By Lindsey Ziliak
---- — Kokomo hair stylist Lindsey Ogle survived another episode of "Survivor" Wednesday night after her team won its immunity challenge.
But alliances are forming on the brawn tribe.
Jersey cop Tony Vlachos duped fellow police officer Sarah Lacina into forming an alliance with him that they're calling Cops-R-Us.
They even shook on it.
Lacina said, "It was the most sincere handshake you'll ever have in your life."
Only she doesn't know that it was all based on a lie. Vlachos told her that they needed an alliance because former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson and Ogle were conspiring against her. According to him, Ogle and Robinson said Lacina was a threat because she was the smart one.
He made up entire conversations to convince Lacina she should join him. The master manipulator even went as far as saying Ogle had reservations about targeting the female cop because she was nice.
Then he turned around and told the camera that it was all an elaborate lie. They shouldn't trust him, he said, because he doesn't trust anyone.
It's not clear at this point whether Ogle and Robinson even have an alliance, though it wouldn't be surprising. Some of Ogle's tribe mates have hinted that she's enamored with him. Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad choice for her. He's a beloved member of the tribe and dominated during Wednesday's immunity challenge.
During the challenge, teams were required to toss water down a line to fill a bucket at the end. When the bucket was filled enough, it released a ball that tribes then had to use to complete a vertical maze.
The beauty tribe took the early lead, with the brawn tribe following close behind. It seemed the brain tribe was destined for another flop this week and a third trip to tribal council.
Then, things fell apart for the beauty tribe just as the brains staged a comeback, finally proving they could work as a team.
The brains finished second and avoided tribal council for the first time this season. The brawn tribe, spurred partly by Robinson's domination on the maze, won the immunity challenge.
The win came with a reward — a tarp for the shelter, a hammock and pillows and blankets. It couldn't have come at a better time.
A typhoon hit the island, and it rained for 24 hours straight. At the beginning of the episode, viewers saw lots of closeups of wrinkled and swollen hands and feet. They also heard lots of complaints across all three tribes.
Everyone was miserable.
Trish Hegarty, Ogle's rival in the first and second episodes, said "I'm making a joke about this, but this ain't funny. It's true. It's not. It's just wet."
And Ogle's feet seemed to be hurting her. At that moment, she said she regretted coming to the island.
The brawn tribe has yet to face tribal council. Will Robinson help them dominate again next week, or will their alliances be tested for the first time this season?
Tune in to CBS next Wednesday at 8 p.m. to find out.
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at email@example.com or on Twitter @LindseyZiliak.