|Winner||Ethan Zohn (5-2)|
|No. of episodes||14|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of survivors||16|
Lex van den Berghe,
|Location(s)||Shaba National Reserve, Kenya, Africa|
|Filming dates||July 11, 2001
– August 18, 2001
|Original run||October 11, 2001 – January 10, 2002|
|Preceded by||Survivor: The Australian Outback|
|Followed by||Survivor: Marquesas|
Survivor: Africa is the third season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was filmed during 2001 and aired from October 11, 2001 - January 10, 2002 on CBS. It was set in Kenya's Shaba National Reserve on the African continent.
The two initial tribes were Boran and Samburu (named for the real-life Borana and Samburu tribes). In the fifth episode, after 12 days, three members from each team were switched to the other team, in what became known as the first "twist" in the Survivor series. This emphasized that the players must be ready for the most sudden changes; future seasons would have similar twists. In the seventh episode, the two tribes merged into the Moto Maji (Swahili for 'fire' and 'water') tribe.
This season was also the first to have a tiebreaker challenge: in the previous season, the person with the most previous votes was voted out in such a situation, but in Samburu's first tribal council, Carl Bilancione and Lindsey Richter each received four votes. The pair competed in a nature quiz tiebreaker, the loser of which was eliminated.
During the finale, the producers made it appear that the votes were being read at the site of the Final Tribal Council immediately after the votes were cast. Jeff Probst went to get the voting urn and, when he returned, it appeared he had returned directly to the Tribal Council site to read the votes. However, he was actually on at CBS studio in Los Angeles (with a live audience) that was made up to look like the site. This was revealed after he read the votes and announced the winner. The contestants were told to try to make themselves appear as they had looked during the last Tribal Council and the audience was told to hold any cheering or applause until after the winner was announced.
Thirteen episodes were aired, plus a mid-season recap, a live reunion/interview with Bryant Gumbel after the finale, and a "where are they now" show. The winner, Ethan Zohn, was revealed on January 10, 2002, where he defeated Kim Johnson by a vote of 5-2.
Zohn, Lex van den Berghe, and Tom "Big Tom" Buchanan competed in Survivor: All-Stars, where they placed 11th, 9th, and 5th respectively.
The complete season, including the mid-season recap episode, live reunion show, and "Back From Africa" special documenting the post-Survivor lives of the contestants, was released on DVD on October 5, 2010. It was initially released in a 9-disc package, but was later reissued condensed into 5 discs.
In 2013, Tom Buchanan and Lex van den Berghe were both involved in the making of the television series Family Beef.
- 1 Season summary
- 2 Contestants
- 3 The game
- 3.1 Episode 1: Question of Trust
- 3.2 Episode 2: Who's Zooming Whom?
- 3.3 Episode 3: The Gods Are Angry
- 3.4 Episode 4: The Young and Untrusted
- 3.5 Episode 5: The Twist
- 3.6 Episode 6: I'd Never Do It To You
- 3.7 Episode 7: Will There Be a Feast Tonight?
- 3.8 Episode 8: Smoking Out the Snake
- 3.9 Episode 9: Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal
- 3.10 Episode 10: We Are Family
- 3.11 Episode 11: The Big Adventure
- 3.12 Episode 12: Truth Be Told
- 3.13 Episode 13: The Final Four: No Regrets
- 4 Voting history
- 5 Ratings
- 6 Controversy
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The sixteen castaways were split into two tribes, Samburu and Boran, and were given camps that included pre-constructed fencing to help protect them from wildlife. Samburu took an early lead, but the tribe internally was divided equally along age lines (Silas, Kim P., Brandon and Lindsey as one, and Frank, Teresa, Carl and Linda as the other). At their first Tribal Council, the age blocs left a stalemate tie between Carl and Lindsey, and with no previous votes to count, a quiz was used, with Lindsay winning and putting the younger members in control; on the next visit to Tribal Council, Linda was eliminated, and both tribes were even at six members. On Day 13, the tribes were given a vague clue about sending three members on quest, unaware this would be the first tribal swap for Survivor. Silas picked himself along with the two remaining older Samburu, Frank and Teresa, while Kelly, Big Tom and Lex were picked for Boran. After informed of the tribal swap, these players joined their new tribe; Frank and Teresa quickly went to work with the original Boran members to eliminate Silas, while the original Boran members on Samburu learned of Lindsay's past votes and were able to eliminate her.
The tribes merged into Moto Maji with ten players remaining, six from the original Boran and four from Samburu. Aware that the Boran players were staying to their original tribe, the Samburu members worked to create internal strive within the Boran faction, first by convincing them to eliminate Clarence as a physical challenge threat, and then by angering Lex as to incorrectly accuse of his own Boran tribe member Kelly of attempting to vote him off. Kelly sided with the Samburu members, but Lex had also convinced Brandon to vote with his alliance, leading to Kelly's elimination. Brandon's disloyalty to Samburu would lead to his elimination as well as the remaining original Samburu members.
The final four were Ethan, Lex, Big Tom, and Kim J. Kim won both of the last two immunity challenges; Tom was voted off due to previous schemes to vote against Lex's group, and then Lex himself was eliminated by Kim's solitary vote, as she felt that she would not have a chance at the Final Tribal Council against either Lex or Ethan, but felt closer to Ethan. At the Final Tribal Council, Kim J. was praised for surviving the game for her age, but accused of riding the coattails of Lex, Ethan and Big Tom. Ethan was voted the Sole Survivor on a 5-2.
|Contestant||Original Tribe||Swapped Tribe||Merged Tribe||Finish||Total votes|
42, Omaha, Nebraska
|Boran||20||20||1st Voted Out
26, Orlando, Florida
|Boran||20||20||2nd Voted Out
46, Winter Springs, Florida
|Samburu||20||20||3rd Voted Out
44, Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Samburu||20||20||4th Voted Out
23, Knoxville, Tennessee
|Samburu||Boran||20||5th Voted Out
26, Portland, Oregon
|Samburu||Samburu||20||6th Voted Out
24, Detroit, Michigan
|Boran||Boran||Moto Maji||7th Voted Out
22, Rancho Santa Fe, California
|Boran||Samburu||8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
25, Dallas, Texas
|Samburu||Samburu||9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
43, Odessa, New York
|Samburu||Boran||10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
29, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
|Samburu||Samburu||11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
42, Dacula, Georgia
|Samburu||Boran||12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
45, Saltville, Virginia
|Boran||Samburu||13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
|Lex van den Berghe
38, Santa Cruz, California
|Boran||Samburu||14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
56, Oyster Bay, New York
27, Lexington, Massachusetts
- The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.
|Episode title||Air date||Challenges||Eliminated||Vote||Finish|
|"Question of Trust"||October 11, 2001||Samburu1||Diane||6−2||1st Voted Out
|"Who's Zooming Whom?"||October 18, 2001||Samburu||Samburu||Jessie||5−2||2nd Voted Out
|"The Gods Are Angry"||October 25, 2001||Boran||Boran||Carl||4−42||3rd Voted Out
|"The Young and Untrusted"||November 1, 2001||Samburu||Boran||Linda||4−3||4th Voted Out
|"The Twist"||November 8, 2001||Boran||Samburu||Silas||5−1||5th Voted Out
|"I'd Never Do It To You"||November 15, 2001||Samburu||Boran||Lindsey||3−33||6th Voted Out
|"Will There Be a Feast Tonight?"||November 22, 2001||None4||Teresa||Clarence||8−2||7th Voted Out
|"The First 21 Days"||November 29, 2001||Recap Episode|
|"Smoking Out the Snake"||December 6, 2001||Ethan, [Lex]||Ethan||Kelly||5−4||8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
|"Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal"||December 13, 2001||Brandon, Frank||Lex||Brandon||6−2||9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
|"We Are Family"||December 20, 2001||Survivor Auction||Lex||Frank||6−1||10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
|"The Big Adventure"||December 27, 2001||Lex
|Tom||Kim P.||4−2||11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
|"Truth Be Told"||January 3, 2002||Lex||Lex||Teresa||4−1||12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
|"The Final Four: No Regrets"||January 10, 2002||None||Kim J.||Tom||3−1||13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
|Kim J.||Lex||1−0||14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
|"The Reunion"||January 10, 2002||Jury Vote||Kim J.||5−2||Runner-Up|
- In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.
^1 Combined Reward and Immunity challenge.
^2 Lindsey and Carl were tied 4-4 at Tribal Council, because they had no previous votes, they competed in a nature quiz tiebreaker, which Carl lost.
^3 Lindsey and Tom were tied 3-3 at Tribal Council and in a Tribal Council countback Tom had no previous votes, but Lindsey had four; therefore, Lindsey was eliminated.
^4 There was no Reward Challenge due to tribal merge.
Episode 1: Question of Trust
- Reward/Immunity Challenge: Both tribes must roll a heavy cart, which holds a fire cauldron, across a rugged terrain while lighting three fire towers along the way. The first tower is across a bridge, the second tower is on top of a mountain and the third is down on a beach. The first tribe to light all three towers and cross the finish line with all eight members wins.
- Reward: Waterproof matches and one of the carts used in the challenge.
After a seemingly endless journey along an unpaved terrain in a remote Equatorial region of the African Nation of Kenya, an armed Askari soldier orders sixteen Americans off of a 16-seat Over Lander transport truck which they rode on. Once all sixteen are off, the soldier reboards the truck and says to them with a smile, "Have a nice day. Bye-bye." before driving off and abandoning them, thus beginning the adventure of a lifetime for the sixteen Americans. Separated into two competing tribes of eight, named after two of Kenya's indigenous tribes, Boran (wearing gold) and Samburu (wearing red), the competitors rush to an area where many supplies are found. After frantically deciding on the necessities for their adventure, Brandon, Carl, Frank, Kim P., Linda, Lindsey, Silas and Teresa of the Samburu Tribe, and Clarence, Diane, Ethan, Jessie, Kelly, Kim J., Lex and Tom of the Boran Tribe hike to their campsites and their homes for up to the next 39 days. The supplies both tribes carry include big containers of cornmeal, giant clay water jugs, thick rope and cans of food to name a few.
While hiking to their camp, The Boran Tribe realizes that their three water jugs add too much weight for them to carry and make the drastic decision to empty out two of the jugs to lighten their load. Being put in charge of reading the map, Diane hikes at a faster pace than her tribemates and often stops to wait for them. Meanwhile, the Samburu Tribe is hiking at a slow pace. As a former Army officer, this frustrates an impatient Frank. Kim P. is thrilled to learn that Brandon's luxury item is a tube of ChapStick. The hike, however, takes its toll on Lindsey as she realizes and even confesses that she has just started her period. But Frank continues to push his tribemates to keep going. After four hours of hiking, both tribes finally arrive at their camp sites which each consist of a flag and a Manyatta hut with a large round Boma fence made of thorny acacia tree branches to keep out predators. Both tribes celebrate upon arriving at their camps.
Shortly after the Samburu Tribe arrives at camp, Silas finds a note suggesting that they secure the perimeter of their Boma fence, keep a fire burning all night and keep at least two people awake and on the lookout for wild animals that hunt at night. Carl volunteers as the first one up. The note also suggests to follow their map to a spring that they must share with the local game and that the water must be boiled before drinking. Wasting no time, Brandon, Frank, Kim P. and Lindsey start gathering acacia branches. All the while, Frank barks military-style orders at the others rubbing Kim P. the wrong way. Later, everyone hikes to their water source and all are disturbed when they discover the condition of the water. Lindsey is terrified by the water being contaminated and only a few inches deep. Kim P. realizes the importance of boiling the water before drinking. It is close to sundown when everyone returns to camp. Realizing that wild animals will soon be on the hunt, all try to start a fire but without success.
