'Survivor: Cagayan' Recap: Chaos Kass Kicks Trish To The Curb
May 15th, 2014 3:52pm EDT
Previously on, Survivor ... for 30 days, Spencer and Tony have been on opposite paths. For Tony, everything has gone right, even up to finding two idols, including one with ‘special powers,’ without a clue. But for Spencer, it’s 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 have started to turn around – he won Immunity and the majority alliance was turning on each other. And he even made a Final Three pact with Kass and Woo, and targeted Tony. But at Tribal Council, it fell apart once again. Kass realized Tony had many 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?
After Tribal Council, the Survivors gaggled back through torrential rain to their camp. Spencer asked Kass and Woo why they had changed their minds on the decision to be the Final Three. Woo denied agreeing to the pact, and said he already had his own Final Three. Kass sneered at Spencer for trusting anyone; lying is just part of the game.
Kass interviewed that she had realized during Tribal that Tony had been obnoxious to everyone at some point. She felt that no one would vote for him to win, so he’s her best bet to take to the end.
Tony laughed as he told Spencer that Kass and Woo were just toying with him. Spencer interviewed that his only hope now is that he’s playing against people who have so little understanding of the game.
As Day 34 begins, Tony and Woo are paddling the canoe, telling each other how super confident they are that they can win the Immunity Challenge. Tony tells Woo that they should choose Kass as their third, as she will never get any jury votes, leaving the field open between the two of them.
Woo interviews that he changed his mind about blindsiding Tony because of his loyalty – they’ve been together since the beginning and should be together in the end. Woo then tells Tony that Kass was quite prepared to backstab Tony, and Tony thanks Woo for his honesty and integrity.
Tony then interviews that it’s going to kill him when he eventually has to blindside Woo. Tony wants to take Kass and Trish to the end, sure that neither of the women will get any juror votes.
Jeff Probst welcomes the players to the mud pit where the Reward Challenge will happen. The Survivors will have to dive into the pit, and cover themselves with mud. They will then have to race to a bucket, into which they will scrape the mud off their bodies and clothes. They are not allowed to carry the mud any other way. The person with the most mud in their bucket after ten minutes wins Reward – the winner will have a piping hot pizza delivered to them at camp. Survivors ready?
What a mess! The players roll around in the mud, covering themselves from head to toe. It would seem that those with long hair would have an advantage, but in the end, Tony manages to fill his bucket to overflowing. Tony wins Reward!
Tony is allowed to choose one other player to join him in his pizzafest. He chooses “Anorexia,” aka Trish, who dances over to him screaming that she loves him. (A little pizza can go a long way after 34 days of living rough.)
Back at camp, Woo jokes that he feels like Encino Man, while Kass tells him he looks like a Terracotta Warrior.
Kass interviews that she’s glad Tony picked Trish to share his reward, as it solidified their alliance in her mind. Tony is the Alpha Male, and Trish is the Female. “I’m surprised they are not picking ticks off of each other by 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.”
Wow, Kass, jealous and bitter much?
Spencer feels like Tony’s win is a metaphor for the game so far; Tony will win, taking Trish along with him, and no one seems to notice or care. Much like the pizza, the game will be handed to Tony on a silver platter.
As Tony essentially inhales his pizza through every part of his body, Trish asks him if he has the idol with special powers, as well as the ordinary idol. He says that he does, and that he can use one that night, and one at the next Tribal, before the rules say no more idols can be played. In actuality, tonight’s vote will be the last time he can use his idols; he’s just hoping they’ll believe his bluff.
Tony and Trish wonder if they’d have a better chance in the endgame with Kass instead of Woo. Tony has every intention of taking Kass to the end, because she’s just so unlikeable. He feels that both Trish and Kass would likely receive less winning votes than he.
Later that day, Tony takes Kass aside and tells her that Woo told him everything about her wanting to vote him out. He says that he understands. His plan is still to take her and Trish with him to the Final Three.
Although she’s glad to believe she’s going to the finals, she’s also determined to ruin Tony’s image with the others, to ensure that he is exposed as a bully, and someone no one should vote for. To this end, she resurrects her alter ego ’Chaos Kass.’
She first goes to Woo, saying that Tony told her that Woo spilled the beans on her. Woo denies it, but when Tony comes along, Kass asks Tony to confirm his words. Tony admits that he did, but that he told her that in secrecy, and he’s angry that she’s investigating him. She accuses him of interrogating her, and asks why his secrecy is allowed, but hers is not. Tony gets even angrier, and stalks off, saying she’s ‘sealed her fate.’
