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"Back to the Beach"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Marquesas
Episode Number: 1/14 (043)
Original Release: February 28, 2002
Viewership (in millions): 23.40[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 9.4/23
CBS.com Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The Final Four: No Regrets"
(previous season)
Next: "Nacho Momma"
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Back to the Beach is the premiere episode of Survivor: Marquesas.

Story

Day 1

Sixteen Americans embarked on a journey of a lifetime. Stranded in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, they will face a Survivor first, competing without any given food rations at the beginning of the game. Unknown to the castaways, their supply crates only contained a pair of machetes, three pans, a fillet knife, two water containers, and a magnifying glass, but no food. The sixteen survivors were segregated into two rival tribes, Maraamu and Rotu (Tahitian words for "Southern Wind" and "Rain" respectively). After a long ferry ride aboard the fishing vessel "Amaryllis," the two tribes jumped off to paddle two miles to their respective encampments.

At the yellow-colored Maraamu tribe, while getting close to shore, Sean Rector got irked that one of his tribe mates was just sitting on top of their raft while the rest were paddling.

Sarah's arrival was almost like Cleopatra.

–Sean



Claiming that he never saw a beach in his entire life, Sean revealed

I've never been on a ocean. Ever. In the hood there ain't a lot of pools and I don't really swim too much.

–Sean


Upon reaching shore, Sean lay down to the shoreline, extremely tired. Thinking it was a miracle, Sean added,

We didn't do this on our own, God's hand was definitely under the raft guiding us.

–Sean



Over at the blue Rotu tribe, Kathy frantically led the tribe to create fire. The tribe further struggled when clouds continually shielded the sun. While their attempts to make fire were futile, Kathy wasted no time by barking orders at her tribe mates to at least have shelter before nighttime.

Kathy is now the Skipper. Maybe it's her personality or the difficulty being out here, but I don't know. We don't need a Skipper out here.

–Gabriel



Back at Maraamu, realizing that their supply crate did not have any food, Hunter expressed that creating fire was the most important. Hunter's leadership sent Gina in awe.

I am already in love with Hunter. He is a great person and we have so much in common. Hunter knows a little bit about everything.

–Gina


Eventually, it was Peter's Yoga-style, deep breathing technique that ignited a spark for Maraamu. At nightfall, Sarah cuddled Rob for warmth.

Sarah has a very cute body and paid a lot for it, and if you have it, of course, flaunt it.

–Vecepia



Day 2

The Rotu tribe awoke realizing that they have to locate their water source. Much to their surprise, their water source was none other than a beautiful waterfall. As they fill their water tanks, they went to take a bath, though Kathy was skeptical of the find, when she learned that the waterfall contained brackish water, thus needing to boil it before drinking.

Now we need that damn fire. I am going to work on it until it's dark.

–Kathy



Maraamu, on the other hand, was struggling to find food. Right after locating a fruit-bearing tree, Boston Rob heard an unfamiliar sound, a chicken. As soon as Boston Rob saw the clucking chicken, a chase down the jungle ensued, though Rob failed to catch it. An exasperated (not to mention disappointed) Rob declared:

I had no idea that roosters could fly, but this rooster took off like a 747 and he was out of here and that was it.

–Rob M.



Things were not as jovial on Rotu when Kathy's iron fist style of leadership continues to rub her tribe mates the wrong way.

Of course we know we need to start fire, but to have someone pushing you like Kathy did really started to become grating.

–John


After a heated argument between John and Kathy, John only had this to say:

I am Irish so I have a temper, and she sparked it. Now I became fixated with starting a fire to combat my outburst.

–John


Despite the brewing conflicts, the Rotu tribe finally managed to have fire. By nighttime, Kathy's hard exterior became warmer after having fire.

Day 3

Upon receiving their first Tree Mail, the two competing tribes convened for their first Immunity Challenge, where host Jeff Probst revealed that there will be no further assistance coming for the castaways. Maraamu made a fatal mistake by accidentally dropping their torch at the sea, bagging an easy win for Rotu.

Back at camp, the defeated Maraamu tribe had to decided whom to vote off.

The party is over. We first got here, we started the fire, everybody worked, but now the reality is set in; somebody has to go.

–Sean


Peter targeted Patricia for elimination for being the eldest female. Feeling vulnerable herself, Patricia declared:

I may not be twenty-five, I am twice that. I may not win a foot race, but I can endure.

–Patricia


Others flirted with the idea of getting rid of Sarah, after the "Cleopatra" incident. In the end, Peter was considered as playing the game too early for gunning for Patricia, and for his kooky demeanor, therefore the bowling alley manager was first to be voted out in a 5-2-1 vote.

Challenges

Immunity Challenge: Outrigger Fire Quest
Carrying an outrigger canoe outfitted with two torches, the tribes had to swim with the canoe out into the ocean, light the torches from a fire cauldron, then race back to shore while lighting a series of torches along the way. The first tribe to have successfully lit all the torches and cross the finish line would win.
Winner: Rotu

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 1:
Maraamu
Voted
Against
Voter
S4 peter t
Peter (5 votes)
S4 gina tS4 hunter tS4 patricia t
S4 rob tS4 sarah t
Gina, Hunter, Patricia, Rob, Sarah
S4 sarah t
Sarah (2 votes)
S4 sean tS4 vecepia t
Sean, Vecepia
S4 patricia t
Patricia (1 vote)
S4 peter t
Peter
VOTED OFF:
S4 peter bw
Peter Harkey

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Patricia) Tricia, you deserved to stay.

Peter Harkey


(voting for Peter) This person is a very nice person, but he did a couple things today that really kind of threw me off. So, my vote is for Peter.

Sarah Jones


(voting for Sarah) Sarah, I love you like a play cousin. I just don't think you was doing your... your end of the bargain.

Sean Rector



Final Words

Sometimes I take myself a little too seriously. I wish I had heeded my wife's advice of just come to this island and have fun. And, uh, truly, the, uh, the other seven contestants, I love them dearly and, uh, I'll have fond memories of this adventure.

Peter Harkey



Still in the Running

 Peter
16th
S4 peter bw
 Gabriel
Rotu
S4 gabriel t
 Gina
Maraamu
S4 gina t
 Hunter
Maraamu
S4 hunter t
 John
Rotu
S4 john t
 Kathy
Rotu
S4 kathy t
 Neleh
Rotu
S4 neleh t
 Paschal
Rotu
S4 paschal t
 Patricia
Maraamu
S4 patricia t
 Rob
Maraamu
S4 rob t
 Robert
Rotu
S4 robert t
 Sarah
Maraamu
S4 sarah t
 Sean
Maraamu
S4 sean t
 Tammy
Rotu
S4 tammy t
 Vecepia
Maraamu
S4 vecepia t
 Zoe
Rotu
S4 zoe t

Trivia

  • This episode marked the first eliminated castaway to be a male.

Episode Title

  • The title of the episode is a reference to Marquesas being the first season in a beach location since Survivor: Borneo.

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