'Survivor: Cagayan -- Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty' votes Brice Johnston out of his Beauty tribe
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/06/2014
Survivor: Cagayan -- Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty's second episode concluded with the Beauty tribe eliminating Brice Johnston from their tribe at Tribal Council during Wednesday night's broadcast of the CBS reality series' 28th edition.
Brice, a 27-year-old social worker from Philadelphia, PA, was voted out of his Beauty tribe at the season's third Tribal Council session.
"I'm definitely a little upset with [Jeremiah Wood]. He definitely kind of betrayed my trust, but it's okay. I'm sure he doesn't really understand what happened, and you know, I'm surprised he can even spell my name. But clearly, they wanted the cutest, most fashionable member out first, so I'm glad to take that title with bells and whistles on. I really hope [Morgan McLeod] does well, and to the rest of the people, I don't even remember their names," Brice said following his ouster.
The members of the Beauty tribe were Brice; Jeremiah, a 34-year-old male model from Dobson, NC; Morgan, a 21-year-old former NFL cheerleader from San Jose, CA; Alexis Maxwell, a 21-year-old student from Addison, IL; Jefra Bland, a 22-year-old former Miss Kentucky Teen USA from Campbellsville, KY; and LJ McKanas, a 34-year-old horse trainer from Boston, MA.
The Brawn tribe was comprised of Cliff Robinson, a 46-year-old former NBA All-Star from Newark, NJ; Lindsey Ogle, a 29-year-old hairstylist from Kokomo, IN; Sarah Lacina, a 29-year-old police officer from Cedar Rapids, IA; Tony Vlachos, a 39-year-old police officer from Jersey City, NJ; Trish Hegarty, a 48-year-old pilates instructor from Needham, MA; and Yung "Woo" Hwang, a 29-year-old martial arts instructor from Newport Beach, CA.
The Brains tribe featured J'Tia Taylor, a 31-year-old nuclear engineer from Chicago, IL; Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen, a 41-year-old attorney from Tehachapi, CA; Latasha "Tasha" Fox, a 37-year-old accountant from St. Louis, MO; and Spencer Bledsoe, a 21-year-old student from Chicago, IL.
Survivor: Cagayan -- Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty's second episode began with the Brains tribe returning from Tribal after voting out Garrett Adelstein and David Samson on Night 6.
Spencer said Garrett was so bad at the game of Survivor, Kass had decided to keep the girl who threw out their food over him. Tasha agreed with Spencer that J'Tia would've been gone if they had been allowed private conversations and Garrett hadn't forced an open-forum discussion upon them.
Tasha, however, wanted to form in an all-female alliance going forward with Kass and J'Tia, and both of those girls were onboard with the idea as well.
"I honestly didn't know who I'd vote for when I went into Tribal, but then you think about Garrett. He's fun to look at but you don't want to play with him. And then I thought, 'J'Tia's got a temper, but you can replace rice,' and now she's scared, so I think she'll be loyal to me," Kass said in a confessional.
Kass asked Tasha not to betray her and side with Spencer, but Tasha's reply was "hell no." Spencer knew he had some scrambling to do.
Over at the Brawn tribe's camp, Tony felt alone so he decided to finally admit to Sarah he was a police officer just like her. She said she knew it all along and felt like she had won the lottery. The pair then formed a "Cops R Us" alliance and Sarah said they'd be partners in crime for the rest of the game.
To make sure Sarah stuck with him, Tony lied and told her that Cliff and they must choose between Cliff and Lindsey had brought up her name. Tony explained they wanted her out before Trish because she was "too smart."
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Tony reminded her it was them against the world and that she shouldn't trust anyone else. Sarah was ready to stand by Tony and be completely loyal to him, whereas Tony admitted he was willing to say anything and swear on anyone to get further in the game.
That night, the rain poured, the winds were strong and everyone was freezing right into the next morning.
At Brawn's camp, on Day 7, Woo seemed to be the only person enjoying the horrible weather because it was the Survivorexperience.
"This is what I envision hell would be like," Tony noted.
Tony told Sarah that Cliff was the main person who wanted her gone. Tony lied and said Cliff had been convincing Lindsey to get rid of her despite Lindsey's hesitation. Tony had previously voiced in the premiere how Cliff was his No. 1 target for being such a strong and popular guy. Sarah became paranoid and Tony requested she never panic and then go behind his back with any information he's given her.
"He knows I'll be loyal to him. I know he'll be loyal to me. We shook on it again today and it was the most sincere handshake you'll ever have in your life. So I trust him 110 percent," Sarah told the cameras.
Tony still trusted no one and wrongly assumed no one trusted him either.
On Day 7, everyone on the Beauty tribe was miserable. Jefra was having an especially tough time. LJ, annoyed, said Jefra was doing a lot of complaining without a lot of doing. They had a lot of work to do in continuing to build the shelter in the storm, and with the girls contributing very little, LJ said the "beauty" stereotype in the game was starting to come into play.
However, he planned to keep his mouth shut as to not rock the boat and potentially become a target. He also thought Morgan had found a clue to the hidden Immunity Idol when he caught her looking around the rocks on Day 1. LJ decided to take a look around the same area in hopes of finding the idol, and that he did. LJ intended to keep the idol a secret and said no one would ever know until he decided to play it.
