“Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” – Cinderella
If you’re wondering why I decided to start off this week’s “Survivor” exit interview with a quote from an ‘80s power ballad, it’s because I didn’t appreciate Stacey Powell until her final episode. Sometimes when there are so many big storylines that deserve our attention (The Little Cochran That Could, Brandon/Mikayla-gate, The Break-up of Ozlyse) we miss out on some good stuff.
I spoke with Stacey the morning after her exit from “Survivor: South Pacific” and enjoyed more of the personality that we finally got to see in her last episode. During our discussion I found out about her feud with Benjamin (you may know him better as “Coach”), what she really thought was going on at Upolu, and her reaction to passing over a clue that could’ve been worth a million dollars.
Gordon Holmes: Hey, Stacey.
Stacey Powell: Hey Gordon, how you doing, hon?
Holmes: I’m actually horribly disgusted.
Holmes: Last night’s challenge. I know you weren’t there for it, but I haven’t been able to eat since.
Powell: (Laughs) Well, you’d better eat something, honey. But you’re talking to me now, so everything’s OK.
Holmes: Agreed. Let’s talk about what you were there for. Now, it seemed like you and Christine didn’t know Coach was running the show until it was too late.
Powell: That is correct, we didn’t know. We did not know that that five had an alliance. We thought that we were talking with Rick and Brandon. We didn’t know that Rick, Sophie, Albert, Brandon, and Coach…excuse me, Benjamin were an alliance. We didn’t know. But you know what? I thought it was Sophie, Mikayla, and Albert. Those were the three I thought were together.
Holmes: You called Coach “Benjamin” again. Did you have any idea that he’d have that kind of reaction when he found out you were using his first name?
Powell: No I didn’t, and no I don’t care. I’m stronger than him, what’s he going to do to me? Nothing. I’ll call him that any time. That’s his name, isn’t it?
Holmes: That is his name. When I talked to you before the game, there was a lot of talk about getting rid of the All Stars early. Was there any talk of bouncing Coach after the game started?
Powell: Yes there was, that is what myself and Christine were talking about. That’s how I wanted it from day one. I didn’t say it like she did because I didn’t know the guy when he first got there.
Holmes: Was there any chance for you to get into any of those Upolu alliances or did you feel shut out?
Powell: Kinda both. I felt like they were saying, “I’ll play with you if my other friend isn’t here today.” You know what I’m saying? When I tried to make conversation or figure out what was the plan, I’d hear, “Oh nothing, nothing, nothing.” So, it was hard to get into an alliance with these people.
Holmes: It’s funny you mentioned that, because I was going to ask about how Edna didn’t come to you until she thought she was in trouble.
Powell: Honestly, Gordon, it was something personal. I was like that with her the whole time. You know when there’s something about someone you just don’t care for and you don’t know why yet and then all of the sudden it comes to you? There was just something about her. Ugh…I just have to block her, get outta my face because you’re nothing to me. I need some strong people. But, she was a number.
Holmes: You witnessed the Brandon vs. Mikayla fiasco first hand. I’m really interested in how Mikayla is acting around camp. Brandon’s accusing her of being a temptress, but we haven’t seen much evidence of that.
Powell: Honestly, I really thought that it was OK. I didn’t know it was to the point to what we saw on TV. They talked, they’d go fishing together. So, I assumed that everything was OK. Eventually he’d say he didn’t care for her, but he wouldn’t say why. So I can’t explain what he didn’t like. But I thought Mikayla, Sophie, and Albert were good buddies.
Holmes: Now, I’ve never spent an extended period of time in the wilderness being dirty and hungry. I’d have to imagine it changes you a bit. What did you learn from your time in the Samoan jungle?
Powell: I’ve learned to be appreciative of every little thing that comes my way. That was really a learning experience for me. It was an eye-opening experience. Being here, we complain about so many things and we have so much. So, be thankful for what you have.
Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association here. Let’s start with Christine.
Powell: Awesome, wonderful.
Powell: Can I say the word really?
Holmes: Go for it, if it’s too blue I’ll bleep it.
Powell: (Expletive deleted)
Holmes: (Laughs) Bleeping that…and Coach?
Powell: (Expletive deleted)
Holmes: And we’ll bleep that as well.
Holmes: Was it rough watching the episode where you were right on top of the immunity idol clue and failed to find it?
Powell: (Laughs) Gordon, I could’ve kicked myself in the ass.
Powell: (Laughs) I’m serious! I’m scared of snakes, so I’m not sticking my hand just anywhere.
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