Episode 1: The Importance of Being Eldest
Air Date: Sep 19, 2002
The tribes trek through a Thai village divided in Men amd Women thinking that they will be divided along gender lines, but when they meet Jeff, they are informed that in Thai traditions the eldest are given more respect and advantages. This means that the oldest man and woman, Jan and Tom, are to pick the tribes. At Sook Jai, Robb and Shii Ann have an arguement on building the shelter, and Stephanie goes Skinny dipping, while at Chuay Gahn, Tanya is feeling sick, and Helen and John argue while finding the water pit. At the first challenge Chauy Gahn takes a lead but a mistake proves fatal and costs the tribe Immunity. John's friction with his tribemates earlier appears to be enough to get him ousted, as he becomes the first to leave Thiland.
Episode 2: The Great Divide
Air Date: Sep 26, 2002
It seems that the Sook Jai tribe is divided with Jed, Stephanie, and Robb. At Chauy Gahn Tanya is feeling even more sick. Sook Jai wins a 60 foot fishing net as the first reward. The Chauy Gahn tribe celebrates Helen's anniversary for being married to her husband. Chauy Gahn loses immunity and is forced back to tribal council. They vote Tanya off because she's too sick to continue.
Episode 3: Family Values
Air Date: Oct 3, 2002
At Sook Jai, Shii Ann & Robb continue to argue. At Chauy Gahn Ghandia admits that Ted grinded her and tells Helen & Jan about it. At the Reward Challenge things heat up when Robb strangles Clay and gets disqualified. Robb, Jed, Ken & Stephanie all get disqualified helping Chauy Gahn win Reward. Back at Camp, Robb gets all mad and calls Clay names. At Chauy Gahn, Ted realizes Ghandia's accusations and admits he's not attracted to her. Jan realizes the Tribe is split between Men vs Woman. Helen says that she believes Ghandia, while Clay says that he knew Ghandia was trouble from the begining. At Immunity, ShiiAnn & Jake purposly throw the challenge helping Chauy Gahn win their first Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, Shii Ann recieves 3 votes, while Jed recieves 5 votes and is voted out.
Episode 4: Gender Bender
Air Date: Oct 10, 2002
Lingering tensions and accusations spill over, pitting the men against the women. One castaway hopes never to see another castaway again...forever.
Episode 5: The Ocean's Surprise
Air Date: Oct 17, 2002
One Survivor gets attacked by a stingray. The Survivors receive a shocking offer. One Survivor's singing drives the others crazy. Two unlikely tribemates forge a tentative alliance, but neither is sure whether the other can be trusted.
Episode 6: The Power of One
Air Date: Oct 24, 2002
Robb felt paranoid and vulnerable after the previous night's vote, when his friend Stephanie Dill was voted out. He approached Ken Stafford, the 30-year-old police officer from Brooklyn, NY, to question his loyalty, "You know what's bothering me? I think you are playing a much harder game than you are leading to believe." In disbelief, Ken responded to Robb's allegations, "You have a problem with me because I am honest with you, I don't want to hear it." As the two men continued their argument, the rest of the Sook Jai tribe sat near-by, wondering what was to come. "We all agreed to wait to eat the bananas until they get ripe, because Robb is capable of eating thirty bananas a day and Penny is not, so we are going to do it in a fair manner," stated Ken. Nearby, a hungry Robb scarfed down a banana without the tribe's permission. Wanting to ration the remaining bananas equally, Shii Ann Huang, the 28-year-old executive recruiter from New York City, confronted Robb. He retorted, "If I'm hungry, I am going to eat a banana. I don't want to hear another word."
Episode 7: Assumptions
Air Date: Oct 31, 2002
The two tribes move to the same beach, but when they find out they're not merging into one tribe, a player realizes she has made a big mistake.
Episode 8: Sleeping With the Enemy
Air Date: Nov 7, 2002
The Chuay Gahn members learn that the Sook Jai tribe has voted Shii Ann out of the game, and all are surprised to learn that there is no reward challenge. However, the survivors are rewarded with fins and a snorkle. Sook Jai loses the Immunity Challenge, and winds up voting Penny off of the island. At Tribal Council, Jeff makes the observation that Sook Jai has run out of membetrs and out of luck but have not run out of hope
Episode 10: While the Cats Are Away
Air Date: Nov 21, 2002
With only two members of Sook Jai remaining, one betrays the other in an attempt to save themselves.
Episode 11: A Closer Look
Air Date: Nov 27, 2002
New footage highlights a recap and a review of the first 21 days in Thailand.
Episode 12: A Big Surprise...and Another
Air Date: Dec 5, 2002
After receiving Tree Mail, the tribe met host Jeff Probst at the Reward Challenge, where he unexpectedly brought each Survivor's loved ones from home to compete in the Challenge. One by one, each loved one entered the area as tears of joy ran down the Survivors' homesick faces. Jeff then explained, "The loved ones are going to compete against each other in a bug-eating contest. The winner will spend 24 hours at the tribe camp with their Survivor as an honorary member of the tribe. If at any time you fail to eat anything, you are sent off with no contact whatsoever with your Survivor." When the Survivors met Jeff Probst at the important Immunity Challenge, he once again explained the rules. Each person had to gather their own misshapen pieces from a nearby pile and fit the assorted, oversized pieces in such a way that they construct a colored cube. First person to have successfully constructed their colored cube would win. Just before starting the Challenge, Jeff provided yet another twist to the game of SURVIVOR. Running out from around the corner, each loved one returned to embrace their family member. "Guys, your loved ones are going to be your partner in today's Immunity Challenge. They will be tied to your wrist. You will win or lose Immunity based on how well you work with your loved one," explained Jeff.
Episode 13: The Tides Are Turning
Air Date: Dec 12, 2002
With five of the original members of the Chuay Gahn Tribe in the final five, competition becomes more fierce. The castaways find a mirror at their camp and get to see themselves for the first time since the game began. Later, as the five of them head for a reward challenge, host Jeff Probst drives a Chevrolet Trailblazer to their camp and takes them the rest of way. The winner of the challenge, of course, wins the SUV, but also brings a guest to spend a day at the spa "Survivor" style, including a massage and Thai feast. The outcome of the next immunity challenge determines which of the final final five makes it to the final four.
Episode 14: Slip Through Your Fingers
Air Date: Dec 19, 2002
The 2 hour finale begins with a 5 min summary of the entire season in Thailand. The final four are Jan, Clay, Brian and Helen. The final four head over to the second last immunity challenge which included peices of challenges from previous episodes. Brian won this immunity and the tribe voted Helen out at the second last tribal council. As the final three give tribute to the voted off castaways, they are on route to their final challenge which is won by Brian. The final two leaves Brian and Clay and in the end, the jury votes Brian to get one million dollars.