‘Survivor: Cagayan’ Episode 2 Recap: Cops Rock


'Survivor: Cagayan' (CBS)

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Last Week: Morgan proved to be a good liar, David and Garrett were booted with votes that came down to the wire, and J’Tia threw her tribe’s rice away.

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Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand.…

The Appari Tribe (wearing orange)
Cliff – Former NBA Star, 46
Lindsey – Hairstylist, 29
Sarah – Police Officer, 29
Tony – Police Officer, 39
Trish – Pilates Trainer, 48
Woo – Martial Arts Instructor, 29

The Luzon Tribe (wearing green)
J’Tia – Nuclear Engineer, 30
Kassandra – Attorney, 41
Latasha – Accountant, 37
Spencer – Economics Student, 21

The Solana Tribe (wearing purple)
Alexis – Student, 21
Brice – Social Worker, 27
Jefra – Miss Kentucky Teen USA, 22
Jeremiah – Model, 34
LJ – Horse Trainer, 34
Morgan – Ex-NFL Cheerleader, 21

The party kicks off after last week’s Tribal Council. Spencer’s mind is blown that the ladies chose the great rice liberator over Garrett. You and me both, buddy.

J’Tia says the Brains tribe is a disaster, but it’s entertaining. That might be the first logical thing she’s said all season.

Meanwhile over at Brawnyville, Tony admits to Sarah that he’s a cop. This is enough to get her to align with him. He tells Sarah that they should team up with Lindsey and Cliff as “Cops R Us.” Eh…I don’t love the name, but it’s catchier than “Cops, Forwards/Centers, Hairdresses R Us.”

However, we later learn that Tony is feeding Sarah false information about things he has overheard Lindsey and Cliff saying. For someone who’s mega-perceptive, Sarah seems to buy right into Tony’s lie.

Then the rain starts. And holy cow is it no joke. Tony says it’s what he envisions hell to be like. A rainy jungle? Has he ever seen a cartoon?

Things are even less cheery over at the Beauty Shop. Jefra is not dealing with the weather or her prune hands very well. She’s also not dealing well with helping to build the shelter.

Later on, LJ wanders out to where Morgan was caught looking for the immunity idol. He searches around a bit and…finds himself an idol. Way to be, LJ.

Tree mail shows up, saying the players will be “mazed and confused.” Spencer quickly deduces that there will be a maze. That’s why he’s on the Brains tribe.

Latasha wants to practice immunity challenge techniques, but everyone else has other ideas. Tasha makes it a point to tell Spencer that he should want to win immunity more than anyone. Subtle.

Immunity Challenge Time: Tribe members will use buckets to toss water to each other. The last person will use the water to fill a container that is attached to a teeter-totter. Once the container is full, the teeter will totter (or something like that) and release a ball. They’ll then use the ball in a super-cool swiveling maze. First two tribes to complete the maze will win immunity. The winning tribe will also win blankets, pillows, and a tarp. While the second-place tribe will just win a tarp.

Lindsey and Tony will sit for the Brawnies. Jefra and Alexis will sit for the Beauties.

The challenge starts off and the Brain tribe immediately falls behind. I hope Russell Swan is laughing somewhere.

The Beauty tribe is the first to release their ball, they’re followed by Team Brawn. Jeremiah, LJ, Woo, and Cliff all pull puzzle duty.

Eventually Kass and Spencer join the fun.

Woo and Cliff figure out the puzzle quickly and win immunity.

It’s neck and neck between the Beauties and the Brains, but the Brains finally live up to their name and complete the maze.

Back at camp, Tony again digs through the reward to find the immunity clue. Seriously, way to go, Tony. However, I wonder if it’d be better for him to leave the clue there and pay attention to who finds it. If Sarah finds it and she doesn’t share it, can she be trusted?

Later, Sarah tries out the hammock and it promptly falls apart. Well, they didn’t have a nuclear engineer to set it up.

Politicking around Beauty Town starts off with LJ informing us that Brice and Morgan are on the outs. He wants to target Brice because he seems like more of a threat. Also, voting out Morgan would make me super sad.

Jeremiah tells Brice about LJ’s plan and Brice tries to point the vote toward Alexis. Wait, that’d make me extra super sad.

Then, Morgan approaches Jefra and tells her that Jeremiah wants to get rid of LJ. OK, that’d make me less sad.

Later on, Alexis pitches the idea of splitting the votes in case Brice or Morgan has the idol. Jeremiah likes this, because he’s considering flipping and voting for Alexis. Dude, don’t. It’s way too soon. There’s no reason to be the target of two members of your tribe.

That night at Tribal Council, Probst breaks out some algebra saying how fire = your life.

Brice is psyched to be on the Beauty tribe because he’s a butterfly that comes “out of a caterpillar.” I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works.

Jefra thinks the rain killed the tribe’s momentum because nobody was talking strategy before it starting pouring. Oh sweetie, they were.

Brice doesn’t like that Alexis has never talked strategy with him. Good point. He also doesn’t think she’s pulling her own weight.

Brice says there’s “talk of the town” that Morgan could have the idol because she got to the camp first.

Jeremiah says he knows where the vote is going and it’s going to suck.

Voting Time: Morgan votes for Alexis, Alexis votes for Brice, LJ votes for Morgan, and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.

J-Pro does his thing with the votes.  He returns and we’ve got one vote for Alexis, one vote for Brice, one vote for Morgan, one vote for Alexis, one vote for Brice, and one vote for Morgan…a tie.

Voting Time Again: No votes are shown.

J-Pro tallies yet again. We’ve got one vote for Brice and the third person to be voted out of “Survivor: Cagayan” is…Brice.

Sorry, Brice. Back into the caterpillar.

Verdict: This season continues at a solid pace. Interesting players, awesome challenges, and no tribe is getting the Matsing treatment. Good times.

Who’s Going to Win? Cops R Us is looking good, but Tony’s got to keep track of the lies he’s telling Sarah.

Power Rankings Results: Ciera Eastin had Brice in spot 10, I had him in spot 12. So, the current score is Team Ciera 10, Team Gordon 12.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

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