18 new contestants are stranded in the harsh conditions of Gabon, Africa. The Kota and Fang tribes are decided and then particpate in their first challenge. The Kota tribe win extra food in the challenge while Marcus and "GC" win individual immunity. Each tribe reaches their campsite and both get organized while getting to know each other better. At night, the animals start coming out and Randy cuts his head on the roof of the shelter. The Medical Team is called in and gives Randy stiches.
The next day on Fang, Michelle complains that she's cold and that the other tribe is the better one. At Kota, the tribe reads their first Tree Mail telling them to meet for an Immunity Challenge.
The Kota tribe wins the first challenge and flint for fire. When Fang return to camp, the guys want Michelle voted out but Randy wants Gillian out. At Tribal Council, Fang argue about why the tribe lost the challenge but agree for "GC" to be the leader. In the end, Michelle is voted out. Fang gets fire after returning from Tribal Council and enjoy a warm night and meal.
In the second hour, Kota is doing their daily chores and Charlie and Marcus discuss alliances. Back on Fang, "GC" tries to get the campsite on track but Randy doesn't agree with all of GC's decisions. early the next morning though, Gillian complains about the tribemate's talking not letting her sleep. "GC" then quits as being the leader and no one else steps up to the plate.
The tribes meet for their second Immunity Challenge which is won by Kota again. On Exile Island, Dan has a hard time trying to find the clue for the hidden Immunity Idol. But after he returns back to his tribe, the other tribemates think he is acting strange leading them to believe he found the idol. At Tribal Council, Gillian can't be saved.
Fang wake up the next morning and realize they are running out of rice. Randy suggests to eat 2 meals a day instead of , but they rest of the tribe, especially GC, strongly disagree. Over on Kota, the tribe seems divided among different alliances.
At the Reward Challenge, Fang wins comfort in the form of pillows and blankets. Back on Kota, the tribe discuss that Paloma gave up during the challenge and all believe she should probably be the next to go. On Exile Island, Sugar is successful in finding the hidden Immunity Idol.
Fang wins the Immunity Challenge for the first time. At Kota, Sugars tells Ace she has the idol. Ace tells Sugar that Paloma is out next but Paloma tries to get Ace out by talking to Corinne. In the end, Paloma can't save herself.
At the Fang campsite, Randy tries to get the others to eat only one meal a day since their supply of rice is getting low. He also thinks that "GC" is a "cancer" and should be removed while Matty's alliance of Randy, Susie and Dan look strong.
The two tribes meet and Jeff tells them to rank their fellow tribemates in order of importance. After the results are announced, Jeff tells them both tribes will be mixing tribemates. Sugar is picked last and therefore, forced to Exile Island. The newly formed tribes return to their campsites and return to work as new alliances take shape.
At the Immunity Challenge, Kota wins. Back at the Fang camp, Ace and "GC" note how badly the entire tribe performed during the challenge. But soon, talk later turns to who will be voted out. The original plan was for Ace, but Kelly and Jacquie are seen as weaker tribemates.
Fang continue to struggle, while Sugar and Ace are tight in their alliance. This allows for the other tribe mates to search through Sugar's bag to see if she has the idol. Meanwhile, "GC" starts feeling like he wants to go home, and asks his tribe mates to vote him out.
On Kota, Dan's large appetite has his tribe on edge as their amount of food begins to dwindle. Meanwhile, Fang has their own shortage of rice. Sugar then tells Ace she'll give him the immunity idol after finding out that the other tribe mates looked through her bag.
At the Reward Challenege, Kota wins resulting in a huge breakfast feast. When they return to camp the tribe mates decide how to divide their reward food.
Sugar feels guilty choosing comfort at Exile Island when she knows her tribe , Fang, is starving for more food. At the campsite, Crystal has a small emotional outburst which causes her to become a target. She then sets out to make sure her tribe mates know her tears were not a sign of weakness.
