Survivor 44

Episode 8 Stats

Rob Brodeur breaks down all the latest stats!

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Each week Inside Survivor contributor Rob Brodeur will be collecting various Survivor-related statistics and information based off the latest episode of Survivor 44.

Immunity Challenge: “Eve 5”

  • This pairs twist and challenge were used in episode 9 of Survivor 43.
  • Lauren is the only woman to make it to the end portion of this challenge on both seasons it was used.
  • Lauren is the first Black woman to win immunity in the “new era.”
    • Coincidentally the most recent Black woman to win individual immunity was also named Lauren (in Island of the Idols).
  • The end portion of this challenge, known as “Chimney Sweep” was previously used in Fiji, Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island, and Edge of Extinction.
    • Lauren is the only woman to win this challenge as an individual, as the Heroes vs. Villains version was a tribal challenge and only the female Villains competed (and won).
  • All the players in the end portion of the challenge were original Ratu members except for Danny.
  • According to @RobsFactChecker on Twitter, this challenge was in the top 4 of most time spent at one challenge in a single episode of Survivor.
    • #1 was Caleb’s medevac in episode 4 of Kaoh Rong – 22 minutes, 9 seconds
    • #2 was Gabler’s immunity win in episode 7 of Survivor 43 – 18 minutes, 57 seconds
    • #3 was the 11-mile hike in episode 1 of Guatemala – 18 minutes, 55 seconds
    • #4 is the immunity challenge in this episode – 17 minutes, 37 seconds

Hidden Immunity Idol

  • This is the first season since Edge of Extinction to have three successful hidden immunity idol plays.
    • This is the first season since Worlds Apart where all three idols were played by different people.
  • The most recent player to nullify more votes than Danny’s idol for Frannie was Karishma who nullified 7 votes against herself in episode 10 of Island of the Idols.
  • Danny holds the record for most votes nullified in the “new era” with 6.
    • The previous record was Brandon and Josh earlier this season who both nullified two votes.
  • This is the first time since David vs. Goliath where a player successfully played an idol for someone else.
    • Davie played an idol for Christian in episode 8.
    • Both of these idol plays happened in episode 8.
  • Carolyn is the only player left that has a hidden immunity idol.
  • Brandon is the first player to be directly eliminated by a hidden immunity idol after successfully playing one and canceling votes earlier in the season.
    • In Winners at War, Denise saved herself with an idol when Sandra was voted out, then was voted out after a re-vote in which all original votes were nullified (leaving Sarah and Denise vulnerable).


  • Yam Yam had the most confessionals this episode with 6.
  • Jaime is the only player this episode who had 0 confessionals.
  • Yam Yam has the most confessionals at this point with 45.
  • Lauren has the least amount of confessionals with 13.
    • The only players with less confessionals than Lauren are the first four players that were eliminated (Bruce, Maddy, Helen, & Claire).
  • The three original Tika members that are left in the game (Carolyn, Carson, & Yam Yam) have the top three confessional counts this season.

