The adventure of a lifetime begins.
|Episode Number||1/13 (001)|
|First Broadcast||May 31, 2000|
|Viewership (in millions)||15.51|
|Next||“The Generation Gap”|
|“||From this tiny, Malaysian fishing village, these sixteen Americans are beginning the adventure of a lifetime. They have volunteered to be marooned for 39 Days on mysterious Borneo. This is their story. This is Survivor.||”|
|“||You are witnessing sixteen Americans begin an adventure that will forever change their lives. They've been given two minutes to salvage whatever they can off this boat. Their destination: this island right here, a beautiful, but dangerous jungle in the middle of the South Asian Sea. For the next 39 Days, they'll be marooned, left to fend for themselves, no creature comforts. They are wiping the slate clean. Sixteen strangers forced to band together to carve out a new existence, totally accountable for their actions. They must learn to adapt, or they're voted off. In the end, only one will remain and will leave the island with one million dollars in cash as their reward. 39 Days, 16 People, 1 Survivor!||”|
16 average Americans from different walks of life were sent to a remote fishing village to board a small boat. In the middle of the ocean, the cast were instructed to salvage all supplies that they can get, jump overboard to their tribe rafts on the small uncharted deserted island of Pulau Tiga in the South China Sea off the Malaysian coast of Borneo.
|“||The sixteen contestants have been separated into two tribes named after the beaches where they will live. The Tagi tribe, who will always wear orange, consists of: Sean Kenniff, a neurologist from Long Island; Kelly Wiglesworth, a river guide from Las Vegas; Rudy Boesch, a retired Navy SEAL from Virginia; Sonja Christopher, a 63-year-old cancer survivor from San Francisco; Richard Hatch, a corporate communications consultant from Rhode Island; Susan Hawk, a truck driver from Wisconsin; Dirk Been, a young dairy farmer, also from Wisconsin; and Stacey Stillman, a litigation attorney from San Francisco. The Pagong tribe, who will always wear yellow, consists of: Gervase Peterson, a YMCA basketball coach from Philadelphia; Colleen Haskell, an advertising student from Miami; B.B. Anderson, a real estate developer from Kansas City; Ramona Gray, a biochemist from New Jersey; Gretchen Cordy, a preschool teacher from Tennessee; Greg Buis, a recent Ivy League graduate from Colorado; Jenna Lewis, single mother and full-time student from New Hampshire; and Joel Klug, a health club consultant from Little Rock.||”|
|“||Hard to imagine that just four hours ago, this group met for the first time in a small fishing village on the coast of Borneo. Their minds racing with questions, wondering, “Can I do this?” This is more than just a test of survival skills. It's also a test of social skills. Here, it's the impressions you make on the other castaways that determine your fate. Under the rules, one tribe must visit Tribal Council every 3 Days with a single purpose: vote one of their own members off the island. To win, you must survive the island, survive the vote, and, ultimately survive each other.||”|
The sixteen castaways were divided into two competing tribes. The orange Tagi tribe consisted of: Dirk Been, Kelly Wiglesworth, Richard Hatch, Rudy Boesch, Sean Kenniff, Sonja Christopher, Stacey Stillman and Susan Hawk. Wearing yellow, the Pagong Tribe consisted of B.B. Andersen, Colleen Haskell, Gervase Peterson, Greg Buis, Gretchen Cordy, Jenna Lewis, Joel Klug and Ramona Gray. They must survive the elements and each other for the next 39 days, or they will be voted off the island. In the end only one will claim the $1,000,000 prize and the title of Sole Survivor.
|“||Paddling over, uh, we had two or three of those boxes in the water, dragging 'em behind the raft and that is dumb! I said “Let's get them boxes aboard. It'll will be a lot easier.” You know, “That's dead weight you got.”||”|
|“||He was yelling at everybody “Let's lose the box! Cut it loose now!” He may be 72 years old and an ex-Navy SEAL, but that doesn't mean that this is his world. (laughs)||”|
Early on, sickness among castaways started to set in. The paddle from the boat took place under a hot equatorial sun. Pagong was fighting the current, and their journey took almost two hours longer than Tagi's. Both Ramona and Gretchen swallowed salt water en route, with Ramona vomiting over the side of the raft before reaching shore, and Gretchen heaving on the fringe of the jungle once they'd made land. While approaching their beach, Jenna of Pagong haplessly breast-stroked to their camp, without even knowing that Pulau Tiga has one of the highest concentration of sea snakes.
