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Survivor: All-Stars
Winner Amber Brkich
Presented by Jeff Probst
No. of episodes 16
No. of days 39
No. of survivors 18
Production
Location(s) Pearl Islands, Panama
Filming dates November 3, 2003 (2003-11-03)
– December 11, 2003 (2003-12-11)
Broadcast
Original run February 1, 2004 (2004-02-01) – May 9, 2004 (2004-05-09)
Chronology
Preceded by Survivor: Pearl Islands
Followed by Survivor: Vanuatu

Survivor: All-Stars is the eighth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. It was filmed from November 3, 2003 through December 11, 2003 and premiered on February 1, 2004 after Super Bowl XXXVIII. It was set on the Pearl Islands of Panama, where the previous season Survivor: Pearl Islands had just wrapped up. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it consisted of the usual 39 days of gameplay with, for the first time, 18 competitors instead of the usual 16.

The winner was Amber Brkich, who was declared the Sole Survivor after a victory over Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano with a 4–3 jury vote. At the end of the live reunion show, a twist called America's Tribal Council was announced. It involved the public voting to award a second million-dollar prize. Rupert Boneham won the million dollars over runners up Mariano, Colby Donaldson, and Tom Buchanan.

This season was released on DVD on September 14, 2004.

Casting[edit]

Mark Burnett confirmed that two people turned down formal offers to appear on the All-Stars edition of SurvivorElisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck from The Australian Outback, who had recently taken a job as a co-host of The View, and Colleen Haskell of the show's premiere season, who "had moved on with her life" and "just genuinely didn't want to go through that again." Survivor: Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine also confirmed that she turned down an offer to join the show, saying that she was still recovering from parasites that she received while filming Pearl Islands.[1] Rodger Bingham from Survivor: The Australian Outback has said that he was considered to be on the show, but was ultimately not chosen.[2] and Jenna Morasca, winner of Survivor: The Amazon stated that her fellow tribemate Heidi Strobel had also turned down the offer to appear on the show.[3] Sean Rector and Neleh Dennis of Survivor: Marquesas has claimed that they went through the interviewing process and were set to go, but were ultimately cut at the last minute.[4][5] Also from Marquesas, Hunter Ellis turned down the offer to appear on the show.[6] Brian Heidik, the winner of Survivor: Thailand claims he turned down the offer due to monetary concers.[7] Clay Jordan and Helen Glover, both from Thailand, Gina Crews from Marquesas and the winner of Marquesas Vecepia Towery were considered to come back, but not made the final cast.[8][9][10] Johnny Fairplay said that he decline the offer to return for this season. He later returned for Survivor: Micronesia.[11] Kelly Goldsmith from Africa said that she was cast as alternate for Jenna Morasca or Shii Ann Huang but both were eventually able to participate.[12] Also from Africa, Teresa Cooper states that she was asked back for this season, but was cut and replaced by Tina Wesson.[13] Burnett jokingly said that "the casting was really, really scientific. I got a yellow legal pad and wrote down 24 names, and [then] cut down to 18. It was that quick."[14]

Contestants[edit]

Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham, Colby Donaldson and Jerri Manthey returned to Survivor again in the show's 20th season, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains where they finished 13th, 6th, 5th and 4th, respectively. Mariano again played in the twenty-second season Survivor: Redemption Island, which he won. Boneham and Tina Wesson returned for the show's twenty-seventh season, Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Boneham returned with his wife, Laura, whereas Wesson returned with her daughter, Katie Collins. Boneham finished 20th and Wesson placed 4th.

Rudy Boesch came in seventeenth place
Jenna Morasca quit the game
Jerri Manthey came in tenth place
Rupert Boneham came in fourth place and was the sixth jury member
Jenna Lewis came in third place and was the seventh jury member.
List of Survivor: All-Stars contestants
Contestant Original tribe Absorbed tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Finish
Wesson, TinaTina Wesson
42, Knoxville, Tennessee
The Australian Outback
Saboga 20 20 20 1st voted out
Day 3
Boesch, RudyRudy Boesch
75, Rochester, New York
Borneo
Saboga 20 20 20 2nd voted out
Day 6
Morasca, JennaJenna Morasca
22, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
The Amazon
Mogo Mogo 20 20 20 Quit
Day 9
Cesternino, RobRob Cesternino
25, Wantagh, New York
The Amazon
Chapera 20 20 20 3rd voted out
Day 12
Hatch, RichardRichard Hatch
42, Newport, Rhode Island
Borneo
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo 20 20 4th voted out
Day 15
Hawk, SusanSusan Hawk
42, Palmyra, Wisconsin
Borneo
Chapera Chapera 20 20 Quit
Day 17
Donaldson, ColbyColby Donaldson
29, Christoval, Texas
The Australian Outback
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo 20 20 5th voted out
Day 19
Zohn, EthanEthan Zohn
30, Lexington, Massachusetts
Africa
Saboga Mogo Mogo 20 20 6th voted out
Day 21
Manthey, JerriJerri Manthey
33, Los Angeles, California
The Australian Outback
Saboga Mogo Mogo Chapera 20 7th voted out
Day 24
van den Berghe, LexLex van den Berghe
40, Santa Cruz, California
Africa
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo Chapera Chaboga Mogo 8th voted out
1st jury member
Day 27
Vavrick-O'Brien, KathyKathy Vavrick-O'Brien
49, Burlington, Vermont
Marquesas
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo Chapera 9th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 28
Calaway, AliciaAlicia Calaway
35, New York, New York
The Australian Outback
Chapera Chapera Mogo Mogo 10th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
Huang, Shii AnnShii Ann Huang
29, New York, New York
Thailand
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo Chapera 11th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
Buchanan, TomTom Buchanan
48, Saltville, Virginia
Africa
Chapera Chapera Mogo Mogo 12th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
Boneham, RupertRupert Boneham
39, Indianapolis, Indiana
Pearl Islands
Saboga Chapera Mogo Mogo 13th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Lewis, JennaJenna Lewis
26, Franklin, New Hampshire
Borneo
Saboga Chapera Mogo Mogo 14th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
Mariano, RobRob Mariano
27, Canton, Massachusetts
Marquesas
Chapera Chapera Mogo Mogo Runner-up
Brkich, AmberAmber Brkich
25, Beaver, Pennsylvania
The Australian Outback
Chapera Chapera Chapera Sole Survivor

