Survivor Cagayan Recap: Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever

Survivor: Cagayan (Photo: CBS)
Survivor: Cagayan (Photo: CBS)

Survivor: Cagayan Episode 10: “Chaos is My Friend” — The Survivor Auction returns! Spencer and Tasha try to leverage Tony’s paranoia. Woo demonstrates pure joy.

Previously on Survivor Cagayan: Tony hoodwinked LJ, causing Jefra to consider her options in the game. She thought about aligning with the minority alliance of Spencer, Tasha, and Jeremiah, even going so far as to say she would vote with them. Trish got Tony to promise to stop acting like a jackass, which is easier for him now that he has the Original Recipe Hidden Immunity Idol of Nanny Nanny Boo Boo. Jefra decided it was safe to play with her original alliance and told the other three peace out. Spencer wasted his hidden immunity idol at Tribal Council, and Jeremiah got the boot.

Prologue — Night 28

Jefra shares in an interview her reasons for switching back to her original group. She thinks it would be a mistake to go to the end with Spencer and Tasha as they would have all the votes. Why she thinks it would automatically be those two is beyond me as either one would be an attractive option to boot at four. Hell, create a scenario where they have to face each other in fire building. That’s neither here nor there. Kass snarks on Spencer for wasting his idol, saying he is like all 21-year-old males by being the most selfish person on earth. I don’t know or care what sort of tortured past Kass has had.

Day 28 dawns as Tony and Woo return from tree-mail. Tony holds a scroll while Woo pretends to have some sort of back problem. He asks Trish to lift the back of his shirt to see what’s wrong. She does and reveals money envelopes for a good old fashioned Survivor auction. Bonus points for that reveal, Woo. I would love to see him and Malcolm on a team the next time an all-star season rolls around. Back to this game, Tony interviews he wants to buy whatever advantage usually pops up at the auction. Sigh.

Survivor Auction

This season’s Survivor auction follows the same format as usual: $500 for each player, bids go up in $20 increments, there will be mystery items, and the auction will end at any point. We see the first few items and there aren’t any zonks. Tony has been noticeably quiet as he wants to save all his money for a possible advantage. Trish gets zonked by a mystery plate of rice and water. Then Probst reveals the next dish: a plate or ribs with a bottle of beer. Woo bids $40. No one outbids him, and then Woo’s face becomes the essence of purest joy. We all wish to be that happy at some point in our lives.

Probst does not approve of such high demand items going for rock bottom prices, so he tells Spencer, Tasha, and Tony that they are jumping ahead to the advantage bid. Tony bids $500 first, but since others can match the bid he does not automatically get the prize. Instead, all bidders will pay for the chance to draw rocks. Spencer is in, but Tasha is out. The guys draw and Tony wins because the universe sucks at making good television. Tasha was hoping for one more item up for bids, but the auction ends.

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