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"Stranded"
S2e1
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: The Australian Outback
Episode Number: 1/15 (014)
Original Release: January 28, 2001
Viewership (in millions): 45.37[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 21.8/48
CBS.com Summary: Link
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Previous: "The Final Four"
(previous season)
Next: "Suspicion"
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Stranded is the first episode of Survivor: The Australian Outback.

Story

Day 1

We're on board a 38-squadron Caribou DHC-4 military aircraft on loan from the Royal Australian Air Force. Normally, these planes are used to rescue people in dangerous, life-threatening situations. Today, however, we have a different mission. These 16 Americans are about to be abandoned. This plane will land in the heart of one of the most unforgiving places anywhere on Earth-- the Australian Outback. For the next 42 days, they'll be left to fend for themselves, forced to work together to create a new society while battling the elements and each other. They must learn to adapt, or they'll be voted from the tribe. In the end, one will remain and will claim the million-dollar prize. 42 days, 16 people... 1 Survivor!

Jeff Probst


16 new castaways landed on one of the most unforgiving places on Earth, the Australian Outback.

As this plane touches down on a remote strip of land in the Australian outback, these 16 strangers begin the adventure of a lifetime. They have never spoken to each other, and the rules state they must remain quiet until after the plane has landed, dropped them off and abandoned them. They have been separated into two competing tribes: Kucha and Ogakor. One crate of supplies awaits each tribe, and once the plane has taken off, they will have only five minutes to salvage whatever they can carry. They then face a grueling five-mile hike that will take them deep into the Outback and their new homes for the next 42 days. The Kucha tribe, which will always wear blue, consists of Kimmi Kappenberg, a bartender from Long Island; Michael Skupin, a father and software publisher and distributor from White Lake, Michigan; Alicia Calaway, a personal trainer from New York City; Rodger Bingham, a farmer and school teacher from Crittenden, Kentucky; Elisabeth Filarski, a footwear designer from Newton, Massachusetts; Nick Brown, a Harvard law student from San Francisco, Debb Eaton, a corrections officer from Berlin, New Hampshire; and Jeff Varner, an Internet projects manager from Greensboro, North Carolina. Ogakor tribe, which will always wear green, consists of Maralyn Hershey, a retired police officer from Wakefield, Virginia; Colby Donaldson, an auto customizer from Christoval, Texas; Amber Brkich, an administrative assistant from Beaver, Pennsylvania; Mitchell Olson, a singer-songwriter from Vermillion, South Dakota; Tina Wesson, a mother and personal nurse from Knoxville, Tennessee; Keith Famie, a chef from West Bloomfield, Michigan; Jerri Manthey, an aspiring actress from Los Angeles; and Kel Gleason, an Army intelligence officer from Fort Hood, Texas.

Jeff Probst


A DH-C4 Royal Australian Military Aircraft containing the survivors landed on the Herbert riverbanks. The survivors must not talk to each other until they land. Upon landing, the castaways (who were already assigned to two tribes) raced to their supply crates, and they were given only five minutes to empty their crates. After the allotted time, they would start their five-mile trek to their respective camps.

The tribes will split up and head in opposite directions. Their camps are situated four miles apart along the shore of the Herbert River. Each beach has a flag and a canoe. Finding these sites will be the first unofficial challenge for the new Survivors.

Jeff Probst


On their way to camp, the blue Kucha tribe found themselves annoyed by Michael and Debb, both of whom tried to take charge, stumbling the tribe longer than expected.

When they dropped us off, you know, everybody was designated a certain thing to do, and, uh, they gave Nick the compass. For some reason... although the compass said one way... we kept going the wrong way.

Alicia Calaway


Even from the beginning, I was finding, like, people were automatically getting on people's nerves. Um, yeah, we were walking through the grass, and Kimmi was like, "I can't stand, uh, Debb."

Nick Brown


Debb's not even a bad person. She means well. It's just she's not somebody that, in the outside world, that I would talk to, because... she'd make me crazy.

Kimmi Kappenberg


Similarly, the green Ogakor tribe also had difficulties in finding their camp. Keith ran ahead of everyone else just to find the supposed encampment. Maralyn, the oldest of the Ogakors, found it hard to hide her fatigue. Kel, on the other hand, started to rub his tribe mates the wrong way with his militant method of communication.