Season summary[edit]

Eighteen players from previous seasons were divided into three tribes of six: Chapera, Mogo Mogo, and Saboga. Saboga lost the first two immunity challenges and, during a shelter-building challenge, built a shelter that quickly flooded. Saboga's poor conditions caught up to them and, after losing a crucial reward challenge, the four remaining members were divided between the other two tribes. Chapera accepted the newcomers, Rupert and Jenna L., and the two entered a solid majority alliance with de-facto leader Rob M. and his closest ally and romantic interest Amber. Rob and Amber also had alliances with the other members of the tribe, however a winning streak ensured that they never had to break any of them. Mogo Mogo struggled after Lex decided to vote out the stronger members of the tribe in order to cement his control, causing Mogo Mogo to continually lose challenges and approach the merge in the minority.

Two players voluntarily left the game. Jenna Morasca, fearing for her mother's health, decided to drop out on Day 9 and return to her mother's side; her mother would die eight days later from cancer. Susan Hawk also left, distraught after an incident during an immunity challenge in which a naked Richard Hatch had brief but inappropriate bodily contact with her.

With ten players remaining, a tribal switch was held where players drew new buffs out of a bag. In an unorthodox twist of fate, each player simply drew a buff of the opposite tribe color except Amber, with the net effect of having Amber forced into the old Mogo Mogo tribe under the Chapera name. After Chapera lost the next immunity challenge, Rob whispered a deal to Lex to save Amber, promising that he will make it up to him later in the game. This led Lex to convince the rest of his tribe to vote out Jerri instead. The next day, the remaining players were merged into the Chaboga Mogo tribe and Rob found it necessary to vote off Lex as leader of the minority alliance, much to the anger of the latter for breaking the deal.

Rob and his former tribe mates continued to dominate the rest of the game, systematically eliminating the rest of Lex's alliance. Rob and Amber then honored their deal with Rupert and Jenna L., eliminating the rest of the original Chapera tribe. After convincing Jenna to vote Rupert out in order to avoid a tie, Rob won the final immunity challenge and took Amber into the final two. It was recognized by the jury that the finalists played as a pair, however Rob's strategic gameplay was deemed more outwardly vicious than Amber's quieter and more social game. The jury decided that Rob had been too aggressive in his handling of the jury, choosing Amber as the winner in a vote of 4–3.

Challenge winners and eliminations by episode
Episode title Air date Challenge winner(s) Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
"They're Back!" February 1, 2004 None Chapera Tina 1st voted out
Day 3
Mogo Mogo
"Panicked, Desperate, Thirsty as Hell" February 5, 2004 Saboga1 Chapera Rudy 2nd voted out
Day 6
Mogo Mogo
"Shark Attack" February 12, 2004 Chapera None2 Jenna M. Quit
Day 9
Mogo Mogo
"Wipe Out!" February 19, 2004 Chapera Saboga Rob C. 3rd voted out
Day 12
Saboga Mogo Mogo
"I've Been Bamboozled!" February 26, 2004 Mogo Mogo3 Chapera Richard 4th voted out
Day 15
Chapera3
"Outraged" March 4, 2004 Mogo Mogo4 None Sue Quit
Day 17
"Sorry...I Blew It" March 11, 2004 Chapera Colby 5th voted out
Day 19
[Kathy]5
"Pick A Tribemate" March 17, 2004 Chapera Chapera Ethan 6th voted out
Day 21
"Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts" April 1, 2004 None6 Mogo Mogo Jerri 7th voted out
Day 24
"Anger, Tears and Chaos" April 8, 2004 Rupert
[Jenna L.,
Amber]7
Kathy8 Lex 8th voted out
1st jury member
Day 27
Rob M.8
"A Thoughtful Gesture or a Deceptive Plan" April 15, 2004 Alicia,
Amber,
Rob M.,
Shii Ann
Rob M.9 Kathy 9th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 28
"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People" April 22, 2004 Rupert Shii Ann Alicia 10th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
"A Chapera Surprise" April 29, 2004 Tom10
[Rob M.]
Tom Shii Ann 11th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
"The Instigator" May 6, 2004 Rob M.
[Amber]
Rob M. Tom 12th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
"The Sole Surviving All-Star" May 9, 2004 None Amber Rupert 13th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Rob M. Jenna L. 14th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
"The Reunion" May 9, 2004 Jury vote
Rob M. Runner-up
Amber Sole Survivor
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 : Saboga chose to give some taste of reward to the other two tribes. They gave a flint and pot to all the tribes.
^2 : Since Jenna M. left the game, no immunity challenge and no tribal council were shown during the episode.
^3 : Saboga, having lost the reward challenge, was dissolved with two members sent to each of the Chapera and Mogo Mogo tribes.
^4 : Despite Sue's resignation from the game, a reward challenge was still held.
^5 : The challenge was combined Reward and Immunity. Chapera was able to choose one Mogo Mogo member for their reward. They selected Kathy, who was not permitted to go to tribal council with her tribe.
^6 : A tribe reshuffling took place instead of a reward challenge. Amber was the only one who did not switch tribes, but was left in a tribe otherwise completely made up of former Mogo Mogos.
^7 : The reward challenge was individual and not tribal, even though no merge had taken place at this point in the episode.
^8 : The men competed separately from the women for immunity.
^9 : Boston Rob forwent seeing his video from home. He gave everybody their letters from home.
^10 : The remaining contestants were each paid a visit by a family member or friend, who then proceeded to compete in a reward challenge on behalf of their loved one. Tom's son Bucky Bo came away victorious and won the right to stay at the old Chapera campsite for 24 hours. Tom was also asked to pick another loved one to join them; he picked Mike, Boston Rob's brother.

