|"The Most Deserving"|
|Season:||The Australian Outback|
|Episode Number:||15/15 (028)|
|Original Release:||May 3, 2001|
|Viewership (in millions):|| 36.35 (finale)|
|Ratings/Share (18-49):|| 15.9/39 (finale)|
|Previous:||“The Final Four”|
|Next:|| “Question of Trust”|
The Most Deserving is the finale episode of Survivor: The Australian Outback.
It's Day 40 in the Outback, or as Keith explains, "the home stretch." One of these three remaining castaways will be $1 million richer in two days. Privately, Tina and Colby each talk about how they've been playing the game strategically instead of trying to please everyone. Keith says that it's been a "hell of a ride."
The final three are asked to carve and paint their own idols as a remembrance of their experience. They toss their idols into the water. As the final three head to their Final Immunity Challenge, they partake in the Rites of Passage ceremony. As they pass the torches of the castaways who have left the game before them: Debb, Kel, Maralyn, Mitchell, Kimmi, Michael, Jeff, Alicia, Jerri, Nick, Amber, Rodger, and Elisabeth they reflect on the game and how each person has played a part in them being there now. The "Fallen Comrades" challenge takes place at Tribal Council in front of the jury, as Jeff asks questions about the other castaways. It all comes down to the final question, which Colby answers correctly over Tina. Colby wins his fifth straight Immunity Challenge. Colby immediately goes to cast the only vote that will decide the final two. The decision is in: Keith is booted.
On Day 42, Colby and Tina break down camp and burn most of it. Then they go to the Final Tribal Council, where the jury awaits to award one of them a million dollars.
In her opening statement, Tina says that she hopes the jury votes based on strategy and not whether "you got your feelings hurt." Colby states that he's not necessarily better than Tina, but that he did pretty well for himself.
Rodger is the first Juror to speak, and asks the final two to name a time when they were unethical. Tina says that she was always ethical within the context of the game. Colby says that he had to lie to Jerri and Amber at certain times. Amber asks what three things got Tina and Colby to the final two. Colby says endurance, water, and relaxation. Tina says strategy, Colby, and heart. Amber also asks what they'll do with the money if they win. Colby: buy a Harley and take care of his parents financially; Tina: pay off her house and start a charity. Elisabeth asks them to name two Jury members who least deserve to win the million. Tina says Jerri and Rodger; Colby picks Jerri and Keith. Keith asks about a time when manipulation came into play. Both Tina and Colby name their blindside of Jerri's alliance, in which they booted Mitchell to save Keith. Alicia wants to know Tina's and Colby's proudest and least proud moments of the game. Tina says she's proud of helping others, such as letting Keith win the first Individual Immunity, but she's not proud of voting people off. Colby is most proud of winning the fire-making challenge by coming from behind, and least proud of not showing enough respect to the land. Nick notes that Mike's accident changed the course of the entire game. He asks who would've made the final two if not for Mike's evacuation. Colby picks Nick and Mike; Tina says Mike but can't name another. Jerri is last and wants to know if Tina and Colby would like to apologize to anyone. Tina says she would apologize to Kel, because she was the one who rifled through his backpack looking for the beef jerky. Colby apologizes to Elisabeth, Rodger, and Alicia for voting them out. Jerri seems unsatisfied, but sits down.
Finally, it's time to vote. Rodger, Nick, and Amber vote for Colby. Jerri and Alicia vote for Tina. Elisabeth's and Keith's votes aren't shown. Jeff collects the votes and tells the castaways that the winner won't be revealed until they return to the U.S.
Live in Los Angeles, the castaways are gathered for the big reveal. It's a 3-3 tie as Jeff pulls out the final vote. The name: "TINA." The audience cheers for Tina Wesson, the winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback.
Immunity Challenge: Fallen Comrades
Each remaining Survivor is asked several personal questions about their fellow tribe members who have been voted out before them. The person who answers the most questions correctly wins.
Winner: Colby Donaldson
|Immunity Challenge: Fallen Comrades|
| Tribal Council 13:|
Keith (1 vote)
| VOTED OFF:|
Colby's confessional is only available on DVD.
|“||(voting for Keith) Keith, you did good, my man. You surprised everyone, uh, including yourself. So, congratulations.||”|
|“||It was an absolute honor to play this game with these participants. My time here spent in the Outback really gave me an opportunity to look at life from the past, present and the future. It was a great, great opportunity, and I've learned so much about myself because of it.||”|
Final Tribal Council
| Tribal Council 14:|
| Voted for|
Tina (4 votes)
Alicia, Elisabeth, Jerri, Keith
Colby (3 votes)
Amber, Nick, Rodger
| SOLE SURVIVOR:|
- It was revealed that Keith Famie was supposed to be on Survivor: Borneo, but was held over until this season.
- Clips from Tina Wesson's, Maralyn Hershey's, Colby Donaldson's, and Alicia Calaway's audition videos were shown.
- Maralyn played her didgeridoo while going into commercial break. She explained being in the Outback inspired her to learn how to play the didgeridoo.
- A black and white photo of a young Maralyn from 1977 was shown with Bryant Gumbel stating "Who is that mystery woman?" which the audience applauded and cheered to when the camera went to a shot of Maralyn.
- This is the only episode of Survivor to start with three castaways remaining in the game.
- This is the first time a Survivor season has run over 39 days.
- The Final Tribal Council vote is the only time Elisabeth Filarski does not vote for the same person as Rodger Bingham over the course of the season.
- Tina Wesson became the second Sole Survivor.
- This was the first time that the winner was announced on front of a live audience, as opposed to the previous season, where Richard Hatch was proclaimed the winner right after the jury voted. The new format, of revealing the winner in front a live audience, applies as of the latest season.
- She is the first female winner of the U.S. Survivor franchise.
- Colby and Tina agreed that whoever won the game would also take the Barramundi tribe flag as an extra prize to commemorate the winner's time in the Outback. Tina won, and she still has the tribe flag, mounted on her wall. She claims that it still smells the same as it did during the game.
|Survivor: The Australian Outback Episodes|
“Stranded” · “Suspicion” · “Trust No One” · “The Killing Fields” · “The Gloves Come Off” · “Trial by Fire” · “The Merge” · “Friends?” · “The First 24 Days” · “Honeymoon or Not?” · “Let's Make a Deal” · “No Longer Just a Game” · “Enough Is Enough” · “The Final Four” · “The Most Deserving”