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"Hot Girl with a Grudge"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Cagayan
Episode Number: 1/14 (413)
Original Release: February 26, 2014
Viewership (in millions): 9.40[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 2.4/7
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Previous: "Reunion"
(previous season)
Next: "Cops-R-Us"
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Hot Girl with a Grudge is the season premiere of Survivor: Cagayan.

Story

The three tribes arrived in the game via three different modes of transportation: Aparri, the Brawn tribe, entered along a rough road in the back of a truck. Solana, the Beauty, then entered by boat along the river, with Lindsey Ogle snickering at the girls lounging in the front. Finally, Luzon, the Brains tribe, entered by helicopter, with Jefra Bland noting that they looked like "the Cochrans" of the group.

I am so excited to start Survivor, I can't even stand it. I'm such a competitive person that I would literally do anything to get to the finish line, to beat you, if I have to. I mean, it's just who I am. (laughs)

Trish Hegarty


When I saw the speedboat race up, the girls were in the front and they were all kinda like "Oh, look at us." I'm surprised there wasn't, like, cheesy music in the background.

Lindsey Ogle


I noticed a few people coming off the helicopter who seemed like more the nerdy type, like the Cochran of the game, that's gonna be really smart and witty and play the game well.

Jefra Bland



Jeff Probst welcomed the three tribes to Survivor: Cagayan; the three tribes cheered and clapped in excitement. Jeff Probst explained that the twist of the season was Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty and asked each tribe to guess which attribute they belong to. Morgan McLeod said, "I don't mean to sound conceited, but I think we're Beauty." Spencer Bledsoe then noted that he thought his tribe were the "Nerds," adding that the other remaining tribe looked "really physical." Tony Vlachos then said he would "gladly accept" being on the Brawn tribe, and was eager to "stomp on beauty and stomp on smarts."

Jeff noted that each trait was important in the game of Survivor, before asking each tribe to immediately select a Tribe Leader. Starting with Solana, Brice Johnston nominated LJ McKanas to be the leader. When asked what he thought about being the leader of "the hot group," LJ answered that he must be "the inner beauty" and that if he was the one to stick out, he had to roll with it. Aparri then chose their leader, looking for "a talker." Sarah Lacina said that she was a talker, and the tribe elected her as the leader. Trish Hegarty said they chose Sarah because she looked "confident" and would "get the job done." Luzon then chose their leader, with Spencer asking who looked the smartest. Kass McQuillen and Tasha Fox pointed to David Samson because of his blazer, and he took on the role. Kass said that she didn't usually "trust a man in a suit," but liked David.

The leaders were then instructed to choose who they thought was the weakest person on the tribe. LJ chose Morgan, rationalizing that she looked the least physical. She said that this didn't often happen to her, and that there was "a first time for everything." Sarah said she had a good vibe from everyone and didn't want to make the call, reluctantly choosing Trish. Trish said that, despite her support of Sarah as the leader, she understood her call. Before making his pick, David clarified that "the jacket doesn't match the pants, so it's not a suit." He added that he made decisions like this frequently, and slapped Garrett Adelstein on the shoulder. David said that he'd made his decision based on "the last two thirds of the game." Garrett joined Morgan and Trish, and Jeff revealed that they were still in the game, but would be flown straight to camp - avoiding the hike with their tribe - where they would make a decision on behalf of the tribe who had just ostracized them. The three departed in the helicopter, and Jeff gave Aparri, Luzon, and Solana maps to their beach.

In my perspective of beauty, there is hot and there's cute. Morgan, she's hot, whereas the other girls are, like, cute. And me personally, I trust cute more then I trust (chuckles) hot.

LJ McKanas


My strategy with choosing Garrett was that he's built like a Mack truck, and he's got brains too? Now that's gonna be a formidable combination. So I figured it would make sense to get rid of him.

David Samson



Garrett was dropped off at the Luzon beach to find the decision awaiting him: choose an extra bag of rice for the tribe, or take a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol for himself. He chose to take the clue, and followed the map to a waterfall near camp. Meanwhile, Trish arrived at the Aparri beach and was torn on what decision to make. Despite being tempted to take the clue, she remained a team player, choosing the extra bag of rice for her tribe. Morgan, on the other hand, with a growing grudge against LJ, chose the clue to the Idol.

To be isolated from the group right away, it really sucks. Like, at least both of the other two leaders pretended like they were so sad they had to pick the person, but David doesn't hesitate! He immediately pats me on the back and says, "Garrett! He is the weakest." Which is BS. I'm stronger than any of them.

Garrett Adelstein


As far as I'm concerned, I'm already on the outs with my tribe, so this is a complete no-brainer. Obviously, I'm going to look for the Hidden Immunity Idol. When people see my body, often they're like, "He's just a dumb jock." But I was valedictorian of my high school class, 99 percentile SATs and for a living am a high-stakes professional poker player. So anything I do in my life, I go all in. Without question, David making the asinine decision he did, works to my advantage, but he's a threat and I want him out of the game.

Garrett Adelstein


When Sarah had to pick the weakest of the tribe, when I looked around, I was clearly the oldest, I was clearly the thinnest. So I wasn't surprised it was me. When I saw that note, I was like, "Oh jeez!" I gotta to make a decision whether it's for me or for the team. Initially, I could hear myself saying, "Don't be an idiot! Go and get the Idol for yourself and protect yourself." I have been divorced for fifteen years, supporting and raising my children emotionally and financially and it's been really hard. Yet, at the same time, I've always been a team player. It's just who I am. I just went with my gut and said, you know what, I'm just gonna go with the team. I hope I don't kick myself for the rest of the game on that one, but there's nothing I can do now, so I just hope I don't regret it.

Trish Hegarty


I'm surprised I was voted off first. I feel like I have more physical strength than the other two ladies. Then, I kinda thought I had the guys under my thumb. But maybe LJ was tempted by my looks and he didn't really want me around to mess with his head. That's what I'm good at, so maybe he can sense that. But I hold grudges big time. I will never forgive him for this. This is a game where you have to save yourself, so of course I'm going to look for the Idol. I guess I'm a selfish person, but if I can find it, it's gonna be a huge game-changer, for sure.