Episodes[edit]

Episode
#
Title CBS recap Rating/Share
18-49
Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "They're Back!" Recap 14.9/37 February 1, 2004 33.27

The eighteen All-Stars arrived at Panama already divided into three tribes, Chapera, Mogo Mogo and Saboga. They were only given water canteens to start, and received no information and no fire. The three tribes received maps to their respective camps. When Chapera made it to their camp, they found a well with contaminated water. The tribe decided to focus on building their shelter. Over at Mogo Mogo, the tribe members were scrambling to create alliances. Eventually, they agreed that no one trusted each other, and that they would focus on their camp before alliances. Chapera and Saboga desperately needed fire. At Chapera, Alicia and Boston Rob were fighting over whether to focus on fire or shelter. After the fight, Boston Rob formed an alliance with Amber, while Rudy and Rupert formed an alliance at Saboga.

  • Immunity Challenge: The contestants would start on floating platforms, and they must dive down to retrieve a raft on the ocean floor. Then they must transport the raft to the beach, and pass and light torches along the way. First two tribes to light their torches and bring the raft to the beach win immunity. This challenge was based on the very first challenge of Survivor: Borneo.
At the immunity challenge, Richard decided to be competely naked. Chapera took an early lead. Saboga fell behind when Rupert dove to release a raft that was already free. Although Saboga managed to catch up, Chapera and Mogo Mogo won immunity. When Saboga returned to camp, Jenna L. tried to convince Rudy and Rupert to vote out either Ethan or Tina because they have already won in the past. Ethan tried to convince them that it would be a good strategic move to keep a winner around to guarantee a Final 2 victory. With Ethan and Tina voting for Jenna L., and Jenna L. and Jerri voting for Tina, Rudy and Rupert would be the swing votes. In the end, Rudy and Rupert voted for Tina, sending her home. In addition, since Saboga was unable to start a fire at camp, their torches remained at the Tribal Council until they were able to do so.
2 "Panicked, Desperate, Thirsty as Hell" Recap 8.9/22 February 5, 2004 23.07

As it rained heavily over Saboga, the tribe began losing morale. Rudy took the tribes mind off of hunger and thirst by telling them stories from his time in Vietnam. At Mogo Mogo, the tribe had varying reactions as Richard decided to walk around camp naked. The three tribes were shocked to find a box secured with three locks at each of their camps.

  • Reward Challenge: The tribes must swim out to retrieve five logs from the ocean. After one log is retrieved, the tribes would lose one member so the final log is carried by only one tribemate. The tribes must then use the logs to build a staircase. First tribe to build their staircase and use it to reach a platform wins either blankets or flint, a pot, and a clue to the first key of their box. Should the winning tribe choose the second option, all three tribes would receive flint and a pot. Based on a challenge from Survivor: Africa.

At the reward challenge, Chapera took an early lead while Saboga fell behind as Rudy struggled with the swimming. However, Saboga pulled ahead as they assembled their staircase and won reward. After the challenge, Jeff explained that the boxes at their camps contained rice. After giving Saboga the choice between the two rewards, they chose to take the clue, giving all three tribes flint and a pot.

  • Immunity Challenge: There are three boats at the ocean floor. Each tribe must swim down to retrieve their boat, and then clear the heavy cargo and water out of it. First two tribes to row to the shore and carry their boat over the finish line win immunity. Based on a challenge from Survivor: Marquesas.
At the immunity challenge, Saboga took an early lead, however Chapera and Mogo Mogo pulled ahead by flipping their boat to empty the water, and Chapera and Mogo Mogo ended up winning immunity, sending Saboga to Tribal Council for a second time in a row. After they lost the challenge, the Saboga tribe considered voting out Ethan for being a past winner and Rudy for being the weakest link and for his injured ankle. In the end, Saboga chose to keep their tribe strong, and Rudy was voted out.
3 "Shark Attack" Recap 8.0/20 February 12, 2004 22.35

At Mogo Mogo, Jenna M. was suffering from depression due to leaving behind her mother, who was fighting cancer. Meanwhile. Saboga, having lost two immunity challenges, knew they needed to be productive. Rupert caught a fish for his tribe's lunch.

  • Reward Challenge: Prior the challenge, each tribe received a box containing supplies from Home Depot. Using the tools provided, each tribe had 24 hours to build a home at their camp. Once the 24 hours is up, Jeff will send a judge to rate the homes on size, strength, and creativity. The top two tribes receive a clue to a key for their box of rice, with the winning tribe winning an additional reward of blankets, mats and wine.
At the reward challenge, Chapera elected Boston Rob as their leader as he had experience with construction. Meanwhile, at Saboga, Rupert took the leadership role and came up with the idea of a log cabin. However, things got tense as Jerri disagreed with his design. Mogo Mogo decided to build a treehouse. Colby and Lex worked on Mogo Mogo's home, while Jenna M. and Shii Ann suggested creative touches. However, Colby and Lex weren't interested in the women's ideas, causing a rift between the men and women of Mogo Mogo. The next day, Jeff showed up at each camp with a licensed contractor to judge the homes. The judge inspected all three homes, and decided that Chapera's home was the winner. Chapera received their reward airdropped. After a rainstorm, Jenna M. announced that it was time to go home so she could be with her dying mother. When the tribes arrived at what was supposed to be the immunity challenge, Jenna M. announced that it was bad judgment to become an All-Star, and that she was needed at home. Jeff announced that both the immunity challenge and Tribal Council would be canceled due to Jenna M.'s voluntary leave. Jenna M. then boarded the boat to take her home. Eight days after Jenna M. returned home, her mother died of cancer.
4 "Wipe Out!" Recap 8.7/22 February 19, 2004 22.80

At Chapera, a romantic relationship was developing between Amber and Boston Rob. At Saboga, heavy rainfalls caused flooding in their home, so they had no protection from the storm. After the storm, Mogo Mogo remade their fire and Richard caught three eels for his tribe.

