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Survivor: Cagayan Recap — A Beautiful Blindside

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.


Another Blindside

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!

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5 Responses to “Survivor: Cagayan Recap — A Beautiful Blindside”

  1. rph Says:
    April 16th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    agreed. another great episode in a fantastic season all around. the way Survivor should be. good write-ups.

  2. greg Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Nice recap. I liked LJ but he should have been finding out what was going on rather than being so trusting, especially of the likes of Tony. Tony has everyone thinking he’s “got their back”. Next week should be interesting.

  3. Rashad Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I really liked LJ but i think he deserved to go for 2 fatal reasons one is for trusting Tony and second not paying attention to what is happening around him.
    I think if it was between LJ and Tony for the finals LJ would have won for couple of reasons but mainly because most of the jury wouldn’t have hold a grudge towards him as they do towards Tony.

    Coming to Tony as Ryan stated “Tony Vlachos is a name we will long be associating with Survivor” which i totally agree with he will definitely go in Survivor History as one of the smartest players that ever played the game. I would really love to see a ‘Boston Rob vs Tony Survivor’.

    Now regarding Tony’s move taking LJ out, i believe it was a very wrong move to make and too soon which i am sure he will pay for in the coming episodes because his alliance now is not going to be as strong as it used to be and the possibility of more than one flipping out is more than 90% because of the betrayal and resentment, moreover he lost a very strong ally that he could have gained from instead of getting rid off at least until the final six but i guess he was very paranoid.

    So far i believe that Tony’s chance of winning the season are very low due to the lying and resentment that he will create. If he had waited until the final six taking out Tasha(A favorite) ,Spenser,Jeremiah i believe his chances of winning the finals would have been far greater but that is all to be found out.Ty

  4. Ryan Haidet Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks everybody for the kind words! Glad you’re enjoying my recaps. In case you’re interested, I just got done interviewing LJ. You can read our chat HERE: http://bit.ly/1kFdDze. Enjoy!

  5. Erik Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I think Tony’s move was a mistake, but we must also remember that Woo flipped with him. If Tony plays the situation right he could have a 5 with Spencer, Tasha, Jeramaya, and Woo. However, this probably wouldn’t go well for Tony, as Spencer Tasha Jeramaya would probably be the final three.


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