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"Straw That Broke the Camel's Back"
S28 press images ep12 0017Woo reassures his loyalty to Tony.
Episode Information
Season: Cagayan
Episode Number: 13/14 (398)
Original Release: May 14, 2014
Viewership (in millions): 9.93[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 2.6/9 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Havoc to Wreak"
Next: "It's Do or Die"

Straw That Broke the Camel's Back is the penultimate episode of Survivor: Cagayan.


Previously On... Survivor: For 30 Days, Spencer and Tony have been on opposite paths. Everything has gone right for Tony. He's been at the top of a majority alliance and has multiple Idols even finding the one with different powers. For Spencer its been a different story. His life in the game has been a constant struggle. He wasted his only Idol and his allies have been picked off one by one. But things started to turn around. He won Immunity. The majority alliance was turning on each other. He even made a Final 3 pact with Kass and Woo and they targeted Tony. But at Tribal Council, it felt apart once again. Kass realized Tony had enemies and she decided to keep him. Spencer could only watch as the majority alliance took out his only ally. Five are left. Who will be voted out tonight?

Jeff Probst

Day 33

At Tribal Council, Kass and Woo voted for Tasha so it turns out the deal that we had was a lie. So I left Tribal kinda confused.

Spencer Bledsoe

At the end of the day, I realized that Tony has been a jerk to pretty much everyone at some point in the game. Maybe I rather go to the end with Tony who has burned so many bridges and just been so obnoxious that nobody wants him to win.

Kass McQuillen

I'm playing against Tony, who has played all these people like a fiddle, and three foolish players who don't think for themselves and I'm almost definitely next to go. But if I have any hope in the game is the fact that I'm playing with people who understand it so little.

Spencer Bledsoe

Day 34

I did consider blindsiding Tony but it's a move that I decided not to make because, honestly, I feel like sitting next to Tony at the end of the game. Top 3 would be a lovely thing since we started this game together. So I need him to see me as someone that wouldn't backstab him, someone who would be loyal to him to the end. So I decided to fill him in on what went down at the reward.

Woo Hwang

Woo has been with me since the beginning. He's proven his trust and his loyalty to me throughout. The kid is genuine and it just tears me apart that I'm gonna have to eventually blindside him. You don't want to take someone like Woo to the end because he might have a shot at getting a few votes. He might get a lot of votes and that's not good for business. I'm just thinking about my family. My wife told me "Tony, when you go out there, don't do anything stupid. Try to win the game." Taking Woo to the end is stupid. I'm going to listen to my wife on this one.

Tony Vlachos

I'm actually glad Tony picked Trish for the reward 'cause it just solidifies that those two are locked together. Tony's the alpha male out here and she's the female. They're like a couple of baboons. I'm surprised she's not picking ticks off of him right now. They are attached at the hip and everyone can see it and in my view no one in this game should have that much power.

Kass McQuillen

The pizza reward is kind of like a metaphor for what's going on in the game. Tony's winning, his taking along Trish, his right hand person, and no one seems to be bothered by that. Everyone seems to be handing Tony this game, much like the pizza, on a silver platter.

Spencer Bledsoe

I've never seen anyone snort a pizza down like Tony. I saw it coming out of his nose, and his ears, and there was sauce, and there was pineapple flying everywhere. I was like "Whoa, dude! Slow down!"

Trish Hegarty

Both the Idols I have now, even the Idol with the special powers, have to be used when it's down to five Survivors left. My intentions are to lie to them and act like the special power Idol, I'm allowed to use it when there's four Survivors left. If they do believe my bluff, I'm guaranteed Final 3.

Tony Vlachos

The game right now is in my hands. I have the power right now. I'm in the drivers seat and I want to stay strong with Trish and Kass because those are the two less likely people to win more votes over me. I know I have Trish but Kass and I, we have to solidify some kind of plan.

