John Palyok and Mia Galeotalanza get booted from 'Survivor: Vanuatu'
By Reality TV World staff, 10/01/2004
It was a tale of two tribes on last night's third episode of Survivor: Vanuatu. Over at the men's Lopevi tribe, despite a growing personality rift among some of its members, the tribe's dominant "Flab Five" alliance continued to show unity. Meanwhile, over at the women's Yasur tribe, for the second day in a row, a member of one of the women's alliances blinked and betrayed her so-called allies.
As a result, John Palyok, one of Lopevi's young hardbody outsiders, and Mia Galeotalanza, a member of Yasur's extremely unstable "younger women alliance," were voted out of the game during an unusual Survivor: Vanuatu broadcast that featured that unexpected booting of two of the show's eighteen contestants.
Survivor: Vanuatu's third episode opened with the women's tribe, Yasur, returning from Tribal Council and the younger women's alliance confronting alliance member Eliza Orlins, the 21-year-old college student, over her decision to break with their voting block and instead team with the older women's alliance to oust one of their own, 25-year-old sheep farmer Dolly Neely. Claiming that she was forced to vote for Dolly because Dolly was going to be betray them and team with the older women's alliance and vote for her, Eliza alleged that the reason she didn't inform allies Mia, Julie Berry, or Lisa Keiffer of her decision was because there simply wasn't time.
Over at Lopevi, Lea Masters, the 40-year-old drill sergeant from Columbia, South Carolina, began to question the work ethic of fellow "Flab Five" ally Rory Freeman, the 35-year-old housing case manager from Des Moines, Iowa. After confronting Rory about the situation, the two discussed their differing work habits, however it was clear that when the conversation ended, the two still had differing opinions on the matter -- and that the non-allied younger Lopevi castaways sensed a possible fracture within the tribe's controlling alliance.
Back at Yasur, the next day began with Mia, the 30-year-old finance manager from Tom's River, New Jersey, exploding at Twila Tanner, the 41-year-old highway repair specialist from Marshall, Missouri, over Twila's comments at the previous evening's Tribal Council. Claiming that Twila disrespected her and the tribe's younger members, Mia made it clear that she hated Twila and would do everything she could to get her voted out of the tribe. Meanwhile, Eliza took the opportunity to attempt to reassure Mia, Julie, and Lisa that she was still part of their alliance and had only voted for Dolly to prevent herself from being voted out. The threesome seemed to believe her, but when the time for private confessionals came, Lisa, the 44-year-old real estate agent from New Orleans, Louisiana, confessed that fearful that even with Eliza, her tribe would still enter their next Tribal Council locked in a 4-4 deadlock, she had a "back-up plan" in the works..
After receiving some unexpected Tree Mail that informed the tribes that they would be competing in an unexpected Day 7 challenge, the tribes assembled for the challenge, Upon arrival, they discovered that not only would they be competing in another unexpected challenge that would feature both reward and immunity, but that rather than award tribal immunity, the immunity victory would only be awarded to an individual -- and both tribes would be attending Tribal Council that same evening.
Emerging victorious from the reward phase of the challenge, the men's Lopevi tribe won fishing gear, as well as a chance for its members to compete in the individual immunity phase of the challenge. In the immunity phase of the challenge, John Kenney, the 22-year-old mechanical bull operator/model from Los Angeles, California, edged Chad Crittenden, the 35-year-old teacher from Oakland, California. As a result of his win, John not only won individual immunity at his tribe's upcoming Tribal Council, but also gained the chance to spend the afternoon with the Yasur tribe and award one of them individual immunity when they attended their own Tribal council later that evening.
At the evening's first Tribal Council, the men's "Flab Five" held strong, and as a result, John Palyok was voted out in a 5-3 decision. After the other men left, John Kenney remained at Tribal Council and awarded his immunity necklace to Ami Cusack, the 31-year-old barista from Lakewood, Colorado, that he sensed was unlikely to be a target at that evening's vote. John was correct -- Yasur's dueling alliances targeted Twila and Mia -- but unbeknownst to the younger women, Lisa had opted to execute her "backup plan," and as a result, a stunned Mia was ousted in a 5-3 vote
This week's correct bootee prediction lifts our Survivor: Vanuatu prediction record to 4-0. In Spoiler Island fantasy game action, Episode 3 scores have been posted and there's still dozens of players tied for first place. Congratulations to all, we'll see if Episode 4 further thins the leaderboard. And if you haven't signed up yet, there's still time -- sign-up now.
So what happens next week? Exactly how frustrated must Julie be -- being in a so-called alliance with two members that have betrayed her on consecutive days? What tribe gets a special visitor -- and who is it? Check out our Survivor spoilers forum for the latest details on these and many other hot topics!