Survivor: Cagayan - Episode 13
It's Do or Die
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Expert
May 21, 2014
And with that, it's time to vote. We see Spencer voting for Woo and Kass voting for Spencer. Before we get to the votes, Tony wants to tell the group what the special power his idol possesses. He says that the idol can be played after the votes are read. But he then goes on to say that he cannot use it tonight as the last Tribal was the last opportunity. He used it as a decoy and if his name comes up 3 times tonight, he's going home. And right here, this sums up the game Tony has played from Day 1. He's not just content to make a move...he has to make sure that everyone knows he made that move. Should he make the end of this game, I can't wait to see how that factors into his argument. Jeff reads the votes. Spencer. Woo. Spencer. And...14th person voted out of the game and the 8th member of our jury...Spencer. And the hearts of America all just dropped. With a "Well done, Tony", Spencer takes his torch to Jeff and he is out of the game. Before they head out of Tribal, Jeff does drop the bomb that they will have their final immunity challenge tomorrow. It is, indeed, a final 2. I guess the question now is whether or not Tony can win immunity. If he does, Tony wins the game. If he does not, Woo wins the game. Totally not what I thought would be happening tonight. I really thought Spencer would simply win out.
We come back to camp as the final 3 take a second to celebrate. Kass gloats about the vote going as she expected but she's bummed that they're not at the end. She tells us that the guys are more upset about it than she is as she feels she'll be taken to the end no matter what. As Tony chops some coconuts, Kass secures her final 2 with Woo by saying that they can't let Tony win immunity. They both agree that they have no shot at beating Tony. Woo tell Kass that he'd be the stupidest player ever to take Tony to the end. And with that, the writing is on the wall. Tony, #teamtv, it's win or go home. Let's see what you’re made of, buddy! Because it's time for a
Probst sighting! As they arrive at the final challenge, they are shocked to see the sheer size and scope of the maze that has been built for today's challenge. They will race through a maze of turnstiles. Some will turn, some will not. They have to race through this maze to find 4 medallions. Once they collect all 4 medallions, they will open a box of cogs that when put together will raise an immunity flag. First one to raise their flag wins immunity, a guaranteed spot at the final Tribal Council and the power to choose who they will go against. For the final time in Survivor: Cagayan: Survivors ready?
All three players hit the maze and they all come back quick with their first medallion. Kass goes off on her own, while Woo is following Tony around the course. It's a very solid metaphor for how they've played the game. Tony has made the moves and Woo has always been right there to follow along. Kass gets back with her second medallion while the guys struggle. They do finally get their 2nd medallion and we're all tied up again. Kass had some extra time and pulls in the 3rd medallion. The guys are quickly behind with their 3rd medallion. Kass has to get the medallion that had Tony and Woo puzzled at the beginning. The guys have to get the same medallion, but they take different paths to get to it. Woo is first to get to the 4th station. Tony finally catches up to Woo and starts untying his 4th medallion. Woo and Tony both head back with their last medallion, while Kass struggles. Woo opens the chest and Tony finds his way out of the maze as Kass finally gets to her 4th. Now it's a race between Woo and Tony to put this puzzle together. Woo is moving along pretty well as Kass gets back to her puzzle station. Tony is falling behind a little, but he's studying Woo's puzzle in an attempt to win this thing. Woo is down to his last 2 pieces, as is Kass. Woo gets to his last piece and he and Kass are neck and neck. They both complete their puzzle, but Woo is just a bit faster and Woo wins immunity. Hang dai, Woo. Hang Dai!!!
We come back from break and it's time for Woo to decide who he'll sit next to at the end. Woo is super psyched to have won the final immunity. He also tells us that he has an uneasy feeling in his stomach as he tried to figure out who to take to the end. Tony tells us his back is up against the wall. He takes Woo aside to tell him why he doesn't want to take Kass to the end. He plays the loyalty and integrity card. He says that if Woo takes Kass to the end, he'll be disloyal and he'll have no integrity. He then explains that if he takes Kass to the end, he'll lose because he hasn't really done anything and she has made moves, even if they didn't work. Tony tells us that he gave it his best shot. He says that he wouldn't believe it, but he's hoping that Woo will. Next up, Kass tells Woo why Tony shouldn't go to the end. She says that Tony will take credit for everything and he’ll be right. She tells him and us, that Woo is just like Fabio. He hasn't offended anyone, but he hasn't really done anything either. To his credit, Woo tells both of them that he plans to take the day to think about it and he'll make his decision at Tribal. Woo then tells us that he's concerned about what to do. He feels that it would be good to go from the start to the end with Tony. That would be showing his loyalty, but it would ultimately hurt his chance to win. He also says that he's not thrilled about being seen as a hypocrite for taking Kass just because he thinks he can beat her. As they head to Tribal, it certainly doesn't seem like he's made up his mind at all.
