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Survivor: The Australian Outback

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Survivor: The Australian Outback
Presented by
No. of episodes15
No. of days42
No. of castaways16
WinnerTina Wesson
Production locationsHerbert River at Goshen Station (South-west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia)
Filming datesOctober 23 –
December 3, 2000
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 28 (2001-01-28) –
May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03)

Survivor: The Australian Outback was the second season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was filmed at Goshen Station in northern Queensland during 2000 and was shown on TV from January 28, 2001 to May 3, 2001 on CBS.[1] The location used was within a three hour drive from the city of Cairns and was in a wet, sub-tropical area. Nielsen Ratings says it was the highest rated show of 2001.

Fourteen episode were shown, one every week. The winner, Tina Wesson, was announced on May 3, 2001 where she won against Colby Donaldson by a vote of 4-3.

The entire season was made available on DVD on April 26, 2005.[2]

Well-known events[change | change source]

Although the first episode was shown right after Super Bowl XXXV, the late hour made CBS want to show the first episode again later that week.

The elimination of player Michael Skupin during the sixth episode is well known for being the first case where a Survivor player has had to be removed because of an injury. While trying to start a fire, Skupin breathed in smoke and fainted, falling into the fire getting really bad burns to his hands. After being cared for by medical personnel, a helicopter was brought in and Skupin was removed from the game. Because of his removal, there was no Immunity Challenge, so there was no Tribal Council. Because of this, the Ogakor and Kucha tribes merged (combined) with the same number of tribe members, instead of the possible six to four (which would have happened if Ogakor lost the Immunity Challenge and gone to Tribal Council). At the first merged Tribal Council, Jeff Varner was voted off after a tie vote between the two old tribes.

During a reward trip, player and future runner-up Colby Donaldson broke an Australian law by breaking off coral from the Great Barrier Reef which could have gave him a fine of AU$110,000. The helicopter pilot in the reward trip also broke an Australian law as he flew over sea bird rookeries.[3] Survivor's producer Mark Burnett said sorry on behalf of Colby and the production team after the season had been shown.[4]

The game lasted 42 days, instead of 39 days. This seson also started the Survivor tradition of showing who won live, so that none of the players would know who won until the finale (last episode).

During a reward on Day 34 where the five players left were allowed to talk with their family members, old Ogakor member Keith Famie asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she said yes.[5]

After filming[change | change source]

After the show, fourth-place finisher Elisabeth Filarski went on to co-host talk show The View.[6] She, Tina Wesson, Colby Donaldson, Jerri Manthey, Alicia Calaway and Amber Brkich were asked to return in Survivor: All-Stars. Filarski was the only one who didn't return in the All-Stars season. She wanted to focus on hosting The View,[7] while Wesson, Donaldson, Manthey, Calaway, and Brkich placed 18th, 12th, 10th, 7th, and 1st. Brkich won against fellow player and future husband Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano who had played before in the series' fourth season, Survivor: Marquesas in a 4-3 vote. Donaldson and Manthey would return again in the Heroes vs. Villains season where they placed 5th, and 4th. Michael Skupin returned in the Philippines season, where he tied for 2nd. Wesson would return in the Blood vs. Water season, where she played with her daughter, Katie Collins, and placed 4th. Jeff Varner and Kimmi Kappenberg were voted into the Cambodia season, where they finished 16th, and 6th. Varner later played in the Game Changers season.

Players[change | change source]

Player Starting tribe Merged tribe Finish Total votes
Debb Eaton
45, Milan, NH
Kucha 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Kel Gleason
32, Fort Hood, TX
Ogakor 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Maralyn Hershey
51, Wakefield, VA
Ogakor 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Mitchell Olson
23, Union City, NJ
Ogakor 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Kimmi Kappenberg
27, Ronkonkoma, NY
Kucha 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Michael Skupin
38, White Lake, MI
Kucha Removed
Due to Injury
Day 17
Jeff Varner
34, New York, NY
Kucha Barramundi 6th Voted Out
Day 21
Alicia Calaway
32, New York, NY
Kucha 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Jerri Manthey
30, Los Angeles, CA
Ogakor 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Nick Brown
23, Steilacoom, WA
Kucha 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Amber Brkich
22, Beaver, PA
Ogakor 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Rodger Bingham
53, Crittenden, KY
Kucha 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Elisabeth Filarski
23, Boston, MA
Kucha 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
Keith Famie
40, West Bloomfield, MI
Ogakor 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 41
Colby Donaldson
26, Dallas, TX
Ogakor Runner-up 5
Tina Wesson
39, Knoxville, TN
Ogakor Sole Survivor 0
The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player was able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.

