Survivor 4: Marquesas boxscores
Episode 1: "Back to the Beach"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: August 21, 2020
Survivor: Marquesas boxscores Episode 1

Filmed: November 12-14, 2001 |  Aired: February 28, 2002
Rotu wins first IC
Peter out, 5-2-1


  • Ep.1 Immunity challenge: "Outrigger Fire Quest" - Things are fairly even until Maraamu fails to light their second torch, and that digs them a hole from which they never recover. Not great challenge design.
  • Ep.1 voted out: Peter, 5-2-1 over Sarah and Patricia, respectively. Sean and Vee take the wrong side of the vote in a smart but ultimately futile attempt to peel off Boston Rob's obvious power-couple ally. Peter gets fire for Maraamu, then gets fired. Oh well.


Episode 1 scoring notes


- Pretty standard stuff here. One challenge, no idols. Back to basics. But wow, crazy "strategy" by Gina of not telling anyone who she's voting for, and one of the shortest Tribal Councils (as aired) in Survivor history. They almost spent more time lighting their torches and sitting down than they did talking before the vote.


Vote count:

- Peter received 5 votes, from Gina, Hunter, Patricia, Rob, and Sarah (voted out, 5-2-1).

- Sarah received 2 votes, from Sean and Vecepia.

- Patricia received 1 vote, from Peter.


Episode 1 boxscore

Immunity challenge stats Tribal council stats

Contestant ChW ChA VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Gina 0.00 0.13 1 - 8 1 1.00 7.00
Hunter 0.00 0.13 1 - 8 1 1.00 7.00
Boston Rob 0.00 0.13 1 - 8 1 1.00 7.00
Patricia 0.00 0.13 1 1 8 1 0.88 5.60
Sarah 0.00 0.13 1 2 8 1 0.75 4.67
Sean 0.00 0.13 0 - 8 1 0.00 0.00
Vecepia 0.00 0.13 0 - 8 1 0.00 0.00
Peter 0.00 0.13 0 5 8 1 -0.63 0.00
Gabriel 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
John 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Kathy 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Neleh 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Paschal 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Robert 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Tammy 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Zoe 0.13 0.13 - - - - N/A N/A
Glossary of terms
  • Challenge stats
    • ChW: Challenge Wins. For tribal challenges, a contestant earns a fraction of 1 win, depending on if they participated (no points for sitting out). So in a five-person tribe's win, each participant gets (1/5) of a point, or 0.2 points. Duels (or individual RCs as in Ep1) at Redemption Island count as half a challenge (and half a win). Individual challenge wins count as a full point.
    • ChA: Challenge Appearances. Used to calculate ChW%. Fractional for tribal challenges (same as ChW), except sit-outs get charged for an appearance, because they could have participated.
    • ChW%: Challenge Win%. Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
    • SO: The number of times a contestant sat out of a challenge.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • VFB: Votes For Bootee. The number of times the contestant has voted for the person who was ultimately voted out. Applies only to initial votes (no points for revotes in case of a tie). Special case: In a final three TC, where only one vote is cast (by the F3 IC winner), only that vote counts.
    • VAP: Votes Against the Player. The total number of tribal council votes cast against the contestant. Again, only initial votes count (no penalty for revotes), and here a hidden immunity idol (if played) erases the votes. In the special case of a final three tribal council above, only the F3 bootee receives a vote against.
    • TotV: Total votes cast during the tribal councils the player has attended (again, only initial votes count). Used to adjust for different vote totals as tribes shrink.
    • TCA: Tribal council appearances. The number of times a contestant has attended tribal council (at which they voted).
    • TC%: Tribal Council percent. Attempts to reward voting for the bootee (which players controlling the vote almost always do), while punishing receiving votes yourself. The formula is: TC% = [VFB - (VAP/TotV)] / TCA.
    • wTCR: weighted Tribal Council Ratio. Very similar in intent to TC%, but calculated as a ratio of VFB to VAP, while also scaling to a uniform number of TC appearances. The formula is as follows: wTCR =2* [VFB / (4+VAP)] x (14/TCA). I originally tried (1+VAP) to avoid dividing by zero, but this overly rewarded getting zero votes against relative to just one vote against, which seemed silly. (4+VAP) scaled that effect back comfortably. 14 was used as the scaling factor for TC appearances because there are usually 14 episodes, then a final scaling factor of 2 to bring maximal scores up to roughly even with ChW and JV% high scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • JV%: The percent of total jury votes cast for the contestant, or Jur% = JVF/ TotJ. This number is used, raw, in SurvSc, and is scaled in SurvAv (multiplied by six) to make it similar in size to ChW and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • Survival Score (SurvSc). It's simply the sum of Challenge Win% (ChW%) + Tribal Council% (TC%) + Jury Vote%, for a maximum possible score of 2 (3 after the finale).
    • Survival Average (SurvAv). It's a simple sum of fractional Challenge Wins (ChW), weighted TC Ratio (wTCR), and (eventually) a weighted Jury%. The latter two max out at six points total, for a theoretical maximum score of around 18 or so.