Survivor (2000–…): Season 2, Episode 17 - Survivor: Back from the Outback - full transcript

We catch up with the 16 contestants of Survivor: The Australian Outback months after the game was played in follow up interviews.

Previously on Survivor,
the three remaining

members of Barramundi
bid farewell to the outback.

I don't know why saying
good-bye is so hard.

We've been out here
for 42 days.

It's made us realize what we
take for granted at home.

This really is not
about the money,

and it's totally fine with me.

Colby won the final
immunity challenge

and surprised everyone
by voting Keith out

instead of Tina.

I don't even know

that I have a 50-50 shot
against Tina.

The two of them faced the jury,

and in a final twist
the votes were revealed

live in Los Angeles.

Tina was the ultimate survivor.


Tonight, the final adventure
into the private lives

of 16 survivors,
back from the outback.

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The game is over, and 16 lives
have been changed forever.

Tonight, we're going to take you
where you haven't been,

inside the homes and hearts
of 16 ordinary people

now living extraordinary lives.

It's not just children
who have dreams.

Adults have dreams, too.

We'll learn who found

He just kind of, like,
got down on one knee

and took out this box,
and I'm screaming,

and I was like, "Oh,
my gosh, this is happening."

...who didn't.

Knowing him now,
I'd have to say,

no way in hell.

Who is searching for answers...

I asked God, "Why?"

Why would he do
something like that?

...who is searching
for peace...

If I could do it all
over again,

I wouldn't do it
all over again.

...and some surprising

from last year's survivors.

I was in love with Colby.

He would play Jerri

like a violin.

Every player
has a different take

on the Survivor experience.

We begin with two who want
to set the record straight:

one who wants
to put it all behind her,

and one who is just loving life
and living like mad.

( Digeridoo music plays )

( phone rings )

( on answering machine ):
I'm probably outback,

but I'll be happy
to "koala" you later.

Since I've been back
from the outback,

same old farm,

same old Maralyn,
same old Mad Dog.

I keep telling you,
nothing's really changed.

I went from basically
your average street cop

to the outback on
the number-one show in America.

How bizarre is that?

But some things don't change.

I still have to muck out

my own donkey stall.

This was then.

She's still my sister.

But she is a different Mad Dog.

This is now.

She is out there.

Um... very much out there.

I've lost a total
of 20 pounds.

I've got two tattoos:
a kangaroo on my right calf,

a wrap-around
crocodile on my left bicep.

I tell ya, when I came back from
the outback, I was really tan.

Long about January, I started
to fade, and I decided,

"To heck with it.
I want to make my own tan."

So I got my sun bed.

? All the world
is 'round the corner ?

? Watching us everywhere... ?

Surviving Survivor
and not allowing it

to consume your identity
may even be a greater challenge.

? Hey, Hef,
I might shed it all. ?

The most important lesson
that I took back from Australia

was that life is short,

so it's so important
to live and love every day

like it was my last.

We have about 340 inmates here,

and they all have
color television and cable.

They have seen everything
there is about me.

They know as much about me
as my own mother, it seems.

Life isn't all a bed of roses
after this show is over.

When I come in to work,

I never know when I walk through
this door

what I'm going to get
bombarded with.

So, why don't you wait a second
and see if you can hear

what I'm talking about.

What do you think of me
and Survivor?

Go ( bleep ) yourself!

That's what I thought.

You ( bleep ) freak.

Thank you.

What am I saying?

When you come home
from Australia

after being voted off first,

and the entire country
hates your guts?

I don't know.

I wasn't ready for that.

Before Survivor, I was happy.

I was with my husband 20 years.

I loved him for 20 years,
and we were together.

He died. He died.

I fell in love with his son.

He is the best thing
that ever happened in my life.

The times I'm the happiest
are when I'm here with him

and the dogs, the bird.


When Debb got into it,
you know, it was fine.

I was behind her 100%.

I just kind of wanted
to not be a part of it at all,

but it didn't work out that way.

Somebody at
the National Enquirer

saw my name, Debbie Eaton,
and my boyfriend, Bob Eaton.

"Eaton and Eaton,
and they're not married?

Whoa, let's check into that."