Right before the Immunity Challenge, Kota finds a turtle swimming near their dock, resulting in a large meal for the tribe. At the challenge, Kota wins immunity. When Fang returns to camp, Ace thinks Kelly should go while Crystal thinks they should blind sight Ace. After Sugar tells Kenny she gave the idol away, he suggests to always keep the idol with her.
Tensions rise at Fang when Crystal spills some of the tribe's rice supply. She tries to make up for it by not eating, but Matty insists that she eats. Over on Kota, Dan is paranoid and scrambles for an alliance, but the rest of the tribe continue to alienate him. The two tribes then compete in a game of Keep Away for a picnic reward which is won by Kota. While Kota is on their reward trip, the entire tribe receive surprise letters from home. Meanwhile, Fang is upset over the loss. Matty takes Ace aside and discuss their future voting plans. Meanwhile Crystal and Kenny talk about blind sighting Ace. At the Immunity Challenge, Jeff announces that both tribes will vote out one of their own at two separate Tribal Councils while they battle for individual immunity. After Marcus wins the challenge, he is able to assign a second immunity, and gives it to Sugar. Back at camp, Kenny on Fang tries to get Sugar to vote for Ace. Over at Kota, Dan is the main target, but after Susie angers Corinne, the alliance on Kota think they should change their vote.
The two tribes meet for a huge feast and while they eat, Charlie ruins a chance for Kenny when a clue for a hidden immunity idol is revealed. But when then idol is found, Marcus convinces the others to toss it and throw it in the ocean.
After the meal, the two tribes divide themselves into new tribes after being given instructions. Crystal and Kenny swap from Fang to Kota and get Susie to help them vote out the biggest threats in the tribe.
As the Fang tribe wakes up, everyone hopes for a merge. But instead they receive tree mail suggesting them to practice for an upcoming reward challenge. Fang wins the reward of a traditional experience in a Gabon village. While over on Kota, Kenny realizes that he has slowly learned how to play the game of survivor well as he is able to provide fish for the tribe. On Exile Island, Bob follows the clues to find the idol but is frustrated when he can't find it. He creates his own fake idol to try and psych out his other tribemates. Later, when the two tribes meet for the Immunity Challenge, Jeff tells them they have now merged and are competing for individual immunity. After returning to camp, Charlie and his alliance (Corinne, Bob and Randy) say they will all vote for Crystal. Meanwhile, Kenny rounds up his alliance (Matty, Susie and Crystal) to vote for Charlie. So both sides try to get Sugar to vote their way. Going into Tribal Council, the newly named tribe (Nobag) are clearly divided.
The merged Nobag tribe returns from Tribal and Corinne realizes that she and alliance are in danger of being voted out as long as Kenny and Crystal remain strong. So Corinne and Randy want to get Matty on their side. Meanwhile, Bob shows Sugar the fake immunity idol he made in a possible strategic move. During Bob's second time on Exile Island, he decides not to take comfort but realizes the clue is the same as before. So instead, he goes on a walk around the area. Back at camp, the "Kenny-Crystal alliance" discuss voting out Bob or Randy. Meanwhile, Randy reveals a plan to annoy everyone else and get Bob's "idol" to save himself from being voted out. Before Tribal Council, Randy thinks everything is going according to his plan.
In a very special Survivor, never before seen footage, including audition tapes and secret scenes, reveal who the castaways are and how they became entrenched in the adventure of a lifetime, while giving insight into how power shifted into the unlikely hands of Sugar, Susie, Ken and Crystal.
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After using guilt to gain control of an ally, a pushy castaway may land in hot water when the Hidden Immunity Idol is put into play, resulting in a shocking turn of events at Tribal Council.
What started as a lopsided battle between the Fang and Kota tribes ends with a shocking turn of events between the remaining members of Nobag. Find out the fate of the Final Five leading into an outrageous decision at the most surprising Tribal Council yet.
During a Live Reunion Show the Survivors get together for the first time since being in Gabon to discuss the results of the game.