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Season 4: Episode 1 - Survivor is Back--Peter Harkey Bowled Over
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

Survivor is back to the beach, and on night three Peter Harkey, the 45-year-old bowling alley owner from Millis, Massachusetts, became the first person to be voted out of Survivor: Marquesas. The quirky Zen master had sealed his fate earlier by revealing his voting strategy to his disapproving Maraamu tribe members. After Peter's torch was extinguished, he looked back on his short time spent on the island saying, "Sometimes I take myself a little too serious. I should have taken my wife's advice and come to this Island and just had fun. I will have fond memories of this adventure."

Survivor: Marquesas poses an incredible new challenge that sets it apart from previous Survivor shows -- abandoned on a tiny remote island in the South Pacific, these 16 new castaways are stranded with absolutely no rations of food or water. Separated into two tribes, Maraamu (Wind) and Rotu (Rain), they will compete against each other and must live off the land, essentially creating a new society. They must battle the elements and, ultimately, each other. Either they must learn to adapt to their surroundings and their fellow tribe members, or they will be voted out of the tribe. Every three nights one tribe will trek to Tribal Council, where they will vote one of their own off the island. One person will remain and claim the one-million-dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor.

After a three-hour journey through the turbulent seas of the South Pacific aboard the fishing vessel "Amaryllis," the new 16 castaways of Survivor: Marquesas were forced to abandon ship and paddle to what would be their new homes for the next 39 days.

The Grueling Paddle to Shore
Left with only a life raft and paddles, the members of the Maraamu and Rotu tribes split off in opposite directions and headed to shore to their new homes. As Rotu began the immense task of paddling to shore, the struggle immediately brought them together and they began working as a team, counting their paddle strokes in unison. Arriving on shore, the group celebrated as Tammy Leitner, the 29-year-old crime reporter from Mesa, Arizona, added, "We were thrilled, we made it the first part of the way."

As Maraamu spotted their flag and began their final paddle to shore, Sean Rector, the 30-year-old teacher from Harlem, New York, observed Sarah Jones, the 24-year-old account manager from Newport Beach, California, relax as the others paddled. Sean added, "Sarah's arrival was almost like Cleopatra." As the tribe pulled the raft, and Sarah, to shore, they celebrated for completing their first task. Surprised that they had accomplished such a feat, Sean led a prayer with Peter and later stated, "We didn't do this on our own, God's hand was definitely under the raft guiding us."

Leaders Emerge
Realizing that the sun was soon to set, both tribes frantically tried to start fire using both a magnifying glass and sticks. With the sun hiding behind the clouds, the Rotu tribe struggled to start fire. Frustrated, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, the 47-year-old real estate agent from Burlington, Vermont, started barking out orders to the others' dismay. Gabriel Cade, the 23-year-old bartender from Celo, North Carolina, noted, "Kathy is now the Skipper. Maybe it's her personality or the difficulty being out here, but I don't know. We don't need a Skipper out here." As the tribe continued their attempts to start fire, it was to no avail.

Over at the Maraamu tribe, after realizing that their supply box didn't contain food, Hunter Ellis, the 33-year-old Federal Express pilot from La Jolla, California, understood that time was of the essence and a fire was a must. Pleased with Hunter's ability to step up as a respected leader, Gina Crews, the 29-year-old nature guide from Gainesville, Florida, revealed, "I am already in love with Hunter. He is a great person and we have so much in common. Hunter knows a little bit about everything." As the tribe attempted to make fire, it was Peter Harkey, who used his deep breathing skills from his Yoga classes, that finally helped ignite the twigs. Maraamu had fire! ( Hunter on leadership )

The Flirting Begins
As night fell and the Maraamu tribe sat around the fire, Sarah Jones, the attractive 24-year-old from Newport Beach, California, began flirting with Rob Mariano, the 26-year-old construction worker from Canton, Massachusetts. Observing Sarah's tactic, Vecepia Towery, the 36-year-old office manager from Portland, Oregon, noted, "Sarah has a very cute body and paid a lot for it, and if you have it, of course flaunt it." While the rest of the tribe slept near the fire, Sarah and Rob lay together on the raft getting to know each other.