The next morning, at The Boran Tribe's camp, Jessie is feeling sick enough to the point where she regurgitates any retained fluids. Ethan and Tom make a trip to their water hole and rerturn with some water which, like Samburu's, must be boiled before drinking. Lex says that failure to do so can cause Amoebic dysentery. The members of Boran attempt to build a fire the same way Samburu tried but also to no avail. Meanwhile, at Samburu's camp, Kim P. discovers a telescope which is intended for looking out for wild animals. She unscrews the lens and gives it to Silas who then uses the lens as a magnifying glass over a dried lump of elephant dung causing it to smoke. As Silas and Kim P. blow on the smoking dung, Linda and Lindsey call out to the others. Teresa and Frank rush over with some hay and place it on the dung. After more blowing, there is finally fire at the Samburu camp. Still unable to build fire and boil water, the Boran Tribe splits a can of cherries. Each member takes one cherry and passes the can around. When Clarence gets the can, Ethan notices him taking a second cherry, making trust an issue.
Later, both tribes meet Jeff for their first challenge both for reward and immunity. After Jeff's explanation of the rules, the challenge commences. At first, it is a neck-and-neck race as both tribes roll their fire cauldrons side-by-side. After Ethan and Frank light the first fire towers for their tribes, Boran takes a slight lead. Clarence and Silas both rush to the mountaintop to light their second towers before pressing on. Both tribes struggle as players stumble on both sides on their way to the beach where their third towers are. Shortly after Lex and Frank light their third and final towers, Diane collapses to the ground. This sets Boran back and gives Samburu the lead. Although Boran tries to catch up, Samburu is first to cross the finish line and wins reward and immunity, meaning that Boran must vote out one of their own the next night at Tribal Council.
The next day, Clarence tends to a worn out Diane as the rest of the Boran Tribe hikes to get water from their water hole. When they return, Diane tells Tom that while he and the others were gone, she and Clarence shared a can of beans. When questioned by Tom, Clarence says that he split the beans with Diane hoping that she would feel better and that doing so was not a big deal. Aware of the tribe's limited food rations, Tom angrily tells Clarence that it is a big deal and that he made a bad judgement by not eating with the rest of the tribe. Although Clarence apologizes, Lex seconds Tom's side of the story saying that the trust is broken and that all must start over again. That night at Tribal Council, Diane explains how the reward/immunity challenge affected her and Clarence explains what he had done in regards to the can of beans that he shared with Diane and hopes for forgiveness from his tribemates. After Jeff explains the voting process, all eight members of Boran cast their votes. When Jeff tallies the votes, Diane has the majority over Clarence by a margin of 6-2, making Diane the first person voted out of the game.
Episode 2: Who's Zooming Whom?
- Reward Challenge: Both tribes have five logs of different lengths. Each tribe must carry their logs one at a time along their criss-crossing paths while negotiating a series of obstacles to a tower where they must use the logs to build a staircase by inserting them into peg holes around the tower. Both tribes must stay together and on their own path. The first tribe to get all their logs to their tower, build their staircase and have one member to the top of the tower wins.
- Reward: Blankets, canned food and other supplies left behind on Day One.
- Immunity Challenge: Two at a time, one member of each tribe must drink a shot of cow's blood mixed with milk. The tribe that downs the most shots out of eight wins.
Shortly after the Boran Tribe returns to camp from Tribal Council, Clarence explains to Jessie that he helped Diane by feeding her only to have Diane deny it later. Jessie is not sure whether or not to believe Clarence and, like the rest of the tribe, thinks Clarence should not have helped Diane the way he did by sharing a can of beans with only her. The next morning, at Samburu, all are sore after another uncomfortable night sleeping on uneven ground but shortly starts to work on fixing the roof to their Manyatta hut so that they would be shaded from the scorching sun's heat. Frank continues to bark orders to his tribemates, much to the chagrin of the younger members. Brandon sees his tribe as two different teams divided by age.
Later, at the reward challenge, The members of Boran and seven members of Samburu (Linda sits out) race to carry five logs to a tower starting with the heaviest logs and working their way to the lightest. The tribes are neck-and-neck for much of the race. But when the Boran Tribe carries their final and lightest log, Kim J. stumbles on one of the obstacles and falls to the ground, giving Samburu the lead because logs cannot be inserted in a peg hole until all tribe members have crossed the line in front of the tower. Once Samburu inserts their final log, Kim P. climbs up to the top of their tower, winning them blankets, canned food and other supplies left behind by both tribes on Day One. When Boran returns to camp empty-handed, Kim J. apologizes for falling in the challenge and fears being the next to be voted out of her tribe.
The next morning, Jessie feels weak and dehydrated as her Boran tribemates fetch water from their water hole. All are worried about Jessie's health. Despite the bad smell and taste of the water, Clarence knows that lack of drinking it will affect one's performance in challenges. Meanwhile, at Samburu, Carl, Frank, Silas and Teresa go off to collect water. Carl tells Silas of the strong allegiance between him and the other three older members and tries to get Silas to join them. Silas finally agrees with a handshake. Later, when they return to camp, Frank pulls Silas aside to alert of the younger members' weaknesses. Having overheard them, paranoia strikes Lindsey who later pulls Silas to confront him about her position in the game. Silas assures Lindsey that the older people must be targeted and tries to get her to trust him. Brandon is not certain as to where Silas stands. Back at Boran, as the others collect water, Kim J. tells Jessie that she's wary of the possibility of the men trying to vote out the women for the benefit of winning challenges. Knowing that he and Tom need one more person to secure their voting position, Lex approaches Ethan who agrees to join despite being paranoid of Lex playing both sides.
At the immunity challenge the next day, both tribes witness locals as they bring in a cow and drain blood from its neck after shooting it with an arrow. Once enough blood is drained, the locals move on with their cow unharmed. Jeff assures the tribes that the cow was tested and quarantined and that the blood is clean before pouring the blood in a serving bottle and mixing it with milk. Because Boran has one less member than Samburu, one member of Boran has to drink two shots of the blood and milk mixture while everyone else must only drink one shot. Whoever drinks the first shot for Boran must also drink the eighth and final shot. Volunteering to drink twice, Lex is up first for Boran, while Frank is up first for Samburu. Both down their shots effortlessly. In the next seven rounds, Tom drinks with Carl, Ethan with Lindsey, Kelly with Teresa, Kim J. with Kim P., Jessie with Linda, Clarence with Brandon and Lex with Silas. All fifteen players are successful in downing all sixteen shots. So a tie-breaker must take place. Both tribes must pick one member of the opposing tribe to participate. Samburu chooses Kelly while Boran chooses Linda. Both Kelly and Linda race to be the first to drink a bigger glass of cow's blood which, unlike before, is not mixed with milk. Linda is first to finish her glass, giving Samburu immunity for the second straight time.
Later, when Boran returns to camp, Kim J. is worried that she will be the next to be voted out due to her falter in the reward challenge, but senses second-guessing among others as to who is valuable or invaluable. Kelly feels just as vulnerable due to her failure in the immunity challenge. When the seven remaining members of the Boran Tribe arrive at Tribal Council, the issues of the first six days are discussed further. But when the votes are cast and tallied, Jessie has the majority over Clarence by a margin of 5-2, making Jessie the second person voted out of the game.
Episode 3: The Gods Are Angry
- Reward Challenge: Both tribes have a giant boulder which must be rolled along a marked course. The first tribe to get their boulder across the finish line and into their resting spot wins.
- Reward: A tall metal tower containing 100 gallons of fresh drinking water and a supply of organic shampoo.
- Immunity Challenge: Both tribes must use whatever is handy to create a distress signal that can easily be seen from the air in an airplane flying overhead, The tribe whose distress signal is chosen to be the most visible of the two in a rescue situation according to the dropmaster wins.
Late one night, as the rest of the Boran Tribe sleeps, Clarence and Kelly are on night watch and are terrified by the presence of roaming lions, one of which is frighteningly close to their Manyatta hut. Kelly shakes tin cans and yells for the lions to leave. As the lions continue to circle the hut and peer through the acacia thorn fence, which is all that the tribe has to protect them, the rest of the tribe wakes up fearing for their safety. Ethan accepts the possibility of lions roaming their hut every night and wonders what to do if they scrape at their fence. Early the next morning, at Samburu, the four older members are already up and get ready to get water from their water source—a rude awakening to the younger members. With the older members out working, the younger members speculate over the age barrier and later feast on most of their breakfast portions for the morning. While collecting water with the other older members, Teresa suspects that Silas could be playing both sides. Meanwhile, the Boran Tribe takes a close look at the tracks left by the lions and realize that they have to secure the Boma fence around their hut to keep out predators and waste no time gathering acacia branches to patch up any weak spots. Back at Samburu, Lindsey makes bead necklaces and passes them out to Brandon, Kim P. and Silas as a symbol of their unity. With so much work to be done at camp, Frank is upset over the younger members of the tribe and their lack of pitching in to help. He and the other older members realize that Silas is aligning with the younger members, who later get Carl to admit that he drives both a Mercedes and a Porsche. Carl defines the younger players as "Generation X."
At the reward challenge, the six remaining members of Boran and six members of Samburu (Brandon and Kim P. sit out) race to roll their boulders through a course marked with flags. Although both tribes have several members trip and stumble to the ground, Boran takes an early lead. Samburu has difficulty maneuvering their boulder and even miss sets of flags making them have to go back and try again. This gives Boran the much-needed advantage to win their first challenge. Despite losing, Samburu manages to finish the course.
The next morning, all at Boran wake up to find a tall metal tower with a faucet containing 100 gallons of fresh drinking water which they won along with a supply of organic shampoo. All are appreciative and gratified. Meanwhile, at Samburu, all are under their mosquito netting as noticeable whirlwinds sweep through their camp. Later, both tribes receive a tree mail message informing them to create a distress signal using whatever is handy at or near their camp. After some discussion, Samburu decides to use the Boma fence around their hut as the "O" in a giant "S.O.S." message and make two giant "S's" on either side of the fence using all the acacia branches they can gather. The members of Boran add color to their mosquito netting using acrylic paints (which Kim J. brought as her luxury item) and spread them around an "S.O.S." message laid out on a bare area of land. As Samburu continues to work, Lindsey overexerts herself, quickly becomes dehydrated and soon lies on the ground in tears and in terrible pain. Kim P. tries to tend to her. At Boran, all strip down to their underwear and await the arrival of an airplane that will soon fly over both camps. As the airplane starts up, Jeff loads in a crate containing the immunity idol. Shortly afterward, the airplane takes off with Jeff and a dropmaster on board. As the airplane hovers over Samburu's signal, the dropmaster determines that it would be difficult to spot because it blends in with the surrounding brush. While hovering over Boran's signal, the dropmaster declares it much more visible than Samburu's due to the different colors of mosquito netting surrounding an "S.O.S." message in a wide open area with very little trees. Therefore, the crate is dropped by parachute over Boran's camp, giving them immunity for the first time in the game.
The next morning, at Samburu, Lindsey is feeling a little bit better since what happened to her as she helped to build her tribe's distress signal in the immunity challenge. Silas interprets Lindsey's calamity as a window of opportunity for the older members. Frank realizes the tension and claims not to be flexible about it. Once suited and packed up, Samburu makes their long hike to their first Tribal Council. Upon arrival, all discuss the events of the first nine days. Soon after, all eight members cast their votes. When Jeff tallies them, Carl and Lindsey have four votes apiece. Therefore, the other six must vote again after Carl and Lindsey plead their cases as to why they should stay in the game. When the votes are cast and tallied again, Carl and Lindsey are deadlocked with three votes apiece. Because this is Samburu's first Tribal Council, previous Tribal Council votes could not be accounted to break the tie. So Jeff asks Carl and Lindsey a series of questions based on information found in the Bush Survival Guide that all sixteen players were given prior to the start of the game. When one person is right and the other is wrong, whoever is wrong is eliminated from the game. After passing out pads and pens to Carl and Lindsey, Jeff asks questions to them. Both answer the first question correctly and the second and third questions incorrectly. When the fourth question is asked, Lindsey answers correctly and Carl answers incorrectly. Therefore, Carl becomes the third person to leave the game.
