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"Death of an Alliance"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Borneo
Episode Number: 12/13 (012)
Original Release: August 16, 2000
Viewership (in millions): 22.67[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 12.7/38
CBS.com Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Long Hard Days"
Next: "The Final Four"
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Death of an Alliance is the penultimate episode of Survivor: Borneo.

Story

Day 34

With Pagong no more, Richard Hatch continues to plot and scheme. He says that the game is in his control. He and Rudy Boesch agree that Kelly Wiglesworth should be the next to go.

There's no such thing as... for me, a Tagi Tribe or a Rattana. That was the stupidest thing I ever heard. Or... or any other tribe. It-it never existed and it doesn't exist. It's a group of sixteen people, four of whom were in an alliance with me and a bunch of other ones.

Richard Hatch


Yeah, everyone's hunky-dory and all friends, but they all come to me and they say bad things about Richard, or they say bad things about Rudy, and then they go to Rudy and they say bad things about me, and they go to Rich, they say bad things about Rudy and I.

Sean Kenniff


Rudy says that his loyalty in the game is to Richard, and he won't break his word.

If somebody gave me their word that they are in this alliance with me, and I give my word, my word is good, and, uh, their word better be good. If they betray me, uh, I'll get even with them.

Rudy Boesch


I mean, it's-it's a game, but it's worth a million dollars. Money talks.

Rudy Boesch


Rich is a smart guy and he's really tricky, and, uh, I don't trust him one bit. I never really have.

Kelly Wiglesworth


Whatever it takes to win here is the point. Yeah, it's a game, and call it Machiavellian, sure.

Richard Hatch


This is the most conniving bunch of people I've ever met in my life. There's not an honest one in the bunch. Conniving, conniving, conniving. Things are falling apart here at Rattana beach.

Sean Kenniff


On the beach, Sue Hawk and Kelly get into an argument about Kelly's abandoning the Tagi Alliance. Sue accuses Kelly of pandering to the Pagong jury members, but Kelly retorts that she dropped out of the alliance because she thought it was a conniving way to play the game.

Kelly made all the rest of us look like a bunch of idiots. Then she made all the rest of us look like the bad guys and her the one good guy out of the whole five of us. That's what irritated me.

Susan Hawk


Sue said many times that she wasn't part of an alliance either. So, now all of a sudden I'm two-faced and I (expletive censor) her when she had approached me and said, "Hey, Rich and I have formed an alliance to vote you off at the end, but I'm not going to do that. Let's you and I vote him off."

Kelly Wiglesworth


When Kelly said to me, um, "Are you pissed off at me? It seems to me like you and Sue are pissed off at me." Well, that was my opportunity to come in and smooth things, as opposed to be the one who upsets the applecart. So certainly that little tiff between Kelly and, uh, Sue has been coming and plays to my advantage, absolutely.

Richard Hatch


While fishing, Sue got stung by a stingray.

Aw, it hurts. This is my second ray sting since I've been here. Oh, and trust me, they hurt. It's like an aching sting and it hurts from my knuckle down to about here, and it's constantly pounding and it aches and it hurts really bad. I might act like a tough girl, but they do hurt. They gouge me. Yeah, this one got me good. Notice the hand. The knuckles are still swollen from that ray bite. I seen that tail come in and just slice that. Ow, was I pissed.

Susan Hawk


Aside from that, all is quiet around camp. The castaways reflect upon how much they miss their families.

Sixth day to the end. Desperate to go home. Really looking forward to enter reality. For me, this maintaining some kind of a thumb on ev... all of these different people's personalities that I care very little about, uh, is exhausting. I'm ready for the people in my life that I've brought into my life, throughout my life. And I'm looking forward to getting back to that with a vengeance.

Richard Hatch


I've been wishing for home since the day I got here. I haven't been away from New York in this long ever. I miss my favorite restaurant. I miss the people at the restaurant. I miss my friends. I miss my family. You know, I miss all those things.

Sean Kenniff


I'm just looking forward to talking to my husband on the phone. I can't wait for that.

Susan Hawk


The end of days is what I'm thinking about as I lay here on a raft in the middle of the South China Sea on a beach-- in my bed. Yeah, it's very pretty. It's a beautiful, beautiful night. Cloudy, but I like the clouds. I'm just looking at the clouds, thinking of going home. Waiting... waiting... with no watch. Having no idea what time it is. Just knowing that time is passing slowly.

Richard Hatch



Day 35

At the challenge, Jeff Probst promises a very unique reward: the winner will go to a bar and watch the first five minutes of the first episode of Survivor. To win the challenge, they must roll around in a mud pit and transfer mud to a bucket using only their bodies. When the buckets are weighed, Kelly wins the reward.

I wish I had a bigger chest to carry the mud.

