Lost and Delirious: Survivor: The Australian Outback - Episode 10
by Chad Maddux
Published: April 8, 2001
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Day 28 begins with the realization that Jerri is really gone. Everyone except for Amber is happy. Amber is disappointed that her tribe mates did not trust her enough to include her in the decision to vote Jerri off. But the new day has brought another problem: the supply of rice has dwindled to only one serving. Although everyone is weak physically, the mental impact of the food shortage is even more devastating. While Rodger, Tina, and Elisabeth fish, Keith and Colby go hunting for grasshoppers. Keith has his technique perfected and catches a pocket full of grasshoppers. Colby, however, has not quite learned the best way to hunt grasshoppers; he only catches two. Elisabeth and Rodger both encounter the same problem while fishing: the turtles keep stealing the hooks.
The reward challenge is not a challenge. It is instead an auction. Each survivor is given A$500 (Australian Dollars) to use in bidding on FOOD. Each bid is incremented by A$20. Nick wins the first auction for Doritos and salsa. Later, Rodger holds out for a cheeseburger while Tina and Elisabeth combine their remaining cash for a plate of turkey, veggies, potatoes, and bread. Amber won the only dummy bid: river water for A$200. After the auction concluded, there was a mad rush “over the hill.” (The poopin’ pit is located over the hill.)
Day 29 gets off on the wrong foot: the Barramundi camp is drowning. The river level has risen so much that the flag has to be moved and camp relocation discussions begin. But the more immediate concern is, as always, food. Tina is upset about Nick’s lack of effort at fishing. Tina, Elisabeth, and Rodger continue fishing, the time, with luck. Nick expresses his knowledge of votes prepared for him if he does not win immunity.
Now to the task of winning immunity: the challenge is to start a fire in a bucket, which will eventually light a fuse. This bucket is on a pole with another bucket on the other end. The second bucket will be used to raise the other bucket, by weight, up to the fuse. However, this bucket has a hole in it, making it increasingly difficult. The survivors must gather wood, put into the first bucket and light their fire with matches, and then fill the second bucket with enough water to tip the scales and send the fire bucket to the fuse. Obviously, the first to do it wins. Although the race is close throughout, Keith tips his bucket first. When his fire buckets heads up, he throws his water-gathering can and begins to celebrate. The water bucket is losing water and the fire bucket quickly retreats to the ground. His fuse did not light. After fetching his can that he threw, he rushes to refill his water bucket. However, it is too late as Colby gets his fire bucket to his fuse and it lights. Colby has won immunity.
Day 30 arouses discussions of food. (Surprising, huh?) They are out of rice and have no fish. Jeff (the host) wanders in from the distance carrying a big bucket of rice. His offer is a trade: the rice for “something of value, substantial value.” Rodger’s offer of blankets does not satisfy Jeff. He wants “camp.” Camp means their shelter: all of the tarps and Colby’s Texas flag. Jeff sweetens the deal by adding more hooks. Barramundi tears down camp and Jeff gives them their rice and fish hooks. The tribe immediately begins building a new shelter. After their new shelter is rebuilt (sort of), the discussion turns to the voting. Amber wants to defect to the Kucha group but does not think she can trust them.
At tribal council, Jerri returns in the jury. There were a few smiles to see her on the other side of the fire. After the usual campfire discussion, the voting begins. The Ogakor alliance holds. Nick loses with the four Ogakor votes. Amber received two votes and Keith received one.
On the next Survivor...
Barramundi is rationing, but can they continue surviving on their meager rations? Also, when the rains return, the tribe is reminded that their camp is in a dry creek bed. Well, at least, the creek bed was dry.
The S-Ratings for Episode Eleven
Comments:Ogakor once again has a voting advantage even if they vote off another one of their own members. This will be the reason Colby will be leaving. He is the strongest and most threatening person left. Despite this vote, Ogakor will still hold an advantage over Kucha 3-2. Because we just had a physical immunity challenge, I'm guessing that the next one will be a mental challenge, which will not give Colby any type of advantage.
Comments: The former Ogakor tribe members have once again achieved a commanding 2-vote majority, with only six players remaining. Similar to what ultimately occurred when they achieved this margin in Episode 9, Tina and Keith will orchestrate the booting of someone from within their own alliance. Prudently, this will be the largest physical threat remaining—Colby. Why go after the small fish of Rodger and Elisabeth, who have little chance of winning future Immunity Challenges? Keith sent a message in Episode 10 to his tribemates by not bringing his backpack to Tribal Council—He is one of two tribe members calling the shots. His touch is golden right now.
Dead By Dawn
Comments:Next week is the most important week for the outcome of this game. It will be when either alliances are broken or strengthened. The ogakor alliance will be put to the test, when Tina is faced with choosing Amber or Elisabeth. Tina appears extremely cruel and mean whenever she votes (something we rarely see during the game), and is probably the most manipulative and sneaky of the group. With Colby, Keith, and Amber voting for Elisabeth; Rodger and Elisabeth voting for Amber, that leaves Tina to either make a tie or send Elisabeth packing. I think in order to keep stability in camp she'll vote Elisabeth, however, I doubt it will help Tina win the million.
Comments:Ogakor definitely has it in thier hands. They have a 4-to-2 advantage, and could essentially get rid of Rodger & Elizabeth over the next two episodes. But, as was seen tonight, Colby, Keith, and Tina realize that Amber is a swaying point, and she realizes it, too. I'm thinking Rodger & 'liz will try to get her to vote with them for Keith, and it could come down to a tie-breaker. She's gotta realize even if she gets to the final four (all Ogakor's), she'll be the first to go. She'll come to her senses and the gloves will come off. It will all come down to the immunity challenge, so Keith better not be foolish (like he was this week, when he stopped filling up the bucket and threw his can), or he's gone.
Comments:He's got to go. He shouldn't have won immunity this time around. In fact, he wouldn't have if Keith hadn't shoved his head squarley up his ass and thrown his can. I think the Colbster's run on this show is about to end. Besides, if I keep picking him, I'm bound to be right sometime.
Comments:Time's running out for Keith and Tina to vote out everyone's biggest threat: Colby. If Colby doesn't get immunity, then he's next on the chopping block. If he does get immunity, it's a toss up.
Comments: I'm still a firm believer in the Tina/Keith/Elizabeth/Rodger alliance. That leaves Colby and Amber left. I don't think the four will see Amber as any threat, so my prediction is that Colby will get kicked off next. I think Keith will work extra hard in the immunity challenge, pushing himself because of his mess-up on the previous challenge. He'll win immunity and Colby will be leaving.
Survivor: The Australian Outback airs Thursdays at 8 pm EDT on CBS.
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