Tribal Council

  • Brandon was voted out 4-0.
    • The original vote count was 6-4 but 6 votes for Frannie were nullified by an idol.
    • This was the second 4-0 vote of the season (the first was when Claire was voted out).
    • Brandon is the 17th player voted out 4-0.
  • He’s the first Ratu player to be voted out since Maddy in episode 1
    • Coincidentally, they were both eliminated due to an idol being played.
    • Brandon’s sole vote eliminated Maddy in episode 1.
  • Brandon is the first player in the “new era” to be voted out on day 15.
    • Natalie Cole in David vs. Goliath was the most recent player eliminated on day 15.
  • This is the first season where three players were voted out back-to-back on days 13-15.
  • This was the first tribal council that Brandon was vulnerable this season.
    • He used his hidden immunity idol in episode 1, won group immunity in episode 6, and won individual immunity in episode 7.
  • None of the tribal councils this season have had a typical vote (all votes counted, everybody voted, etc.)
    • Episode 1: Brandon used his idol and negated 2 votes for him. Matthew and Jaime used their Shot in the Dark and didn’t vote. Lauren banked her vote using her double vote advantage.
    • Episode 2: Sarah could not vote due to losing her vote at The Summit.
    • Episode 3: Claire used her Shot in the Dark and didn’t vote. Matt lost his vote at The Summit.
    • Episode 4: Josh used his idol and negated 2 votes for him.
    • Episode 5: No Tribal.
    • Episode 6: Matt was unable to vote due to him losing his second vote at The Summit.
    • Episode 7: Half of the tribe was immune and unable to vote.
    • Episode 8: Danny played an idol for Frannie and negated 6 votes for her.
  • The last tribal council where everyone had a vote, no idols were played, no advantages were used, and the only immune person was the Immunity Challenge winner was when Noelle was voted out in Survivor 43.
    • When Sami was voted out, Cody used his “choose your champion” advantage and was immune along with Carla & Owen.
    • When Cody was voted out, Jesse & Karla used their idols.
    • When Karla was voted out, Jesse used his idol.
    • Jesse was eliminated due to the firemaking challenge.
  • This is the first time since Edge of Extinction where at the final 10, there were 10 players that voted.
    • Seasons 41-43 had split tribal councils at final 10.
    • Winners at War final 10 tribal council had Jeremy play his “safety without power” which had him leave tribal before the vote.
    • Island of the Idols had split tribal councils at final 10.
  • Danny, Frannie, and Heidi (coincidentally all original Soka players) are the only players with perfect voting records this season.
    • Brandon is the first non-Soka member that they’ve voted out.
  • This is the first episode with Tika tribe members present where none of them received votes.
    • Episode 2: Helen & Carolyn received votes.
    • Episode 4: Sarah received votes (Josh who was swapped to Tika also received votes at this tribal).
    • Episode 6 & 7: Yam Yam received votes.
  • This episode continues the streak where one Soka player at tribal council received votes.
    • Episode 3: Claire received votes.
    • Episode 6: Josh received votes.
    • Episode 7: Matt received votes.
    • Episode 8 Frannie received votes.
      • Danny and Heidi are the only Soka members without any votes against them so far.
  • With Brandon’s elimination, there are three original players from each tribe remaining.
    • Ratu: Kane, Jaime, & Lauren.
    • Soka: Danny, Frannie, & Heidi.
    • Tika: Carolyn, Carson, & Yam Yam.
  • Both jury members so far have been voted out by less than half of their tribemates.
    • Matt was voted out by 3 out of 11 tribemates.
    • Brandon was voted out by 4 out of 10 tribemates.
  • Brandon is the sixth player to make it to the jury and be immune at every previous tribal council prior to being voted out. The others are as follows:
    • Marcus in Gabon
    • RC in Philippines
    • Nick in Kaoh Rong
    • Chris in Ghost Island
    • Joe in Edge of Extinction
      • If you count players in the edge of extinction twist, Aubry in Edge of Extinction and Amber in Winners at War would be included in this list.
  • This is the first time since Bruce’s medevac that the women outnumber the men.
  • Original Tika is the only tribe that hasn’t had anyone voted out in the merge portion.
    • However, Josh was swapped to Tika, so every swap tribe has seen one person voted out in the merge portion.
      • Ratu: Brandon
      • Soka: Matt
      • Tika: Josh
  • This is the first time in the “new era” where the first three players voted out during the merge portion were men.
  • Starting with Maddy, four women were eliminated in a row, then starting with Matthew, four men were eliminated in a row.
  • This is the first time since San Juan del Sur that the first two jury members are men.
    • In Kaoh Rong, Neal and Nick were the first two jury members, but Neal was eliminated from the jury in the jury removal twist.


Episode Title

  • The episode title “Don’t Get Cocky, Kid” was said by Kane about his strategy coming into the game.
    • This is a variation on a quote from Star Wars: A New Hope that was said to Luke Skywalker by Han Solo.

Survivor Birthdays

  • This week’s episode aired on Cassandra Franklin’s (Fiji) birthday.

Written by

Rob Brodeur

Rob hails from Boston, MA. He studied Architectural Engineering at college and has been following Survivor since the first season. Rob is married and has a dog named Snoopy. He also used to host Survivor ORGs (Online Reality Games) on Facebook. Rob writes Inside Survivor’s weekly Survivor Stats feature.

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