Episode 4: The Young and Untrusted
- Reward Challenge: Before each tribe is a large rope web. Hanging on each web are twelve baskets each containing a different food item. One at a time, one member of each tribe must race up a ramp, across a netting and up the rope web. Once a tribe member grabs one item, brings it back and crosses a line, another tribe member must do the same. The first tribe to retrieve all twelve food items from their rope web wins.
- Reward: All twelve of the food items that the winning tribe retrieves.
- Immunity Challenge: Each tribe has a camp with a hut, animal pen, flagpole and other camp supplies. Both tribes must choose two members as architects who must remember how the camp looks as the other members must move the camp, one or a few pieces at a time, to a new spot that is 200 yards up a small hill and rebuild it exactly as before. The architects must be at the new spot at all times and cannot physically help the others rebuild the camp. Keeping in mind that the flagpole is the last to be put in, the first tribe to rebuild their camp in their new spot exactly as it was built in the original spot wins.
When the Samburu Tribe returns to camp after their first Tribal Council, its four youngest members sense a feeling of power. Silas realizes the younger members have the majority. Lindsey is livid over the votes cast against her and gets in the older people's faces about it. Frank is upset over where things stand and is not looking forward to the next few days. The next morning, at Boran, Kim J. cooks a cornmeal mush breakfast for her tribemates. Clarence worries that Tom does not eat much. Both men later hike until they find doum palm trees whose coconut-type fruit hangs about fifty feet above the ground. Tom tries unsuccessfully to climb one tree, so after coming back down, he and Clarence throw rocks at the fruit until they finally get a few down. After bringing them back to camp, Clarence has a harder time opening them up. With Tom thinking that it was not worth the effort and Kelly not liking the aftertaste, Clarence tosses the fruit out of harm's way. Back at Samburu, the water supply is running low due to the younger players sleeping in and the older players unwilling to carry all the water. When the younger players are woken up by Linda, everyone has only half an hour to get ready for the reward challenge. On one knee, Silas pleads with the older players for all to come together as a whole. Despite finding Silas' plea cheesy, Linda becomes giddy about the whole concept and attempts to hug a hesitant Lindsey. When Lindsey explains her hesitancy, Linda respects it.
Both tribes later meet for the reward challenge. After Jeff's explanation of the rules, both tribes (with Linda sitting out for Samburu) race to collect twelve food items hanging in small baskets from either of two rope webs (one per tribe). It is a neck-and-neck race up until Kim J. falters while attempting to grab the tenth basket for Boran, which opens the door for Samburu and ultimately wins them the reward consisting of every food item they retrieved. After the empty-handed Boran Tribe returns to camp, Kim J. apologizes for what went wrong. Ethan feels bad for Kim J. knowing how hard it must be for her. Lex seconds Ethan's emotion that Kim J. is not up to the physical challenges. Meanwhile, things are looking up for Samburu until they notice how low they are on water. All seven members head to their water source and return with all of their gourds full. Shortly after returning to camp, another setback strikes as the tribe sees that the pots they used to boil the water were cracked. Back at Boran, everyone hikes to get water. But their hike is set back when they notice one of Africa's most dangerous animals—the Cape Buffalo—hiding in the bushes along the way. Hoping it scares it off, Tom whistles at the buffalo which stays in place, leading the tribe to head the other way.
Early the next morning, at Samburu, Frank wakes up his tribemates and gets them ready to hike to their water source before the weather heats up. Later, both tribes gather for the immunity challenge. After Jeff's explanation of the rules, Teresa is chosen to sit out for Samburu with Brandon and Linda as their architects, while Kelly and Kim J. are chosen as Boran's architects. As the challenge begins, Boran moves the heavy base of their hut first and works their way toward the lighter objects, while Samburu does the exact opposite. In the end, Boran's strategy pays off as they are the first to finish rebuilding their camp and win immunity for the second straight time.
Early the next morning, Linda finds Frank (who celebrates his birthday that day) sitting on the tribe's transport cart carving the names of his wife and two daughters into his torch. As Frank works, Linda tells Frank that had Carl not been eliminated from the game, he would have led the tribe to victory at the immunity challenge. Meanwhile, at Boran, Kim J. is overwhelmed to tears of joy as a result of her tribe's victory in the immunity challenge. All hike up to a mountaintop that overlooks the land where they have been living. Amazed with the view, Tom goes as far as to say that he and the rest of the tribe have seen the promised land. Back at Samburu, Linda senses that either she, Teresa or Frank will be next to be voted out at tribal council. Silas emphasizes the notion that Lindsey has four previous votes against her (not counting the three tie-breaker votes she got) and that if the older players won't vote against each other, they should vote for Lindsey so that no one else is vulnerable in the event of a deadlock tie. A shocked Linda plans not to do so, especially if she's the next to go, and does not want Silas to win the million dollars. That night at Tribal Council, the four younger members continue to stay true to one another and although the older members vote for Silas instead of Lindsey as the younger players hoped they would, Linda gets the majority of the vote by a margin of 4-3. Linda is the fourth person voted out of the game.
Episode 5: The Twist
- Reward Challenge: A large pen holds forty goats (twenty with red collars and twenty with gold collars). Several yards away at the finish line are one small red pen and one small gold pen. Both tribes must select one player to be their gatekeeper who must be in their color pen at all times and is responsible for getting their color tribe's goats in while keeping the other tribe's goats out. The first tribe to get all twenty of their goats into their color pen wins.
- Reward: Three egg-laying chickens, one rooster and a supply of chicken feed.
- Immunity Challenge: Each tribe has a giant twenty-piece puzzle which, when put together, form a picture of an African mask. The first tribe to put their puzzle together correctly wins.
When the Samburu Tribe returns to camp after Tribal Council, an angry Silas asks the older members were cast against him instead of Lindsey; for if Lindsey had voted for, she would have remained the most vulnerable of the younger members being the only one to have previous votes in the event of a deadlock tie. Frank explains that Samburu is still a tribe divided due to the generation gap. The next morning, both tribes receive a tree mail message asking them to send their three best players in a quest. After some discussion on both tribes, Frank, Silas and Teresa go on the quest for Samburu, while Kelly, Lex and Tom go on the quest for Boran. All six hike to meet Jeff where all 16 players were dropped off on Day One. Jeff asks all six players to hand him their buffs. When they do so, Jeff reaches into his bag, pulls out three fresh gold buffs and gives them to Frank, Silas and Teresa. Jeff then pulls out three fresh red buffs and gives them to Kelly, Lex and Tom. The six players are shocked when Jeff tells them that they are switching tribes, meaning that Kelly, Lex and Tom are now on Samburu and that Frank, Silas and Teresa are now on Boran. Jeff then hands out maps to their new campsites and sends them on their way.
After Kelly, Lex and Tom arrive at Samburu, Brandon, Kim P. and Lindsey are excited at first. But when the original Samburu members learn the truth, they are frightened. Meanwhile, at Boran, Ethan is nervous when Frank, Silas and Teresa arrive at their camp. When the three former Samburu members say that they are now on Boran's side, Ethan is dismayed over losing all that he had worked for and losing his old allies. The switching of tribe members has clearly caught everyone off guard and is forcing them to rethink gameplay strategies. At Samburu, Lex and Tom are upset over their new tribe not having enough firewood and losing the ample supply of water their old tribe won in a previous reward challenge. Like Frank before him, Lex considers the young Samburu players lazy. Lex is particularly upset over a large mound of ash, improper for their fire and lack of firewood. After Lex and Tom gather firewood, they head to their new water hole and do not like what they see. The others later join them and notice that the water is dirtier than before. Meanwhile, at Boran, Silas feels as though the tribal switch has hurt his strategies. Teresa tells Kim J. that the switch gives her and Frank a sense of staying in the longer. Later, all stop to notice a family of elephants as they slowly move by their camp. That night, Frank and Teresa tell their new tribemates about the younger Samburu members voting strategy to target the older members. The next morning, at Samburu, the tribe is still divided despite the switch. Lex and Tom discuss who to vote off next. With no previous votes against them, Kelly, Lex and Tom hope to target any Samburu members who do have previous votes. Lindsey is startled yet amused when she discovers a tick on the side of her right buttock. With Tom holding Lindsey steady, Lex pours hot water on the tick making it easier to remove.
Later, both tribes meet for the reward challenge. After Jeff's explanation of the rules and learning of the reward for the winning tribe, both tribes select their gatekeepers. Brandon is chosen as Samburu's gatekeeper, while Teresa is chosen as Boran's gatekeeper. Being a goat farmer back home, Tom thinks that Samburu has an advantage over Boran. When Jeff signals the tribes to begin however, the goats are hard for both tribes to control, much to the amusement of several of the locals who witness the challenge. Finding it hard to guide them, Silas lifts the goats one at a time and carries them to Boran's pen. Inspired, Clarence and Frank do the same. This gives Boran an early lead as they manage to get six of their goats in their pen before Samburu can get their first goat in their pen. Soon after, Samburu catches up and it is a close race from then on as nearly every player carries goats to their pen. In the end, Boran is first to get all twenty of their goats in their pen, winning them three egg-laying chickens, one rooster and a supply of chicken feed.
When Samburu returns to camp, Kim P. finds competing against her old tribemates weird and frustrating. Lindsey is emotional over the hunger, the fatigue and the tribal switch, and is also paranoid about being next to be voted out. The next day, at Boran, Clarence and Silas are well aware of the targets on their backs and try to align with one another. Kim J. is aware of what Clarence and Silas might do together and whispers her concerns to Teresa. Ethan approaches Kim J. with the thought of deliberately losing the immunity challenge hoping to vote off one of the stronger players. Ethan considers the challenge a win-win situation due to not having to go to tribal council if Boran wins and voting off his biggest threat if Boran loses. At the immunity challenge itself, both tribes scramble to collect twenty pieces of a giant puzzle and put it together so that it forms a picture of an African mask. Feeling vulnerable, Lindsey barks at her Samburu tribemates to work fast. While the other Boran members take their time figuring out where the pieces go, Silas works as fast as he can. In the end, Samburu is first to finish their puzzle, winning them immunity. Lindsey is so relieved that she kisses the immunity idol.
Soon after Boran returns to camp, Silas campaigns to stay in the game and tries to get Ethan to sway his vote saying that he can get Frank and Teresa to vote for Clarence. Kim J. later questions Silas about being in an alliance with his former tribemates at Samburu. After hearing what Silas has to say, Kim J. is leery of how Silas is playing the game. Silas hopes that Ethan and Kim J.'s ill feelings toward Clarence are enough to keep him in the game. But that night, at Tribal Council, after discussing the events following the switch, Silas is unanimously voted out over Frank by a vote of 5-1, making Silas the fifth person voted out of the game.
Episode 6: I'd Never Do It To You
- Reward Challenge: Both tribes stand on the top step of either of two bleachers and are asked a series of questions about Africa which they must answer together as a tribe. Each time a tribe answers correctly, they move one step down. The first tribe to reach the ground wins.
- Reward: A buffet of food including Mountain Dew soda, fresh pasta salad with vegetables, sandwiches and cookies for dessert.
- Immunity Challenge: Each tribe has five targets ranging from thirty to seventy feet. In pairs, one member of each tribe must try to hit one of their own targets with a bow and lighted arrow. Once one has had their turn, another pair must try to do the same. The first tribe to hit all five targets from closest to farthest wins.