Water Supply Diminishes
Day 2 found the Rotu tribe in need of water as the task of the day turned into finding the source they could get it from. Following their map through the dense jungle, the Rotu tribe finally found what they had been looking for -- an exotic waterfall. Their discovery elated the tribe and led Neleh Dennis, the 21-year-old student from Layton, Utah, to joyously exclaim, "This is awesome!" The tribe filled their water canteens as they splashed around in the new day spa. However, finding water was bittersweet, as the tribe needed fire to boil the water for safe drinking. Kathy added, "Now we need that damn fire. I am going to work on it until it's dark."

Chicken Run
On Day 2, after discovering a fruit tree, Rob Mariano of the Maraamu tribe wasn't satisfied with his new diet and hungered for more. Hearing a rooster call from a distance, he asked his fellow tribe members, "Do you guys hear that? That's a turkey!" A comical chase ensued, taking Rob and Peter deep into the jungle. The rooster escaped from being captured as Rob exclaimed, "I had no idea that roosters could fly, but this rooster took off like a 747 and he was out of here and that was it."

Hunter, believing that the tribe had more important priorities, lectured Rob that water, shelter and firewood were of the utmost importance, not chasing chickens. Rob submitted, "I realize that I am going to have to work to stay in the group now and that this is essentially going to be my fate."

Frustration Builds
With Rotu unable to start a fire to boil water, the level of frustration grew as Kathy continued to get on people's nerves -- especially John Carroll's, the 36-year-old registered nurse from Omaha, Nebraska. John declared, "Of course we know we need to start fire, but to have someone pushing you like Kathy did really started to become grating." After another argument between John and Kathy, John went on to exclaim, "I am Irish so I have a temper, and she sparked it. Now I became fixated with starting a fire to combat my outburst." After a couple of failed attempts, John and the Rotu tribe eventually made fire. Some of the Rotu tribemates observed that Kathy soon afterwards began to reveal a warmer side to them.

Immunity Challenge -- Outrigger Fire Quest
After receiving tree mail notifying them of their first Immunity Challenge, the tribes met host Jeff Probst at Tribal Beach, where he explained the rules of their next Immunity Challenge. Carrying an outrigger canoe outfitted with two torches, the tribes had to swim with the canoe out into the ocean, light the torches from a fire cauldron, then race back to shore while lighting a series of torches along the way. The first tribe to have successfully lit all the torches and cross the finish line would win.

As the race began, both tribes struggled to get their canoe into the water as the waves crashed into them. Rotu took the lead as Maraamu's torch fell into the sea. That lead was enough as the Rotu tribe raced to victory and celebrated that they would have immunity for at least another three days. The loss sent Maraamu to the first Tribal Council where they would have to vote one of their own off the Island.

The Vote -- Paranoia Setting In
Back at camp, the somber Maraamu tribe realized they had to make a decision about who to vote out at the evening's Tribal Council. Sean helped put the situation into perspective, "The party is over. We first got here, we started the fire, everybody worked, but now the reality is set in; somebody has to go." As the eldest female, and feeling vulnerable, Patricia, the 49-year-old truck assembler from Lugoff, South Carolina, pleaded her case saying, "I may not be twenty-five, I am twice that. I may not win a foot race, but I can endure." Some considered voting against Sarah because they felt she had not contributed much to the tribe thus far.

Peter, fatefully showing his cards too soon, gathered the tribe together to reveal his strategy to vote out the weakest members first. Clearly rubbing people the wrong way, the tribe ultimately turned on him, and, in the end, it was Peter Harkey, the 45-year-old bowling alley owner from Millis, Massachusetts, who became the first person voted off the island.