15 Episodes 2008 - 2008
The 17th season of the reality series begins with 18 castaways marooned in Gabon, Africa, and divided into two tribes: Fang and Kota. As the show's title suggests, Gabon, like the legendary Eden, is a pristine paradise teaming with exotic wildlife.\ Fittingly, the series is shot in high definition for the first time, allowing the cameras to more fully capture the land's natural beauty---and the game's soul-crushing competitions. The emerging theme for this edition is good vs. evil. Among the villains are Corinne, an acid-tongued beauty who relishes being nasty; Ace, a smug yoga-loving photographer with a suspect British accent; and Randy, a cranky wedding videographer who swears off marriage. More likable are Bob, a 58-year-old Maine schoolteacher who fancies bow ties; Matty, a chiseled personal trainer; and Sugar, a not-so-dumb Brooklyn blond and pinup girl who finds a second home on Exile Island and christens the hut there the Sugar Shack. And speaking of Exile Island, a new twist allows a person banished there to choose between a clue to a hidden immunity idol or a comfort item, such as food or a hammock. Immunity idols are always an important part of the game, but in Gabon fake idols play an equally strategic role in outwitting opponents and lead to one of the funniest and most memorable tribal councils of any season.
Want to See the Elephant Dung?
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 60 mins
Eighteen castaways are marooned in Gabon, Africa, and divided into two tribes: Fang and Kota. For immunity, the teams maneuver through an obstacle course while chained together and then solve a puzzle. The first person is voted out at tribal council.
Want to See the Elephant Dung?
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 60 mins
The tribes compete for fishing gear and immunity by each pushing a heavy boulder through a race course and retrieving keys that unlock a chain fence. The first person is sent to Exile Island and searches for a hidden immunity idol. At tribal council, the second person is voted out of the game.
She Obviously Is Post-op!
Thu, Oct 2, 2008 60 mins
Tension builds in one tribe when food starts to run low because of some teammates overeating. In the reward challenge, one female player is roughed up so badly that it could cause her to be cast off. The third person is voted out at tribal council.
It Was Like Christmas Morning!
Thu, Oct 9, 2008 60 mins
The tribes rank their team members in order of importance and then, based on the information, new teams are selected school-yard style. For immunity, the castaways play a water-based game that is a combination of water polo and lacrosse. At tribal council, another person is voted out of the game.
The Camp Is Cursed
Thu, Oct 16, 2008 60 mins
Lack of food and a yearning for home threaten an alliance. Meanwhile, a frustrating Immunity Challenge tests a strong bond. And another castaway is voted out of the game.
He's a Snake, but He's My Snake
Thu, Oct 23, 2008 60 mins
The tribes compete for a reward that includes pastries and coffee by chasing each other around a track while carrying a weighted replica of a snake. For immunity, the teams retrieve parts of a flagpole by going through various obstacles and must be the first ones to put the pieces together and erect their team flag. One person is voted out at tribal council.
It All Depends on the Pin-up Girl
Thu, Oct 30, 2008 60 mins
The tribes compete for a reward that includes a feast and letters from home by playing keep-away with large fragile balls. Later, the teams battle for individual immunity by participating in a logrolling competition. Both teams attend tribal council and vote out one of their own.
The Apple in the Garden of Eden
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 60 mins
The two teams come together for a feast and assume they are going to merge into one tribe. They learn that a hidden immunity idol is nearby and then make a surprising decision regarding it. Later, the teams compete for immunity in an endurance challenge that requires great arm and mental strength. At tribal council, another castaway is voted out of the game and becomes the first member of the jury.
The Brains Behind Everything
Thu, Nov 13, 2008 60 mins
The two teams play a three-hole golf course using a sling instead of a club to win a feast with a local African tribe. Later, the teams merge and compete for individual immunity by testing their fire-making skills. At tribal council, the 10th person is voted out of the game.
Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 60 mins
The eight remaining castaways each receive $500 to participate in a food auction. The immunity challenge involves carrying bags of blocks across a series of balance beams. The Top 3 finishers then set up their blocks like dominoes in order to raise a flag. At tribal council, the 11th castaway is voted out of the game.
I Was Put on the Planet for This Show
Thu, Nov 27, 2008 60 mins
Highlights from the game thus far, including previously unaired footage. In addition, audition tapes from the castaways are presented.
The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy
Thu, Dec 4, 2008 60 mins
The seven remaining castaways are visited by loved ones from home, and one player proposes marriage. Elsewhere, a castaway claims to have the hidden immunity idol that was supposedly tossed into the ocean earlier in the game; and the tribe members answer questions about Gabon for a chance to win immunity.
The Good Guys Should Win in the End
Thu, Dec 11, 2008 60 mins
The six remaining castaways compete for a reward that includes a visit to a gorilla sanctuary by retrieving balls from a swamp and then tossing them into a basketball-like hoop. For immunity, the players must re-create an African tribal mask while blindfolded. At tribal council, the hidden-immunity idol comes into play as another person joins the jury.
Say Goodbye to Gabon
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 120 mins
The final five castaways are cut to three finalists after two immunity challenges and two tribal councils. The final three are questioned by the seven jury members, who then vote for the winner.
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 60 mins
The winner is announced as the 18 castaways reunite in Los Angeles and are questioned by host Jeff Probst.