Late one night after returning from Tribal Council, the remaining members of the Boran Tribe have the upcoming merge on their minds and are concerned about the meager supply of food that they have left. With Boran's plan on rationing the remaining food so that it lasts the next three days, Ethan is worried that the tribe would be in trouble if the merge is more than three days away. Meanwhile, at Samburu, while keeping an eye out for night predators that could come near their camp, Lex and Tom discuss the apparent irresponsibility of the younger members of the tribe. The next morning, Samburu wonders as to who got voted out at Boran's tribal council. Kelly and Lindsey are hoping that Frank was voted out due to him causing so much friction, while Lex and Tom guess that Kim J. was ousted for her inability to perform well in physical challenges. Tom is convinced that if Samburu goes to Tribal Council next, the vote will be tied 3-3 and that previous Tribal Council votes will be a tie-breaking factor if the vote is deadlocked. Lindsey continues to sense vulnerability due to having four previous votes cast against her. Back at Boran, Clarence is concerned about the lack of food at the tribe's camp and checks to see if any of the chickens laid any eggs. And if not, he would kill one of the chickens for breakfast. Instead, Clarence breaks up some hay and builds a nest for the chickens.
At the reward challenge, with Tom sitting out for Samburu as an extra member, both tribes head to the top of their color bleachers and Jeff asks questions about Africa. Both tribes get the first two questions right. On the third question, only Samburu answers correctly, moving only them one step lower and keeping Boran at their same step. Both tribes answer the next two questions correctly which, due to Boran's wrong answer to the third question, sends Samburu to the ground first, winning them a big buffet lunch with pasta salad, sandwiches, cookies and all the Mountain Dew soda they can drink. After the big lunch, Kim P. is unable to walk and sustains stomach pains putting her on the verge of Nausea and hopes to fight off the pain by resting on the tribe's pull cart. Realizing that Silas was voted out at the last tribal council put the remaining younger Samburu members in a bad position. Knowing she had disrespected the older members prior to the switch, Lindsey knows that her physical agility is not enough to keep her in the game. Brandon theorizes that due to Lindsey getting in the older players' faces, all of the younger Samburu members are now vulnerable. Upon Boran's return from losing the reward challenge, Clarence still plans to kill one of the chickens if neither of them soon lay eggs. Ethan and Frank try to make the chickens feel more at home by making adjustments to their coop. Clarence jokingly tells the chickens to say their good-byes and the rest of the tribe agrees with Clarence's plan to spare the chickens if any eggs are found. That night, at Samburu, Kelly tells Lindsey that she feels vulnerable. Thinking that both women have bonded, Kim P. talks with Brandon about what could happen at the next few tribal councils. The next morning, at Boran, Kim J. checks the chicken coop and finds an egg that she places on a tray. She then waits along with Ethan, Frank and Teresa for Clarence to wake up and see the egg. Clarence reacts in disbelief when he sees the egg and everyone else laughs. Despite everything, Boran decides to kill one chicken to eat for dinner that night.
The next morning, at Samburu, Kelly, Lex and Tom are discussing the hand signals that Boran's Kim J. had made to them at the reward challenge. Before long, Kelly feels dumb for not realizing that Kim J.'s signals were a clue as to who to vote out at Tribal Council, meaning that Kim J. was signing the letter "B" for Brandon or signing the letter "L" for Lindsey. Kim P. also noticed what had been going on and Lindsey becomes paranoid when Kim P. tells her the whole story. Brandon realizes that in order for his alliance with Kim P. and Lindsey to remain secure, he would need to have Kelly, Lex and Tom vote for him due to not having any previous votes cast against him as opposed to Lindsey's four. Brandon is also certain that in the event of a deadlock tie between him and Tom, who does not have any previous votes either, he would be able top beat Tom in a question-and-answer tie-breaker. Meanwhile, at Boran, thinking that Samburu is still divided, Ethan hopes that Kelly, Lex and Tom got Kim J.'s hand signals. Shortly afterward, he and Teresa find a message with a bow and arrows at their tree mail. Having hunting experience, Frank coaches his Boran tribemates with archery lessons, much to Ethan's delight. Both tribes later meet for the immunity challenge. With one extra member, Kelly is chosen to sit out for Samburu. In each of the rounds, Teresa competes against Kim P., followed by Kim J. against Lindsey, Ethan against Brandon, Clarence against Lex, and Frank against Tom. After the first round, Samburu has a 2-1 lead due to Lindsey, Clarence and Lex being the only three to hit targets. After the second round, Samburu is up 3-2 with Ethan and Lex making the only two hits that time. In the third round, Ethan ties the score with Boran's third hit. But Tom gives Samburu back the lead with their fourth hit. In the fourth round, Kim J. scores Boran's fourth hit, tying the score 4-4, meaning the next hit wins immunity for the tribes who makes it. With Lindsey and Brandon unsuccessful in hitting for Samburu, Ethan scores the fifth and final hit for Boran, winning them immunity.
Soon after Samburu returns to camp from the immunity challenge, Lex tells Brandon that the vote will not be easy for him, Kelly and Tom. Brandon assures Lex that he will not take the vote personally knowing that it is part of the game. Soon after discussing strategy with Brandon and Kim P., without knowing at first that Kelly is overhearing them, Lindsey considers the game selfish. Lindsey then lets Kelly know that she plans to vote for Brandon and hopes Kelly does the same. Both girls then approach Tom to tell him the plan to vote out Brandon. Kim P. is wary of this plan and is uncomfortable with it believing that Brandon would not betray her like that. Lindsey is undecided as to whether to vote with or against her alliance due to her vulnerability. That night, after some discussion at Tribal Council, all cast their votes. When Jeff tallies them, Lindsey and Tom have three votes apiece. Thinking that she has been voted out, Lindsey starts to leave, but Jeff stops her. After Lindsey and Tom plead their cases as to why they should stay in the game, the others vote again. When Jeff tallies the revotes, Lindsey and Tom are deadlocked with two votes apiece. Previous Tribal Council votes were then taken into account. While Tom did not have any previous votes, Lindsey had four, making her the sixth person eliminated from the game. Lindsey is gracious enough to hug and kiss her tribemates before Jeff snuffs her torch and sends her on her way.
Episode 7: Will There Be a Feast Tonight?
- Immunity Challenge: Each player stands on top of a log with one arm raised. Their wrists are cuffed to a rope that is connected to the rim of a large bucket that is full of water. All must try to keep their raised arms very still due to the slightest movement being enough to trigger the bucket to tip over and dump the water on top of the player, thus eliminating him or her from the challenge. The last player with their arm still raised wins.
After the Samburu Tribe returns to camp from Tribal Council, Brandon is happy about Lindsey's departure. In spite of such relief, he and Kim P. realize how vulnerable they are. Brandon decides not to risk forming new alliances and tries to keep his distance from Kim P. thinking that he or Kim P. will be next to go followed by the other of the two. The next morning, at Boran, Clarence feels the aftermath in his stomach from the chicken dinner that he and his tribemates had previously feasted on and decides to head out and relieve himself only to find a herd of elephants right behind him afterwards. Clarence feels that had the elephants trampled him, let alone while relieving himself, it would have been a humiliating death. When Clarence returns, the merge is on everyone's minds again and all irritably wonder as to when it will be. As the tribe feasts on a mid-morning brunch of cornmeal mush, Kim J. is surprised Frank does not know what brunch means. Back at Samburu, Lex is certain that he, Kelly and Tom will make it to the final four with immunity challenges being the only setback. Annoyed by the former Boran members' attitudes, Brandon wants no part of Samburu anymore and wants to get the merge over with. As Lex makes Tom utensils out of tree branches, Kelly is annoyed by Lex's attitude saying that she would vote out Lex if there was no merge.
The next morning, both tribes receive tree mail regarding the next immunity challenge. When they read the message, no one is certain if the challenge is for reward or immunity or if it is tribal or individual. When they meet for the challenge, Jeff announces that the tribes are merging and hands out new green buffs to everybody. When asked which camp to live at, all choose the Boran camp. Thus after the challenge, all would head back to the Boran camp with Samburu's personal items already there. After Jeff's explanation of the immunity challenge, all ten players each have a raised hand cuffed to a rope attached to a large bucket of water. All try not to move their raised arms to avoid getting splashed. About fourteen minutes in, Kelly is first to get wet followed by Kim J. seconds later. Seated on a bench, both women whisper to one another regarding tribal politics at both camps. Four minutes later, Brandon gives in and deliberately bails out. Eighteen minutes later, Kim P. is splashed next. Eight minutes after that, Tom is next to get wet. On the bench, Brandon thinks that Ethan and Frank are showing signs of tiring arms. Just then, at the 55-minute mark, Frank gets drenched. As she, Clarence, Ethan and Lex continue to hang in at the one-hour, fourteen-minute mark, Teresa passes the time by breaking into the song, "Tomorrow" from the musical, "Annie." to which the other six applaud upon conclusion. At two hours, seventeen minutes, Jeff tries to tempt Clarence, Ethan, Lex and Teresa with a cheeseburger with onions, mayonnaise, tomatoes, mustard, ketchup and lettuce; meaning that if either steps down, the one who does may have it for lunch. Neither of the four are interested, so Jeff lets the other six share it. At three hours, ten minutes, Jeff tempts the four remaining competitors again with a pizza, which the other six end up eating as well. Eight minutes later, Lex is finally soaked from the water in his bucket. On the bench, Kim J. hopes it comes down to Clarence and Ethan. But Lex does not want Clarence to win immunity. Twenty minutes later, Ethan is next to get wet and it comes down to Clarence and Teresa. At four hours, 30 minutes, Jeff offers one more temptation consisting of chicken, salad, corn on the cob, rice, beer and Mountain Dew. All the while, Clarence tries to makes deals with Teresa to give him immunity. Finally, at the six-hour mark, Clarence convinces Teresa to a round of "Rock-paper-scissors." When they make their calls, Clarence draws "rock" and Teresa draws "paper." Because "paper" covers "rock," Clarence concedes and takes the final hit, making Teresa the first winner of individual immunity and giving Clarence the chicken meal Jeff offered earlier.
As all ten players remaining players hike back to Boran's old camp, Frank isolates himself from talking to anyone else interpreting the situation as being invited to a family reunion when not being from that family. When all return to camp, the former Samburu members are surprised to see the cart that they won in the first tribal challenge. Soon after, all are surprised to find a supply of cheese, crackers, fruit and wine. All chow down except Frank who, at first, goes out to gather firewood. As the wine is passed around and inhibitions are let go, Tom confesses his liking to Teresa. A game of "I never" is then played in which all confess to never doing something shocking. Soon after feasting, all work to gather firewood. At one point, Frank spots an elephant in the distance and tries to communicate with it by imitating its movements. Frank later admits that he would rather interact with the animals than some of his tribemates. That night, after some discussion and despite having difficulty pronouncing it, the ten remaining players decide to name their new tribe "Moto Maji" after the Swahili words for "fire" and "water."
The next day, as Clarence paints the new tribe flag, Lex campaigns with others to vote out Clarence who is seen as a physical threat in individual challenges. Lex even tells Clarence straight up. With mixed feelings over Lex's intentions, Kelly believes that Clarence has changed for the better since getting on the nerves of others and feels that Clarence is more part of the group than Frank. Kim J. is wary that Lex could be playing both sides. Given that there are more Boran members than Samburu members among the new tribe, Clarence tries to sway Tom into voting along old tribal lines. Tom replies saying that he is ashamed to vote out anyone other than Brandon. Recalling the deal she made with Clarence before winning immunity, Teresa plans not to vote for him. That night, at Moto Maji's first Tribal Council, after discussing the events following the merge, all ten tribemates cast their votes. Teresa keeps her end of the deal by voting for Lex and not Clarence, who also votes for Lex. But when Jeff tallies the votes, Clarence has the majority over Lex by a margin of 8-2, making Clarence the seventh person eliminated from the game.
