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Cops-R-Us is an alliance formed in Survivor: Cagayan. It later resurfaced and became the dominant alliance of Survivor: Winners at War.

In Cagayan, after Tony told Sarah that he was secretly a police officer, they agreed to form a secret alliance, with the goal of having two cops sitting at the end. When the police officers became separated due to a tribe swap, Sarah planned on staying loyal to Tony and her tribe. However, after Sarah heard Tony scream "Top 5, Baby," with her not being included in the top 5, she turned against Tony and stuck with the Solana Alliance. This backfired, however, as she attempted to play the middle, only to be taken out by Tony and Kass McQuillen at the merge. Despite the betrayal, Sarah contributed to Tony's victory in the end.

While the two did not have an opportunity to work together in Game Changers due to starting on opposing tribes and Tony's early elimination, Sarah would go on to win the season and credited her victory at the reunion show partially to learning from Tony's game.

In Winners at War, having been placed on the same tribe, Tony and Sarah set their differences aside and agreed to work together. They were able to avoid getting voted off, despite their preexisting relationship by targeting Amber Mariano and Tyson Apostol with the help of Sandra Diaz-Twine. During the tribe switch, Sarah was able to pull in Ben Driebergen and Sophie Clarke. In the early stages of the merge, Cops-R-Us controlled the first three votes, systematically eliminating Wendell Holland, Adam Klein, and Tyson (who had returned from the Edge of Extinction). After Tony became weary of Sarah and Sophie's relationship, he secretly went against Sarah and voted Sophie out. Although Sarah was mad at Tony after Sophie's elimination, they continued to work together, voting out their opposition. At the Final 5, Ben willingly sacrificed his game for Sarah, allowing her to vote him out in attempt to gain more jury votes. In the Final Immunity Challenge, Natalie Anderson beat Tony and Sarah, forcing them to make fire against each other. Tony beat Sarah in a close fire-making match-up, leaving both in tears. In the Final Tribal Council, Sarah voted for Tony to win, crowning him the second two-time Sole Survivor.

Due to both members winning Survivor, the alliance producing a winner three times, as well as one of the members winning twice, this alliance can be considered as arguably one of the most successful alliances and pairs in Survivor history.

Alliance History

Cagayan

Formation

Upon first seeing Tony Vlachos, Sarah Lacina immediately believed he was a police officer. Tony denied her claims, insisting that he was a construction worker. Her persistence paid off though and Tony admitted to his profession. The two developed a friendship that would form Cops-R-Us.

Failed plan

Aparri lived up to their "Brawn" tribe status by winning the first three Immunity Challenges, but Sarah felt that the time came to make a move. She recruited Tony, Trish Hegarty, and Woo Hwang to throw the challenge on Day 11 in an attempt to vote out physical and social threat Cliff Robinson. This plan failed however due to the challenge playing to Cliff's strengths as a former NBA player combined with Luzon's continued ineffectiveness in the challenge.

Tony's Error

At the Day 12 tribe switch, the pair was split apart: Sarah was left as the lone Brawn member on Aparri while Tony and the rest of the original Brawns was moved to the rival Solana tribe. Though Sarah initially believed they will reunite as a pair come the merge, Sarah began to question her allegiance to Tony after he made a Freudian slip following his tribe's victory in the Day 16 Immunity Challenge where Tony yelled his tribe will be the final five. Alarmed, Sarah started to think her future in the game might be better with the post-switch Aparri contingent. Though Sarah voted with the majority, Kass McQuillen remained unconvinced of her loyalty until she would target one of her fellow Brawns.

Sarah's Downfall

The tribes merged on Day 17 with Sarah's tribe having a 6-5 voting advantage over Tony's. Though reunited, Tony and Sarah, found themselves not fully trusting each other. The duo diverged and retreated into their post-swap alliances though Tony's side was still outnumbered and still needed a sixth vote or to correctly play Tony's Hidden Immunity Idol, the information of which was still unknown to Sarah. Realizing Sarah's connections to both sides will make her a bigger threat down the line, Tony plotted against her by convincing Kass, the most suspicious of Sarah's loyalty, to steal the swing vote position from Sarah. In the end, the plan worked, and despite Tony and LJ McKanas playing their Hidden Immunity Idols came for naught, Kass swerved the vote against Sarah in a 6-5 blindside, patently ending Tony and Sarah's alliance.

Tony's Victory

Tony managed to make it to the Final Tribal Council . Despite the betrayal, Sarah voted for him to win the title of Sole Survivor over Woo Hwang.