Morgan McLeod



Back at Luzon, Garrett found the waterfall, stripped down to his underwear, and began searching the pool for the Idol. After a duration of frustration in which he made no headway, Garrett finally found the Idol in a bag at the bottom of the pool. Over at Solana, Morgan was also searching for the Idol out by a rock shelf in the ocean. As she searched, the rest of the tribe arrived at camp, prompting them to be suspicious of her whereabouts and concerned Morgan that she had blown her opportunity.

The clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol said it's right by the waterfall. Unfortunately, these hide-and-go-seek type activities – it's just not my area of expertise. I've been in situations at the poker table, playing for huge amounts of money, and I didn't get stressed out about it. So this should be child's play. But I'm embarrassing myself by not being able to find this stupid Idol right now.

Garrett Adelstein


Finally, I was able to find the Hidden Immunity Idol. I'm definitely going to keep it to myself. But what an amazing start to the game. Me having the Idol puts me in a really strong position. I don't know what the hell David was thinking, but I promise you, I'm going to do everything in my power to get rid of him.

Garrett Adelstein


The clue said that the Hidden Immunity Idol would be somewhere near rocks, so immediately I thought of the huge rock shelf to the right of our camp. There's so many little crevasses and nooks and crannies that a Hidden Immunity Idol could be hidden, but I don't know when they're going to be here. I don't know how much time I have. I just know that I have to find it.

Morgan McLeod


26. We arrived at the beach and it's like, "Where's Morgan?" She was nowhere to be found and it was just very suspicious.

LJ McKanas


I was climbing on the rocks, then I saw my other tribemates come strolling up on the beach and my heart just jumped in my throat. I had been outed trying to find the Idol and I was like if I don't come up with something, I'm going home for sure.

Morgan McLeod



As Solana dropped their stuff by the flag, Morgan came running up out of the ocean. On the spur of the moment, she came up with a cover plan, telling her tribe that she'd picked rice, shelter materials, and fishing supplies for them, and told them she was out in the ocean exploring the tide pools and looking for crabs. LJ, however, was suspicious of her cool demeanor, and guessed that she either had a clue or the Idol itself. However, he apologized to her, and she told him she'd just have to prove him wrong. Brice, on the other hand, took the opportunity to pull the ostracized Morgan into an alliance, telling her that he wouldn't have voted her out, and pointed out that LJ and Jeremiah Wood, and Alexis Maxwell and Jefra were already pairing up, adding that he had her back. Meanwhile, the tribe worked hard to prepare camp, with Jeremiah and LJ even making fire for the tribe with only bamboo.

My other tribemates come strolling up on the beach. It was pretty obvious what I was doing. I had already been outed as the weakest person and now I'm going behind their back and trying to find the Idols and I was like, "I'm done." Then I realize, y'know, I could just totally lie and say that, "Oh yeah, I picked the shelter materials and the fishing stuff over comfort."

Morgan McLeod


I, for sure, think I fooled them. Now I have however many days to look for the Idol. I'll have to be really sly about it, but I don't think they have any clue.

Morgan McLeod


Morgan's already in her underwear, just like a mermaid that just walked out of the ocean, which had me a little nervous because she's way too calm and collected for someone just voted out. She either already has an Immunity Idol or she has a clue, so I gotta be on my best behavior because she could be the hot girl with a grudge.

LJ McKanas


Morgan was able to provide for us, you know, some good things. I kinda felt like that kinda boosted her confidence a little bit, but I'm no dummy. I know a scorned woman when I see her. So she was the perfect opportunity for me to use my purple pants and, kinda like, my personality to kinda get in with her.

Brice Johnston


Me and Brice kinda made a little connection, so right now, we're sticking together. He's got my back. We'll see what happens.

Morgan McLeod


People don't expect anything from us because they've labeled us the "Beauty." They think it's just a tribe full of princesses and guys who are like pretty boys that don't wanna really get dirty.

Alexis Maxwell


I'm so excited we got fire right away, you know, without flint which is very hard to do. So I'm loving our tribe!

Jefra Bland


The other tribes – there's nothing in their minds that wants to connect the Beauty tribe with success. But it's happening! We can kick butt out here and we're doing it!

Alexis Maxwell



At Aparri, Trish greeted her tribe with open arms and assured Sarah that she was not offended by being picked as the weakest. She told the tribe that she'd been given the opportunity to look for an Idol, but had instead chosen extra rice for the tribe, prompting surprise and celebration from Sarah and the rest of Aparri. The tribe then split up to begin assembling the shelter. As they worked, Cliff Robinson drew some attention for his height. He told Tony and Woo Hwang that he worked in sports marketing, but had played some basketball at which point Woo revealed that he had some of Cliff's basketball cards. Cliff then shared his history as an NBA-player with the rest of his tribe who were impressed, but didn't seem to let his past influence their opinion of him.

Because I was already seen as being the weakest, I felt like that's what they were going to come to camp thinking. That this older, skinny woman that would be eliminated is weak. So, I had to get myself right back on equal terms with all of them.

Trish Hegarty


Soon as we arrive to camp, Trish came with open arms. She says, "I had the choice of looking for the Idol for myself or helping my tribe out in getting a second bag of rice." And we were, like, so excited. We were like, "Yes, you did the right thing." But if I was in Trish's shoes, it would have been one bag of rice... and one Idol in my pocket.

Tony Vlachos


Looking through all of my team members, I could tell that any challenge that will have physical strength in it, we're definitely gonna dominate. I mean, we have, like, the biggest man out here. He's like eight feet tall.

Lindsey Ogle


Me being a basketball enthusiast, I immediately knew who that was: Cliff Robinson. Portland Trail Blazers. One of my favorite players growing up and everyone seems stoked to have him on their tribe. But I don't think anyone's making a really big deal about it.