At the reward challenge, it came down to Chapera's Alicia who guessed the final item of Jerri's box correctly, giving Chapera another victory. After enjoying their reward, Chapera went out to find their final key. To show his tribe that he could contribute, Rob C. went to dig for the key, however Boston Rob found the key first. Chapera then enjoyed a meal of rice.

  • Immunity Challenge: One castaway from each tribe would work as a caller to direct their tribemates, who would be blindfolded and teamed up in pairs, in collecting fifteen large puzzle pieces from a field. Once all of the puzzle pieces were collected, the entire tribe would work together to assemble the puzzle. The first two tribes to complete their puzzle win immunity. Based on Survivor: The Amazon.
At the immunity challenge, the blindfolded castaways were constantly bumping into each other. Saboga finished their puzzle first, and Mogo Mogo placed their last puzzle piece just in time, sending Chapera to their first Tribal Council. After they lost immunity, Alicia, Rob C., and Sue were on the chopping block. The alliance of Amber and Boston Rob seemed to be in control. Boston Rob attempted to ease Rob C.'s fear of going home by offering an alliance with him, however Rob C. was skeptical. In the end, Rob C.'s savvy gameplay from his original season caused his tribe to view him as a threat, and he was voted out unanimously.
5 "I've Been Bamboozled!" Recap 8.6/23 February 26, 2004 22.19

The three tribes were surprised to find a bundle of bamboo poles at their camp. They were instructed to construct a raft for the reward challenge out of the bamboo poles. At Saboga, Rupert led his tribe in building a raft that resembled a catamaran. At Mogo Mogo, after attempts to design a raft that would hold everyone's weight failed, the tribe chose to not construct a raft at all and just bundled the poles together. At Chapera, Sue chose to urinate on their raft.

  • Reward Challenge: Prior to the reward challenge, each tribe had to construct a raft out of bamboo poles. The tribes must use their rafts to rescue two tribemates, and then they must paddle out to a buoy to grab a flag. Then they must race their flag to the shore and cross the finish line. Based on a challenge from Survivor: Marquesas. First tribe to cross the finish line win fishing hooks and a fishing spear, plus a clue to one of the keys to their box of rice. The losing tribe would be dissolved into the first and second place tribes.

Mogo Mogo had a slight lead early on, with Chapera in second place. In the end, Mogo Mogo won, with Chapera in second place. In last place, the Saboga members would be dissolved between Chapera and Mogo Mogo. Ethan and Jerri joined Mogo Mogo, while Jenna L. and Rupert joined Chapera. When the two tribes returned to camp, the former Saboga members were impressed with their new homes. At Mogo Mogo, Ethan caught fish for his new tribe, causing some rivalry between him and Richard.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways must race across balance beams to retrieve tribe-colored flags. When two castaways of opposing tribes met in the middle, they must battle until one falls into the water. First tribe to collect twenty flags wins immunity. Based on a challenge from Survivor: Thailand.
At the immunity challenge, Boston Rob lead Chapera to another victory, sending Mogo Mogo to Tribal Council. After they lost immunity, Mogo Mogo planned to vote out Ethan as a past winner. However, Colby changed his mind and felt Ethan would a better asset for the tribe and that Richard was untrustworthy and would tear the tribe apart. Colby and Ethan approached Lex about this plan, and Lex agreed, wanting to take out Richard before a merge. The guys then approached Jerri about the plan to eliminate Richard. Colby tried to make sure Richard had no idea that he was in trouble by assuring him that Ethan would be voted out and that the original Mogo Mogos would stick together. Lex then approached Kathy and Shii Ann about taking Richard out and although they agreed, they felt it was a mistake and that Colby was becoming too powerful. Jerri tried to target Colby in order to get revenge on him. She told Richard about the plan to eliminate him and proposed that he and the girls team up to take out Colby. Richard agreed and felt confident that the plan to get him out would fail. Kathy soon found herself as a swing vote for she could either side with the guys and eliminate Richard and not ruffle any feathers or go with the girls and try to make a bold game move by sending Colby home. At tribal council, Colby said that some people were flying under the radar and not really trying to make any bold moves. In the end, Colby's plan came to fruition as the girls abandoned the plan and Richard was sent home unanimously.
6 "Outraged" Recap 8.7/23 March 4, 2004 23.22

At Chapera, Rupert became the tribe's provider by catching fish. At Mogo Mogo, there was tension between Colby and Shii Ann due to comments at the previous Tribal Council. Colby was annoyed by Shii Ann's method of flying under the radar. Meanwhile, Sue's tribemates got concerned when she became increasingly upset regarding Richard's brief, but inappropriate bodily contact with her at the previous challenge. Feeling vulnerable, Amber and Boston Rob formed an alliance with former Saboga members Jenna L. and Rupert. Prior to the reward challenge, Jeff asked Sue about the incident at the previous challenge, causing her to become enraged. Sue said that she couldn't take it anymore and quit the game. After Sue's departure, the tribes chose to go on with the reward challenge.

