After 12 weeks of episodes, it's down to the final four.
Who will walk off the beach with the million?
And why on earth do we care?
SEAN GETS HEAVE-HO
Thursday, August 17, 2000
It's down to the final four. And it's already getting nasty.
After finally waking up and realizing that he really did want to win the $1-million jackpot, Sean Kenniff, the remarkably naive and widely ridiculed neurosurgeon, was voted off the island in last night's penultimate episode of Survivor.
The remaining castaways will duke it out for the winning prize during next week's two-hour finale, which will be immediately followed by a postfinale reunion show featuring all 16 of the now famous castaways who starred in this summer's runaway hit TV series.
"I'd like to think I was the last good person down," Sean said after being tossed out at the tribal council. "I hope that's the way America remembers me. . . . There are some very callous, cold and duplicitous people left."
He didn't sound quite so righteous earlier, however, when he expressed regret about the alphabetical voting strategy he had previously employed. "Now I'm in it to win. To just be a nice guy is wrong."
The remaining contestants include:
Rudy Boesch, the grumpy old former U.S. Navy SEAL who says he never wants to see any of his fellow castaways ever again;
Richard Hatch, the Machiavellian corporate trainer who has a penchant for grossing out the other tribe members while wandering around in the nude;
Kelly Wiglesworth, the river guide who was as good as gone until she won last night's immunity challenge, a scavenger hunt to find five hidden masks in the jungle and correctly answer questions about the island superstitions on a video-camera;
Susan Hawk, the redneck truck driver who lashed out at Kelly last night for betraying the Tagi alliance when Kelly befriended the members of the Pagong tribe after the two tribes merged.
"Kelly made us look like a bunch of idiots," Susan fumed. "Like we were the bad ones."
Kelly later appealed to Richard and pledged her innocence. "I thought that was part of the plan," she whined.
Richard, as devious as ever, reassured Kelly and later leaned into the camera with a smirk. "That little tiff between Kelly and Sue has been coming, and plays to my advantage, definitely."
The women appeared to patch things up as they washed each other's hair in the sea after the reward challenge, which Kelly also won by transferring the most mud from a volcano to a bucket using nothing but her body.
"The game's finally gotten weird," Kelly told host Jeff Probst over beer and a heaping bowl of spaghetti at a local bar. "My first mistake was trusting Sue. You can't trust anybody."