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Survivor: Cagayan - Episode 5

We Found Our Zombies

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

March 29, 2014

You're gonna miss me when I'm gone.

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Sarah gets to speak again and tells Jeff that she's okay with whatever is going on as long as she's not getting the vote. She says she is 100% with this new tribe, but that she feels confident that one of the people will flip. Now, Alexis starts nodding, which of course, gets Jeff's attention.

She says that she, Sarah and Jeremiah are the only ones with ties to the other tribe, but only two of them have not broken their word. Jeff asks Spencer how important this vote is. He says it's very important. If they make the wrong decision here, they're "Eleventh, tenth, ninth, eighth and seventh place". It's the most important decision of the game for them, at this point. And with that, it is time to vote.

The first vote we see is Alexis voting for Jeremiah saying it only takes one lie to lose her trust and that he's lied "like 100 times" - except for the whole "that clue was the exact same clue we had over at the other camp" thing. We see Jeremiah voting for Alexis saying, "You're the one that's gonna flip." And then we hear Morgan's comments, but don't see her vote. She says, "There's no doubt in my mind that you're gonna flip. So you have to go." Jeff will go tally the votes.




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First vote is Alexis' vote for Jeremiah. And every other vote is for Alexis. While Jeremiah breathes a sigh of relief and Morgan flashes an evil grin, the tears well up in Alexis' eyes as she takes the walk of shame. Before I get to the previews, I have to talk Spencer here. I went back and looked at my season preview where I said Spencer was a likely early boot because he was too cocky and might even have issues with being on a tribe with hot girls. Wow, was I wrong! Spencer is playing the best game of the season right now. He's been a surprise in challenges, showing he will be a force when this game gets individual. And he's shown that he understands the game of Survivor and the strategy needed to win.

His move with Alexis this week is the perfect example of what I'm talking about. He tells her exactly what she wants to hear. They are unified in their quest to vote out Jeremiah. Then he gathers his tribe and they make their REAL decision without ever addressing it with Alexis again. As Garrett found out early in the season, telling someone they're going home only leads to scrambling and crazy results. The key to success is to keep your friends close, your enemies closer and never give anyone a reason to work against you. In faux-aligning with Alexis this week, he stopped any kind of potential backlash from her and was able to send her packing with a unanimous vote. Sure, it took several moving parts for this to happen and someone else COULD be running the show. But everything sign I've seen points to Spencer as completely rocking this game right now.

Now...next time on...Survivor: Two words - The. Merge. Looks like the Solana tribe is moving to Aparri beach and the two power alliances will square off with Sarah stuck firmly in the middle. She is shown saying that she will determine the end of this game. That's usually when the swing vote is about to get dumped. For her sake, I hope not. Until next week, take care!


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