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Back to the Beach is the season premiere of Survivor: Marquesas.


Day 1

Sixteen Americans embark on a journey of a lifetime. Stranded in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, they will face a Survivor first, competing without any given food rations at the beginning of the game. Unknown to the castaways, their supply crates only contain a pair of machetes, three pans, a fillet knife, two water containers, and a magnifying glass, but no food. The sixteen castaways have already been divided into two rival tribes, Maraamu and Rotu (Tahitian words for "southern wind" and "rain" respectively). After a long ferry ride aboard the fishing vessel Amaryllis, the two tribes jump off to paddle two miles to their respective encampments.

At the yellow-colored Maraamu tribe, while getting close to shore, Sean Rector gets irked that one of his tribemates, Sarah Jones, is just sitting on top of their raft while the rest are paddling.

Sarah's arrival was almost like Cleopatra.


Claiming that he has never seen a beach in his entire life, Sean reveals that he does not swim often.

I've never been on an ocean. Ever. In the hood, there ain't a lot of pools and I don't really swim too much.


Upon reaching the shore, Sean lays down on the shoreline, extremely tired. Thinking that it was a miracle that the tribe managed to row to shore, Sean adds that he believes that they were only able to do so with the help of God.

We didn't do this on our own, God's hand was definitely under the raft guiding us.


Over at the blue Rotu tribe, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien frantically leads the tribe to create fire. The tribe further struggles when clouds continually shield the sun. While their attempts to make fire are futile, Kathy wastes no time by barking orders at her tribemates to at least have shelter before nighttime.

Kathy is now the Skipper. Maybe it's her personality or the difficulty being out here, but I don't know. We don't need a Skipper out here.


Back at Maraamu, realizing that their supply crate does not have any food, Hunter Ellis expresses that creating fire is the most important task, with his leadership already earning the admiration of Gina Crews.

I am already in love with Hunter. He is a great person and we have so much in common. Hunter knows a little bit about everything.


Eventually, Peter Harkey's yoga-style, deep-breathing technique ignites a spark for Maraamu. That night, Sarah cuddles with Rob Mariano for warmth.

Sarah has a very cute body and paid a lot for it, and if you have it, of course, flaunt it.


Day 2

The Rotu tribe awakes realizing that they have to locate their water source. Much to their surprise, their water source is none other than a waterfall. As they fill their water tanks, they go to take a bath, though Kathy is skeptical of the find when she learns that the waterfall contained brackish water, thus needing to boil the water before they can drink it.

Now we need that damn fire. I am going to work on it until it's dark.


Maraamu, on the other hand, is struggling to find food. Right after locating a fruit-bearing tree, Rob hears an unfamiliar sound, a chicken. As soon as Rob sees the clucking chicken, a chase down the jungle ensues, though Rob fails to catch it. An exasperated and disappointed Rob declares that he stood no chance of catching the chicken once it flew off.

I had no idea that roosters could fly, but this rooster took off like a 747 and he was out of here and that was it.

–Rob M.

Things are not as jovial on Rotu when Kathy's iron fist style of leadership continues to rub her tribemates the wrong way.

Of course, we know we need to start fire, but to have someone pushing you like Kathy did really started to become grating.


After a heated argument between Kathy and John Carroll, John becomes determined to be the one to start a fire.

I am Irish so I have a temper, and she sparked it. Now I became fixated with starting a fire to combat my outburst.


Despite the brewing conflicts, the Rotu tribe finally manages to start fire. By nighttime, Kathy's hard exterior becomes warmer after having fire.

Day 3

Upon receiving their first Tree Mail, the two competing tribes convene for their first Immunity Challenge, where host Jeff Probst reveals that there will be no further assistance coming to the castaways. During the challenge, Outrigger Fire Quest, Maraamu makes a fatal mistake by accidentally dropping their torch at the sea, bagging an easy win for Rotu.

Upon returning to camp, the defeated Maraamu tribe must decide whom to vote iut.

The party is over. We first got here, we started the fire, everybody worked, but now the reality is set in; somebody has to go.


Peter targets Patricia Jackson for elimination for being the eldest female. Feeling vulnerable herself, Patricia declares that though she might not be young as her tribemates, she has the willpower to endure.

I may not be twenty-five, I am twice that. I may not win a foot race, but I can endure.


Others flirt with the idea of getting rid of Sarah, after the "Cleopatra" incident. In the end, Peter is considered as playing the game too early for gunning for Patricia, and for his kooky demeanor. Therefore, at Tribal Council, the bowling alley manager was first to be voted out in a 5-2-1 vote.


Immunity Challenge: Outrigger Fire Quest
Carrying an outrigger canoe outfitted with two torches, the tribes must swim with the canoe out into the ocean, light the torches from a fire cauldron, then race back to shore while lighting a series of torches along the way. The first tribe to have successfully lit all of their torches and cross the finish line wins.
Winner: Rotu

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 1:
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Peter (5 votes)
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Gina, Hunter, Patricia, Rob, Sarah
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Sarah (2 votes)
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Sean, Vecepia
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Patricia (1 vote)
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Peter Harkey

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Patricia) Tricia, you deserved to stay.

Peter Harkey

(voting for Peter) This person is a very nice person, but he did a couple things today that really kind of threw me off. So, my vote is for Peter.

Sarah Jones

(voting for Sarah) Sarah, I love you like a play cousin. I just don't think you was doing your... your end of the bargain.

Sean Rector

Final Words

Sometimes I take myself a little too seriously. I wish I had heeded my wife's advice of just come to this island and have fun. And, uh, truly, the, uh, the other seven contestants, I love them dearly and, uh, I'll have fond memories of this adventure.

Peter Harkey

Still in the Running

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  • This episode marked the first time that the first castaway eliminated from a season was a man.
  • While Peter Harkey's final words were airing during the credits, Patricia Jackson's vote was not shown with the rest of the Maraamu tribe.

Episode Title

  • The title of the episode is a reference to this season being the first in a beach location since Survivor: Borneo.


Survivor: Marquesas Episodes
"Back to the Beach" · "Nacho Momma" · "No Pain, No Gain" · "The Winds Twist" · "The End of Innocence" · "The Underdogs" · "True Lies" · "Jury's Out" · "Look Closer: The First 24 Days" · "Two Peas in a Pod" · "The Princess" · "Marquesan Vacation" · "A Tale of Two Cities" · "The Sole Survivor" · "Reunion"