Episode 8: Smoking Out the Snake
- Reward Challenge: Each player is given nine items. Using a plank as a springboard, they must place each item, one at a time, on one end of the plank and stomp on the other end, catapulting the items up into a bucket on top of a tower. The first player to get all nine items into their basket wins.
- Reward: Two goats to be bartered at small African village for luxuries, food, souvenirs or whatever the winner decides.
- Immunity Challenge: The players are given thirty seconds to memorize nine objects and their locations in a grid inside a barrel. Afterwards, they must head out to each of nine similar barrels whose grids are blank. Reminded to think of their grid like a phone pad, they must remember the number to each item, meaning that item #1 is in the top-left, #5 in the center, #9 in the bottom-right, etc. When Jeff calls a number from 1-9, the players must find the item to the number in a field that is 150 feet away, bring it back to their barrel and put it in its proper spot in their grid. If a player is right, he or she moves on to the next round. If wrong, they are out of the game. After two rounds, the remaining players are given 15 seconds to memorize a second grid of nine items. They are then given one minute to find as many of the nine items as possible and place them in their proper spots in their grids. Whoever gets the most right out of nine wins.
The morning after Clarence is voted out at Tribal Council, Lex is angry over receiving two votes. Believing that Clarence cast one of the votes, Lex is determined to find out who cast the other. Annoyed by Lex's attitude, Kelly swears on her brother's and parents' lives that she did not cast it. Brandon seconds Kelly's feelings. Being the one who did cast the second vote for Lex, Teresa regrets doing so due to not realizing how Lex would react. Unaware that Teresa cast the other vote, Lex does not suspect her. Teresa decides not to divulge what she did hoping that she will stay longer in the game as a result. Later, Kelly and Kim P. find a thumb piano with an attached message about the next reward challenge at their tree mail. Before everyone at Moto Maji heads on their way, Lex tries out the thumb piano and seems to get the hang of it. At the reward challenge, while other players struggle to launch their items into their baskets, Ethan's soccer skills give him an advantage as he leads the game with Lex not far behind. In the end, Ethan comes out on top and wins the challenge. His reward is two goats for him to barter the next day at a small African village. Jeff tells Ethan that he will take care of the goats for the night and suggests that Ethan packs some personal items to barter as well.
The next morning, Ethan's tribemates give him a few items for him to barter for when he goes to the village later on. Soon after, while everyone eats breakfast, Jeff arrives at Moto Maji's camp and calls out to Ethan to get ready to go to the village. The others follow Jeff and Ethan to the same 16-seat Over Lander transport truck that dropped off all sixteen players on Day One and meet the same Askari soldier from that same day. When Ethan boards the truck, the goats are already on board. Uncertain that Ethan may be able to handle the goats by himself, Jeff asks Ethan to pick someone to go with him. Because he came so close to beating him, Ethan chooses Lex to join him. After Lex hops on board, he and Ethan go for a long three and a half hour ride to the village of Wamba, which proves bumpy all the way and hard on the goats as well as Ethan and Lex. When they finally arrive at the Wamba village, Ethan and Lex struggle to get the goats off the truck, much to the amusement of the locals. After a few unsuccessful attempts, they finally manage to sell the goats to a man for KSh1,600. Ethan and Lex hope that the goats end up with a good home on a farm, but are dismayed to see the buyer take the goats to the local butchery. Later, another local man lead Ethan and Lex to a small restaurant. Due to eating cornmeal back at camp and being uncertain about the meat due to a lot of cats in the area, they share a plate of French fries along with a soda for Ethan and a beer for Lex. The fries prove a bit much for Ethan as he makes an emergency outhouse stop before finishing. After their KSh1,000 lunch, Ethan and Lex have about KSh600 to buy goods for their tribemates. Ethan barters the personal items he packed, including the shirt off his back, for all sorts of goods. With a hacky sack that he brought as his luxury item, Ethan bonds with a group of local kids who he plays a game with. Lex watches with a few other kids and tells the kids about Ethan. Ethan gives one kid his hacky sack before he and Lex board the truck with the goods for their tribemates and riding all the way back to camp.
Back at Moto Maji, as they await Ethan and Lex's return from the village, the others assess where things stand. Teresa feels that Lex's absence allowed things to happen that she never thought would have had Lex not gone with Ethan. Frank feels that Teresa has brought Brandon and Kim P., whom he does not trust, back where Samburu originally stood and fears the consequences. Later, Ethan and Lex return to camp from the Wamba village. All the while, Ethan sees the possibility of his tribemates plotting against him as the down side to a reward away from camp. Lex seconds Ethan's thoughts knowing that one should not upset their tribemates. Ethan and Lex then share the things they shopped and bartered for, which include candy and a box of cookies (enough for 33 per person). Tom goes as far as to call Ethan Santa Claus. Later, knowing how upset Kelly is with Lex, Kim P. tries to get Kelly to vote on her side and fears that if Lex wins the next immunity challenge, her Samburu alliance is in trouble. The next day, at the immunity challenge, the players are on a hunt to find items that match those that Jeff displays in a grid at the top of a barrel. In the first round Frank, Kim P. and Kim J. are unsuccessful in finding the seventh item in Jeff's grid (a leaf and a seed pod), eliminating them from the challenge. After the second round, Kelly and Teresa are eliminated for failing to find the second item on the grid (dried elephant dung). Brandon, Ethan, Lex and Tom then have one minute to find as many items as they could out of nine in a new grid of items and put them in their right spots in their grids. Lex finds five items, Brandon and Tom each find six items and Ethan comes out on top with eight items, winning him individual immunity.
Soon after returning to camp from the immunity challenge, Lex is still trying to target the one who cast the second vote for him at the last Tribal Council. Unaware that Teresa cast that vote, Lex concludes that Kelly was the one who cast the vote. When Tom hears Lex's story, he is not convinced and struggles with the thought of voting for Kelly. Lex tells Tom that he got Brandon to cast the vote that would ultimately send Kelly packing. Tom worries that if Kelly did not vote for Lex the other night and if she is the next to go, that they will have done Kelly and each other an injustice. When Kelly tries to convince Lex otherwise, Lex does not buy it. Kelly then tries to align with Kim P. and Teresa's alliance hoping that all will vote for Lex. Brandon finds himself casting the swing vote to eliminate Kelly or Lex and does not know which way to go. That night, at Tribal Council, Brandon finalizes his decision. When the votes are tallied, Kelly has the majority over Lex by a margin of 5-4, and is the eighth person eliminated from the game. Kelly will return to future tribal councils as the first member of the jury.
Episode 9: Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal
- Reward Challenge: The remaining eight players are teamed up in four pairs of two. Two pairs at a time, the players run an obstacle course. The pairs start by going over a cargo net and across a timber tumble followed by going up a rope climb by climbing up a rope or rope ladder to ring a bell. Next they go under a belly crawl leading to three walls for the pairs to jump over. They must then assemble a ladder for them to climb over the fourth and final wall which is ten feet high. The two pairs to finish first in either of the first two heats go on to the final round in which they must run the same course. The pair that finishes first in the final round wins.
- Reward: A private screening of the movie "Out of Africa" complete with popcorn, candy, hot dogs and Mountain Dew.
- Immunity Challenge: Each player has a circle lined with stones and on the other side of the field is a pile brush, sticks and dried elephant dung. All must race to gather as much of these materials and place them in their circle. They must then attempt to build a fire using a magnifying glass and refracting the sun's rays. The first player to build a fire and build the flame high enough to burn a wick to drop a sandbag and raise a flag wins. Players are disqualified if their materials touch the wick or any other part of their structure.
As a result of Kelly being voted out at Tribal Council, the eight remaining members of the Moto Maji Tribe are not in a good mood the following morning. Lex realizes that trust is the biggest issue concerning the tribe. Ethan tells Lex that he does not trust Brandon after how he turned on his Samburu alliance. Kim P. is shocked by realizing how Brandon voted at tribal council and feels betrayed by him. Lex is convinced that Brandon will be loyal to him and his Boran alliance, but Ethan and Tom have their doubts. While everyone is at the water hole, Brandon realizes that his Samburu tribemates are upset over his vote against Kelly, but is still not willing to align with Frank. Lex feels that having Frank around hurts tribe morale and is determined to vote him out at the next Tribal Council. When the tribe returns to camp, all are bothered by the presence of so many flies and Tom is bothered by a large boil growing on the right side of his neck. A tree mail message informs the tribe that the upcoming reward challenge requires each player to pair up with another, so they determine partners by drawing numbers from a hat. When the numbers are drawn, Ethan is paired with Kim J., Kim P. with Tom, Lex with Teresa and Brandon with Frank, much to their displeasure and everyone else's amusement due to Brandon and Frank being enemies with one another. Tom hopes that the reward challenge is physical for he fears failure in mental challenges.
When the tribe arrives for the reward challenge, they discover that it is an obstacle course. After Jeff explains the rules and informs the players of the reward, Brandon and Frank compete in the first heat against Kim P. and Tom. Both pairs are even up until the ladder assembly which leads Brandon and Frank to the final round. In the second heat, Ethan and Kim J. race against Lex and Teresa. Although Lex and Teresa have the lead in the wall jumps, Ethan and Kim J. come from behind in the ladder assembly and move on to the final round against Brandon and Frank. Kim P., Lex, Teresa and Tom watch with laughter as Brandon and Frank take the lead and, in the end, win the challenge. As the rest of the tribe has a good laugh about their win at the reward challenge, Brandon and Frank are led by Jeff to an area where a 35-millimeter projector is set up along with a screen, chairs, and plenty of refreshments. Soon after Jeff leaves, Brandon and Frank feast on hot dogs. That night, they sit back and watch a private screening of the movie "Out of Africa" while snacking on popcorn and candy. In spite of enjoying the movie, Brandon and Frank claim not to have changed their feelings for one another.
The next morning, at Moto Maji, Lex has trouble understanding why Ethan and Tom do not trust Brandon after Brandon saved Lex's alliance by casting the swing vote to vote out Kelly. Ethan questions about Lex's words with Brandon and his Boran alliance. While gathering firewood, Frank tries to get Tom to vote out Brandon. In spite of respecting Tom's original Boran alliance, Frank senses that Tom is not thrilled with the alliance anymore due to Lex's sudden bond with Brandon. As he and Kim P. hike to their tree mail, Brandon tries to explain his vote for Kelly, leading Kim P. to question Brandon's friendship with her. When he and the others prepare for the immunity challenge, Lex feels vulnerable with the most previous votes among his tribemates. Thinking that she or Brandon could be the next to go, Kim P. feels that the longer one lasts in the game, the more crucial immunity becomes.
At the immunity challenge, all eight players race to gather combustible materials to build a fire in a circle using the sun's rays and a magnifying glass hoping to burn a wick to drop a small sandbag and raise a flag. Kim P. is first to start a fire with Lex and Frank not far behind. As all three continue to gather more materials, one of Frank's branches touches his wick which, despite breaking it to raise his flag, disqualifies him from the challenge. Soon, other flames ignite. Kim P. tearfully panics as she tries to build her flame. In the end, Lex's fire burns his wick and raises his flag, winning him individual immunity. Teresa consoles a sobbing Kim P. with a hug. Soon after the tribe returns to camp, Lex feels the willingness to make it to the end with each day he is still in the game. But he also thinks that his Boran alliance must decide on who to vote. With no plans to vote out Brandon, Lex thinks that if Ethan, Kim J. and Tom do plan on voting out Brandon, he hopes that they can get extra votes or their alliance will be voted out one by one by everyone else. Later, Lex tries to convince Tom to vote out Frank instead of Brandon. But Tom and Ethan agree that Brandon should be the next to go. Kim J. theorizes that those who manipulated, jumped ship or formed a Plan "B" too early ended up fooling themselves and tries to be loyal to her Boran tribemates thinking it is what has kept her in the game. Tom worries that if Lex does not help him after the next vote, their bond could weaken. The next night, at tribal council, Lex's attempts to vote out Frank at Tribal Council prove unsuccessful as Brandon receives the majority of the vote over Frank by a margin of 6-2, making Brandon the ninth person to leave the game and the second member of the jury.