On Day 8, the Brains tribe received Tree Mail and learned they'd probably receive a tarp as long as they didn't finish in last place. Tasha was annoyed at J'Tia's constant hunger since she was the one who eliminated nearly 95 percent of their supply of rice. With a couple hints as to what the next challenge might entail, the tribe practiced in the water, not knowing whether it would help them or end up being completely useless.
"It's definitely weird being the only guy in the tribe. I have to be patient, I have to manage my emotions, not get too down, and I have to just take my shot to get out of this tribe alive," Spencer said in a confessional.
Later on, the three tribes met Survivorhost Jeff Probst, who explained the rules to what would be their third Immunity Challenge.
For the challenge, each tribe was required to use a bucket to scoop water from the ocean and then work together to pass the water from tribemate to tribemate and ultimately into a large container. When the container filled up, it would drop, releasing a ball. Two tribemates must then use that ball to solve a vertical maze.
The first two tribes to finish would win immunity, and one member of the losing tribe would be voted out at the season's third Tribal Council.
In addition, the tribes were playing for Reward. The first-place tribe would receive comfort and shelter in the form of blankets, pillows, a mosquito net, and a tarp. The second-place tribe would receive shelter but not comfort in the form of a tarp.
To even up the numbers, the Brawn tribe sat out Tony and Lindsey, and the Beauty tribe sat out Jefra and Alexis.
The Brains tribe, once again, got off to a terrible start. Brawn ended up coming in first place, but then Brains caught up to the Beauty tribe during the maze portion of the challenge. Therefore, Brains finished in second place and Beauty came in last place. J'Tia literally cried in happiness that her tribe wouldn't have to go to Tribal Council again.
On Day 8, over at the Brawn's camp, Tony looked through their entire Reward package and found another clue to a hidden Immunity Idol. Although he already found the idol, he took it and hid it so that no one else would try to look for it. Tony didn't understand why he was the only person smart enough to look in their Reward packages for clues.
At Beauty's camp, Alexis thought the energy in their tribe was going to turn "dark and negative" after losing the challenge.
LJ, Jeremiah, Alexis, and Jefra were all on the same page when it came to wanting either Morgan or Brice out next. LJ, however, thought Brice would be a tough competitor at the end of the game, so he wanted Brice gone. Brice had a feeling he may be on the chopping block because he was a social threat, so he feared for his position in the game.
But Brice really trusted Jeremiah and thought they'd target a girl like Alexis first. Jeremiah told Brice he'd definitely be down to vote out Alexis, so Jeremiah was clearly playing both sides of his tribe.
"LJ thinks he has an alliance of Alexis, Jefra, Jeremiah and himself, but in reality, Jeremiah's with Brice and I," Morgan told the cameras. "Tonight for the vote, we just have to get Jefra in there with us to make a 4-2 vote."
Morgan then told Jefra to vote out Alexis with them even though they were friends. Jefra suggested LJ over Alexis, but Morgan insisted they needed LJ for the challenges. Because Jefra didn't really know where Jeremiah stood, she wanted to talk to him personally. Jeremiah then assured Jefra he was still with her, LJ, and Alexis in voting out Brice. It seemed like everyone thought they had Jeremiah's loyalty, and he felt "stuck."
Afterward, Alexis spoke to Jefra and Jeremiah about -- with LJ as well -- splitting their votes between Brice and Morgan in case either of them had a hidden Immunity Idol in their possession. The guys would vote for Morgan and the girls would vote for Brice. With Brice and Morgan voting for Alexis, it would result in a three-way tie.
Jeremiah knew he would be right in the middle of that and basically serve as the swing vote for either side. He just cared about being a part of the numbers majority.
Meanwhile, Brice trusted Jeremiah and Morgan and felt Jefra was much more comfortable with Jeremiah than LJ, so he thought they'd have her with them. Regardless, Brice knew alliances were going to be exposed at the next Tribal Council and people were going to be put in their place.
"I have a big decision on my hands tonight... Going into Tribal Council knowing that I have all the power is an amazing feeling, but I'm just this country guy and I don't like hurting nobody's feelings. And after I make this vote, somebody's feelings are going to be hurt and somebody's going to lose their trust in me, and that's probably going to hurt me more than anything," Jeremiah said in a confessional.
That night, Survivor: Cagayan -- Brawn vs Brains vs Beauty's six members of the Beauty tribe arrived for their first Tribal Council session -- the third session of the season overall.
Jefra told Jeff that there wasn't much strategy talk going on prior to losing the Immunity Challenge, but Brice disagreed, which caught her offguard. Brice then announced that Jeremiah and LJ were together a lot, Jefra and Alexis were together a lot, and those pairs sometimes became a foursome -- leaving himself and Morgan out.
Brice was sure Alexis was gunning for him because they hadn't spoken about anything. He suggested she wasn't pulling her weight around camp, and Alexis was concerned about getting voted out as well. Brice also noted everyone was aware a hidden Immunity Idol might be in play.
Jeff then revealed the castaways' votes. Two people voted for Brice, two castaways voted for Alexis, and two players voted for Morgan. The three-way tie happened.
Everyone cast their votes again, except this time, Alexis, Morgan and Brice could not vote and everyone else had to vote for one of the three castaways in jeopardy.
When the re-vote was revealed by Jeff, two votes were cast for Brice, which was enough to oust him from the game. That means Jeremiah decided to work with Alexis, Jefra and LJ instead of Brice and Morgan. Going forward, it appears that Morgan will be on the outs of her Beauty tribe.