Survivor: Vanuatu castoff Mia Galeotalanza — say that surname three times! — is still trying to remove the knife jammed in her back by ex-ally Lisa. Just prior to last week's tumultuous tribal council, the older members of the all-female Yasur tribe (who were annoyed by Mia's tiff about work ethics with tough-cookie Twila) lured Lisa away from her younger cohorts. In a new twist, Lopevi's John K. was allowed to grant one Yasur member immunity, and all the women pleaded for it. He sneakily used this chance to suss out their alliances, then gave it to the innocuous Ami. His decision caused Mia to get her torch extinguished. Here, the spunky 30-year-old tells TV Guide Online how she feels about all these crazy intrigues.
TV Guide Online: How did you initially feel about the girl/guy split?
Mia: I was excited about it, but by Day 2 I quickly found out that it was not such a good thing. I think I probably would have had a better chance [in a coed tribe].
TVGO: Yasur almost immediately divided into alliances based on age.
Mia: I felt good about that because I was on the side with the higher number. So I was psyched. It was perfect. We have five, they are four — we're gettin' rid of the old ladies. Buh-bye. But it just didn't turn out that way.
TVGO: Was it foreshadowing that, while harvesting bananas, you were holding Lisa and worrying about her dropping the knife on you? Later, she stabbed you in the back!
Mia: [Gasps] I never thought of that! Maybe. I was so shocked. I cannot understand what her reasoning behind that vote is. I can't wait to find out [in tonight's episode] why she voted the way she voted. I hope it shoots her in the foot.
TVGO: Was your fight with Twila the cause of your ouster?
Mia: No. I just think I was next to go in their minds. I don't think I had a chance at that point. I think Lisa had already decided to go with the older ladies. It doesn't make sense because I wasn't the only one in that fight, so to say that I caused the "emotional disruption" was ridiculous. It was a two-sided fight. Why wasn't Twila getting blamed for the fight at all? Plus, [look at] Scout's reasoning when she put my name on the ballot. [She brought] up my personal life by saying, "Good luck finding a husband." I feel like they were reaching for negative things to say about me.
TVGO: Think Twila was just playing up to the cameras?
Mia: No! If she is much different than she is on the show, I'd be surprised. I just think Twila is what you see.
TVGO: Were you upset that John K. gave Ami the immunity idol?
Mia: He had his reasons. When he came into our camp, I thought he was definitely giving it to Scout. I did not anticipate at all that he would give it to me. I thought, "I'm not going to sit here and beg this 21-year-old kid to give it to me." I just thought he was going to keep the old woman. It made sense — she's weak and she's not going to win the challenges for our side. I had no idea that he was going to give it to Ami.
TVGO: Did you catch on to his strategy of identifying the women's alliances?
Mia: When he said, "Everybody that voted for Dolly, raise your hand," everybody raised them. I thought, "Oh God, he just saw our split. We just totally screwed ourselves." I guess that was pretty clever on his part to do that.
TVGO: Whom did you think would be your toughest competition?
Mia: Eliza. I think she pulled the move of the game by switching up the vote. She's gonna be underestimated, and she's a force to be reckoned with.
TVGO: Think your tribe had an unfair advantage on the balance-beam challenge?
Mia: [Laughs] Absolutely not. The guys didn't even touch each other [while] trying to get around. Obviously, women are probably a little easier to get that close. But it was more the balancing thing. I think the guys could have done it if they'd worked together.