Episode 10: We Are Family
- Reward Challenge: Instead of a reward challenge, players are each given KSh20,000 and a Survivor auction takes place. Jeff offers various food items and players bid on them in KSh500 increments. Items go to the player who bids highest. Items can be shared so long as money is pooled. Items sold in the auction were the following:
|Ethan||Mug of hot fudge, pancakes with ham and potatoes (Mystery Item/shared with Tom)|
|Frank||Hoagie sandwich (shared with Teresa)|
|Kim J.||Cheese and crackers, Fried chicken with mashed potaoes and mixed vegetables (Mystery Item)|
|Kim P.||Ice cream sundae with a side of hot fudge|
|Lex||Coffee with sugar and chocolate croissant, One of Kim J.'s chicken breasts and half of her potatoes|
|Teresa||Hoagie sandwich (shared with Frank)|
|Tom||Cold beer, pancakes with ham and potatoes (Mystery Item/shared with Ethan)|
- Immunity Challenge: Along the perimeter of an abandoned Boma fence are seven stations. Each station has a question relating to a story told to the players by Jeff and two ostrich eggs, each below one of two possible answers to the question. Players must enter the stations, one at a time, latching the gate behind them. If a player breaks open the egg with the right answer, they will find a strap of colored leather which must be wrapped around the same color on their staff. If a player breaks the egg with the wrong answer, it will be empty inside and the player must try again later. Eggs are replaced after a player leaves a station. The first player to answer five questions correctly and return to the starting circle with five straps of leather wrapped around their staff in the right places wins.
When the seven remaining members of the Moto Maji Tribe return to camp from Tribal Council, Kim P. feels bad about Brandon's departure despite voting for him. Lex realizes that his Boran alliance now outnumbers the remaining Samburu members. Ethan is skeptical of Lex's loyalties to his alliance and to Brandon. Kim J. does not think that Ethan, Lex and Tom want to make it to the final day and believes that all three doubt each other and know one of them will have to be voted out before then. Later that night, with everyone else asleep, Ethan and Kim P. are up on animal lookout when they are startled by the growling of an approaching lion. Awakened by the lion, Tom tells Ethan that he will protect him. The next morning, everyone is feeling weaker and sicker than before. Kim J. is having particular difficulty due to her legs being badly swollen. Everyone is also getting tired of the usual cornmeal mush that they have been eating. While gathering firewood, Tom and Ethan are concerned over Lex's bond with Brandon. Tom believes that by voting against Frank instead of Brandon, Lex jeopardized the Boran alliance.
Later, Teresa and Tom return from tree mail with a small wooden pig and a message to what they think at first is the next reward challenge. When the tribe meets Jeff, they learn that it is not a reward challenge, but an auction for food. After the players open their personalized wallets containing KSh20,000 each and hear his explanation of what applies, Jeff presents a hot cup of coffee with sugar and a chocolate croissant as the first item, which is sold to Lex for the opening bid of KSh3,000. The second item, cheese and crackers, is sold to Kim J. for KSh6,000. Although the third item, a cold beer, is originally offered at KSh4,000, it is sold to Tom for 1,000. After a heated bid-off between her and Tom, Kim P. ends up spending KSh12,500 on an ice cream sundae with a side of hot fudge. Ethan offers Kim P. KSh1,000 for a bite, but Kim P. asks for 1,500. Just then, Jeff offers a full mug of hot fudge which is sold to Ethan for KSh5,000. Jeff keeps a cover over the next item which is sold to Kim J. for KSh11,000. When Jeff removes the cover, Kim J. is surprised to see a plate of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, much to the jealousy of everyone else. Lex, Ethan and Teresa make offers for Kim J. to share part of her meal. Before long, Kim J. finally sells one of her chicken breasts and half of her potatoes to Lex for KSh10,000. With a chuckle, Jeff bangs his gavel on Kim J.'s behalf. The next item that Jeff offers is a hoagie sandwich which, after bidding against Tom, is sold to Teresa (with help from Frank) for KSh16,500. Teresa splits her hoagie with Frank. Finally, Jeff offers one more item which, like Kim J.'s chicken dinner, is kept covered until it is sold to Tom (who pooled with Ethan). When Tom peeks underneath, he jokingly claims that Jeff tricked him before revealing that the item is pancakes with ham and potatoes. Tom joyously knows that he would have all the ham because Ethan is Jewish and that Jewish people do not eat ham. Even Ethan laughs about it. Once everyone finishes their food, they all head back to camp.
As the tribe heads back to camp, everyone talks about how much they enjoyed the food from the auction, during which Lex sees lines drawn through alliances and relationships made throughout the course of the game. Lex also considers Tom the biggest food winner, while Kim P. does not see Tom being politically correct after sharing his pancakes with Ethan knowing he would not eat the ham. Although Tom does apologize to him for what he said, Ethan knows that Tom was joking and does not take offense to it anyway. He also sees his relationship with Tom as brotherly. Kim P. has trouble determining whether or not Tom's gameplay is a put-on. Kim J. seconds Kim P.'s viewpoint by doubting how good an outdoorsman Tom is. Lex knows Tom is smarter than he says he is. Later, at the water hole, Tom helps bathe Kim J., Ethan and Kim P. by pouring water on them. Apparently not minding with Tom seeing more of her than usual, Kim P. feels that after thirty days of living closely with people, one is not embarrassed or shy about anything anymore. Kim J. sees Tom's bathing methods as just part of the social challenge of the game. Ethan sees the tribe becoming more like a family which makes it more difficult for him to decide who to vote out at the next Tribal Council.
At the immunity challenge, after Jeff tells them an African story, the seven players race with staffs in hand to collect five colored leather straps by breaking ostrich eggs placed below the right answer to one of seven questions relating to the story. The race is close with Frank and Lex being tied most of the way. When Lex wraps his fifth strap to his staff, one of his other four straps slips off on his way to the starting circle. Lex quickly retraces his steps, finds his missing strap, brings it back to the starting circle and rewraps it around his staff. As a result, Lex wins individual immunity for the second straight time. At sunrise the next morning, at Moto Maji, Frank reflects on his time in the game and realizes how precious life is and how his love for being in the African bush grows each day. At breakfast, Frank tries to show his sensitive side. But when Frank goes about his feelings about gun control and other methods of killing people, Kim P. finds Frank's attitude rambunctious. Teresa seconds Kim P.'s opinion by observing the negative reactions of others, but feels it is necessary to protect her alliance with Frank. Noticing that the men have been dominating the game and Ethan is the most competitive, Teresa suggest to Kim J. that Ethan should be the next to go. Kim J. disagrees. That night, at Tribal Council, Frank is unanimously voted out over Kim J. by a margin of 6-1, making Frank the tenth person voted out of the game and the third member of the jury.
Episode 11: The Big Adventure
- Reward Challenge: All six players are asked a series a four questions which their loved ones had previously answered on videotape. When a question is asked, the players must write down their answers on a pad. If their answers match their loved ones' responses, they get a point. The player who matches the most of their four loved ones' responses wins.
- Immunity Challenge: Hanging in a line are eighteen clay pots. Each player's name is printed on three of the pots. The players are given traditional African weapons called Rungus which they must throw at their opponents' pots trying to break them and have them fall to the ground. Each player throws one Rungu stick per round and players switch positions after each round. When a player's third pot is broken, that player is out of the challenge. The last player with at least one pot still hanging wins.
The morning after Frank is voted out at Tribal Council, Ethan is feeling lonely in spite of being with people he enjoys being with. Later, he and Lex return from tree mail with a message informing them of the next reward challenge. Soon after that, they meet Jeff who is beside a television screen. Jeff surprises all six of the remaining members of the Moto Maji Tribe with video messages from their friends and families sending love and giving encouragement. Almost every player reacts tearfully. After the video messages end, Jeff explains the object of the reward challenge and surprises the tribe again with what the reward is. The challenge then begins with Jeff asking the first question. Kim P. and Lex's answers to that question match their loved ones' responses. Kim J. and Tom match their loved ones' responses the second question and Ethan and Lex match their loved ones' responses to the third question, eliminating Teresa from the challenge. Kim J., Lex and Tom all match their loved ones' responses to the fourth and final question, which, as a result, gives Lex the win. After he hands Lex his Visa card (and tells him to go easy on it), Jeff asks Lex to choose one of the other players to go with him. Lex chooses Tom and the two head on their way.
Excitedly, Lex and Tom board a small plane which flies them to the Maasai Mara. Along the way, herds of wildebeest roam throughout the ground below. Once they land, Lex and Tom are taken to a place called Governors' Camp, which Lex describes as the ultimate five-star luxury hotel in the middle of a lush African jungle. As Lex helps himself to a few refreshments, Tom is overjoyed at the accommodations in their tent, especially the big bed and working toilet. Lex and Tom are amazed to see a few hippos in the nearby Mara River. Soon after Lex hands Jeff's Visa card to a lady who checks them in, he and Tom feast on more refreshments and agree not to divulge too much about their stay at the resort when they return to camp. Meanwhile, back at Moto Maji, Kim J. and Kim P. are passing the time using paper, paints and brushes to make a deck of playing cards from scratch. Both are jealous of all the food that Lex and Tom will eat on their trip. Later, at the Maasai Mara, Lex and Tom are on board a safari truck and look at all the wildlife they pass by including warthogs, zebras, giraffes, lions, elephants and hundreds of migrating wildebeests. Both enjoy the experience immensely. Tom even goes as far as to say that he feels like Marlin Perkins. When they return to their tent, Lex and Tom find a few bottles of alcoholic beverages and drink a few toasts to their adventure and to the game of Survivor. Soon afterwards, they eat a big dinner of grilled chicken, lamb and vegetables. That night, at Moto Maji, Kim P., who is not enjoying the tribe's usual cornmeal mush, claims she will never eat corn again, not even popcorn at the movies. Back at the Governors' Camp, Lex is amused as Tom continues to drink the liquor and laugh at his own cheers, but is wise enough to help Tom to the bed under the tent.
Early the next morning before sunrise, Lex and Tom are woken up to get ready for their hot-air balloon ride. Soon after daybreak, Lex and Tom board their balloon and an English balloonist leads them up and on their way. From high above, Lex and Tom see elephants, antelopes, hyenas, giraffes, wildebeests and hippos. As he and Lex notice two wildebeests roaming in an open area near a river, Tom says that if he was a lion, the smaller of the two animals would make a good meal. Suddenly, a lion leaps out of a bush and chases one of the wildebeests which manages to outrun the lion. Before long, a second lion appears and manages to catch the other wildebeest for its prey. Despite such graphic nature, Lex considers witnessing it a treat and gives Tom a high handshake. The hot-air balloon ride gives Tom a new outlook on life. Lex is not looking forward to returning to camp due to going back to playing the game, but is still confident that he will be the last player standing. Both Lex and Tom board the same small plane they flew in the day before and fly back to camp. As Ethan, Kim J., Kim P. and Teresa start a game of Crazy Eights with their scratch-made deck of cards, Lex and Tom's plane flies over their camp and over their heads. When Lex and Tom finally return to camp, they describe everything they experienced and witnessed. All the while, Teresa is anticipating what will happen at the upcoming immunity challenge.