|“||I don't like being on the water all that much. So, I mean, the whole motion like this, (imitates raft motion) and we're rowing, and we have like 100 pounds of stuff on the raft, I just, I just started heaving. I'm used to being in a lab with my lab coat on, in the air-conditioning. But this is, like, outdoors, 24-7, and you're exerting energy, like, almost all of that time.||”|
Upon reaching camp, Tagi immediately began working on shelter and fire, except Richard, who sat on a tree while watching his tribemates work. Sue called him up to help them, but he refused, leading to a conflict, but he demanded that the tribe must work in unison or they would fail.
|“||Rich, um, I appreciate what he's trying to do as far as bringing the team together and stuff, 'cause that's one thing that needs to happen. I think he's got some good skills in that area. And, unfortunately, people like that annoy me.||”|
|“||I'm good to go survival wise. People wise, it'll be a little, a little more challenging. But I've got the million dollar check written already. I mean, I'm the winner. And it's that kind of cocky attitude that makes people really hate your guts. So that's the kind of thing, I've really got to keep, uh... under wraps. But, uh, it's just, how do I get there from here?||”|
The difference between the two tribes was that Ramona couldn't shake the nausea for several days, and was branded as lazy by B.B.; others including Gervase, sympathized with her situation. B.B. and Ramona later found their water hole containing brackish water, covered with leaves.
Friendships among players started to form a bond. The two African-Americans Gervase and Ramona, clicked instantly and promised each other that they will never vote against one another; while Greg entertained Jenna and Colleen with his funny antics.
As day turned to night, neither tribe was entirely settled (though Tagi had constructed a magnificent makeshift outhouse) and neither had fire for cooking a hot meal. With rats and snakes beginning their nocturnal beach invasion, the sixteen brave men and women settled down for a night of fitful rest.
|“||The hardest part is hanging around with all these young kids. I don't even know what MTV means, you know. And I'm used to being in the military and one guy stands up, he gives an order and there's no back talk. You know, like yesterday, everybody's trying to run the show and if they'd let one person do it, we'd be much better off. But trying to keep 'em all shut up is hard. If they'd listen to me, they'd all have haircuts and everything else, you know. We'd be in formation in the morning and all that kind of stuff, but they're not going to do that. I gotta fit in, not them. You know, there's more of them than there is of me.||”|
|“||I've been thrashing around like I'm 35, instead of acting my age, but we have a doctor in our tribe − uh, Sean − and he did a wonderful job of bandaging me up. I think one of the problems with aging is the thinning of the skin, darn it, and so I think I'm maybe getting a little more banged up than some of the younger ones.||”|
|“||8. Well, the fish traps were hanging from the boat that we were coming over here, and when we were tossed into the sea on the raft and we could take whatever we could get our hands on, we grabbed three or four fish traps and a bunch of rat traps, and so we stuck the rat traps out the first night and boom − we got a rat in each of them.||”|
|“||I didn't sleep at all. I mean, we, we closed our eyes. We kept hearing noises and, like, clicking sounds, and we're, like, okay. Um, what's his name... Uh, Joel woke up, a rat was, like, in his ear.||”|
|“||I heard something squeaking in my ear. Every time a rat was trying to get on the raft, or get near us or get at something. I mean, everything was moving.||”|
At Pagong, the eldest of the tribe, B.B., squabbled with his tribemates about work ethic. Gretchen had a rough few hours after arriving on the beach, then recovered and immediately went to work. Her work ethic was only matched by B.B.'s.