Woo Hwang


The fact that I'm a former basketball player could hurt me, but to tell you the truth, it doesn't seem like they really have any interest in basketball. So for me, that's just fine. I can play this game. Not worry about my tribemates judging me for what I did and they're just looking at me like as Cliff Robinson – one of the tribe members of Survivor.

Cliff Robinson



Sarah, meanwhile, suspected that Tony was a police officer. She approached him alone and asked him, but he denied it, point blank. She asked him again, but he continued to deny it, telling her that he worked in construction and pointed to his tattoo as evidence (citing that police officers were not allowed to have tattoos). Sarah then told him she was a cop. Tony then joked with her, pretending to confess, puzzling her, and making her suspicious.

I've been a cop for quite a while and there is a look that cops have – and Tony's got it. If I'm wrong, he should go be a cop because he looks just like one.

Sarah Lacina


I thought for a split second, "Should I tell her I'm a cop?" But then I said, you know what? If I tell them I'm a police officer, the first thing they're gonna be thinking is, like, this guy's strategical, he's tactical, he's probably sharp on his toes, he's very observant. And they're gonna be right. So obviously I'm a threat to them, so they're gonna probably want to try and blindside me right away.

Tony Vlachos


Interview and interrogation are my daily duties and I get lied to every day at work, y'know? And there's just something that makes me feel uneasy about Tony.

Sarah Lacina


I don't know what the hell he does. All I know is I don't think I can trust him, so he's gotta go as soon as possible. That's all I gotta say.

Sarah Lacina



Luzon arrived at their beach, greeting Garrett. Spencer was frustrated by David's decision, but Garrett put on a good face, telling his tribe he'd found the water, as well as a waterfall. The tribe then began focusing on shelter, at which point J'Tia Taylor told the group she was a nuclear engineer, and had orchestrated a plan for the shelter. She then began doling out orders to her tribe, instructing them on how to do everything, from cutting the bamboo to constructing the base for the shelter, without putting in any physical effort herself. However, her abrasive approach rubbed Tasha Fox, Spencer, Kass, and David the wrong way, and despite several objections to the practicality of her plan, J'Tia insisted she had the right plan. Kass talked to David about her attitude, but he suggested they just "let her do what she does." When Tasha sat down on the shelter to test the balance, it collapsed under her, prompting Kass to mutter, "We're not very smart for the Brain tribe."

When David came out and said that he was going to pick Garrett, I thought, "You're an idiot!" You're picking the one guy who can help us in challenges and you're ostracizing him already. It's a terrible move.

Spencer Bledsoe


I have my PhD in nuclear engineering. I think I'm the smartest person here. Hands down! Ima build that shelter. I'm not gonna cut the bamboo, but I'm gonna tell 'em how to build it. And it's gonna be an awesome shelter.

J'Tia Taylor


J'Tia took the leadership role and her approach is not the sleekest and she does come off really confrontational and bossy.

Tasha Fox


Right now, we have an – (air quotes) – "engingeer," J'Tia, who says that she can build a shelter. She has the decisiveness of a leader, she has the bossiness for sure, but she doesn't exactly have it all... (points to head) ...here.

Spencer Bledsoe


J'Tia... I don't appreciate her attitude. I don't think anybody does. It makes it uncomfortable.

Kass McQuillen


J'Tia's taking charge of doing stuff, but she doesn't do anything. She just sort of barks orders to us. In my career, I have enough experience with people who look like they can get things done, but you put 'em at the plate and put a bat in their hand and all of a sudden, they look like Bugs Bunny. And that's J'Tia. J'Tia's just too much. She's too much.

David Samson



Jeff welcomed the tribes in for their first challenge: Draggin' the Dragon. Each tribe would manoeuvre a cart through an obstacle course, stopping along the way to retrieve a key suspended high in the air. They would then use the key to unlock a chest of puzzle pieces, load it onto the cart and continue along the course. Once all three chests were obtained, the cart was to be disassembled and slotted through a barricade before being reassembled on the other side. The tribe would then complete the obstacle course, at which point, two members of the tribe would use the puzzle pieces to solve a giant circular puzzle. Jeff then revealed the two-part Immunity Idol. In addition, the tribes were competing for reward in the form of fire, with the first tribe to finish getting a fire-making kit and second place receiving flint.

The tribes were even out of the gate, with Spencer retrieving the key for Luzon, Brice for Solana and Cliff for Aparri. Aparri and Solana easily got their chests onto their cart, but Luzon got their chest tangled up in the chains, dropping them into last place. Aparri pulled into first place as Cliff easily retrieved the second key, with Brice and Solana close behind. Spencer made up some ground for Luzon, but J'Tia got stuck unlocking the chest and once again, the tribe tangled the chest in the chains. Meanwhile, Aparri extended their lead, obtaining their third key and chest and beginning to disassemble their cart. As Aparri began slotting their cart through the wall, Solana retrieved their third key and began pulling apart their cart as Luzon also began disassembling the cart. Aparri continued to maintain a lead, with Solana narrowing the gap by slotting most of their cart through the barricade in one swift go. As Aparri began to reassemble their cart and Solana got their last chest through the wall, Luzon was falling further behind, even dropping their chests to have puzzle pieces fall out all over the place. Aparri easily traversed the last obstacle – a series of ruts obstructed by rocks and logs – as Luzon continued to fall apart, dropping another crate.

Sarah and Lindsey began work on the puzzle for Aparri, solving it on the ground before slotting it into the wheel. Solana made up some ground, and Alexis and LJ began work on the puzzle soon after. Meanwhile, Luzon was still assembling their cart. Aparri finished the first section of their puzzle, with Solana moments behind. Luzon's cart began to fall apart on the last obstacle as Aparri and Solana maintained their lead on the puzzle portion. As Aparri finished their second section of the puzzle, Luzon finally caught up and Kass and Tasha began work on their puzzle. Solana finished their second chest of puzzle pieces, with Aparri neck-and-neck going into the final section of the puzzle. Luzon completed their first section of the puzzle and raced to catch up, but the other two tribes were significantly further ahead, with Solana down to their last four pieces and Aparri down to their last six. Solana finished their puzzle first, claiming victory, Immunity and a fire-making kit. Aparri finished moments later, also winning Immunity and flint. Meanwhile, Luzon were only halfway through their second puzzle portion and only won a trip to Tribal Council.

Back at camp, the Luzon tribe dissected their abysmal performance, pointing out that they couldn't underestimate the other tribes. David and Kass discussed the poor effort and debated who to target at the vote – J'Tia or Garrett. Kass accusing J'Tia of taking over her role in the challenge (unlocking the chests) and then getting the chains tangled up. David, however, pushed to vote out Garrett, claiming he had been of little physical help in the challenge, but also thought of him as a bigger threat down the line. Kass, however, insisted that J'Tia was the only sound option for "tribe harmony."

At the challenge, we sucked. I can't really blame any particular person. I think it's everyone and it's like we're book-smart, but when it comes to playing this game, we're dumb.

Tasha Fox


Personally, I'd like to get rid of Garrett because I view him as a bigger threat to me than J'Tia. I'm thinking about Day 39 and my biggest concern is that I'm not exactly sure what put him on the Brains tribe. He hasn't told us. And that scares me – really to my core.

David Samson


David, he wants Garrett to go first, but that's ridiculous. He's our strongest guy. Plus, he's a work horse. But J'Tia, she has not been pulling her weight. She's been doing a lot of direction and no production. And everyone sees it. She's dead weight. So let's just send her home.

Kass McQuillen



Later, J'Tia asked Kass who she wanted to vote out, and Kass bluntly told her she was leaning to get rid of her because of her poor work ethic. J'Tia objected, saying she'd pulled her weight in the challenge, but Kass countered that she'd been resting for three days. Kass warned her that it was "probably time to scramble." Later, Tasha approached a tearful J'Tia, who asked Tasha her opinion of her work ethic. Tasha agreed that she may have rubbed some people the wrong way. Garrett joined the two of them and assured J'Tia that she was safe, proposing that they oust a strategic threat in David. He told the women that he could pull in Spencer and, four-strong, they could vote out David. However, when he approached Spencer, the latter was concerned about the Idol and feared David may have it. Garrett lied that he hadn't heard anything about Idol clues, but Spencer pointed out that David and Kass often went off alone together. As the rain and wind swept in, Luzon departed for Tribal Council.

I went up to Kass and she was very honest. She said that she doesn't think that I work around camp and that I'm going home. Kass kinda hurt my feelings a little bit. 'Cause I'm not lazy. We needed a shelter and I felt like if I hadn't built a fire under the tribe's butt, we wouldn't have got it done. So I felt like I was being motivating. Clearly it doesn't come off that way, but I just hope that I have not ruined my chances. I might have.

J'Tia Taylor


J'Tia is definitely pretty paranoid right now. And for what it's worth, she has pretty good reason. She's bossy. Y'know, she doesn't get along with anyone. I personally care less about that than others because as far as I'm concerned, the biggest threat is David. He's very intelligent. I do think he's a schemer and he's already made it clear that he wants to get rid of me. So David's going home tonight.

Garrett Adelstein


I'm really concerned about voting out David. I know that in the past, there have been clues and Idols around camp and I keep seeing David and Kass walk off and just wander around. So I'm a bit worried that he could have found it. So I'm thinking, since J'Tia's a pain in the ass, let's vote her out. Just to be safe.

Spencer Bledsoe


Spencer's paranoid about David having the Idol which is ridiculous because I have the Idol. Of course, I'm not going to tell him that but now I feel nervous about voting for David because it looks like I don't have four solid votes for tonight. Without question, David is just a huge threat and if people don't see that, they're idiots. I don't know. I hope that Spencer and I stay strong together, but we'll see what happens.

Garrett Adelstein



At Tribal Council, the Luzon tribe lit their torches. Before the council began, Garrett leapt out of his seat as he noticed a spider crawling on him. Jeff gave an open statement to talk about the first three days, at which point J'Tia smiled and noted, "I knew you were gonna want to talk to me a lot, Jeff" because she knew she was on the chopping block. She added that Kass had told her that she was a target because of her work ethic and bossiness, pointing out that she had been unaware that she'd been coming off so negatively, but owned her mistakes, laughing at the complete failure of her shelter plan. David added that J'Tia had come out very strong at the beginning, citing her credentials as "a nuclear physicist or a nuclear... bomb builder or something," which had made him feel like she knew what she was doing. J'Tia corrected him that she was a nuclear engineer, and argued that she hadn't said she knew what she was doing, but had just been excited about a plan. She reiterated that she'd made an error, and urged her tribe to tell her if they had problems with her actions or personality.

As thunder cracked and the rain started to pour, Jeff asked David about his decision to point to Garrett as the weakest. He answered that it wasn't a perfect position, but he hadn't wanted to "dither around" because it was a game. Garrett countered that it had sucked to be "cast as the outsider." He added that he didn't think he was an immediate target because of David's call, and trusted his team. David agreed that Garrett was correct in his confidence because he wasn't going anywhere, at least "not tonight."

Asked how it would feel to be the first out, J'Tia said that she would be disappointed because she'd come to play, and that for the tribe to succeed, they couldn't be "thinking about the last two-thirds; you've got to be thinking about the first third and getting there." The reference to David's comment about why he'd picked Garrett on Day 1 led to her saying that Luzon were "her people" and while she understood that someone had to go, she didn't want it to be her, and pointed directly at David. David said that such accusations were common strategy when you were about to be voted out.

As Spencer was asked about the "big vote," the thunder roared, and he answered that they had to make the vote based on keeping the tribe unified and trustworthy.

Jeff then initiated the vote. Kass voted first, followed by David, who cast his vote for "Je Tia." Tasha followed and J'Tia then returned the favor with a vote for David. Garrett and Spencer concluded the proceedings and Jeff tallied the votes.

When Jeff asked if anybody wished to play a Hidden Immunity Idol, Garrett coughed pointedly but did not play the Idol. The first vote was for J'Tia, followed by one for David. Each received another vote, tying the score at 2-2. However, the last two votes came up for David. He took his torch to Jeff, muttering "Unbelievable." With that, David Samson became the first contestant eliminated from Survivor: Cagayan. Jeff urged the tribe to get it together quickly, before sending them back to camp with flint.

The morning after voting out David Samson, the Luzon tribe were feeling low as they went about their chores. As J'Tia Taylor and Kass McQuillen worked to start a fire, Garrett Adelstein whined in his confessionals about not having fun and wanting to play Survivor for the strategy and not to "survive." He later met with Spencer Bledsoe to discuss the plan should they go to Tribal Council again. He proposed pulling Kass onto their side and take out either J'Tia or Tasha Fox. Spencer agreed, pointing out that Kass had friction with the other two women. The two men pulled Kass aside to propose working with her, and recognizing that she was the swing vote between the men and the women, Kass agreed to a Final Three deal with them, but revealed in a confessional that it wasn't a binding agreement.

Last night, Tribal was a lot of random arguing but, you know, in the end, the real point of Tribal was to send David home and we were able to successfully do that. But I'm not having fun playing Survivor. This isn't fun for me right now, I have to be honest. Manual labor isn't fun. Starving isn't fun. Like, it's not like a cool adventure for me. When I'm playing poker, I'm sitting in a comfortable chair, chicken and vegetables are like being brought to me right at the table. I wanna play Survivor, like, to outwit and outplay people. Like, I don't want to play Survivor to survive in the wilderness.

Garrett



Kass was definitely blindsided by David going home last night. Spencer and I are setting ourselves up that if we do have to vote someone off, we have options. J'Tia and Tasha. But also, you know, if I don't feel like we can really trust Kass, you know, maybe we just take her out.

Garrett


Tribal was interesting. A little blindside of David and me. But all I thought was I'm number three for someone. And they know it. The boys aren't going to break up and the girls aren't gonna break up. So where does that leave me? Swing vote. I talked to Garrett and Spencer, but I'm not a hundred percent with them and I'm gonna work whatever angle. I have no allegiance right now. We can do our stupid handshake. I don't care. It's game on. As long as it's not me.

Kass



Meanwhile, at Aparri, Cliff Robinson and Woo Hwang were eager to take the tribe canoe out for a spin and attempt some fishing. In a confessional, Cliff revealed that he hoped to keep Woo as a "wingman" in the game. As Tony Vlachos, Trish Hegarty, Lindsey Ogle, and Sarah Lacina watched from the shore, the two men accidentally capsized the boat. Bringing it back to shore, Cliff enlisted Tony to help empty the boat, as Sarah and Lindsey commented on Cliff's likability, Tony's confessional revealed a level of wariness towards Cliff and his gaggle of fans.

Me and Woo, we couldn't wait to take that boat out. We have been looking at that boat for a few days now just itching at the bit for the opportunity to go out there and try to do some fishing.

Cliff


I like Woo and you gotta have a wingman. Batman always had Robin, Jordan had Pippen, Cliff has Woo. (laughs) Woo-Tang! So y'know, you just gotta, you know, take your wingman and do what you gotta do to take care of business.

Cliff


Everything was going well, but we lost the balance on the boat and all of a sudden... (mimes boat flipping) I figured, y'know, might as well take advantage of that brawn that's on the beach and do what we can to tip the water out.

Cliff


Cliff is a very likable guy. He's funny, he has a lot of charisma and I would say he's probably the most liked on our tribe right now.

Sarah


I'm looking at Cliff. I can't tell you for a fact what basketball team he was on or what he did for a living or what he does for a living because I don't really care. And then we have Lindsey and Sarah and Woo. Apparently they, like, they're fans of him. This is a game, I understand how the game is played. I just gotta make sure I'm aware of what's going on.

Tony



Over at Solana, Brice Johnston gave an analysis of the tribe's dynamics, labelling Alexis Maxwell the "flirt" as she played a makeshift game of bowling with LJ McKanas, and noting his inability to read Jefra Bland, who seemed to be annoying her tribe with her talk of bathroom habits. Jeremiah Wood, meanwhile, was continually flirting with Morgan McLeod, who only saw him as a manipulable friend. When the Brice managed to get Morgan and Jeremiah alone, he asked if Jefra got on their nerves, to which Jeremiah agreed. Brice proposed that the three of them become the "brains of the operation," which Jeremiah mildly agreed to, with Jeremiah cementing the budding alliance by urging "us country folk" to work together.

Today is definitely beautiful on the beautiful tribe. But there's a lot of people playing dumb out here and I'm onto it. Alexis is just being the flirt out here. Just kinda like, y'know, definitely all about her sexuality and always in her panties, kind like, y'know, (imitating flirtatious voice) "You want some coconut water?" So I definitely kinda see her game. Jefra, on the other hand, I don't know what her game is. All of her crayons in the crayon box aren't bright.

Brice


Jeremiah, he... I only see him as a friend, in, like, my eyes, but, y'know, he might see me as something more. So I think if I needed to, I could definitely reel him in and, y'know, he would be right there in my back pocket.

Morgan


Jeremiah's been drooling over Morgan and, y'know, me being the ultimate wingman, I can facilitate for him to kinda get to work with Morgan and be around the hot girl.

Brice


I think when my tribe first saw me, they kinda thought that I would be just the fourth girl on the tribe, maybe just lying out all day. Don't judge a book by its cover. I'm playing the game.

Brice



Back at Aparri, tension built when Trish, gathering firewood, asked Lindsey to lend a hand. Lindsey asked if there was some kind of issue between her and Trish, with the latter countering that they just needed to get as much wood as possible to last them. Lindsey argued, asking why Trish had called her out specifically, but Trish avoided giving an answer and Sarah urged her to just let it go. Later, Lindsey mocked Trish with impersonations. Elsewhere, Trish talked to Tony about Lindsey's poor attitude and sucking up to Cliff. Tony assured Trish that they were in it together, urging her to stay strong and telling her he'd tell her more about what he was doing later. Tony then returned to his construction of a "spy shack" behind the camp shelter where he planned to eavesdrop on the conversations of the dominant alliance and be able to take out Cliff.

"Malnu-Trish-a" or Trisha, a.k.a. Like, she needs to chill out because I can't stand her voice, I can't stand her attitude, I can't stand the fact that she's so judgmental. Oh my gosh, I cannot stand her. (deep breath)

Lindsey


I think everybody's starting to see what I see. How Lindsey doesn't help out at all and how annoying she can be around camp. I'm from Boston, Mass. She hasn't met me yet. (laughs) 'Cause if I really snapped on her, she'd still be crying. Right now.

Trish


I trust Trish. She's a genuine person. So she's out there, she's busting her ass too, while everybody else is just full of drama.

Tony


Trish and I, we're walking on eggshells with these people and that's when I came up with the idea: I could try to spy on them. So as I'm building the shelter, I'm trying to act like I'm trying to protect 'em from the rain and everything, but I'm building a spy shack. I'm trying to cover up a little cubby-hole in the corner and I'm gonna run around the beach and crawl up to here and I'm gonna be right here listening to what they gotta say and I'm gonna hear everything. So whatever Useless Cliff tells Weasel Woo, I'm gonna know crucial information. That's the key to this. It's not just small talk, it's gonna be big talk. That's what I'm looking for. My main target is Cliff. The lion of the pride. So in order to take over the pride, the other lion has to come in and kill that one. And then he has to kill the cubs. I have more brain than brawn. Little do they know.

Tony



Aparri and Solana arrived at the Immunity Challenge to see the new Luzon enter. Many expressed surprise that David had been the first person voted out. Jeff then revealed the challenge: Phish Farm. Each tribe would swim out to a large bamboo cage, climb up and over and then swim down to the seabed to untie a gate. Once the gate was released, they would drag a series of heavy fishing traps back to the shore. Then, one tribe member would use the pieces inside to solve a difficult rotating puzzle. The first two tribes to finish would win Immunity. In addition, the tribe to finish first would also receive a large fishing kit (comprising nets, worms, lures and some cooking supplies, including a pan, salt, pepper, and oil). The second tribe to finish would also receive a smaller fishing kit, comprising lures, weights and line. Aparri and Solana both needed to sit someone out to even the numbers, and chose to sit out Cliff and Brice.

Aparri pulled to an early lead, swimming out the crate, as J'Tia held back her own tribe. Solana and Luzon remained close on Aparri's tail, and soon all three tribes were working on their knots. Aparri was the first to release their gate, with Luzon close behind. Both tribes began swimming their fish traps to shore as Solana got their gate open. Luzon made up ground as they swam their traps to shore, overtaking Aparri to claim the lead. With a significant lead, Luzon began untying their traps, as Tony hooked his foot on the traps to drag them along, cutting his toes in the process. Meanwhile, Solana struggled to move their traps at all, inching along in the water.

With a huge lead, J'Tia began working on the puzzle for Luzon as Aparri reached the shore. Sarah, with bloodied fingers, began working on the puzzle for Aparri. Sarah found the first piece, quickly followed by another as J'Tia found her first piece. Meanwhile, Solana finally reached the shore. By the time LJ began work on Solana's puzzle, Sarah had fit four of eight pieces of the puzzle, while J'Tia was still stuck on the first. Sarah extended Aparri's lead, and was the first to finish the puzzle, winning Immunity and the large fishing kit for her tribe. Meanwhile, J'Tia continued to struggle with the puzzle as LJ found his first piece, quickly followed by a second. J'Tia began to panic as LJ pulled ahead with a third and fourth piece as J'Tia only managed to find her second piece, shocking Aparri and prompting Sarah to exclaim, "I think I'm on the wrong tribe, Jeff!" However, LJ continued to rapidly solve the puzzle to claim Immunity and Reward for Solana, thus sending Luzon, once again, to Tribal Council. As the rain began to pour, J'Tia said that she'd let her team down, and despite her usual aptitude for puzzles, she'd failed. The tribes then departed for camp.

At Aparri, the tribe celebrated their victory and congratulated Sarah on her puzzle skills, who praised the tribes efforts despite their cuts and bruises. Tony was also excited about the Reward, and guessed that a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol could be somewhere in the reward. He rummaged through the basket, and found the clue folded up inside the tacklebox. Reading it in a confessional, he quickly deduced that the Idol must be in the pond near camp, tied to a large log near the shore. He ran to the pond and began searching around the log, and sure enough, found the Idol attached to the log. He unwrapped it on the shore, kissed it and put the Idol around his neck, excitedly exclaiming, "I'm King of the Jungle!"

Today we go to the Immunity Challenge and just sliced my finger right open. Tony sliced his foot like a dumbass and there's blood on the puzzle and, I don't know, that's the Brawn tribe, though, for ya. That's what we do. We put blood, sweat and tears 'til we get the job done.

Sarah


We prevailed. We won some fishing gear. We won the whole works. We have olive oil, we have sea salt, it's just beautiful. It's a beautiful thing. The first thing that popped in my mind: there has to be some kind of Idol or a clue to an Idol in that basket. I opened up the little wooden tacklebox and I see the piece of... little piece of paper in there. So when I went back into the basket, I took it out and I put it in my pocket. This is what it looks like. This is what it looks like! (unfolds the clue) This is what it looks like! "The ocean offers fish, your well offers drink, another body of water offers protection..." – and protection's what I need right now – "Tied to something solid is the Idol you want to get. Very hidden but not too deep and requires that you get wet." I love it! And I know exactly where this thing is! It's in the pond that we have behind camp and there's a big, big monster log and that's solid. (kisses the clue) I love you! Love it!

Tony


I went right into the lake and finally I felt a lump and sure enough, it was an Idol right there and I found it! I don't need to tell anybody about the Idol, it's not gonna benefit me in any way to tell anybody about the Idol because that's just gonna give them leverage for them to try to sneak attack me and I don't want that. I'd rather try to sneak attack them. So that Idol? Nobody will know about it.

Tony



At Luzon, however, spirits were lower as the tribe faced their second consecutive Tribal Council. As the tribe sat around in the shelter, Garrett openly asked everybody's opinion on the vote, forcing the group to have the discussion together instead of in a multitude of side conversations. He bluntly asked Kass her opinion, and she said that she was leaning towards voting out J'Tia due to her challenge performance. Spencer agreed, but expressed surprise at Garrett's "open forum" approach. Garrett added that he also thought J'Tia was the smartest vote. When asked her opinion, however, Tasha pushed to have private conversations, but Garrett insisted that they not have private discussions, even going so far as to suggest the five of them remain together in the shelter until Tribal. Tasha countered that she wanted to talk to Garrett and Spencer alone, but when Garrett put his foot down, she snapped, "Then quit!" She continued to express her frustration at Garrett's apparent disinterest in playing the game.

So we get back to camp and given the fact that J'Tia totally screwed up the whole challenge, it's clear J'Tia's the best option to go home tonight.

Garrett


I don't want to have to actually play the Idol at Tribal, so I just decided to try and get Kass to represent, in her loyalties, in front of everyone, to see where she was at.

Garrett


I absolutely love Survivor and now that I'm here, it's frustrating to play with people that don't want to play the game. Y'know, I looked forward to scheming and backstabbing, but apparently, I'm being told, "No!" It saddens me.

Tasha


I don't know why Garrett thinks he is the authority at Luzon. He is not the leader of this tribe, he lays around all day, pretty much watches everyone work. He's always hungry and now he doesn't even want to play the game! This is Survivor! If you didn't want to play the game how it should be played, get... Get outta here. Get outta here!

Tasha



J'Tia expressed a fighting spirit in her confessionals, as Tasha continued to argue with Garrett about his approach to the vote, an opinion silently shared by Spencer who was baffled and irritated by Garrett's blunder. Later, Tasha and Kass got a moment alone as they went to wash their feet in the ocean and Tasha proposed flipping the game, telling her it was the only day they had the numbers in their favor. Suddenly, Garrett and Spencer showed up at the shore with them, having left J'Tia alone in the shelter. Kass urged for someone to keep an eye on the angered J'Tia, but Garrett insisted that there were "no shenanigans" going on. However, J'Tia was up to shenanigans, taking the tribe's rice supply and casually emptying it all onto the fire. When the tribe returned, J'Tia played dumb about the rice poured on the fire as the rest of Luzon were frustrated and perplexed, particularly Kass who accused Garrett of leaving J'Tia alone.

So my tribe sat me down and told me, "J'Tia, please sit down right here. Well, we've been reviewing your file and we think you have to go. We just made- No, no, no, no, no, I'm not going to take you in private, I'll just tell you in front of the whole company." Yeah right. What, in my personality, made you think that was gonna work?

J'Tia


Like the Survivor genius he is, Garrett decides to have an open forum on what we're gonna do later at Tribal Council. Garrett! You're an idiot! What are you doing?! You're a first class, grade A moron in Survivor! Why would you do that?! It would have been so easy to just tell J'Tia what she wants to hear, but now that Garrett's put it all out in the open, we have to babysit these girls and make sure that they go home.

Spencer


Hey, if they don't want to scramble, I'm gonna scramble and try to twist this game up. Y'know, I'm not trying to go home next. I need to work my way to the top. Why can't I be top dog? I can make it happen.

Tasha


There's always hope in this game. I don't mind a fight. If that's what it has to come to, I'm down for it. I'm coming in hot. It's gonna be guns blazing. I'm going in like a crazy woman – like a banshee. That's why they have people guarding you. I'm like the mental patient and you left the mental patient alone and I went crazy! (laughs) It's what happens when you leave crazy people alone!

J'Tia


J'Tia was somewhat subdued when we all went down to the beach, but this was a mistake. And then she dumped our rice out and now we have no rice. I mean, I've had such a hard time out here already, it just brings me to a new rock bottom.

Garrett


How did we come up with the criteria for Brains? I'd like to see that data, 'cause... Ironically, I was gonna approach J'Tia about turning this around, but then I get back to camp and she has poured all of our rice on the fire? I can't align with some like that.

Kass



At Tribal Council, Jeff asked Spencer what had happened for the entire tribe to be looking so dejected. He said that after the challenge, they'd decided to have an "open forum" discussion about the vote. Tasha noted that they'd been candid about where the challenge had gone wrong – in J'Tia – but she had wanted to have some private discussions, but Garrett had insisted that they all talk together. Asked why he'd approached the conversation that way, Garrett said that he'd wanted Kass to know they were working with her, and the public discussion would assure her.

J'Tia interrupted, asking why Garrett got to call the shots so, in order to hurt Garrett, emptied the rice into the fire. She admitted to throwing out all the rice – or, "literally ninety-eight percent of it," by Garrett's count – adding that it wasn't her "best moment." Tasha interjected that J'Tia's volatility had been the reason she'd wanted private talk. Jeff commented that blindsides happened because they were effective, but Garrett insisted that side conversations only served to risk their individual games and that it wasn't a "mastermind" decision. J'Tia argued that he'd essentially "put [her] over [his] knee and spanked [her] ass in front of everybody." Garrett denied it, and accused J'Tia's behavior and negative attitude towards him as "very unfair."

Asked about her position amongst the drama, Kass related her tribemates' paranoia, pointing to Garrett's decision to follow her and Tasha to the shore as the catalyst for the rice-dumping incident. Garrett countered that he couldn't be expected to sit back whilst other conversations were happening right before Tribal, but Kass returned, "What's more important? Thirty more days of rice or watching us wash our feet?"

