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 filmed on the Pearl Islands of Panama, also the location of the previous season. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it consisted of the usual 39 days of gameplay with, for the first time, 18 returning competitors from the seven previous seasons instead of the usual 16 new contestants, and three tribes instead of the usual two.
|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of castaways||18|
|Runner-up||Robert "Rob" Mariano|
|Location||Pearl Islands, Panama|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original release||February 1 –|
May 9, 2004
|Filming dates||November 3 –|
December 11, 2003
The winner was Survivor: The Australian Outback castaway Amber Brkich, who was declared the Sole Survivor after a victory over Survivor: Marquesas castaway Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano with a 4–3 jury vote. The two had been closely allied throughout the game, and at the live reunion show just before the votes were read, Brkich accepted a marriage proposal from Mariano. 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.
Producer Mark Burnett stated 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." He confirmed that two former contestants turned down formal offers: Elisabeth 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." Jenna Lewis and Amber Brkich were chosen to replace the two. Other contestants who were considered, but ultimately cut included Kelly Goldsmith and Teresa Cooper from Africa, Neleh Dennis and Sean Rector from Marquesas, and Clay Jordan and Helen Glover from Thailand. Sandra Diaz-Twine, winner of Pearl Islands was asked to participate on the season, but declined due to parasites she had contracted in the Pearl Islands. She would eventually return for Heroes vs. Villains, Game Changers, and Winners at War. Heidi Strobel from The Amazon was also offered a spot on All-Stars, but she turned down the offer.
|Contestant||Original tribe||Absorbed tribe||Switched tribe||Merged tribe||Finish|
42, Knoxville, Tennessee
The Australian Outback
|Saboga||1st voted out|
75, Virginia Beach, Virginia
|Saboga||2nd voted out|
22, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
25, Plainview, New York
|Chapera||3rd voted out|
42, Middletown, Rhode Island
|Mogo Mogo||Mogo Mogo||4th voted out|
|Susan "Sue" Hawk
42, Las Vegas, Nevada
29, Los Angeles, California
The Australian Outback
|Mogo Mogo||Mogo Mogo||5th voted out|
30, New York City, New York
|Saboga||Mogo Mogo||6th voted out|
33, Los Angeles, California
The Australian Outback
|Saboga||Mogo Mogo||Chapera||7th voted out|
|Lex van den Berghe
40, Santa Cruz, California
|Mogo Mogo||Mogo Mogo||Chapera||Chaboga Mogo||8th voted out|
1st jury member
48, Burlington, Vermont
|Mogo Mogo||Mogo Mogo||Chapera||9th voted out|
2nd jury member
35, New York City, New York
The Australian Outback
|Chapera||Chapera||Mogo Mogo||10th voted out|
3rd jury member
|Shii Ann Huang
29, New York City, New York
|Mogo Mogo||Mogo Mogo||Chapera||11th voted out|
4th jury member
48, Rich Valley, Virginia
|Chapera||Chapera||Mogo Mogo||12th voted out|
5th jury member
39, Indianapolis, Indiana
|Saboga||Chapera||Mogo Mogo||13th voted out|
6th jury member
26, Burbank, California
|Saboga||Chapera||Mogo Mogo||14th voted out|
7th jury member
|Robert "Rob" Mariano
27, Canton, Massachusetts
25, Beaver, Pennsylvania
The Australian Outback
Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham, Colby Donaldson, and Jerri Manthey returned to Survivor again in the show's twentieth season, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Mariano played again Survivor: Redemption Island and returned in the thirty-ninth season as a mentor in Survivor: Island of the Idols. Boneham and Tina Wesson returned for Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Boneham returned with his wife, Laura, who appeared on this season as loved one; whereas Wesson returned with her daughter, Katie Collins. Ethan Zohn, Amber Brkich (now Mariano), and Rob Mariano returned again for Survivor: Winners at War.