Susan Hawk


I've been muddy, but not this kind.

Rudy Boesch


It feels good to, you know, win something. I haven't won much of anything, but I won yesterday and I won today. I'd feel better if it was an Immunity that I won today, but, hopefully, I'm on a winning streak.

Kelly Wiglesworth


Everybody was very pissy prior to the mud bath, myself included. I mean, things really changed here today. There was a fight, for the first time between Kelly and Sue, but, truthfully, this-this little shenanigan game at the mud bath thing, uh, really paid off, I think. And it did-- it rejuvenated us. And I think it rekindled, you know, just, like, friendships and laughing, and things like that.

Sean Kenniff


(laughs) Yeah, the mud game was a blast. I had a blast. Fun-- totally a lot of fun.

Susan Hawk


When we got back from the mud, we were washing, you know, helping each other get the mud off and things like that.

Kelly Wiglesworth


It's bizarre to me how people do the things they do-- like how Sue and Kelly are washing each other's back and hair and, you know, laughing, and joking, and hugging, and picking each other's zits and all the rest of it right now, after what they went through yesterday.

Richard Hatch


Doing the mud thing really wore a lot of energy out of us, so it did key us down quite a bit. And, uh, Kelly's the only other girl on the island with me, so we're going to hang together to the end.

Susan Hawk


One boat ride later, Kelly joins Jeff Probst for a visit to the "Survivor Bar." Jeff pops in the video of the first Survivor episode, and Kelly enjoys seeing herself and her tribemates on TV.

Day 36

When Kelly returns to camp, she quickly learns that Richard, Sue, and Rudy haven't included her in their Final Four plans. She realizes she's on her own.

There is four days left, and we're all still going to have to live together. And Sue and I, we kind of patched things up and, you know, she said, "Hey, look, this is a game. "I'm going to have an alliance with Rich instead of you." And I said, "Fine, you know. That's cool. Play the game."

Kelly Wiglesworth


I said, "I think I deserve to get to the Four and I think I deserve to get to the Three." She said, "Well I'm not going to let you." And it's the other way around-- I'm not going to let her.

Kelly Wiglesworth


We'll keep to an agreement that we'll treat each other civil till the time we leave here. No sense to make it hard on anybody.

Susan Hawk


Check that out. Look at the road the ant highway, up on the, uh, ceiling of the, uh, hut here. The canvas. Two-lane highway. You can see the ants going in and out. Got a really great view from here.

Richard Hatch


All I'm thinking now is "win." Do what I have to do. I'm going to have to win Immunity and I'll have to finagle. And I'm going to have to try to pick up the vibe on people. If, uh, you know, like right now, Sue and Kelly aren't getting along. There might be something I can exploit to my advantage. I might have to do stuff like that.

Sean Kenniff


Yeah, I have one more challenge. There's no rewards, and you know what? I'm not even thinking I'm going to win anymore. But I want to win the last one, like, oh, man, if I win any-- I'm praying, I'm praying that I win the very last Immunity-- if I'm here, if I make it through the next four, which I think I will.

Susan Hawk


At the Immunity Challenge, Jeff tells the group a story about Malaysian folklore. The castaways must then answer five questions about the story to retrieve five masks. It's a close contest—aside from Rudy, who answers "I don't know" to every question—but Kelly wins by a nose. The Tagi Alliance is annoyed that their voting plans have again gone up in smoke.

I'm winning this thing. You know, it's going to be an uphill battle for me, but I'm winning this thing-- the whole show.

Sean Kenniff


Myself and, uh, Rich are going right to the end. You know, we hope that it will be us two in the end where the jury picks one of us.

Rudy Boesch


The balance of power I don't believe has shifted from me to Kelly, but certainly I've lost some footing. Kelly wins Immunity, and all kinds of things have to change and shift quickly. So it's not as easy to remain a solid alliance in the midst of a lot of flux with so few people.

Richard Hatch


Rich has said-- since he knows that Sue was plotting an alliance against him-- he has had to rearrange his strategy. So, um, maybe they're not voting together. I don't know. To me, that just means game on.

Kelly Wiglesworth


Before Tribal Council, Sean Kenniff speculates that the votes will be split in several different directions.

I think I've always looked at it, the next Tribal Council, there'll be, you know, a lot of votes cast in different directions that were never previously cast before. I think the peop... three people that are likely to vote for Sue are me, Richard, and potentially Rudy. Rudy's kind of swinging. Rudy wants to... wanted me whacked about three weeks ago, so, you know... he's a good guy. We sleep together, but he's ready to slit my throat in this contest any minute now.

Sean Kenniff


I'm going to vote for either Rich or Sue. Um... it's time to get dirty. No more Mr. Nice Guy. I... as I said, I don't know. It's every man for himself.

