|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of episodes||7 aired|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of survivors||18|
|Filming dates||July 11, 2013
– August 18, 2013
|Original run||February 26, 2014– May 21, 2014|
|Preceded by||Survivor: Blood vs. Water|
|Followed by||Survivor 29|
Survivor: Cagayan, also known as Survivor: Cagayan — Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty, is the twenty-eighth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season filmed from July 11–August 18, 2013, and premiered on February 26, 2014, with the first two episodes screened back-to-back, featuring eighteen new players divided into three tribes of six based on dominant attribute — athleticism, intelligence, and attractiveness. For the first time since Survivor: Thailand in 2002, the finale and live reunion show will not take place on a Sunday but instead will air in the show's regular time slot on May 21, 2014.
This season features the return of a hidden immunity idol, that can be used at Tribal Council after the votes have been read, which is how it was used in Survivor: Panama and Survivor: Cook Islands, which was hidden once the tribes merged. This is in addition to hidden immunity idols that must be played after the votes are cast but before they are read, as seen in Survivor: Fiji onward.
The cast is composed of 18 new players, initially split into three tribes containing six members each: Aparri ("Brawn"), Luzon ("Brains"), and Solana ("Beauty"). The Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty tribe division concluded with a tribe switch in the fourth episode, on day 12.
|Contestant||Original tribe||Switched tribe||Merged tribe||Finish|
|Samson, DavidDavid Samson
45, Plantation, Florida
|Luzon||1st Voted Out
|Adelstein, GarrettGarrett Adelstein
27, Santa Monica, California
|Luzon||2nd Voted Out
|Johnston, BriceBrice Johnston
27, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Solana||3rd Voted Out
|Taylor, J'TiaJ'Tia Taylor
31, Chicago, Illinois
|Luzon||4th Voted Out
|Robinson, CliffCliff Robinson
46, Newark, New Jersey
|Aparri||Solana||5th Voted Out
|Ogle, LindseyLindsey Ogle
29, Kokomo, Indiana
|Maxwell, AlexisAlexis Maxwell
21, Addison, Illinois
|Solana||Aparri||6th Voted Out
|Lacina, SarahSarah Lacina
29, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
|Aparri||Aparri||Solarrion||7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
|McLeod, MorganMorgan McLeod
21, San Jose, California
|Solana||Aparri||8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
|McKanas, LJLJ McKanas
34, Boston, Massachusetts
|Solana||Solana||9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
|Bland, JefraJefra Bland
22, Campbellsville, Kentucky
|Bledsoe, SpencerSpencer Bledsoe
21, Chicago, Illinois
|Fox, Latasha "Tasha"Latasha "Tasha" Fox
37, St. Louis, Missouri
|Hegarty, TrishTrish Hegarty
48, Boston, Massachusetts
|Hwang, Yung "Woo"Yung "Woo" Hwang
29, Newport Beach, California
|McQuillen, Kassandra "Kass"Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen
41, Tehachapi, California
|Vlachos, TonyTony Vlachos
39, Jersey City, New Jersey
|Wood, JeremiahJeremiah Wood
34, Dobson, North Carolina
|Episode title||Original air date||Challenge winner(s)||Eliminated||Finish|
|"Hot Girl With a Grudge"||February 26, 2014||Solana1||David||1st voted out
|Aparri1||Garrett||2nd voted out
|"Cops-R-Us"||March 5, 2014||Aparri1||Brice||3rd voted out
|"Our Time to Shine"||March 12, 2014||Solana||Solana||J'Tia||4th voted out
|"Odd One Out"||March 19, 2014||Solana||Aparri||Cliff||5th voted out
|"We Found Our Zombies"||March 26, 2014||Solana||Solana||Lindsey||Quit
|Alexis||6th voted out
|"Head of the Snake"||April 2, 2014||None||Woo||Sarah||7th voted out
1st jury member
|"Mad Treasure Hunt"||April 9, 2014||Jefra, Jeremiah, LJ, Morgan, Spencer||Spencer||Morgan||8th voted out
2nd jury member
|"Bag of Tricks"||April 16, 2014||Jeremiah, Spencer, Tony||Tasha||LJ||9th voted out
3rd jury member
|"Sitting In My Spy Shack"||April 23, 2014|
^1 Combined reward and immunity challenge
|Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Hot Girl With a Grudge"||Recap||2.4/7||February 26, 2014||9.40||20|
All three tribes were asked to designate a leader. David, Sarah, and LJ were chosen for the Brains, Brawn, and Beauty tribes respectively; they then had to pick their tribe's weakest player as David, Sarah, and LJ chose Garrett, Trish, and Morgan, respectively. All three were flown by helicopter to their camps, while the remaining tribe members had to walk there. Upon arriving at camp, the weakest players had to choose between an extra bag of rice for the tribe or a clue to a hidden immunity idol. Garrett and Morgan chose to look for the Idol, but only Garrett found one, while Trish chose the extra bag of rice. Brice began to bond with Morgan after noticing bonds were forming between LJ and Jeremiah, and Alexis and Jefra. At the Brawn camp, Woo recognized Cliff, but the tribe didn't care about his professional sports past. Sarah confronted Tony, as she pegged him as being a cop, but he denied it and claimed to be a construction worker. At the Brains camp, J'Tia was leading the tribe in building their shelter despite coming across as bossy.