Several of the cast also later competed in other reality competition shows. Mariano and Brkich competed together on The Amazing Race 7 and The Amazing Race 11. Richard Hatch competed in the eleventh season of The Apprentice and the seventeenth season of The Biggest Loser. Zohn and Jenna Morasca competed against each other on a "Reality All-Stars" episode of Fear Factor and competed together on The Amazing Race 19. Boneham competed on The Amazing Race 31 with his wife Laura.
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. Sue 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. With regards to their friendship, Lex convinced 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 went back on his deal and led the charge to vote out Lex, who he believed was his greatest rival and leader of the minority alliance, much to the heart-break of the latter for breaking the friendship.
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.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Reward||Immunity|
|1||"They're Back!"||February 1, 2004||None||Chapera||Tina||1st voted out|
|2||"Panicked, Desperate, Thirsty as Hell"||February 5, 2004||Saboga[a]||Chapera||Rudy||2nd voted out|
|3||"Shark Attack"||February 12, 2004||Chapera||None[b]||Jenna M.||Quit|
|4||"Wipe Out!"||February 19, 2004||Chapera||Saboga||Rob C.||3rd voted out|
|5||"I've Been Bamboozled!"||February 26, 2004||Mogo Mogo[c]||Chapera||Richard||4th voted out|
|6||"Outraged"||March 4, 2004||Mogo Mogo||None[d]||Sue||Quit|
|7||"Sorry...I Blew It"||March 11, 2004||Chapera[e]||Colby||5th voted out|
|8||"Pick A Tribemate"||March 17, 2004||Chapera||Chapera||Ethan||6th voted out|
|9||"A Closer Look (All Star Redux)"||March 24, 2004||Recap Episode|
|10||"Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts"||April 1, 2004||None[g]||Mogo Mogo||Jerri||7th voted out|
|11||"Anger, Tears and Chaos"||April 8, 2004||Rupert[h]
|Kathy[i]||Lex||8th voted out|
1st jury member
|12||"A Thoughtful Gesture or a Deceptive Plan"||April 15, 2004||Alicia,
|Rob M.[j]||Kathy||9th voted out|
2nd jury member
|13||"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People"||April 22, 2004||Rupert||Shii Ann||Alicia||10th voted out|
3rd jury member
|14||"A Chapera Surprise"||April 29, 2004||Tom[k]
|Tom||Shii Ann||11th voted out|
4th jury member
|15||"The Instigator"||May 6, 2004||Rob M.
|Rob M.||Tom||12th voted out|
5th jury member
|16||"The Sole Surviving All-Star"||May 9, 2004||None||Amber||Rupert||13th voted out|
6th jury member
|Rob M.||Jenna L.||14th voted out|
7th jury member
|17||"The Reunion"||Jury vote|
- 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.
- Saboga chose to give a smaller reward to the other two tribes.
- Due to Jenna M. quitting from the game, there was no Immunity Challenge or Tribal Council vote.
- Saboga, having placed last in the reward challenge, was dissolved, with the members redistributed to the two remaining tribes. For coming in first, Mogo Mogo got the first pick.
- Due to Sue quitting from the game, there was no Immunity Challenge or Tribal Council vote.
- Combined reward and immunity challenge.
- Chapera earned to right to "kidnap" a member of Mogo Mogo, who would join them on reward and would not attend Tribal Council. They selected Kathy.
- There was no reward challenge due to the tribe switch.
- The challenge was individual, and the winner could choose to share their reward with players from either tribe.
- The men and women competed separately for immunity
- For winning immunity, Rob M. received an additional reward of a video from home, which he gave up to allow those on the losing team to get letters from home. Rob M. kept immunity.
- In a twist, the Survivors' family members competed in a food-eating challenge on behalf of their loved one. Tom's son Bo won the challenge and the right to spend a night with his loved one at the old Chapera camp. Tom chose Rob M. and his brother Mike to join them.
|Title||CBS recap||Rating/share (18-49)||Original air date||US viewers|
|106||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.
At the immunity challenge, Richard decided to be completely 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.
|107||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.
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.
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.
|108||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.
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.
|109||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.
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.
|110||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.
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.
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.
|111||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.
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.
|112||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.
