March 19, 2014 06:32 PM by Ryan Haidet
“Drop your Buffs.” Jeff Probst uttered those famous words as the three tribes on Survivor: Cagayan — Brains, Brawn, Beauty — were dissolved into two new divisions. While many fans seemed happy with this twist already popping up, I’m bummed out. I wanted to go another one or two episodes with the triple tribe competition. It would have been fun to watch the Brains tribe battle the others without J’Tia Taylor‘s worthlessness around. Would it have made a difference? Could Spencer overcome another vote? All questions that will remained unanswered forever. Oh well. To see how the new tribes shuffled out and for more pictures from the episode, check out full details inside.
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Odd One Out
Much like Amber from Survivor: All-Stars, Sarah found herself the only person entirely separated from her previous tribemates with the swap. When the new divisions were done, she remained on the Aparri (Brawn) tribe and joined by all three remaining members of Luzon (Brains) and three former Solana (Beauty) castaways. You will find the full breakdown below. And if you didn’t learn the actual tribe names before this episode, it’s time to learn ‘em because identifying them as Brains, Brawn and Beauty is no longer gonna happen.
New Aparri: Sarah (former Brawn tribe), Spencer (former Brains tribe), Morgan (former Beauty tribe), Kass (former Brains), Tasha (former Brains tribe), Jeremiah (former Beauty tribe) and Alexis (former Beauty tribe).
New Solana: Woo, Cliff, Trish, Tony, Lindsey, Jefra and LJ — all former Brawn tribe members with the exception of Jefra and LJ of the original Beauty tribe.
The two new tribes immediately squared off in a Reward challenge for lots of sweet snacks like doughnuts, cookies, cinnamon rolls and coffee. The drool nearly dripped out of everybody’s mouths as they glared at the goodies. Obviously, I’ve never competed on Survivor, but I always feel as if a Reward like this would make me nauseous. After days upon days of eating nothing but rice, I think the idea of grubbin’ on sugary treats would be the last thing I would desire. You?
After the intense pull-your-competitor-off-a-pole challenge was done, Solana won the Reward. Did the former Brains trio carry their bad luck over to their new tribe? Sheesh.
Welcome To Your New Home
As the newly divided tribes arrived at their camps, no time was wasted on forming bonds. Trish and LJ quickly connected at the new Solana camp, but LJ had a motive. He was more interested in staying alive in the game than making friends, admitting he would play whatever cards he needed to in order to be kept around longer. If Trish is attracted to him, he will use that.
Meanwhile… Over at the new Aparri camp, the three former Beauty members didn’t waste any time gossiping about each other. Ironically, Kass, Spencer and Tasha — the former Brains — went from being at the bottom of the barrel to having all sorts of alliance options when multiple people asked to join their side. Spencer, who is solidifying himself as one of the best this season, thought it was all a little too desperate. “The fact that they’re this divided shows that we can play them against each other.”
After the Solana tribe lost the Immunity challenge, which was a duplicate from season 15 (Survivor: China), the strategy was on. Trish was rallying hard to get Cliff out of the game, which many others felt was crazy. Tony, however, was worried that LJ was too dangerous to keep around. Meanwhile, Lindsey was campaigning to get Trish out. ”We need stability,” Cliff told Tony right before Tribal Council. Despite saying Trish was caught up in her emotions, his target was LJ.
At another rainy Tribal Council, the tribe delivered a big blindside by voting Cliff out of the game. Lindsey and Woo literally couldn’t lift their jaws. They were stunned. Awesome stuff! It’s sad to see Cliff go so soon without us really getting to see much of him on the show, but his elimination was inevitable. He was too big of a threat from day one and nobody was comfortable enough with letting him make it to the merge. On another note, Sarah is now the only castaway this season who still has not experienced Tribal Council yet.
The preview for next week’s episode shows the brewing battle between Trish and Lindsey reaching its boiling point with both women arguing with each other at camp. The clip also quickly shows Probst arriving and sitting with Lindsey to ask her what’s going on. Could this be a quit from Lindsey? Is she sick and about to be medically evacuated? What’s the deal? I hope she doesn’t quit. You?
What are your thoughts on this episode? Are you happy with the outcome? Do you think the former Brains tribe members stand a chance? Who is your favorite castaway so far? Who do you think is best off after the tribal swap? Do you think it was too soon to dissolve the Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty twist? Sound off and leave a comment in the section below!
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