The hike, uh... it was a little intimidating. Um, I was afraid, "Good grief, what if I get so winded that I can't keep up?"

Maralyn Hershey


That trek let me know that this was for real. That was a long trek we had through deep sand with a lot of heavy equipment, and I was packing more weight than anyone else, so I was really struggling. It was a long trip, and that was... that fired me up, because that is the quickest way to find out what people are made of.

Colby Donaldson


(groans) I'm a little tired. This rice is very heavy. I really want to get there soon.

Amber Brkich


We don't know how far away we are, so I'm going to run up this and do a little reconnaissance, see if we can find out where we're at. I figure if it's really far, we'll drape some of our stuff here, and we won't take it. If we're not far, then we'll buck up and get it there.

Keith Famie


Keith actually ran ahead to go scout out where the camp was, 'cause we were all getting pretty tired, and the last leg of that walk was really difficult.

Jerri Manthey


I'm feeling really weak, and, um, on the verge of throwing up just ever since I got here. It started with the plane flight. In the beginning, it was really fun, and it was kind of cool and groovy, and I was enjoying the ride, and then all of a sudden, I just got sort of nauseous, and I kept thinking to myself, (chuckles) "I'm not going to get sick. I'm not going to get sick. I will not throw up." So I sort of went into this little zone and breathed, and I don't remember any of it.

Jeff Varner


Rodger carried one of the big water jugs. Mike had a big water jug. Poor Elisabeth had the board on her head, and then I had the eight bottled waters wrapped around me, so the-the four of us kind of got separated from the other four when we were walking to our campground.

Kimmi Kappenberg


I mean, everything was heavy to carry. There's... you can't discount any of our equipment as easy to carry, but some of it was just more awkward. And some of the crossings, we had to go, you know, down a sharp valley of rocks and up again, and kind of wind and balance across a river. And it was frustrating, too, but with the water jugs and, you know, the water canteens, and... I mean, that stuff is just awkward.

Elisabeth Filarski


After plunging to the cold Herbert river waters to celebrate their arrival at camp, the Kucha tribe started to build their shelter. Upon realizing that all of their clothes were wet, with no shelter and without fire, the tribe started to feel the harsh environment.

When we arrived, it was just a moment of ecstasy, 'cause it's like, "Yes! I've worked this far just to see this silly thing." I mean... And not just physically from here, but just mentally preparing yourself for the whole journey, like, all the airplane flights from New York to California to Australia, from the other part of Australia to here to there. You know, there were just so many things in sequence to get you to that flag that just being at that flag is just an accomplishment.

Kimmi Kappenberg


As soon as we got out of the river, I think we just... this kind of realization. We got a little cold, and we realized that we're going to... We have to sleep somewhere, and we just wanted to feel a little safe and dry. So we got to work as much as we could on building the basis of a home.

Elisabeth Filarski


That afternoon, Rodger became secretly upset about Michael's bossy behavior while creating their shelter.

When we started building the shelter, I thought everybody started chipping in, because there was the wood gatherers, and there was the people that were building, and, uh, I had worked a lot of, uh, you know, some construction in my life, and I-I had a reasonable sense of, uh, of-of construction.

Michael Skupin


It seems like one individual in the group is... ordering everybody around. And if you guys haven't figured it out, it's Mike. You can't have one person step in and start ordering everybody around, 'cause it's not going to play, and it's not playing right now, and not just with me, but with others. Rodger used to build homes. Rodger is the one who helped to build this shelter. He knows what he's doing. Well, Mike comes over and starts telling him how to build it, and-and Rodger was like, "No, that isn't going to work."

Debb Eaton


On Ogakor, Colby revealed his luxury item, a Texas flag, and asked his tribemates if they could use the flag as their tarp. After everyone agreed, Jerri and Keith squabbled over how the flag should be placed.

As soon as we hit the beach, you know, it was really kind of amazing. Collectively, we all dispersed to do something different.

Keith Famie


When we got to our camp, I was considering at that point anything and everything anybody was doing or saying as a strategic move.