|“||What we're... we're just going along the beach here and just identifying whatever we can use for the shelter, the roof. And I'm a little irritated that none of the others are down here to help carry stuff, but that's okay.||”|
|“||B.B... He's a character, man. I don't think he likes me much.||”|
|“||We got a lot of lazy people if you want to know the truth. You can't do it all yourself. You know, I asked Colleen to straighten this out for me and here it is. It's the only thing she had to do today. You can't have lazy people.||”|
|“||He had been out there, you know, all morning long and, um... you know, it was hot!||”|
The tribe finally had fire, thanks to B.B.'s glasses.
|“||And the fire started because I had bought a set of glasses with me. I was going do it and Gretchen said, “Why don't I do it? I know how to do it, too.” So, I said, “Great!” And she took my glasses and started the fire.||”|
|“||If we get fire, it means we're going to have a hot meal in our stomach which is going to bring up team morale. That first hot meal might be rat soup, which I'm, like, looking forward to very much because there's nothing wrong with a rat. All a rat is, is a squirrel without a fuzzy tail.||”|
|“||We made a lot of smoke but, uh, no fire. I think that it would have been nice if we had fire, but we're not going to catch fish unless we have fire to cook it and I think that if we had fire, we could have spent a lot of time sitting around the bonfire at night maybe singing songs. We have a ukulele, you know, and, uh, that didn't happen and I wish it did.||”|
|“||Throughout their time on the island, tribes will compete in a series of challenges. They'll receive messages notifying them of these competitions at their Tree Mail. Today's challenge is for both reward, in the form of fifty waterproof matches, and Immunity. Win Immunity, you stay on the island a few days longer. Lose, face Tribal Council, where you must vote one member off the island.||”|
Later, the two teams met Jeff Probst, where he revealed that they would compete in their first challenge, where it was revealed that the winning team will receive 50 waterproof matches, as well as the Immunity Idol, which symbolizes the guarantee of staying on the island for three more days. The losing tribe will proceed to Tribal Council and vote one tribemate off the game.
It was a close race between Pagong and Tagi, but Tagi's Sonja stumbled as they reach the beach. In the end, Pagong emerged victorious.
|“||Before we got on the island here, I formed opinions about people, but I changed my mind just on a trip in. Rich, for one. I mean, this guy is... He's strong. He's smart. The guy surprises me. You know, he's fat, but he's... (chuckles) he's good.||”|
|“||I like Rudy. I'm not bothered by his, uh, straightforwardness at all. I don't think it's even a problem. I, I like it that he's saying “Hey, do this,” or, “Hey, do that,” but people are thinking of that as very direct and arrogant. That's the word I'm hearing, and I'm thinking to myself “Well, they think he's arrogant? Oh my God, I'm out of here!”||”|
|“||We got Tribal Council tonight. Unfortunately, we're going to have to vote somebody off. There's going to be a lot of tension and one of us is going to leave.||”|
At Tagi, Richard targeted Stacey for being the weakest, while the others were gunning for Rudy and Sonja for being the oldest castaways. Also, Sonja's poor performance at the challenge made her a target for elimination.
|“||Well, somebody's gone. So, it's time to think about who are they going to vote for? Why are they going to vote? I've narrowed it down to four. I'm one of them.||”|
|“||Well, it could mean a lot uh, either staying or being voted out. You know, last night's competition, I really feel responsible because I couldn't keep up and I was dragged totally off my feet. I do feel that that stumble probably cost us the Immunity Challenge and that's a big one.||”|
|“||Up until, uh, probably last night, I never gave it a second thought about who I was going to vote off or if I got voted off, but after last night, uh... I thought about it then, and I decided then.||”|
Stacey conspired with the women about voting out the grumpy Rudy.
|“||I feel pretty secure, actually, about the vote tonight. Kelly and I get along real well and we've been talking about strategy, and, you know, who's not contributing as much, and who would be best to vote off, and I think we, we've come to a mutual decision and we've talked to Sue about it.||”|
Sue initially said she agreed with the plan, but in a confessional, she declared she had other ideas.