Maybe it was naive on my part.

I mean, did I know
that the public would find out

that Bob and I were a couple?


But I also thought the public
was intelligent enough

and, uh, understanding enough

that when they heard
the circumstances,

they weren't going to...

it wasn't going to be,
like, a witch-hunt.

And it's been like a witch-hunt.

It's really sad that there
are so many people in the world

who just get a kick
out of kicking people

when they're down.

They're kicking you
when you're down.

Survivor for me has been
a double-edged sword.

Did I have some
great experiences?

You bet I did.

But it's living
with the aftereffects now.

Was it worth
having that experience

to be feeling like this?

If I could do it all over again,
I wouldn't do it all over again.

That's all.

I wouldn't.

You know what?

Every time I hear the word

( high-pitched ):

...I feel like I'm dragging
my hand down a chalkboard.

( high-pitched ):

I saw him
put something in his mouth.

What she thought
was beef jerky.

Oh... it just drives me nuts.

I was so relieved
when I got voted off,

and I came back
to being a soldier again,

'cause the Army accepted me
with open arms.

I mean, they didn't believe
the lies.

I knew that I would have
to come back

to an intelligence community

where we base everything
upon our integrity.

Radio check, over.

I hold a top-secret clearance.

I wasn't going to do anything

to jeopardize
that top-secret clearance.

There wasn't any beef jerky.

I have been approached

by a lot
of beef jerky companies,

which I find hilarious.

I'm actually going
to be making money

off Jerri's lies.

I find that
the sweetest revenge.

I love it.

One day I walk in,
and there's this huge

dartboard of Jerri.

It's got her picture on it,

and all the soldiers are
just going... they're so angry,

and they're just, like...
they're hammering this photo.

We've had to replace that photo
several times.

I am a very kind, honest,
straightforward, creative,

artistic, vulnerable person.

Jerri is a bitch.
She is!

But she's a bitch
that will be laughing

all the way to the bank.

I was being myself.

I was strong,
I was outspoken.

I confronted people when
they needed to be confronted.

No, no, no, no, no.

We're gonna talk right now.

I was this woman
everyone loved to hate.

I didn't like it at all.

I didn't want people
to hate me.

I wanted people to like me.

It saddened me
more than anything

that people's behavior

can get so evil,
including my own.

My own intentions, in some
cases, were very selfish

and... self-centered.

Coming back to L.A.
was a little overwhelming,

just because
I remember sitting there

and looking around
my apartment,

and knowing
that I couldn't call anybody

or have anyone comfort me,
'cause they didn't understand.

And I couldn't tell them.

It was, by far,
the loneliest experience

I think I've ever had.

Long before Survivor,

I was struggling.

I was at a total point

of bartender burnout
from ten years

of bartending
and struggling as an actress.

Acting is my lifelong dream.

It's... it's my life.

My dad
always used to say to me,

"What are you going
to fall back on?"

And I used to tell him,
"I'm not going to fall."

( laughs )

"I was crushed when
you were voted off Survivor."

It's nice to know
people out there--

some people understand me.

They don't all think
I'm horrible.

I think the major thing
that's different in my life

after Survivor, is that
my appointment book is full.

( laughs )

Here we go, this is
The Young and The Restless.

Production Number 7142.

I just learned
very early on

what I wanted to do
with my life.

Failure... is my biggest fear.

When we come back,

the man who took his whole town
on an adventure.

I've got, like, a famous guy

on my shirt.

And what the survivors

really think about each other.

None of the words
I'm coming up with are nice.

( laughs )

But first, here's what
one of last year's survivors

has to say
about this year's crowd.

Them people
had to be pretty dumb

to build their camp
in a riverbed.

You know, when it rained,
it washed away,

and they blamed the elements,
but I blame their dumbness.

Welcome back.

Well, for a bunch of people
who didn't have much to eat,

this crowd
sure knows how to dish.

All right,
I can't get past the fact

that you want me, of all people,
to talk about people.

( laughing )

Alicia Calaway--

boo-yah, booty.

( laughs )

Jeff, that little devil.


( chuckles )

None of the words
I'm coming up with are nice.