Jerri Manthey


Colby-- his luxury item was the Texan flag, which was great, because it served as the tarp that covers... covers us and blocks us from the wind and the sun.

Mitchell Olson


I really did bring the flag to serve as shelter, but, you know, don't get me wrong. When I wake up in the morning, there's two things I'm thankful for. I'm thankful I'm alive, and I'm thankful I'm a Texan.

Colby Donaldson


The tension between Keith and I... I think him and I kind of... rubbed each other the wrong way.

Jerri Manthey


Keith and I didn't start off on a very good foot, because of some of the condescending mark-remarks he made to me, and he might very well not even be aware that he does it, but I'm not the kind of person to just let it slide off my back.

Jerri Manthey


During the night, Kucha cuddled together to keep themselves warm. Kimmi's liberal nature became the focus point of the conversation. This made Jeff Varner, who was nauseous the whole day, irked by Kimmi's squeaky voice.

Kimmi is a happy-go-lucky person who's got... I-I don't even know how to describe her. I don't know what the right word is. You know, nothing is taboo with her-- nothing at all.

Debb Eaton


Kimmi will not shut up. You know, I'm tired at night. I want to go to sleep, and they're constantly talking. And with the headache that I have, it just reverberates. Kimmi cannot say a single thing without screaming it. All of a sudden, out of the blue, with that accent that just talks and talks and talks and talks and talks... I just want to grab her by the neck and shake the (expletive censor) out of her, you know?

Jeff Varner



Day 2

At Kucha, hunger was met by excitement when the tribe found figs to eat. To the tribe's disappointment, however, the figs were bug-infested, but the tribe decided to eat them anyway.

I think we're starting to get to know each other, and people are not accustomed to this kind of lifestyle yet. I'm a little accustomed to this lifestyle, because I do hunt and I do fish and I do camp, so it's not that foreign to me. When I saw those figs, it was a big rush. And two or three people came over and helped pick the figs, and we brought 'em back, and, uh... I bit into one right off the tree.

Michael Skupin


Mike, he opens up these figs, and he's... showing us these bugs, and I'm just wanting to eat that thing so bad 'cause I'm starving, and these bugs are just creepy, and flying around, and I don't eat anyth... you know, I-I cook my food.

Jeff Varner


We very well might be cold and hungry tonight, but not if we can help it. The fire is the most important thing for survival. We need to eat, and we need to boil water. That's all I care about.

Debb Eaton


Debb works very hard, and she means well, but she's like, "Well, in the camping book, it says to do it like this." And-and you know what? We could have the wrong wood. We could have the wrong rocks, something. She's making herself an authority on something actively on what she read, and not on actually doing. Had she went and practiced this stuff at home, I would take her opinion a lot more, you-you know, seriously.

Kimmi Kappenberg


One thing we tried to do in starting the fire was use my Bible, which I had brought along. It was my luxury item. And, uh, we tore some pages out of it. Uh, it wasn't the pages that actually had any scripture in it, but I would've used that. You know, if you're... you got to do with what you got.

Rodger Bingham


That was a nice little piece of home when you... when you least, least expect it, you know. Then it said go to page 200, and then go to page 150, and we went through that about seven or eight times, I think, till we... till we finally came to the end. And it was a little sentimental for me, to tell you the truth, to hear it.

Rodger Bingham


Fire was of utmost importance. At Ogakor, Keith was especially relentless in his attempt to start fire. A professional chef, he wanted to prove his worth and show that he is a necessary commodity to keep around.

I've never started a fire before from scratch, but, you know, I knew nightfall was coming. We'd have no light, and that we'd be able to cook nothing, um... and we wouldn't have a bonfire, so it was... it was pretty critical.

Keith Famie


Keith is just licking his chops. He's wanting to cook so bad, he can't stand it, and so you can bet he's going to work on this fire thing until we lick it.

Colby Donaldson


Since Jerri and I had our little confrontation before, I thought, you know, this is a great time to get her involved with this process, to be a part of it somehow, with something she brought that was important to her.

Keith Famie


Until we can get a fire and boil water... we're not going to be eating much of anything.

