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Friday, May 4, 2001

The Nurse of Nice survives 'Survivor'

Tina and Colby turn into a mutual admiration society in the final moments of Outback show

"You deserve to win." "No, you deserve to win."
   The sap-fest continued Thursday night on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" where the three survivors were dwindled down to one - Tennessee's No. 1 nurse/mom Tina Wesson - in the season finale for the series that is still the most highly successful unscripted show to date.
   "I don't know that I do (deserve the $1 million over Tina)," Colby said before the jury voted.
   And that pretty much summed the entire show up.
   Colby and Tina held hands as their former mates voted. Indecision ruled as Tina came out on top as the ultimate survivor by the jury of recently booted Outbackers. The finale proved to be exactly the same as the season that spawned it - too-kind gestures inspired more out-of-water generosity, and the whole affair was a carnival of kindness.
   It was an emotional high school reunion, not the catty cheerleader try-outs it should have been.
   When asked what they were going to do with their money, Tina and Colby said they would support their mothers and buy office buildings for their fathers and start funds for the poor, but what they weren't doing Thursday night was actually competing for $1 million.
   "This is the most appropriate place for Tina and I to be," said Colby on the final day as he sat atop a high peak. Later, Tina admitted her least proud moment was at every tribal council, where she actually had to betray people openly.
   Although she did deserve the title of ultimate survivor, it was because of a miscalculation that she was there. In the live segment that followed, Tina admitted to originally being an alternate cast member for this season. Not to mention, had it not been for Colby's competitive spirit and voting out Keith in Thursday night's first tribal council (if he had voted out Tina, he could have easily beat out Keith in the final round), Tina would have fallen victim to Colby's whims.
   But Colby is too nice for that. Some venom was finally shed in the live town hall meeting with Kel saying he wouldn't send Jerry a Christmas card and Alisha dissing Kimmy.
   It's about time.
  


Pop culture and media critic Ricardo Baca can be reached at 886-3688 or by e-mail at bacar@caller.com


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