The game[change | change source]

Episode title Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Stranded" January 28, 2001 Ogakor1 Debb 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Suspicion" February 1, 2001 Ogakor Kucha Kel 7-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Trust No One" February 8, 2001 Ogakor Kucha Maralyn 5-1-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
"The Killing Fields" February 15, 2001 Kucha Kucha Mitchell 3-3 4th Voted Out
Day 12
"The Gloves Come Off" February 22, 2001 Kucha Ogakor Kimmi 6-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"Trial By Fire" March 1, 2001 Kucha None2 Michael No Vote Removed
Due to Injury
Day 17
"The Merge" March 8, 2001 None3 Keith Jeff 5-5 6th Voted Out
Day 21
"Friends?" March 15, 2001 Jerri
Keith Alicia 5-4 7th Voted Out
Day 24
"The First 24 Days" March 22, 2001 Recap Episode
"Honeymoon Or Not?" March 29, 2001 Colby, Jerri Nick Jerri 6-2 8th Voted Out
Day 27
"Let's Make A Deal" April 5, 2001 Survivor Auction Colby Nick 4-2-1 9th Voted Out
Day 30
"No Longer Just A Game" April 12, 2001 Colby Colby Amber 4-2 10th Voted Out
Day 33
"Enough Is Enough" April 19, 2001 Tina Colby Rodger 3-2 11th Voted Out
Day 36
"The Final Four" April 26, 2001 Colby Colby Elisabeth 3-1 12th Voted Out
Day 39
"The Most Deserving" May 3, 2001 None Colby Keith 1-0 13th Voted Out
Day 41
"The Reunion" May 3, 2001 Jury Vote Colby 4-3 Runner-Up
Tina Sole Survivor
If more than one tribe or player wins reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if it was teamwork or if one player won and invited others, the players they invited are in brackets.

Note 1: Combined Reward and Immunity challenge.
Note 2: No immunity was given in Ep. 6 because of Michael's injury.
Note 3: There was no Reward Challenge due to tribal merge.

Voting history[change | change source]

Starting tribes Merged tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Debb
7/8 votes
7/8 votes
5/7 votes
3/6 votes2
6/7 votes
No vote3
5/10 votes4
5/9 votes
6/8 votes
4/7 votes
4/6 votes
3/5 votes
3/4 votes
1 vote
3/7 votes
4/7 votes
Voter Vote
Tina Kel Maralyn Mitchell Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth Jury Vote
Colby Kel Maralyn Mitchell Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Rodger Rodger Elisabeth Keith
Keith Kel Mitchell Mitchell Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth Tina
Elisabeth Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Keith Tina
Rodger Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Colby
Amber Kel Maralyn Keith Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Nick Rodger Colby
Nick Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Jerri Keith Colby
Jerri Kel Maralyn Keith Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Tina
Alicia Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Tina
Jeff Debb Kimmi Colby
Michael Debb Kimmi
Kimmi Debb Jeff
Mitchell Kel Maralyn Keith
Maralyn Kel Jerri
Kel Jerri
Debb Jeff

Note 2: Keith and Mitchell were tied 3-3 at Tribal Council. In earlier Tribal Councils, Keith had no votes, but Mitchell had one; so he was eliminated.
Note 3: On Day 17 Michael fell into a fire and had to be removed due to injuries, as a result he was the sixth person to leave the game meaning no Tribal Council was held.
Note 4: Colby and Jeff were tied 5-5 at Tribal Council and in earlier Tribal Councils, Jeff had two votes, therefore, Jeff was eliminated

References[change | change source]

  1. "Out in the Outback With 'Survivor' Crew". Los Angeles Times. 2001-02-25. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  2. "Survivor - The Australian Outback: The Complete Second Season DVD". 2005-04-26. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  3. "Colby's Great Barrier Reef coral theft, helicopter flight are being investigated". Reality Blurred. 3 April 2001.
  4. ""Survivor" Head apologizes for ecology gaffe". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  5. Tyrangiel, Josh (2001-05-14). "People". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  6. Paulson, Wade (2003-11-24). "Former 'Survivor' Elisabeth Hasselbeck wins co-host slot on ABC's 'The View'". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  7. Porter, Rick (2004-01-20). "Burnett Wasted Little Time Finding 'Survivor' Stars". Zap2it. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-11.

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