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Survivor Cagayan: “Chaos is My Friend”

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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
Yung “Woo” Hwang
Jefra Bland
Trish Hegarty
Tony Vlachos

The Jury:

Jeremiah Wood
LJ McKanas
Morgan McLeod
Sarah Lacina

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The game is coming down to the wire, and Tony continues to shine not only as the man running the show, but as one of the more colorful and entertaining contestants in the show’s history. With the “special” Idol in his pocket, giving him the incredibly unfair advantage to play it once the votes have been read, the only question I have at the moment is if he were to reach the finals, would we be faced with the usual bitter jury that never seems to reward a player of Tony’s ilk?

Returning from the previous Tribal Council, Spencer and Tasha found themselves on the outside of the main alliance, and having played his Hidden Immunity Idol prematurely, Spencer felt desperate to find an advantage in the game. Treemail brought that opportunity, as the contestants were given wallets containing cash to spend at the traditional Survivor Auction. Tony’s mindset remained on the big prize, knowing he would holdout on bidding on anything until Jeff presented the usual “advantage” to bid on.

As the auction went on, it was clear that Spencer and Tasha were holding out for the same chance, as none of the three bid until Jeff presented a shot at the advantage in the game. Hoping there would be one more prize to bid on (perhaps a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol), Tasha held her money and did not bid on the advantage, while Spencer and Tony bid their entire $500 for prize. The two were then made to draw rocks to see which would win the advantage, and Tony drew the black rock and was presented the reward. To Tony’s delight, the advantage turned out to be a clue to another Hidden Immunity Idol, rather than the normal advantage in the following Immunity Challenge.

Tasha decided to get in Tony’s head by hanging out with the women in his alliance, getting nice and close with them in the water. It worked to perfection. Spencer threw fuel on the fire by reminding Tony that Jefra was with going to vote with them at the last Tribal Council to remove Tony from the game, and that an all-woman alliance would find the men outnumbered 4-3. It was all that was needed for Tony’s paranoia to boil to the surface, who was already growing increasingly annoyed by the ladies lack of work ethic around camp.

With the clue he won at the auction, Tony set off to find the Hidden Immunity Idol, and in no time, he was pocketing a second Idol – the third he had found this game. He then showed all of his alliance that he had found the Idol, in case they were thinking of voting him out tonight. I love this guy!

At the Immunity Challenge, the players were made to dig up bags buried in the sand. The bags contained balls that they would use in a table maze in order to win the coveted necklace. Tasha, who had already won two Individual Immunity Challenges, was the first to reach the maze, determined to win and remain in the game. She was able to hold off Woo in the end, and has become a major threat not only in the challenges, but, perhaps, to win the whole enchilada. Spencer could only hang his head, knowing that it would take some sort of miracle to keep from being sent home at Tribal.

The majority five discussed having to vote out Spencer, now that Tasha had Immunity, but Tony did not like the fact that that would give the women a 4-2 advantage, so instead decided he wanted to target Jefra instead. He pulled in Woo first, followed by Spencer. He then asked Spencer to bring in Tasha, who was fully on board. Tasha and Spencer’s plan to get into Tony’s head worked!

And then Spencer went looking for a Hidden Immunity Idol, turning Tony’s paranoia back around towards him.

We headed into Tribal Council knowing it was between Spencer and Jefra, depending which direction Tony’s mind was more freaked out in. Almost immediately, Tony put one of his Idols around his neck, declaring himself safe from tonight’s vote. If Spencer wasjefra going down, he was going down swinging, delivering a message to Tony to play the game before he was played by his alliance. Tony did not play his Idol, as there was no need. The outcome went Spencer’s way, as Jefra was sent to the jury in another great blindside.

Jesus. I still have no idea who wins. It seems like Tony, Spencer, and Tasha could all easily win if they get to the end, but I’m not willing to write off Kass, the silver-tongued lawyer, just yet. This could be an epic conclusion.

My Top Five Power Rankings for Survivor: Cagayan:

  1. Spencer Bledsoe
  2. Tony Vlachos
  3. Tasha Fox
  4. Kass McQuillen
  5. Trish Hegarty

Week Nine:

  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

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