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Survivor: The Australian Outback
Australianoutback
Season 2
Filming Location Herbert River, Goshen,
Queensland, Australia
Season Run January 28, 2001 - May 3, 2001
Filming Dates October 23, 2000 - December 3, 2000
Survivors 16
Winner Tina Wesson
Runner(s)-up Colby Donaldson
Tribes ██ Kucha
██ Ogakor
██ Barramundi
Returnees Alicia Calaway (8)
Amber Mariano (8)
Colby Donaldson (8, 20)
Jerri Manthey (8, 20)
Michael Skupin (25)
Tina Wesson (8, 27)
Viewership (in millions) 29.80[1]
Cast
Australia Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor The Australian Outback Intro01:00

Survivor The Australian Outback Intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Borneo
Next Season Africa

Survivor: The Australian Outback (also called Survivor: Australia in later seasons) is the second season of the United States reality show Survivor. Filming took place at Goshen Station in northern Queensland between late October and early December 2000, and aired from January 28 to May 3, 2001 on CBS. The location used was within a three hour drive of the coastal city of Cairns and located in a wet, tropical area. It was the top-rated show of 2001, according to Nielsen Ratings, ranging at 30 million viewers watching weekly.

Fourteen weekly episodes were aired, the premiere airing immediately after Super Bowl XXXV. The winner, Tina Wesson, was announced on May 3, 2001, when she defeated Colby Donaldson by a 4-3 vote.

ProductionEdit

Filming was known to have commenced during the Survivor: Borneo reunion show which was hosted by Bryant Gumbel. Gumbel had Jeff Probst via phone patch where Probst revealed that they started filming.

In the middle of filming, Colby Donaldson, who won a trip to the Great Barrier Reef as part of a reward win, was fined with A$100,000 for breaking off coral which he intended to keep as souvenirs and flying over sea rookeries. Executive Producer Mark Burnett apologized in behalf of Colby and the production staff after the episode aired.[2]

The season was released in DVD format on April 26, 2005.

Twist/ChangesEdit

  • Longer Game: The game lasted 42 days, three days longer than the previous season. After this season, the game reverted back to the standard 39 day format.
  • Tiebreaker: In an event of a tie vote, a revote would take place. If a stalemate occurs, the votes cast against the players in question from previous Tribal Councils will be taken into account. The castaway that had more votes would be eliminated from the game.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S2 debb t Debb Eaton
45, Milan, NH
Kucha 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
S2 kel t Kel Gleason
32, Fort Hood, TX
Ogakor 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
S2 maralyn t Maralyn Hershey
51, Wakefield, VA
Ogakor 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
S2 mitchell t Mitchell Olson
23, Union City, NJ
Ogakor 4th Voted Out
Day 12
6
S2 kimmi t Kimmi Kappenberg
27, Ronkonkoma, NY
Kucha 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6
S2 michael t Michael Skupin
38, White Lake, MI
Kucha Evacuated
Day 17
0
S2 jeff t Jeff Varner
34, New York, NY
Kucha Barramundi 6th Voted Out
Day 21
11
S2 alicia t Alicia Calaway
32, New York, NY
Kucha 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
5
S2 jerri t Jerri Manthey
30, Los Angeles, CA
Ogakor 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
12
S2 nick t Nick Brown
23, Steilacoom, WA
Kucha 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
4
S2 amber t Amber Brkich
22, Beaver, PA
Ogakor 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
6
S2 rodger t Rodger Bingham
53, Crittenden, KY
Kucha 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
5
S2 elisabeth t Elisabeth Filarski
23, Boston, MA
Kucha 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
5
S2 keith t Keith Famie
40, West Bloomfield, MI
Ogakor 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 41
10
S2 colby t Colby Donaldson
26, Dallas, TX
Ogakor Runner-Up 9
S2 tina t Tina Wesson
39, Knoxville, TN
Ogakor Sole Survivor 0

Season SummaryEdit

Tribe assignments were determined before the game began. The two tribes were named Ogakor (crocodile) and Kucha (kangaroo). Ogakor was a slightly weaker tribe, and after five players were eliminated, they were down five players to Kucha's six. On Day 17, however, Kucha's Michael Skupin, who was a powerhouse for his tribe, fell into the camp fire and suffered third-degree burns, requiring his evacuation and leaving the two tribes equal when they merged. As a result, the vote at the first Tribal Council after the merge ended in a tie along tribal lines. According to the rules of this season, a tie vote would be resolved based on which player had received the most votes in all previous Tribal Councils. As a result, former Kucha member Jeff Varner was eliminated, thus the power has shifted to the remaining members of Ogakor.

The remaining Ogakor tribe members, particularly Tina Wesson, Colby Donaldson, and Keith Famie, stayed a strong group and voted off the remaining Kucha, while also removing close allies Jerri Manthey and Amber Brkich when they threatened to usurp their power.