Tony Vlachos

Day 36

Tony decided to confront me and say "I heard that you were conspiring against me and I just want you to know that Woo told me all that and I'm OK with it but you shouldn't be doing that." It was stupid of Woo to tell him but it was stupid of Tony to tell me. Tony pledged on his wife and his baby that he was still going to take me to the end so I've been forgiven by the mafia boss. But if I'm going to sit next to Tony in the Final 3, I need to show everyone that Tony is a bully. Just an extremely unlikable person and he won't get any votes from the jury. So Chaos Kass is back!

Kass McQuillen

I told Woo that Tony swore on his baby and his wife that he's taking me to the Final 3, because at this point in the game you want as much paranoia as you can stir up especially among tight tight people. So he just screwed himself because now perhaps Woo doesn't trust him.

Kass McQuillen

That was the last straw that broke the camel's back. It's like "Are you kidding me?!" Strategically, Kass is perfect to bring to the end but she's such an insult to this game! So, as far as I'm concerned we're done.

Tony Vlachos

The typical strategy would be to get rid of Tony but he has at least one Idol that we're aware of. Plus he's such a jerk I think I can beat him in the end. So I think the best option for me at this point is to pull in Woo and Spencer and screw up Tony's game.

Kass McQuillen

I have been a close ally with Tony playing this game with him since Day 1 but its come out that he promised Kass, on his wife and baby girl, that he would take her to the Final 3. Which means that I know for, almost for a fact that Tony was going to blindside me. So my trust in Tony has gone down tremendously.

Woo Hwang

This morning I overheard Kass saying I was a goat and that maybe they should vote me out. Which really infuriated me because I've been sitting here trying to be nice to Kass this whole time which is really been exhausting for me. But I could tell you this, she'll be sorry she did that.

Trish Hegarty

Going into today my game was basically win Immunity. Now there are some cracks I can work with which appears to be good news but at the same time I'm not stupid. I know that I'm still target number one. So even with everything going on at camp I need Immunity and I'm gonna fight my ass for it.

Spencer Bledsoe

Worst case scenario came true for me today. Spencer has won Immunity once again so now we have to speed up the process of elimination from our own alliance. Which is going to be very, very, very hard.

Tony Vlachos

Winning Immunity didn't just feel good, it was nirvana. I mean, this was a win of epic proportions. My back was against the wall, I had to win and I did. And now that I have Immunity, these four are gonna have to turn on each other and cannibalize each other and I'm just gonna sit back and enjoy the show.

Spencer Bledsoe

I'm not a passive-aggressive person. If I have a problem with somebody I go right to the source. And Kass, she's an agitator, she loves to get people angry at each other and there's only so much that you can take of somebody like that.

Trish Hegarty

Trish went completely off the hook with me. I mean she looked like freaking Skeletor with her big blue eyes popping out and her skeleton fingers waving at my face.

Kass McQuillen

Trish is pissed off because I threw her under the bus which is part of the game so get over it. But things got a little out of hand today. I mean is it gonna cost me my game? It could.

Kass McQuillen

Today I was doing a lot of scrambling, a lot more lying. All because Kass went blabbing her mouth to Woo telling him that I was taking her to the Final 3. The problem is I didn't make any promises to Woo to go to the Final 3 and now he's suspicious of me.

Tony Vlachos

Kass might be a beautiful person on the outside world but as far as Survivor is concerned she is absolutely horrible. Why would she go and tell them I said all this stuff unless she was looking to blindside me? Therefore, she's going home. Period.

Tony Vlachos

Tony's been making all these promises pretty much to everyone so at this point I just don't feel as though I can trust him. The problem is I'm pretty sure that at the end of the game Tony's going to save Trish over me. So I'm thinking maybe it's time to make that big move.

Woo Hwang

Woo came over and says "I wanna get rid of Trish" which would be awesome. Unfortunately, I'm skeptical because he has before said he was going to do something and then decided not to. So I don't know how serious Woo is about this.

Kass McQuillen

I'm the swing vote at this point. I can either get rid of Trish or I can take out Kass. I haven't made out my mind at this point. I'm still trying to figure out what options gonna be the best for me so I gotta make a huge decision and time's ticking.