Game Changers

While both Tony and Sarah returned in Survivor: Game Changers, they were on separate tribes, with Tony assigned on Mana and Sarah on Nuku. Further, Tony was voted out early on Day 6, thus the two were unable to rekindle their alliance in any capacity. Sarah would later win the season, which led to another reunion three years later in Survivor: Winners at War.

Winners at War

Pre Formation

Both assigned to the red Dakal tribe, Tony and Sarah formally reunited and made amends. The two worked with Sandra Diaz-Twine through their Game Changers connection and stayed in the majority on Dakal by joining forces with Nick Wilson, Sophie Clarke, Wendell Holland, and Yul Kwon against the rumored Poker Alliance. On Day 5, both Tony and Sarah agree to work together again, with Tony promising that he will stick to the alliance this time around. Sarah thinks the alliance will work out as long as nobody knows. 

Night Vision

On Day 8, Sarah finds a note in her bag. The note tells her that there is a Vote Steal advantage on the opposing tribe and that she would have to sneak to the other tribe that night to find it. Sarah accepts the challenge and has Tony help her. Tony assists her by putting charcoal on her forehead in order to camouflage her skin.

Swap Trials

When the Swap occurred, Tony remained on Dakal while Sarah was moved to Yara. Sarah was able to pull in Sophie and Ben Driebergen to combat a minority situation and take out the controlling Rob Mariano. Though Tony maintained a majority with Sandra and Kim, he was helpless when Denise Stapley impressively played two idols to blindside Sandra.

Lions vs. Hyenas

After reaching the merge, the two regrouped. Tony pushed a culture emphasizing "lions" (higher profile threats) working together against the "hyenas" (lower profile players) to protect themselves. They take out Wendell at the merged Tribal Council. They take out Adam next after hearing from Tyson Apostol that he was targeting Sarah. On day 25, Tony and Sarah initially argue on who to target, as Tony wants Tyson out, while Sarah wants Kim Spradlin-Wolfe out for being too dangerous. However, after Tony tells her that Jeremy Collins is gunning for her, she agrees to target Jeremy. However, after Jeremy uses his Safety Without Power Advantage to leave Tribal council, Sarah and Tony help vote out Tyson.

Tony's  Betrayal

On day 28, Toy begins gunning for his and Sarah's ally Sophie, as he believes Sophie is getting too close with Sarah. He ropes in former ally Jeremy, and minority alliance members Nick and Michele Fitzgerald, and the four blindside Sophie.

Back On Track

While Sarah is initially furious at Tony for blindsiding Sophie and sinking her game, she still agrees to work with him. They take out Kim on Day 29 after Tony learns from Ben that Kim was gunning for him. On day 31, they take out Jeremy. On Day 34, Tony and Sarah debate which of Denise Stapley or Nick should go. Tony wants Denise out for wanting to cut him at final four, while Sarah thinks about gunning for Nick because of his underdog story. At tribal council, Tony and Sarah contribute to Nick's elimination. On Day 36, Tony tells Sarah and Ben that they should split their votes between Natalie and Denise in case Natalie has a Hidden Immunity Idol, but Sarah and Ben don't believe she has anything, with Sarah and Tony briefly arguing. At tribal council, Natalie plays an idol, proving Tony right, which prompts Tony and Ben to play their idols. Natalie's and Ben's votes are negated, resulting in a 0-0 tie. In the revote, Tony, Ben, Natalie Anderson, and Michele vote out Denise.

Sarah's   Move

Tony wins immunity on Day 37. At camp, Ben gives Sarah permission to vote him out, causing Sarah to become emotional. Sarah thinks about voting out Ben but leaving Tony out, as she wants to make a move against Tony in order to increase her chances of winning. At Tribal Council, Tony and Ben vote for Michele, while Sarah joins Michele and Natalie in blindsiding Ben.

Epic  Final  Battle

Natalie wins the Final Immunity Challenge. At camp, Tony, Sarah and Michele practice fire. At tribal council, Natalie decides to bring Michele to the end and pit Sarah against Tony in the fire-making challenge with the goal of the former winning. While Tony gets his fire going shortly after Sarah, Sarah soon got her fire burning the rope, while Tony's was diminishing. However Sarah's fire began to diminish, opening the door for Tony. Tony then gets his fire burning the rope, with Sarah getting hers to burn again shortly after. However, Sarah's fire began to diminish again, and Tony goes on to win the challenge, eliminating Sarah for good. Tony becomes emotional, but Sarah comforts him and motivates him to finish what he started. Sarah leaves tribal council as the 16th and final member of the jury.