The merged tribe was wasteful with food and ended up with almost nothing left close to the end of the game. Jeff Probst approached the tribe and offered them a new supply of rice in exchange for giving up their tarps and a giant Texas flag that Colby brought as a personal item (which was also used as a tarp). The tribe also built their new camp in a dried wash basin, and while everybody was away on a challenge, a flash storm caused the wash basin to flood, wiping away much of their camp including the new supply of rice, which Tina barely managed to recover.

The Tina-Colby-Keith alliance stayed together to the end. When Colby won the final Immunity Challenge, he took Tina with him to the Final Tribal Council because he thought she was more worthy. This decision cost Colby the win, as Tina's strategic planning was valued by the Jury more than Colby's prowess in challenges, and she won the title of Sole Survivor by 4 votes to 3.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[3]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 Stranded January 28, 2001 Ogakor1 Debb 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
45.37 21.8/48
2 Suspicion February 1, 2001 Ogakor Kucha Kel 7-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
29.04 11.9/28
3 Trust No One February 8, 2001 Ogakor Kucha Maralyn 5-1-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
29.04 12.2/28
4 The Killing Fields February 15, 2001 Kucha Kucha Mitchell 3-3;
2-2;
Tiebreaker
2
4th Voted Out
Day 12
28.23 11.7/29
5 The Gloves Come Off February 22, 2001 Kucha Ogakor Kimmi 6-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
28.78 11.9/28
6 Trial by Fire March 1, 2001 Kucha None Michael No Vote Evacuated
Day 17
31.32 13.7/34
7 The Merge March 8, 2001 None Keith Jeff 5-5;
4-4;
Tiebreaker
3
6th Voted Out
Day 21
28.72 12.1/31
8 Friends? March 15, 2001 Jerri
[Amber]
Keith Alicia 5-4 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
28.46 12.0/33
9 The First 24 Days March 22, 2001 Recap Episode N/A N/A
10 Honeymoon or Not? March 29, 2001 Colby, Jerri Nick Jerri 6-2 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
28.12 11.8/29
11 Let's Make a Deal April 5, 2001 Survivor
Auction
Colby Nick 4-2-1 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
27.71 11.7/32
12 No Longer Just a Game April 12, 2001 Colby Colby Amber 4-2 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
27.55 11.7/34
13 Enough Is Enough April 19, 2001 Tina Colby Rodger 3-2 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
28.41 11.7/32
14 The Final Four April 26, 2001 Colby Colby Elisabeth 3-1 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
26.89 11.2/32
15 The Most Deserving May 3, 2001 None Colby Keith 1-0 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 41
36.35 15.9/39
Reunion Show Jury Vote Colby 4-3 Runner-Up 41.26 18.5/41
Tina Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge
^2 With a deadlock tie between Mitchell and Keith, Mitchell's past votes were taken into account, eliminating him.
^3 With a deadlock tie between Jeff and Colby, Jeff's past votes were taken into account, eliminating him.


Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: The Australian Outback Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15
Eliminated: S2 debb t
Debb
S2 kel t
Kel
S2 maralyn t
Maralyn
S2 mitchell t
Mitchell
S2 kimmi t
Kimmi
S2 michael t
Michael
S2 jeff t
Jeff
S2 alicia t
Alicia
S2 jerri t
Jerri
S2 nick t
Nick
S2 amber t
Amber
S2 rodger t
Rodger
S2 elisabeth t
Elisabeth
S2 keith t
Keith
S2 colby t
Colby
S2 tina t
Tina
Vote: 7-1 7-1 5-1-1 3-3 2-2 6-1 No Vote 5-5 4-4 5-4 6-2 4-2-1 4-2 3-2 3-1 1-0 4-3
Tina Kel Maralyn Mitchell Mitchell Jeff Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth Jury Vote
Colby Kel Maralyn Mitchell Mitchell Jeff None Alicia Jerri Nick Rodger Rodger Elisabeth Keith
Keith Kel Mitchell Mitchell None Jeff Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth Tina
Elisabeth Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Keith Tina
Rodger Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Colby
Amber Kel Maralyn Keith Keith Jeff Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Nick Rodger Colby
Nick Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Jerri Keith Colby
Jerri Kel Maralyn Keith Keith Jeff Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Tina
Alicia Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Tina
Jeff Debb Kimmi Colby None
Michael Debb Kimmi Evacuated
Kimmi Debb Jeff
Mitchell Kel Maralyn Keith None
Maralyn Kel Jerri
Kel Jerri
Debb Jeff


Notes:

  • With a deadlock tie between Mitchell and Keith, Mitchell's past votes were taken into account, eliminating him.
  • With a deadlock tie between Jeff and Colby, Jeff's past votes were taken into account, eliminating him.

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