At the challenge, the Brawns and the Beauty tribe took a big lead; by the time the Brains tribe began the puzzle, the other tribes were almost finished. The Beauty tribe finished first with the Brawn tribe coming in second. At the Brains camp, Kass and David debated over who to vote out: Kass wanted J'Tia out for her poor attitude and work ethic, while David wanted to target Garrett, who he saw as a threat later in the game. Garrett was conflicted between voting for J'Tia and David after being selected by David as the weakest tribe member. J'Tia and Tasha agreed to Garrett's plan, but Spencer was paranoid about David potentially having an idol and believed J'Tia was the easier vote. In the end, Spencer sided with Garrett and David was voted out.
After the vote, Kass found herself in a swing vote position, sitting between Spencer and Garrett, and J'Tia and Tasha, eventually allying with the former. At the Brawn camp, Cliff and Woo bonded, while Tony wasn't fond of Cliff's popularity within the tribe. Trish and Lindsey argued over workload. Tony built a hiding spot in the shelter, named the "Spy Shack," to eavesdrop on his tribe's conversations. At the Beauty camp, Jeremiah and Morgan bonded, while Brice attempted to solidify an alliance with them.
|2||"Cops-R-Us"||Recap||2.4/8||March 5, 2014||9.58||18|
Spencer questioned the rest of his tribe if J'Tia would have been voted out if Garrett had not had an open discussion about the vote. Tasha said she planned to vote for J'Tia until Garrett revealed his alliance that didn't involve her. At the Brawn camp, Tony admitted to Sarah that he's a police officer, which she earlier suspected and he denied. The two formed an alliance, naming it "Cops-R-Us." Tony lied to Sarah, claiming that Cliff and Lindsey suggested an interest in getting Sarah out of the game. A rain storm came down on the castaways throughout the night and following day. At the Beauty camp, LJ ventured off during the storm in search of the hidden immunity idol and eventually found it. At the Brains camp, they all practiced throwing water to each other from coconut-to-coconut based on their challenge clue.
|3||"Our Time to Shine"||Recap||2.5/8||March 12, 2014||9.66||16|
After returning from Tribal Council, Morgan approached Jeremiah in front of the entire tribe to question his reason for voting with LJ, Alexis, and Jefra rather than siding with herself and Brice. Jeremiah defended himself saying that his first alliance was with LJ, Alexis, and Jefra, and he felt Brice was too much of a social threat. Morgan worked on convincing Jefra and Alexis that Jeremiah had actually been the one organizing the vote for Alexis. Back at the Brains' camp, they again practiced for a challenge based on the clue they received in tree-mail.
Throughout the challenge, the Beauty and Brains tribes were neck-and-neck while Brawn constantly trailed. However, after the Beauty tribe won the challenge, J'Tia of the Brains struggled with hoisting the last item, a flag, resulting in the Brawn tribe catching up and eventually placing second. At the Beauty camp, Jeremiah pulled out a note from their reward in front of the tribe, a hidden immunity idol clue which he read out loud. He proceeded to kill the rooster for the tribe to eat by ripping its head off. At the Brawn's camp, Sarah conspired to get Cliff out of the game due to Tony's lie to Sarah about Cliff targeting her, convincing Woo and Trish to throw the upcoming immunity challenge to do so.
|4||"Odd One Out"||Recap||2.5/8||March 19, 2014||9.46||14|
The Brains tribe comes back to camp pleased with their decision to vote out J'Tia at Tribal Council. The next day, the tree mail suggested a reward challenge for food. When the tribes arrived to the challenge, host Jeff Probst told the castaways to drop their buffs, as the three tribes were being redistributed into two tribes. The entire "Brawn" tribe, with the exception of Sarah, joined two "Beauty" members, LJ and Jefra, to make up the new Solana tribe. Sarah would join the three remaining "Brains" (Kass, Spencer, Tasha) and the remaining "Beauty" members (Jeremiah, Alexis, Morgan) to make up the new Aparri tribe.