|“||Stacey came up to me, and its, like, she don't like Rudy and she's, like, “Oh, I think we're going to vote for Rudy, and vote him off 'cause he's still barking.” Well, anybody's too barking and too bossy to Stacey because she doesn't move her ass. The chicks think I'm voting for one person, and I'm not.||”|
|“||This is Tribal Council, where each week one member will be voted off the island. Last night, in a crushing defeat Tagi lost the Immunity Challenge, so, tonight, they will come here and vote the first person off. It all begins with a dangerous hike through the jungle. With so little time to get acquainted, everyone is vulnerable. Rich's talk-versus-action approach may be more annoying than helpful. Sonja's tumble cost them dearly. One thing's for certain: At Tribal Council you are held accountable for your actions. There will be a vote. Someone is going home.||”|
At Tribal Council, Sue joined Dirk, Sean, and Rudy in eliminating Sonja. She was first to go in 4-3-1 vote.
Challenge: Quest for Fire
Tribes must guide a raft they lit a series of torches along the way. Throughout the challenge, tribe members must have a hand touch the raft at all times. Upon reaching shore, the tribe must lit the remaining torches before setting their side of the fire spirit ablaze. First tribe to set fire on their side of the fire spirit wins the challenge.
Reward: 50 waterproof matches and Tribal Immunity.
|Reward/Immunity Challenge: Quest for Fire|
B.B., Colleen, Gervase, Greg, Gretchen, Jenna, Joel & Ramona
Dirk, Kelly, Richard, Rudy, Sean, Sonja, Stacey & Susan
| Tribal Council 1:|
Sonja (4 votes)
Dirk, Rudy, Sean & Susan
Rudy (3 votes)
Kelly, Sonja & Stacey
Stacey (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
Sean and Dirk's confessionals are only available on DVD.
|“||(voting for Sonja) Got to remove the weakest link in the... crew.||”|
|“||(voting for Sonja) My vote really kills me because I love her, but I want to get the best opportunity for my team to survive, my other teammates. There's a lot of physical challenges, and I think that it's best if we vote for Sonja. Much to my dismay. I'm gonna miss her if she goes. It kills me. Breaks my heart. She really wants to be here. That's it.||”|
|“||(voting for Stacey) Stacey. Um, tough call. (sighs) Subtle reasons... I'm not sure exactly what they are.||”|
|“||(voting for Rudy) He's just... He's an ornery guy... doesn't really help that much. For a Navy SEAL, he doesn't know how to start fire... and he just criticizes everything.||”|
|“||(voting for Sonja) I'm picking her because I think she's the reason we lost yesterday.||”|
|“||(voting for Sonja) Just physically it's too much. That's it. That's the only reason. I love her spirit, but she can't handle it. It's hurting the team.||”|
|“||(voting for Rudy) I'll miss his, uh, skills and, um, his speaking his mind openly.||”|
|“||Well, I think this has been, uh, an awesome experience. Being the first to be voted out is a little humiliating. On the other hand, the team did the right thing. They're a terrific group of people. They're very strong physically, and I, I think in their shoes, I'd probably do the same thing.||”|
Still in the RunningEdit
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Behind the ScenesEdit
- In Mark Burnett's book Survivor: The Ultimate Game, he describes a deleted scene that took place on Tagi on Day 2. The Tagi tribe where around the bonfire at night when Richard decided to came out to the tribe as an homosexual and told his tribemates about "his past and the difficults of being a gay growing up in a conservative area". According to Burnett, that was probably the most important moment of the season and where the relationships that would later evolve to form the Tagi Alliance began.
- This episode was voted the 7th best Survivor episode of all time in the 'Top 25 Greatest Episodes of all time' poll by Survivor Oz in 2015
- Sonja Christopher was the very first castaway voted off in Survivor history.
- This was the first episode to feature a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge.
- Sue Hawk was the first contestant to ever cast a vote at Tribal Council.
- Rudy Boesch was the first contestant to have a confessional.
|Survivor: Borneo Episodes|
“The Marooning” · “The Generation Gap” · “Quest for Food” · “Too Little, Too Late?” · “Pulling Your Own Weight” · “Udder Revenge” · “The Merger” · “Thy Name Is Duplicity” · “Old and New Bonds” · “Crack in the Alliance” · “Long Hard Days” · “Death of an Alliance” · “The Final Four”