We get to Tribal and Jeff starts with Woo. He mentions that Tony had the choice to stick with Woo or turn on him and stick with Spencer. He then says that as it turns out, he made Tony pay for it. Woo says that he's excited and nervous to be wearing the necklace tonight. He also says that he thinks Tony's vote last night was strategic but mostly loyal. Tony speaks up about how everything went just the way Spencer said it would and that Woo has played this entire game loyal. Not to everyone but to Tony. So he's hoping that loyalty will continue. Jeff rubs in to Kass that it was less than a second between them in the challenge. She's thought about it a lot and that it's been really rough. She says the roughest part is the complete lack on control. Jeff asks Woo if he was approached by the players. He then asks what their pitches were to him. Woo asks if he can go off topic on this one. He says that he doesn't want to hear any more from either of them and he just wants to get to the vote. With that in mind, Woo heads to the bucket to make the only vote that matters. We see him standing there for a long time agonizing over the decision, but he finally makes it. Jeff tallies the vote and prepares to read it. The only vote: 15th person voted out and the 9th member of our jury: Kass! Wha, wha, what?!?!?!? He took her out. The jury is stunned. The studio audience is stunned. The Van Nest couch is stunned. With her parting words, Kass can't help herself but to slag Woo on the way out the door. But she's not wrong. Woo had her beat, no questions asked. With Tony, I think Woo will have to settle for 2nd place.
The guys get back to camp and Tony is shocked to still be in the game. Woo tells us that he thought the jury would respect him for making this vote, more than taking the goat to the end. He tells us that in a martial arts tournament, if he went up against a weaker fighter, the win isn't as sweet. He felt like he needed to go to the end with the best. The next morning, it's the final 3 feast!! Neither one of these guys seems to know how to cook, so that should be fun. As they're digging through the basket, Tony finds a clue. Seeming to have forgotten that the game is essentially over, he stuffs the clue in his pocket and reads it behind Woo's back. It tells him to head to the back of camp as there is something else waiting for him. It's a mirror and scale. I wonder what the hell Tony thought they would give him after the game was over. As they get ready to head to Tribal, Tony tells us about how much the money would change his life. Woo tells us that his argument to the jury will be that he played the game through the same 5 tenants he lives his martial arts life through and loyalty and integrity are a big part of that. Thankfully, they have given us a pass on the whole rite of passage portion of the show and we head straight to Tribal.
Tony starts with his opening statement. He says that tonight he has a lot of explaining to do and that he'll tell the truth and they are welcome to ask him anything they want. He says that nothing in this game has been personal; everything was a part of strategy. He also thanks Woo for taking him to the end even though everyone told him he'd lose. Woo's statement is that he knew this game was a lot of lying and deceit. He says that he came out there to live by the same 5 tenants he tells his students. Respect, loyalty, integrity, discipline and harmony between mind and body. He says that he did his best to abide by that code. He says that when it got tough out there, he thought of his mom who has recently gone through open heart surgery and that she was a true testament to perseverance. He looks forward to answering any question they have.
We come back from break and it's time for questions. First up...
Sarah - She congratulates both of them and then tells Tony that they both swore on their badges and Tony voted her out anyway. She says that her badge means something to her. She then asks Woo if she were in his place having played the same game he played, who would he have voted for. He tells her that if she had made it through the entire game, with no idols to help her, he would have given her major credit for that and would have voted for her. (Writer's note: um Woo...wrong answer buddy. Should've just copped to the vote for Tony. She'd have respected you more and she wasn't planning on voting for Tony. Now she might be.)
Jefra - She says she's not bitter and that she wants to be fair. But she wants Tony to own his game. She wants him to own and admit his game. She says he backstabbed everyone on the jury and she wants him to own that. He tells her that he did not backstab her. He knew she was trying to vote him out, so she crossed that line first. When he learned she wanted to vote him out, he turned on her. I have to say, for someone who isn't bitter; Jefra really goes after him here saying that he did backstab her. She asks him if he's the villain. He says, "Half and half. Half villain, half good player."