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"Question of Trust"
Diane Dehydrated
Diane collapses at the end of the Immunity Challenge.
Season Africa
Episode Number 1/14 (029)
First Broadcast October 11, 2001
Viewership (in millions) 23.84[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 10.4/23
CBS Summary Link
Episode Chronology
Previous The Most Deserving
(previous season)
Next Who's Zooming Whom?

Question of Trust is the first episode of Survivor: Africa.


Day 1Edit

A truck containing sixteen new castaways stopped in the middle of the Shaba National Reserve in Kenya, Africa. After scouring the vehicle for supplies, the survivors immediately started a grueling hike to their tribe camps under the scorching African sun.

Heavy clay jars and pots, meager amounts of cornmeal, canned goods, and some rope were only a few of the items the Survivors carried during the hike. Starting to get frustrated by his tribe's slow pace, Samburu's Frank Garrison, complained, "We are not at the mall sitting outside with a latte or something! Let's just keep moving along." The difficulties were evident early on for the Boran tribe as well, as they dumped out precious supplies of water to lessen the heavy load. Adding insult to injury, Diane, who took hold of the map, lead them to a wrong path. Despite early conflicts, both tribes had reached their camps, but they realized that they have to surround their perimeter with "Boma" (entangled barbed acacia tree branches) to protect them from predators. At Samburu, Kim Powers, started to get annoyed by Frank's militaristic style of doing chores. "I am not military. I don't need it in my life and everything doesn't need to be a rule or single file. It's just not me," Kim complained. But Brandon (also irritated as well), smugly cheered her up, telling her to keep her cool, saying, "Just keep smiling; that's what I'm doing."

After the debacle, Kim P. and Lindsey are tasked to collect potable water from their water source. But much to the tribe's dismay, they only found a small hole, full of crud and contaminated. But without fire as of the moment, the Samburu tribe frantically attempted to make fire as the sun was about to set. By nighttime, their efforts were fruitless, making them vulnerable against predators, with only their Boma shielding them.

Day 2Edit

Over at Boran, Jessie found herself continually vomiting because of dehydration. The gold tribe then ventured to their water source, only to find the same murky water hole as Samburu's. After playing around with the collected water, Tom and the rest of Boran also realized that they still have no fire to boil water. Lex even stated, "If you don't boil your water out here, you end up with what they call amoebic dysentery, which basically will have you puking and crapping your guts out." Using Samburu's same strategies, Boran was unsuccessful as well.

At Samburu, Kim Powers discovered a small telescope (supposed to be used as a lookout tool for nearby wild animals) over the tribe's first aid kit. She removed the lens and gave it Silas in hopes that it could be used to create fire. Eventually, Samburu's patience paid off, as their pile of twigs ignited a bonfire, much to the tribe's delight, as they can already boil their much-needed water.

Day 3Edit

With Boran still sparkless, they had to win the first challenge, since the winning tribe will win waterproof matches and the most important thing in the game, tribal immunity from that night's Tribal Council.

At the challenge, it was a close finish, but with the still-dehydrated Boran tribe getting tired and losing strength, the Samburu tribe forged ahead and eventually winning the first challenge. Immediately after the challenge, Boran's Diane fainted because of dehydration and exhaustion.

Back at Boran camp, while the rest of the tribe were away gathering water, Clarence and Diane ate a whole can of beans without the others' consent. When the other six returned, Clarence informed them of what they did. With the fact that the tribe's meager food supply will not take long to deplete, Big Tom and Lex got angry and confronted Clarence, stating that their trust with Clarence has been broken. Diane then told them that it was Clarence who offered her the beans and he only took share of it so that Diane would not feel guilty of eating it alone. This statement would then bury a deeper hole for Clarence.

At Tribal Council, Clarence apologized for his actions, but he already knew that he would be eliminated. But despite deemed as untrustworthy, the Boran tribe felt they still needed Clarence for his strength in order to win future challenges. In the end, it was the ailing Diane Ogden paid the price for the lost beans in a 6-2 vote, making her the first casualty of the Boran tribe and of Survivor: Africa.



Challenge: Trail Blazer
Each team is given a chariot which contained four lit torches and a fire cauldron at the center. They must pull or push the cart through difficult terrain while lighting a series of fire towers along the way. The first tribe to successfully light their towers, cross the finish line, and ignite the final bonfire wins.
Reward: Tribal Immunity, matches and a cart for them to use to transport supplies to their camp.
Winner: Samburu

Immunity/Reward Challenge: Trail Blazer
Result Tribe Competitors
Won Samburu S3 brandon tS3 carl tS3 frank tS3 kimp tS3 linda tS3 lindsey tS3 silas tS3 teresa t
Brandon, Carl, Frank, Kim P., Linda, Lindsey, Silas & Teresa
Lost Boran S3 clarence tS3 diane tS3 ethan tS3 jessie tS3 kelly tS3 kimj tS3 lex tS3 tom t
Clarence, Diane, Ethan, Jessie, Kelly, Kim J., Lex & Tom

Tribal CouncilEdit

Tribal Council 1:
S3 diane t
Diane (6 votes)
S3 clarence tS3 ethan tS3 jessie t
S3 kelly tS3 kimj tS3 lex t
Clarence, Ethan, Jessie, Kelly, Kim J. & Lex
S3 clarence t
Clarence (2 votes)
S3 diane tS3 tom t
Diane & Tom
S3 diane bw
Diane Ogden

Voting ConfessionalsEdit

It's Clarence. You're kinda deceitful today. Plus you called me a liar, which I didn't appreciate at all.


She is by far the weakest person on our team right now. That challenge killed us. Not forgetting what Clarence did, but you look at this big strong guy and we need him for the next little bit to help us get some challenges won.


Clarence Black, you let the team down.


Out of all the people who I hung out with, you told me that we were the closest, and when it came down to it, I'll take care of you today. You lied to me for no reason, and for that I can't forgive you, and I'm ashamed to tell you that the day I told you you were like my mother, your nothing like my mother.


Final WordsEdit

Well, I am the first one to get the boots and I have no regrets. I am actually kind of glad. It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I am glad that I had the experience and got the chance to come and find out exactly what wild Africa is like. It's tough. It's real tough.

Diane Ogden

Still in the RunningEdit

S3 clarence t
S3 diane bw
S3 ethan t
S3 jessie t
S3 kelly t
S3 kimj t
Kim J.
S3 lex t
S3 tom t
S3 brandon t
S3 carl t
S3 frank t
S3 kimp t
Kim P.
S3 linda t
S3 lindsey t
S3 silas t
S3 teresa t


  • Due to the 9/11 attacks, the season debuted on later date (October), instead of the usual (September).


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