Michael Skupin
is just plain nuts.

Kimmi Kappenberg.

Alicia Calaway.

Not my type of person.

We just don't see eye-to-eye.

I think it's a height thing.

Jerri Manthey.

Jerri Manthey.

Jerri and I
are in counseling right now.


where do you start with Jerri?

Colby's a very attractive guy.

He's a boy.

( chuckles )

I need a man.

( laughing )

Colby reminds me
of a cheesy cowboy.

The only thing that comes to
mind when I think of Kel is...

socially inept.

Was Nick on Survivor?

Oh, Nick, I'm sorry.

( popping lips )

Maralyn, I love her to death.

Amber was the mad pup.

Ah, this is killing me!

Being on Survivor
is winning the lottery

in a different kind of manner.

Instead of getting
a huge lump sum of money

and then deciding
what I wanna do with it,

I get this huge, big title--
"Amber from Survivor"--

do what you want with that.

But, um, a lot of people mess up
when they win the lottery

and end up
spending it all in one place

and regret
what they do with it.

Coming from a small town,
I think it's very scary

looking at the decisions
I have to make.

I'm very scared
and very nervous.

I just don't want
to mess this up for me.

So, certain decisions,

like should I pose for Playboy

or should
I not pose for Playboy,

things like that,
are a huge pressure.

My whole family has lived

within ten minutes of each other

pretty much
my whole entire life,

so me moving away
could be a big deal.

Amber's decisions at this point

will really
make her or break her.

It's not that easy,
there's always

a new face coming out
and, um, she could be forgotten.

She's 22, yes, but, boy,
I tell you what,

next thing you know, you're 40.

It's amazing how much I think
I've changed as a person

from before Survivor to now.

I have a completely different
expectation on life, you know.

I want to take advantage
of this experience.

I mean, why not?

Suk, suk, suk, suk.

Come here, girl.

Suk, suk, suk, suk.
Come on.

This fame thing is probably

a fleeting thing,
and I realize that.

I tell people, I say,

"When I go up to feed my cows,

"they still look at me
the same way

"they did before I left
to go to Survivor.

I'm the same person."

I'm very satisfied
with the way that I live.

I've got a good wife, a nice
daughter, a nice son-in-law,

and I live here
on the farm and, uh,

I'm just very well pleased.

Before he left, uh,

Dad was very reserved,

and, you know, wasn't one
to show his emotions,

I don't think, at all.

I think the show has
opened him up a little bit,

and that's just been
a total plus, I think.

It really opened, uh, the doors
for showing our feelings.

Being gone that length of time

did give me
a new realization, uh, and even

a deeper appreciation
for what I have here at home.

He thinks so much
of his daughter, Angela,

and she's 29.

I thought if there
were some young ones on there,

I thought they would go
to him as a father figure,

and I think
that's what has happened.

I'm just thankful,

because he made it
home for me out there.

And I know that my dad
is so happy

that I had someone
like that by my side.

For me personally,

it was never about the money.

I wanted to see how I would
do in a survival situation,

especially being over 50...

( panting )

Can't breathe.

...and against,
as it turned out,

a whole lot younger people in
excellent physical condition.

I did not know that he was

going to have
to jump off a cliff

or any of that.

I would've
just been at wit's end.

We were so concerned.

You know he has back trouble,
and he couldn't swim.


Go, Rodger!
Let's go, baby.

When Rodger Bingham
jumped off that cliff

into that water,

being totally unable to swim,

I just looked at that man
and I thought,

"That's what it's all about."

Suk, suk, suk!

( calling )

I'm really glad he went.

It was his adventure
of a lifetime,

and this
has been a ride for us.

A ride for us
and our community.

This little town,
it wasn't popular, but when

he was on Survivor, it made our
town, like, so popular,

and it's great.

It's just so awesome because
I got, like, a famous guy

on my shirt, his signature
and everything.

I had one girl that came up
and asked for my autograph,

and I went through first grade

all the way through
high school with her

and I looked at her,
her name was Louise,

and I said "Louise, what do
you want my autograph for?"

I said, "I've known you
since I was six years old!"

Just ahead...

Kimmi, she was
fussing at everybody

about being a vegetarian.