With Lex and Tom back in the game, all six players meet Jeff for the immunity challenge. After Jeff explains the rules, everyone grabs a Rungu stick and starts throwing them at their opponents' clay pots. In the first three rounds, Tom manages to hit one of Teresa's pots, followed by Kim P. and Lex, while the others miss each time. In the fourth round, Kim J. has the sole hit, but on one of her own pots. In the fifth round, Ethan hits Kim P.'s second pot. In the sixth round, Ethan and Tom hit Teresa's other two pots, eliminating her from the challenge. In the next two rounds, Lex eliminates Kim P. by hitting her third pot and hits Ethan's first pot. In the ninth round, Kim J. makes the first hit for Tom, who hits Ethan's second pot in the tenth round. In the eleventh round, Kim J.'s second pot is hit by Lex, whose second pot is by Ethan in the twelfth round. Tom, however, stops Ethan by hitting his third pot in the thirteenth round. Although Tom breaks Kim J.'s third pot in the fourteenth round, it does not fall keeping Kim J. in the running. Tom manages to eliminate Lex by hitting his third pot in the fifteenth round. Although Kim J. manages to hit Tom's second pot in the sixteenth round, Tom also breaks Kim J.'s third pot the rest of the way, winning Tom individual immunity.
The next day, everyone prepares for the upcoming Tribal Council. From Lex's point of view, Teresa has a fire in her belly. As she and Kim J. gather firewood, Teresa tries to convince Kim J. that if the two of them along with Kim P. agree to vote for Lex, she could also get Tom to seal Lex's fate. Although Kim J. is not convinced, Tom does feel that Lex betrayed him back when he sided with Brandon. That night, at tribal council, The original Boran alliance holds on as Kim P. is voted out over Lex by a 4-2 margin, making Kim P. the eleventh person to leave the game and the fourth member of the jury.
Episode 12: Truth Be Told
- Reward Challenge: All five players race to find twelve Swahili words in a word scramble puzzle. Each player has their own board. If a player finds a word, they must circle it on their board and cross it off on their list. Each word intersects with at least on other word. Once a player finds and circles all twelve Swahili words, they must take the intersecting letters and unscramble them to make one English word. An envelope containing a clue to that English word is pinned to the bottom of the board. The first player to unscramble the final English word wins.
- Immunity Challenge: The players compete in an obstacle course consisting of elements from five previous challenges. Players start by assembling a puzzle ladder which, when completed, must be climbed up to a net. Once they are on the net, they must make their way up one side of the net and down the other side. Once off the net, they will find a cart loaded with pieces to a mask puzzle. Players must drag the cart to a mask-shaped platform where the mask puzzle must be assembled. Once the mask puzzle is completed, they must go under a ladder crawl leading to a bow and arrows. The first player to hit their target with an arrow wins.
The morning after the previous Tribal Council, Ethan finds it amazing that, including himself, five people remain in the Moto Maji Tribe. Kim J. sees the pressure of the few remaining days getting the best of everyone. An exhausted Lex has tried hard not to think of his wife and sons until recenty, but is still determined not to give in. The wounds run deeper for all when they go on their water hike only to discover a large pile of elephant dung in the center of their water hole. Kim J. washes herself regardless of it, making Tom cringe. Tom also finds it hard, especially with less than a week left, to be in harmony with the animals and his tribemates. Later, after returning to camp with the others, Lex becomes increasingly bored with little or nothing to do or talk about. Ethan has trouble dealing with the apparent odor of Tom's feet. As the tribe has a light corn lunch, Tom discovers that one of their chickens has escaped from their coop. Teresa volunteers to try to catch it by slowly following it. As the chicken walks close to him as he lies on the ground, Tom manages to catch it by its legs. As Teresa gets the chicken's sides, Tom tugs on its legs before finally letting go. Teresa tries to keep the chicken out of Tom's reach as he and Ethan pretend to wrestle for it.
Expecting to learn about their final reward challenge, the tribe heads to their tree mail. When they get there, they are surprised to find five big envelopes with their names on them. When they open them up, they are even more surprised to discover letters from friends and family. Lex gets many letters from his wife, sons and parents, all of which give him the will power to keep playing the game. Teresa is touched mostly by a letter from her father whom she worries about due to his health not being too good. Tom reads a letter from his son encouraging him to be tough in hard situations, especially if he feels like giving in. Ethan feels like he can touch his family by touching his letter from them. A weepy Kim J. reads a touching poem from her husband. When Kim J. shares it with her tribemates, they are touched as well.
The next morning, Teresa finds a Haiku message at the tribe's tree mail informing that the next reward challenge involves a surprise visit for one. Later, when the tribe meets for the reward challenge, Jeff explains the rules, but instead of telling them what the reward is, he tells them that the answer to the final word scramble will explain part of the reward and that he will explain the other part after the challenge. As the others struggle to find all twelve Swahili words, Lex is the first to find them all and starts finding the nine intersecting letters which make up the final English word. The nine letters consist of three "A's", one "C", one "E", one "H", one "L", one "N" and one "V." When Lex has all nine letters, he opens the pinned envelope and reads the clue which is "Natural occurrence, awesome power." Before anyone else can find all twelve Swahili words, Lex manages to unscramble all nine intersecting letters and forms the word "avalanche," making him the winner. Soon after, Jeff leads the tribe on a walk to the first part of Lex's reward. Lex is in disbelief to see that he has won himself a new Chevrolet Avalanche pick-up truck! Ethan is so jealous of Lex that he doesn't want him to win anymore. Jeff then tells Lex that the second part of the reward is that he will be a goodwill ambassador as he will use his new truck to deliver a year's worth of medical supplies, including HIV test kits to the Wamba Hospital which runs solely on charitable donations. Seeing the box of HIV test kits in Lex's new truck is emotional for Teresa because eleven years prior to her participation in the game, her brother died of AIDS.
When Jeff tosses Lex the keys, the two of them head on their way to the Wamba Hospital. As he drives, Lex tells Jeff that delivering the medical supplies gives him a new realization of what it means to survive in Africa. Upon their arrival at the hospital, Jeff shakes hands with the hospital's founder, Dr. Silvio Prandoni, introduces him to Lex and tells him of Lex's special delivery. Dr. Prandoni is gratified to Lex for delivering everything from the test kits to the Nevirapine—a medicine used to treat HIV-positive pregnant women to reduce the risk of their children being born HIV-positive. Soon after Lex unloads the supplies both from his new truck and from an over lander transport truck that arrived later, Dr. Prandoni gives him and Jeff a tour of the hospital's pediatric ward. Playing with some of the kids there makes Lex miss his own kids. When he and Jeff give Dr. Prandoni a good-bye handshake and leave the hospital, Lex considers himself a changed person. That night, at Moto Maji, Ethan, Kim J., Teresa and Tom await Lex's return in frustration and jealously. Tom is questioned about his alliance with Lex. Figuring that Ethan, Lex and Tom are all skeptical of one another and don't want to make it to the final three, Kim J. believes that she should align with the most vulnerable of the three men. She approaches Ethan and tries to convince him to vote off Lex as soon as possible. When Lex finally returns from the hospital, he feels the tension among his tribemates. No one speaks as Lex describes his experience.
The next morning, Ethan finds it tough to stay on top of the game with Lex eating normally and being away from camp more to due winning so many reward challenges. Lex realizes that being away from camp yet again puts him in a vulnerable position. When Kim J. tells her that she feels vulnerable due to the men's alliance, Teresa is glad that Kim J. is thinking like a player a realizing must be done at the next tribal council. Being the last of the original Samburu Tribe, Teresa feels especially vulnerable and is hoping to win the next immunity challenge. Soon after Tom reads the tree mail message about it, everyone meets Jeff for the challenge. After hearing the rules, the players take their marks and the race is on. The three men are first to assemble their ladders and, almost at the same time, they climb up to the net. Lex is the first over and across followed by Ethan and Tom. As the ladies finish their ladders and climb up to the net, the men race to assemble their mask puzzles. Lex is the first to finish his puzzle and manages to make it under the ladder crawl and hit his target before Ethan and Tom can finish their mask puzzles. As a result, Lex wins individual immunity once again.
After the tribe returns to camp following the immunity challenge, Lex is well aware that Teresa is the odd one out being the only original Samburu member left in the game and knows how much she is hurting inside. Feeling that she has no options to save herself from the vote, Teresa confesses to Lex that it was her and not Kelly who cast the second vote against him at the first Tribal Council following the merge and attempts to blame it on Tom's advice to "watch out for Lex." When he realizes that Tom told Teresa to beware of him, Lex does not understand Tom's intentions. The shock runs deeper when Kim J. tells Lex that Tom approached her with similar thoughts. Teresa explains that Tom does want Lex out but does not want to vote for him hoping that everyone else does. Believing that Tom will soon be in a situation where he will have to betray him, Lex hopes to stop him before he can. That night, at Tribal Council, the Boran alliance holds once again as Teresa is unanimously voted out over Tom by a margin of 4-1, making her the twelfth person to leave the game and the fifth member of the jury.
Episode 13: The Final Four: No Regrets
- Immunity Challenge #1: At Tribal Council, the final four are asked a series of eight questions about their tribemates. When a question is asked, the players must write their answers on their pads and wait until all have written their answers before revealing them. Each time a player answers correctly, they get one point. The player with the most points at the end of eight questions wins.
After voting out Teresa at Tribal Council, the final four members of the Moto Maji Tribe head back to camp. After the four of them congratulate each other, Lex tells Ethan that Teresa cast Lex's second vote at Moto Maji's first tribal council because Tom told Teresa that Lex could not be trusted and then Tom lobbied to get Lex voted out without voting for Lex himself. After breakfast the next morning, Lex and Tom go out to collect firewood, giving Lex the opportunity to confront Tom and ask him if it was true that he told Teresa that Lex could not be trusted. Tom denies doing such thing, but when asked if he told Kim J. to vote for Lex, Tom admits it because during their time at Samburu, Lex told Tom not to vote for him. Lex denies saying so thinking it was fair to say that neither he nor Tom had previous tribal council votes and that he talked to Tom about it before telling Brandon the same. Lex also denies that he is still in the game because he was carried along by another player. Despite not shaking hands, Lex and Tom put their differences aside. Lex feels wrong about the thought of voting out Tom due to moments when he fell from grace. When Lex tells Ethan how his discussion with Tom went, Ethan thinks that taking Tom to the final three would be risky. But neither Ethan nor Lex are willing to dissolve their alliance with Tom. Later, all four players hike to a nearby mountaintop to reflect on their time in the game. Lex feels that it is peaceful atop the rocks and that it changes one's perspective. Ethan feels that his time in Africa has been his ultimate adventure. Tom feels lucky and happy to have lasted so long. Kim J. says it feels great being the only woman left, but is hoping to do well in the next immunity challenge due to not making pacts with either of her tribemates. All in all, Lex is determined to make it to the end and bring home the million dollars.
Soon after descending from the mountaintop, the final four head to their tree mail where they find a torch with a message informing them of the next immunity challenge. They realize that it will consist of answering questions about their former tribemates. With little or no hesitation, the players ask themselves questions about the people thay played with and/or against throughout the course of the game. Tom doubts that he will do well due to not faring well with mental challenges. Lex believes that Kim J. has the advantage due to having a good memory. That night, the players hike to Tribal Council where they meet Jeff and the last five players voted out which are now on the jury. After Jeff explains the object of the challenge, he asks the first question which all guess wrong. Everyone does, however, get the second question right. Tom manages to answer the third question right, giving him a 2-1-1-1 lead over the others. Tom's lead is unchanged after the fourth and fifth questions as all guess right on them. The six question is a two-parter and players get one point per part answered correctly, While all four players get the first part right, only Kim J. and Lex get the second part right, putting them in a three-way tie for the lead along with Tom with a score of 5-5-5-4. All four manage to get the seventh question right. On the eighth and final question, in which the players are asked to reveal their answers one at a time, only Kim J. answers correctly, winning her individual immunity over Lex, Tom and Ethan by a score of 7-6-6-5. Almost immediately after the challenge, the players cast their votes. When tallied, Tom is unanimously voted out over Lex by a margin of 3-1, making him the thirteenth person to leave the game and the sixth member of the jury.