Woo Hwang

I just saw Woo talking to Spencer and Kass and I'm thinking to myself "What the hell just happened?" I thought we were a strong alliance. I gotta just make sure that me and Woo are on the same page. If not, I might have to break my promise and change the plan. I don't wanna do that but we'll see what happens tonight.

Tony Vlachos



Challenge: Mud Run
Castaways have to dive into a mud pit and cover their body with as much mud as they can. They then race back and scrape it off into a bucket. They cannot carry mud in their arms or in their hands, only their body. After ten minutes, the buckets are then weighed, and the heaviest bucket wins.
Reward: Pizza for the winner delivered to them at camp
Winner: Tony Vlachos (shared with Trish Hegarty)

Reward Challenge: Mud Run
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S28 tony c
S28 kass cS28 spencer cS28 trish cS28 woo c
Kass, Spencer, Trish, & Woo


Challenge: Jacob's Ladder
The castaways have to move pieces around a maze table to unravel ropes and release a key. Then they have to use the key to open a chest with ladder rungs and use the rungs to build a ladder. Afterwards, they have to build a staircase with planks that fit only in certain spots. After building the staircase, they must climb to the last stage, where they have to solve a sliding puzzle. First person to finish the puzzle, wins.
Winner: Spencer Bledsoe

Immunity Challenge: Jacob's Ladder 
Result Winner Competitors
Castaway S28 spencer c
S28 kass cS28 tony cS28 trish cS28 woo c
Kass, Tony, Trish, & Woo

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 13:
S28 trish c
Trish (4 votes)
S28 kass cS28 spencer cS28 tony cS28 woo c
Kass, Spencer, Tony, Woo
S28 kass c
Kass (1 vote)
S28 trish c
S28 tony c
(used Hidden Immunity Idol)
S28 trish pb
Trish Hegarty

Voting Confessionals

Tony's confessional was retrieved from

(voting for Trish) This cat-fight has to be resolved somehow. Sheesh!


(voting for Trish) Please know you did nothing wrong to deserve this. I hope you forgive me. It's strictly strategic.


(voting for Kass) I suggest a book on self-awareness; it will be helpful for you in the future.


Final Words

You know, I might be too nice to play this game. Although, from Kass' perspective, maybe I'm mean and hatred, but it's very stressful to feel like you have to backstab. And I'm very fortunate for what I have, and I'm really looking forward to getting back to it. Peanut M&M's, anyone? (laughs) I am so freaking hungry.

Trish Hegarty

Still in the Running

S28 david pb
S28 garrett pb
S28 brice pb
S28 jtia pb
S28 cliff pb
S28 lindsey pb
S28 alexis pb
S28 sarah pb
S28 morgan pb
S28 lj pb
S28 jeremiah pb
S28 jefra pb
S28 tasha pb
S28 trish pb
S28 kass c
S28 spencer c
S28 tony c
S28 woo c


Deleted Scenes


  • This is the only episode of the season with an Individual Reward Challenge.
    • Tony Vlachos was deemed the winner of the challenge without a proper weigh-in due to his bucket being already fully filled.
    • This is also the first time that Spencer Bledsoe has lost a Reward Challenge since the merge.
  • As of this episode every castaway this season except Lindsey Ogle has received votes.
  • As of this episode, all female Brawn members have been eliminated.
  • This is the fourth time this season that a Hidden Immunity Idol was used on a castaway who did not receive any votes at that particular Tribal Council.
  • After the Reward Challenge, Woo Hwang compared his appearance to the lead character (a caveman) in the 1992 comedy film Encino Man. Kass then compared him to the Terracotta Warriors, a collection of Ancient Chinese sculptures.
  • Kass compared Trish to Skeletor (the primary villain from the Masters of the Universe franchise) when describing her outburst after the Immunity Challenge.

Episode Title

  • The title of the episode was said by Tony Vlachos about Kass McQuillen' actions and attitude.
    • This marks the sixth episode where Tony has given the episode title this season.