You know, you start
interfering with people's food,

you're not
going to last too long.

Welcome back.

The players in
our next group all said

living in New York
prepared them for the outback,

and now the outback has reshaped
their hopes and dreams.

This experience
was the most unbelievable,

the most amazing,
the most life-altering thing

I've ever experienced
in my entire life.

I've been living in New York
City for the last seven years

for technology companies.

I was burnt out.
I was getting sick a lot.

I, you know,

had days that I just

couldn't get up
in the morning and go.

I dreaded going into work,
I was miserable.

I just woke up one day
and said,

"This is not the way my life
is supposed to be.

It's not the way
it's going to be."

I learned very early in my life

that going through something

and difficult changes you.

You come out
such a bigger, better,

stronger person
than you were before.

The experience for me
was not about

winning a million dollars,

even though I was trying
really hard to win the money.

( making gagging noises )

( all talking )

( gagging )

It was about pushing myself

and becoming
another person as a result.

( cheers and applause )

I have an agent
that I never thought I'd have.

You know, I have friends
that are actors and entertainers

that have worked all their lives
to get an agent.

And I go camping,
and boom, I got one.

I did speak to, uh,

and they liked you a lot.

Good morning, Jeff.
Welcome to KCK!

Jeff Varner!
Good morning.

Jeff, good morning it's Karen
and Scott-- how are you?

Hey, good morning,
I'm doin' good.

What was the deal between
Michael and the pig?

He killed it and we ate it.

Okay, we're going
to Pittsburgh.

They're taping.

Oh, God, I fell asleep.

What's more tough,
working your way

through the Australian Outback

or working your way
through midtown Manhattan?

Did you masturbate
on Survivor II?

And I want to say,
"Didn't you hear the answer

to that the last 50 times
I said it?"

Ciao, I am done. Thank God.

This is the real me.

I hope you all know
that I'm not as serious

and cutthroat as I may
have seemed on the show.

Don't jump all over
me, sweetheart.

Don't wave your
finger in my face.

I will always wave
my finger in your face.

You want me to say
it to your face?

Yes, I would
be happy to.

I'm saying it to your
face right now.
Thank you.

I'm tired of you
and the ( bleep ) chicken.

My life before Survivor was
very controlled, regimented,

and I like structure.

You know, you always think
that you are on the path

that you're going
to continue on, and then...

life just throws you something,

and it takes a curve and goes
off in a whole other direction.

I was a presenter
at the Sports Emmys.

There's also some photo shoots

coming up
for Muscle and Fitness.

And just think about
relaxing mouth and jaw.

I just say to my clients
all the time,

if they say
they can't do something...

Come on,
push, three...

Don't hesitate
at the bottom.

...I would always

come back to them and say,

"Listen, you're going to tell me
you can't do it?

"I ate grasshoppers, I stood on
a pole for ten hours.

Don't tell me you can't do it,
because I know you can."

These are all the tulips
that I planted

two days before I went
to Australia.
That's right.

My life before Survivor

was just, you know, bartending,

hanging out with my family.

My grandmother's a riot.

She's, she's, um, 85 years old.

Aunt Kimmi!

Being on Survivor
really opened up my eyes

to the fact that my family
and my friends

that I have
really are important.

The lowest point for me
out there

was the food challenge.

And you get this cow brain--
I just give up.

Just give up.

Like, this little one ounce
of cow brain

was ruining my life.

It's a mammal.

I can't do it.


But it was a personal reason
for me.

This is a game show,
not my life,

and I have to be able
to look in the mirror and go on.

Survivor II's

not-so-popular vegetarian...

I was a presenter
at an awards show

that deals with animal rights.

...who lost $1 million,
but not her convictions.

And that was just
an amazing thing

because the animal-rights
community has embraced me.

Kimmi Kappenberg.

( cheers and applause )

For something
that I'm believing in,

people are,
like, cheering me on.

Whereas when I was out
in Australia,

you know, people weren't
so happy about that.

He doesn't have a good
gardener then.

That's right.

I guess the whole experience

just reaffirms

any of the beliefs
that you have.

You got to walk
like a duck.

