Haunting music, helicopters, boats, dramatic voice-over. "Survivor" is back.
We start out by meeting the tribes, learning that on Team Brainiac the average IQ is 130; Team Beauty is just darned pretty; and Team Brawn gives new meaning to macho.
Jeff Probst makes the tribes immediately pick a leader. Beauty chooses LJ the horse trainer, Brawn goes with Sarah the cop, and Brains picks David the baseball team owner.
The leaders now decide who their weakest members are. LJ picks Morgan, the former San Francisco 49er cheerleader; Sarah picks Trish, the Pilates instructor, and David chooses Garrett, the pro poker player.
Surprise. The trio isn't knocked out of the game or even their tribes. Instead, they get a helicopter ride to their camps where they are given the choice of helping their tribe with an extra bag of rice, or helping themselves with a clue to a hidden immunity idol.
Garrett immediately decides to help himself. He's already angry so he has no difficulty with his decision. Trish agonizes over her choice but finally grabs the bag of rice. Morgan, who is surprised by her selection as the weakest, thinks, LJ is attracted to her and wants her off so he wouldn't be tempted. She picks the idol.
Garrett finds the idol but Morgan has no luck and her tribe arrives to find her searching. She says she'll just make up a reason to explain why she was hunting in the rocks. And oh yeah, what about that decision she was supposed to make that could affect the tribe?
Actually, she does a good job at lying. She claims she picked food, fishing gear and shelter stuff for them over other comforts. She also pretends she has no hard feelings, but social worker Brice and his powerful purple pants -- no, we don't know either -- says he recognizes a scorned woman when he sees one and he immediately makes a pact with Morgan.
Over at Camp Muscles, Trish welcomes her tribemates and tells them that she gave up the idol clue and took the extra bag of rice. They are all happy, but policeman Tony says if he'd been given the choice there would only be one bag of rice and an idol in his pocket.
Sarah, who is a cop, recognizes the copness in Tony, but he denies it and says he works construction. It's a silly, pointless lie and now Sarah doesn't trust him and moves him to the top of her torch snuffing list.
Everyone is thrilled to have former basketballer Cliff on the tribe. He's just relieved that no one is awed by his sort of superstar position.
At the Brainiacs camp, nuclear engineer J'Tia takes command, ordering everyone around and overseeing the construction of the shelter, which irritates every person who isn't named J'Tia. Although she assures them her design will support their combined weight, it partially collapses when one person sits on it. Yep, she's a goner.
Today's challenge involves rolling a cart through an obstacle course and finding chests that must be unchained and loaded on the cart. At the end of the course, they have to disassemble the cart, pass it and the chests through a barrier, put the cart back together and roll it to a platform where two players will use pieces in the chests to assemble a giant puzzle. Winning team gets immunity and fire-making supplies; second place wins immunity and flint; third place gets a date with Probst.
Brawn gets through the course first with Beauty right behind. Brains completely blows it, ending up in last place and far behind.
Bucking the stereotype, Beauty wins immunity and Brawn comes in second. Brains are headed to the big torch snuffing party.
Back at camp, Brains talk about what went wrong -- pretty much everything. Attorney Kass is determined to get rid of J'Tia and although David wants to get rid of Garrett, Kass won't be swayed. When J'Tia asks Kass who she wants to vote out, Kass tells her to her face "I'm thinking about you" and tells her it's time to scramble.
Kass telling J'Tia that she doesn't do anything and is too bossy hurts her feelings. She goes to Tasha who says, yeah, well, she is pretty bossy and lazy. But Garrett wants to get rid of David, which is OK with J'Tia. He tries to pull Spencer, the chess master, on board but Spencer is worried by the lack of any indication of hidden immunity idols. He worries David may have it. Garrett, who does have it, doesn't want to share that news so now he doesn't know what to do.
The rain comes and the tribe heads out. J'Tia admits that she's on the chopping block. She had a plan for the shelter, but it didn't work.
David explains that he just had to quickly act when chosen leader and he picked Garrett as the weakest player. Garrett said he didn't like it, but he has faith in his tribe. Probst asks David if Garrett should be worried and David says no, not tonight. Spencer looks a bit surprised by that statement. When asked, J'Tia says she wants to vote out David. And it's time to vote.