  • Reward Challenge: The tribes must use a balance beam to stomp food items into the air. The goal was for the castaways to all of their tribe's food items into their tribe's basket. First tribe to have all their food items in the basket wins the basket as reward, plus shish kabobs. This challenge was based on Survivor: Africa.
Chapera took an early lead as Tom landed a bag into a basket on his first try. However Jenna L. struggled, causing Mogo Mogo to pull ahead and win the challenge. Sue's departure lead to some discussion on both tribes. Chapera agreed to stick together to the end, and shared a moment for Sue. Due to Sue's departure, there was no immunity challenge nor Tribal Council.
7 "Sorry...I Blew It" Recap 8.7/23 March 11, 2004 22.63

At Mogo Mogo, Jerri awoke with complaints, annoying her tribemates. After receiving Tree Mail, Chapera discussed their chances of winning the challenge. Rupert motivated his tribe by giving them an inspirational speech.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: The castaways would start on floating platforms. One at a time, the castaways must swim to retrieve designated floating puzzle pieces. Once all puzzle pieces are gathered, they must assemble them to form a boat, which they must paddle to shore. One tribe member must then run through the jungle to raise a flag and retrieve additional paddles. The tribes must then race back to their floating platform. First tribe to arrive at their platform wins immunity, plus a barbecue feast, beer and dessert. In a twist, the winning tribe must kidnap a member of the losing tribe to join them on the reward. The kidnapped castaway would also be immune from the vote.
At the reward/immunity challenge, Jerri caused Mogo Mogo to fall behind by struggling to unclip a puzzle piece. However, Mogo Mogo pulled ahead when they assembled their puzzle more quickly. However, in the jungle, Rob M. was able to untie the paddles faster than Ethan, leading Chapera to a victory. Chapera chose to kidnap Kathy, sparing her from Tribal Council. At the reward, the Chaperas attempted to convince Kathy that in the event of a merge, it would be in her best interest to flip on Mogo Mogo. When Mogo Mogo returned to camp, Ethan blamed himself for the loss and felt concerned that due to his performance that the tribe would see no reason to keep him around. Ethan felt his best chance was to target Jerri. Colby and Ethan conspired to vote out Jerri, with the approval of Lex. However, Lex felt that this was the perfect opportunity to make a bold move by taking out Colby as he felt his mistake in Africa was not making a big move. Lex then approached Jerri, mentioning that Colby was the biggest threat. Jerri was more than happy to send him home, as she still felt ill feelings towards Colby for his betrayal on her back in Australia. Lex then approached Shii Ann about the plan as well. Shii Ann agreed but had second thoughts as she was getting tired of Jerri's constant complaining and her laziness. In the end, Shii Ann sided with Lex and Jerri and Colby was voted out.
8 "Pick A Tribemate" Recap 8.5/22 March 18, 2004 21.89

During a rainstorm, Kathy returned to Mogo Mogo from her reward with the Chapera tribe while her tribe was at Tribal Council. Kathy attempted to build a fire. As morning came, the tribes received Tree Mail instructing them to choose one ambassador to go to the other tribe's camp. Mogo Mogo chose Kathy, who had already built a relationship with Chapera. A draw determined that Jenna L. from Chapera would be sent to Mogo Mogo. When Jenna L. and Kathy arrived at the opposing camps, they learned that they would choose three items that their tribe would receive should they win reward.

  • Reward Challenge: Each castaway would face off with a castaway of the same gender on the opposing tribe on a free-spinning log. First person to hit the water would be out of the challenge, and the winner would score a point for their tribe. First tribe to score five points wins reward. Based on a challenge from Survivor: The Amazon. Should Chapera win, they would be given Mogo Mogo's grill, a bag of their rice, and their Hawaiian sling. Should Mogo Mogo win, they would be given Chapera's blanket, parachute, and tarp.

At the reward challenge, Mogo Mogo took an early lead as Shii Ann outlasted Alicia. However, Chapera tied when Boston Rob outlasted Lex. In the end, Amber outlasted Kathy and scored the fifth and final point for Chapera. When Chapera, returned to camp, they celebrated their new tools, and Amber and Rob M. shared their first kiss.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways must face off with members of the other tribe using weapons, blowguns, and spears to hit targets. The final round would be between one member from each tribe. Each finalist receives a bow and arrow, with the number of arrows determined by how many hits their tribe got in the first round. Once all the arrows are used, the person with their arrow closest to the target's center wins immunity for their tribe. Based on a challenge from Survivor: The Amazon.
At the immunity challenge, Jerri was the only castaway to hit the target with a blowgun. The final round consisted of Mogo Mogo's Jerri and Chapera's Boston Rob. Boston Rob lead Chapera to another victory. After Mogo Mogo lost immunity, Lex formed an alliance to outlast Ethan. Lex decided to tell Ethan that he was going home next, which angered Ethan, who attempted to form an alliance to outlast Jerri. In the end, Ethan's attempt to target Jerri was unsuccessful, and he was voted out unanimously.
9 "Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts" Recap 8.3/23 April 1, 2004 21.69

At Chapera, Rupert and Tom woke up early to work. Tom decided to go fishing for the first time and caught a fish. After losing three immunity challenges in a row, the morale at Mogo Mogo was low. The tribes received Tree Mail with paint in the color of their tribe. Mogo Mogo decided to save the paint, while the Chapera tribe used it to paint each other's bodies. As the tribes assembled for a reward challenge, they were told that there was no challenge. Instead, members of Chapera and Mogo Mogo were instructed to pair off and enjoy a picnic. After the castaways completed their picnic, they thought that they were going to merge , but instead discovered they were actually switching tribes. The castaways were instructed to draw a random buff from a vase. By chance, each castaway was switched to the opposite tribe, with the exception of Amber, who remained on the Chapera tribe with the four former Mogo Mogo tribe members. With Amber now on the opposing tribe, Boston Rob was upset to be separated from her. The new Chapera tribe, consisting of the entire former Mogo Mogo tribe and Amber, was impressed by their new camp. The new Mogo Mogo tribe, consisting entirely of former Chapera tribe members, was disappointed with their new home. Prior to the immunity challenge, Boston Rob expressed his desire to go the final two with Amber and would do whatever it would take to get her there. Rob decided that he needed to make a big move that would affect everybody.

