Survivor: The Australian Outback, also called Survivor: Australia in later seasons, is the second season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was the top-rated show of 2001, according to Nielsen Ratings, ranging at 30 million viewers watching weekly.

Fourteen weekly episodes were aired, the premiere airing immediately after Super Bowl XXXV. The winner, Tina Wesson, was announced on May 3, 2001, when she defeated Colby Donaldson by a 4-3 vote.

Production

Filming was known to have commenced during the Survivor: Borneo reunion show which was hosted by Bryant Gumbel. Gumbel had Jeff Probst via phone patch where Probst revealed that they started filming. Filming took place at Goshen Station in northern Queensland between late October and early December 2000, and aired from January 28 to May 3, 2001, on CBS. The location used was within a three-hour drive off the coastal city of Cairns and located in a wet, tropical area.

In the middle of filming, Colby Donaldson, who won a trip to the Great Barrier Reef as part of a reward win, broke off coral which he intended to keep as a souvenir. During the same trip, a production helicopter flew over restricted sea rookeries. Both of these events led to the show being fined $100,000 Australian dollars. Executive Producer Mark Burnett apologized on behalf of Colby and the production staff after the episode aired.[2]

The season was released in DVD format on April 26, 2005.

Twists/Changes

  • Tribe Composition: The sixteen castaways were divided into two tribes of eight.
  • Merged Tribe Composition: The merged tribe was composed of ten members.
  • Final Tribal Council Format: Two finalists faced a jury of seven. The jurors individually addressed the finalists.
  • Longer Game: The game lasted 42 days, three days longer than the previous season.
  • Tiebreaker: In an event of a tie vote, a revote would take place. If a deadlock occurs, the votes cast against the players in question from previous Tribal Councils will be taken into account. The castaway that had more votes would be eliminated from the game.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S2 debb t.png Debb Eaton
45, Milan, NH
Corrections Officer
Kucha 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
S2 kel t.png Kel Gleason
32, Fort Hood, TX
Army Intelligence Officer
Ogakor 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
S2 maralyn t.png Maralyn Hershey
51, Wakefield, VA
Retired Police Officer
Ogakor 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
S2 mitchell t.png Mitchell Olson
23, Union City, NJ
Singer/Songwriter
Ogakor 4th Voted Out
Day 12
6
S2 kimmi t.png Kimmi Kappenberg
27, Ronkonkoma, NY
Bartender
Kucha 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6
S2 michael t.png Michael Skupin
38, White Lake, MI
Software Company President
Kucha Evacuated
Day 17
0
S2 jeff t.png Jeff Varner
34, Manhattan, NY
Internet Projects Manager
Kucha Barramundi 6th Voted Out
Day 21
11
S2 alicia t.png Alicia Calaway
32, Manhattan, NY
Personal Trainer
Kucha 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
5
S2 jerri t.png Jerri Manthey
30, Los Angeles, CA
Aspiring Actress
Ogakor 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
12
S2 nick t.png Nick Brown
23, Steilacoom, WA
Harvard Law Student
Kucha 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
4
S2 amber t.png Amber Brkich
22, Beaver, PA
Administrative Assistant
Ogakor 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
6
S2 rodger t.png Rodger Bingham
53, Crittenden, KY
Teacher/Farmer
Kucha 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
5
S2 elisabeth t.png Elisabeth Filarski
23, Newton, MA
Footwear Designer
Kucha 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
5
S2 keith t.png Keith Famie
40, West Bloomfield, MI
Chef
Ogakor 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 41
10
S2 colby t.png Colby Donaldson
26, Dallas, TX
Auto Customizer
Ogakor Runner-Up 9
S2 tina t.png Tina Wesson
39, Knoxville, TN
Personal Nurse
Ogakor Sole Survivor 0

Season Summary

The sixteen castaways were divided into two tribes, Kucha ("kangaroo") and Ogakor ("crocodile"). While Ogakor began the game strong, Kucha quickly decimated them to five members. Ogakor broke their losing streak by winning the Day 15 Immunity Challenge, sending Kucha back to Tribal Council; and after a medical evacuation, Kucha lost their third member, forcing the tribes to merge both with five members each. The merged tribe named themselves Barramundi.

The 5-5 stalemate caused the tribes to be deadlocked the first time they went to Tribal Council, but Jeff Varner from Kucha had past votes, bounding the former Kuchas to extinction. Three of the five ex-Ogakors, Colby Donaldson, Keith Famie, and Tina Wesson, however, stayed a strong group and voted out the remaining Kuchas, while also removing two of their own, Jerri Manthey and Amber Brkich. As the game progressed further, the Barramundi tribe suffered harsh weather conditions, and with a depleted food supply, they were forced to barter their creature comforts for a tin of rice. The alliance of Colby, Keith, and Tina stood strong became the final three. Colby won the Final Immunity Challenge and took Tina to the end, with Keith completing the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, the jury was torn between Colby's challenge prowess and Tina's quiet control over the Ogakor Alliance. In the end, with four votes to three, Tina's strategy won her the title of Sole Survivor.