Tony was credited for his strong game-play and ability not to have any votes cast against him. Sarah contributes to Tony's historic second title of Sole Survivor by voting for him to win. Tony beats Natalie and Michele in a 12-4-0 vote. Despite not reaffirming their alliance when the season began, the two worked with Sandra Diaz-Twine, Yul Kwon, Wendell Holland , Nick Wilson and Sophie Clarke and targeted the perceived Poker Alliance

Formation

On Day 5, both Tony and Sarah agree to work together, with Tony promising that he will stick to the alliance this time around. Sarah thinks the alliance will work out as long as nobody knows.

Night plan

On Day 8, Sarah finds a note in her bag. She reads the note. The note tells her that there is a Vote Steal Advantage on the opposing tribe and that she would have to sneak to the other tribe that night to find it. Sarah accepts the challenge and has Tony help her. Tony assists her by putting charcoal on her forehead in order to camouflage he skin.

Tribe Switch

When the Tribe Switch occurred, Tony remained on Dakal while Sarah was moved to Yara. Sarah was able to pull Ben Driebergen and Sophie Clarke into their alliance.

Early Merge dominance

After reaching the merge, the two regroup, with Tony forming a coalition with all the big targets against the small targets. They take out Wendell at the merged Tribal Council. They take out Adam next after hearing from Tyson that he was targeting Sarah. On Day 25, Tony and Sarah initially argue on who to target, as Tony wants Tyson put, while Sarah wants Kim out for being too dangerous. However, after Tony tells her that Jeremy is gunning for her, she agrees to target Jeremy. However, after Jeremy uses his Safety Without Power Advantage to leave Tribal Council, Sarah and Tony help vote out Tyson.

Tony's betrayal

On Day 28, Tony began gunning for Sophie, as he believed Sophie was getting too close with Sarah. He ropes in former ally Jeremy, and minority alliance members Michele Fitzgerald and Nick Wilson , and the four blindside Sophie.

Dominance

While Sarah is initially furious at Tony for blindsiding Sophie and sinking her game, she still agrees to work with him. They take out Kim on Day 29 after Tony learns from Ben that Kim was gunning for him. On Day 31, they take out Jeremy. On Day 34, Tony and Sarah debate which of Denise Stapley or Nick should go. Tony wants Denise out for wanting to cut him at final 4, while Sarah thinks about gunning for Nick because of his underdog story. At Tribal Council, Tony and Sarah contribute to Nick's elimination. On Day 36, Tony tells Sarah and Ben that they should split their votes between Natalie and Denise in case Natalie has a Hidden Immunity Idol, but Sarah and Ben don't believe she has anything, with Sarah and Tony briefly arguing. At Tribal Council, Natalie plays an idol, proving Tony right, which prompts Tony and Ben to play their idols. Natalie's and Ben's votes are negated, resulting in a 0-0 tie. In the revote, Tony, Ben, Natalie Anderson, and Michele vote out Denise.

Sarah's Betrayal

Tony wins immunity on Day 37. At camp, Ben gives Sarah permission to vote him out, causing Sarah to become emotional. Sarah thinks about voting out Ben but leaving Tony out, as she wants to make a move against Tony in order to increase her chances of winning. At Tribal Council, Tony and Ben vote for Michele, while Sarah joins Michele and Natalie in blindsiding Ben.

Firemaking Showdown

Natalie wins the Final Immunity Challenge. At camp, Tony, Sarah and Michele practice fire. At Tribal Council, Natalie decides to bring Michele to the end and pit Sarah against Tony in the fire-making tiebreaker challenge with the goal of the former winning. While Tony gets his fire going shortly after Sarah, Sarah soon got her fire burning the rope, while Tony's was diminishing. However Sarah's fire began to diminish, opening the door for Tony. Tony then gets his fire burning the rope, with Sarah getting hers to burn again shortly after. However, Sarah's fire began to diminish again, and Tony goes on to win the challenge, eliminating Sarah for good. Tony becomes emotional, but Sarah comforts him and motivates him to finish what he started. Sarah leaves Tribal Council as the 16th and final member of the jury.

Tony's Second Victory

Tony was credited for his strong game-play and ability not to have any votes cast against him. Sarah contributes to Tony's historic second title of Sole Survivor by voting for him to win. Tony beats Natalie and Michele in a 12-4-0 vote.

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