Maralyn Hershey


Friendships were forming. Mitchell Olson, Amber Brkich, Jerri, and Colby had the most in common and spent most of the day learning more about each other, while Tina Wesson charmed her way into the hearts of the tribe and took on the role of den mother.

All right, we just got our notice for the first Immunity Challenge, and we're going to go kick some butt, 'cause we're all together on this, and we're going to go get us some fire, and we're going to go, uh, get us some food. Fire means food, so that's what we're going to go do. We're going to go there, we're going to fight hard and win.

Kimmi Kappenberg


Winning Immunity is the most important thing. We need to... beat, beat, beat the other tribe. We'll let them eliminate someone on their team first.

Elisabeth Filarski


This Immunity Challenge is extremely important, because we have to show the other team that we're better, you know, and plus, we have to have fire in order to start eating rice.

Mitchell Olson


Later that afternoon, the contestants met Jeff Probst for their first challenge, a combined Reward/Immunity competition. Ogakor quickly took the lead, but it was a decisive victory once Kucha's raft flipped over in the river, extinguishing their flame. Team spirit prevailed, however, as they decided to finish the race nevertheless. But Debb, defeated by the loss, merely sat on the raft while her fellow tribe members pulled it to the finish.

And so the victorious Ogakor received the Immunity Idol—and fire—and returned to their camp. They would be safe for another three days. Kucha would have to return for another cold and dark night, and make the dangerous hike to Tribal Council.

Day 3

With the dreaded vote looming over them, the Kucha tribe began strategizing amongst its own.

Yesterday's Immunity Challenge was a big letdown. Uh... uh, not only physically, but emotionally. I think probably more so emotionally. As far as the Tribal Council goes tonight, which are... which we have to go to, uh, I don't think any of us are looking forward to it.

Rodger Bingham


Debb informed Alicia and Rodger that Jeff didn't want to stay because he was too sick to continue.

I don't know. I'm not betting on me getting voted off, but I think it's-it's down to, like, me, Rodger or maybe, um... Jeff, because he hasn't been feeling good. My personal opinion is the strong survive.

Debb Eaton


It's like there's a part of me that's a little paranoid about who's talking to who. I see these two standing over across, um... Mike and Rodger standing across the river talking. They're not fishing. They're not doing anything. They're just talking, and, uh, the wheels start turning, and I'm just... my eyes are going around. Just because we've said what we're doing doesn't necessarily mean it's gonna happen, and I haven't been with these people long enough to know for sure how well... I mean, I'm not gonna trust anybody, but there's a certain... to a certain point, you have to.

Jeff Varner


Unbeknown to Debb, Alicia relayed this information to Jeff, who vehemently denied ever having made such a declaration. Michael suggested that it could be Rodger who'd be voted out because it would be difficult for anyone older to follow through on the challenges.

It's like going to court. Tribal Council is going to court. Nobody likes to go to court, you know, but if you broke the law, you got to go, and we broke the law by not winning, so we... you know... we got to go face our punishment. Our punishment... is to get rid of one of our own.

Kimmi Kappenberg


The people that I think that are in jeopardy tonight are potentially Jeff, because of the health issues, and Rodger might not be safe. He could be a liability in the challenges, and especially swimming challenges and climbing challenges. And it's not just Rodger. It would be anybody over 50 years old.

Michael Skupin


I mean, I-I'm looking forward to voting somebody out, 'cause it's the game, and I'm here to play the game. I'm not here to make friends. I'm not here for that. People have got to go, and I look forward to walking up, writing somebody's name on a card and talking about 'em. (laughs) Um... (laughs) I'm getting ready to do it.

Jeff Varner


The Kucha tribe discussed their first three days with Jeff Probst. Ultimately, in a 7-1 vote, it was Debb Eaton who became the first castaway to have her flame extinguished.