Episode Air Date Challenges Eliminated
(Vote)
Finish Viewers
(in millions)[3]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)[3]
Reward Immunity
1 "Stranded" January 28, 2001
Ogakor1
Debb
(7-1)
1st Voted Out
Day 3
45.37 21.8/48
2 "Suspicion" February 1, 2001
Ogakor
Kucha
Kel
(7-1)
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
29.04 11.9/28
3 "Trust No One" February 8, 2001
Ogakor
Kucha
Maralyn
(5-1-1)
3rd Voted Out
Day 9
29.04 12.2/28
4 "The Killing Fields" February 15, 2001
Kucha
Kucha
Mitchell
(3-3;
2-2;
Tiebreaker)2,3
4th Voted Out
Day 12
28.23 11.7/29
5 "The Gloves Come Off" February 22, 2001
Kucha
Ogakor
Kimmi
(6-1)
5th Voted Out
Day 15
28.78 11.9/28
6 "Trial by Fire" March 1, 2001
Kucha
None
Michael
(No Vote)
Evacuated
Day 17
31.32 13.7/34
7 "The Merge" March 8, 2001 None
Keith
Jeff
(5-5;
4-4;
Tiebreaker)2,3
6th Voted Out
Day 21
28.72 12.1/31
8 "Friends?" March 14, 2001
Jerri
[Amber]
Keith
Alicia
(5-4)
7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
28.46 12.0/33
9 "The First 24 Days" March 21, 2001 Recap Episode N/A N/A
10 "Honeymoon or Not?" March 29, 2001
Colby,
Jerri
Nick
Jerri
(6-2)
8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
28.12 11.8/29
11 "Let's Make a Deal" April 5, 2001 Survivor
Auction
Colby
Nick
(4-2-1)
9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
27.71 11.7/32
12 "No Longer Just a Game" April 12, 2001
Colby
Colby
Amber
(4-2)
10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
27.55 11.7/34
13 "Enough Is Enough" April 19, 2001
Tina
Colby
Rodger
(3-2)
11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
28.41 11.7/32
14 "The Final Four" April 26, 2001
Colby
Colby
Elisabeth
(3-1)
12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
26.89 11.2/32
15 "The Most Deserving" May 3, 2001 None
Colby
Keith
(1-0)
13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 41
36.35 15.9/39
Jury Vote Colby
(4-3)
Runner-Up
Tina
(4-3)
Sole Survivor
16 "Reunion" 41.26 18.5/41
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge
^2 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote would commence.
^2 Per Survivor rules, in case of a deadlock tie, past votes were taken into account. The player with more past votes would be eliminated.

Voting History

Survivor: The Australian Outback Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15
Voted out: S2 debb t.png
Debb
S2 kel t.png
Kel
S2 maralyn t.png
Maralyn
Tie Deadlock S2 mitchell t.png
Mitchell
S2 kimmi t.png
Kimmi
S2 michael t.png
Michael
Tie Deadlock S2 jeff t.png
Jeff
S2 alicia t.png
Alicia
S2 jerri t.png
Jerri
S2 nick t.png
Nick
S2 amber t.png
Amber
S2 rodger t.png
Rodger
S2 elisabeth t.png
Elisabeth
S2 keith t.png
Keith
S2 colby t.png
Colby
S2 tina t.png
Tina
Vote: 7-1 7-1 5-1-1 3-31 2-22 Past votes 6-1 No Vote3 5-51 4-42 Past votes 5-4 6-2 4-2-1 4-2 3-2 3-1 1-04 4-3
Tina Kel Maralyn Mitchell Mitchell Jeff Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth None Jury Vote
Colby Kel Maralyn Mitchell Mitchell Jeff None Alicia Jerri Nick Rodger Rodger Elisabeth Keith
Keith Kel Mitchell Mitchell None Jeff Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth None Tina
Elisabeth Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Keith Tina
Rodger Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Colby
Amber Kel Maralyn Keith Keith Jeff Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Nick Rodger Colby
Nick Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Jerri Keith Colby
Jerri Kel Maralyn Keith Keith Jeff Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Tina
Alicia Debb Kimmi Colby Colby Jerri Tina
Jeff Debb Kimmi Colby None Voted out
Michael Debb Kimmi Evacuated
Kimmi Debb Jeff
Mitchell Kel Maralyn Keith None Voted out
Maralyn Kel Jerri
Kel Jerri
Debb Jeff

Notes:

^1 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^2 Per Survivor rules, in case of a deadlock tie, past votes were taken into account. The player with more past votes would be eliminated.
^3 Michael was medically evacuated after falling into the camp fire and severely burning his hands. No vote occurred for his removal.
^4 Keith and Tina did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Colby voted.

Trivia

  • The Tribal Council set was located on the rock cliffs beside the Herbert River Falls.
  • This is the first season to feature a live finale, as opposed to the previous season, which had the winner revealed on set. Each season thereafter followed this format.
  • This season is the longest season in terms of filming, lasting 42 days instead of the standard 39.
  • This season saw the first time a contestant was medically evacuated, when Michael Skupin fell into a fire and burned his hands.
  • This is the only season to have only three castaways left at the beginning of the finale episode.
  • This season is tied with Heroes vs. Villains for the highest percentage of returning players, with 50% of its cast (8 of 16) returning for future seasons. It still holds the record for most first-time returning players, and has also produced the most three-time returning players, with five.
  • This season is tied with Pearl Islands and Cook Islands for being represented in the most seasons with returning players, with 7.
  • This season is tied with Africa for the most deadlocked tie votes, with two.
  • Along with David vs. Goliath, this season has the fewest pre-merge Tribal Councils, with only five.

References

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