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Season 8: Episode 1 - SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS BEGINS; TINA WESSON FIRST TO GO
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

Thirty-nine days, eighteen castaways, three tribes, four previous winners and one Sole Survivor! SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS has begun. On night three in the first Tribal Council of this historic edition, the newly formed Saboga tribe was forced to vote off one of their own. It was the fear of a previous winner's abilities to repeat a win that caused the tribe to vote out Tina Wesson, the 42-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Knoxville, Tennessee, in a four-to-two decision. (Tribes arrive in Panama )

Upon learning she was the first castaway to be sent home, Tina remarked, "This experience has been different for me because I went in on an equal playing ground the first time. I kinda expected it... but it doesn't make it any easier."

THREE TRIBES, EIGHTEEN ALL-STARS AND ONE WINNER
With a Panamanian military escort, three motorboats shot across the sea, each holding a tribe of castaways from SURVIVORs past: All-Star Survivors. The eighteen people were divided into three tribes named Saboga, Mogo Mogo and Chapera. The All-Stars were given nothing but their water canteens. They were not told the names of the other castaways or how many tribes there were. Armed with no information, no fire and no help, these eighteen All-Stars would be challenged once again to outwit, outlast and outplay one another in order to see who will become the Sole Survivor.

HOME SWEET HOME
After a top-secret journey through Panamanian waters, the three tribes were dropped off in the rough terrain that would become their camps. They were given maps, then sent off to fend for themselves.

As the Chapera tribe made their way through the brush, they came upon a well filled with contaminated water that would need to be boiled. Disorganized, the tribe focused on where to build their shelter. "It wasn't five minutes; there was six ideas on how to do everything," laughed Tom Buchanan, the 48-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: AFRICA from Rich Valley, Virginia.

It didn't take much time for the alliances to start within Mogo Mogo. Paranoia ran deep as the tribe set up their camp. Members were quick to break away from each other while whispers abounded. It all ended with a mutual agreement that nobody trusted anybody else, and all alliances would wait until camp was set up. Upon seeing a naked Richard Hatch, Shii Ann Huang, the 30-year-old tribe member of SURVIVOR: THAILAND from New York City, commented, "This is off to an interesting start."

FIRE!
Dehydrated, the Chapera tribe desperately needed fire in order to boil their water. As the members of the tribe worked feverishly to ignite a flame, Sue Hawk, the 42-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: BORNEO from Palmyra, Wisconsin, announced that this was a task she would take no part in. Instead, Sue decided to put her life at risk by drinking the contaminated water without boiling it. Sue's actions immediately alienated the rest of tribe.

Over at the Saboga camp, efforts to ignite a fire were also in vain. Finding themselves alone for the first time, Rudy Boesch, the 76-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: BORNEO, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rupert Boneham, the 40-year-old of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS PANAMA from Indianapolis, Indiana, wasted no time in forming an alliance.

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
After a brutal night's sleep at the Chapera camp, tempers flared as Alicia Calaway, the 35-year-old of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Trumbull, Connecticut and Rob Mariano, the 28-year-old of SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS from Canton, Massachusetts, squabbled over whether to work on the fire or on shelter. Shortly after the fight, Rob created an alliance with Amber Brkich, the 25-year-old of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Beaver, Pennsylvania. "She's beautiful, obviously; any idiot can see that. But I'll keep my word no matter what to her. I trust her; I don't think she's going to screw me," mused Rob.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: QUEST FOR FIRE
As the tribes converged for the first Immunity Challenge, of SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS, the castaways got the first glimpse of their competitors. All were surprised to see three tribes instead of the standard two.

With a nod to history, host Jeff Probst explained that this Challenge was the same as the first-ever SURVIVOR Challenge from Borneo. The castaways would start on floating platforms, where they would have to dive down and release their raft from a mooring on the bottom of the ocean floor. They would then have to transport fire torches on their raft to the beach, lighting torches along the way. The first two tribes to light the torches, bring their rafts to the beach and climb under a bamboo crawl would win Immunity.

The Challenge started off with a bang as Richard Hatch, the 42-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: BORNEO from Middletown, Rhode Island, disrobed in order to do the Challenge naked. Chapera took an early lead.

Rupert caused his tribe to fall behind when he mistakenly dove to release the raft that was already free. Chapera and Mogo Mogo were neck and neck, while Saboga trailed both.

Fatigue set in as Saboga closed the gap. But it was too little, too late as both Chapera and Mogo Mogo made it underneath their crawl, thus securing the first Immunity of SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS. Saboga was sent back to camp with the unpleasant task of having to vote a member out.

ONE SABOGA MUST GO
As soon as the Saboga tribe returned from losing the Challenge, the wheeling and dealing commenced. Jenna Lewis, the 26-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: BORNEO from Franklin, New Hampshire, lobbied the alliance of Rupert and Rudy to vote off either Ethan Zohn, winner of SURVIVOR: AFRICA; or Tina Wesson, because they both had already earned the coveted title of Sole Survivor. Ethan lobbied Rupert while they were in the water, arguing that it would be strategically wise to keep a winner around in order to guarantee a Final Two victory against them.

As the tribe headed off to Tribal Council, it was obvious that the Rupert/Rudy alliance would decide who goes home. "Hopefully, we can pull Rupert in and kinda surprise everybody tonight," wished previous Sole Survivor Tina Wesson.

In the end, Tina's wish did not come true, as it was, in fact, a winner from a previous SURVIVOR who ended up as the target. The Rupert/Rudy alliance swung the vote, thus sending Tina Wesson home in a four-to-two decision. Tina became the first castaway voted out of SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS.