‘Survivor: Cagayan’ Episode 7 Recap: Save the Cheerleader


'Survivor: Cagayan' (CBS)

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Last Week: Sarah fought the lawyer and the lawyer won.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands.

The Solarrion Tribe (wearing black)
Jefra – Miss Kentucky Teen USA, 22
Jeremiah – Model, 34
Kassandra – Attorney, 41
Latasha – Accountant, 37
LJ – Horse Trainer, 34
Morgan – Ex-NFL Cheerleader, 21
Spencer – Economics Student, 21
Tony – Police Officer, 39
Trish – Pilates Trainer, 48
Woo – Martial Arts Instructor, 29

Things kick off after last week’s fiasco and Spencer is congratulating the victors on a wild Tribal. He tells Kass that he’s not mad, but he thinks it’s a bad move. My dad was the king of that, he was never mad, he was just disappointed.

Later on, Spencer loses it a bit when he hears Kass talking strategy. But, he’s not mad.

Kass lets us know that she thinks the people she stabbed in the back will get over it. Because that’s what “Survivor” juries are known for; getting over it.

The next morning, Morgan doesn’t think Kass likes her because she’s a “bitter, ugly, old lady.” Well, it certainly sounds like Morgan likes her.

Morgan then does her trademark thing where she compliments herself after worrying about sounding conceited. Just be conceited, save yourself some words.

Next up, Probst asks the guys to come on in, and they totally do.

Reward Challenge Time: The players will be divided into two teams. They’ll race through the water through several obstacles and retrieve a chest. They’ll then drag the chest up a tower. Inside the chest is the final piece of a puzzle. First tribe to finish the puzzle gets a trip to a special Outback Steakhouse.

Outback Steakhouse: No Rules, Just Right!

I was in Cagayan, where was my Outback dinner?! I love me some bloomin’ onions.

Kass, Tony, Woo, Trish, and Tasha are on the purple team. LJ, Jeremiah, Jefra, Spencer, and Morgan are on the orange team.

The challenge starts off and things are pretty even until Woo falls off the balance beam and slows his team down. Maybe he’d do better if the beam was shaped like a dog house.

Both tribes get the chest to the wall at about the same time, but the purple team is doing a better job of getting it up the wall.

In the end, LJ and Spencer fly through the puzzle and win it for the orange team.

Back at camp, Tony and Trish want to know who Kass wants to target, but she’s being non-committal about who’s side she’s on. Oh man, that never works out well.

Tony isn’t worried because he’s a cop and he’s good at reading people. Just like Sarah?

Over at the fake Outback Steakhouse, our victors are greeted by pineapple/bacon margaritas. That’s…like…all three of the things I like in this world.

While Spencer is eating, he finds an idol clue in his napkin. Seriously, Spencer? You’re the super fan. You should’ve been rifling through all of those napkins.

Woo gets it though. He knows that people who go on rewards find clues in napkins. He follows Spencer and breaks into his “Ninja Stealth Mode.” He catches Spence digging into a wall.

Now, here’s where it gets hilarious. Spencer had placed the clue in his pants. He took off the pants when he went digging. Woo found the clue and ran off.  Spencer’s having a rough couple of days.

Woo and Spencer return to camp and each side gets their buddies together for an idol hunt. Tony gets the line of the night when he says you know it must be serious if Morgan got up to look for it.

Spencer eventually uncovers the idol and does a good job of not letting anyone know that he found it. He reads the instructions that came with the clue, and apparently it’s a normal idol. So we have normal idols and super special idols in play at the same time? Maybe if you play them both at the same time you become a unicorn!

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will have to stand on their tippy toes while holding a block against a board with their head. Last person standing wins immunity.

Kass is almost immediately out. She gets the Crystal Cox award. Jeremiah, Trish, and Tony are right behind her.

Morgan’s out at the 25-minute mark. She’s followed by Woo.

We lose Jefra at the one-hour mark. We’re down to LJ, Spencer, and Latasha.

C’mon, Probst! Offer them peanut butter!

LJ is the first one out and we’ve got a battle of the brains.

At the one hour, thirty-minute mark  Latasha finally caves. Spencer wins immunity.

Politicking around camp has Team Tony wanting to target Morgan because the other alliance wouldn’t save her with an idol. However, Tony’s Plan B will be to target Latasha if they pull any idol shenanigans.

Spencer tries to get Kass back on board by telling her that it could help her win jury votes. She tells him that she considers herself a free agent.

Kass later tells us that she “loves the blindside.” Me too, oh Chaotic One.

That night at Tribal Council, Kass says she got the cold shoulder from the people she betrayed.

Spencer admits he did feel betrayed and that he got out of hand. He’s also super psyched to have immunity. But, he’d trade it if it gave him a better shot at winning.

Morgan doesn’t think she’s a physical threat and she thinks people don’t like her. What? That didn’t sound conceited at all.

Trish thinks Morgan left out “doesn’t help around camp.” Ooooh…Boston burn!

Probst thinks that Morgan is used to people taking care of her. She agrees. She also thinks people would rather be ugly than cute.

Then, she says she’ll try to work harder around camp. Yeah, but could she be cuter around camp?

Jefra looks at her alliance as a chain and no person is on the bottom. Buh…

Fun Fact: If you hold a chain up at one end, a link is definitely on the bottom.

Tony thinks Kass is in a comfortable place. Probst thinks she’s unpredictable and could be setting them up.

Voting Time: No votes are shown. Oy…

J-Pro tallies, etc. We’ve got four votes for Tony, five votes for Morgan, and the ninth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Cagayan” and the second member of the jury is…Morgan.

Verdict: Boy, Chaos Kass the Wild Card is sure making things interesting. Loving this season, but I’m worried about the new mega idol. Guess we’ll see how it plays out.

Power Rankings Results: Ciera had Morgan in spot five, I had her in spot nine. So, the current score is Team Ciera 62, Team Gordon 74.

Who’s Going to Win? Right now I’m thinking it comes down to however wins the inevitable showdown between LJ and Tony. Trish could have a shot, too. The people left in the game don’t hate her the way Lindsay did.

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