April 16, 2014 06:05 PM by Ryan Haidet
Tony Vlachos is a name we will long be associating with Survivor. His big moves and big personality on Survivor: Cagayan will go down as one of the most memorable in the show’s history. Tonight’s episode centralized on Tony’s paranoia. No joke. The ENTIRE episode focused on what Tony’s next move would be. He was so paranoid that he found himself focused on targeting a member of his solid six-way alliance. Why? He didn’t like the fact he got votes at the previous Tribal Council and felt like it was time to make the move to boot LJ out of the game. Did his plan pan out? Jump inside this story to see a complete breakdown and more pictures from the episode.
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Most Unlikely Spa Trio
Day 23 brought a creatively cool Reward challenge that split the remaining nine castaways into three separate teams. The winning trio who proved they could bounce sandbags the best — Tony, Jeremiah and Spencer – were given a special trip to a Survivor spa complete with lunch, showers and massages. While it was a bit strange watching the three guys get their bare feet rubbed, Tony soaked up the moment to talk about strategy and his desire to change up the game. Spencer wasn’t very trusting, but vowed he would play it like he is.
In a hilarious moment, LJ stood Tasha up when she invited him to chat about strategy. But LJ felt it wouldn’t benefit him because Tony was so paranoid and he didn’t want to give any extra reason to stir the pot. He was confident in his six-way alliance and didn’t think anything Tasha could offer would be worth his time. Tasha thought it was a failure on LJ’s point because she believed it could be a big opportunity for him to make a big move. I agree with Tasha. He should have listened to what she had to say. Why shut down any option whether you’re seriously considering it or not?
Memory Challenge Brings Vote-Splitting Strategy
After a memory challenge for Immunity, Tasha claimed victory despite LJ’s confidence up until the last minute. After the challenge was over, LJ said in confessional that his alliance could keep it simple by splitting the vote 3-3 between Spencer and Jeremiah. Back at camp, LJ said for the first time in the game that he feels comfortable. Uh oh… *Insert foot into mouth* It’s almost always a sign of certain Survivor death when somebody boasts about their safe position in the game. It’s like a curse. I don’t care if you’re a superstitious person. Just don’t ever say that. Keep your lips sealed.
Shortly before Tribal Council, Tony went to Spencer and pleaded with him to vote LJ out of the game. ”It’s kind of like Christmas morning,” Spencer said. ”There’s this present of voting off LJ.” Although concerned it was a scheme, Spencer was seriously considering the move. On the flip side, Trish, one of Tony’s main allies, was concerned about the sudden move to vote against LJ. She didn’t believe Tony when he said that LJ was going against the six.
At Tribal Council, Tony lied about his profession once again saying that he’s a construction worker instead of what he really does for a living — being a cop. His fib brought a huge reaction from Sarah, a fellow cop castaway on the jury. Then we had to listen to the constant talk from LJ about having a good gauge on people. His confidence seeped through the entire fireside chat with Jeff Probst and it bit him straight in the ass. Without any idea it was coming, LJ was voted out of the game. Jefra was also shocked, turning to Tony and asking him if he flipped. ”Wow,” she uttered to herself as Spencer fired his fist excitedly into the air. It was a beautiful blindside as LJ, an original member of the Beauty tribe, found himself taking the walk o’ shame.
This game is getting so damn good. Was Tony’s play based on paranoia? Probably a bit, but I think it was more based on strategy since LJ would be a huge threat deeper in the game. A main concern for Tony now is how to manage all of the pissed off jury members. Would he ever be able to convince them not to be bitter?
What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode? Are you bummed that LJ was voted out? Was he the right target? Do you think Tony could win the game? Who is your favorite player so far? Sound off and leave a comment in the section below!
SURVIVOR: CAGAYAN INTERVIEWS
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Morgan McLeod Says She’s Really Not Lazy
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Sarah Lacina Discusses Her Shocking Elimination
Survivor: Cagayan Interview With Alexis Maxwell — Twerking Helped Get Me On The Show
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Lindsey Ogle Unleashes Her Thoughts On Trish Hegarty
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Cliff Robinson Says He Wasn’t Truly Blindsided
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — J’Tia Taylor Defends Dumping Out The Rice
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Brice Johnston Says Jeremiah Wood Is A Cockroach
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Garrett Adelstein Reveals What Happened To His Hidden Idol
Survivor: Cagayan Interview — David Samson Says J’Tia Taylor Was Useless
SURVIVOR: CAGAYAN EPISODE RECAPS
Survivor: Cagayan Episode 7 Recap — Goofiest Idol Hunt Ever!
Survivor: Cagayan Episode 6 Recap — Merge Madness
Survivor: Cagayan Episode 5 Recap — Big Fight Leads To Big Decision
Survivor: Cagayan Episode 4 Recap — Drop Your Buffs!
Survivor: Cagayan Episode 3 Recap — It’s Tough Throwing A Challenge
Survivor: Cagayan Episode 2 Recap — Let It Rain!
Survivor: Cagayan Premiere Recap — Brains Tribe? How About Dumbass Tribe?
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