Kelly Wiglesworth


But in the end, the Tagi Four remain strong as the last alliance outsider Sean is booted in an unanimous 4-1 vote.

Challenges

Challenge: Mud Pack

Under a time limit of five minutes, tribe members will dive into Pagong's old mud pit and cover their bodies with as much mud as they can, go back to the starting point and scrap all the mud off into a bucket. They may not carry mud in their arms or in their hands, only their body. The buckets will be then weighed, and the heaviest bucket wins.
Reward: The winner receives a bottle of cold beer and will be sent to production camp to watch the first five minutes of the season.
Winner: Kelly Wiglesworth

Reward Challenge: Mud Pack
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Weight of Mud 15.9 lbs 15.4 lbs 15.0 lbs 12.8 lbs 10.0 lbs
Castaway S1 kelly t
Kelly
S1 sean t
Sean
S1 susan t
Susan
S1 richard t
Richard
S1 rudy t
Rudy

Challenge: Witch Hunt
Before the challenge, Jeff Probst shares to the castaways a story about Malaysian folklore. At the challenge, the castaways will run to the woods to look for masks with questions written on them with a video camera to record their answers. The first person to get back to the start with all of the masks and the questions right on tape wins immunity.
Winner: Kelly Wiglesworth

Immunity Challenge: Witch Hunt
Placement Winner Result
Castaway S1 kelly t
Kelly
S1 richard tS1 rudy tS1 sean tS1 susan t
Richard, Rudy, Sean, Susan

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 12:
Rattana
Voted
Against
Voter
S1 sean t
Sean (4 votes)
S1 kelly tS1 richard tS1 rudy tS1 susan t
Kelly, Richard, Rudy, Susan
S1 susan t
Susan (1 vote)
S1 sean t
Sean
VOTED OFF:
S1 sean bw
Sean Kenniff

Voting Confessionals

Kelly, Sean, and Richard's confessionals are only available on DVD.

(voting for Sean) See ya, bud. It's time. I held ya here as long as I could, and uh... I'm only one man. I think you've stayed quite a while, Sean, given what people have been, uh... thinking about your strategy, et cetera. But it's uh... it's time. It's down to the nitty gritty here, and the wavering and, uh... offbeat strategy, it's not something that can be relied on... in these last few very, very important days. See you at home.

Richard Hatch


(voting for Susan) I'm voting for Sue tonight. Not for any particular reason. She's a good friend of mine and will always be a good friend of mine, but it's a self- preservation maneuver and, uh, needed to be done.

Sean Kenniff


(voting for Sean) Nothing personal. Just competition.

Kelly Wiglesworth


(voting for Sean) According to the master plan, he has to go.

Rudy Boesch


(voting for Sean) It was fun. Good luck, buddy.

Susan Hawk



Final Words

I like to think I was the last good person down. I hope that's the way America remembers me. I conducted myself very well here. I mean, there are people I genuinely like on there, but there are some very um... callous, cold, and, uh, duplicitous people remaining in the contest. Good luck, guys. See you later, America. It's been a blast. Bye.

Sean Kenniff



Still in the Running

 Sonja
16th
S1 sonja bw
 B.B.
15th
S1 bb bw
 Stacey
14th
S1 stacey bw
 Ramona
13th
S1 ramona bw
 Dirk
12th
S1 dirk bw
 Joel
11th
S1 joel bw
 Gretchen
10th
S1 gretchen bw
 Greg
9th
S1 greg bw
 Jenna
8th
S1 jenna bw
 Gervase
7th
S1 gervase bw
 Colleen
6th
S1 colleen bw
 Sean
5th
S1 sean bw
 Kelly
Rattana
S1 kelly t
 Richard
Rattana
S1 richard t
 Rudy
Rattana
S1 rudy t
 Susan
Rattana
S1 susan t

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

  • According to the Survivor Historians podcast, the castaways initially had servings of beer as a reward. Angered by such an insignificant prize, the contestants threatened to quit the show, hence the producers' decision to bring the Reward Challenge winner, Kelly Wiglesworth, to Base Camp and let her watch the first five minutes of the season.[2]

Other

  • This episode marked the first time a contestant was eliminated in a unanimous vote.
  • This was the first time that the two tribes were split again. This time, the five remaining castaways were all from the Tagi tribe, while the yet-incomplete jury was entirely comprised of former Pagong members. This would happen again in Survivor: Thailand.
  • Sean Kenniff's torch mysteriously went out even though there was no rain. Jeff Probst says to Sean when he formally uses a snuffer, "The jungle has spoken and the tribe has spoken". This is the second time that this has happened, following Stacey Stillman's elimination in "Quest for Food".
  • Sean's elimination marked the first time an original Tagi member was voted out since Dirk Been in "Pulling Your Own Weight".

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