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"The Merge"
Barramundi2
The Barramundi Tribe at their first vote
Season The Australian Outback
Episode Number 7/15 (020)
First Broadcast March 8, 2001
Viewership (in millions) 28.72[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 12.1/31
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The Merge is the seventh episode of Survivor: The Australian Outback.

StoryEdit

Day 19Edit

As the merge awaits, Kucha discusses strategy. Kucha and Ogakor will each have five members, so Kucha suspects there will be a tie at the first Tribal Council. Their plan is to target Colby. Jeff, meanwhile, thinks he will be Ogakor's first target. At a previous challenge, Kimmi revealed to Ogakor that Jeff had received a prior vote (from Debb), which would make Jeff vulnerable in a tiebreaker situation. Still, Kucha vows not to give up. They recall Mike's final words before he was airlifted out: "Somebody from Kucha needs to take this money." On Ogakor, as the tribemates speculate about which Kucha member had to be evacuated, the tribe receives treemail. It tells them that the men should travel to Kucha while the women remain behind. Meanwhile, Kucha's treemail says the opposite—that the women should travel to Ogakor while the men stay behind. Alicia and Elisabeth set off for Ogakor, while Keith and Colby head to Kucha.

Day 20Edit

Tina, Jerri, and Amber are surprised to see the Kucha women arrived, having expected the men. Alicia and Elisabeth tell the women about Mike's accident. Over on Kucha, Jeff, Nick, and Rodger are a bit disappointed to be wining and dining the guys instead of the women, but they share a meal of chicken with Keith and Colby anyway. They, too, get caught up on Mike's injury.

At Ogakor camp, a rain nearly snuffs out the fire, and the tribe's only matches are away with Keith. Jerri tries not to criticize Keith so she doesn't tip off the Kuchas that Keith has prior votes. Everyone has decided that Kucha is the better of the two camps, but both tribes get tree mail telling them that they must move to an entirely new camp. There, both tribes meet and find a crate of food and wine and a set of all-new orange buffs, signaling the merge. The merged tribe settles on "Barramundi" as its new name. The tribe celebrates, but there is some tension as Rodger and Jerri disagree over where to set up their new camp, with Jerri ultimately getting her way. At the first individual immunity challenge, the contestants drop out one by one as Jeff Probst tempts them with food, and Jeff jumps off his perch at an offer of peanut butter. After more than ten hours, Alicia finally caves for some hot coffee, leaving only Keith and Tina. Keith begs for Tina to let him win. "I need this," he told her. Tina agreed, and stepped down, and Keith won the first individual challenge.

Day 21Edit

At Tribal Council, the votes are split by tribal lines. The five ex-Kuchas vote for Colby, while the five ex-Ogakors vote for Jeff. Jeff and Colby each make a statement pleading their case after the votes are read, and the other eight Barramundis revote. Nothing changes—the vote remains tied.

To break the deadlock, Jeff Probst asks Colby and Jeff how many votes they've received at previous tribal councils. Colby has zero. Jeff has two (from Debb and Kimmi). That dooms Jeff, who brings his torch to be snuffed.

In his final words, Jeff blames Kimmi's big mouth for tipping off Ogakor about his previous votes. He also regrets about given up on the Immunity Challenge for peanut butter.

ChallengesEdit

ImmunityEdit

Challenge: Perch
Each tribe member will stand on top of a wooden pillar in the water. At random points, Jeff will tempt the survivors to go down by bribing food items. Last person left standing wins Immunity.
Winner: Keith Famie

Immunity Challenge: Perch
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Time Elapsed 10 hr 17 mins 8 hr 58 mins 6 hr 47 mins 4 hr 1 hr 30 mins
Castaway S2 keith t
Keith
S2 tina t
Tina
S2 alicia t
Alica
S2 elisabeth t
Elisabeth
S2 amber t
Amber
S2 jerri t
Jerri
S2 jeff t
Jeff
S2 rodger t
Rodger
S2 colby t
Colby
S2 nick t
Nick

Tribal CouncilEdit

Tribal Council 6:
Barramundi
First Vote (Tie) Revote (Colby & Jeff
ineligible to vote)
Counting Previous
Tribal Council Votes
Voted
Against
Voter Voted
Against
Voter Voted
Against
Voter
S2 jeff t
Jeff (5 votes)
S2 amber tS2 colby tS2 jerri t
S2 keith tS2 tina t
Amber, Colby, Jerri,
Keith, & Tina
S2 jeff t
Jeff (4 votes)
S2 amber tS2 jerri t
S2 keith tS2 tina t
Amber, Jerri
Keith, & Tina
S2 jeff t
Jeff (2 votes)
S2 debb t
Debb
(Tribal Council 1)
S2 kimmi t
Kimmi
(Tribal Council 5)
S2 colby t
Colby (5 votes)
S2 alicia tS2 elisabeth tS2 jeff t
S2 nick tS2 rodger t
Alicia, Elisabeth, Jeff,
Nick, & Rodger
S2 colby t
Colby (4 votes)
S2 alicia tS2 elisabeth t
S2 nick tS2 rodger t
Alicia, Elisabeth,
Nick, & Rodger
S2 colby t
Colby (0 votes)
None
VOTED OFF:
S2 jeff bw
Jeff Varner

Voting Confessionals (First Vote)Edit

Amber, Jerri and Keith's confessionals are only available on DVD.

It was a strategic move that was determined the first week we were here.

–Colby


Nothing personal. I think you're a great guy. It's just part of the strategic plan.

–Keith


I really like the guy, but he's from the Ogakor tribe and they have all got to go.

–Rodger


Jeff, you seem like a really great guy, and I wish I would've gotten to know you a little bit better. And, um, I hope you feel better soon.

–Amber


Jeff, you seem like a really great guy. This is 100% a strategic vote.

–Tina


'Cause everything's bigger and better in Texas, this lone star has to got to go.

–Jeff


Going into this, um, I'm pretty much expecting a five and five tie, and we learned early on in the game that you had one vote against you previously. That is the only reason. It's purely strategic. I'm so happy that I got to know you. I love your sense of humor, and I wish you the best of luck.

–Jerri



Voting Confessionals (revote)Edit

Unavailable.

Final WordsEdit

I knew this was going to happen because of a very large mouth of a former tribe member at Kucha. Ogakor knew I had that vote and I knew there was nothing I could do about it so, I'm going home and I've had an awesome time. This has just been the most amazing experience I have had in my entire life.

–Jeff Varner



Still in the RunningEdit

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

TriviaEdit

  • When the deadlock tiebreaker began, Jeff claimed that he only had known of only one vote, from Debb Eaton during the first Tribal Council, however, host Jeff Probst had not revealed his other vote from Kimmi Kappenberg.
  • With Jeff's elimination, this episode marks the first time in the series' history where the women castaways outnumber the men, 5-4. This would not happen again until “Back to the Beach”.
  • Keith Famie lasted over 10 hours, 17 minutes to win the Immunity Challenge. ​This set the record for the longest challenge, would be the longest Immunity Challenge until the season finale of Survivor: Palau.

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