Tonight, March 19, “Survivor: Cagayan” picked up with the Brains Tribe returning to camp after finally voting J’Tia out at Tribal Council. They hugged and talked as they sat around the fire.
In the morning, everyone received tree mail and met Jeff for a shakeup of the tribes. Jeff told everyone to drop their buffs and instructed everyone to pick a covered buff from him to split into two tribes. The entire Brains Tribe and most of the Brawn Tribe were still together – the new Aparri Tribe wore orange buffs and included Sarah, Spencer, Morgan, Kass, Tasha, Jeremiah, and Alexis, while the new Solana Tribe wore purple buffs and was made up of Woo, Cliff, Trish, Jefra, LJ, Lindsey, and Tony.
They got right into the Reward Challenge. One person from each tribe had to hold onto a pole while two members of the other tribe tried to remove them from the pole and drag them across the sand. In the first round, Sarah and Morgan were able to drag Lindsey off the pole, and LJ and Trish were easily able to remove Alexis in the second round. In the third round, Tony and Lindsey were able to remove Sarah from the pole and won the reward for their new tribe, Solana.
Back at camp, Solana enjoyed their reward of donuts, pastries, and coffee while they got to know each other. The former Brawn Tribe members felt agitated that they were still stuck with Trish, as she made nice with her new tribe mates. Trish filled Jefra in on alliances within the former Brawn Tribe.
Over at Aparri, Sarah tried to make friends with her new tribe members. They immediately started out by talking about the rice or Immunity Idol decision that started the game, and Sarah revealed what the actual decision was, which made Alexis want to jump ship to not side with Morgan, since she then realized Morgan had gone for the Idol instead. (Morgan admitted she hadn’t found it). Alexis went right to the former Brains Tribe to tell them she wanted to stick together. Morgan talked bad about Alexis, and Jeremiah also told the Brains Tribe he wanted to work with them.
Everyone met Jeff once more for the Immunity Challenge. Each tribe had to carry a giant log and smash it into three large wooden walls before navigating it through a maze carved into each log. Once they completed the maze, they had to use the log to bang a gong. Things were pretty close the entire way, but it was Aparri that finished first and won immunity, leaving Solana to wonder what happened.
Solana returned to their camp, and everyone wondered if they should vote Trish or LJ out. Cliff and Woo wanted to get LJ out, but Lindsey pushed to vote Trish out instead. Meanwhile, Trish and LJ plotted to vote Cliff out. LJ found that plan to be suspicious, but he didn’t want to be the one voted out. Trish and Tony talked, and she pushed her plan to vote Cliff out first, followed by Lindsey. Tony didn’t think there was any reason to get rid of Cliff at this point and felt they needed to vote LJ out instead. Tony talked to Cliff afterward and didn’t really reveal everything Trish had said. Cliff said they needed to vote LJ out.
The group headed to Tribal Council, where Jeff asked who was really in charge at camp. LJ said he and Jefra were just entertaining as much as they could. Cliff said you would think people would be comfortable moving forward with the numbers, but there was always someone who didn’t feel that was good enough. Woo agreed and said going against that would only put them in a bad situation. Trish added that numbers were only important if they were going to work for you. Jefra said numbers were important, but it wasn’t easy to work all the way up from the bottom to the top. Lindsey felt it was best for the former Brawn Tribe to stick together. In the end, LJ decided not to use his Immunity Idol, and he was right in doing so, because Cliff was the one voted out.
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