Lost and Delirious: Survivor: The Australian Outback - Episode 11
by Chad Maddux
Published: April 16, 2001
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The survivors have reached day 31, barely. They began their day with a meager portion of their new rice. Although they ate little, they were rejuvenated in spirit with their meal. Elisabeth and Rodger begin preparing for the challenges because they need to win the reward challenge for strength to use in the immunity challenge. As always, they are sitting Kucha ducks.
The reward challenge brings a HUGE reward for these starving survivors. The winner will hop on a horse and ride with some Australian cattle ranchers to their ranch. There, the winner will eat a fireside dinner, sleep on a dry cot, and awaken to bacon and eggs. The challenge is a ropes course similar to the one featured in the first edition of Survivor. The survivors will attach themselves, with hooks, to ropes and run the course, changing their hooks from one rope to the next, making sure to remain attached to a rope at all times, until they reach the finish. The course takes place in the jungle, increasing the challenge. Colby and Amber start out strong, exchanging the lead several times. Halfway through the challenge, all but Colby and Amber are too far behind to present a challenge. Keith, however, is last. Rodger is not. In the run to the finish, Colby opens a small lead that is too much for Amber to overcome. Colby, the Texas cowboy (although not all Texans are cowboys and we donít ride horses and wear cowboy hats all of the time like many people think; yes, Iím a Texan but, unlike Colby, Iím not proud of it), will be riding for his reward.
As Colby leaves for his reward and the other survivors head back to camp, the rains come, hard. The rains continue, hard and harder and harder. The survivors continue to hike back to camp but arise upon a dry creek bed that they crossed earlier in the day. It is now a rushing river that is impassable. They are forced to wait for hours until the river calms. All are thinking about their camp, which is built on a dry creek bed. When they were finally able to cross and finish their trek to camp, their fears were confirmed: their dry creek bed is no longer dry. The water has rushed in. Their clothes are wet. Their shelter is damaged. Their hooks were swept away. Their matches are wet. (A kangaroo tries to leap out of the water onto dry ground. After a few attempts, the kangaroo makes it.) As the survivors survey the damage, a horrifying thought arises in Rodgerís mind. ďIs the rice can here?Ē Devastatingly, it is not.
Colby arrives at his overnight home and sits down for a beer with Jeff (the host). He then feasts on beef stew and beans. Back at Barramundi camp, Keith realizes that the rice was in a water-tight container that will float. Although nightfall is rapidly descending, Keith and Tina head downstream to look for the rice canister. They do not have to go far to find it. It is lodged in some debris across the raging river. (I donít know about you, but I tend to believe that the rice canister was placed by Mark Burnettís staff. How lucky is it that their rice is so easily located so near to the camp? A bit to luck in my opinion. If you agree with me, send me an email and let me know that you agree.) Keith crosses the river balancing on a log while Tina swims across downstream. Both reach the canister and, together, float it back across. Back at Barramundi camp, Keith informs the tribe that their water-proof matches are wet. They do not eat.
After a pleasant, dry, warm night, Colby awakens to an enjoyable PB&J sandwich. Then, he digs into his bacon and egg biscuit and some more beans. He knows he may have to stop several times to use the bathroom. I think he is correct. The rest of Barramundi had a horrible, cold, sleepless night. Day 32 does not begin well. Without food or fire, they remain cold and hungry. They do, however, muster enough strength to relocate their shelter. About this time, Colby wanders back to the devastation. He feels guilty and vulnerable.
Now, it is time for the all-important immunity challenge. There will be little physical activity other than aiming a slingshot. The challenge is to break the plates bearing the other survivorís name before all of the plates bearing your name are broken. The last person with an unbroken plate that has their name written on it wins immunity. Colbyís vision is clear and begins breaking plates easily. Amberís plates are eliminated quickly. The elimination orders is as follows:
Colby won immunity but he may have severely damaged his chances of winning. He took out too many plates and has won too many challenges. Barramundiís tolerance of Colbyís winning streak must be running low but, for tonight, he is immune.
To tribal council, Barramundi goes. Someone is very close to joining Alicia, Jerri and Nick in the jury. Ogakor has four members remaining: Amber, Colby, Keith and Tina. Kucha is down to only two: Elisabeth and Rodger. Ogakor can vote off one of their own and retain a voting advantage or they could elect to vote off Kucha and continue to the final four with all Ogakor. The voting begins. When the voting concludes and the votes are tallied, Ogakor is down to just three. Amber is voted off. The voting pattern, however, is even more interesting. Amber received 4 votes while Rodger received two. One of Rodgerís votes came from Amber. The other vote came from Colby. He was not included in the decision to vote off Amber. This could be a sign of a degrading Ogakor alliance.
On the next Survivor...
The reward challenge will feature messages from loved ones back at home. However, at the Barramundi home, the love is not spreading. Colby and Keith finally clash, over the rice. Colby believes that Keith is cooking too much. "The guy's a bozo. My game with Keith is done. It's over."
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Comments:We know that Colby and Keith will clash and I'm sure one of those two will be voted off. Im guessing that Colby will not win immunity bu that Colby's charm will win over the rest of the tribe against Keith. However, if Keith wins immunity, Colby is not necessary the person that will be voted off; its a toss up.
Comments: Keith and Tina have been playing the game extremely well, dispatching both the Kucha tribe and the lesser members of their own alliance with great ease. Despite the previews showing a falling out between the alpha males of Colby and Keith, they need to maintain the three-man alliance for at least one more episode. The one chosen this week for ejection is the much-loved "Kentucky Joe," as per the gameplan hinted at last week.
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Barramundi: Tina and her implants
Comments:Colby is a target no doubt. Will he leave this week? Please God no. The guy is the only real life left in the show. Keith, originally my least favorite, is at least complex. Rodger bores me to sleep every thursday. Elisabeth makes me depressed that one of my peers can be so obnoxious. And Tina... wow. This woman is the end all be all of evil/slick/sad/manipulative souls. "It is a game" la la la she says. Screw you. Just on principal I am picking you. Odds look bad for the Colbster. That makes one more reason he should win.
Comments:My final four has been Keith, Tina, Liz and Rog for some time now and I'm not gonna bail on them here. Colby won't keep winning challenges. He just can't. Also, over almost 2 full seasons of the show the previews for next week have only hinted at who really gets kicked off once. Kimmi. They're hinting at Keith. That tells me Keith wins immunity and the Colbster's history.
Comments:If he doesn't get immunity, it's Colby that gets the boot. That part is clear to everyone including Colby. If he does get immunity, though, it's anyone's game. Just when you thought this should couldn't get any better... wow! Keith and Tina have turned on Colby! Next week, if Colby does get immunity, does he go to Keith and Tina (who just betrayed him) and say "Let's vote out Elisabeth or Rodger"? Or does he hold a grudge (already, next week's highlights indicate that Colby and Keith have a falling out) and turn to Elisabeth and Rodger in order to vote out Keith? Or could Tina (who has proven herself capable of betraying just about everyone in the Outback) turn on Keith and join the ranks of Elisabeth and Rodger to vote the cook out? It's a real mess. The only certainty is that if Colby doesn't get immunity, he's going bye-bye.
Comments: I don't think Colby will pull off another immunity win. With the preview showing disputes begining to surge between Keith and Colby I'm guessing my final four alliance (Keith/Tina/Elizabeth/Rodger) will follow Keith's lead and kick off Colby. Colby will be the next to go after he doesn't win immunity.
Survivor: The Australian Outback airs Thursdays at 8 pm EDT on CBS.
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