Tasha added that her game was being "stifled" by Garrett's open forum policy. Garrett argued that Tasha was merely upset because J'Tia was her closest ally, adding, "You could ask the others in the alliance- or, I'm sorry, in the tribe..." Kass and Spencer chuckled at Garrett's blunder, with the former saying she'd laughed because she wasn't in the alliance. Garrett expressed disbelief that she didn't think there was an alliance between the two of them and Spencer, causing J'Tia and Tasha to express surprise at Garrett's outing of Tasha's position in the tribe.

Garrett said he didn't see the tribe as clear-cut as an alliance with himself, Spencer and Kass, with J'Tia going home and Tasha on the bottom. Jeff interjected, pointing out that he was contradicting himself, which Spencer agreed with. Garrett tried to recover, saying that with J'Tia gone, the four of them would be a strong tribe, adding that Kass had come to the men for an alliance, saying they wouldn't be able to split up J'Tia and Tasha. Kass denied that that was how things had happened, and when asked how she could trust Garrett, she answered that she didn't know if she could trust anybody. Tasha interjected, telling Kass that she was out of the alliance and Kass had taken her place. Garrett added that they'd just needed to split up J'Tia and Tasha, and the four of them were equal. At this point, J'Tia interrupted, "Which four?"

Garrett was then called to vote, and he cast a silent, exasperated vote for J'Tia. J'Tia returned a vote for Garrett, and Spencer then cast his vote for J'Tia. Tasha and Kass then cast their votes and Jeff tallied the results.

Nobody chose to play a Hidden Immunity Idol and Jeff read the votes. The first was for J'Tia, followed by one for Garrett. Another vote for J'Tia was followed by another for Garrett, tying the votes at 2-2, with one remaining. The last vote was for Garrett, completely blindsiding him and Spencer. Shocked, he took his torch to Jeff and Garrett Adelstein became the second person voted out of Survivor: Cagayan. Spencer asked his tribe, "Who wants to welcome me to the bottom?" to which Kass replied, "Eh, it's not so bad." Jeff dismissed the "odd" tribe sent them back to camp.

Challenges

Challenge: Draggin' the Dragon
The tribes have to pull a cart across man-made and natural obstacles. They are carrying boxes of puzzle pieces in the form of a dragon. At three different spots, one player climbs up a ladder, using a bamboo pole, to reach out and release a key. The players must take that key, unlock a chest and put it in the cart. Once they have all the chests together, they must dismantle their cart and take all the chests out to stuff them through a barricade in the course. They must then climb up over the wall, reassemble the cart on the other side, and then make it through a bunch of natural obstacles to make it to the end. Using the pieces of the boxes, they must then solve a puzzle. The first two tribes to finish their puzzles win immunity.
Reward: Fire-making kit for the first-place tribe and a flint for the second tribe.
Winners (in order of finish): Solana and Aparri

Challenge: Phish Farm
The tribes would race out into the ocean and climb over and into a bamboo cage. The tribe would then have to untie a door on the cage and drag a fish traps through the door and back to the beach. Once back onto the beach, they must retrieve puzzle pieces inside the fish traps. After that, one member from each tribe must assemble a rotating puzzle. The first two tribes to finish would get immunity; the first-place tribe would receive spices.
Reward: The first-place tribe receives a fishing kit and spices, while the second-place tribe receives a smaller fishing set.
Winners (in order of finish): Aparri and Solana

Tribal Council

Day 3

Tribal Council 1:
Luzon
Voted
Against
Voter
S28 david c
David (4 votes)
S28 garrett cS28 jtia cS28 spencer cS28 tasha c
Garrett, J'Tia, Spencer, Tasha
S28 jtia c
J'Tia (2 votes)
S28 david cS28 kass c
David, Kass
VOTED OFF:
S28 david pb
David Samson

Voting Confessionals

J'Tia is shown writing down David's name on the parchment.

(voting for J'Tia) In the real world I may hire you, but in this world? Not tonight.

David



Final Words

I have no regrets. I played the way I thought I needed to play to get forward in the game and the tribe just doesn't have it together or they have it together just against me. But no hard feelings to any of them. I consider myself pretty much the luckiest person in the world.

David Samson



Day 6

Tribal Council 2:
Luzon
Voted
Against
Voter
S28 garrett c
Garrett (3 votes)
S28 jtia cS28 kass cS28 tasha c
J'Tia, Kass, Tasha
S28 jtia c
J'Tia (2 votes)
S28 garrett cS28 spencer c
Garrett, Spencer
VOTED OFF:
S28 garrett pb
Garrett Adelstein

Voting Confessionals

Garrett held his parchment up to the camera with J'Tia written down but did not comment. J'Tia is shown writing Garrett's name down on the parchment.

(voting for J'Tia) The fact that you're a nuclear engineer is genuinely, genuinely scary.

Spencer



Final Words

I was just so blindsided, and I, uh, left a Hidden Immunity Idol just sitting at camp, dug up, that I didn't even bring, because I was so sure that I knew what was gonna happen tonight. It's really embarrassing in a lot of different ways. Really, really embarrassing.

Garrett Adelstein



Still In the Running

 David
18th
S28 david pb
 Garrett
17th
S28 garrett pb
 Alexis
Solana
S28 alexis c
 Brice
Solana
S28 brice c
 Cliff
Aparri
S28 cliff c
 Jefra
Solana
S28 jefra c
 Jeremiah
Solana
S28 jeremiah c
 J'Tia
Luzon
S28 jtia c
 Kass
Luzon
S28 kass c
 Lindsey
Aparri
S28 lindsey c
 LJ
Solana
S28 lj c
 Morgan
Solana
S28 morgan c
 Sarah
Aparri
S28 sarah c
 Spencer
Luzon
S28 spencer c
 Tasha
Luzon
S28 tasha c
 Tony
Aparri
S28 tony c
 Trish
Aparri
S28 trish c
 Woo
Aparri
S28 woo c

Trivia

Unaired Scenes

  • On Day 5, Garrett Adelstein accidentally finds the women changing clothes. Later, Garrett continues to complain about the harsh realities of the game.[2]

Other

References