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 therefore Colby was voted out.
|113||8||"Pick A Tribemate"||Recap||8.5/22||March 17, 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.
At the reward challenge, Mogo Mogo took an early lead as Shii Ann outlasted Alicia. However, Chapera tied when Boston Rob outlasted Ethan. 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.
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.
|114||9||"A Closer Look (All Star Redux)"||N/A||TBA||March 24, 2004||N/A|
|Recap of the events in the All-Stars season with some additional never seen footage thrown in.|
|115||10||"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.
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, 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.
|116||11||"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.
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.
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.
|117||12||"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.
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.
|118||13||"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.
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 (which came with an all you can drink bar), 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. During the dinner, Rupert got drunk and the other castaways were annoyed by Shii Ann's craving of Rupert's steak. After returning from the restaurant, Shii Ann attempted to form an alliance with Alicia and failed.
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.
|119||14||"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.
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.
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.
|120||15||"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.
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.
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.
|121||16||"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.
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, Amber and Rob reminded Jenna none of the three would ever beat Rupert in a jury vote and that if she were to cut Rupert at the final three as opposed to now she would also lose his vote, and that she was good in challenges and could get to the finals still by winning the final immunity challenge. 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.
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.
|122||17||"Reunion"||N/A||12.8/29||May 9, 2004||28.36|
|Months later, the votes were read to reveal the winner. But before the votes were read, Rob proposed marriage to Amber, and she accepted. Ultimately, the jury had voted Amber the Sole Survivor in a 4-3 vote; Amber received the votes of Lex, Alicia, Shii Ann and Tom, while Rob got Kathy, Rupert, and Jenna's votes. The castaways then discussed the season with host Jeff Probst. Additionally, Amber—as the season's winner—was given the right to award a new car to one of the jurors; she chose Shii Ann. Jeff also revealed another $1 million prize, to be awarded to one of the 18 castaways by public vote, with the results to be announced four days later on Survivor: America's Tribal Council.|
- No vote; Jenna M. chose to quit the game.
- No vote; Sue chose to quit the game.
- Amber and Jenna L. were not eligible to vote as the only eligible players they could vote for were each other.
- Kathy was "kidnapped" by the opposing tribe, granting her exemption from her tribe's Tribal Council.
America's Tribal CouncilEdit
Survivor: America's Tribal Council was a special episode that was broadcast live on CBS on May 13, 2004, four days after the All-Stars finale. The special was announced at the All-Stars finale in lieu of the typical announcement of the upcoming Survivor season, and revealed in tandem with an additional million-dollar prize awarded to the All-Stars contestant who received the most votes from the public, which was awarded at the end of the special. Throughout the special, Rupert Boneham, Tom Buchanan, Colby Donaldson, and Rob Mariano were revealed to be the top four vote-getters, with Boneham ultimately being revealed as the winner with over 26% of the approximately 38 million votes cast. In addition to the million dollar prize, viewers voted on several other awards, the results of which were also revealed throughout the special.
The season has received mixed reviews from fans and critics with many criticizing the boot order of the cast as many of the memorable players were voted out before the jury phase of the game. The Susan Hawk and Richard Hatch incident also soured fans of the show with many calling it "uncomfortable." Michael Favaro of Surviving Tribal called this season underwhelming and the "most painful to watch out of the (then) four all returnee seasons." Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly ranked this season 26th out of 40 calling it "a bit of a letdown." In 2015, a poll by Rob Has a Podcast ranked this season 16th out of 30 with Rob Cesternino ranking this season 17th. This was updated in 2021 during Cesternino's podcast, Survivor All-Time Top 40 Rankings, ranking 24th out of 40. In 2020, Survivor fan site "Purple Rock Podcast" ranked this season 25th out of 40 saying that the season "features one of the most uncomfortable incidents in the show’s history, and it is not handled well. But despite that, there is some decent gameplay here- just be prepared for a very angry final tribal council." Later that same year, Inside Survivor ranked this season 29th out of 40 calling it an "an uncomfortable season to sit through, but it does have an epic feel, especially across the first three or four episodes."
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