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Survivor: The Australian Outback
Australianoutback
Season 2
Filming Location Herbert River, Goshen Station,
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 Brkich (8)
Colby Donaldson (8, 20)
Jeff Varner (31)
Jerri Manthey (8, 20)
Kimmi Kappenberg (31)
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.

Development

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/Changes

  • 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.

Castaways

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 City, NY
Kucha Barramundi 6th Voted Out
Day 21
11
S2 alicia t Alicia Calaway
32, New York City, 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 Summary

The sixteen castaways were divided into two tribes, Kucha ("kangaroo") and Ogakor ("crocodile"). While Ogakor began the game strong, Kucha quickly decimated them to five members. Ogakor broke their losing streak by winning the Day 15 Immunity Challenge, sending Kucha back to Tribal Council; and after a medical evacuation, Kucha lost their third member, forcing the tribes to merge both with five members each. The tribe named themselves Barramundi.

The 5-5 stalemate caused the tribes to be deadlocked the first time they went to Tribal Council, but Jeff Varner from Kucha had past votes, bounding the former Kuchas to extinction. Three of the five ex-Ogakors, Colby Donaldson, Keith Famie, and Tina Wesson, however, stayed a strong group and voted off the remaining Kuchas, while also removing two of their own, Jerri Manthey and Amber Brkich. As the game progressed further, the Barramundi tribe suffered harsh weather conditions, and with a depleted food supply, they were forced to barter their creature comforts for a tin of rice. The alliance of Colby, Keith and Tina stood strong and went on as the final three. Colby won the Final Immunity Challenge and took Tina to the end, with Keith completing the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, the jury was torn between Colby's challenge prowess and Tina's quiet control over the Ogakor alliance. In the end, with four votes to three, Tina's strategy won her the title of Sole Survivor.

Episode Guide

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 History

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
Voted out: S2 debb t
Debb
S2 kel t
Kel
S2 maralyn t
Maralyn
Tie Deadlock S2 mitchell t
Mitchell
S2 kimmi t
Kimmi
S2 michael t
Michael
Tie Deadlock 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 3-31 2-22 Past votes3 6-1 No vote4 5-51 4-42 Past votes5 5-4 6-2 4-2-1 4-2 3-2 3-1 1-06 4-3
Tina Kel Maralyn Mitchell Mitchell Jeff Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth None 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 None 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 Voted out
Michael Debb Kimmi Evacuated
Kimmi Debb Jeff
Mitchell Kel Maralyn Keith None Voted out
Maralyn Kel Jerri
Kel Jerri
Debb Jeff

Notes:

^1 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^2 Per the rules at the time, in case of a deadlock tie, past votes were taken into account. The player with more past votes got eliminated.
^3 Mitchell had more past votes than Keith, eliminating him from the game.
^4 Michael was medically evacuated after falling into the camp fire and severely burning his hands. No vote occurred for his removal.
^5 Jeff had more past votes than Colby, eliminating hhim from the game.
^6 Keith and Tina did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Colby voted.

Reception

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Trivia

  • The Tribal Council set was located on the majestic rock cliffs beside the Herbert River Falls.
  • This is the first season to feature a live finale, as opposed to the previous season, which had the winner revealed on set.
  • This season is the longest season in terms of filming, which lasted 42 days instead of the standard 39.
  • This season saw the first time a contestant was medically evacuated when Michael Skupin fell into a fire and burned his hands.
  • This is the only season to have an episode where there were only three people left.
  • This season produced the most returning players, with 8. This season also had the highest percentage of returning players with 50% of its cast (8 of 16) returning for any future season.

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