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Survivor Cagayan: “Sitting in My Spy Shack”

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Previously on Survivor

Now that you are all caught up, here are the remaining contestants following last week’s episode:

Spencer Bledsoe
Tasha Fox
Kass McQuillen
Morgan McLeod
Jeremiah Wood
Yung “Woo” Hwang
Jefra Bland
Trish Hegarty
Tony Vlachos

The Jury:

LJ McKanas
Morgan McLeod
Sarah Lacina

Returning from Tribal Council, Tony explained his reasoning for voting out LJ behind Trish, Kass, and Jefra’s backs, while Spencer tried to find a way to find the weakest link in the power-five’s alliance. Sensing he was in trouble, Tony ran off to make a little spy shack near the water well, where people often go to talk strategy. Next thing you know, Trish and Jefra approached the well discussing their options, with Jefra making her case to Trish why they should no longer trust Tony. Tony could hear every word, and knew his neck might be on the line next if he didn’t find a way out of the mess he had created for himself.

The Reward Challenge divided the eight finalists into two teams: Kass, Trish, Tony, and Woo against Jeremiah, Tasha, Jefra, and Spencer. The teams rowed their boats out to sea to unlock paddles from their boxes, in order to make it back to shore and use the paddles to solve a three-word-phrase. Tasha, Jefra, Jeremiah, and Spencer won the challenge, and were sent to enjoy a sumptuous barbecue.

Back at camp, Tony, Kass, and Woo realized that Jefra was off with the three members outside of their alliance, leaving them a bit unnerved, while Trish preferred not to talk strategy and instead pick papaya. Tony went off once more to find the Hidden Immunity Idols that contained “special powers,” while Woo and Trish shook Papaya trees for extra nourishment. Woo took a nasty fall from the top of a tree, but fortunately for him, walked away from the incident without any significant damage.

At the barbecue, the victors were treated to an amazing lunch inside the shade of a magnificent cave. The conversation quickly turned to strategy, where the four discussed voting out Tony at the next possible opportunity. Before their conversation could come to a close, the four were handed letters from home, leaving the group emotionally a mess, giving Jefra all the push she needed to jump ship from her majority alliance and join forces with Spencer, Jeremiah, and Tasha.

The group was reunited at the Immunity Challenge, where the individuals would need to stand on a narrow beam while balancing a ball on a pole. Tasha was the last person standing with her ball still in place, winning back-to-back Immunity Challenges, and was once again safe from the vote, which at this point was looking like a 4-4 situation, with Tony and Spencer the odds on favorite to leave the game.

Suspecting he might be in trouble, Tony went in search yet again for that missing Idol, while Trish and Kass bathed with Jefra. Trish was able to get a little bit of information out of Jefra, while Tony finally found the Hidden Idol – and yes, it was the one with “magical powers.” The Special Idol, as it was titled, gave Tony the ability to play the Idol after the votes were read. And while I’m excited to see Tony wield such power, it seems like an extremely unfair advantage to have. Not a fan.

Trish, Jefra, and Kass approached Tony to make sure he would not flip on his alliance again. Tony swore to the high heavens he would not, but you’d be foolish to think that lying is not a part of this game. Jefra was that fool, as she reneged on her agreement to vote with Jeremiah, Spencer, and Tasha at tonight’s Tribal Council. Knowing they had nothing to lose, Spencer shared the fact that he had an Idol with Tasha and Jeremiah, and that tonight would be the time to play it. With Tasha already sitting safely with the Individual Immunity Idol around her neck, Spencer and Jeremiah had a 50/50 shot of playing the Idol correctly.28

At Tribal Council, shit hit the fan for Tony off the bat, as Spencer, Tasha, and Jeremiah all stated they would vote for Tony to win the game if his alliance allowed him to reach the finals. That had to burn for both Tony, and his alliance, who knew they would have to get rid of him at some point before the end. The Spencer-led trio turned their sites on Woo, concerned less that he might have an Idol than they were about Tony. Spencer then played his Idol, leaving him and Tasha safe from the vote. In the end, it didn’t matter, as the Tony-led alliance of five had voted for Jeremiah, who became the fourth member of the jury.

Like him or not, is there anyone out there who doesn’t feel that Tony deserves to win? I’d love to hear your line of thinking if you feel anyone else deserves it more at this point.

My Top Five Power Rankings for Survivor: Cagayan:

  1. Spencer Bledsoe
  2. Tony Vlachos
  3. Trish Hegarty
  4. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  5. Tasha Fox

Week Eight:

  1. Spencer Bledsoe
  2. Tony Vlachos
  3. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  4. Trish Hegarty
  5. Tasha Fox

Week Seven:

  1. Spencer Bledsoe
  2. Tony Vlachos
  3. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  4. LJ McKanas
  5. Trish Hegarty

Week Six:

  1. Spencer Bledsoe
  2. Kass McQuillen
  3. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  4. LJ McKanas
  5. Tasha Fox

Week Five:

  1. Kass McQuillen
  2. Spencer Bledsoe
  3. Tasha Fox
  4. Sarah Lucina
  5. Yung “Woo” Hwang

Week Four:

  1. Spencer Bledsoe
  2. Kass McQuillen
  3. Tasha Fox
  4. Sarah Lacina
  5. Alexis Maxwell

Week Three:

  1. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  2. Sarah Lacina
  3. Alexis Maxwell
  4. Jeremiah Wood
  5. Tasha Fox

Week Two:

  1. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  2. Sarah Lacina
  3. Alexis Maxwell
  4. Jeremiah Wood
  5. Tasha Fox

Week One:

  1. Yung “Woo” Hwang
  2. Jeremiah Wood
  3. Tasha Fox
  4. Sarah Lacina
  5. Cliff Robinson

What do you think?

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Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.

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