Kass interviews that her intent is to stir up paranoia amongst the tight knit group. She’s hoping that Woo will now distrust Tony, and think him a liar.
Kass says that it seems Tony can talk to anyone, but they are not allowed to talk to each other. Tony says that talking and revealing secrets are two different things. Was he supposed to talk to her in llama, he says, and goes into a llama cry, as the others look on in bewilderment.
Tony interviews that Kass is the perfect person to bring to the end, but the way she behaves makes her an insult to the game. As far as he’s concerned, they’re done.
Day 36 – and the last day that any Hidden Immunity Idols can be played. Kass tells Tony that what she did was strategic; now one of his people doesn’t even know if he’s one of his people. He says he gets what she’s up to, but wishes she’d leave him alone.
Kass feels like her best bet is to get Woo and Spencer on her side. They can’t really take out Tony, since he has at least one idol, but they can mess up his game. She tells Spencer that Tony swore to her on his wife and baby that he was taking her to the end, and she’s sure he said the same thing to Woo.
Suddenly, the penny drops for Woo – he realizes that Tony would likely be afraid to take him to Final Three, as he has a pretty good reputation with the jury. Woo also realizes that Tony was likely considering blindsiding him at the next Tribal. Now Tony is not looking so trustworthy. Woo asks Spencer and Kass what they are planning.
Spencer says that he has to win the Immunity Challenge, or he’s out of the game. And then Tony and Trish will have to decide if they’re taking Woo or Kass to the end. The question is what to do about it. If Woo and Kass want to make Final Three, they’ll have to take out Trish.
Trish overhears Kass’ words, and interviews that she’s tried to be nice to Kass during the game, but it’s been exhausting. With this betrayal, Trish will no longer hold back.
Spencer interviews that he’s determined to win Immunity, but is also pleased at the cracks in the alliance. With Woo and Kass on the defensive, there’s hope for his end game.
Jeff calls the players in to the Immunity Challenge. Today they will have to untangle a braided rope, which will release a key they will use to open a chest containing ladder rungs they have to put together. After climbing the ladder, they’ll find planks they will use to build a staircase, which will take then to the top of the structure, where a sliding puzzle awaits. First person to finish wins Immunity, and a one in four shot at winning the million dollar prize. Survivors ready?
Tony takes an early lead, while Spencer and Woo struggle to unbraid their ropes. Tony then flies through the ladder and staircase builds, and is far ahead of the others when he is the first to begin to solve the sliding puzzle.
But although Spencer is behind, he’s also determined. And he’s coming from behind to be Tony’s only challenger. Tony, with such an enormous lead, seems unable to understand how a slide puzzle works, as he slides pieces around without success.
Spencer takes a look at the puzzle, and solves it in about a minute. A massive comeback, as Spencer wins Immunity!
It’s a worst case scenario, from Tony’s point of view, because he knows he now has to speed up the process of elimination in his alliance.
The five return to camp. Tony says he’s never done a puzzle in his life; Trish admits she was done at the third ladder rung. Spencer is overjoyed that he’s won the precious immunity, and can now sit back and watch the alliance of four cannibalize themselves.
Trish just has a quick question for Kass; does she think she’s stupid or deaf? Why was Kass discussing strategy, and a plan to oust Trish, within her earshot? Trish doesn’t hold it against Spencer, but she wants the others to see what kind of a game Kass plays; she plays both sides, and then suddenly she’s the victim.
Trish interviews that she’s not a passive-aggressive person; if she has a problem she goes right to the source. But Kass is an agitator. She loves to get people angry at each other.
Trish tells Kass that she could rip her apart in 30 seconds, so she doesn’t want Trish to get mad at her. Trish says that everyone sees Kass as a vicious and cruel human being. Kass likens Trish to a human Skeletor, with bulging blue eyes, waving a skinny finger at her.
Kass understands that Trish got angry at her, but brushes Trish’s anger off as ‘just part of the game.’ But Kass hopes that her manoeuvres didn’t cost her the game.
When Tony, Trish and Woo walk off, Spencer tells Kass that the only thing they can do is get Woo on their side.
But Tony has problems of his own, when he’s forced to admit to Woo that he vowed, on ‘his wife and baby,’ that he was taking Kass to the top three, but says that it was after he knew that she had backstabbed him, so it didn’t count. Not so fast, says Woo, that’s the same promise you made to me, and to Trish.
