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Survivor: Cagayan Recap — It’s Tough Throwing A Challenge

March 12, 2014 07:16 PM by Ryan Haidet


I’ve never ever liked the idea of a tribe purposely losing a challenge on Survivor.  It’s never a good idea, in my opinion, because it causes a shift in momentum and morale.  If you’re on a roll, keep it strong.  No need to drop the ball.  But several members of the Brawn tribe, who admitted in tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan that throwing a challenge is a bad idea, wanted to send themselves to Tribal Council with a desire to oust one of their own.  *Forehead slap*  But the Brains tribe, which has become notoriously weak in challenges because they chose to keep rice-dumper J’Tia, really made any attempt by another tribe to throw a challenge a hopeless wish.  It really was an on-the-edge-of-your seat hour of television that took lots of twists and turns — proof that Survivor is still a powerhouse 28 seasons deep.

Brains Practice Again

As terrible as they are in competing in challenges, I really have grown to love the Brains tribe.  The underdog nature of Survivor has really drummed up a lot of fan love for Spencer, as a result, with many viewers rooting for the youngster to make it far in the game.  I’m one of those people.  Spencer, you’re definitely a favorite this season.  Prior to the Reward challenge, the Brains tribe practiced walking around blindfolded so they could go in prepared.  Their efforts, however, were fruitless as the foursome went from being a close contender for first place to finishing in dead last.  Spencer ripped his Buff off so fast in obvious frustration that fans on Twitter ignited comments about feeling bad for him (follow me @RyanSurvivor) mostly because J’Tia sucked AGAIN.


Beauty came in first and won three egg-laying hens and a rooster.  Brawn earned a dozen eggs after a huge come from behind.

Which Came First…  The Chicken Or The Egg?

Back at the Beauty camp, Jeremiah stumbled upon a clue to the hidden Idol inside their bag of chicken feed, which they won at the Reward. Since everybody was standing around, he read the clue to the entire group.  Remember, LJ has already found their Idol and did so without a single clue.  Who needs clues anymore?  Then we had to painfully sit through several minutes of nonsense filler as the Beauty tribe questioned the process of how chickens are born.  It was ridiculous and I could have done without.  It didn’t build personalities whatsoever.  It was simply done as a way for editors to show the Beauty tribe as stereotypical morons.  Sorry, this was a waste of time.


Throwing A Challenge?

At the Brawn camp, Sarah got wind that Lindsey and Cliff were targeting her.  But it was a total lie.  Tony, her main ally, concocted the whole story.  And it worked!  Sarah, who is another one of my favorites this season, believed it and started the scheme to purposely lose the next Immunity challenge so they could get Cliff out of the game.  She didn’t think it would be smart to keep him around when he’s gunning for her.  Trish and Woo both agreed to help throw the challenge — and Tony couldn’t have been more thrilled.  He was oozing with glee that Sarah was trusting everything he said.  He even shook her hand and swore on his police badge that he was tight with her.  Sarah, who I hope figures Tony out as a liar, told him how awesome it would be to have both of them make it to the end of the game together.


Epic Fail

Although the Brawn tribe really did try to throw the challenge, the Brains made it impossible.  J’Tia was terrible once again and Spencer had to carry the weight of his entire tribe.  He did nearly all of the swimming, diving and ball tossing.  He rocked it for them.  But his one-man efforts didn’t stop Beauty from taking first place and Brawn from claiming second — despite obvious efforts to lose. ”That team sucks!” Sarah laughed in confessional while discussing how her team tried to lose.  ”They deserve to lose after that.”


Oh, Please…  Be Smart…  For Once!

“Spencer, you rocked it!” his tribemates told him after the challenge back at the Brains camp.  And he really did.  J’Tia was totally terrible.  She has sucked in all of the challenges AND she dumped most of their rice in the fire on Day 6.  Then, she whined about being hungry.  Ugh!  How in the hell she’s survived this long in the game is unreal.  Strategy be damned.  Bounce her butt out of there!  As a viewer, it seems so obvious, right?  But not to these so-called brainiacs.  Although Tasha and Kass both agreed that Spencer kicked ass in the challenge, they (especially Tasha) were worried about his future loyalty.  Tasha believed J’Tia would stick with her no matter what whereas Spencer seems untrustworthy.


At Tribal Council, it was an absolute nail-biter.  As Spencer and J’Tia were talking, Tasha asked Kass what she wanted to do.  They were still making their mind up right then and there.  It was very self-referential with Kass saying she would probably be yelling at the screen as a viewer: “Don’t do something stupid!  But what is stupid?”  Moments before the vote, Spencer looked Kass in the eyes and said he is loyal to them.

As Jeff Probst read the votes, I was on the edge of my seat.  I didn’t want to see Spencer, a true fan of the show, get voted out before somebody so incredibly worthless.  Thankfully, the Brains tribe did something smart and ousted J’Tia.  It brought a huge exhale from Spencer.  ”I’m gonna show you you made the right decision,” Spencer said. “I’m with you 100 percent.”


What are your thoughts on this episode?  Did the Brains tribe make the right decision?  Do you think Tony can win this game?  Do you think Sarah will figure out his lies?  Sound off and leave a comment in the section below!

Photos: CBS

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2 Responses to “Survivor: Cagayan Recap — It’s Tough Throwing A Challenge”

  1. Elinor Maxwell Says:
    March 13th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I hate seeing any tribe throw a challenge and am glad it didn’t work for the Brawn tribe. It’s hard for me to imagine that Sarah is a very good cop since she is so gullable. It’s clear why she isn’t on the Brains tribe. And didn’t Tony learn anything from Russell Hantz. Playing the sneaky, lying game might get you to the end but it won’t win you the million.

    Glad the “Brains” finally showed some intelligence and got rid of J’Tia. She was worthless in challenges and around camp. Not to mention throwing the rice in the fire…..

  2. BravoCueen Says:
    March 13th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I would absolutly 1000% NOT be loyal to them after the merge. I would definitely team up with, not only someone who I could trust, but someone who could have my back and win some challenges. I’m a big fan of Spencer.


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