And it really doesn't matter
what other people think.

It's not my job to make
everybody else happy.

Bottom line, nice and easy,
that's what the show taught me,

that it's okay to be yourself.

I really wasn't lazy...

or boring.

This is the cover of People.

You'll notice Julia Roberts
actually signed it for me.

You see,
we're on the same cover.

And a little funny thing

that I like to do with this
is to go like this.

Watch this: Julia, me...

( kissing sound )

See, she's kissing me.

I get approached a lot
about people's music careers.

I want to sing.

Oh, are you a singer?

I don't say it to them,
but I have to think to myself,

"What do you expect me
to do for you,

because I'm in the same boat
as you?"

? Struttin' his stuff
on the street, all right. ?

That's great.
Thank you
very much.

A singer.

A singer right here,


Every time I do
a speaking engagement,

um, there's always
an autograph line.

And I tell you what,

the scary people hang out
at the very end of the line.

( laughs )

That's when you got to try
and wrap it up,

because they're waiting
to talk to you about something.

It's a little strange,

but I'll enjoy it
while it lasts,

and take the 15 minutes
as far as I can.

When did you
write this song?

I wrote it, like, the day after
I was voted off.

( to tune of "I Will Survive" )
? At first I was afraid ?

? Hell, I was terrified ?

? I'm dropped with 15 castaways
split in two equal tribes ?

? Well, I'd worked out
a crafty plan ?

? And I thought I'd firmly
locked my fate ?

? Till some gourmet baker man ?

? Sent my ass
right to the States ?

? And now I'm back
from the outback ?

? Well it seems like yesterday
we landed ?

? While I dry-heaved in a sack ?

? I thought that Tina
was my rock ?

? And I felt like Colby
was no liar ?

? Now I'm thinking,
"What a crock" ?

? 'Cause Jeff
is putting out my fire ?

? Lord knows I tried ?

? We double-tied ?

? And with my allies
jumping sides ?

? Well, hey,
I knew my rice was fried ?

? Weren't they the ones ?

? Who clearly claimed
this was a game? ?

? They'd hold no grudges,
and I suppose they thought ?

? I'd feel the same ?

? Hell no, not I,
because I could survive ?

? If only I had nabbed a pig, I
could be leader of that tribe ?

? Well, I couldn't gather wood
like Keith ?

? And I couldn't hold
my lower teeth ?

? But I could survive,
and I would survive ?

? Hey, hey. ?

When we return,
he was at the center

of some of the show's
most memorable moments.

The guy killed a pig, man.

The guy's a whack job.

Everyone fell in love
with Elisabeth.

Well, almost everyone.

It's like a drinking game;

Every time Elisabeth tears up,
take a drink.

She annoys the crap out of me.

You can't spend weeks
in the outback without

developing strong feelings
about people's personalities.

When we asked the survivors
who they would least like

to get stuck with
on a desert island,

the tribe spoke-- Jerri.

But surprisingly, when we asked
who got the worst rap,

the answer, once again-- Jerri.

As for who they would most like
to get stuck with

on a desert island,
it was a tie

between Jeff and the only
person besides Tina

not to be voted out, Michael.

Success before I went
on Survivor

was about success in business.

It was about making more money.

Pre-Survivor Mike
was go, go, go.

Rush as much into a day
as you could

and get as much fun
and enjoyment out of life

as there was to be had.

Okay, baby.

That's the first dogfish
I've ever gotten out here.

While I was out on Survivor,
I started to pray,

and I started to develop
a relationship with God

that I'd never knew before.

( screaming )

Get the water.

You okay?

Oh, my God.

He's burnt.
He's burnt pretty bad.

The most significant
point of my spiritual journey

is when I fell into the fire.

I didn't understand it
at the time,

because I thought
at that point, potentially,

I had a chance to win it,

and that my journey was going
to be a lot different.

And why would God let me fall
into the fire?

And I've since learned that

it was the greatest, most
significant turning point

in my life, spiritually.

What I'm here to tell you
is it wasn't about Survivor

and it wasn't about
a million dollars

and it wasn't about a TV show,

and it wasn't about
the healing of my hands.

It was about the healing
of my heart.