Now Tony is really scrambling, interviewing that he never made any such promise to Woo, while lying to Woo that he swears for sure on everyone he’s ever known, alive or dead, that it’s he, Woo and Trish for the Final. Trish just stands there listening, with her mouth open. They all agree that Kass will be going home that very night.
Tony still can’t believe how bad a game player Kass has been. Why would she tell Woo what Tony had said, unless she was looking to blindside him? Kass is definitely going home now.
But just a minute – Woo’s beginning to understand that Tony’s promises are not worth the air they’re written on, and he’s pretty sure that Tony would rather take Trish to the end than him. He thinks it might be time to make that big move.
So Woo approaches Kass and says that he believes her story that Tony promised then all the same thing; he now wants to get rid of Trish. She’s delighted, but is not sure if she can trust Woo. After all, he’s changed his mind before.
Tony spies Woo, Spencer and Kass having a strategy meeting on getting rid of Trish. Tony sees then shake hands on a plan to be the Final Three.
But then Woo interviews that he knows that he is the swing vote, and that it’s up to him whether it’s Trish or Kass that leaves; he really hasn’t made up his mind, but he’s covering all of his bases.
Tony takes Woo aside, asking him if he’s got anything on his mind. Woo should know that it would be an injustice to take Kass to the end. Now Tony swears on his dad’s grave that he’s being truthful to Woo. He knows he has to be on the same page as Woo – he needs him. Now Tony wonders if he’ll have to break his promise (which one that would be is anyone’s guess,) and change his plan.
So it’s a rather nervous group that arrives to greet Jeff at Tribal Council. The jury saunters in, now including Tasha, who was voted out last Tribal. Jeff mentions that things must be a little crazy back at the camp, since Spencer again won Immunity.
Kass agrees, and adds that Trish railed into her like “a friggin’ wild Skeletor blue-eyed banshee.” Kass’ take is that Trish has a capacity for hatred, and has been holding back all of this anger until Spencer won Immunity, knowing that this would be the night that the majority alliance would have to take out one of their own.
Trish defends herself, saying that Kass likes to paint herself as a victim, but she’s really a trouble maker who doesn’t like conflict. If you’re going to be an agitator, you can’t then just sit back and claim not to have done anything. Kass has had a fight with just about everyone, every day.
Jeff points out to Spencer that this conflict is a great advantage for him, and he agrees. Woo says that he now knows there have been hidden agendas and animosities, and these confrontations have shown him that it’s really Spencer and Kass against he, Trish and Tony. He thinks that puts Kass in a very vulnerable position.
Jeff asks Kass if Woo’s words shock her ... she’s been pretty clear what side she’s on. Kass says that things got crazy when Tony got caught telling both herself and Woo that they’d be in the Final Three, when there was only room for one more.
Tony then tells his own version of the story, calling Kass delusional and a back stabber. Talking as fast as he can, and waving his arms about, he portrays Kass as crazy and vindictive, who always has the same expression on her face. He says Kass called him an ‘animal’ so he started making crazy noises, and she was offended by that as well.
Spencer says he feels like he’s in “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” “And it’s medication time, “adds Trish. Woo says he feels like he’s stuck in the worst family possible, where he’s the foreign exchange student who’s shocked every time the craziness goes down.
Everyone, including Jeff and the jury, are laughing at how crazy the Council has become. Jeff can’t believe that they’re laughing at this critical point in the game.
Tony says the night’s vote will not be emotional for him. He’s definitely not going home, he says, and he pulls out both of his idols from his ‘bag of tricks.’
They vote – and Tony finally plays his first Hidden Immunity Idol, saying that he has no need for it, but it should remain on the island. Jeff reads the votes ; one vote for Kass, but all of the others for Trish, and she becomes the 13th person voted out, and the 7th member of the jury.
Trish wishes the others ‘good luck,’ and takes the long, dark walk. Kass, ever the graceful winner, flips her the bird as she leaves. Jeff tells the remaining players that, given the history of events so far, it is anybody’s game to win.
Trish’s exit interview: ”You know, I might be too nice to play this game, although from Kass’ pespective, maybe I’m mean and hatred, but it’s very stressful to feel like you have to backstab. I’m very fortunate for what I have, and I’m really looking forward to going back to it. Peanut M & M’s anyone? I’m so friggin’ hungry!”
Next time, on the two hour season finale of Survivor: The road to the end is never easy. Woo says, “If it comes down to me burning the whole place down, so be it.” Wednesday, May 21st.
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