Lost and Delirious: Survivor: The Australian Outback - Episode 12
by Chad Maddux
Published: April 22, 2001
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The rain continues. It is now day 34 at Barramundi camp. Everyone is tired but there is no time to waste. CBS jumps right into the reward challenge. The treemail is well received. A much needed reward awaits as the winner will get to chat with their family via satellite internet. However, the survivors’ families must first answer questions correctly in order to win the chat time. While asking the questions, the survivors also enjoy coffee and a Danish. After saying their initial hellos and shedding a few tears, the challenge begins. Each family receives five questions, the same five questions, and they provide their answers. Tina’s family answered four out of five correctly and Tina won 30-minutes of chat-time and a $300 online shopping spree to buy items for her family. Before Tina begins her chat, the others are allowed to say goodbye. Keith proposes in his goodbye. She said, “Yes!!!!”
Barramundi returns to camp feeling like winners. They are wet, cold, and hungry but all are smiling. Colby and Tina even toss their frisbee around. Night 34 brought about more rain to discourage the tribe. As day 35 begins, the rain is declared the winner. The fire is now out but Keith spots something off in the distance. He sees smoke coming from a smoldering tree, a tree set ablaze by the forest fire from 2 weeks in the past. The fire is easily restarted. The old site of Barramundi camp, down in the riverbed, is completely engulfed by water. But its food preparation time as chef Keith begins cooking the rice, a lot of rice. He is experimenting with rice cakes, mixing the brown and white race. Colby finally loses his temper. He is upset over Keith’s system of rationing. Keith is not following the rationing schedule decided on by the tribe. Keith is worried over the incident because this is the first time that Colby has ‘blown up’ over anything.
At this point, the show takes a turn for the boring. I will summarize quickly: the tribe sits around talking about how boring things are and stare at the fire.
It’s immunity challenge time. It will be a memory/race challenge. The survivors are shackled with five locks. As Jeff tells a story of the first settlers in Australia, he is giving the answers out. The survivors must remember them as they answer eight questions in an attempt to unlock their five locks. The first person to unlock all of their locks and return with all 5 of their locks, wins immunity. As the shackled hobbling begins, everyone starts out equally well. They rush to a question and begin trying to recall the facts they heard. The first to unlock all five locks is Keith. He runs back to Jeff and shows him his…1…2…3…4…locks. He has lost one of his locks. He runs off to find it, but the grass is tall and night has fallen. Colby unlocks his fifth lock and races to Jeff. He has all five. Keith blew immunity and Colby has won yet again.
The jury has now reached four and the fifth is ready to join them. Elisabeth is worried about Rodger but Keith is concerned about Colby’s vote. After the usual fireside chat and Keith’s use of several dozen clichés (“That’s the way the cookie crumbles. You can’t cry over spilt milk,” etc.), the voting begins. It seems the vote could go either way. At the end, however, Kentucky Joe is on the bad end of a 3-2 vote. Colby and Tina joined Keith in their desire to be in the final two along with someone that was not guaranteed to win, Rodger.
On the next Survivor...
The effects of outback life begins to show; Elisabeth's hair is falling out. Also, a helicopter returns to camp with a surprise guest. Who could it be? My guess is that it might be someone who recently left via helicopter.
The S-Ratings Final Four Review
Now that we are down to the final four, we must take a look back at our choices for the final four. As chosen on March 22, here were our picks:
Chad: Amber, Colby, Jerri, Tina
Dead By Dawn: Colby, Keith, Nick, Tina
JaxSean: Keith, Nick, Rodger, Tina
Jim: Elisabeth, Keith, Rodger, Tina
Mop: Amber, Colby, Keith, Rodger
Vince: Elisabeth, Keith, Rodger, Tina
None of us correctly predicted all four, however, Dead by Dawn, Jim, and Vince predicted 3 out of 4 correctly. Mop, JaxSean, and I correctly predicted two. For the list of your picks along with our comments, click here.
The S-Ratings for Episode Thirteen
Here are our choices for the next survivor to be voted off.
Comments:Colby wants to be in the final two with someone who is not likely to win (Keith or Tina). He told us this in the last episode and the others showed they agree with the voting off of Rodger. Of the remaining four, Elisabeth has the best chance of winning the million, therefore, she will be leaving.
Comments: Only slight changes have occurred in the group dynamic during the course of the last two episodes, most of it negligible. With yet another two-vote majority and Rodger now a member of the jury, the alliance of Tina and Keith have a choice to make: Do they eject Elisabeth, the last Kucha and the audience’s favorite on an emotional level? Or do they go after the physical threat of Colby, winner of the last three consecutive Immunity Challenges? Game theory, the spat between the two remaining alpha males and past Tribal Council results would suggest that Keith and Tina would be better off ejecting Colby to face each other in the final Tribal Council. As for who the guests are, I think there's a good chance it's the Final Four from the first edition of "Survivor."
Comments:I've selected him 3 times in a row, why switch now. Everyone, including the Colbster knows he's history if he loses immunity. The odds are not in his favor to do it 4 times in a row. The real drag of it all is that we look headed for a Keith/Tina final 2. The idiot vs. the most manipulative player in the Outback. Tina almost makes me long for Richard. At least he was upfront about his manipulation.
Comments:It's clear that the instant Colby *DOESN'T* get immunity, he's a dead man. But he's gotten immunity 3 weeks running now. If only Keith weren't so stupid during the immunity challenges...! Still, Colby can't hide forever. He's gotta lose an immunity challenge eventually. Of course, if Colby does win immunity again, then Elisabeth is probably next (unless Keith really gets on Colby's nerves). The only thing I'm sure of is this: If Colby doesn't get immunity, he's a goner.
Comments: Keith messes up once more during the immunity challenge. In baseball terms, he committed two errors and has given Colby five outs rather than three. Colby cannot keep up this pace, he was supposed to be gone long ago. He is a big threat in winning immunity, so Keith and Tina cannot waste an oppurtunity when he loses the immunity neckalace. Colby has a higher chance of winning immunity compared to Elizabeth, so it'd be safer for Keith/Tina to kick off Colby now and Elizabeth later. The odds are against Colby for winning four in a row. He will finally lose one this week and will finally leave this week.
Survivor: The Australian Outback airs Thursdays at 8 pm EDT on CBS.
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* Mike was evacuated after suffering severe burns.