A friend of mine started
a "War on Addiction" campaign.

Last year, people didn't have
any reason or desire

to listen to Mike Skupin,

but now kids flock like crazy

to hear stories about Survivor.

And right when we get 'em

we hit 'em with the
truth about addiction.

The choices that you guys

and that all of us adults
make in life,

could cost us a lot more
than a million dollars.

The choices that we make in life
could cost you your life.

Post-Survivor Mike
is more of a family man,

more of a husband.

And he's always been
a great father,

but he's more of a
centered father now.

Now my definition of success
has nothing to do

with my job or nothing to do
with my income,

and it has everything to do
with my relationship with God

and my relationship
with my family.

When you set those priorities
in your life,

everything else
just falls into place.

Being lazy is the one thing
I didn't want to be called.

You know, it's amazing.

Everybody now thinks
I'm Mr. Lazy.

I hate that I pinned him

with that lazy rap,
because it stuck.

I always think, like,
how can you make

the Harvard law student,
army officer,

lazy guy?

Nick Brown is not lazy.

Nobody gets through Harvard
Law School by being lazy.

I don't think Survivor
has changed me dramatically

as far as like what
I want to do with my life.

You know, I'm not dropping out
of law school.

I have finals
like everybody else.

It's made me a risk-taker,
much more willing to just say,

"You know, forget it, let's go.
Let's do it."

I'm going to take that step off
the cliff.

And I may land on my feet
or I may not.

Somebody asked me, like,
you know, like, "When you die

"however long from now,

will Survivor
be on your gravestone?"

And I said, "God, I hope not."

I wouldn't mind if it was,
like, Governor Nick Brown,

who once got his start
on this, you know,

TV show that was popular.

That's fine.

But if this is, you know,

the highlight of my life,
I'll be kind of sad.

This is just the beginning.

Well, I think people
underestimate me sometimes.

They shouldn't.

( laughs )

I could sneak up on you.

I think that I've always been
that type of person that said,

you know, "I'm going
to give it 120%."

You're the man! Woo-hoo!

The basic idea of leaving
the ones you love

kind of puts your relationships
to a challenge.

And I had no doubt
going into it,

but everyone else said,

"Oh, you know, this is going
to be the major test."

I found a little rock
out here about that tall,

shaped like a heart.

He said, "Here you go.
What's that look like?"

And I said, "A heart."

He said, "You, give it to your
boyfriend when you get back."

When Elisabeth came back,
she gave me a rock,

shaped like a heart.

It was pretty neat
to know that, you know,

she held onto this,
through the floods,

and through everything
that went on,

and brought it back here
and gave it to me.

Then coming back, my gosh,

if I could have proposed
to that boy

coming off the plane,

I would have gotten
down on my knee and said,

"I am marrying you,
and you are marrying me.

And I've had enough
of this not talking."

I've known for a long time,
that, you know,

there wasn't anybody else
that I wanted to be my wife.

On his birthday, he decided

that we'd take one of
those unknowns away.

One thing that I wanted
to make certain

was that we were going
to be together forever.

And all of a sudden, you know,
Tim just kind of...

he said, "The only thing

that would make this
more special is if you would

just make me the happiest
man in the whole world

and be with me forever,
and if you marry me."

He put the ring on my finger
and he said

"You didn't answer me yet."

And I said "Yes."

I must have said "Yes"
a million times.

I'm just the most blessed girl
in the whole world.

I am so happy.

What do you think
about February?

I kind of think
a winter wedding
would be fun.

Why February?

Oh, Mom, because I...

No, but why
not April or May?

My mom was diagnosed
with breast cancer

just over five years ago.

And she had a really tough time
with it.

She's my hero, and with her
I can do anything.

She is a woman
of supreme faith.

To look cancer in the face

and say,
"No, I'm going to win this,

and I'm going to win it
for my kids

and for my husband
and for this family."

I hope that I can
be that strong.

Everybody thinks they're just
seeing a pretty girl

with a pretty face.

Um, that's not all she has.

I know that I can get through
tougher times, and, you know,

I came back into open arms.

And I feel so loved right now.

And you know, how can
you not just feel more?

I just feel more.

