"The Killing Fields"
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: The Australian Outback
Episode Number: 4/16 (018)
Original Release: February 15, 2001
Viewership (in millions): 28.23[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 11.7/29 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Trust No One"
Next: "The Gloves Come Off"

The Killing Fields is the fourth episode of Survivor: The Australian Outback.


Day 10

As Day 10 begins at Ogakor, Keith Famie and Tina Wesson talk strategy. They are concerned about Jerri Manthey's comments at the last Tribal Council, in which she named Amber Brkich, Colby Donaldson, and Mitchell Olson as her closest friends on the tribe. Keith and Tina worry that they are the outsiders, and that it is time to shake things up. "I didn't come up here to be pushed around by a bartender wannabe actress," says a miffed Keith.

Day 11

The Reward Challenge, a jigsaw puzzle, promises three chickens and a rooster for the winning tribe. The Ogakors argue with each other and cannot seem to get much done, while Kucha works together more smoothly and wins the reward. Most of the Kucha tribe is glad to have the chickens, but Kimmi Kappenberg, a vegetarian, is repulsed. Michael Skupin, too, is worried because his food-catching skills are no longer as important with the chickens around, making him less valuable to the tribe.

Meanwhile, a mini-forest fire has broken out near Ogakor's camp, worrying the tribe. Fortunately, the fire cannot cross the river, so the camp remains safe. Tina talks to Colby about Jerri. She calls Jerri "the most bossy, domineering person I've ever met." Colby agrees with Tina's concerns. He does not like Jerri's decision to boot Keith next, because he feels the tribe needs Keith. Tina says she and Keith may be able to strike an alliance with Colby. Jerri chats with Amber and Mitchell. She is a little worried that Colby might jump ship on their alliance, but that she will make sure it does not happen. Later, she makes sure Colby is still tight with her. "It's not like you're making a deal with the devil here," she reassures him.

At Kucha, the tribe agrees to eat their first chicken. Kimmi makes it a point to leave camp before the killing. The rest of the tribe chows down on the chicken. Michael, though, is still determined to make himself useful. Suddenly he sees a pig race past camp, and he is quickly on the hunt. Michael traps the pig and kills it with the spear. Michael feels victorious. The rest of the tribe is impressed with Michael's hunting skill, but a little grossed out at the bloody scene. Kimmi, in particular, is disgusted. Later, the tribe (minus Kimmi) happily feasts on the pig.

Day 12

For the Immunity Challenge, the castaways are quizzed one by one on facts about Australia. The tribe with the most correct answers wins. Kucha's Alicia Calaway, after missing her first three questions, finally beats Mitchell in the tiebreaker round. Therefore, Kucha wins their third straight Immunity Challenge. A demoralized Ogakor will go back to Tribal Council. Amber, Jerri, and Mitchell think that it is a foregone conclusion that Keith will be going home. But a Tribal Council shocker throws them for a loop. The three of them vote for Keith, only to find that Colby, Keith, and Tina have teamed up to vote for Mitchell, resulting in a 3-3 tie. Everyone but Keith and Mitchell vote again, but the result is another tie.

Host Jeff Probst announces the deadlock tiebreaker rule: whoever has the most votes from previous Tribal Councils will be booted. Keith has zero votes. Mitchell has one (from Keith at the previous Tribal Council). That vote makes all the difference, and a stunned Mitchell has his torch snuffed.


Challenge: Mastermind
The tribes are given two identical giant-sized puzzles made up of several wooden squares that slide within a bigger square. The object is to slide the giant puzzle pieces around the game board to reveal a map leading to the reward. The first tribe to complete their puzzle wins.
Reward: Three egg laying chickens and a rooster.
Winner: Kucha

Challenge: True or Falls
The tribes meet at a large flat rock overlooking Herbert Falls, across from Tribal Council, where they play against each other in a quiz game testing their knowledge of the environment. The tribe to answer the most questions correctly wins immunity.
Winner: Kucha

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 4:
S2 keith t
Keith (3 votes)
S2 amber tS2 jerri tS2 mitchell t
Amber, Jerri, Mitchell
S2 mitchell t
Mitchell (3 votes)
S2 colby tS2 keith tS2 tina t
Colby, Keith, Tina
S2 keith tS2 mitchell t
Keith, Mitchell (3 votes each)

(Keith and Mitchell ineligible to vote)
S2 keith t
Keith (2 votes)
S2 amber tS2 jerri t
Amber, Jerri
S2 mitchell t
Mitchell (2 votes)
S2 colby tS2 tina t
Colby, Tina
S2 keith tS2 mitchell t
Keith, Mitchell (2 votes each)

(counting past votes)
S2 mitchell t
Mitchell (1 vote)
S2 keith t
(Tribal Council 3)
S2 keith t
Keith (0 votes)
S2 mitchell bw
Mitchell Olson

Voting Confessionals

Keith and Colby's confessionals are only available on DVD.

(voting for Mitchell) Mitchell, man, you know this is nothing personal, but I'm here to win, and this is what I think's the best way to do that.

Colby Donaldson

(voting for Keith) Keith, you add some tension to the group at times, and my hope is that by eliminating you, we eliminate a little bit of that friction.

Mitchell Olson

(voting for Mitchell) You're the best, man. I'm so proud to have, uh, had you on this team. And when I get to New York, I'm buying the champagne for dinner, buddy.

Keith Famie

(voting for Mitchell) This was not my original intended vote. However, on the way here to Tribal Council, a new scheme was developed. So, in the spirit of the Olympics, let the games begin.

Tina Wesson

Colby did not say anything when he voted.

(voting for Keith) Mitchell, I promised you from the very beginning of this game that I would not vote for you, and I am staying true to that promise.

Jerri Manthey

(voting for Mitchell) This game isn't easy. I didn't come out here to starve myself and to face the elements to keep the weakest person. I'm sorry, Mitchell.

Tina Wesson

Final Words

That definitely took me by surprise. But I guess the bright side is, I get to eat, and I need to eat. Look at me... cripes. I feel a little bit betrayed by some of them, but at the same time, I want to shake their hands and congratulate them for pulling the wool over my eyes because they definitely got me.

Mitchell Olson

Still in the Running

S2 debb bw
S2 kel bw
S2 maralyn bw
S2 mitchell bw
S2 alicia t
S2 amber t
S2 colby t
S2 elisabeth t
S2 jeff t
S2 jerri t
S2 keith t
S2 kimmi t
S2 michael t
S2 nick t
S2 rodger t
S2 tina t


  • This is the first time that a tie took place during the pre-merge phase of the game.
  • This also marked the first deadlocked tie in the history of the show and also the first time that previous Tribal Council votes were counted at another Tribal Council.