Challenges

Reward/Immunity Challenge: Bridging the Gap
Tribes must traverse certain obstacles, including a dilapidated bridge, and pull a raft across the river while keeping their torch lit. If at any time during the race one of the tribes' flames is extinguished, that tribe automatically loses the challenge. The first team to climb to the top of a 30-foot tower and ignite it with their torch wins immunity.
Reward: 50 waterproof matches.
Winner: Ogakor

Reward/Immunity Challenge: Bridging the Gap
Result Tribe Competitors
Won Ogakor S2 amber tS2 colby tS2 jerri tS2 keith tS2 kel tS2 maralyn tS2 mitchell tS2 tina t
Amber, Colby, Jerri, Keith, Kel, Maralyn, Mitchell, Tina
Lost Kucha S2 alicia tS2 debb tS2 elisabeth tS2 jeff tS2 kimmi tS2 michael tS2 nick tS2 rodger t
Alicia, Debb, Elisabeth, Jeff, Kimmi, Michael, Nick, Rodger

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 1:
Kucha
Voted
Against
Voter
S2 debb t
Debb (7 votes)
S2 alicia tS2 elisabeth tS2 jeff tS2 kimmi t
S2 michael tS2 nick tS2 rodger t
Alicia, Elisabeth, Jeff, Kimmi, Michael, Nick, Rodger
S2 jeff t
Jeff (1 vote)
S2 debb t
Debb
VOTED OFF:
S2 debb bw
Debb Eaton

Voting Confessionals

Rodger's vote is not revealed during his confessional. Alicia, Jeff, Elisabeth, and Nick's confessionals are aired during the recap episode.

(voting for Jeff) I love this guy dearly, but I came here deciding that I was going to vote on the strongest surviving. Jeff's been the sickest of all of us, and he's still not over it, so I'm going to vote for Jeff, and I hate to do it. I love him.

Debb Eaton


(voting for Debb) No real reason, actually. She's as hard a worker as anybody out there, and, uh... somebody had to go.

Rodger Bingham


(voting for Debb) Basing all of my decisions on team dynamic and, today, Debb's morale was real low, and she separated herself. I think she's great, but we need a together team.

Elisabeth Filarski


(voting for Debb) My vote is for Debb. Um, at this point, I think that Rodger would probably be the smarter vote, but I think that the group dynamics and people fitting in well together is important, and Debb is definitely on the outside with certain people. But no hard feelings.

Nick Brown


(voting for Debb) I respect her greatly, I'll miss her stories and her candor.

Jeff Varner


(voting for Debb) I'm voting for Debb. I like her very much, but she's very set in her ways. She doesn't like to be second-guessed, and it makes it very hard for us to deal with her in any kind of group dynamic. Um, I do respect her, though, for being very strong-willed, but it just doesn't work in this game.

Alicia Calaway


(voting for Debb) I'm voting for Debb because... she's a great worker and everything, but she does feel isolated. You know, when we're together all in the tent at night, she just chooses... to be independent, and... she's just a strong-willed person. It's not a bad thing. It's just not what I need.

Kimmi Kappenberg



Final Words

I wouldn't have minded getting voted off if I had fell... fallen during a competition, if I was lazy, if I wasn't a team player, but when I come here, and I give all of that, and I still get voted off, I bet you if Jeff had read every one of those votes, it would have been seven to one, and that's-that's a shame. I still thought a lot of it boiled down to mental toughness and physical ability, and none of that even mattered.

Debb Eaton



Still in the Running

 Debb
16th
S2 debb bw
 Alicia
Kucha
S2 alicia t
 Amber
Ogakor
S2 amber t
 Colby
Ogakor
S2 colby t
 Elisabeth
Kucha
S2 elisabeth t
 Jeff
Kucha
S2 jeff t
 Jerri
Ogakor
S2 jerri t
 Keith
Ogakor
S2 keith t
 Kel
Ogakor
S2 kel t
 Maralyn
Ogakor
S2 maralyn t
 Kimmi
Kucha
S2 kimmi t
 Michael
Kucha
S2 michael t
 Mitchell
Ogakor
S2 mitchell t
 Nick
Kucha
S2 nick t
 Rodger
Kucha
S2 rodger t
 Tina
Ogakor
S2 tina t

Trivia

  • This episode aired at 10:15 pm EST on a Sunday, following CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XXXV. This makes the season the first to be a Super Bowl lead-out program.
  • In this episode, Rodger Bingham is revealed to have acrophobia (fear of heights).
  • Debb Eaton becomes the first woman who was unanimously voted out and the first castaway unanimously voted out before the merge.

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