  • Immunity Challenge: The tribes must answer questions about Survivor from season one to season seven. First tribe to answer ten questions correctly wins immunity.
At the immunity challenge, the score was even until Mogo Mogo answered a question incorrectly. However, Mogo Mogo pulled ahead and evened the score. With the scores tied at 10-10, the castaways were asked a tiebreaker question. The castaways were asked to list the first castaways voted out in the first seven seasons. Chapera answered six out of seven correctly, however Mogo Mogo got all seven correct, winning immunity. As the tribes gathered to return to their camps, As Chapera left, Boston Rob approached Lex and offered him a deal, "You take care of her, I'll take care of you." Lex promised that he would do his best. When Chapera returned to camp, it came down to Amber, as the only former Chapera member on the tribe, and Jerri, who was on the chopping block previously due to her perceived lack of work ethic. Amber lobbied Kathy to save her, while Jerri lobbied Lex. In the end, Lex stayed true to his deal with Boston Rob, and Jerri was voted out.
10 "Anger, Tears and Chaos" Recap 7.9/24 April 8, 2004 20.76

After Amber was switched to the opposing tribe, Boston Rob was worried that she may have been voted out. Knowing that his closest ally could be out of the game, he formed an alliance with Alicia. When the tribes gathered for the reward challenge, Boston Rob was relieved to see that Amber was spared.

  • Reward Challenge: This challenge was a Survivor version of musical chairs. The castaways must dive underwater to retrieve a colored pot. Castaways without a pot would be eliminated from the challenge until there are only three left. The last three would then race to the shore carrying a heavy crate. The first castaway to carry their crate across the finish line wins the reward of a night at a spa along with a feast and a massage.. Based on a challenge from Survivor: Marquesas.

During the reward challenge, Lex, Boston Rob and Rupert moved on to the final round, and Rupert was the first to cross the finish line, winning reward. Rupert chose Amber and Jenna L. to join him on the reward. As the tribes gathered for the immunity challenge, Amber, Jenna L. and Rupert were dropped off by helicopter. Jeff then announced that the tribes were merging, and that they would live at the old Saboga camp. They were given new blue buffs, as well as two Hawaiian slings and a tarp. The castaways chose the name "Chaboga Mogo" for the merged tribe by combining the names of the three original tribes. Lex approached Boston Rob about his deal. Boston Rob promised to keep him safe, however later revealed that he never had any intention of keeping his deal with Lex and that it was all a game so that Amber could stay. Boston Rob then approached Amber to tell her that Lex was going next. Amber was hesitant, as she had promised Lex and Kathy that Boston Rob and her would be the final four. Amber didn't want to break her word just yet and tried to convince Rob that they should play it safe by eliminating Jenna or Rupert but Boston Rob felt that Lex was too big a threat to keep around.

  • Immunity Challenge: The men and the women competed separately for immunity. The first round is a competition to determine who can hold their breath underwater the longest. Two men and two women would move on the final round, where they must swim underwater to release ten buoys. The first man and the first woman to release ten buoys win immunity. This challenge was based on the first individual immunity challenge of Survivor: Borneo.
At the immunity challenge, Amber and Kathy moved on to the final round, along with Lex and Boston Rob. Amber struggled to unhook the seventh buoy, allowing Kathy to pull ahead and win immunity. Lex had a lead, however he struggled to unhook the final buoy, allowing Boston Rob make a comeback and win immunity. When Chaboga Mogo returned to camp, Kathy and Lex were skeptical about Boston Rob's deal. Lex felt that he had a made a potential game-ending blunder by sending Jerri home instead of Amber. Lex's worst fears were realized as Boston Rob bluntly told Lex that the original Chaperas would be sticking together and that he was their target at tribal council. Kathy was also upset at Boston Rob for going back on his word. Extremely angry, Lex yelled at Boston Rob that he had compromised his numbers at the merge by honoring his word with Boston Rob. Boston Rob realized that had Jerri stayed and Amber gone, Big Tom may have possibly switched sides. Kathy felt that Lex didn't deserve to go and considered giving her immunity to Lex and sacrificing herself so that Lex would have another chance to take Boston Rob out. Kathy kept the necklace and Lex was voted out.
11 "A Thoughtful Gesture or a Deceptive Plan" Recap 7.5/21 April 15, 2004 20.78

As Chaboga Mogo returned from Tribal Council, heavy rainfall had reduced their fire significantly. When the castaways gathered for a challenge, they were informed that it would be for reward and immunity. The castaways were given a taste of the videos from home.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: The castaways would compete in two teams of four to navigate through an obstacle course. The must fight through twigs, navigate a series of balance beams, and participate in a belly crawl. Then they must climb a 10-foot wall, build a bridge and cross it, use a rope ladder to climb to a tower and cross a rope bridge. One team member must wait while the rest descend a ladder and dig out a buried flag. Once the flag is dug up, the one left waiting must zip down a line to grab a key. They must use the key to unlock a gate, allowing the team members to pass through and cross the finish line. First team to cross the finish line wins a reward of letters from home as well as rain parkas. Then the winning four must compete against each other for immunity. Each team member must complete slide puzzle. First castaway to slide out their knife and cut a rope to raise a flag wins immunity, plus a chance to watch a video from home while enjoying hot chocolate.
The teams for the challenge were Alicia, Amber, Boston Rob, and Shii Ann versus Jenna L., Kathy, Rupert, and Tom. Alicia's team took an early lead and won the reward. Boston Rob quickly solved the puzzle to slide his knife out, and chopped the rope to raise his flag, winning immunity. Boston Rob chose to forgo seeing his video so everybody could receive letters from home. After everyone finished reading their letters from home, Kathy attempted to break the Chapera alliance by telling Rupert and Tom that Amber, Jenna L., and Boston Rob wouldn't allow anyone else to reach the final three. In the end, Kathy's efforts to break the Chapera alliance failed, and she was voted out, becoming the second member of the jury.
12 "Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People" Recap 7.6/22 April 22, 2004 20.99

