Survivor Second Chance: LJ McKanas Talks Kass McQuillen

LJ McKanas was a contestant on Survivor: Cagayan and the leader of the original pre-swap Beauty tribe. After the tribe switch, he became a vital part of the Solana alliance with his fellow Beauty tribemate Jefra, along with former Brawn members Tony, Trish, and Woo. He was a quiet and methodical player and for that reason, he was considered a threat, and therefore blindsided by his supposed ally Tony at the merge.

Having played on the same tribe as Kass McQuillen and having witnessed her chaotic, craziness first hand, Inside Survivor decided to reach out to LJ to get his thoughts on Kass’s second chance. LJ McKanas talks Kass McQuillen and her chances on Survivor: Cambodia.


“What was your overall perception of Kass’s game in Survivor: Cagayan? Pros and Cons?”

In my personal opinion, it wasn’t terrible. I think many of her initial moves were based on a little desperation and a little personal ego battle. Once she developed a couple of sour relationships she just went with it and absorbed the villainous roll. Biggest Pro: Her willingness to make a move. Biggest Con: Her willingness to make a move.

 “How do you think Kass will change her game on Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance?”

I don’t think her game will change much. I think she’ll try and lay as dormant as possible and internalize her “chaotic” behaviors until her button is finally pushed.

“Who on the Second Chance cast is Kass’s biggest threat? Why?”

Spencer. He can easily expose her and all her flaws. I think he’ll push that button much sooner than she’d hope for, releasing the self-destructing llama.

“Who on the Second Chance cast do you see Kass potentially aligning with?”

Because they are both fairly intelligent individuals, I think there could potentially be a killer combo of her and Stephen Fishbach. This isn’t a game of good decisions; it’s a game of smart ones because it changes daily.

“What is the major thing Kass needs to avoid this time around?”

Pissing people off early.

“What is Kass’s secret weapon to win?”

Not packing her ego as a comfort item.

“What kind of animal/player will Kass be this time – Fox (cunning strategist), Bear (strong and loyal), Goat (no chance of winning), or Llama (crazy)?

She’s going to play like a dart frog. Already a big bright target. Potentially dangerous. Hop from tribe to tribe. Until somebody wants to use her as a weapon then disposes of her.

Martin is a 28-year-old writer from Hull, England represented by Berlin Associates. He graduated from the University of Hull in English and Creative Writing. But if you have found yourself on this website you probably know him better as “Redmond” – the Survivor spoiler.

  • Dave

    Kass and Stephen… I’d love to see that. Mix in a little Varner or Shirin and I’ll be a pig in mud.

  • Fan

    I just realized his last name is McKanas not McKansas

  • Jimbo

    LJ has a lot of insight. He’s someone I would love to see get a second chance, but there are already way too many Cagayan people right now. (I would argue for him to replace Spencer or Woo, but that’s an argument for a different day.)

  • Rhonda Helenthal

    LJ should get a second chance not only because he was one of the best competeter..but because he lost the Million Dollars because he trusted a Cop…Lol Bring him back..He can win

    • Not Gary Hogeboom

      So what if he can win? LJ was dull and boring; I don’t want to see him return.

  • Cole

    I agree with the above comments. Maybe they will bring him back for another Fans vs NotFavourites if Caramoan didn’t teach CBS anything.

    Jeff said himself that he was a major fan favourite at the reunion.

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  • Mat

    In my opinion, I don’t think Kass’ decisions were based on ego… She was just too willing to make a big move and to build a résumé for the FTC. That being said, I think LJ was very perceptive because Kass did EXACTLY what he said she would do… Lay low in the beginning and when somebody is on to her, she would go mad… By the way, I would love to see him go back. He was definitely my favorite during Cagayan, and I think that his passive ways are very interesting for a survivor player. I really liked him, he was neither annoying nor too boring (#Woo)