- Immunity Challenge #2: All three players step on two stumps of different heights (one per foot) and place one hand on the immunity idol. If at any time a player lifts one foot, lets go of the idol or touches the idol or the supporting pole with their free hand, they are out of the challenge. Whichever player lasts the longest wins.
At 4:30AM the next morning, Jeff arrives at Moto Maji with a torch in hand and wakes up the final three players. Lex had been up most of the night due to a case of Diarrhea that had him going twelve or so times. This makes Lex realize that if you are not in good health or if anything happens to you, it gravely affects your gameplay. Ethan considers the game amazing because one cannot predict what can or will happen. Soon after sunrise, Jeff tells the players that they are about to embark on their final rite of passage. After Jeff explains the details of what applies, he sends them on their way. Ethan, Kim J. and Lex take part in a Samburu ritual by passing between two line-ups of elder tribesmen who wave sticks back and forth, beckoning the spirits to forgive them of any wrongful acts towards their former tribemates. Heading North, they then pass by the torches of the first thirteen people voted out of the game starting with the first and ending with the most recent, giving them the chance to reflect on the impacts they had on their time in the game. They then meet up with a group of Samburu Tribe members who administer a ceremonial cleansing representing new life. The players are washed with a mixture of goat fat and blood and invited to celebrate their rebirth with a Native dance.
Soon after completion of their final rite of passage, Ethan, Kim J. and Lex meet Jeff for their final immunity challenge, After Jeff's explanation of the rules, all three players each step onto two stumps of different heights and place one hand on the tribal immunity idol which stands on a wooden pole in the middle. All three must heep their hand on the idol and their feet on both stumps and not touch the idol with their free hand or they are out of the challenge. All three are still in play after an hour with the time being 9:00AM and the temperature already at 87 degrees. Two hours in, the temperature is at 94 degrees. Despite a slight stumble from Ethan, all three still hang on. But 26 minutes later, Ethan lifts his right foot, eliminating him from the challenge. As Kim J. and Lex continue to hang on, Jeff offers Ethan his canteen with a handshake. Ethan finds the feeling horrible and encourages Kim J. and Lex to keep going. At the three-hour mark, the temperature is at 101 degrees. Twenty minutes later, 104 degrees. Lex is continuing to struggle, but his stomach problems from the night before come back and cause him to lose his balance and stumble off his logs. Therefore, Kim J. wins the final immunity challenge and must decide whether to take Ethan or Lex to the final two with her at the next tribal council.
When the final three players return to camp after the final immunity challenge, Kim J. is in disbelief over her victory due to remembering the thoughts of being the first to be voted out that she had on the night of Day One. The thought of Kim J. choosing being him and Ethan on who to take to the final two weighs heavy on Lex's mind. Ethan seconds Lex's thoughts and finds it a scary feeling. Both Ethan and Lex feel extremely vulnerable. Kim J. is having trouble deciding who to vote out and who to take with her to Day 39 because she is not sure who she has a better chance of beating when the jury casts the deciding votes. That night, at Tribal Council, Kim J. is still undecided and Lex and Ethan both tell her to listen to her heart and do what she feels is right. Kim J. finally casts her vote. When Jeff tallies it, it is revealed that Lex is the final person voted out of the game and the seventh and final member of the jury. Lex comforts Kim J. with a hug respecting her decision and hugs Ethan congratulating him on making it to the end before Jeff snuffs Lex's torch and sends him on his way. With Ethan by her side, Kim J. fears that Lex is upset about her vote. Ethan reassures Kim J. by telling her not to regret what she did.
The next morning, at Moto Maji, Kim J. and Ethan relish their time in the game and are glad about making it to the final day. The two of them mark off the calendar that was painted on the water tower that the original Boran Tribe won in a previous reward challenge, by striking out Day 38 and circling Day 39. Ethan and Kim J. also paint their initials in the lower right-hand corner. As he and Kim J. get ready for their final hike to Tribal Council, Ethan thinks that Frank, Lex and Tom will vote for him, while Kelly, Kim P. and Teresa will vote for Kim J., leaving Brandon casting the swing vote.
As Ethan and Kim J. head on their way, the seven members of the jury have different feelings about how things will go down. Kim P. thinks things will be tense and that it is important for her to decide who deserves to win the game. She also believes that Kim J. and Ethan are an unlikely pair to make it so far due to Kim J. being the oldest and possibly the weakest and Ethan being under the radar and not having bonded much with others. Lex feels that the jury is all over the map and that they all have different feelings about the final two players. Teresa considers that the final Tribal Council will be bittersweet due to it being the final day, that she did not make it to the end as Ethan and Kim J. did, and that choosing to vote for either of two people whom she likes very much. Brandon feels a sense of revenge and satisfaction due to not caring for one of the two finalists, but feels that one has to give credit to those who last the whole time if they do not like them. Frank says that loyalty is part of the game and that Ethan and Kim J. were loyal to one another. Tom says that in 2.9 seconds, he decided who to vote for. He also thinks that the question he will ask at Tribal Council will have Ethan and Kim J. scratching their heads. Kelly does not know what approach to take, but hopes to see the finalists squirm. Admitting that she is the sorest loser, she cannot wait to see the fireworks happen.
After Ethan and Kim J. arrive at their final Tribal Council, Jeff explains the process as to how things will work and gives the finalists a chance to address the jury as to why they are deserving of the million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor. Kim J. starts by explaining that by being the oldest among all, everyone made her feel young, important and helped her be her best. Ethan describes the goals he set for himself being to last as long as possible and to leave with integrity and to prove that good people can get far in the game. He also feels that the game clouds the way one acts and treats other people, and to look at the whole picture and vote within their heart. After a while, the jury addresses the two finalists. Brandon starts by asking the finalists which jury member they would have wanted to see in the final two if they were not sitting there. Ethan says he would like to have had Lex sit next to him because of his confidence, will, ability to win challenges and if he could beat Lex at such a hard game, it would be an accomplishment. Kim J. also thinks that she would have to see Lex in the final two because of him being supportive. When Brandon asks which jury member they would least like to see in the final two, Ethan tells Brandon that he would not want him in the end, while Kim J. says that she would not want Tom in the end thinking he was not in favor of women, which Tom takes no offense to. Lex then asks Ethan and Kim J. what selfless act they will first do upon returning home. Kim J. says that she will look into the Wamba Project and try to help fight the AIDS crisis in Africa. Ethan plans to start an inner-city Soccer league due to the joy he gave kids in the Wamba village by playing hacky sack with them. After congratulating Ethan and Kim J. on what they achieved, Frank asks them which five characteristics sixteen new players would have to possess to be the ultimate survivor. Ethan says that they would need power, strength, integrity, intelligence and a little luck, while Kim J. says they would need respect, thoughtfulness, flexibility, love and understanding. Wishing that the two finalists were on the jury with her, Kelly tells Kim J. that she was surprised and disappointed by how she conducted her in her last days in the game, but thanks her for giving Lex the chance to do his own walk of shame. Kelly then points out that Ethan did not try to form a relationship with her. Undecided on which of the two to vote for, Kelly decides to let the finalists choose a number from one to 1,000. Kim J. picks three, while Ethan picks 888. Kim P. asks the two finalists which jury member they learned the most about themselves from and which jury member they learned the least about themselves from. Kim J. says that she learned the most about herself from Kim P. and the least from Tom, while Ethan says that he learned the most about himself from Teresa and the least from Kelly. After congratulating Ethan and Kim J., Tom describes a scenario in which a hyena ate the tribe's cornmeal mush then licks his hindquarters and asks the finalists if it is animal instinct or to get the taste of the mush out of its mouth, much to the amusement of some. Chuckling, Ethan says it is just to clean its hindquarters due to not minding the taste of the mush as much as Tom did. Kim J.'s answer is the same as Ethan's and says that the mush would be the only thing that the hyena could eat and that when hungry enough, one should only eat what is available. Finally, Teresa asks the two finalists if there is anything they said about the jury members that they wish they could take back and if so, what it is. Kim J. says that she wishes that she could take back one thing she did rather than said. Denying that she sold her out, Kim J. admits not knowing enough to defend Kelly from being voted out for a mysterious vote that she did not cast. Ethan seconds Kim J.'s response saying that when the vote was cast, he thought the vote came from Frank. Since the vote was not from Frank (but Teresa), Ethan would have made a bad decision. All in all, Ethan feels bad for making a quick accusation.
When Jeff reminds them that they are voting for someone rather than against them, the seven members of the jury cast their votes for who they think deserves to win the game. Due to Ethan saying that he would least like to see him in the final two, Brandon gives Kim J. his vote. Kim P. also votes for Kim J. out of admiration for how strong she proved herself to be. Disapproving of Kim J. riding his, Lex's and Ethan's coattails, Tom votes for Ethan. Saying that her number was 568 after the room number from "The Graduate," Kelly votes for Ethan due to his guess being closer than Kim J.'s. Once all seven votes are cast, Jeff retrieves the urn and supposedly returns to the Tribal Council area (In actuality, Jeff, Ethan, Kim J. and the seven jury members are now in a sound stage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, CA). Before Jeff reveals the votes, Kim J. and Ethan give a few final thoughts about all that has transpired. After announcing what is at stake for the finalists, Jeff tallies the seven votes cast by the jury. In the end, Ethan has the majority of the vote over Kim J. by a margin of 5-2. Therefore, Ethan wins a new Chevrolet Avalanche pick-up truck, one million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor.
|Original Tribes||Swapped Tribes||Merged Tribe|
|Kim J.||Diane||Jessie||Silas||Clarence||Kelly||Brandon||Frank||Kim P.||Teresa||Tom||Lex|
|Kim P.||Kim J.|
^5 Lindsey and Carl were not eligible to vote in the second Tribal Council vote.
^6 Lindsey and Carl were tied 4-4 at Tribal Council, because they had no previous votes, they competed in a nature quiz tiebreaker, which Carl lost.
^7 Lindsey and Tom were tied 3-3 at Tribal Council and in a Tribal Council countback Tom had no previous votes, but Lindsey had four; therefore, Lindsey was eliminated.
^8 Lindsey and Tom were not eligible to vote in the second Tribal Council vote.
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|""Question of Trust""||October 11, 2001||10.4/23||23.84|
|"Who's Zooming Whom?"||October 18, 2001||7.9/20||19.59|
|"The Gods Are Angry"||October 25, 2001||8.0/20||20.43|
|"The Young and Untrusted"||November 1, 2001||7.8/18||18.73|
|"The Twist"||November 8, 2001||8.3/20||20.55|
|"I'd Never Do It To You"||November 15, 2001||8.1/21||19.71|
|"Will There Be a Feast Tonight?"||November 22, 2001||6.6/18||17.70|
|"Smoking Out the Snake"||December 6, 2001||7.9/21||19.28|
|"Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal"||December 13, 2001||8.1/21||20.41|
|"We Are Family"||December 20, 2001||7.7/22||19.60|
|"The Big Adventure"||December 27, 2001||7.5/20||18.92|
|"Truth Be Told"||January 3, 2002||8.7/20||21.31|
|"The Final Four: No Regrets"||January 10, 2002||11.3/25||27.26|
|"Winner Revealed"||January 10, 2002||13.1/30||30.94|
There was some controversy surrounding an immunity challenge in the final episode. In a "Fallen Comrades" challenge, in which the contestants were quizzed on trivia regarding players in the game who had been voted out, the final question was "Which female contestant has no piercings?" The official answer, given by Kim J to earn the win, was Kelly. Lex answered the question with Lindsey's name, who, unbeknownst to the producers, also had no piercings. Had Lex been given credit for his correct answer, he and Kim J would have been tied in the challenge and would have faced tie-breaker questions. After the producers were alerted to the mistake, both third place finisher Lex and fourth place finisher Tom were awarded the $100,000 runner-up prize instead of the traditional third and fourth place earnings.
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