‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 4

L.J. captures the top spot in our power rankings thanks to some risky moves in Episode 4. Credit: CBS Broadcasting Inc.
L.J. captures the top spot in our power rankings thanks to some risky moves in Episode 4. Credit: CBS Broadcasting Inc.

First I was shocked when L.J. didn’t play his immunity idol facing elimination in tribal council. Then I was shocked when Tony flipped his vote and took out the strongest member of Solara, Cliff.

But the blindside was just punctuation to a thoroughly entertaining episode.

Right off the bat, the three tribes headed to a reward challenge that quickly took on a new complexity as the tribes merged into two.

In an epic battle of strength that was completely dominated by Cliff of Solara, a tribe made up of five members of Brawn plus L.J. and Jefra, took home an assortment of delicious-looking doughnuts, cookies and other items.

Essentially, one contestant from each tribe had to hold onto a large pole while two opposing players tried to tear them off and carry them across a line in the sand.

Tasha won for Aparri but Cliff won twice for Solara, sending them home victorious.

After each tribe tangled and twisted together, the immunity challenge showcased, surprisingly, former members of the sluggish Brains tribe who were paired with three from the Beauty tribe.

In the maze part of the challenge, Tasha used great vocal leadership skills to help Aparri navigate to a rare win for the tribe, sending Solara to its first tribal council.

Prior to their date with Jeff, members of the losing tribe, namely Jefra and L.J., who held an immunity idol, rallied to break apart the five-way Brawn alliance to keep the duo alive heading onward.

In a surprising twist of fate, L.J. hung on to his immunity as Tony switched his vote, sending former NBA star Cliff, arguably the strongest player in the entire game, packing.

Survivor Power Rankings, Week 5

  1. L.J.: No idea how he pulled this one off. He joined a brand new tribe. He kept his immunity idol in his pocket. And, he managed to keep its existence a secret while surviving another three days. (Last week: 5)
  2. Spencer: A former Brains leader, Spencer helped his new tribe win immunity and resculpted the power structure in the Aparri camp, with the three Brains on top. (Last week: 3)
  3. Tony: He continues to show his strength, not in challenges but socially. He swapped his vote and led the blindside of Cliff. And he has an idol. (Last week: 4)
  4. Tasha: She continues to show how a sly social game and smart approach to challenges can dominate the game of “Survivor.” (Last week: 6)
  5. Jefra: The Beauty and former Miss Kentucky hung on by the skin of her teeth in the new Solara tribe, but her alliance with powerhouse L.J. could be an asset going forward. (Last week: not ranked)
  6. Jeremiah and Cass: Neither of the two did much in this most recent episode, but each is a leader and looking strong in the new Solara tribe. (Last week: 1, 6)

Follow Metro Philadelphia sports editor Evan Macy on twitter @Evan_Macy


US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.


Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.


After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.


'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.


'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…


Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

GAMES Hudson Common Open Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Hudson Common 356 W. 58 St. Free, www.hudsoncommonnyc.com The U.S. Open begins on Monday, but most of…


Review: Sadly, Matthew Weiner's 'Are You Here' is…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner tries his hand at movies with "Are You Here," a misjudged Owen Wilson-Zach Galifianakis comedy that turns into a drama.


Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.


2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)


2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)


Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…


Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…