When we come back,

the Final Three
and what it took to get there.

At the end, you can say,

"Sorry, I did what I did
for a million dollars."

Survivor is not a nice game.

You have to be willing
to compromise yourself,

compromise your beliefs.

And then there were three:

a mother from Tennessee,
a chef from Michigan,

and a tough, young Texan.

All shrewd, all strong,

but each dealing with success
in a different way.

You got them?

that sauce you made is good.

Open these two
and put them in the hot box.

Uh, you have more...

is there more cucumbers?

Playing the game Survivor...

Yeah!'re a cast member on
the number one television show

in all of America.

How much rice
are we going to see you eat?

Don't use that
four-letter word with me.

Survivor magnifies

what you've done in life.

And I filed bankruptcy,
I think, five or six years ago,

something like that.

And I filed it because
of a business transaction

that didn't go right.

I went into Survivor

playing for a million dollars.

I came out of Survivor

realizing it wasn't
about the money at all.

People ask me all the time,

would you ever do Survivor

There isn't enough money

in the world to do that for me.

Can't do it.

Can't do it to my kids.

Can't ever do that again.

Hey, Dad.

How you doing?

I was adopted
when I was six weeks old.

I know you.

Get over here.

Dad has Alzheimer's.

It's tough stuff.

I'm his custodial guardian.

In World War II,
which plane were you on?


Right here.

This one right here?

He spends his whole day

looking for and remembering
what he just did moments ago.

Did you take your
medicine today?

What medicine?

I'm a big kid, basically...

stuck in a 41-year-old body.

I love to work out,

play tennis, things like that.

( grunting )

No more salt.

Chefs by nature

are physical people.

You know, we touch, we feel,
we smell.

We change things from

the original form they were in,

to make them something
that's edible and delicious.

Before I left to go
to the outback,

we had talked about
getting married someday

and stuff like that.

But there was nothing planned

as far as an engagement
or anything.

So when I proposed to Katrin,

she never saw it coming.

Thanks to technology,

you're about to chat

with your loved ones.

is that amazing?

"I can only think

"of one
important question.

Will you marry me, Peas?"

Ah... oh!

"Are you serious?"

When you love someone, you...

and the proposal comes, you kind
of want to see their face

and the sincerity.

So actually
finally watching the show

and to see his face,
when he was doing it,

it just...

it brought that whole thing

Yes! Yes!

( cheers and applause )

I think we're going
to be okay.

I really, really love him.

Because of my rice incident
in the outback,

it's afforded me
a new opportunity.

So I'm writing a new book.

And it's called,
Yes, I Can Cook Rice.

And I owe that to Jerri.

Thank you, Jerri.

I was living in West Texas,
my hometown.

Basically, packed up the bags,

got everything loaded
and ready to go.

And then I left for Australia.

I remember

leaving my mom.

And the last thing
she said to me was,

"Remember, this is a game.

You're playing with people
you don't know."

It was a cool feeling arriving
in the outback and...

and feeling very at home.

West Texas, where I'm from,

you've got a lot
of tall, dead grass

and sparse trees
and-and a few hills.

You know, Australia,
when we arrived there,

that's the way it was.

Except for the kangaroos.

We don't have a whole lot
of those in West Texas.

My mother had said to me,
"No matter what happens,

"no matter what the outcome,

you're coming back to people
that love you."

( lively party chatter )

The easiest way to find out
who your true friends are is to

go and-and get on a TV show
and play a game like Survivor.

'Cause your best friends
don't treat you any different.

I'm still the big dork
that I was in college,

and they know me as that--
I'm Colby.

The people that have
known Colby for a big

part of his life have
always known that he was

probably not going to
lead an ordinary life.

I've always pushed myself
and driven myself.

When I talk about

doing something, I do it.

Ever since his first tricycle,

Colby has wanted to go
as fast as possible.

Where I'm from,
my hometown has 300 people.

When I returned from Australia,
I moved to Dallas immediately.

Colby's 27, he's single.

I think maybe a little bit

of it also was, um...

having more anonymity
in Dallas.

Being able to hide out.

I have not allowed myself

to think about what's
possible in the future.