As the castaways returned from Tribal Council, Shii Ann, the last ex-Mogo Mogo left in the game knew she was on the chopping block. She lobbied Boston Rob to keep her in the game and failed.

  • Reward Challenge: At the challenge site, there were a set of masks for each castaway. Each castaway must fill out a questionnaire that asks personal information and private opinions on others. Then they must vote on what they think the most common answer would be. Each castaway who answers a question correctly would be allowed to cut a section of rope connected to the swinging log of the castaway they wanted eliminated. Three cuts of the rope would send the logs smashing into the mask. Last person left with their mask intact wins reward. All the castaways would go to a restaurant, with the winner choosing what each castaway would eat at the restaurant.

At the reward challenge, Boston Rob was found to be the most trustworthy, and Shii Ann and Tom each took a hit. The castaways thought that Alicia and Shii Ann were the least deserving of being an All-Star, and Tom was out of the challenge. After Alicia, Jenna L., and Shii Ann were eliminated, the castaways found out that Alicia was voted "most likely to be under the false assumption that she was smart", upsetting Alicia. When Rob M. was eliminated, it came down to Amber and Rupert. Both answered a question correctly, however Rupert was already ahead and won reward. After returning to camp, Alicia was upset at what she found out at the challenge. As the castaways arrived at the restaurant, Rupert chose a steak for himself, a cheeseburger for Rob M., a hot dog for Jenna L., a sandwich for Amber, a salad for Alicia, and potatoes for Tom, leaving Shii Ann with cold rice. After returning from the restaurant, Shii Ann attempted to form an alliance with Alicia and failed.

  • Immunity Challenge: Each castaway would stand on a post directly under a bucket of water connected to their wrists. When a castaway drops their hand, they get poured on and are eliminated from the challenge. Last dry castaway wins immunity. This Challenge was based on one from Survivor: Africa.
At the immunity challenge, Amber and Jenna L. fell out early, with Alicia and Tom following. Rob M. moved his arm to swat at an insect, and only Rupert and Shii Ann remained. After Rupert was eliminated, Shii Ann won immunity, forcing the ex-Chapera alliance to vote out one of their own. After the castaways returned to camp, the Chapera alliance knew they had to turn on one of their own. Rob M. began to worry that Amber may be playing him. However, Rob M.'s fears proved untrue, as Alicia was voted out and became the third member of the jury.
13 "A Chapera Surprise" Recap 7.5/21 April 29, 2004 20.78

As the castaways gathered for the reward challenge, they were excited to see their loved ones. Jeff surprised the castaways when he announced that the loved ones would participate in the challenge instead of the All-Stars.

  • Reward Challenge: The loved ones must eat types of indigenous foods from past seasons. Each round will feature a different food item, with the loved one that finishes last being eliminated from the challenge. Last loved one left wins a night with their loved one at the old Chapera camp. Challenge was based on one from Survivor: Thailand.

Amber's mother was eliminated first, followed by Shii Ann's mother and Rupert's wife. Jenna L.'s brother broke the rules by drinking water during a tarantula dish. It was down to Rob M.'s brother and Tom's son. Tom's son quickly ate the final item, winning reward. Tom was offered the chance to invite one other castaway and their loved one to join them. He chose Rob M. and his brother to join him. When Rob M. and Tom arrived at the old Chapera camp with their loved ones, there with beer and pizza waiting for them. Rob M. and Tom both discussed their strategies privately to their loved one. When the four men returned to the Chaboga Mogo camp, the loved ones were put to work. Tom's son helped out, however he broke the tribe's fishing spear, which upset Rupert. Rob M.'s brother wanted to relax.

  • Immunity Challenge: The goal of this challenge is to ignite the top of a "teeter-totter tower". East castaway must gather firewood and use matches to start a fire in one bucket. Then they must fill a bucket on the opposite side of the teeter-totter with water. To make things more difficult, the water bucket will have a hole in it. First castaway to ignite their tower wins immunity. The challenge was based on one from Survivor: The Australian Outback.
At the immunity challenge, it came down to Shii Ann and Tom. Tom's fire ignited the fuse first, securing him immunity. After returning the camp, Shii Ann attempted to break the Chapera alliance. She lobbied Amber, Rupert, and Tom to vote out Jenna L., giving her some comfort. In the end, Shii Ann's lobbying proved ineffective, as she was voted out.
14 "The Instigator" Recap 7.2/20 May 6, 2004 19.21

Jenna L. and Rupert discussed their alliance, and talked about voting out Rob M. As they were strategizing, Rob M. appeared and got paranoid.

  • Reward Challenge: The castaways must cross a long balance beam, with the last to cross being eliminated from the challenge. The last four must then do a military crawl to a slide puzzle, with the last to finish the puzzle being eliminated from the challenge. The last three must then stomp an item from a balance beam into a raised bucket three times, with the last one to complete the round being eliminated. The last two must then climb a rope ladder to catch a flying fox. First castaway to jump off the flying fox and grab a set of keys wins a brand new Chevrolet Colorado, as well as a trip to a drive-in to watch a screening of Lord of the Flies in their new truck.