The new Solana tribe won the challenge 2–1 after Cliff proved too heavy for Spencer and Jeremiah to shift. Back at the Solana camp, LJ and Trish formed a bond after both found out they were from Massachusetts. This led to the chagrin of her fellow "Brawn" allies, who were concerned that Trish would abandon their alliance. Meanwhile at Aparri, the former Brains tribe found themselves in a power position after Alexis, Morgan, and Jeremiah each sought out their own new alliance of four with them.
|5||"We Found Our Zombies"||Recap||2.3/7||March 26, 2014||9.85||12|
After Tribal Council, Trish approached Lindsey to explain why she flipped from their alliance. The two instead engaged in a heated argument, resulting in Lindsey walking away from camp. Jeff Probst met up with Lindsey and she informed him that she was pulling herself from the game, fearing that if she stayed any longer, she might do something that she wouldn't want her child to see. Soon after Jeff stopped by Solana's camp to inform the tribe of Lindsey's decision to leave.
The Solana tribe won the reward challenge and selected Tony and Woo to go to the Aparri camp and pick two items they'd like to take. Tony and Woo opened two notes given to them at the challenge: one informing them of the items they could choose from and the second being a clue to the hidden immunity idol at their own camp. Instead, Tony pretended they were given a clue to assign to a member of the Aparri tribe, giving it to Jeremiah in an attempt to make him a target. Jeremiah later realized that the clue was the same one he had received while on the original Solana tribe and therefore useless to him at Aparri, though Spencer and Alexis appeared skeptical about that claim.
|6||"Head of the Snake"||Recap||2.3/7||April 2, 2014||9.48||17|
On Day 17, both tribes were anticipating a merge. Their assumptions proved correct after tree mail instructed the former Solana tribe to move to the Aparri beach. Upon arrival, the merge was confirmed and they were informed of a new hidden immunity idol with unspecified "different powers." With the new tribe totaling eleven members, each former tribe attempted to solidify their numbers ahead of the first individual immunity challenge. Despite some tension between Kass and Sarah, the former Aparri tribe had a one-member numerical advantage, so Tony attempted to get his former ally Sarah to flip to the Solana alliance.
Woo held out against Tony to win immunity. Sarah decided to remain loyal to the former Aparri tribe and encouraged her allies to vote for Tony. When questioned by Tony about her allegiances, Sarah remained non-committal and he realized she would not turn to their side. Instead, Trish—who had overheard an argument between Sarah and Kass—questioned Kass about her role in the alliance and asked who from the former Aparri she would most likely vote for. When she answered with Sarah, Trish told her that the former Solana tribe would vote for Sarah per Kass' request, leaving the option for Kass to vote with them on the table.At Tribal Council, Tony revealed his hidden immunity idol and announced that it was a "community idol" to help any member of his alliance. Spencer then publicly announced for the Aparri alliance to switch their votes to "the other one." Thinking that "the other one" was LJ, Tony played his idol on him. LJ repaid the favor by playing his own idol on Tony, ensuring that both men were safe from the vote. "The other one" turned out to be Jefra, wasting both idols. However, Kass ended up turning on the Aparri alliance to send Sarah to the jury.
|7||"Mad Treasure Hunt"||Recap||2.4/7||April 9, 2014||9.62|
After Tribal Council, Spencer expressed his resentment towards Kass for voting against their alliance, though Kass remained pleased with her decision. The next day, tension grew after Kass called Morgan out for being lazy and spending all day laying in the shelter instead of contributing around camp.
The team of Jefra, Jeremiah, LJ, Morgan, and Spencer won the reward challenge. During their reward, Spencer found a clue to a hidden immunity idol in his napkin and slipped it into his pocket without anyone noticing. Back at camp, Spencer went off in the rain to read his clue and look for the idol, only to be followed by Woo. After the two met up and Spencer began walking away, Woo picked up the pants Spencer had left behind and discovered his idol clue when it fell out of the pants. Woo ran back to camp with the clue and informed everyone about Spencer's discovery, prompting everyone to begin searching for the idol. Eventually, Spencer found the idol when Kass—who was supposed to be watching him—briefly turned her back. Upon reading the sheet of parchment that came with the idol, Spencer learned that it was not the idol with "different powers" mentioned in the merge feast announcement.
|8||"Bag of Tricks"||April 16, 2014|
|9||"Sitting In My Spy Shack"||April 23, 2014|
|Original tribes||Switched tribes||Merged tribe|
^2 The first Tribal Council vote resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those who tied.
^3 This castaway was unable to vote due to being tied for most votes in the initial ballot.
^4 No vote: Lindsey chose to quit the game.
Survivor: Cagayan's premiere episode on February 26, 2014, drew in 9.8 million viewers and a 2.4 rating. Viewership was up substantially from the 8.9 million viewers of the premiere for Survivor: Caramoan, the previous winter premiere, which was the series' weakest. However, the 18-49 rating was on par with Caramoan's 2.4 rating.
In its third episode, Survivor: Cagayan gained higher ratings and brought in more viewers in the 18–49 adult demographic than time-slot rival American Idol for the first time in the series' history; the episode put up 2.5/8 ratings share with 9.86 million viewers, while Idol received a ratings share of 2.4/8 and had 9.57 million viewers. This trend continued the following episode as well, this time with a rating three-tenths of a point higher than Idol.
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