Right now I'm focused with the
day-to-day, and I've got to

maintain the life
that I've had, um...

and-and known for a long time.

And that's not to say
I haven't set goals for myself.

But I don't even know yet

what some of those goals may be.

The winner of Survivor:
The Australian Outback...

( audience cheering )
( screams )

The first emotion was
total shock and disbelief.

Of course the next emotion
was joy.

And then after that,

I think I felt proud...

that an older woman
could win this game.

CROWD ( chanting ):
Tina! Tina! Tina! Tina!

It's still very bizarre
for me when people call my name

because I think
I'm supposed to know 'em.

It's just above and beyond
anything that I ever imagined.

CROWD ( chanting ):
Tina! Tina! Tina!
Tina! Tina! Tina!

In the end, it was the mother
of two from Knoxville

who was the sole survivor.

In her own words, she was
part caring, part cunning

and just plain lucky.

( dog barking )


How are you?

Good, how are
you doing?

I knew that it was

a popular show and that

the people who were on the show
was getting a lot of notoriety.

And I had no idea
it would be this big.

Now I can't leave my house
without looking halfway decent

'cause I know, at some point
in the day,

I'll have to have my picture
taken with somebody.

And I never knew this many
people actually carried cameras

with them throughout the day.

Rice paddies!

I'm Tina's husband.

I'm very famous now.

Hey, you want to eat?

I have all these people
come up and talk to me,

"Hey, what about Tina?

What about this?"

Very popular guy.

Then Tina walks up beside me

and all of a sudden I become
the invisible man.

Well, look at that.
That's a great picture.

Then I become the photographer.

Rice patties!

We'll have, you know,
everybody around

just standing there going,

"Uh, could you take
our picture with Tina?"

Well, you want me in there?

"No, no, no,
you take our picture."

Oh, okay, sure.
You know, no problem.

...your mom.

Mom, she always dresses up now.

She's got, like, nice pants

and good, nice shirts.

I got Kenny...
Susan, Kenny, Kelsey.

We used to... we were just
Tennessee hillbillies.

Oh, good answer!

All the kids want
to be my best friend.


...much for this beautiful
spring day that you gave us.

The things that were
important to me

before Survivor are the things
that are important to me now--

which would be God
and family and fun.

There are the two sides of me.

There is the side of me that

is trying to be a good wife
and a good mother.

Hey, hey, hey, guys!

( grunting )

And then there's that other side
of me that loves to hang out

with the motorcycle gang and...
go off to do Survivor

for six weeks...

and leave the family
to go do that,

which a lot of people
see as very selfish.

But it's like I told
my children, you know,

"It's not just children
who have dreams.

Adults have dreams, too."

Came over and they wanted
to meet Tina, so...


When we go to a restaurant now,

we face the wall,
and still, this...

you're sitting there eating,

and... people are standing
there, and they come up.

Who do you want me
to make it to?

My name's Billie.


You're welcome so much.

They were going, "Tina,

"Tina, we love you.

Can I have your autograph?"

And it's great, she loves them.

Thank you.
Nice to meet you.

So she stops.

Food gets cold, you know,

We're starting to order
salads more now.

When people come and ask me
for an autograph

or just want to talk to me,

I realize I live in Knoxville,

and not a lot happens here.

And so this is big
for Knoxville.

And if I was

in their shoes, I think

I would be pretty
dang excited, too.

We went on a cruise
back around spring break.

She'll be out of Knoxville,
nobody will recognize her.

We'll just kind of be incognito

and walk out on the boat
and we're going to go

look at the pool,
so we walk in on the pool,

and the first thing you hear is,

( falsetto ):
"It's Tina!"

I don't want much
to change in my life.

I've got two kids
who I worship and adore

and an awesome husband
who adores me.

But at the same time,
I also realize

that I have been given an
incredible opportunity.

We'll be right back

with a look at the site
of our next adventure.

Next season
on Survivor: Africa.

A land of stunning beauty...

but also a land
of inherent dangers,

filled with exotic
and deadly animals.

The continent may have changed,

but the game is still the same:




Thanks for joining us.

I'm Jeff Probst,

and I'll see you in the fall,
on Survivor.