Survivor: Cagayan - Episode 11 Part Two
Havoc to Wreak
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
May 12, 2014

They still love her in the Lou.

The trio comes back to camp with an agreement to not tell Tony anything about their talks. As they walk down the beach, Spencer says that he'll talk to Tasha about their discussions and get her on board. Kass asks Woo if they should wait until he decides. "I'm in." And with that, a new final four/three alliance is formed. Of course, with two idols in his pocket (including the all-powerful Tyler Perry idol), this might be the shortest lived alliance ever. They once again talk about not telling anyone what's going on and just playing along with Tony and Trish. They come back into camp and Spencer tells the others about how amazing Woo was with the kids and what a showman he turned out to be. Looking at the three in the shelter, I have to say again how amazing and how necessary it was for Woo to win that challenge. It was huge.

Spencer pulls Tasha aside and rolls out the plan to her. The Brains and Woo will turn on Tony and Trish, split the vote and flush an idol. Tasha asks the million dollar question, "Do you totally trust Woo?" Spencer says that he sure hopes so. If not, Tony knows everything already. Spencer mentions that Tony reads people really well and that it's hard to lie to him. Tony and Trish are in the shelter and she's concerned that maybe they got to Woo. Tony says he'll just ask Woo if there was any strategy talk. They decide that if he says nothing was talked about, he's lying and they could be screwed.

So now is the time on Survivor where Tony asks his boy, Woo, what happened on the reward. So Tony asks Woo whether there was any strategy talk. He says that there sure was. Kass and Spencer want to take out Tasha. Tony's like, "Whaaaaa?" He says that's no strategy talk and where does it leave Spencer? He tells us that Woo has been his loyal ally this entire game, so he has no reason not to trust him. But we see him trying to clarify with Woo. He asks Woo again about whether Spencer mentioned him or his idol at all. Woo says no, he didn't. Tony says he expected Spencer to make a pitch to Woo that it was time to make a big move and to join him, Kass and Tasha to vote out Tony. Woo confirms that he did not do that. "That just don't sound right, bro." Again, say what you will about Tony, but he's no dummy. I mean, it doesn't take a genius to see through Woo here, but still, he already knew exactly what Spencer would be doing and feels confused when Woo says it didn't happen that way. The dude knows how to play this game and he DOES know how to read people.

All that being said, would it have killed Kass and Spencer to coach Woo up a bit? He can't lie worth a crap. The simple answer to the strategy question was, "Yeah, dude...they said they wanted to get you out, but I told them you were my boy and that wasn't happening with my vote." Tony tells us that Woo's story makes no sense from Spencer's point of view. He's pretty sure that Woo's lying to him and that he might have been wrong about him all along.

We come back from break to yet another Probst Sighting! And it's time for an immunity challenge. Before they get to the challenge, Jeff suggests that if Tasha wins this challenge, it will be four in a row and will tie her with Kelly Wigglesworth for the best streak. I wonder if he means "for girls," because challenge master Colby Donaldson ("REID!") won five in a row in the Outback. But I digress... This challenge is simple enough, so it would seem. There are six stations set up: bamboo poles, crabs, coconuts, rocks, masks and fishing traps. The task at hand is to count the number of each thing and then enter it into a combination lock. First person to get all six numbers right, unlock their lock and break their tile wins immunity. Survivors ready! Go!!

This is a tough challenge to recap, since you never know who's in the lead. People keep counting them coming back and trying the numbers, only to not open the lock. How many numbers are wrong, no idea? So, there's not much to recap other than everyone comes back several times to try their locks and in the end, it's...Spencer who wins individual immunity and is safe from the vote at Tribal Council.

And now it's time to play "It's Anyone But Tasha." We get back to camp and the discussion turns to Tasha not winning immunity and Spencer winning. Tony suggests that they should share the wealth. Tash is bummed, but says she still has some havoc to wreak. We join Spencer, Tasha and Woo discussing how the voting will go. They decide the guys will vote Tony and the girls will vote Trish. If Tony doesn't use his idol, he goes home on the revote. If he does, Trish goes home on the revote. Tasha tells us that she's still nervous about Woo, but hopes he does what he says he will. Her plan now is to act like she's going home tonight so as not to alert Tony to their scheme.

She gets back to camp and has a very awkward conversation with Tony (while Spencer looks on) about how the writing's on the wall. She then says she is gonna go to the pond for a little while. As she walks away, Tony tells Spencer that she's too calm. "When did you ever see her concede?" He tells us that Tash being so comfortable with going home suggests that maybe she doesn't think she is going home. We see him talking to Woo, Trish and Spencer, saying that the fact that she's not talking to anyone or trying to pull anyone to the side suggests she's comfortable. He tells them that if she thinks she's gonna get him with an idol or something, she won't. He's playing his idol tonight. He tells us that he will definitely have the TP idol with him, just in case.

