Survivor: Marquesas

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Survivor: Marquesas
Presented by
No. of episodes13
No. of days39
No. of castaways16
WinnerVecepia Towery
Production location(s)Nuku Hiva,
Marquesas Islands
Filming datesNovember 12 –
December 20, 2001
Original releaseFebruary 28 –
May 19, 2002
Preceded bySurvivor: Africa
Followed bySurvivor: Thailand

Survivor: Marquesas was the fourth season of the United States reality show Survivor. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it was shown on TV from February 28 - May 19, 2002 on CBS. There were thirteen episodes, plus a mid-season recap and live interview with Rosie O'Donnell after the finale (last episode). The winner, Vecepia Towery, was revealed on May 19, 2002, where she won against Neleh Dennis by a vote of 4-3.

In the beginning, the players were divided into two tribes: Maraamu and Rotu (Marquesan for 'Southern Wind' and 'Rain'). They later merged (combined) into one tribe. Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien and Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano named the new tribe "Soliantu", a name they made up that means "Sacred Allegiance to the Sun".

The Marquesas Islands were actually chosen as a backup location for Survivor. This season was going to take place in Jordan, but they switched location due to the September 11, 2001 attacks[1] and the political situation in the Middle East.[2]

This was the first season where the players were not given any supplies at the beginning, such as food, water, or matches. Also, the rules of the Individual Immunity Idol were changed so that a player who won the idol in a challenge was able to give it to another player. Finally, earlier votes against a player were not counted in future Tribal Councils. As this used to be the way of deciding if a contestant was eliminated in case of a tie, a new tiebreaker was made. The controversial Purple Rock tiebreaker was used in this season alone, and resulted in the elimination of Paschal English, then with no votes against him. A small rise in the average number of viewers was seen for the season compared to the last season, Survivor: Africa.[3]

Vavrick-O'Brien and Mariano were chosen from this season to return in Survivor: All-Stars, where they placed 8th and 2nd. Mariano returned once again in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, placing 13th.

Players[change | change source]

Contestant Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Peter Harkey
44, Millis, Massachusetts
Maraamu 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Patricia Jackson
49, Lugoff, South Carolina
Maraamu 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Hunter Ellis
33, La Jolla, California
Maraamu 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Sarah Jones
24, Newport Beach, California
Maraamu Maraamu 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Gabriel Cade
23, Celo, North Carolina
Rotu Rotu 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Gina Crews
28, Gainesville, Florida
Maraamu Maraamu 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Rob Mariano
25, Canton, Massachusetts
Maraamu Rotu Soliantu 7th Voted Out
Day 21
John Carroll
36, Omaha, Nebraska
Rotu Rotu 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Zoe Zanidakis
35, Monhegan Island, Maine
Rotu Rotu 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Tammy Leitner
29, Tuscon, Arizona
Rotu Rotu 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Robert "General" DeCanio
38, Queens, New York
Rotu Rotu 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Sean Rector
30, Harlem, New York
Maraamu Rotu 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Paschal English
56, Thomaston, Georgia
Rotu Maraamu Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien
47, Burlington, Vermont
Rotu Maraamu 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Neleh Dennis
21, Layton, Utah
Rotu Maraamu Runner-Up 4
Vecepia Towery
36, Portland, Oregon
Maraamu Rotu Sole Survivor 2
The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player is able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.

Note 1: Paschal was not voted out. The purple rock determined who would be eliminated. He drew the purple rock and he became the 6th jury member.

The game[change | change source]

Episode title Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Back to the Beach" February 28, 2002 None Rotu Peter 5−2−1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Nacho Momma" March 7, 2002 Rotu Rotu Patricia 4−3 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"No Pain, No Gain" March 13, 2002 Rotu Rotu Hunter 4−2 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
"The Winds Twist" March 20, 2002 None4 switch 2 Rotu Sarah 4−1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
"The End of Innocence" March 28, 2002 Maraamu Maraamu Gabriel 7−1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"The Underdogs" April 4, 2002 Maraamu Rotu Gina 3−1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
"True Lies" April 11, 2002 None7 merge 3 Kathy Rob 7−2−1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
"Jury's Out" April 18, 2002 Kathy Tammy John 6−3 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
"Two Peas in a Pod" April 25, 2002 Paschal, Sean Tammy Zoe 7−1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
"The Princess" May 2, 2002 Paschal, [Neleh] General Tammy 5−2 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
"Marquesan Vacation" May 9, 2002 Kathyep 11 4 Vecepia General 5−1 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
"A Tale of Two Cities" May 16, 2002 Sean Kathy Sean 3−2 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
"The Sole Survivor" May 19, 2002 None Vecepia Paschal 2−24 Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Neleh Kathy 1−0 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
"The Reunion" May 19, 2002 Jury Vote Neleh 4−3 Runner-Up
Vecepia Sole Survivor
If more than one tribe or player wins reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if it was teamwork, or where one player won and invited others, the players that were invited are in brackets.

