|"No Longer Just a Game"|
|Season:||The Australian Outback|
|Episode Number:||12/16 (026)|
|Original Release:||April 12, 2001|
|Viewership (in millions):||27.55|
|Previous:||"Let's Make a Deal"|
|Next:||"Enough Is Enough"|
No Longer Just a Game was the twelfth episode of Survivor: The Australian Outback.
At Barramundi's camp, the tribe is just barely scraping by with the rice they received from Jeff. Meanwhile, Elisabeth is trying to manage in the game. She hopes to convince Colby, Keith, and Tina to vote out Amber, who has been despondent ever since Jerri was booted.
The Reward Challenge is a jungle rope maze, and the winner will receive a dinner, an overnight stay, and a breakfast with cowboys at a nearby ranch. Amber has a strong showing, but she's no match for Colby, who wins quite easily. With other cowboys leading the way, Colby rides to his reward on horseback.
As the other tribe members head back to camp, a huge storm hits the area. They hope that the river hasn't overflowed. But they return to find that their fears have been realized: the camp has been flooded, and many supplies have been washed away. Rodger says it looked like a "small hurricane" came through. Amber and Elisabeth are in tears as they see the destruction.
Worst of all, the tribe finds that their jar of rice is missing. Tina and Keith go searching for the rice and find it floating in the river, caught under a log. Tina jumps in the water and swims to retrieve the canister. Keith then jumps into the water and Rodger throws a rope into the water to help them swim back to dry land. Oblivious to the chaos back at camp, Colby has a relaxing time on his reward. He enjoys a beer with Jeff Probst and then digs in for dinner and a restful night's sleep.
The next morning, Colby is treated to peanut butter and jelly before finally heading back to camp. He returns to find the ruined camp. Colby tries to reassure his tribemates everything is fine, but he feels a bit guilty about being away at the reward while his tribemates suffered.
For the Immunity Challenge, each castaway must use a slingshot to break several hanging plates. Colby proves most adept with the slingshot and finishes off Elisabeth to win his third straight challenge.
At Tribal Council, the Barramundis recap the flood damage for Jeff and the jury. Rodger gets in a dig at Jerri by saying they should have built camp on higher ground like he suggested when the tribes merged.
The tribe then votes. For the first time, Colby is on a different page with his alliance mates, as he votes for Rodger, while Keith and Tina vote for Amber. Ultimately, it's Amber who gets the boot in a 4-2 decision. She becomes the fourth member of the jury.
Challenge: End of the Line
Each Survivor must follow a rope that will lead to 4 checkpoints. The Survivors will use 2 carabiners to traverse the rope course. One must be attached at all times. Survivors must clip onto a rope before they unclip to proceed through the race. The first Survivor to reach each checkpoint and cross the finish line first wins.
Reward: A horseback ride, food, Budweiser, and an overnight stay on a cot, followed by breakfast at an Outback Cowboy Camp.
Challenge: Blue Plate Special
Each person has three plates with his or her name on them hanging from a tree. Using a slingshot with macadamia nuts as the ammunition, each Survivor must try to break everyone's plates before his or hers are entirely broken. The person with a plate still hanging at the end wins immunity.
Winner: Colby Donaldson
| Tribal Council 10:|
Amber (4 votes)
Elisabeth, Keith, Rodger, Tina
Rodger (2 votes)
| VOTED OFF:|
|“||I don't hold anything against anybody. You guys were the best five people I could have spent my last couple of nights with. I'm actually kind of relieved. Those last couple of nights were really, really rough. I'm very proud of myself to make it this far, and I'm gonna be thinking about you guys a lot. You're gonna be in my prayers and thoughts. I will never, ever, ever, regret anything that's happened here.||”|
Still in the Running
- This is the first time the tribal camp got ransacked by a calamity.
|Survivor: The Australian Outback Episodes|
"Stranded" · "Suspicion" · "Trust No One" · "The Killing Fields" · "The Gloves Come Off" · "Trial by Fire" · "The Merge" · "Friends?" · "The First 24 Days" · "Honeymoon or Not?" · "Let's Make a Deal" · "No Longer Just a Game" · "Enough Is Enough" · "The Final Four" · "The Most Deserving" · "Reunion"