Kass and Tasha are down on the beach discussing the plan. Tasha says something about Tony running his alliance on fear. "He's our version of Russell Hantz." He's a bully and he's not likable. All that stuff. Um, Tasha...when you're working on a deal to get rid of a player this close to the end, you probably shouldn't start a laundry list of why you should carry said "bully" to the end. With all of these comments fresh in her head, Kass is now waffling on her previous waffle that stemmed from her original waffle. She's now starting to think about how the jerk never gets the votes at the final Tribal Council and that Tony might be the perfect goat to take to the end. That's not bad thinking, except in this game it would seem that it's more likely Tony will choose a goat instead of being chosen as a goat. But, whatever, right? Kass is on a roll. Right before Tribal, Kass pulls Woo aside to see if he wants to stick with the plan, or change back to Tony's side and vote out Tasha. Woo, God love him, just looks confused. He tells us that things have just gotten insane! And with that, we're off to Tribal.

Jeff starts Tribal by asking Tasha about not having the necklace. She says that it's pretty clear that she's going home, now that she lost. She brings up Tony's claims to have the special idol and another idol. She wants everyone else to realize what a serious threat Tony is. Tony mentions that Tasha did no scrambling and that her not being worried makes him worried and that's why he has his bag of tricks. Tasha chimes in again that her winning immunity isn't as dangerous as the guy who has put almost everyone on the jury. Tony says that he knows anything can happen in this game. He says Tash is just deflecting and that his alliance is tight and loyal. And that's how they've been all along.

I'm surprised nobody speaks up about how that loyalty thing worked out for LJ and Jefra. But no one does. Kass just says that he sounds disingenuous and that getting down to the end anyone with a bag of tricks might need to be paranoid. Jeff settles it up, saying that if everyone believes he has an idol and the special idol, tonight is a night to flush one of those idols out. Kass agrees. Tony asks why the idol would need to be flushed if the alliance is tight. He says the idea is to keep the idol away from the enemy and have it available to use for whoever in the alliance may need it.

Woo says you might want to flush the idols out because if you don't, it gives Tony more and more power to decide whether or not you stay in the game or go to the jury. Spencer says that he thinks it's interesting that after every blindside, Tony comes back to camp and scoops up the rest of his alliance and they just start following him again. He wants to know when that's going to stop. He's also excited to finally get a look at what's in Tony's bag of tricks.

Jeff asks Woo what he thinks will happen tonight. Woo's answer is amazing, "Ya know, we agreed upon one thing and the vote's gonna be what we all agreed upon." Whoa! Tony says that he hopes that the alliance will stick together and Tash will be going home tonight. Last up, he asks Kass what she expects. She goes off topic by saying that while it's fun to fantasize about getting to the final three and who you want to sit next to, you have to actually GET to the final three. She then says she thinks there will be a blindside tonight. And with that, it's time to vote.

We see Tony's vote for Tasha with no comments and then we see Spencer's vote for Tony. He says that Tony's been in the driver's seat for a long time and that it's time to move over. The last vote we see is Tasha voting for Trish, saying that someone has to go tonight and "better you than me." We do hear Woo's commentary on his vote, but they don't show it. He says that the person has been a helluva player and he's sorry to put their name down. Jeff's gonna tally the votes now. The question of the night...will we finally get to see what's in Tony's bag? Not before the votes. And Jeff reads the votes. First vote: Tasha. Second vote: Tony. Third vote: Trish. Fourth vote: Tasha. Moment of truth time...fifth vote - Tasha. Awww, damn! And with that, Tasha is the 12th person voted out and the sixth member of our jury.

I love me some Tasha, but she made some critical errors along the way that could have helped avoid this situation. The first is not bidding on that idol clue at the auction. That would have given her and Spencer a better shot at finding the idol, which could have come in real handy tonight. The second is not selling the "aw shucks, I'm going home tonight and it sucks." She played it too cool. With even the slightest bit of scramble, she might not have put Tony on alert. Third, she perfectly outlined to Kass why Tony is the perfect goat to sit next to in the final Tribal. I'm not so sure the three-way split would have worked anyway, but she didn't do herself any favors out there.

Next time on Survivor: the Kass/Tony feud rages on. And Kass is loving chaos again - although it looks like she may have poked the wrong beehive as Trish looks pissed off. So maybe Tony will get a bit of a break and Trish and Kass can go at it for a while. No matter how it goes, can we please just all agree that it's time for Kass to go home? Next week is the second to last episode of the season. Don't make me have to sit through more Kass in the two-hour finale. Please?!

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