^1 No reward challenge took place due to tribal switch.

^2 There was no reward challenge due to tribal merge.

^3 Each of the six remaining contestants were visited by a friend or family member, who then proceeded to compete in a reward challenge on behalf of their loved one. Kathy's son Pat won the right to spend 24 hours at the Soliantu camp.

^4 Kathy and Neleh were tied 2-2 and due to no unanimous decision as to which of the two would be next to go, the two of them along with Paschal drew colored rocks (two yellow, one purple). Because Paschal drew the purple rock, he was eliminated and became the sixth jury member.

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: Peter
5/8 votes
4/7 votes
4/6 votes
4/5 votes
7/8 votes
3/4 votes
7/10 votes
6/9 votes
7/8 votes
5/7 votes
5/6 votes
3/5 votes
No vote5
1 vote
Voter Vote
Vecepia Sarah Patricia Hunter Gabriel Rob John Zoe Tammy General Neleh Neleh
Neleh Sarah Gina Rob John Zoe Tammy General Sean Kathy Kathy
Kathy Sarah Gina Zoe John Zoe Tammy General Sean Neleh
Paschal Sarah Gina Rob John Zoe Tammy General Sean Kathy
Sean Sarah Patricia Hunter Gabriel John John Zoe Tammy General Neleh
General Gabriel Rob Sean Zoe Vecepia Sean
Tammy Gabriel Rob Sean Zoe Vecepia
Zoe Gabriel Rob John General
John Gabriel Rob Sean
Rob Peter Patricia Hunter Gabriel John
Gina Peter Sarah Sarah Sarah Kathy
Gabriel Rob
Sarah Peter Patricia Hunter Kathy
Hunter Peter Sarah Sarah
Patricia Peter Sarah
Peter Patricia
Jury vote
Finalist: Neleh
3/7 votes
4/7 votes
Juror Vote
Kathy Neleh
Paschal Neleh
Sean Vecepia
Robert Vecepia
Tammy Vecepia
Zoe Neleh
John Vecepia

^5 : Paschal was not voted out. The purple rock determined who would be eliminated. He drew the purple rock and he became the sixth jury member.

Purple Rock controversy[change | change source]

Paschal's elimination marked a big controversy in the game of Survivor. In the Episode Thirteen Tribal Council, Neleh and Kathy each got two votes while Vecepia had immunity. In earlier tie situations, where a re-vote did not decide who would be voted off, votes from past tribal councils were used, and the player with the most earlier votes was eliminated. In Marquesas, the earlier votes rule was no longer used; instead players who did not have immunity would pull rocks colored yellow and purple from a bag. The player with the purple rock would be eliminated. In this situation, Kathy and Neleh drew yellow rocks, and Paschal pulled the purple rock. Although he never got any votes in the entire game, he was eliminated due to chance. Probst later said that using the purple rock tie-breaker was a mistake at this point in the game, because the formula behind it was impossible to apply fairly with only four survivors left.[4]

No tie happened on the show until six seasons later on Palau. It was during that season that the tie-breaker was revealed to be a fire-making challenge. However, Survivors who took part in the show between the Marquesas and Palau seasons thought that the Purple Rock challenge would still be used. As a result, many players would change alliances so they're wouldn't be another tie and another chance of drawing the Purple Rock.

Since Palau, there have been four tie situations that were solved with fire-making challenges, all of which were at the Final Four stage of the game. In Survivor: Micronesia, it was suggested by Cirie Fields that the purple rock tiebreaker is the tiebreaker for all ties except in the Final Four, when a challenge is used instead.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Survivor cast and crew". 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
  2. Hal Erickson. "Survivor Marquesas Summary". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
  3. "CBS Unveils The Identities of The Castaways For Survivor: Thailand" (Press release). CBS. 2002-08-15. Survivor: Marquesas averaged 20.8 million viewers (#4) while Survivor: Africa averaged 20.7 million viewers (#5).
  4. "Jeff Probst: The Survivor seasons I loved -- and hated".

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