The reward challenge came down to Amber and Rob M., however Rob M. was faster in climbing the rope ladder to win the challenge. Rob M. had a chance to bring one other castaway with him on the reward. He chose Amber. As Amber and Rob M. arrived at the drive-in, Amber was excited to receive a reward of her own, a brand new Chevrolet Malibu. When Amber and Rob M. returned to camp, Rob M.'s paranoia increased when he saw Rupert and Tom going to talk privately. Feeling vulnerable, Rob M. managed to turn Rupert and Tom against each other.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways must search through a bundle of letters for a list of all the past Survivor tribes. The seventeen tribe names will intersect and share letters. Once all the tribe names are found, the castaways must unscramble the intersecting letters to form a winning word. First castaway to unscramble the winning word wins immunity.
At the immunity challenge, Rob M. figured out the final word, "Chaboga Mogo," before Amber, winning immunity. After the immunity challenge, the final five made sure their alliances were still intact. Amber got worried that Tom would join Jenna L. and Rupert to vote her off. Amber and Rob M. formed an alliance with Tom to vote out Jenna L. In the end, Tom stayed true to his word and voted for Jenna L., however Amber and Rob M. did not stay true to their word, and Tom was voted out, becoming the fifth member of the jury.
15 "The Sole Surviving All-Star" Recap 10.0/25 May 9, 2004 24.76

The final four were awakened by Jeff, who landed on their beach with a breakfast of eggs, bacon, mimosas, and pancakes. He also gave them a camera and a scrapbook. Amber and Jenna discussed Jenna's position in the game. She could vote for Amber or Rob - whichever one doesn't win immunity, causing a tie between one of them and Rupert, or she could vote with Amber and Rob to eliminate Rupert.

  • Immunity Challenge: The final four castaways must navigate through a maze and avoid several obstacles. At the end of each corridor would be a rung for a ladder. The castaways must collect eight rungs in order to climb up to a tower. First castaway to assemble their ladder and climb to the top of their tower wins immunity. This challenge was based on one from Survivor: The Amazon.

At the immunity challenge, Jenna fell behind early, while Rob got confused and fell behind later on. It was between Amber and Rupert. Amber climbed to the tower first, winning immunity. After the immunity challenge, Jenna knew she had to either vote out her closest ally Rupert, or cause a tie and let a colored rock determine her fate. In the end, Jenna voted for Rupert, who became the sixth member of the jury.

Jeff woke up the final three and gave them a map to follow. They first went to a decoration stand filled with jewelry and paint and decorated themselves to resemble Pearl Islands tribesmen. Their trek then continued with the traditional path of the fallen castaways' torches and led them to the final immunity challenge.

  • Immunity Challenge: The final three castaways must balance themselves barefoot on a post while holding onto an idol with one hand. Any castaway who moves either foot off the post or touched the idol with their free hand will be eliminated from the challenge. Last castaway left standing wins immunity. This challenge was based on the final immunity challenge of Survivor: Borneo.

At the immunity challenge, Jenna was eliminated after two hours. After Jenna was eliminated, Amber tried to convince Rob to let her win immunity, however Rob wanted to finish the challenge fair and square. Amber accidentally touched the idol with her free hand, giving Rob immunity. Rob made it clear that he was voting out Jenna, however Amber was still a bit paranoid. In the end, Rob kept his word and voted out Jenna, propelling him and Amber to the final two.

On their final night, Amber and Rob prepared to meet the jury the next day. With the camp to themselves for the first time, Amber and Rob enjoyed romantic moments. At the final Tribal Council, Rob defended his actions as part of the game. Amber admitted that her position in the final two was partly due to luck and riding of Rob's coattails. The jurors made emotional statements, with many jurors angry at Rob for his deception. In a surprising twist on the night of the live finale, right before the votes were read, Rob made a marriage proposal to Amber, which she accepted. In the end, the jury had crowned Amber Sole Survivor in a 4-3 vote.
16 "Reunion" N/A 12.8/29 May 9, 2004 28.36
The castaways discuss the season with host, Jeff Probst.

Voting history[edit]

^11 : Jenna M. quit the game on day 9 to return home to be with her ill mother, no Tribal Council was held.
^12 : Sue quit the game on day 17 after an incident with Richard a few days prior, no Tribal Council was held.
^13 : Kathy abstained from the vote, as she was chosen to enjoy the reward with the Chapera tribe.

America's Tribal Council[edit]

Survivor: America's Tribal Council was a special edition of All-Stars, which followed the finale in which Amber Brkich won the million dollar prize. It was broadcast live on CBS on May 13, 2004 and resulted in Rupert Boneham winning a $1million prize based on the public's votes. All 18 contestants from the All-Stars season were eligible in the vote. The top four vote-geters were Boneham, Tom Buchanan, Colby Donaldson, and Rob Mariano. Rupert received over 26% of the approximately 38 million votes cast.

On CBS.com, other awards were voted on in the same time frame and revealed during the episode.

Criticism and controversy[edit]

The event was criticized by many fans and writers as being unfair. They said it was a popularity contest that rewarded Boneham even though he had failed to win the game on two consecutive occasions.

Some fans feared that if the America's Tribal Council format, of giving a separate prize to the most popular contestant, was continued into later seasons of Survivor, it would change the way the game was played by encouraging contestants to behave differently in order to become a viewer favorite. In this scenario, contestants might give up on the normal prize and concentrate on the popularity prize, which might make the strategy aspects of the program less prominent and encourage contestants to act in their in-show interviews to make themselves seem nicer. However, these fears proved unfounded when the prize did not recur in later seasons, however, since Survivor: China, a $100,000 prize for the viewer-voted "Player of the Season" has been awarded.

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