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Season 8: Episode 2 - NO REST FOR THE WEAK: RUDY BOESCH VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

As SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS pushed forward, the Saboga tribe was forced to make their second trek to Tribal Council, where they ousted Rudy Boesch, the 76-year-old All-Star of SURVIVOR: BORNEO from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Due to his age coupled with an injured ankle, Rudy was viewed as the weakest member of tribe, causing him to be eliminated from Saboga in a three-to-two decision.

Shortly after his torch was extinguished, Rudy warned; "Everything was all set up to vote Ethan off. I can see Ethan voting against me, but I can't see the other two people voting against me. And if I was them... I'd stay clear of me."

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
As the rain poured down, the Saboga tribe's morale was going from bad to worse. Not one for low morale, Rudy regaled the tribe with his stories from Vietnam, thus briefly taking the tribe's thoughts off of their hunger, thirst and loss at the first Immunity Challenge.

Over at the Mogo Mogo camp, the dehydrated tribe had varying reactions to the decision of Richard Hatch, the 42-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: BORNEO from Middletown, Rhode Island, to walk around naked. Not everyone agreed with Lex van den Berghe's indifference to Richard's nudity. "We got an overweight, gay, naked man walking around, and no one seems to let it bother them," laughed Colby Donaldson, the 29-year-old tribe member of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Christoval, Texas.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Later, the tribes were all surprised to find on each of their islands a mysterious box secured by three padlocks. Questions arose and speculations ran wild as to what could be in the box. Rob Mariano, the 28-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS from Canton, Massachusetts, wanted to break open his tribe's box, but his intentions were thwarted by the rest of Chapera. Rob M. explained, "My first inclination was to forget about the note…. We're starving over here. Then, all of a sudden everyone was like, 'Oh no, we don't wanna do that, we might upset pretty boy Probst or something.'"

REWARD CHALLENGE: STAIRWAYS TO THE STARS
As the tribes reconvened for a Reward Challenge, host Jeff Probst explained the competition would require the tribes to build a staircase out of five logs that were adrift at sea. The tribes would need to swim out to retrieve each log, with each tribe losing a member after each plank was recovered so that only one castaway would be left to retrieve the final log. The first tribe to build the stairway and use it to reach a platform would win the Reward of a bundle of cozy, warm blankets.

The grueling Challenge started with Chapera taking an early lead. Saboga fell behind as Rudy tired quickly from the intense swimming. Chapera lost their lead as Saboga overtook them to become the first tribe to have over half the staircase built. A late push by Mogo Mogo was not enough as Saboga placed the final log on their staircase and climbed to victory.

After telling the castaways that their mysterious lock boxes contained rice, Jeff Probst surprised Saboga with a choice. They could trade their reward for a clue that would help them find the first key to the lock box, flint for fire and a pot for cooking. However, there was a caveat: if Saboga opted for the clue, flint and pot, then all three tribes would get the same Reward. After deliberating, Saboga chose the clue, flint and pot to the rejoicing cheers of the other two tribes. Everyone won!

CAN'T START A FIRE WITHOUT A SPARK
As the three tribes returned to their camps from the exhausting Challenge, they all attempted to start fires with their new flints.

The sparks at Chapera weren't just from the new flint. Alicia Calaway, the 35-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Trumbull, Connecticut, micro-managed her tribemates' attempts to catch a flame. "Alicia's just talking a little too much; she walks around giving orders constantly," complained Rob M., "It's her nature; she's got a big mouth; she needs to learn to shut it."

Mogo Mogo's attempts to start a flame fizzled when the rain fell on their fire pit. The tribe had waited too long to make the fire, so the members had to suffer in the storm. "We're freezing because our lame boys didn't make the fire," explained Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, the 50-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS from Burlington, Vermont.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: FLOAT YOUR BOAT
As the tribes met on the beach for their second Immunity Challenge of SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS, Jeff Probst explained that there would be three boats at the bottom of the ocean floor. The first two tribes to swim down, free the boats of their heavy cargo, clear the water out, row to shore and carry the boat over the finish line would win Immunity.

As the rain started to come down, the tribes dove into the ocean in order to clear their boats. Despite Saboga's quick start, Chapera, thinking quickly on their feet, opted to flip their boat free of water instead, thus giving them the lead. Mogo Mogo followed Chapera's lead by flipping their boat over while Saboga was still stuck bailing.

Chapera easily made it to shore first, leaving Mogo Mogo and Saboga in a two-horse competition for Immunity. As Mogo Mogo paddled to shore, their boat was sinking because of the excess water it held. Saboga gained ground, but not enough, as Mogo Mogo crossed the finish line second, securing Immunity for themselves and sending Saboga to their second consecutive Tribal Council.

ANOTHER SABOGA MUST GO
Saboga returned to camp defeated. Realizing he was on the chopping block, Ethan Zohn, the 30-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: AFRICA from Lexington, Massachusetts, immediately tried to make himself useful by going fishing. After Ethan's failed attempt, Rupert Boneham, the 40-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS PANAMA from Indianapolis, Indiana, displayed his fishing prowess by returning with a fish, which added to Ethan's troubles. The discussion then came down to Ethan's precarious position as a previous SURVIVOR winner versus Rudy's age, injured ankle and possible challenge liability. "I'm not writing Rudy's name down. I know that. I'm not writing Rudy's name down," swore Rupert.