In this episode of our Survivor Summer Podcast series, Rob speaks with Catherine Lucas (@CatLucas50) who is an expert in Survivor Final Tribal Councils. After studying every final tribal council, Catherine has organized every question asked by the jurors into 15 categories along with the answers that were most liked by the jurors who asked the question. In this episode, Catherine reveals her findings and lets Rob guess the right answers.
Rob and Catherine start by discussing opening statements given by the Survivor finalists, and Catherine tells which finalists hold the records for longest speech, shortest speech, and shortest speech given by a winner. Most winners talk about relationships with jury members and/or specific game strategy. Rob makes his own opening statement and Catherine gives her critiques, and lists the best statements
Rob and Catherine move into discussing questions asked by the jurors, giving the record for longest question asked. Catherine explains how she categorized the 15 types of questions, naming each after the contestant who originated it.
The 15 Questions Asked by the Survivor Jury
- The Jan Gentry Question: Used only twice in the history of the show, this type of question asks the finalists to discuss their survival skills.
- The Amber Brkich Question: Asked six times in Survivor history, this question asks the finalists to discuss what they intend to do with the $1m prize.
- The Greg Buis Question: A juror, having already made up his or her mind about for whom to vote, may ask a random or silly question of the finalists. Greg Buis originated this question when he asked Season 1 finalists Richard Hatch and Kelly Wiglesworth to pick a number between 1 and 10.
- The Kim Powers Question: Here the juror asks the finalists who they have learned the most from.
- The Jenna Lewis Question: Here the juror asks the finalists which jury members should be in their place.
- The Erin Collins Question: Here the juror asks each finalist why the other finalist does not deserve the $1m prize.
- The John Carroll Question: Here the juror asks the finalist why he or she should vote for them.
- The Ken Stafford Question: Here the juror asks a finalist about a specific moment in the game, looking for an honest explanation for what happened.
- The Jake Billingsley Question: Here the juror asks a finalist about the circumstances under which the juror was eliminated. This may start with “on the night I was voted out…”
- The Shii Ann Huang Question: Here the juror asks each finalist why the other finalist deserves the juror’s vote.
- The Gervase Peterson Question: Here the juror asks each finalist what he/she has done wrong or would change.
- The Sean Kinney Question/Statement: Rather than ask a question of the finalists, here the juror makes a statement in an attempt to sway the votes of the other jurors.
- The Penny Ramsey Question: Here the juror asks the finalists questions designed to assess what kind of person each finalist is outside of the game. The originator of this question was Penny Ramsey, who asked finalists Brian Heidik and Clay Jordan what they know about her personal life.
- The Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien Question: Here the juror asks the finalists to explain in detail their strategy or to name their biggest strategic move.
- The Colleen Haskell Question: Here the juror asks the finalists a generic question about the game. The originator Colleen asked finalists Richard and Kelly what three things they thought would help people succeed in Survivor.
After listing the 15 types of questions, Catherine helps Rob categorize some memorable juror questions. Finally, Rob and Catherine recap the list of types of juror questions.
Rob and Catherine discuss the other players that asked these questions and the answers that the jurors are looking for on this podcast dedicated to the final tribal council.
Thanks to Rae Sanni for this show’s episode recap.