With thunder rolling and rain falling, Probst gathers the votes and announces that the first person voted of "Survivor: Cagayan" is David. Four strikes and he's out.
Camp Life, again
On the day after tribal, J'Tia makes an attempt to change her ways, asking for advice on the fire. Meanwhile, Garrett is complaining that he isn't having fun. When he plays poker, he sits in a comfortable chair and people bring him chicken and vegetables. We didn't realize they had poker games at KFC.
Garrett and Spencer agree that the next vote should be for Kass, but then approach her with an agreement to go all the way to the finish. Kass shakes their hands, but she's not buying a word of it.
Over at Camp Muscles, Cliff and Woo take the outrigger out to fish. Cliff explains that Batman had Robin and he has Woo. All's going well until the boat slowly capsizes. First mission, Woo says, is a fail.
At Beauty Camp, Brice is killing us with his recaps of camp life. He describes himself as the ultimate wingman, so he can help facilitate some relationships. He's definitely playing all of them.
Things get chippy at Camp Brawn. Trish and Lindsey rub each other the wrong way. Trish is working hard and resents Lindsey not doing anything. Meanwhile, Tony is working on the shelter, but he's also building a spy shack so he can listen in on private conversations.
We worry about Tony, we really do. He's talking about killing cubs in order to kill the lion, or maybe it was the other way around. We were distracted by the way he's swinging that machete.
Second Immunity Challenge
We head to the water for this one. Tribes swim out, climb into a bamboo cage, dive to untie a gate and bring back fish traps with puzzle pieces. One person then has to put the puzzle together. Winners get immunity and fishing gear; second place team gets immunity and a smaller assortment of gear.
Everyone has to get to their tribe's underwater cage before they can start diving. J'Tia holds her tribe back, but not by that much, and Brains actually gets back first, followed by Brawn. Beauty is just hopeless.
J'Tia is putting the puzzle together but despite the lead, Brawn takes over and wins. Beauty gets back and starts flying through the puzzle. LJ wins it for Beauty, sending Brains back to tribal council for the second time.
Camp Muscle is very happy to have won and Tony digs through the winnings in an attempt to find a clue to the hidden immunity idol, which he does. And then he finds the idol. He then proclaims himself king of the jungle.
The Brainiacs return to camp where they are a dejected group. Garrett asks whether they should decide together what to do together or have a million side conversations. This way, he says, he can test Kass' loyalty, plus he really doesn't want to have to play his idol.
Kass says J'Tia was useless in the challenge, swimming backstroke while they carried the fish traps, and then completely blowing the puzzle. Spencer agrees. Tasha wants to talk to people individually, but Garrett says no, there's no need for that.
Tasha is extremely upset by this. Talking behind people's backs is part of the game and not only doesn't Garrett want to play, he doesn't want anyone else to do it. She shows her frustration and yells at Garrett that if he doesn't want to play, he should quit. Garrett whines.
Spencer, who was all too willing to throw J'Tia under the bus, later complains that Garrett blew it. They could have told J'Tia what she wanted to hear but now they are going to have "baby-sit the girls."
Tasha tries to talk to Kass about taking control, but Spencer and Garrett want to keep an eye on them and prevent them from talking. Kass tells them that they need to watch her, but Garrett says J'Tia is not going to do anything and he wants the four of them to stay together. But J'Tia does need to be watched. She pours most of the rice into the fire.
Kass wants to know how the game makers determined who was on the brains tribe because she questions the data. She was willing to talk to J'Tia about forming an alliance, but questions how she can now.
Second Tribal Council
When Probst finds out what happens, he is flabbergasted. He says that's why you have blindsides, to keep people from getting angry and dumping rice into the fire or mounting a counter attack. Kass accuses Garrett of paranoia and Tasha says her game is being stifled.
Garrett mentions an alliance, then changes it to tribe, but the damage is done. Kass says she's not in the alliance, although Garrett claims she came to him and Spence with the idea in the first place. Kass says Garrett is lying and he may have thought she was with them, but she never was. Tasha and J'Tia are even more outraged and Garrett just keeps feeding the fire.
Mercifully it's vote time. Garrett holds onto his idol, which turns out to be a huge mistake. The poker player gets his chips cashed in for him, hidden immunity idol in his pocket.
Next time: Tony comes clean with Sarah about being a cop, and the weather is taking a toll on the players.