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Last Week: Brawn tried to throw immunity, but the Brainiacs still lost, while J’Tia made like a bag of rice and ended up being tossed.
39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand.…
The Appari Tribe (wearing orange)
Cliff – Former NBA Star, 46
Lindsey – Hairstylist, 29
Sarah – Police Officer, 29
Tony – Police Officer, 39
Trish – Pilates Trainer, 48
Woo – Martial Arts Instructor, 29
The Luzon Tribe (wearing green)
Kassandra – Attorney, 41
Latasha – Accountant, 37
Spencer – Economics Student, 21
The Solana Tribe (wearing purple)
Alexis – Student, 21
Jefra – Miss Kentucky Teen USA, 22
Jeremiah – Model, 34
LJ – Horse Trainer, 34
Morgan – Ex-NFL Cheerleader, 21
We kick this party off back at Brainy Beach after Tribal where a very thankful Spencer is giving hugs left and right.
Kass says they aren't the Brain tribe, they're the "Crap for Brains" tribe. Well, it doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's accurate.
Reward Challenge Time: Wait…not yet…
Before the challenge can get underway, Probst tells 'em to drop their buffs. I wonder if Probst has ever used that as a pick-up line.
J-Pro hands out the new headgear and it looks like we've got Woo, Cliff, Jefra, LJ, Tony, Lindsey, and Trish on the Solana tribe and Latasha, Kass, Alexis, Morgan, Jeremiah, Spencer, and Sarah on the Aparri tribe. Great, now I have to learn tribe names.
Sarah is not psyched to be on the tribe that has none of her brawn buddies on it.
Latasha, on the other hand, is happy that she isn't surrounded by people who suck at challenges anymore. She may not have used those exact words.
Reward Challenge Time (for reals this time): One person will hold onto a pole while two people from the other tribe will try to get them off of the pole and across the beach. First tribe to do this twice wins pastries and other assorted breakfast goodies.
Round One: Morgan and Sarah will try to get Lindsay off the pole while Jefra and Trish will try to evacuate Tasha. It’s quite a brawl with Morgan and Sarah eventually getting the point.
Round Two: Spencer and Jeremiah will attack Cliff while LJ and Trish will battle Alexis. No contest here, Alexis is quickly dragged across the beach. Seriously, Cliff is so big. I wonder if he just lied there flat if they could move him at all.
Round Three: Spencer and Jeremiah will go after Cliff again while Lindsey and Tony will try to take down Sarah. Sarah tried her best, but it wasn’t close. Lindsey and Tony win it for the Solana tribe.
Back at camp, LJ gets in a solid joke asking if their shelter is a tarp or Cliff's jacket. Well played. Jokes aside, he realizes the idol is only going to buy him three more days. Luckily for him, Trish thinks he's cute and likes that he's from Massachusetts. Unluckily for us, this eventually devolves into a conversation about twerking.
Later on, Cliff lets us know that he's happy that so many Brawns ended up on his tribe. But he could do without having Trish (and her laugh) around.
A little while later, Trish admits to Jefra that she doesn’t get along with Lindsey and that they’ve been gunning for Cliff. Dun dun dun…
Over at Aparri, Sarah asks everyone what decisions their tribes made with the immunity idol clues on day one. This upsets Morgan because she lied to her tribe about the idol clue.
Alexis picks up on this and immediately wants to cut Morgan loose. She approaches the Brains about an alliance.
Afterwards, Morgan accuses Alexis of twerking for LJ. Again with the twerking? Kids these days. Either way, it looks like the Brainy Bunch is finally in the driver's seat.
Immunity Challenge Time: The teams will use a battering ram to drive their way through two walls. Then they’ll have to maneuver the ram through a maze. First tribe to complete the maze and smash a gong wins immunity.
Trish and Morgan will sit for their respective tribes.
Note: Before the challenge got underway, Probst tried to determine the sex of the immunity idol. Unfortunately (fortunately?) the idol isn’t anatomically correct.
Both tribes manage to get through the walls at the same time. From there, Aparri completes the maze first and wins immunity. Didn't see that coming.
Politicking around Solana seems to pit the former Brawnies vs. the former Beauties. However, Trish wants to bring the cuties on board with her and Tony to get rid of Cliff. She approaches Tony with this idea and he doesn't seem that into it. Well, maybe if their new alliance had some kind of cool name…
Quick Aside: If LJ admitted to having an idol, he could flip the game with Trish and not have to worry about Tony.
That night at Tribal Council, LJ feels like he and Jefra are only going to be around for as long as the Brawns want them there.
Cliff thinks there’s someone in his alliance who isn’t comfortable with their position.
Woo thinks going against your alliance will only put you in a bad position. Gah…way to play the game, Woo.
Trish thinks sometimes you have to make other arrangements for yourself.
Jefra thinks the game is about risk and the person on the bottom won’t win.
Lindsey thinks the Brawnies will do better if they stick together because the tribes will eventually merge.
Tony thinks Tribal will decide if they're sticking with the gameplan or starting a new alliance. Just like every Tribal ever.
Voting Time: Woo votes for LJ, Jefra votes for Cliff, and the rest of the votes are secret.
J-Pro tallies and returns. We've got one vote for LJ, one vote for Cliff, one vote for LJ, one vote for Cliff, one vote for LJ, one vote for Cliff, and the fifth person to be voted out of "Survivor: Cagayan" is…Cliff.
Oh man, the look on Lindsey’s face is priceless.
Verdict: Wow, the guy I thought was safe was just voted out by the tribe I was convinced would win immunity. This season keeps with the goodness.
Power Rankings Results: I had Cliff in spot eight. Ciera had him in spot three. So, the current score is Team Ciera 27, Team Gordon 35.
Who’s Going to Win? Cops R Us is looking pretty good at this point. But the Brains have a lot of room to make things happen. Tough call, but I’m sticking with Sarah.
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