge and a spot in the Final Three. Everyone is insultingly bummed out that Bob is going home tonight instead of Susie. Sugar can't bear to vote him out, since he reminds her of her dead dad. She decides to force a tie instead, pitting Bob and Matty against each other in a firemaking challenge. Bob wins it easily, putting him in the Final Three with Sugar, Susie, and Bob.
Bob continues his firemaking skills and burns the hell out of the camp and then it's time for the Final Tribal Council. Ken is still sore at Bob for not giving him immunity, which is ridiculous and annoying. Corinne tells Sugar she's insincere when she cries about her dead dad, and Sugar flips her off, as well she should. Marcus is bitter as well, because he's a dick. Randy is a dick, too, but not as much as I was expecting him to be. Matty looks like David Bowie and is kind of bitter himself. None of the finalists make particularly good cases for themselves. Sugar comes across as honest and unashamed of her game play. Bob comes across as thinking that he didn't do anything wrong to anyone. Susie comes across as not sure why she's there or how.
Then we go to Los Angeles for the results. Sugar looks amazing, but she gets no votes even though she was clearly the best player of this game. Then again, she chose to keep Bob in the game over Crystal and Ken, so I guess it's her own fault. Of course, Bob wins it with four votes to Susie's three. Good for him, but he owes it all to Sugar several times over, something he never acknowledges.
Take a look back at this season's contestants. Come back on Monday for the full detailed episode recap.
Welcome to three hours of Gabon! Will Bob continue his challenge domination? Will Sugar continue to play this game like it's for $10.00 instead of $1,000,000? Will Susie get more than two words to say? Will the reunion show be as disappointing as it always is? Time to find out!
I will not miss the recycled nature shots at all. Either you have enough footage to show all new nature shots every week, or you don't show fifty-seven nature shots each episode and fill the time with footage of the actual contestants instead. It's that simple. Because this is the finale, we get an animal version of Survivor. A gorilla chills out in the field. A herd of deer-like creatures drink water. Then some asshole elephant charges up and yells at everyone and they all run away. Probst reminds us that eighteen Americans came to Gabon, where they were at the mercy of dangerous animals that never came near them except for one time when two of them rowed into an elephant like idiots. He says they were as far away from civilization as a person could possibly be. This simply isn't true. It's called Antarctica. Or how about Tristan da Cunha, the most isolated place in the world?
And now, the Fang-bashing. I'd like to say it's the last time we'll hear it this season, but I'm sure the reunion show will be chock-full of goodies. Anyway, Kota was amazing and won everything. Fang sucked. Then there was a tribe switch (Probst doesn't mention the first tribe switch, as it hurts his cause that Kota was so great from the very beginning), and Kenny and Crystal used "superior strategy" to vote Marcus out, thereby ending Kota's superiority. "The powerful twosome" even "added insult to injury" by making Randy play a fake idol even though he was sure to be voted out anyway. Is he saying that Ken and Crystal did that? Because they didn't. I saw that episode. Like, more than once. Corinne was voted out, and then Crystal was, too, although Probst doesn't even mention her. Now we're left with five. There's Susie, whoever that is. Probst gives her credit where it's due for being the reason why Fang was able to get rid of Kota (aside, of course, from Kota themselves, who screwed themselves over by telling Susie she was at the bottom of their alliance). Probst says Susie is "considered weak" at individual challenges (by Probst, but not by me. SUSIE = CHALLENGE MONSTER!), but did manage to win one. Then there's Matty, whose physical strength hasn't helped him one bit since the merge, and didn't do much for him before it, either. Sugar pretends she doesn't know how to play the game and spent most of it on Exile "Island," but has been the vital swing vote at almost every Tribal Council. Bob is old, but wins like every single challenge. Bob says the AARP will soon be calling and asking him to represent them. Okay, that was funny. By the way, AARP, could you please stop sending me membership cards? It's not going to happen. Not for another thirty years. Also, Bob underestimates his commercial appeal. Surely, Michael's will be knocking on his door as well. And finally, there's Ken, the video game player who's been to eleven tribal councils and is still here. And he thinks a lot of himself for it.